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Gunther (James Michael Tyler)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Poor Gunther never had a chance with Rachel.
- Ascended Extra: Goes from a literal extra to one of the biggest supporting characters in the show.
- The Bartender: The manager of Central Perk.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has a tendency to be this, most notably when he intentionally spills to Rachel that Ross slept with the copy girl.
- Former Child Star: Claims to have played Bryce from All My Children (in case you were wondering, he wasn't: there was no such character on that show). Bryce was likely a part of a fictionalized All My Children as was Dr. Drake Romoray on Days of our Lives.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has some of the character traits, such as being kind, and a Chaste Hero who never had a chance with Rachel. His blond hair is noted frequently, to the point that Rachel states she will remember him whenever she sees a man with hair "brighter than the Sun".
- Hidden Depths:
- Has a smoking habit, speaks fluent Dutch and may have been a child actor.
- Tyler had a real-life example in the form of working the coffee machine. It got him cast as Gunther because none of the other extras knew how to do it. Note that this one little trait ensured him 10 years of employment on one of the most successful television comedies of all time, and is one of the major candidates for Seventh Friend (the other being Mike).
- Mistaken for Gay: Rachel at one point tells Gunther that he will make some guy very happy someday.
- Only One Name: Lampshaded. He asks Chandler if he can remember his last name. Chandler's answer is "Centralperk."
- Recurring Character: Appears in 131 episodes. Only the Friends themselves have more appearances (238).
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's very much Rachel-sexual. When Phoebe kisses him to get her cold back, he apologizes to Rachel for not stopping the kiss.
- Unknown Rival: To Ross. He hates him for being Rachel's boyfriend.
Janice Litman (Maggie Wheeler)
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Chandler. However, in the third season, Chandler actually falls for her and dates her for a while.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Aside from her last name, she is a parody of Fran Drescher after all.
- Annoying Laugh: A signifying character trait, to which Chandler cringes every time he hears Janice laugh.
- Big "OMG!": Will always say her catchphrase as such and nothing lower.
- The Cat Came Back: Chandler and Monica find themselves in this relationship to her in Season 7. Whether the two are at the restaurant, going to the hospital for Emma's birth, visiting a fertility clinic, or buying a house out in the suburbs, she always turns up. Even though they manage to get her to go away at the end of a given appearance, Chandler and Monica dread how they'll always be running into her somewhere.Monica: If we don't get this house, she's still going to show up wherever we go! At least if she's here, it eliminates the element of surprise.
- Catchphrase: OH. MY. GOD!
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She is attractive, but has an annoyingly nasal voice and an even more annoying laugh.
- The Dreaded: Played for laughs. Joey positively hates being around her; Chandler and Monica get to be the same way as the seasons progress.
- First Love: To Chandler. When he was actually serious about her she was the first girl he got through the 'relationship tunnel' with. (Kathy was his second and Monica was his third.)
- Flanderization: She gets louder, more melodramatic and more irritating to the other characters as seasons go on.
- Happily Married: At some point in-between Seasons 7 and 8, she married a guy named Sid. They get along great, likely owing to the fact that he's practically deaf and hears her loud voice as a normal speaking volume.
- Hidden Depths: Has a couple of scenes in the later seasons that help air out some of the characters' situations (for instance, making Rachel re-consider her situation with Ross post-Emma).
- Incoming Ham: Her catchphrase is, more than once, the first thing she says when she encounters the friends after a long absence in the series.
- Just Eat Gilligan: No one in the series can seem to directly tell her "no". Chandler even pretends he's moving to Yemen, to get rid of her.
- Large Ham: Loud, and enjoys every minute of it.
- Most Annoying Sound: In-universe, the above line can apparently cause Chandler's testicles to retract back into his body.
- Once a Season: She is involved in at least one episode in each of the show's ten seasons (though in the sixth we only hear her voice).
- Overly Long Name: Janice Litman Goralnik (née Hosenstein).
- Quirky Curls: Her hair is always in curls.
- Recurring Character: Was Chandler's on again off again girlfriend, thus she would always appear when the plot called for it.
- Spanner in the Works: She's never actively malevolent and generally has a good heart. However, whenever she appears, she couldn't screw up Chandler's day any more if she tried.
- Take That!: Supposed to be a parody of Fran Drescher. Some local stations, when doing promos for episodes that feature Janice, actually announce, "Fran Drescher guest stars on the next Friends!"
