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     Kathleen 'Kath' Darleen Day-Knight 
Played by: Jane Turner
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"Look at moy..."

  • Bitchin Sheeps Clothing: Despite her pleasant manner, she is often quite horrible to her daughter.
    Kath: Have a laugh, c'mon, have a laugh. Oh, don't, your tummy will wobble.
  • Brain Bleach: Talks about her sex life with Kim, her daughter.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Kath is prone to lighting up when things get tense.
  • Disco Dan: Kath still perms her hair and dresses as though it's still the '80s. She doesn't even seem to realize that times, and fashions, have changed.
  • The Hero: She's pro-active, high-spirited and shows boundless curiosity.
  • Opposites Theme Naming: the Day to Kel’s Knight.
  • Quirky Curls: Kel thinks her hair is her "clowning glory".
  • Renaissance Man: Renaissance Woman: Kath is a speed reader, floral artist (not a flower decorator) and dabbles in painting.
  • Stepford Snarker: Kath gets some good one-liners in, all at Kim’s expense of course.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Kath's normally a very approachable woman, but when someone pushes her too far, she can be quite stern.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Kath habitually lists her to-do list to herself (and everyone else)
  • Too Much Information: Kath tends to overshare, especially to Brett.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Briefly owned a poodle-hybrid that had the same bouffant hairstyle Kath has.

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     Kimberly 'Kim' Craig née Day 
Played by: Gina Riley
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"Am I the only one around here thinking about me?"

  • Angry White Man: Kim develops a case of xenophobia in one episode, ironically while Kath finds out she's got indigenous ancestry. The episode ends with Kath telling Kim that they've also got Asian ancestry, with the ancestor in question also being a Muslim.
  • Animals Hate Him:
    • Cujo and Kim are constantly competing for Brett's affections.
    • Averted with a horse, who likes Kim a little too much.
  • Basement-Dweller: Kim is a rare female example, Types 1 and 2. Kim moving out only to move back in is a running gag on the series beginning in the very first episode.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Kim was this when she was a teenager, and she still acts like it now, though with less emphasis on boys (she's too busy moping over Brett)
  • Chewing the Scenery: Kim is dramatic and dominates most scenes she is in.
  • Fan Disservice: Kim makes no attempt to hide her underwear when she's bending over in a miniskirt and in one episode considered hiking up her G-string above her pants.
  • Fat Girl: Despite thinking she is the epitome of sexiness and slimness, and often squeezing herself into far-too-small clothing, the other characters have no qualms about pointing out how chubby she is. Especially her own mother!
    Kim: There are still plenty of gois who think Oi'm hot even if you - my husband - doesn't!
    Truck Driver: Move your big fat arse!
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: she has a frosty relationship with Kel which makes their rare scenes alone very awkward.
  • It's All About Me: "Everyone's been acting really selfish lately. I'm the only one here thinking about me."
  • Jerkass: Kim takes after her father, “a fat, lazy whinger who was terribly rude”.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Kim blames her weight gain and laziness on Kath's lack of encouragement. Given how often Kath jokes about Kim's size, it's not hard to imagine that maybe Kath had been doing this for years, crippling Kim's self-esteem.
    • Also when Kath and Kel are indulging in unhealthy food because it is "fat free". Despite Kath constantly nagging her about her diet, it's Kim that points out "Look at the sugar content, Mum".
  • Kick the Dog: Bites Cujo's ear hard enough to draw blood. This convinces Brett to finally put his foot down and kick her out...for a day.
  • The Lancer: Serves as a contrast to Kath, being anti-social and lacking in self-respect, but they get on well enough and Kim went out of her way to make sure Kath had a hen's night to remember.
  • Phrase Catcher: Kim will occasionally show off a new look that will elicit a flat "Oh. My. God." from Sharon, who is quick to follow it up with "Nothing!".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With her long hair, frosted makeup, tight clothing, and Bratty Teenage Daughter mannerisms she is the Girly Girl to Sharon's Tomboy.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: She's a horrible, HORRIBLE person. But we like her anyway.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She visibly beams on the rare occasions when she is given genuine praise by Kath.
  • With Friends Like These...: Kim is constantly bickering with Sharon and insulting her. They do get the occasional moment of Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other though.

