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    Jesse Katsopolis
Portrayed by: John Stamos

  • '80s Hair: All three primary male actors are shown wearing mullets at different points in the show's run.
  • Back to School: To the high school he dropped out of initially.
  • Berserk Button: Don't let him catch you with alcohol. It's a case of Fridge Brilliance when you remember that Pam, his sister, was killed by a drunk driver.
  • Catchphrase: "Have mer-cy! "I'm there for ya babe" becomes one later on.
  • Character Development: Initially, he is portrayed as a rebellious, music crazed biker who didn't seem to enjoy helping his family. As seasons progress, he is shown to be more family oriented (to the point of saying they are more important to him than music) and focused less on producing music and more on providing it like owning the Smash Club and running a radio station
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early seasons, Jesse was shown being a sports fan such as watching games, and playing football. In later seasons, he hates sports and is shown being uncoordinated.
  • Children Raise You: The longer he takes care of his nieces, the more he mellows and matures. Although he retains the Cool Uncle persona, he also becomes a better disciplinarian.
  • Cool Uncle: Always a caring uncle to all the girls, especially Michelle.
  • The Dandy: He can be pretty conscious about his looks. Especially his hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, like most of the cast members.
  • Death Glare: Usually towards Joey.
  • Fake-Hair Drama: A recurring fear of Jesse's. Some of the dream sequences depict Jesse with varying degrees of hair loss (one depicted an elderly Jesse wearing a toupee similar to the haircut he had at that time; a later one shows him with hair plugs).
  • First Gray Hair: Gets his first at 29. Naturally, he freaks out.
  • Flanderization: His obsession with his hair and Elvis.
  • Former Teen Rebel: A high school dropout, and even in early seasons he was still a rebellious bad boy biker. In later seasons he acts more like a mature adult.
  • Friend to All Children: He's always reluctant, but ends up bonding with them anyway.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Kids, babies and even animals love this guy.
  • Gorgeous Greek: There's no hiding those Mediterranean good looks.
  • Happily Married: To Becky, in later seasons.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His leather jacket.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Danny and Joey.
  • Hippie Parents: He and Becky don't set many limits for their sons and let them get away with everything, causing them to act out.
  • Important Haircut: Losing his mullet coincided with the start of his Character Development.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mainly in the early seasons. His rebellious nature may get the better of him sometimes and can be selfish, but he's still a loving family man at heart.
  • Lady Killer In Love: He was a womanizer, until he meets and falls in love with Becky in season 2.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In season 1 he has long hair. After he cuts it, he's just a Pretty Boy.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: To the point where it borders on being a catch phrase.
  • Parental Substitute: To the girls, particularly Michelle.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man (rebellious "tough guy") to Danny's Sensitive Guy (the organized Neat Freak).
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Being played by John Stamos.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Joey are good enough friends that they venture into several career paths together (advertising, a radio show,) yet the difference of personalities between a cool, laid-back musician and a goofy, Manchild comedian means they bicker at each other a lot.