- Troll: In Season 8, she's pregnant and about to give birth. She says Chandler is the father just to get him to freak out.
- Your Cheating Heart: A turning point in her relationship with Chandler. When the two meet again after some time passed, she is married and has a child, yet she still opts to make out with Chandler. After confronting her over who she should choose and after some thinking, Chandler decides that he doesn't want to be the person who destroys a family, so he breaks up with her so that she can have a happy family.
Mr. Heckles (Larry Hankin)
- Ceiling Banger: Mr. Heckles would routinely bang on the floor of Monica and Rachel's apartment and complain about the noise. When he passed away, Chandler noticed that due to the building's weird acoustics, the noise from other apartments actually was heavily amplified and started to bang on the ceiling himself until he realised in horror what he was doing. The running gag throughout that episode was that Chandler had found Mr. Heckles old school year-book and was freaking out at their similarities.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often bugged the gang about strange things.Heckles: You're disturbing my birds.Monica: You don't have birds.Heckles I could have birds.
- Character Death: He was an older guy, but not that old. Chandler is particularly shattered by his death because he thinks their lives share the same path.
- Hidden Depths: He was part of a tight knit group before becoming a shut-in. He was the funny one.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Constantly complained about noise, but everyone thought he was just trying to annoy them. After he died, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe found that the apartment's acoustics did amplify the noise from upstairs.
- Not So Different: After his death, Chandler realizes how similar he is to Heckles and worries that he might ended up like him in the years to come.
- Limited Wardrobe: Always in a bathrobe.
- Shadow Archetype: He is what Chandler would have become if he remained scared of relationships.
- Small Role, Big Impact: According to one flashback, Joey wouldn't have been Chandler's roommate—and therefore, wouldn't have been part of the main cast—if it weren't for him.
Dr. Barry Farber
Dr. Barry Farber (Mitchell Whitfield)
- Derailing Love Interests: Initially he was a nice, but boring guy who Rachel left at the altar because she didn't love him. Later its revealed he was a Smug Snake who cheated on with her best friend throughout their engagement.
- Disposable Fiancé: He and Rachel consider getting back together in the first season but he eventually decides to stay with Mindy.
- Jerkass: Barry is portrayed as a horrible, selfish little man who cheats, lies, and belittles other people.
- New Old Flame: He's the guy Rachel left at the altar in the first episode.
- Romantic False Lead: According to the nature of the Ross-Rachel relationship, pretty much every person either one of them dated for more than an episode after that point had elements of the false lead.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Is a reasonable enough person in his first appearance, but becomes more and more of a jerk with each successive appearance.
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheats on Rachel with her (former) best friend Mindy while engaged to her. And then he cheats on Mindy with Rachel when they are engaged. It is later mentioned that Mindy eventually divorces him after she discovers him being unfaithful again. In the Alternate Universe episode where Rachel went through with marrying him, he indeed cheats on her there as well.
Paolo (Cosimo Fusco)
- Beauty Is Bad: He's introduced as a handsome love interest, but he turns out to be bad for Rachel.
- The Bus Came Back: Briefly in Season 2, when Rachel has a one night stand with him on an impulse after being depressed with Ross' new relationship with Julie.Ross: Hey, Paulo...? What are you doing here?Paolo: I DO RAQUEL!
- Derailing Love Interests: Introduced as a dumb, but harmless guy who enjoyed being with Rachel... Then he randomly became a Jerkass who tried to cheat on her. This was to make way for the Ross/Rachel relationship.
- Foreign People Are Sexy: More Informed Attractiveness than anything though.
- Gag Penis: Phoebe says that boy scouts could have camped under there.
- Latin Lover: He's Italian. Also applies to the Italian dub, where due to Adaptational Nationality he becomes a Spanish guy named Pablo.
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
- Romantic False Lead: Former Trope Namer. He was introduced just to add more drama to the Ross/Rachel relationship. Lampshaded by Chandler's mother, who describes Paolo as "a complication you eventually kill off."
- Your Cheating Heart: He makes multiple passes at Phoebe while still dating Rachel.
David (Hank Azaria)
- Adorkable: David the science guy who Phoebe was absolutely crazy about. She couldn't stand Ross' obsession with science, but she loved David's lab and thought he was extremely clever and extremely cute.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Mike's Betty for Phoebe's Archie.
