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The Bundy Family

     In General (Al, Peg, Kelly, Bud as a whole) 
  • Blame Game: Constantly play this with each other over who's more to blame for their poverty, but it's usually Peg who starts the blame game. Ironically, Peg deserves the most blame for squandering their limited resources on useless non-edible items such as dresses and supposedly make-up, bras, perfumes and accessories.
  • The Bully: The Bundys are always putting down people with petty insults. Al's favorite target is the women who frequent his shoe store, Peg's favorite target is Al, Kelly and Bud's favorite targets are each other.
  • Consistent Clothing Style: Al typically wore a long-sleeved button-down shirt and slacks, while Peggy wore tight long-sleeved shirts (which often showed off her cleavage), tight spandex pants and heels.
  • Dysfunctional Family: It is safe to say their household income is divided as 99-1 with Peg getting the upper percentage while Bud and Kelly combined get the lower one. That leaves Al with nothing. The kids are divided on which parent is the Lesser of Two Evils, sometimes going with mom because Al can be a bit of a Control Freak at times especially if he demands family time, and the other times with Al himself since Peg is a lazy, negligent mother who won't feed them at all. The viewer usually only sees the kids warming up to Al, with Peg out of the picture.
  • Jerkass: All four of these display this behavior.
  • Lower-Class Lout: They're just as morally bankrupt as they are financially bankrupt.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: The Bundys' diets vary between high-caloric fast food, scraps of whatever they can find (sandwiches made of Tang powder or toothpaste, restaurant condiments, toaster crumbs, etc.), anything they can steal from other people (e.g. neighbors or coworkers), things normally considered inedible (mice and other vermin, soup made from boots, etc.), or simply nothing at all.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Each Bundy has his or her own sexist thoughts and do not ever hold back on transmitting it out of their mouths. Al states out loud all women are hostile and greedy, Peg thinks men are just ATM machines who are meant to wait on them (she passed this toxic belief down on to Kelly) and Bud only likes his women young and sexual.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: The creators are wrestling fans and stated they're named after King Kong Bundy, who appeared in two episodes (one as a relative of Peg's and another As Himself) and not after Ted Bundy like many initially assumed.