     Danny Tanner
Portrayed by: Bob Saget

  • '80s Hair: All three primary male actors are shown wearing mullets at different points in the show's run.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very loving father and he doesn't raise his voice that much, but when he does, look out! Stephanie found that out when she refused to clean her room once.
  • Bumbling Dad: At times, particularly to D.J., but a very effective one through and through.
  • Characterization Marches On: An early episode had Danny reluctantly cleaning the house when the boys' mothers descend upon them. The same Danny Tanner who in later episodes is shown cleaning his cleaning supplies. Though he was known to be a neat freak when he was a child as well. His messiness at the beginning of the series could be attributed to depression over the recent death of his wife. He also mentioned that he had help cleaning from his mom, then his wife, and now he had to learn for himself.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Danny had moments like this.
  • Control Freak: He's very controlling. For example, during the family trip to Hawaii, he takes charge and marks all the families' activities together on what he calls a "Clipboard of Fun".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Danny kicks Kimmy out for 3 weeks (later 1 week & 6 days) for breaking one of his TV's in the season 3 episode "Fraternity Reunion". Of course it was just another of the dumb things Kimmy did, and this one was the last straw; plus, he heard DJ screamed and thought someone was hurt.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jesse and Joey.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a skilled pool player (Joey: "He went to school on a billiards scholarship"), dart player (Danny: "I minored in darts"), wrestler ("They called me the "Steel Stringbean") and guitarist. Also, he's not a bad singer.
  • Ironic Nickname: Kimmy calls Danny "Mr. T".
  • Momma's Boy: Implied a few times like when Danny said he kissed his parents and the floor when he returned from camp (which Joey promptly said was a day camp) and telling DJ his mom chose his drink till he was 21. May or may not have completely shaken this after Season 3's "The Return of Grandma," after explaining to his mother that most everything he did as a kid was an attempt to make her happy.
    Joey: (to Jesse) He may need his mother.
  • Neat Freak: So much so the trope could be named after him. He thinks of big spring cleaning as an equivalent of Christmas.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (organized Neat Freak) to Jesse's Manly Man (rebellious "tough guy").
  • Super OCD: He upgrades from Neat Freak to Super OCD during Spring Cleaning.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's over six foot and he's quite good looking.

     Joey Gladstone
Portrayed by: Dave Coulier

  • '80s Hair: All three primary male actors are shown wearing mullets at different points in the show's run.
  • The Artifact: Unlike Jesse (the actual uncle), he was just a good friend that agreed to move in to help Danny raise the girls. Over time, the girls had gotten old enough to take care of themselves and Rebecca also moved in after marrying Jesse.
  • Big Eater: Not to the extent that Steve is, but he's known for his appetite.
  • Catchphrase: "Cut it out!"
  • Children Raise You: Present, but not as much as with Jesse. As noted below, he remains a Manchild, and while he does a lot of "fun" parent stuff like teaching Michelle to ride a bike, he's rarely seen in serious parental roles.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a grown man who watches cartoons. That by itself wouldn't mean much. The fact that he constantly talks to people using cartoon voices for no apparent reason does.
  • Cool Uncle: Although not an actual uncle. Danny's daughters only call him "Uncle Joey" a few times in early episodes. Despite not being related to the family he acts as an uncle to the kids of the house.
  • Dumb Blonde: Played straight.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jesse and Danny.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a pilot's license, a teacher's license and could give a surprising detailed response to a question about cartoon violence.
  • Honorary Uncle: He is the childhood best friend of Danny who usually handles the day-to-day raising of the kids by doing chores like making meals, driving the kids to school appointments, and after school activities, taking care of Michelle as a baby, and helping the kids with their homework. He also becomes their Uncle Jesse's best friend and Jesse insists his children call Joey, "Uncle Joey" as a sign of respect.
  • Lethal Chef: Two words: Flounder Tarts.
  • Manchild: Loves cartoons and junk food.
  • Parental Substitute: To the girls.
  • Picked Last: In the first-season episode "Just One of the Guys", he's humiliated to find himself picked last while choosing sides for a game of football.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jesse.

     Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner
Portrayed by: Candace Cameron