- The Bus Came Back: First in season 7 (for just one episode) and then in the second half of season 9.
- Butt-Monkey: His scientific career, his romance with Phoebe, all goes south easily.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Loses Phoebe to Mike at the end of Season 9.
- Extreme Doormat: More than Chandler and Ross combined. Specially in the Barbados episodes, where he just wants to please Phoebe.
- Gibbering Genius: Smart scientist, constantly stammering and such.
- Love Interest: He likes Phoebe a lot. He's her first serious boyfriend, though only for one episode. He comes back now and then.
- Nice Guy: He's a cute geeky guy who is crazy about Phoebe and would do anything for her.
- Only One Name: His last name is unknown. He's just known as David "the Scientist Guy".
- Put on a Bus: He went to Minsk to work on a science project.
- Verbal Tic: His lines are often punctuated by stutters and 'um's.
Fun Bobby (Vincent Ventresca)
- The Alcoholic: He has a drinking problem, and in season 2 Monica successfully helps him give up drinking.
- Ironic Name: He's not only boring (it's the alcohol that puts the "fun" into Fun Bobby), but downright depressing when sober.
- The Eeyore: Due to his grandfather's death, he suffers from depression without alcohol.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name is never revealed.
Julie (Lauren Tom)
- Asian and Nerdy: She's a Paleontologist.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Rachel's Veronica for Ross' Archie.
- Birds of a Feather: With Ross, both being nerdy paleontologists, he has more in common with her than with his First Love Rachel.
- Derailing Love Interests: A notable aversion since she stood in the way of the show's main pairing. Julie is consistently nice and makes efforts to befriend Rachel and the rest of the group. Rachel is portrayed as being in the wrong for disliking her and told by the others that she has to get over it. The inevitable break-up is solely because of Ross' feelings for Rachel and not because of anything Julie did.
- Nice Girl: Julie is a very sweet and lovely person.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
- Pair the Spares: After Ross breaks up with her because "She's not Rachel," Rachel still doesn't date him. She instead hooks up with a guy named "Russ" (played by "Snaro" note ) who is virtually identical to Ross. In The Stinger of that episode, he sees Julie, and she him, and it appears to be Love at First Sight.
- Romantic False Lead: In the second season, Ross dated academic Julie while Rachel looked on jealously.
Dr. Richard Burke
Dr. Richard Burke (Tom Selleck)
- Always Someone Better: How Chandler feels. In reality though Chandler is actually Richard's Always Someone Better, as Monica chose him over Richard several times. Interestingly, the show Dream On from the same creators had also sort-of featured an Always Someone Better romantic rival named Richard, but in that case the character was never seen.
- Badass Mustache: It's Tom Selleck. It's gone when he makes a return appearance in Season 3, but it's back in Season 6.
- Betty and Veronica: In Season 6, the Veronica to Chandler's Betty for Monica's Archie.
- The Bus Came Back: In season 3 and in season 6. However he's still frequently mentioned even later.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Steps down when he realizes Monica is meant to be with Chandler.
- The Dreaded: He never actually demonstrates this, but Joey (generally considered the group's most scrappy member) is absolutely certain Richard could kick his and Chandler's butts at the same time.
- First Love: To Monica. (Pete was her second and Chandler was her third.)
- Love Interest: To Monica in season 2.
- Nice Guy: Lampshaded by Chandler.Chandler: You know, Richard... you are a good guy.Richard: I know. I hate that.
- Romantic False Lead: In his final appearance.
- Team Dad: To his dismay, Chandler and Joey only think of him as this rather than as an equal.
Eddie Menuek (Adam Goldberg)
- Ambiguous Disorder: He most likely suffers from schizophrenia.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His extremely odd behavior and Ambiguous Disorder freaks Chandler out.
- Derailing Love Interests: In a non-romantic sense. Starts out as a perfectly decent, only slightly odd roommate whom Chandler gets along with fairly well. Within one episode, he gets turned into a raving psycho whom Chandler has to throw out so as to facilitate the Chandler/Joey reunion.
- Funny Schizophrenia: His bizarre behavior is Played for Laughs.
- The Mentally Disturbed: He watches Chandler sleep, loves shrinking fruit, and keeps a goldfish cracker as a pet. The only way Chandler is able to get him to leave is by pretend Eddie never lived there and Joey was there all along.