     Kel Graham Knight 
Played by: Glenn Robbins
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"Hey there, foxy lady"

  • Berserk Button: Flirting with Kath. Given how Sandy Freckle treated him, it's fairly understandable.
  • Beta Couple: with Kath. They form the stable foil to Kim and Brett’s tempestuous relationship.
  • The Big Guy: He's tall, physically active, fiercely protective of his loved ones and possesses a heart of gold.
  • Bi the Way: He was in the Navy for 6 years.
  • The Dandy: Kel is a “metrosexual from way back” and is very fond of his man-bags.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a "Knight" who is 100% devoted to Kath.
  • Nice Guy: Kel is an absolute sweetheart.
  • Opposites Theme Naming: the Knight to Kel’s Day.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's fit, works at a butcher shop, has a history in the Navy and yet manages to fret over his appearance at least as much as Kath does.
  • Runaway Bride: Kel was the victim of this multiple times before marrying Kath.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: He and Kim have a frosty relationship and very rarely spend time alone.

     Brett Craig 
Played by: Peter Rowsthorn
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"Kim, please come home... I don't know how to use the washing machine."

  • '80s Hair: Had a mullet in the 90s.
  • Canine Companion: Brett's dog Cujo, whom he's seldom seen without.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Shown in a flashback, revealing how Brett fell for Kim. He was originally Sharon's boyfriend, but was so distracted by the sexy that said relationship apparently disappeared entirely, including from everyone's memory save Sharon's.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Brett blacked out from a spiked drink and woke up the next morning in bed with Kylie and Danni Bolton. Even though he was clearly in a situation where he couldn't give consent, Kim still acts like he deliberately cheated on her.
  • Henpecked Husband: Absolutely.
  • Informed Attractiveness: He's supposedly a real "pants-man", despite being plain in appearance. Justified in a sense as most of the women who flirt with Brett like him for his personality, steady job and commitment to his daughter.
  • Kavorka Man: By his own admission, Brett isn't much to look at, being a 20-something who is out of shape and has to suffer both balding and graying prematurely. Despite this he's been with Kim, Sharon, a woman at work and the Boltons.
  • The Smart Guy: An electronics salesman who is far more practical than his wife.
  • Too Much Information: Often on the receiving end of this from Kath.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Her Back?: Brett is far too forgiving of Kim. When he first asked her out, she callously dropped her current boyfriend. Did he really imagine a stable future with this woman?

     Sharon Karen Strzelecki 
Played by: Magda Szubanski
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"That is so below the belt Kim, and you know how sensitive I am there."

  • Ambiguously Bi: She's clearly attracted to men, but in the Kath and Kimderella film she's told by her latest love interest that she's a lesbian and the film ends with Sharon playing golf with another woman.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sports a bowl cut, likely to keep it out of her eyes when she's playing netball.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every episode she's got a new injury or ailment.
  • The Chick: Prone to outbursts, physically fragile and kept around for emotional support.
  • Fatal Attractor: Sharon has a number of brief boyfriends that are usually a bit... off.
  • Fat Girl: Sharon was played by the (at the time) obese Magda Szubanski. Kim keeps her around to make herself look better by comparison.
  • Grew a Spine: When she traps Kim on the mechanical bull.
  • Hypochondria: Her doctor has put her on broad spectrum placebo. Though her allergies are definitely real.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her look has her between a Plain Jane and a Butch Lesbian, she is sporty and practical with a low-key attitude compared to her Drama Queen and frosted faced friend Kim.
  • With Friends Like These...: Kim is constantly bickering with Sharon and insulting her. They do get the occasional moment of Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other though.

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Recurring Characters

     Cujo 

  • Canine Companion: To Brett.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Barks at Kim on their first meeting and routinely tries to get between her and Brett. With the way Kim treats Brett, she seems to be doing him a favour.
  • The Rival: She and Kim don't get along.

     Epponnee Rae Craig 
Played by: Zara Harrington and Emma Le Boeuf (infant) Makayla Berkers (child) Kylie Minogue (adult)

  • Babies Make Everything Better: Averted. Kim's attitude towards Brett doesn't change one bit once they have Epponee Rae
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: As an adult, she's got a shrill voice and is played by Ms. Fanservice Kylie Minogue.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's bitchy towards Kim and her husband, but is nice to everyone else. Granted, Kim has it coming.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Leaves her husband in the blink of an eye, fights with her mother and has a dated fashion sense.
    • Much like her grandmother, Epponnee Rae says "Toime out!" and "Look at moi!" during tense situations.
  • She's Got Legs: As an adult, she wears a mini skirt to her own wedding.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Kind of hard to imagine someone with Brett's looks producing a daughter who looks like Kylie Minogue.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: According to Kath, the correct spelling of her name requires umlauts, apostrophes and italics.