     Stephanie Tanner
Portrayed by: Jodie Sweetin

  • Adorably Precocious Child: In the first seasons unless Michelle became old enough to take that role.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She loves reading D.J.'s diary and eavesdropping on her telephone calls. She annoyed her a lot in early episodes and it's used as a plot point in more than one episode.
  • Catchphrase: "How rude!" "Well pin a rose on your nose" and "Hot dog." She dropped these as she got older.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Kimmy.
  • Genki Girl: She's perky, talkative and the most excitable of the girls. This gets toned down as she gets older.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Mr. Bear, see below.
  • Little Miss Snarker: The snarkiest one in the family. She and Kimmy are frequently making off-handed jabs toward one another throughout most of the series.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: She even has an episode dedicated to her fear that she'd never be as good or loved as her sisters. She has a Imagine Spot where both DJ and Michelle upstage her at everything. (She became an astronaut, went to Mars, and learned to fly. She gets upstaged when DJ went to get the mail and Michelle blinked.) Later, they remind her that there are great sides to being the middle, such it being the best part of the cookie and mistakes they made with DJ they won't make with her, depressing DJ but making Stephanie happy.
  • Missing Mom: Several months before the series' began, Danny's wife and the girls' mother, Pam, was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
  • Mouthy Kid: She pretty much epitomizes this trope in the early seasons. She gets better later on.
  • Out of Focus: Starting around Season 6, Stephanie gets less episodes that focus on her (unless they deal with tough issues like smoking or joyriding) and is mostly added in for a cold opening, subplot, or as an extra character in the main plot.
  • Security Blanket: Mr. Bear. In an aversion of the usual storyline for this trope, she actually ends up keeping it all through the series.
  • She's All Grown Up: Like DJ she became more crushworthy as she hit puberty.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to D.J.'s Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She often wears this in her hair in Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: In Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Starting in Season 6, Stephanie becomes more sarcastic and negative.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gia in the later seasons.

     Michelle Tanner

  • Adorably Precocious Child: The precocious yet lovable youngest child with many Catch Phrases.
  • And Starring: In the last season, the twins are credited as "and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: In later seasons.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Could be justified because she's the youngest, but many people found her "cute" antics and smart-mouthing bratty. Her brattiness is taken Up to Eleven in the Disney World episode.
  • Breakout Character: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were not given their own billing in the opening credits during the original first-run ABC series; they were not permanently added until Season 2. Michelle becomes the most well-known character and towards the end of its run Full House was pretty much "The Michelle Show". The Olsen twins (arguably the best known actresses from the show) even get the And Starring treatment in the last season.
  • Catchphrase: Several. "You got it dude!" "Aw nuts" "You're in big trouble, mister!" etc. She eventually dropped them when she got older, though.
  • Cheerful Child: Being a young child, Michelle is quite playful and adventurous.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her cousins Nicky and Alex in the last couple of seasons.
  • The Cutie: The studio audience goes "aww" a lot whenever Michelle does something "cute".
  • Daddy's Girl: Being the baby of the family, Michelle always receives the most attention.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: During her toddler years—it's even lampshaded by her uncles a few times. She knows she is cute and can get away with a lot of things because of it.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In some episodes.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her stuffed pig named Pinky.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Squirt" by Kimmy (which Michelle hates) and "Munchkin" from Uncle Jesse (which is fine with her).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be bratty and mischievous, but she eventually realizes the errors of her ways by the episode's conclusion and she deeply adores her family.
  • Karma Houdini: Big time. Even though the plot of Season 4's "Crimes and Michelle's Demeanor" involved Danny realizing he was letting her get away with too much, then deciding to punish her. Lampshaded occasionally in the rest of the series. Although usually when Michelle does something wrong she DOES get a talking-to and occasionally she'll get punished, ex: The episode "Sisters in Crime".
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Young children often referred to Full House as "The Baby Michelle Show".
  • Little Miss Snarker: When she is older.
  • Missing Mom: Several months before the series' began, Danny's wife and the girls' mother, Pam, was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
  • Mouthy Kid: Less so than Stephanie, but is still snarky enough to qualify.
  • Never My Fault: In later seasons.
  • Precocious Crush: Michelle gets a crush on Steve after she gets a Valentine's Day present from him and wants to marry him. Steve goes along with it believing she's pretending. After he realizes the truth, Michelle is heartbroken at first but she gets over it.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
  • Spoiled Brat: Especially in later seasons, partially because Danny rarely disciplined her for several years and is by far the most spoiled of the three sisters.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: As Michelle gets older, she gets more episodes revolving around her, especially starting in Season 6. The writers brought it to the point where Michelle was essentially the main character by the end of the series.
  • Sweet Tooth: Is a fiend for cookies, ice cream, chocolate and anything sweet.