- Replacement Goldfish: To Joey, as Chandler's roommate. A literal example when Eddie buys a goldfish after irrationally believing that Chandler killed his previous fish. After temporarily replacing it with a goldfish cracker from Pepperidge Farm, anyway.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He apparently sneaks in Chandler's bedroom to watch him sleep every night.
"Ugly Naked Guy"
"Ugly Naked Guy"
- Character Death: Subverted. In one episode the gang think he is dead, but he's actually just sleeping.
- The Faceless: We see brief glimpses of him in "The One with the Poking Device" and "The One Where Everybody Finds Out," but never see his face directly.
- Formerly Fit: A flashback reveals he used to be known as "Cute Naked Guy" until he put on weight.
- The Ghost: He is seen twice, though not completely: his rear end and his hand in "The One With the Giant Poking Device", and also from behind in the episode where Ross is trying to get his apartment.
- I Was Quite a LookerPhoebe: (in flashback) Cute Naked Guy is really starting to put on weight.
- Naked People Are Funny: He's a nudist. An interesting example as he is almost never actually seen but only described by whichever friend is spying on him at that moment.
- No Name Given: Always referred to as "Ugly Naked Guy".
- Put on a Bus: In one episode it was announced that Ugly Naked Guy was moving out and subletting the apartment. Ross ends up acquiring the apartment.
Estelle Leonard (June Gable)
Mark Robinson (Steven Eckholdt)
- The Bus Came Back: In the season 10 episode "The One With Princess Consuela".
- Happily Married: It's revealed in season 10 that Mark is married with twins.
- Romantic False Lead: Definitely. While Mark never asked Rachel out until she ended her relationship with Ross, he was always considered as an obstacle to Ross and Rachel's relationship and was one of the reason for their break-up (although it's mostly because Ross was a massive Crazy Jealous Guy).
Pete Becker (Jon Favreau)
- Birds of a Feather: With Monica. Both of them are super-competitive, hard-working determinators who are too stubborn for their own good.
- Competition Freak: Why he and Monica eventually break up.
- Derailing Love Interests: He started as a sweet, smart Dogged Nice Guy who went to great lengths to win over Monica. Then he turns into a pig-headed Competition Freak who picks wrestling over her. Could be explained, by his Dogged Nice Guy, Determinator personality extending to all areas of his life, and once he'd 'won' Monica, he got bored and moved onto a new challenge.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Monica.
- Nice Guy: Until he becomes obsessed with wrestling, causing his break-up with Monica.
- Not with Them for the Money: Despite Rachel's encouragement Monica refuses to date him unless she develops genuine feelings. (She does.) She also refuses to let him give her her own restaurant.
- Second Love: To Monica. (Richard being the first and Chandler being the third).
- Self-Made Man: A millionaire manager of a huge computer corporation.
- Too Much Alike: Despite sharing his stubborn, competitive nature, Monica can't deal with it and they break up, hinting she needs someone more relaxed than her. Her next, and last, boyfriend is the easy-going Chandler.
Joanna (Alison La Placa)
- Asshole Victim: Sophie is genuinely happy when she dies.
- Bad Boss: She constantly mistreats and belittles Sophie, for some unexplained reason. She clearly likes Rachel much more than her.
- Benevolent Boss: She's slightly nicer to Rachel, as despite all the crap she puts her through, eventually admits that she's a good assistant.
- Character Death: She is one of the few recurring characters to have been killed on the show.
- Jerkass: Not only she treats Sophie like crap, but also tries to sabotage Rachel's interview for a higher position because she loves Rachel as her assistant. And when Chandler doesn't call her back after their date, she blames Rachel (who introduced them) for it and rather ominously hints to her that she'll fire her because of this—this is flat-out illegal workplace behavior.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
Sophie (Laura Dean)
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: She takes Joanna's death very well.
- Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Joanna loves Rachel and hates Sophie.Rachel: The hiring committee is meeting people all day and...Joanna: Oh. Well, I wish I could say no, but you can't stay my assistant forever. Neither can you Sophie, but for different reasons.
- Butt-Monkey: She's constantly picked on by her boss Joanna.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
Kate Miller (Dina Meyer)
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She initially dumps Joey after a one-night stand, treating him the same way he treats all the other women. Realizing that at the end of the episode, he starts calling ex-girlfriends just to apologize to them.