     Al Bundy 

Actor: Ed O'Neill
Eh, love, hate, we're family, what's the difference?
Al is the forever down-on-his-luck patriarch of the Bundy family. His defining moment (so he says) was when he scored four touchdowns in a single game as a fullback at Polk High School. Nowadays, he works a thankless dead-end job at Gary's Shoe Store in the New Market Mall. He enjoys bowling, visiting strip clubs, watching TV, masturbating, pulling off risky schemes to make money and avoiding sex with the wife.
  • 0% Approval Rating: As the patriarch and sole breadwinner of the family, Al is scorned for not making enough money to afford each of them a consistent three meals a day.
  • All for Nothing: Every time Al pulls off a scam to make money, he ends up failing, racking up debt and losing any money he gained from the scam.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Zigzagged. He enjoys "nudie bars", Playboy magazines and trashy TV shows, but hates the very thought of sex with his wife. Not that she does much to entice him, either.
  • Abusive Parents: Borderline example. His mother was an alcoholic, but Al would share many tender moments with his father when they would share their affection for Playboys in the basement when his mother was passed out. Averted with himself to his children. Despite his many faults, and despite the fact that he's no model father, he does love Kelly and Bud and would never hurt them.
  • The Ace: Al was an all-star high school football running back who could have gone to college on a football scholarship, and perhaps would have even made it to the NFL. His dreams of football stardom came crashing down when he impregnated Peg and had to get a job as a shoe salesman to support her and their child (Kelly).
  • Action Dad: Al is hardly a model dad, but he will stand up for his children and wife when needed — often with violence.
  • Actor Allusion: Al Bundy is a former football star. Ed O'Neill himself was a standout college football player who was even signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was later cut from the team during training camp.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: He usually invokes this with Jefferson, who laughs at his jokes about Marcy behind Marcy's back. There have also been more than enough times where Peg had to resist laughing out loud.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing:
    • When Al's neighbors mistakenly thought he'd died, they began dancing in the streets and singing Ding Dong, The Shoe Man's Dead!
    • When Al and his family moved to the supermarket to get away from the angry mob for sapping the neighborhood's electricity, the entire neighborhood had a campout where they reunited with old friends and sang songs like, If I Had A Hammer (I'd Drive It Through Al Bundy's Skull)
    • In the final episode of the "England Trilogy", concessions at the trial by combat being held to lift the curse on Lower Uncton featured t-shirts emblazoned with "I Saw Al Bundy Die".
    • When he moved out of the neighborhood after briefly splitting up with Peggy, they had a parade to celebrate.
    • "Damn Bundys" sees Al go to Hell and is soon joined by the rest of the cast. Marcy explains that she died by falling into the grave while dancing next to it. Jefferson was next because "It was a conga line."
  • Angry White Man: A rather sympathetic example. He's also a bit more nuanced in that, while he despises feminism and political correctness, he has no issues regarding race and while he will make fun of Camp Gay and Butch Lesbian stereotypes, he can be quite accepting of homosexuals. The French are the only cultural group he hates.
    • Al Bundy (and his actor Ed O'Neill) did vote for Obama in 2008, since an aged Al now in his 60s claimed that he was only making $20,000 a year selling shoes and is still married with children. Al found for himself that an Obama presidency can save him over $1,000 in taxes.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Him and Peggy had several of these moments.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever Al catches someone hitting on his wife or having sex with his daughter, he goes into full Tranquil Fury mode before administering the obligatory No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Broken Ace: The definition of the term "peaked in high school", now completely miserable in almost every way.
  • Blood Knight: Al relishes the chance to fight. According to Peg, he was like that when they were dating. She once asked him to beat up another guy, and he did so without even asking why.
  • Book Dumb: Al is by no means an academic, given that he didn't need to be as a high-prospect football player in high school; unfortunately, his dreams got destroyed due to an injury and he had no backup plan because of his neglectful studies, which led to his mediocre life. That said, Al is, in reality, much smarter than this trope would suggest, as he's great at complicated schemes and has a keen wit to match.
  • The Bore: Since he's accomplished nothing after high school and has no life, he'll usually brag on and on about his job at the women's shoe store and how much life sucks. Everyone on the show tries avoiding him.
  • Born Unlucky: To the point where he recognizes that any time he experiences good luck, it just creates an equal amount of bad luck for later.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Given his surprising intelligence, Al could have made a better life for himself despite his injury. Instead, he uses his intellect for sarcasm and occasional schemes to make more money.
  • The Bully: Although Al is more on the receiving than giving end of bullying, he often fat shames the women who come to the shoe store he works at as he knows there aren't any shoes he can sell them that's their size.
  • Bumbling Dad: He has a failing relationship with his family, whom all only milk him for all the money he's worth (as emphasized in the show's intro).
  • Butt-Monkey: Makes meager pay at his dead-end job at a shoe store, lives with an ungrateful family who disrespects him and only take away his life earnings (especially Peg) and gets frequently belittled and bullied by Marcy who frequently comes to visit the house. Not even extra or background characters seem kind to him. His pay for an entire year came out to just $12,000.
  • Buxom Is Better: Al's favorite nudie mag is called "Big 'Uns." It's also mentioned that he avoids going to the strip club during A-cup night.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Al had received a scholarship to play football in college, but ended up breaking his leg thanks to a tackle he received while he was distracted by Peg's shouting.
  • Catchphrase: "...four touchdowns...", "A fat woman [verb]ed into the shoe store today...", "Let's rock," and at NO MA'AM meetings, "Focus, gentlemen, focus!"
  • Characterization Marches On: Early episodes had Al willing to engage in sex with Peg.
  • The Chew Toy: Some episodes have ended with him horribly injured and covered in bandages.
  • Con Man: He pulls off an awful lot of Get-Rich-Quick Schemes such as a frivolous lawsuit, an illegal daycare center in his own workplace, sheltering a foreign exchange student for $500 a month inside his house's cold fully open garage and trying to defraud a librarian for a 30-year overdue library book which never really work out in the end.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The biggest one in the series. And that's up for a very stiff competition.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Even though he bemoans the fact that he's married to Peg, Al doesn't take kindly to other men hitting on Peg, and he usually hits them in retaliation.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Is usually seen with his hand down his pants, a habit he practiced since childhood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: How he makes most of the show's jokes and provides the humor.
  • Determinator: Despite all the misery he's been through, Al still keeps on going and refuses to take the easy way out by killing himself. Al notes this on the Season 3 premiere "He Thought He Could" (where Al finds an overdue library book and confronts the evil librarian who constantly put him down as a child) and claims that this is what makes him a winner, rather than a loser.
  • Deal with the Devil: He makes one in "Damn Bundys".
  • Determined Defeatist: Al knows that he's miserable, that his life sucks, and that it's probably never going to get any better. He knows that pretty much everything he does is doomed to fail, and that any good luck just means an equivalent amount of bad luck will be round to bite him in the arse later. He still keeps on going, no matter what, and he will never give up.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • In "Peggy Made a Little Lamb", Al ate Peggy's home economics exam (an entire roasted rack of lamb) after Peggy neglected to feed him anything for almost a decade since they married.
    • In "976-SHOE", he sabotaged Marcy's position as bank president and got her demoted to drive-up window teller simply just to spite her for all the times she's mocked him for his lower class standing.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In an audition, no less. When O'Neill auditioned, he was required to act like he was walking through the front door and then say his lines. He did the entrance, but before saying his lines, he did what no one else thought to do - let out a defeated sigh over returning home. This bit of Throw It In! won him the part.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Al tends to be Squicked out by Bud's rubber sex dolls and the fact that Bud masturbates instead of scoring with a real woman - which is quite hypocritical given Al often regrets marrying a materialistic gold-digger and goes out to nudie bars. He also vehemently objects to Bud dating his forty-year-old teacher, suggesting that would be beneath his standards to him too.
    • Throughout the series, there are a couple of times when Al has the opportunity to cheat on Peg with a smoking-hot babe. He always refuses, because adultery is a line he refuses to cross.
  • Fag Hag: Gender Flipped by Al and Marcy's cousin Mandy. Al initially thinks Mandy is hot, but when he learns she's gay that doesn't prevent them from being good friends and going to baseball games or playing football.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Future Loser: His proudest moment in his life is scoring four touchdowns in a single game while in high school.
  • Glory Days: He considers his school football career his best days, especially the time he scored four touchdowns in one game alone.
  • Harmful to Minors: A couple of episodes implied that his mom was an alcoholic (before eating a sandwich made of toothpaste, Al thinks back to his mom cheerfully telling him he'll be President of the United States, with adult Al snapping, "Yeah right, Mom! Try saying that when you're sober!") and his dad was pretty much how Al would turn out in the future (except Al's father abandoned his wife and kid for a hooker. While Al may hate his family for being greedy, lazy, petty, sarcastic, and borderline criminal, he would never leave them for a hot babe, though that's usually because the hot babes don't go for guys like him).
  • Henpecked Husband: Except on a few rare occasions, it's clear that Peggy is the true head of the household. As he himself notes, Al is more like the ox who's destined to plow the fields until he keels over stone dead.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, Al is a hero to many people in real life. In one episode, Al ruefully admits that, however much he might ogle other women, at the end of the day Peg is still the one he wants.
  • Heroic BSoD: Al suffered a couple of these over the course of the series after particularly traumatic or horrifying experiences (being beaten at bowling, accidentally looking up a fat woman's dress and seeing her "Saturday" underwear on a Wednesday, being forced to have sex with his wife, etc.)
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: As bad as Bud and Kelly's childhoods were, several episodes imply that Al's was even worse. His mother was an alcoholic, and his father abandoned the family for a hooker.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: A talented athlete whose career ended at age 18 due to marrying young and suffering a leg injury.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: It's implied Al was a big hit with the women in his younger days as a football star, and even when the show takes place he catches the eye of a fair many women, despite generally being described as unattractive.
