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The characters of the television series Love:

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    Gus Cruikshank 
Played by: Paul Rust
A neurotic and socially awkward teacher for child stars who don't have time to go to schools, he is a seemingly nice guy with the dream of becoming a writer for TV and movies.
  • My Greatest Failure: At one point, when he got to Hollywood, he was actually pretty much an up-and-coming writer, having quickly gotten a position as an assistant to Ridley Scott. He grew anxious, however, and after spending an entire night talking through email with his mother, he sent an email to Ridley Scott asking for more responsibilities and respect as his assistant, but the email was forwarded together with the entire conversation with his mom, revealing him to be an insecure Momma's Boy and Scott humiliated him for that trait, even informing about it to other high-caliber writers in Hollywood.
  • Nice Guy: Subverted. Gus has a genuinely well-intentioned and chivalrous and truly cares for Mickey but he have a tendency of playing up his niceness as a way to hide his bitter feelings and get his way in a non-confrontational manner.
  • The Perfectionist: While Gus has some moments where he royally screws up, he’s definitely ambitious and aspires to be the perfect guy to the people around him with the perfect life with a stable career and stable relationships to the point he constantly acts out of extreme anger when nothing goes well for him.
  • Secretly Selfish: While Gus does see himself as a nice guy, he's no stranger to acting selfishly to get what wants like doing Arya's test for her and later confessing to helping her cheat in order for the producer to see his spec script.

    Mickey Dobbs 
Played by: Gillian Jacobs
A reckless and rebellious radio station manager, she is a woman with a problematic past and addictive personality who is trying to get her act together.
  • The Alcoholic: At the end of season 1, she confessed this to Gus, along with being a sex and love addict.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mickey’s undeniably obnoxious, self-absorbed, surly and manipulative but underneath her rude and temperamental exterior, she has a sweet and caring center which is best shown through her friendship with Bertie and her relationship with Gus.
  • Lady Swearsalot: While the entire is full of foul-mouthed characters, Mickey might be the biggest fan of cursing.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Which Mickey can be abrasive and hostile, she’s deeply vulnerable and troubled due to past dysfunctional relationships with guys and her abusive father who demeans her constantly even she’s trying to be better.
  • Stalker with a Crush: During season 1, she becomes obsessed with Gus to point that she constantly shows up unannounced whether Gus is at home with friends or work.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Played with, at one point, she started seeing her ex-boyfriend again, but her current relationship status with Gus was clearly undecided, though they were clearly seeing each other as dating, but being unable to say they were dating.

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