- Love Interest: One of the few women Joey was genuinely interested in.
- Morality Pet: She was the first woman to turn Joey into a Ladykiller in Love, many years before Rachel.
- Put on a Bus: After a few episodes, she obtains a part in LA and leaves Joey.
- Your Cheating Heart: She sleeps with Joey while she was dating the director.
Bonnie (Christine Taylor)
- Bald Women: She used to be this, but when Rachel meets her she is horrified to see that her hair has actually grown back and she is actually a very attractive woman. Until Rachel convinces her to shave her hair off again in "The One at the Beach".
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Rachel's Betty for Ross' Archie.
- Nice Girl: Despite her former sluttiness, she's generally very nice and friendly with everybody.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
- Really Gets Around: This is revealed at the beginning of "The One At The Beach," which makes it all the more strange that Ross of all people would be dating her.
- Romantic False Lead: Just introduced to stand in the way of the Ross/Rachel pairing for a while.
Chip Matthews (Dan Gauthier)
- Big Man on Campus: In high school, where he was dating the equally popular Rachel.
- The Faceless: In "The One with the Prom Video", he's played by an unknown, uncredited actor and his face is not seen on screen.
- Future Loser: He was the most popular guy in high school, now he's an immature Manchild with no job who still lives with his parents.
- Manchild: Monica dates him in "The One With The Cat" and learns that he hasn't matured at all since high school.
- Your Cheating Heart: He wasn't very faithful to Rachel, and at the prom he abandoned her to go have sex with a girl named Amy Welsh.
Kathy (Paget Brewster)
- Birds of a Feather: Chandler falls in love with her after they bond over their favorite television show.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sadly comes off as this, when she sleeps with Nick. Cheating once was sympathetic because she claimed to have fallen in love with Chandler, but cheating again tips her into this territory.
- Derailing Love Interests: While she did kiss Chandler, while she was with Joey, it was portrayed sympathetically as they'd genuinley fallen in love, while she and Joey were very casual. She eventually breaks up with Joey on good terms and enters into a proper relationship with Chandler, until eventually Chandler himself is the one who gets derailed. He sees her acting out a simulated sex scene with another guy in a play, and immidiately assumes she much be having an affair with him. She denies this, but Chandler accuses her in such an immature and harsh way that she DOES end up having an affair with the guy.
- Hypocrite: When Chandler says it should be understandable that he believes she could be cheating on him with co-star Nick, considering how they got together, she gets upset and leaves... and promptly cheats on Chandler with Nick.
- Love Interest: To Chandler and Joey in season 4.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
- Second Love: To Chandler, with Janice being first. (Monica was his third).
- Your Cheating Heart: She cheated on Joey with Chandler. Later she cheats on Chandler with Nick, leading to the end of their relationship.
Joshua Burgin (Tate Donovan)
Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's mostly portrayed as a nice love interest in season 4 (before she Took a Level in Jerkass), but she had jerkass foreshadowing from the start.
- Her first appearance had her being completely judgemental about strangers who didn't have a chance to explain themselves. Ross later handwaved it as her being soaking wet at the time.
- It was revealed that, despite being with Ross for a couple of weeks, she also had a long-term beau back home which she ended up dumping abruptly in favour of Ross, but only after Ross learned about it and decided to "fight" for her.
- In the rugby episode she gave out weak points of the other players for Ross to exploit to inflict as much pain as possible, even his own teammates. To be fair, in this case, she only did so because she had asked them to take it easy on Ross, and they clearly didn't.
- Her final "appearance" has her calling Ross the night before her wedding. No matter how you twist it, even at best, it's disrespectful to her fiance.
- Break the Cutie: In the season 4 finale she is humiliated by Ross at their wedding, the main reason why Emily turns into an obsessive Control Freak and Clingy Jealous Girl afterwards.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Emily's darker and jealous side to her personality is revealed in season 5. Due to her paranoia she forces Ross to cut all ties with Rachel whatsoever, in order to make their marriage work.
- Control Freak: Again, only after the season 4 finale.
- English Rose: A beautiful young woman with fair skin and dark hair and dark eyes. Initially she was sweet, caring and she and Ross seemed like a perfect match. She and Ross wanted to get married, but both wanted to stay in their homeland because they had strong ties with their family and friends.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: Emily's last two appearances have her in bed, under the blankets.