  • Informed Deformity: Al is invariably described as many kinds of disgusting, including, but not limited to having a near toxic odor, teeth so rotted they are green, hygiene so bad he barely changes underwear, and is generally looked upon as hideous. Watching the show, Al is a pretty normal middle aged schlub, albeit with an unflattering bald spot and a miserable expression.
  • Jerk Jock: Al was a football star in high school, before his life went to hell when he married Peg. At least the "jerk" part of this trope stayed true.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deep down, and we do mean deep, he really does love his family and does what he thinks best for them.
  • Kavorka Man: Oddly enough, yes, at least in spirit. As this video shows, he attracts quite a few beautiful women, but always has to reject them.
  • Lazy Bum: Played with. He does work a job at a women's shoe store in a mall, but he's too lazy to get a second job to supplement his income, he's too lazy to be more assertive towards his nagging, frivolously-spending wife, and whenever he's home he just tries pulling off schemes to get rich quick. Some episodes show that Al isn't a very hard worker at the shoe store, as even in the store he'll pull off get-rich-quick schemes.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Al might be a loser in most areas of life, but he's really good at fighting. When he states "Let's Rock", it typically indicates that he is about to beat someone senseless.
    • If he didn't say that, but George Thurgood's Bad to the Bone started playing, it was also this.
  • Meaningful Name: All the bad things happen to Al.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Anyone can get ready to cook a barbecue, but Al does it to Bad to the Bone.
    "Let's cook."
  • Never My Fault: Al tends to blame his family for everything that has gone wrong in his life. Never mind that he was the one who thought School Is for Losers and was sure he could coast forever on his football skills, leaving him with no real skills when he got injured, lost his scholarship and became trapped in his Soul-Sucking Retail Job.
  • No Accounting for Taste: His marriage with Peg.
  • Not So Different: In order to escape being held hostage by fat women, Al cooks up a false traumatic childhood memory in which he, too, was overweight and knew the pain of being bullied for it (by his own parents, no less). This realization moves the women to let him go free.
  • Only Sane Man: While Al does have his own moments of naively wasting money, he is usually the only one who objects to the times his wife and children frivolously throw away his money on non-essential luxuries such as new dresses, restaurant meals (rather than groceries), Christmas presents and even a heavy early-model computer that didn't work at all.
  • Overprotective Dad: Al regularly pummels Kelly's boyfriends. Justified in that Kelly's dates (most of them; the early episodes had Kelly dating a lot of nice, normal guys, more-or-less) really are the kind of scumbags that no sane, competent father would want near his baby girl. He doesn't even get angry or fly into a rage over it. He just calmly and dispassionately beats the hell out of them and shows them the door(after hitting them with it first).
    • He also tells off the older woman whom he thinks is having an affair with the underage Bud, calling her a "cradle-robbing pervert" and brings in the cops to arrest her. It's the wrong woman, unfortunately, but the right reaction.
  • Papa Wolf: Ask any of Kelly's sleazy boyfriends; even Bud was subject to Al's protective streak on more than one occasion.
  • Parental Favoritism: To Kelly.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's always seen either frowning or cringing in agony.
  • The Pig-Pen: One of the Running Gags in the show centres around Al's personal hygiene. His feet are so toxic to the point that his dirty socks can be used as starship fuel, he rarely showers, and his teeth are that special shade of golden-yellow referred to as "Bundy Yellow". When he puts his feet in a body of water, it kills all the fish in it.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Al frequently makes disparaging remarks about passive men, those of French Nationality, feminists, fat chicks, and women in general, but to his fans he is one of the funniest and most memorable television characters of all time. Oddly though for a "conservative white-trash" stereotype, Al Bundy is not a racist and is surprisingly supportive of homosexual men.
  • The Power of Friendship: Surprisingly so when Steve returns for the first time. Steve is a wanted man for taking a rare hawk egg and whoever turns him in gets a $10,000 reward, but Al is insistent on sticking by a friend in spite of the fact that he could really use the money. It helps that he doesn't care much for law enforcement, anyway.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He sometimes molds into this, most notable when in "Psychic Avengers" the family failed to renew his TV Guide subscription on time and he started throwing a cacophonous tantrum even going as far as to blame Kelly and Bud for no reason other than Insane Troll Logic.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Al's preference for food is everything meat, which he rarely ever has. Vegetables are considered inferior by Al.
    Al: I'm so hungry I could eat a vegetable.
    • On the other hand, he gets enthusiastic about starting a vegetable garden (albeit his ideas on what to grow include beans, potatoes, ham, and pizza).
  • School Is for Losers: Al firmly believes this, and gives Bud grief for studying hard and getting good grades. Al ignored his own high school studies, convinced he could coast through life on his football skills. When he got injured and lost his scholarship, he had no other real skills and was doomed to spend the next 30 years having fat women shove their sweaty feet in his face.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: How the mighty have fallen...
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: Even though Al is very unhappy in his marriage and leers at every attractive woman, when he gets an actual chance to cheat on his wife, he always stays faithful.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Al thinks that playing high school football and scoring four touchdowns in a championship game make him a big shot. He also thinks that other people should be impressed when he mentions this. Naturally enough, he's wrong on both counts.
  • Smelly Feet: Al's feet are so toxic that he can kill all the fish in a lake just by dipping his bare feet in them, they cause his bowling shoes to molder and rot, and his dirty socks can be used as starship fuel.
    • Many of the fat women Al deals with at the shoe store also have these. As his guardian angel (played by SamKinison) points out, a good day for him is when he doesn't encounter any new foot diseases. He justifies his pseudo-vacations to Bud by pointing out that, after dealing with "fat sweat" all year, he might just run amuck and destroy everything in sight if he didn't occasionally take time off.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: He sells shoes for a living and hates every second of it. He's tried numerous attempts to get out of that job for a better one, but because Status Quo Is God, it never lasts and he's never escaped the shoe selling business.
  • Spanner in the Works: His Dr. Shoe idea ends up being a catalyst to Steve and Marcy breaking up. Steve gave Al the first loan and ultimately got fired for it, which infuriated Marcy. Thing is, Steve ended up liking not having a job, which made Marcy even angrier.
  • Speed Sex: Peg constantly mocks him for not being able to last in bed for more than a few minutes seconds:
    Peg: I used to call you the Minuteman. Now I long for those days.
    • One episode shows them going upstairs to have sex while Kelly puts a slice of bread in the toaster. They come back down, adjusting their clothes, just as the toast pops out.
  • Straw Misogynist: He makes it very clear he hates women all in all, especially since he lives with one who splurges all his hard-earned money on herself, has to deal with a nosy ultra-feminist neighbor and gets lots of attitude from obese women who were shopping for shoes at his store. The only women he seems to get along with at all (and by get along, we mean ogle for his own gratification) are the ones he encounters when he visits a nudie bar or reads a Playboy mag.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Al isn't actively suicidal (for the most part anyway), but he frequently jokes about wanting to kill himself or otherwise die, mostly as a means of expressing misery and/or frustration.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" plays just before Al does something utterly awesome.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Though very rare and never in any large fashion since Status Quo Is God, every now and then Al does come out a winner.
  • Tranquil Fury: Typical mode for Al when actually delivering a beating.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Peg, though he doesn't consider her attractive. Given her personality, It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Ultimate Job Security: The way Al insults the fat women who come into the shoe store would have gotten him fired many times over in Real Life, but he manages to keep his job anyway. Gary (his boss) has stated that she wouldn't fire Al because he'd make more money on unemployment. This is given a couple twists in the show's last Christmas Episode. Gary fires Al and Griff in favor of younger counterparts, who work much harder. However, those guys end up quitting when Al mocks them for heading down the exact same path he did. Gary has no choice but to rehire Al and Griff. In a New Job Episode, Al leaves the shoe store for a new job. When he loses the new job and returns to his old one, he finds out nobody applied for it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite everything, and despite how much he may hate his life, Al is very much devoted to Peg and his kids. It says a lot that despite his shitty life, he never once actually abandons the three of them like he's wont to threaten, and does at least try his best to provide for them.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's implied that he's punished Kelly for causing trouble by swatting her with a baseball bat, though this has only happened off-screen. In "The Gas Station Show", he strangles Kelly hard for putting the car in Park mode while he had to push it many miles to the gas station.
  • Work Off the Debt: Many episodes say that Al has lots of debt thanks to Peg's excessive shopping (Kelly and Bud also played some role in that) and might even rack up fresh new debt depending on the episode's plot. In "976-SHOE", Al really screws up when he ends up owing $100,000 to two distinct banks by taking out two loans of $50,000 to fund a horrid business plan of a hotline for shoe advice and the Judge orders Al has to pay the entire $100,000 for the rest of his life.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Al admits in "Grime and Punishment" that he always felt this way about Bud. They had ogling women in common, but Bud's aptitude for school made it hard to relate otherwise. However, in the cited episode, Bud manages to force Al to live in the basement until he makes needed repairs and gets help from the other characters to annoy him into giving in. When it's all over, Al is actually proud of Bud for acting like a true Bundy.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Al gives a glorious one to the librarian when she calls him a loser. Instead, Al bluntly points out that, despite all the misery and hell he's gone through in his life, the mere fact that he keeps on going and hasn't killed himself is what makes him a winner.
    Al: So you think I'm a loser? Just because I have a stinking job that I hate? a family that doesn't respect me? A whole city that curses the day I was born? Well, that may mean loser to you, but let me tell you somethin'. Every morning when I wake up, I know it's not going to get any better until I go back to sleep again. So I get up, have my watered-down Tang and still-frozen Pop-Tart, get in my car with no upholstery, no gas, and six more payments to fight traffic just for the privilege of putting cheap shoes on the cloven hooves of people like you. I'll never play football like I thought I would. I'll never know the touch of a beautiful woman. And I'll never again know the joy of driving without a bag on my head! But I'm not a loser. Because despite it all, me and every other guy who will never be what he wanted to be are still out there, being what we don't want to be 40 hours a week for life. And the fact that I haven't put a gun in my mouth, you pudding of a woman, makes me a winner!