     Marion 
Played by: Marg Downey

  • Granola Girl: Practices lots of spiritual techniques with varying success rates.
  • Mellow Fellow: She handles every situation with the temperance of a comatose patient.
  • Naked People Are Funny: During a sex counselling session with Kath and Kel, she suddenly strips naked and says it's all part of the therapy. Hers, not theirs.

     Mark 
Played by: Tony Martin

  • Miles Gloriosus: When Sharon chats with him about netball or her latest injury, he has to tell her that he's experienced a far more impressive version of that. During a netball game, it's proven that his netball talents were complete bullshit.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Flirts with a netball player from a rival team when dating Sharon.
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     Trude & Prue 
Played by: Gina Riley (Trude) & Jane Turner (Prue)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Enjoy making snide comments about Kath and Kim behind their backs.
  • The Dividual: They're pretty much the same character.
  • Foil: To Kath and Kim. While the two foxy ladies have a bold sense of fashion (however tacky they may look), Trude and Prue are very plain-looking. Kath and Kim are never shown working, while Trude and Prue are always shown at work. Kath and Kim are loud and extroverted, while Trude and Prue have low-pitched voices and are introverts. One duo has alliterative names, while the other has rhyming ones.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: They're barely intelligible.

    Sandy Freckle 
Played by: William McInnes

  • The Casanova: He seduces every one of Kel's fiancees and dumps them soon after.
  • Jerkass: A shallow, womanising fake friend.

    Gary Poole 
Played by: Mick Molloy

  • Fat Bastard: Kim gets her weight issues from him and he's unscrupulous to say the least.
  • First Father Wins: Kim likes him unconditionally, despite Gary only coming into her life when he could mooch off her and showing no interest in her as a person.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Takes advantage of Kim's daddy issues to swindle her and Brett out of their life savings, despite not giving a damn about his daughter.
  • Porn Stache: Typical of the sort of man Kath would marry, his fashion sense is devoid of any taste.

    Daryl Lee 
Played by:Mark Trevorrow

  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Kim briefly tried to date him, but between his sexuality and Kim's sloppiness, nothing came of it.
  • Camp Gay: He's a tuxedo salesman with a perm, thick moustache and lisp.

    Karen 
Played by:Matt Lucas

One-Shot Characters

    Kylie & Dannii Bolton 
Played by:Daina Reid (Kylie) & Kate Gorman (Dannii)

  • Jerk Jock: They're on a rival netball team to Sharon's. Sharon states that they're cheaters and they're certainly unpleasant enough.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite taking advantage of Brett and being poor sportswomen, they don't face any real comeuppance outside of losing a netball game.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Clearly named after Kylie Minogue and Danni Minogue.

    Lorraine Craig 
Played by:Magda Szubanski

  • Catchphrase: Some variation on "You know why? Because she's a bitch."
  • Fat Bastard: She's a lazy hypochondriac who insults everyone she knows.
  • Female Misogynist: She calls every woman she knows a bitch and considers Kim a gold-digger.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: To her credit, Kim is a spoiled brat who leeches off Brett and was planning to raid Lorraine's assets as soon as she croaked. Also, Cujo technically is a bitch.

     Robyn Nevinish 
Played by:Gina Riley

  • Casting Couch: She likes to spend a lot of "one-on-one" time with her male cast, even demanding Kel get changed in front of her. When he hesitates, she offers to strip down herself.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She's "desperate for men" and does the signature pose from The Graduate when chatting up Brett.
  • Prima Donna Director: Kath remarks that she's a bit of a dragon, barking orders at the cast and keeping them under her thumb.

    Alan 
Played by:Alan Brough

  • Distaff Counterpart: He's a male version of Sharon.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He and Sharon were set up to be an item, but he was sent off to a psychiatric ward at the end of the episode.
  • Nice Guy: He seems pleasant enough, which is unfortunate when Sharon's attempts to be more like Kim drive him away.

    Wayne 
Played by:Shane Warne

  • Adam Westing: Averted. Wayne's cricket skills are nowhere near as good as Warnie's were in his prime. That is until he hurls a ring box at Sharon containing her wedding ring.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted. Shane Warne was mentioned a few time in the series, but this guy is just his lookalike.
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