     Becky Donaldson Katsopolis
Portrayed by: Lori Loughlin

  • And Starring: In season 3 she is credited as "and Lori Loughlin".
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Becky can't sing. Oddly, though, "Our Very First Telethon" showed her singing a duet on live TV with Danny, and her voice was decent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be sarcastic.
  • Happily Married: To Jesse, in later seasons.
  • Hippie Parents: She and Jesse are not very good at disciplining their boys or teaching them right for wrong, causing them to act out such as destroying Michelle's science project or keeping them up all night.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: She's one of the main characters, but is only introduced in season 2.
  • Lethal Chef: Rebecca suffers from this reputation, much to her annoyance. An episode involves her and Michelle learning how to cook together, however, with rather appetizing results to subvert the trope.
  • Nice Girl: Very caring and helpful, and gets along with everyone.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is practical and often seen giving advice to her three nieces.
  • Parental Substitute: To the Tanner girls (like Jesse and Joey).
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 3.
  • Team Mom: She becomes a sort of mom substitute to D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle

     Kimmy Gibbler
Portrayed by: Andrea Barber

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards several of the men on the show, especially Jesse (she even slapped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the butt).
  • Book Dumb: She's a straight-D student and gets rejected by literally every college in California.
  • Butt-Monkey: No one seems to tolerate her, and she's often insulted and made fun of by everyone, even the adults.
  • Catchphrase: "Whoa, baby!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: According to D.J. "Kimmy's not an airhead. She just hates thinking."
  • Comically Small Bribe: She attempts to get into to Stanford by submitting the application along with a $20 bill, only for Standford to reject her by sending her $40 and a note asking her to pretend it never happened.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In early seasons she's very snarky towards the family.
  • The Ditz: She's a terrible student and not very smart.
    Stephanie: Kimmy, you're so dumb you don't even know how dumb you are.
    Kimmy: You're the one who's dumb: capital D-U-M!
    DJ: Kimmy, there's a B.
    Kimmy: [turns around] Where? I hate bees!
  • Drop-In Character: Like Steve Urkel, she serves as the weird annoying neighbor to the main family.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her indifference towards higher education results in her getting rejected by every California-based university. The best she could do was go to a community college.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Aside from her friend D.J., most of the other household members can't stand her. Stephanie and Jesse are the most vocal in their dislike of her.
    Kimmy: Hey, guys!
    Stephanie: Gibbler, don't you ever knock?
    Kimmy: I used to, but no one ever let me in.
  • Genki Girl: She is usually perky and upbeat.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With D.J.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite generally being not particularly bright, Kimmy at one point did better in Spanish class than DJ did. She helped persuade Danny into considering getting DJ her own phone line by explaining the costs of installing a second phone line. She also somehow got a perfect score on her driver's exam. No, she didn't cheat (though she did on her first time). She's just a surprisingly really good driver (a fact that surprises Danny). Kimmy's also an expert drummer, keyboard player and bagpiper. She can also ride a unicycle.
    • In "Another Opening, Another No Show", she was hurt when Jesse insulted the way she decorated her uniform.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Played straight with both D.J. and her friend Kimmy.
  • The Nicknamer: "Squirt" for Michelle, "Hairboy" for Jesse, "Mr. T" for Danny.
  • No Indoor Voice: Occasionally when she enters the house she'll scream DJ's name in a loud, grating voice.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: She has absolutely ridiculous taste in clothes.
  • Parental Neglect: Implied.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 5.
  • Reality Ensues: Kimmy's indifference to her education causes her to be rejected by every university in California. Stanford even sends her rejection letter with $40 (after she bribed them with a $20) and a note saying "Let's pretend this never happened". She actually does regret this, both for being a failure and because it means she will be separated from DJ who despite also being rejected from Stanford at least got into Berkley.
  • Smelly Feet Gag: One of the central running gags is that Kimmy Gibler has smelly feet. Every time she takes off her shoes, the other characters have to move away from her (though they usually can't stand her as it already is). The smell seems to come right out after she takes off her shoe or shoes. Apparently, this runs in her family, as she mentions in one episode that DJ probably won't want to spend the night at her house since her father has just run out of foot deodorant.
  • Straw Loser: She's pretty much there to make D.J. and the Tanner girls look good.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Kimmy loves trout.