     Margaret "Peggy" Bundy née Wanker 

Actress: Katey Sagal
Oh honey, I'll give you Big 'Uns!
Peggy is Al's wife, born and raised in a backwater area in the Midwest called Wanker County. She actively refuses to seek employment, expecting Al to be the (sole) breadwinner for their family without returning the favor to him by cooking or buying groceries. She's usually out shopping for ridiculous, non-essential items and eating fast food or can be found on her favorite couch with a TV remote in one hand and a handful of Bon Bons in the other.
  • Abusive Parents: Borderline example. Incredibly enough, Peg is better at parenting than her bum parents.
  • Action Girl: Peggy is usually content to let Al administer the beatings. This does not mean she can't kick your ass six ways to Sunday.
  • All Take and No Give: If Al were asked to choose which trope suits her character best, it would be this.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Peggy wears fancy shoes everywhere she goes, even to the beach.
  • Alpha Bitch: During her high school years.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Most episodes play in her favor. She gets to bleed Al dry of all his hard-earned cash and if that's not enough she'll just go stealing from other people. She's even stolen cash outright from the register at the shoe store Al works at, and never got caught for it.
  • Bad Liar: She refuses to cook at all by telling Al she's allergic to fire.... despite being a heavy smoker.
  • Big Eater: Peg does nothing all day but sit on the couch stuffing herself full of Bon Bons, and yet she never seems to gain a pound. Peg also mentions she eats at fast food joints such as Burger King and Denny's frequently while leaving no money left for her children or Al to eat.
  • Buxom Is Better: Al once punched out a guy making a comment about his wife's large assets in one episode.
  • Catchphrase:
    • A shrill, whiny, strangely two-syllable, plaintive cry of "Al...!"
    • "BON BON!" in an impatient, rash voice
  • Characterization Marches On: Early episodes had Peg doing, an albeit crappy job at, housework, as opposed the more familiar Peg, whom Marcy later called in a final season episode "the laziest bitch in Chicago."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To ridiculous ends. She was even jealous of Marcy's cousin hanging out with Al after she found out Mandy was a lesbian.
  • Credit Card Plot: Peg abuses credit cards to fund her extravagant shopping sprees and a police officer had to confiscate them when she fell behind on payments.
  • The Ditz: She's arguably the second dumbest of the Bundy family after Kelly. In one episode, she thinks $8 is enough to feed herself and the kids at a Denny's restaurant, instead of a grocery store where you can buy more food for $8.
  • '80s Hair: Oddly, for a show that started in the '80s, her hair actually became more pronounced after that decade was over. It was far more subdued in the first season.
  • Entitled Bitch: She feels entitled to splashing all of Al's money on luxuries for herself.
  • Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: As much as a lazy Jerkass that she is, she genuinely loves her mother, moreso than any other canon family member, except maybe her Dad.
  • Evil Redhead: At least if you believe Al about her role in destroying his life by forcing him into marriage.
  • Fag Hag: Played straight and subverted in the same episode when Peg has a close friendship with a gay man, to the point where they actually begin dancing together at an upscale nightclub. The subversion comes when the gay man's husband thinks that his mate and Peg are having an affair, and tries to tell Al about it. When Al learns that the husband has a job, likes to cook and enjoys watching sports on TV (except for soccer, which he doesn't think is really a "man's game"), Al briefly falls head-over-heels in love.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric.
  • Girly Run: A mild example in that Peg doesn't do much running, but her distinct walking style reflects this trope. According to Katey Sagal, it mostly comes from the shoes Peg wears.
  • Gold Digger: Peg, despite the fact that her husband has a crappy job.
  • Gonk: In-Universe, at least. While Peg dresses very promiscuously, the majority of men on the show dismiss her. Al doesn't find her attractive, preferring to read porno magazines and watch shows of other women and refuses to have sex with her at all. Even the stalking peeper in the neighborhood didn't want to see Peg in the nude at all.
  • The Grim Reaper: Peg's been associated with Death by Al more than once. When Al actually met the Reaper face to face, she was played by a wigless Katey Sagal.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Peg is not an attentive mother. Most of the parenting is done by Al, who, well, usually isn't great at it.
  • Housewife: In title only. In the early episodes, she did a mediocre job of cleaning and cooking. In the later episodes, she just stopped doing housework all together. Ironically, Peg is almost never home when it's daytime for some reason, indicating she's always out shopping or eating with Al's money.
    Peg: (to Kelly) Gee, maybe Mommy will make us breakfast. (Kelly stares back hard at her, angrily)
  • Hypocrite:
    • She has the nerve to mock Al constantly for how little money she makes, even when she refuses to look for a job herself, and has also complained to Al for not working two jobs instead of just one.
    • She also likes to bully Al for having his life been such a failure or for his high school record of failing classes, when she herself is not living the grandiose life either.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Wears everything people came to hate from late-80s/early-90s fashion.
  • In-Series Nickname: Peggy or Peg.
  • It's All About Me: Her selfishness goes to extreme lengths in the sense that she let the kids starve by splurging all of Al's income on a dress for an upcoming prom.
  • Karma Houdini: She took advantage of her family in some really awful ways, but you could count all the times she got punished on only one hand, which is especially jarring when said family almost always pays for their many faults. Explained by Al to Kelly and Bud: "She's not a Bundy by blood, she's a Bundy by marriage. She's PART of the curse." Which means the kids come to a sad realization...
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Her Karma Houdini status makes it all the more sweeter during the rare moments when she does get a comeuppance. After being tricked by Peg into having sex with her for nine months in order to conceive another child and get a $500,000 inheritance, Al learns that she's been taking birth control pills to keep from getting pregnant. In full Tranquil Fury mode, he fakes Peg's home pregnancy test to make it look like she's really got a bun in the oven. Peg is completely horrified, and when she tries to console herself with the $500,000 Al points out to her that another relative beat them to it (the lawyer who read the will married a Bundy relative who was in prison, and is planning on having him killed so she can keep the money for herself). This makes Peg suffer a complete Villainous Breakdown, as Al tortures her with the thought of the coming morning sickness, weight gain and diaper changes. The episode ends with Peg running upstairs screaming and puking from morning sickness, as Al contentedly plans to continue the torture and realizes that he can't buy that kind of satisfaction for half a million dollars.
    • To top it off, there are many jokes that also happen to her throughout the show at her expense. (Like in the season 7 finale "The Proposition" which has a scene where Kelly tries to tease Al but unknowingly insults her mom, much to her chagrin, "If I were a Rich Man", which ends with her and the kids attempting to commit suicide out of grief when they learn Al didn`t steal money from Steve`s bank and that she is financially poor as usual and "Alley of the Dolls" which has the Bundys lose a bowling game to a rival, meaning Peg has to dress up as a bowling pin on the grounds of a bet established before the game.)
  • Lazy Bum: Al remarks that a toilet works harder than she does. In the Jim Jupiter episode, Peg remarks that there are two things she refuses to ever do in the house and those "two" things are 1) cook, clean, sew, vacuum, iron and parent and 2) exercise. And yet Peg has the nerve to chastise Al for watching TV when he gets home instead of looking for more jobs to take on.
  • Lethal Chef: Peg in the early episodes (one of the scenes in the opening credits shows her smoking while making a salad — and when it goes to the scene of Amanda Bearse as Marcy, it shows Marcy about to eat the salad and finding Peg's cigarette on her fork); the later episodes don't have her cook at all (often ordering pizza, not eating at all, or stealing money to go out to a cheap restaurant and eat). Occasions include Al using the money from the "No Chicken, No Check" insurance company to force Peg to buy meat, Peg's insanely obese mom starting to make money as a phone sex operator, and Peg suffering amnesia and Al brainwashing her into being a competent housewife.
    • Her lethal chef skills at times proved beneficial for her family. For example, her leftover Mystery Meal had the Bundy house and everyone in it quarantined for six months. The people inside at the time included the band Anthrax, favorites of the Bundy kids who apparently really enjoyed those six months.
    • And then there was her attempt to develop and market her own line of Bon Bons. Al and Jefferson each need both hands to lift them, and several hours to chew through a single bite. Curiously enough, Marcy and Buck didn't have any trouble eating that one bite, although they both suffered a crazed, hours-long sugar high afterward.
  • The Millstone: Oh, god, is she ever. If Al has a failure in life, chances are high that it was Peg's fault. While Kelly and Bud at least make an attempt to help their father, Peg either obliviously screws up or deliberately fails.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Or at least that's what Peg thinks she is.
  • My Beloved Smother: When Kelly once decided to move out, a devastated Peg compensated by being this to Bud.
  • Never My Fault: Their Perpetual Poverty isn't her fault for overspending, it's Al's fault because he doesn't make enough money to afford her.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Peggy naturally laughs like this, but without the fan or the limp wrist.
  • Parental Neglect: She's not only a lazy mother who refuses to cook and feed her children, she goes as far as to even spend all of Al's money that was supposed to buy food for Kelly and Bud on ridiculous luxuries for herself such as Bon-bons, perfumes and make-ups and trendy sumptuous clothes.
  • Pet the Dog: For all of her negative qualities (and believe us, there are a lot of them), at her core she really does love Al and her kids.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Al, Kelly (in the later episodes), and Bud are typically the ones earning money. Peggy is the one helping them spend it. Whether they agree or not.
  • Secret Identity Identity: When Peg hears that Al is going to be a judge at a stripper pageant at the nudie bar, she's so upset that she enters the pageant herself using a Middle Eastern-style gimmick that keeps her face veiled and calling herself by the stage name of "Jasmine" because Marcy implied that the reason Al likes nudie bars over her is because she doesn't know anything about stripping and she wanted to prove her wrong. Not only does she win the pageant, she becomes a full-time exotic dancer and turns Al on so much when he watches her at the nudie bar that he starts doing her on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Al doesn't realize that Peg and Jasmine are the same person, and he ends up screaming Jasmine's name during sex. When Peg realizes that Al is only being turned on by Jasmine, she gets angry at "that slut" for destroying her marriage. Marcy has to remind Peg that she's Jasmine.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Especially in early seasons where she used to do it when she tried to cook.
  • Spoiled Brat: She's clearly the happiest and most well-nourished of the Bundys since she gets to spend the lion's share of the household income for herself. And when she does lose her temper, it's usually when Al asks her to start cooking like a real housewife would.
  • Sticky Fingers: It's not uncommon for Peg to resort to stealing money or tradable goods to sell for extra cash, even if it's from her own children. She's even stolen cash right out of the cash register at Al's shoe store.
  • Tough Love: Her own parents didn't let her get away with the things she does now she's a Bundy. When Peggy was pregnant and back with her parents and desperately wants some bacon, her father hands her a knife and tells her she knows where the pigs are.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bonbons. She also craves the Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's often.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Al. She has no kind words for Al who provides all the income in their household. Also read womanchild below.
  • Womanchild: Instead of cooking and cleaning for Al to thank him for all the hard work he does to provide income for the family, she instead acts like a third child to him by being All Take and No Give even having the nerve to get angry and feel like she's being punished whenever Al asks her to make dinner.