- Irony: When she gets cold feet about her impending wedding and calls Ross about possibly getting back together, Monica thinks it's some kind of mean-spirited head game. Rachel (the person Emily demanded that Ross never see) actually thinks Emily's being sincere and feels a little sympathetic towards her (though not to the point of wanting Ross to actually call her back, of course).
- Jerkass Has a Point: Having your future husband saying the name of his ex-girlfriend's at the altar would enrage anyone. And then she sees said husband about to board a plane for the honeymoon with said ex-girlfriend.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She had shades of this trope and similar effect on Ross. They spontaneously went to Vermont and enthusiastically watched animals and enjoyed the autumn there, he played rugby because of her, she made him pierce his ear and enroll in helicopter lessons. Though he says she won't be around for long enough for him to actually frequent the lessons.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Her arc was supposed to be longer, but because of Baxendale's pregnancy and desire to work back in England, she was written off quicker than intended.
- Romantic False Lead: Emily is introduced as a sympathetic character, and you can't blame her for getting mad at Ross after the wedding disaster but when Ross tries to reconcile with her, she is turned into a selfish, petty shrew by forcing Ross to never see Rachel again and, when she can't have her way, turning her back on him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Ross said his Rachel's name at the altar and then tried to get on the honeymoon flight with said ex, Emily went into a paranoia overdrive.
- Woman Scorned: Although this is partially Ross' fault.
Danny (George Newbern)
- BrotherSister Incest: He has a "special relationship" with his sister. They even take baths together.
- The Matchmaker: In "The One Where Ross Moves In" he tries to set up Rachel with his friend Tom, much to her dismay.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He and his sister towards each other. Rachel eventually breaks up with him because of this.
- Oblivious to Love: Like Joshua before him, he was initially oblivious to Rachel's interest in him.
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
Gary (Michael Rapaport)
- Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted at the end of his first episode. He cracks a joke, and only Chandler laughs—not because it was funny, but because Gary carries a gun.
- Derailing Love Interests: And how! He was a Nice Guy who genuinely loved Phoebe and she even agreed to move in with him happily...until he shot a bird just because it was chirping too loudly. Phoebe broke up with him and he was never seen again.
- Love Interest: To Phoebe in season 5.
- Out-of-Character Moment: When he kills a bird for...whatever reason. Probably the dumbest way of getting rid of a Love Interest ever used on the show (even worse than Danny and his disturbing "special relationship" with his sister in season 5).
Janine Lecroix (Elle MacPherson)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: After she and Joey become a couple, she starts badmouthing his friends (Chandler and Monica) because she hates hanging out with them, putting Joey into a Friend Versus Lover situation.
- Derailing Love Interests: She was Joey's new roommate to whom he was attracted and eventually got together with. Then, she inexplicably turned out to be unable to stand Chandler and Monica, causing Joey to break up with her and her moving out.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Besides Joey, even Ross and Chandler showed attraction to her good looks.
- Girly Girl: She likes pictures of babies, vases with flowers, bowls with petals, pretty little boxes or colorful pillows.
- Love Interest: To Joey in season 6.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Briefly with Monica, with Janine complaining she's 'too loud' and running away when Monica challenges her to fight it out.
Elizabeth Stevens (Alexandra Holden)
- Dating What Daddy Hates: She dates Ross, her professor from college. Her dad is not pleased.
- Nice Girl: Has a nice and pleasant demeanor, which Monica acknowledges after first meeting her.
- One of the Boys: Implied at the end of The One With Joey's Fridge, when the friends who she's meeting for Spring Break turn out to be a huge group of guys.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She dates Ross who was her paleontology teacher. Their relationship ends when her relative immaturity becomes a problem for Ross.
Paul Stevens (Bruce Willis)
- Chick Magnet: He immediately attracts Phoebe and Monica who try to flirt with him, and then he starts making out with Rachel in Joey's apartment.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in the episode "The One Where Paul's the Man" when he starts talking and singing exaggeratedly to himself in the mirror.Paul: Just relax. Just relax, Paul, you're doing great. She likes you. She... maybe, she likes you. She likes you. You know why? Because you're a... neat guy. You are the man. You are... The Man! I still got it! Nice and sexy. You're just a love machine.
- Freudian Excuse: He had a horrible childhood that made him a very insecure person.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: After revealing to Rachel his ridiculously bad childhood, he begins crying for hours and Rachel dumps him for this reason.