     Nicky and Alex Katsopolis
Portrayed by: Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit

  • Always Identical Twins: Played by Real Life twins.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Neither of the boys are given much in the way of boundaries, causing them to act out.
  • Catchphrase: Sometimes when one says something the other will say double that ie "I want dessert." "Double dessert." "Shame on them." "Double shame."
  • Cheerful Child
  • Coordinated Clothes: Occasionally.
  • Cousin Oliver: The twin sons of Jesse and Becky added to the cast in later seasons, when Michelle is already older.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: When Michelle grows older, the role gets filled by twins Nicky and Alex.
  • Karma Houdini: This gets called out by Danny of all people that Becky and Jesse need to be able to discipline the boys. The worst they get for the below mentioned moment is a no longer amnesiac Michelle demanding her toy back.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the finale, they take full advantage of Michelle's amnesia to get her to give them one of her toys. Probably justified because they're kids and don't understand the seriousness of the situation—but "justified" is not the same as "excused". There was also an earlier episode where they destroyed Michelle's science project and didn't know they weren't supposed to, which has Danny mention that parents are usually the one to teach children discipline.
  • Trickster Twins: They are both mischievous and cause much stress to their parents' lives.

     Steve Hale
Portrayed by: Scott Weinger


Other Characters

     Vicky Larson
Portrayed by: Gail Edwards

     Gia Mahan
Portrayed by: Marla Sokoloff

     Derek S. Boyd
Portrayed by: Blake McIver Ewing

Portrayed by: Tahj Mowry

     Denise Frazer
Portrayed by: Jurnee Smollett

     Aaron Bailey 
Portrayed by: Miko Hughes

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Good lord. He was played by Miko Hughes, best known as the demon child from Pet Sematary, and the poor kid was typecast as evil, bratty, and obnoxious children for years.
  • The Bully: He is the typical class bully, who tends to be annoying and rude at times.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Eventually, Aaron becomes good friends with Michelle and is accepted into the group of friends, despite being a little bit of a pest.
  • It's All About Me: Teddy at one point claims that Aaron is "too bossy" whenever they're together.
  • Jerkass: With some occasional Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All
  • Mouthy Kid
    Aaron: Do I have the biggest part?
    Jesse: No, but you have the biggest mouth.
  • Spoiled Brat: Especially towards Jesse.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: with everyone, especially Michelle. Best summed up by the following quote:
    Michelle: "Okay, we'll play Hide-and-Seek. You hide and we'll try to find you. (Beat) Maybe."

     Pam Tanner (neé Katsopolis) 
Portrayed by: Christine Houser

  • Cool Big Sis: To Jesse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this, as seen in one of Danny's home movies.
  • Drunk Driver: The very cause of her death, and it's implied the drunk died, too, as the family does not make any mentions of court or settlements (which would be expected if the drunkard survived).
  • Missing Mom: To the three girls. Makes an appearance in "Goodbye Mr. Bear" during a home movie.
  • Posthumous Character: The premise of the series is that she was killed in a car accident, so Jesse and Joey moved in to help Danny with his daughters.
  • Shared Family Quirks: In the one time she is shown, it seems she also likes to add "Huh?!" at the end of sarcastic or exasperated comments, much like her little brother Jesse.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Discussed in one episode. Danny claims she was the most perfect woman he ever knew, but Jesse quickly reminds him of her flaws. ("And when we were little she used to hold me down and stick carrots up my nose!")

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