     Kelly Bundy 

Actor: Christina Applegate
I can be anything I want to be, it's the 90s.
Kelly is the Bundys' only daughter. She's as unsuccessful as her parents (only holding a few part-time jobs and Z-list acting gigs, with the Bundy Curse ruining the few chances she gets to hit it big), she's also not nearly as bright (to put it lightly).
  • Achievements in Ignorance: On occasion, such as the time she found Waldo.
  • Action Girl: It's usually not her first option, but Kelly is most certainly her father's daughter.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Al often calls her "Pumpkin", and Bud sometimes calls her "Kel".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her boyfriends are various sleazy bikers, hoods, and ex-cons with nicknames like Mayhem, Pinworm, Salt Water, and Stab Wound. It's even Lampshaded:
    Buck: Where does she find these guys?
  • Alpha Bitch: During her high school years. Most of her friends back then also qualify.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She does this, even during the winter (It's a Bundyful Life) to prostitute herself out to boys to buy her free dinners.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: It doesn't come up often because the Bundys are their own worst enemies and the family doesn't pull punches against outside threats, but if Kelly knows that someone she cares about has been sincerely hurt, her retribution is swift, brutal, and alarmingly clever, especially when it comes to avenging Bud.
  • Big Sister Bully: To Bud. She regularly insults and physically assaults him through punches and slaps. She's also not above having her many group of friends bully him as well.
  • Book Dumb: Early episodes had Kelly be smart, but not really into schoolwork.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Kelly has repeated Al's catchphrase of "let's rock" more than once. She's also copied Al's famous couch pose by sitting down and putting her hand down her skirt the way Al does his pants. She even borrowed Al's "a fat woman came into the shoe store today" line when she recounted her bad experiences dealing with fat women when she worked as an amusement park gate attendant.
  • Brainless Beauty: Kelly didn't invent the Dumb Slutty Blonde stereotype, but she sure as hell added to its fame. In fact, Applegate has been spending the rest of her career trying to get away from that image.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: In the early episodes before she was played up as an exaggerated stereotype of the dumb, promiscuous blonde.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early episodes had Kelly as smart, just uninterested in school, as opposed to the complete idiot of later episodes.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: The series had a flashback in which Kelly (The Ditz) was shown to be very intelligent as a young girl, until she hit her head during a car ride.
  • Daddy's Girl: Of everyone in his family Al seems to have the softest spot for his daughter and the feelings are mutual.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: See All Girls Want Bad Boys above.
  • Delinquents: Kelly did this a lot more than Bud. Various jokes referred to her getting in car chases with the police, having a criminal record for indecent exposure, and not being allowed to cross state lines.
  • The Ditz: Though in the earlier episodes, she wasn't that dumb, and was only made fun of for having bleached-blond hair, being a slut, dating sleazy guys, and committing petty crimes [like speeding, sneaking out of the house, stealing money from Al, and vandalizing public property]. Lampshaded in an episode which showed that Kelly used to be very intelligent as a child, until she hit her head during a car accident.
    Al: Kelly? What's the color of an orange?
    Kelly: What, no multiple choice?
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kelly sometimes does this, such as when she distracted the teenage sons of the rival family the Bundys were bowling against (in Season 2's "Alley Of The Dolls") or distracted the scientist running a sex experiment with Bud so that Amber could mess with it (in Season 9's "User Friendly").
  • Dude Magnet: She spends many hours per day grooming and adding onto her appearance to suit this trope.
  • Dumb Blonde
    Bud: You can't be this dumb!
    Kelly: I can be anything I wanna be, it's The '90s!
  • Dumbass Has a Point: If any character figured out something that eluded the rest of the cast, it was usually Kelly.
  • Entitled Bastard: She has a Gold Digger personality, expecting Al and her many boyfriends to give her free meals.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's easy, yes, but not to the point of insane. She has been known to reject (and at times, punch) the type of boys who have only one thing on their minds.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Kelly is a blonde and she's considered to be supremely attractive by nearly everyone in the show.
  • Flanderization: In Season One, Kelly was of average intelligence, but not a great student, and many of her dates were not great guys. Her fashion sense was normal as well. By early Season Two, her outfits were starting to get more revealing, she openly admitted to being sexually active in front of her parents, and by the latter half of the season was falling for obvious pranks set up by Bud. As the series went on, her lack of brain power had risen to cartoonish levels, as had her sluttiness (her "little black book" was shown to be the size of a phone book, and included one of her friend's fathers) and porn-star fashion sense.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Bud's Responsible.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • Freudian Excuse: The episode where Kelly is used as a guinea pig for Al's Shoe Lights invention has a throwaway line that implies that Kelly is promiscuous (or "runs into the arms of strange men") because Al is a bad father and everyone else in the family treats her like a Butt-Monkey.
  • Genius Ditz: In "Kelly Knows Something", she was capable of learning a huge amount of sports trivia in 48 hours. In "Cheese, Cues and Blood", she's shown to be an excellent pool player. "You Gotta Know When to Hold Them", she's able to predict the winning numbers in roulette. In "Kelly Takes a Shot", she masters archery in a week.
  • Gold Digger: This is the closest she's come to a career goal (in a late-season episode, she complains that some of her high school friends are "already collecting alimony from two ex-husbands", but she's rather poor at choosing targets. In one episode she tries dating a Senator (with her parents' blessing), not picking up hints that he's married. (Hints like his wife calling and threatening her.) In another episode, she falls for "the ex-husband of [her] dreams" at her high school reunion, disregarding that she treated him cruelly back when he was a "nerd", and is easy prey for his revenge plan. (Which Bud helps him with, as he has one of his own against another girl.)
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Occasionally, sometimes at somewhat appropriate times (while hustling pool) and sometimes at not-so appropriate times. (When acting as a maid of honor at a wedding).
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Every male in the show drools over Kelly. Even Al and Bud have catcalled her when they didn't realize it was her. Her beauty is also why Al crucially favors her over Bud (just watch "Al with Kelly").
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Many jokes are what a lousy mother Peg was to Bud and Kelly.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Obsessed with guys.
  • Hustler: In one episode, she made money hustling pool with Jefferson managing her. (Unfortunately, Al ruined what would have been her biggest payout.)
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • "Pumpkin", but only Al calls her this.
    • Bud sometimes calls her "Kel".
  • It Amused Me: The main reason she often makes fun of Bud. That's not to say though that competition with Bud over Al's money and support can also be a key factor.
  • Jerkass Ball: Depending on the Writer, she can come off as a bitch rather than her more traditional (and funnier) dumb and slutty personas.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Kelly's inherited many of her personality traits from her parents. She inherited her beautiful Alpha Bitch tendencies and general sluttiness from Peg. From Al, she inherited his Butt-Monkey tendencies and general tendency to fail at life after high school, going from being the most beautiful and popular girl in school to working as a waitress in a run-down diner and having an acting career that barely qualifies as Z-list.
  • Malaproper: Such a common feature of her dialogue that fans call them "Kellyisms" and have assembled a list of them here.
  • Metaphorgotten: A few seasons in, this became a Running Gag for her.
    "Daddy, it is so hot you could lay an egg on the sidewalk."
  • Ms. Fanservice: If you don't understand why Kelly Bundy is this trope, you've obviously never seen the show. The studio audience gave loud cheers and wolf whistles whenever she appeared.
  • Never Learned to Read: Kelly is barely literate, despite that one episode revealed that she was smart as a kid, but suffered a head injury in the Dodge and became an idiot (though an earlier episode attributed Kelly's idiocy to Peg's low birth weight when she was pregnant with Kelly).
  • Really Gets Around: Her easiness is a source of constant jokes from Bud.
  • Service Sector Stereotypes: When Kelly becomes a waitress, one of her former teachers uses this to scare girls into doing better in class than Kelly did.
  • Serial Homewrecker: Several episodes allude to the fact that Kelly sleeps around so much that ending a marriage is not a big deal for her. Her three closest friends, introduced in the later seasons, also have no qualms about sleeping with married men, or stealing boyfriends.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The typical interactions of Bud and Kelly feature this. Doesn't stop them from teaming-up for a common cause.
  • Show Some Leg: Her typical weapon against men, whether she wants to distract, manipulate, or seduce. Happens in several episodes.
  • Snark Ball: Kelly is portrayed as an utter idiot, yet she's capable of delivering witty remarks, especially in fights with Bud.
  • Spanner in the Works: For rather obvious reasons, Kelly had a tendency to screw up whatever scheme she became involved in. It's even lampshaded by Peggy at one point as the Bundys and the D'Arcys are being arrested by the police, when she notes that it probably wasn't a good idea to let Kelly in on the plan.
  • Spoiled Brat: It's clear that she's pretty much spoiled rotten by Al, and in "Al with Kelly" where the two were left alone in the house, Kelly took over the house and bossed Al around all day long.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: She shows surprising talent for modern archery in a late-season episode, able to win a contest by shooting an apple of Bud's head.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Kelly had perhaps the most extreme version of this trope ever. It is actually possible to pinpoint the exact moment she went from merely Book Dumb to an outright idiot: Season two, Episode 14. In that episode Kelly falls for a prank by Bud when he coaches her on a book report on Robinson Crusoe which she hasn't read (Bud feeds her the plot of Gilligan's Island instead.) Not so strange considering even pre-bimbo Kelly was always an awful student, but then having become a laughingstock in front of the whole school, she falls for the same prank again when Bud promises to help her on her report on Edgar Allan Poe (this time tricking her into talking about The Addams Family.) Thus was born one of the iconic Brainless Beauty characters. We're shown (in a flashback) that Kelly was bright enough as a young child (having no problem reading, for instance), until a car accident dumbed her down a notch.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Over the course of the series, her statuses have included student, spokesmodel, video slut, model, babysitter, pool hustler, greeter at an amusement park, waitress, weather girl, the Verminator (a spokesman for a pest control) and finally actress.