- Hypocrite: Rather than simply object to the inappropriateness of a teacher dating a student, he doesn't like Ross' relationship with his daughter because Ross is much older than she is. Then Paul starts dating Rachel, who is considerably younger than him.
- Jerkass: He acted like a dick to Ross, mostly because Ross dates Paul's daughter who is much younger than Ross and actually his student at university.
- Overprotective Dad: He still sees his college-aged daughter Elizabeth as his little girl. Understandable in that Liz is an only child, and Paul and his wife gave birth to her while they were very young.
Tag Jones (Eddie Cahill)
- Even the Guys Want Him: Even Chandler gushes about how good-looking he is.
- Hired for Their Looks: Rachel finds him so cute and pretty that she hires him as her assistant.
- Love Interest: Rachel fancies hom.
- Nice Guy: He appeared to be a decent guy, but wasn't mature enough for Rachel.
- Pretty Boy: He's quite young and has pretty, almost feminine features.
- Romantic False Lead: He dates Rachel but they are not meant to be.
- Sleeping with the Boss: He becomes Rachel's lover even though she's his boss.
Mona (Bonnie Somerville)
- Birds of a Feather: With Ross. She is the only person to understand the reference to his "Spudnik" Halloween costume.
- Derailing Love Interests: Averted. She breaks up after learning Ross invited Rachel (his pregnant ex) to live with him. That was apparently the last straw in a series of mishaps, including Rachel being pregnant with his baby being blurted out and some missed dates.
- The Generic Girl: There is nothing notable about her, except that she was dating Ross in season 8. Lampshaded when Phoebe denounces the group's collective dating history. She specifically mentions Mona among others as examples of the group's bad dating history, leading a confused Ross to wonder "What was wrong with Mona?"
- Love Interest: To Ross.
- Nice Girl: She is generally a friendly person, even to the other people in the group.
- Only One Name: Her last name is not revealed.
- Romantic False Lead: She begins a relationship with Ross just as Ross learns that Rachel is pregnant with his child.
Will (Brad Pitt)
- Berserk Button: Rachel. Just Rachel. His grudge on her is so intense, he wrecks a wall decoration by gripping on it too forcefully when he sees her again.
- Fat Best Friend: Was this to Ross in high school.
- Formerly Fat: He was incredibly overweight in highschool, to the point Monica was referred to as "his thin friend". Seeing how Monica was Formerly Fat during that time as well, that's saying something.
- Future Loser: Inverted. After graduation, the overweight and taunted Will managed to get in shape and grew up to become a successful commodities broker. While he describes it as boring, he at least remarks that he's "rich and thin".
- Jerkass to One: While Will is good friends with Ross and Monica, he acts extremely hostile to Rachel due to her mocking his obesity back in highschool.
- No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: While being bullied in highschool makes his resentment understandable, forming an "I Hate Rachel Club", spreading rumors of Rachel being a hermaphrodite, and clinging onto that grudge for years makes it hard to sympathize with him.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in "The One With The Rumor" and is never mentioned in any other episode.
- Rejected Apology: Played Straight. He refuses to accept any kind of apology from Rachel, who has no recollection of their past at all.
- Remember the New Guy?: Supposedly an old close friend of Ross and Monica, but he was never mentioned before or since, wasn't in attendance at their wedding, etc.
Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd)
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to David's Veronica for Phoebe's Archie.
- The Bus Came Back: He breaks up with Phoebe midway through Season 9 but then returns during the season finale.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's Paul Rudd, after all.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: While mostly seen around Phoebe, he's the Sixth Ranger who interacts with all the other Friends in at least one episode, except with Rachel who is the only one who never shares a scene with him.
- Happily Married: Eventually to Phoebe.
- The Generic Guy: More interesting than usual, but for the most part he's just a generic boyfriend (later husband) to give Phoebe a stable love interest at the end of the series.
- Love Interest: To Phoebe in the last two seasons and the most important one.
- Nice Guy: He loves Phoebe and patiently puts up with her odd behavior.
- Not So Above It All: He felt chafed by his law career, so even though he's a pretty laid-back guy, he's not above indulging Phoebe's quirkier moments. He also takes great pleasure in calling the guests of a bad dinner party boring before storming off.