     Bud Bundy 

Actor: David Faustino
Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm your new boyfriend.
Bud is Kelly's younger brother. Probably the smartest and most decent member of the Bundy clan, although he's still usually quite willing to throw the others under the bus at any given time. Is completely obsessed with girls and sex, so he spends a lot of his time thinking of ways to get laid, but rarely has much luck on that front. He keeps his collection of blow-up dolls a secret from everyone except Kelly, who loves to pick on him for it (among other things).
  • Accidental Misnaming: During his Grandmaster B phase, the Grandmaster part was often replaced with such terms "Ghostbuster," "Crossdresser," "Mixmaster," "Court Jester," "Grand Bastard," "Gas-passer" and "Grandfather." This infuriated Bud, but delighted everyone else.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Just another Friday night for Bud Bundy.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He sometimes tries to pimp out Kelly for either a good grade at school (the Brazilian poster), or for money.
  • Basement-Dweller: Like Kelly, he still lives at home well-after finishing school. In Season 10, he makes a point of moving into the basement in order to get some privacy.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: With his family, being 5'3, compared to Kelly (5'5), Peg (5'10) and Al (6'1).
  • Beleaguered Assistant: In many later-season episodes when Bud and Kelly embarked on some sort of scheme, he usually ended up suffering the consequences of Kelly's screw-ups.
  • Best Served Cold: Bud's likely finest moment is shown here, where he gains revenge on a girl who played a very cruel prank on him, and also helps an old classmate (who's now a millionaire) gain revenge against Kelly for a similar prank
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Easily the smartest one in the family and the only one to graduate from college. However, he focuses more time on trying to get laid or other schemes than anything else, which hampers his ability to succeed in the real world.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often the butt of physical assault and verbal insults from Kelly.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Several times, but the biggest one was in "Bud Hits The Books," when he was caught masturbating in Trumaine University's library and was almost banned from getting his diploma.
  • Character Tic: Tends to crack his fingers after making a wisecrack at Kelly (and others).
  • Combat Pragmatist: While Bud was perfectly capable of handling himself in a straight fight, he continued the proud Bundy tradition of cheating by smashing larger opponents over the head with bottles or chairs, or by hitting them below the belt. Needless to say, this made Al especially proud of his boy.
  • Cool Loser: In the earlier episodes, he was somewhat nerdy and (according to Kelly) repellent to girls, but had the confidence and the wits to go against whatever barbs she threw at him. Plus, he did have more girls interested in him and the occasional date.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Bud's not too thrilled about his middle name being "Franklin", which is ironic considering his first name is that of a beer brand.
  • Flanderization: With each successive season, Bud gets more and more pathetic and inept with women.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Kelly's Foolish. A few jokes mention that he was the only Bundy without a criminal record for a while.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Many jokes about what a lousy mother Peg was to Bud and Kelly.
  • Hollywood Dateless: The show plays Bud up to be a gross, repugnant troll of a guy... but he's gotten laid a fair amount, by a fair amount of women, but most of that is swiftly ignored.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Obsessed with girls.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: While he calls Kelly a slut and bimbo a lot, he doesn't like it when anyone else does so, and can be surprisingly protective at times. (In one episode, he pretended to console a guy who had tried to take advantage of her, then hugged him, not telling him he had just been with a girl who had chicken pox.)
  • Informed Deformity: David Faustino's a pretty good-looking (if short) guy, but on the show, girls think he's repulsive. Kelly constantly knocks him for his acne problems, which aren't really visible to the audience.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: With Al.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Bud is just as much of a pervert as his father:
    Amber: (To Bud) You're amazing. Where do you learn this kind of behavior?
    Al: (Watching The Centrefold Weed-Whacker Murders on TV) No, you can't hide under the tree stump! He can burrow! Don't you see? He's half mole!
    • He also seems to have inherited Al's less-than-spectacular bedroom skills:
    Ariel: I didn't say it was the best. I said you did your best.
    • Bud carries on several of the Bundy family traditions, such as cheating to win in fights and competitions (see Combat Pragmatist above), getting into a bar fight on his 18th birthday like every other male Bundy before him and getting a horrible revenge on family members who cross him. These moments always made Al proud of his boy, even when he was the one suffering the revenge.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: Bud hasn't sunk to the same level of personal failure as his father, since he got good grades in school and sometimes makes good money as a talent agent or in other temporary professions. On the other hand, Bud has never gotten the same kind of action Al did in high school, and is frequently reduced to scheduling A Date with Rosie Palms whenever he feels horny (at least once daily), so it balances out.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The typical interactions of Bud and Kelly feature this. Doesn't stop them from teaming-up for a common cause.
  • The Smart Guy: Arguably the brightest of the Bundys and by far the best educated one. On the other hand his hormones usually keep him from achieving his goals.
  • Teens Are Short: Even though he was in his early 20s when the show ended, he still remained his teenage height of 5'3". It wasn't planned, as David Faustino just stopped growing at that height, in the early episodes he was a fairly average sized preteen.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Most of Bud's attempts to get laid fail. But every once in a while he does succeed, which often results in the studio audience cheering in approval.
  • Token Good Teammate: About as token good as you'll get from a show like this, but if anyone shows moral concerns about the rest of the family's behavior, it's usually him.
  • The Un-Favourite: While neither Bud nor Kelly were well looked after by their parents, Bud seems to have been the more neglected given Al's Overprotective Dad act towards his daughter. Although even Bud is subjected to this a few times.

The Bundys' first family dog.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally, he was just the family dog. Over time, he became a Talking Animal with several episodes focusing on him.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In one episode, he is sick of being ignored and not fed, so he runs away to make a point. He's immediately captured by the dog catcher and his absence goes unnoticed until right before the seven-day waiting period. Buck recognizes he has only himself to blame for this mess, as (once he's found and brought home) he takes being ignored in stride.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Buck trumps everybody in this department, even if the humans can't hear him.
  • Dirty Old Man: A Dirty Old Dog. In one episode, he mentions that he wouldn't have any use for Kelly if she didn't undress in front of him.
  • Eat the Dog: Since they're usually malnourished, the Bundys sometimes try to eat Buck.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: When Al was caught planting an overdue library book on the shelf to get out of paying the fee, Buck returned home from a walk with a bag over his head.
  • Fate Worse than Death: When Buck dies and is taken to Animal Heaven, he is denied entrance for being a very bad dog (especially where cats are involved). His punishment? He is sentenced to live ANOTHER horrible lifetime with the Bundys as the reincarnated Lucky.
  • Old Dog: He spends most of his time lying on the couch, the staircase or the floor. Lampshaded when Kelly tells a pair of TV producers about her home life, and all of the clips depicting Buck show him lazing around.
  • One Steve Limit: Al sometimes confuses his son's name for his dog's due to being so similar.
  • Really Gets Around: He hooks up with several different female dogs over the course of the series.
  • Talking Animal: He can't really talk, but, as with Snoopy or Garfield, the audience can hear his thoughts.

The Bundys' second family dog.
  • Ironic Name: The name "Lucky" seems rather incongruent to his continued existence as the Bundy family's dog. And if his initial reaction to the realization about his reincarnation into the Bundy family is any indication, he's not likely to consider himself "lucky", either.
  • The Nth Doctor: Kinda. Buck was reincarnated into Lucky as punishment for being a very bad dog.
  • Talking Animal: But only in Season 10.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He doesn't speak in season 11 and is generally portrayed as dumber than his predecessor throughout the season.


Actor: Shane Sweet

A child of one of Peg's cousins that was left with the Bundys when they abandoned him. Despite Al managing to track his parents down, he allows Seven to stay with the family. He appears in a few episodes in the seventh season (funnily enough). But due to unpopularity with the fans and the writers having difficulty working some of their jokes around him, he was quickly written out of the show.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Well adopted younger sibling. Was this for Kelly and Bud since Peg kept doting on him.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In his early episodes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: "Peggy and the Pirates" is the last we see of him. The show would later make jokes about his disappearance, such as putting his face on a milk carton.

The Neighbors

     Marcy Rhoades/D'Arcy 

Actor: Amanda Bearse
Marcy is a bank teller who lives next door to the Bundys. She frequently belittles Al and reminds him of how much a loser he is, but has a much friendlier rapport with Peggy.
  • Abusive Parents: Marcy has multiple stories about how growing up was less than pleasant. One such tale involving her mother selling her beloved dog, Chester, for fifty cents at a yard sale, and using said money to go on vacation and leave Marcy home alone, crying and begging for Chester to come back home.
  • A-Cup Angst: She's mistaken for a boy several times due to her flat chest, much to her anger. Al constantly mocks her about it.
  • Animal Motifs: Al repeatedly compares her to a chicken.
  • Arch-Enemy: Often fills this role for Al.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She had a haircut like that for a large part of the series.
  • Break the Cutie: Was a fairly nice (if snobbish) woman at the start of the series. A few years of living next to the Bundys and Steve leaving her, however, made her a lot more shrill and quick to lash out.
  • The Bully: Marcy attacks Al as payback for watching misogynistic programs on TV like "Gullible Girls". She also got his favorite Western Psycho Dad cancelled in part because she knew how much he enjoyed it.
  • Characterization Marches On: Marcy originally started off as a more stereotypical housewife to contrast with Peg, as opposed to the dominant feminist she later became after marrying Jefferson.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Marcy constantly pushes Jefferson to get a job. Whenever he actually gets one, he typically ends up with beautiful women as coworkers and customers, which makes Marcy force him to quit.
  • Distaff Counterpart: After Steve lost his job and especially when she married Jefferson D'Arcy, Marcy was increasingly played as a counterpart to Al, if a bit better off. Al and Marcy are both shown to be taken advantage of by their lazy spouses. This is highlighted in a Season 4 episode, where Al brings Marcy to a bar where he and other married men complain about their wives (and she complains about Steve, who has dragged his feet on getting a new job). Al is also played as being a diehard male chauvinist, and Marcy a diehard female chauvinist.
  • Does Not Like Men: Her toxic misandry (hatred for men and all masculine things) is a contributing factor to the creation of Al's group NO MA'AM. Marcy denies she's ever a misandrist (clearly she is) and simply tells other people that she only wants equality for women, though she assumes all women are victims and are in a position of weakness.
  • Drop-In Character: Often hanging around the Bundy house with Peg. It got to the point where Amanda Bearse's credit in the opening titles eventually involved her either having the door slammed in her face or just barging right in.
  • Embarrassing Last Name: She is clearly not happy to be named Marcy D'arcy.
  • Everybody Has Standards: As much as she dislikes Al, when she found out that the reason he couldn't buy Peg a gift for their anniversary was that his family had bought everything else for it, including gifts for him with his own money she feels bad and tells Peg she should apologize to him.
  • Evil Laugh: She was known to issue a triumphant, cackling laugh on several occasions, most notably when something particularly unpleasant happens to Al.
  • Fan Disservice: As far as Al's concerned, anyway. He treats seeing her naked or in lingerie, as well as hearing about her sex life, as Brain Bleach, and in "Banking on Marcy," seeing her have an orgasm in public rendered him impotent.
  • Harmful to Minors: Marcy mentions that all of her mother's husbands have killed themselves, her mother was emotionally abusive to her (she sold her dog at a yard sale for a trip that she didn't even take her daughter on and sold Marcy in a card game to a woman who wouldn't stop sweating), and her biological father was a drunk.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: With Jefferson.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She broke up with Steve for getting sloppy and lazy when he got fired from his job as a banker, but while she pushes her new husband Jefferson to get a job, she always makes him quit because he typically ends up working with beautiful women.
    • Also, while she is an advocate for women, in addition to hating men, it's also implied that she hates foreigners and the homeless.
    • She's constantly sounding off about women's rights but identifies as a Republican and looks down on the less fortunate, including women who are on welfare or going through hard times.
  • Informed Deformity: Okay, seriously, you'd think this woman was some ugly hag the way people talk about her looks, despite the attractive actress playing her.
  • Jerkass: Towards Al. Marcy even at times eggs Peg to splash Al's own money on luxuries for herself.
  • Irony: Despite hating men, Marcy tends to make herself look masculine by keeping her hair short and her chest flat.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Many people often mistook Marcy for a young man in later seasons.
  • Not So Above It All: She and Al are very much alike, they simply disagree on which gender deserves more activism.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Marcy's been repeatedly demoted from her cushy bank job whenever the Bundys get her in trouble. She was demoted to drive-up window teller when Al lost $50,000 on a bad loan for his failed "Dr. Shoe" business, and when Al ratted her out for the smog control device being disconnected on her car despite her bank's environmental campaign. Much later, she hires Kelly as a window model and gets blamed when Kelly gets the son of the bank's biggest customer beaten up by security guards when she mistakes him for a robber. This time, Marcy's demoted to drive-up teller machine. According to Kelly, Marcy has to say "beep" every time someone withdraws money.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: In keeping with the creators being wrestling fans, Marcy's last name when we first see her (and by extension Steve's) came from Dusty Rhodes, albeit spelled "Rhoades".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Al.
  • Social Darwinist: She takes delight in seeing the Bundys suffer in poverty as while she is middle-class. Marcy has also said she's a Republican and that she doesn't believe in helping the less fortunate.
  • Straw Feminist: Marcy is a proud feminist, who is also portrayed as a misandrist, masculine-looking and unattractive. Furthermore, she is shown to be a constant hypocrite regarding her beliefs (such as bad mouthing porn as a male fantasy, only for the clerk to come up to her and tell her the videos she requested earlier had come in).
  • Straw Hypocrite: Thinks women deserves better treatment, but calls men barbaric and uncivilized. Though Marcy comes off as nothing better than a bully towards Al.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Marcy is the antagonist in most of her feuds with Al, and she usually wins.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: She's always coming into the Bundys house and stays there for a very long time, sometimes eating their food and sleeping on their couch much to Al's consternation. That said, the Bundys steal everything from food to cable from her, so it evens out.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: This is how Marcy ends up meeting and getting married to Jefferson.
    Marcy: It's just that I can hardly believe that I'm now Mrs... Darling. What's your last name?
    Jefferson: D'Arcy.
    Marcy: Marcy D'Arcy... I'm now MARCY D'ARCY! What have I done?

     Steve Rhoades 

Actor: David Garrison

Steve is Marcy's first husband (Seasons 1-4). Like Marcy, Steve worked as a loan officer for a bank. He tends to stick by his wife a lot, and frowns upon Al's attempts to get him to go against her wishes.
  • The Bully: Steve likes to bully and taunt Al for his low income and poor lifestyle.
  • Commuting on a Bus: David Garrison returned to play Steve several times in one-shot episodes. One notable example had the studio audience applauding him for almost a full minute when he appeared onscreen, during which Garrison humorously checked his watch while standing in silence.
  • Fanboy: Of music and theatre plays.
  • Foil: To Al. Steve is happily married, has no children, works a white-collar job as a bank's loan officer and overall lives a middle-class lifestyle.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He thinks of himself as being this, but unfortunately he ends up being arrested for accidentally drowning a saltwater turtle in Lake Michigan because he believed that it was being held captive at a zoo.
  • Greed: Played with. He knows his limits half of the time (such as not to steal money from his bank's vault) but still was so greedy to win a trip to Hawaii that he wrote a bad loan for Al's shoe line and eventually ended up being fired as a result. This trait especially becomes magnified upon his returns after leaving Marcy and she (prior to their divorce) even admits to Peg that his greed was one of the reasons she fell for him.
  • Harmful to Minors: Steve mentions that his father committed suicide because his mother was so overbearing and unpleasant to be around.
  • Henpecked Husband: He starts out on fairly even terms with Marcy. As she became more shrill, he became more subservient, until, of course, he flat out leaves her to become an outdoorsman. Insert your own chicken joke here.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from his love of theatre and music, he is also shown to be an accomplished tap dancer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He mocked Al for being poor and having such little money for four seasons straight. Towards the end of Season 4, he loses his job as a loan officer (partly Al's fault) and goes unemployed for many months, devolving into a deadbeat Lazy Husband frolicking at zoos all day with Marcy's hard-earned money, which resulted in Marcy divorcing him. He's had a volatile employment record since then.
  • Momma's Boy: He's very devoted to his mother, much to Marcy's annoyance.
  • Not So Above It All: Delighted in using his position at the bank to turn down loans for people that picked on him in school.
  • Only Sane Man: At least when he was a regular character.
  • Put on a Bus: He was written out as leaving Marcy so he can be a park ranger. This was done because the actor, David Garrison, was afraid of being typecast and no longer wanted a role on a weekly TV series.
  • Sanity Slippage: After being poisoned with Oak by some young boys he, Al and Bud took camping after he was fooled into rubbing it on his skin and tasting it. The fact that he didn't die from this is quite a feat.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Al. Although a fair bit of Al's cynicism rubs off on him, blurring the lines a bit.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: He and Marcy's (initial) relationship with the Bundys.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: In keeping with the creators being wrestling fans, Steve's last name when we first see him (and by extension Marcy's when she was married to him) came from Dusty Rhodes, albeit spelled "Rhoades".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Perhaps because of cracks that were in the marriage to begin with (or the bad influences of Al and Peg), he becomes more snarky, critical and unloving towards Marcy. Upon his many returns (especially after Marcy told him it was over for good), the two of them are outright rivals.
  • The Bus Came Back: Garrison made a handful of return appearances, coming back in four separate episodes to reprise the role, during which time Steve Rhoades became the dean of Bud's college and came into conflict with his ex-wife on multiple occasions.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: When he guest stars in later episodes, expect him to have a new job. He's been a forest ranger/criminal, chauffeur, and a college dean.