- Only Sane Man: He's much saner than Phoebe, although sometimes he humors her when she's being a Cloudcuckoolander.Phoebe (doing a crossword puzzle): Hey, Mike, what's the capital of Peru?Mike: Lima.Phoebe: No, it starts with a V and ends in an X. And hopefully with a T-O in the middle.Mike: You know, you're right. The capital of Peru is Vtox.
- Opposites Attract: With Phoebe. Their normal guy/quirky girl pairing works because of this trope.
- Pursue the Dream Job: He becomes a pro pianist quite late in his life.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Phoebe's Energetic Girl.
- Second Love: To Phoebe (David was her first serious love interest).
- Sixth Ranger: He has a prominent role being married to Phoebe, but never gets promoted to main cast member, so he takes on this role.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: At the end of the eighth season Phoebe meets a man named Cliff, who similarly to Mike was also formerly married and is a Nice Guy who can put up with her odd behaviorisms. Come season nine and he is never mentioned despite it picking up directly where the previous season left off while Mike is almost immediately introduced, suggesting that he was going to have the role Mike ultimately wound up with in the series.
- Uptown Girl: Gender inverted. He's a former lawyer and comes from a very wealthy family who are not thrilled at him falling for former Street Urchin Phoebe.
Gavin Mitchell (Dermot Mulroney)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rachel.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears after a few episodes without explanation.
- Deadpan Snarker: His first interactions with Rachel are Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Hidden Depths: He apparently was a rodeo clown, which intrigued Rachel."One of the best, ma'am, one of the best."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts out as a jerk to Rachel, but is eventually revealed to be a nice person.
- Pet the Dog: In his first appearance, he lets Rachel do a big presentation in his place and agrees to watch Emma in the meantime.
Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler)
- Birds of a Feather: With Ross. They're both paleontologists who work at the same university. They begin dating after Charlie breaks up with Joey.
- Derailing Love Interests: She seemed pleasant, intellectual and well-matched with Ross. Out of the blue she cheated on Ross with her ex-boyfriend right in front of him. And yep, this was to accomodate another Ross/Rachel hook up for the end of the series.
- Has a Type: She likes intellectual and successful guys. The only exception was Joey who has nothing to assert in the way of intelligence or academic achievements. They break up very soon because they were too different.
- Hot Scientist: She's a stunningly good-looking paleontologist.
- Love Interest: To Joey and Ross.
- Opposites Attract: With Joey. She's a very intellectual woman who usually dates only smart guys, while Joey is extremely Book Dumb and ignorant.
- Reality Ensues: Her relationship with Joey not only fails because they are so different, but because they made little effort to even try to engage in the other's interests.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's a tall and imposing beauty. She's taller than most female characters and looms over some men as well.
- Tomboyish Name: Charlie is usually a male name.
- Your Cheating Heart: She was in a happy relationship with Ross. After her ex-boyfriend tells her he still has feelings for her, she ends up making out with him, in front of Ross. Never seen again after that episode.
Erica (Anna Faris)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: When talking about the potential fathers of her baby, she mentioned one of the possibilities was a guy in prison who murdered his father with a shovel.
- Artistic License Biology: As Monica said, she didn't really pay attention in Sex Ed, otherwise she'd have known that whatever it was she did with "Shovelly Joe" cannot possibly result in pregnancy.
- Brainless Beauty: She's pretty but not very bright.Monica: There's something that we wanna tell you. We decided to name the girl-baby Erica.Erica: Oh my God, that's just like my name!
- Dumb Blonde: She didn't even realize she was pregnant with twins and thought she would have one baby.
- Instant Birth: Just Add Water!: Averted Trope. She spends several hours walking around without realising that her "stomach cramps" are actually contractions. It isn't until she gets back to the apartment and Phoebe and Monica see her wince that she realises she's in labour.
- Nice Girl: She was initially mad at Chandler and Monica for lying to her, but when Chandler talks privately to Erica and tells her about how much Monica really wanted a child, Erica understands his reasons and gives them another chance.
- Only One Name: Her last name is not revealed.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Played with, Erica knew she was pregnant... she just didn't know it was twins.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: When we first meet her she's a perfectly normal, intelligent girl. Then she seemed to get progressively dumber in every appearance she made, which is saying something given that she was only a one-season character. By the end of the show she's so stupid that Chandler makes a crack about her having a similar level of intelligence to Joey. Of course by the finale, you realize this was done to justify the surprise of her having twins and not realizing it.