     Jefferson D'Arcy 

Actor: Ted McGinley

Jefferson is Marcy's second husband (Seasons 5+). Unlike Steve, Jefferson doesn't hold down a steady job, believing he's "too pretty to work". He enjoys most of the same activities that Al does, and the two of them get along pretty well.
  • Camp Straight: He loves going to spas for manicures, is rather fussy about the condition of his hair and skin not unlike his wife and was even a cheerleader in high school, but he's still blatantly heterosexual.
  • Cargo Ship: Invoked as a gag in "Route 666" when he develops an unhealthy obsession with a gold nugget.
    "Will Jefferson dump Marcy and elope with his nugget?"
  • Carpet of Virility: Whenever his shirt is open or off, you can see that he has a nice, thick pattern of chest hair, which goes with his machismo attitude, especially whenever around the fellow members of NO MA'AM.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He's actually become quite fond of Marcy, believe it or not.
    • Sometimes Marcy will gush in Jefferson's presence about how good Steve used to be in bed. This makes Jefferson take her home and promise to "rock the Steve right out of her." This is a Batman Gambit that Marcy uses whenever she wants sex from Jefferson.
    • When Jefferson and Steve finally meet, they begin fighting over Marcy. They try to outdo one another by bragging over where they've done the deed with her.
    • After Marcy has an orgasm while giving a speech at her bank, she's soon hired by other corporations to give bad news in erotic speeches. Unfortunately, she begins neglecting Jefferson, and he starts getting pouty over it. When he complains to Marcy about being ignored, she takes him home for his own "private little speech". In the last scene of the episode, Peg asks Marcy where Jefferson is, and she explains that he's in the hospital being treated for dehydration.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • The standard NO MA'AM uniform includes a T-shirt with the group's logo on the chest. Jefferson wore them, but he always wore a "YES MA'AM" shirt underneath it, which he quickly revealed whenever Marcy was about to bust one of the group's schemes.
    • In another episode, some hillbillies are running a scam where they charge five cents for a bottle of Coke and five dollars for a bottle opener. Al is forced to pay the five dollars, but Jefferson keeps a bottle opener on him.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Jefferson gets a job as an aerobics instructor in the last season, and he's incredibly popular with the studio's female exercisers. When Marcy finds out, she tries to make him quit:
    Woman #1: Hold it, sweetie. You don't just walk into a Jefferson D'Arcy class.
    Marcy: But I'm his wife!
    Woman #2: Nice try, honey. On an average day, he usually gets about four wives, plus a couple of husbands!
  • Friendly Enemy: With Castro; from what we know, he lost his position in the CIA after being assigned to kill Castro and failing. Later the two of them became friends.
  • Gold Digger: A glorified gigolo (who was once in prison over a land scam and has a secret connection with the CIA) who married a relatively affluent woman.
  • Harmful to Minors: Jefferson mentions that his mother was a stripper — whose pet snake strangled her to death during one of her acts.
  • Henpecked Husband: Marcy regularly bosses Jefferson around. He talks big to the other NO MA'AM guys, but whenever Marcy is about to bust one of their schemes he takes off his NO MA'AM shirt to reveal a YES MA'AM one. When he joined the National Guard, he started crying under pressure and saying that he wanted "his Marcy".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jefferson is a retired CIA agent. When Al initially finds this out, he's offered a large cash reward for information leading to Jefferson's capture... however, due to their being in the middle of a prank war, Al wasn't sure if was legit or not. At the end of the episode, Jefferson scares Al before playing it off as a large-scale hoax... until we hear on the still-playing television that the man who'd offered the reward had just died while watching a baseball game. Never has someone blowing a noise-maker been so creepily funny.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Marcy is the breadwinner, Jefferson earns his keep with sexual favors. However whenever he does get good work (ie Fitness Instructor or the similar) Marcy usually gets him to stop because she is jealous of all the attention he gets from other women.
  • Pretty Boy: He's a good looking guy, and very well aware of it.
  • Retired Badass: One episode involved him rappelling down into Fidel Castro's office and holding him at knifepoint - only it turned out he and Fidel were old friends from Jefferson's CIA days.
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: He gets so bored with having nothing to do at home yet is vastly wealthy because of his past scams and Marcy's net worth that he'll go feed the ducks.... with quarters and watch them sink.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He's occasionally used his former CIA and criminal connections to help the Bundys out:
    • When Al's Dodge broke down because it needed a new fuel pump, he travelled to Cuba and got his Friendly Enemy Fidel Castro to provide a new one from the thousands of old Dodges that were on the island;
    • When the NO MA'AM guys went to Washington to petition the U.S. Senate to get Psycho Dad back on the air, Jefferson used his old CIA connections to enable them to speak to the Senate...and also to have Marcy and Peggy bound and gagged so they couldn't stop them.
    • When Kelly's boyfriend accidentally burned up Peg's couch, Jefferson used his connections with some criminals who smuggled contraband in furniture to help her track down a replacement;
    • When Kelly was upset after Buck's death, he got a friend of his, a crooked customs agent who would smuggle in endangered animals for a fee, to get a rare South American bird as a replacement. Kelly really liked it, but then Grandma Wanker got hungry...
  • Spear Counterpart: To Peggy. He's very lazy and comes up with all sorts of excuses to avoid getting a job, and has been known to blow Marcy's money on expensive baubles the way Peg spends Al's money on expensive baubles. He also gets very jealous when Marcy reminisces about her ex-husband Steve, or when she generally starts ignoring him.
  • Status Quo Is God: Despite his protests, Jefferson actually does manage to get a few jobs throughout the series. Unfortunately, whether he gets a job at the shoe store, as an actor or as an aerobics instructor, Jefferson typically ends up working with beautiful women. This makes Marcy force him to quit and return to his de facto job as her sex toy:
    Jefferson: I thought you wanted me to get a job!
    Marcy: Your job is to please me. And right now, I am not pleased.
  • Trophy Husband: He's several years younger than Marcy and one of the main reasons he stays married to her is to mooch off her money and not have to get a job. Marcy even outright calls him a "trophy husband" in one episode.
  • With Friends Like These...: Early on, Jefferson would sell out Al or anyone else in a heartbeat if it meant making money.

Recurring Characters


Actor: Harold Sylvester

Griff is a friend of Al's, and his co-worker at Gary's Shoe Store in the later seasons. He is also one of the founding members of Al's NO MA'AM group.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Played with. When Al, Jefferson and Griff join the National Guard to thwart Garbage Strikers, they try to send him out first. He obviously says no and invokes this trope as the reason, bringing up other movies as evidence. They go out anyway and he's hit with an eggshell. This prompts Al to play the grieving war buddy to him.
  • Butt-Monkey: His life is nearly as miserable as Al's. That said, Al probably envies him being divorced and childless.
  • Doom It Yourself: Al, Jefferson and Bob Rooney recruit Griff to help them with an electrical project. Griff thinks he's traced the problem, but all he does is electrocute Al.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the cast, Griff seems to be the only character who is at least relatively grounded in reality.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Parodied in his first appearance. He says he's been working at the shoe store for a while now, but Bud says Al never once mentioned him. Conversely, Griff says Al never mentioned having a wife and kids. Al did tell him about the four touchdowns in a single game, though.
  • Straw Misogynist

     Officer Dan 

Actor: Dan Tullis Jr.

Dan is a police officer who operates in the area where the Bundys and the D'Arcys live. He is familiar with Al and his family because he's usually the first to arrive on the scene whenever they get in trouble. He's also a member of NO MA'AM, but isn't seen as frequently at their meetings as the others.
  • Corrupt Cop: Openly admits to being crooked, though after joining NO MA'AM he frequently used said connections to keep Al out of jail.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Officer Dan had some of the show's best one-liners.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": More often than not everyone calls him "Officer Dan" instead of just Dan.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When Al started up NO MA'AM, Officer Dan regularly arrested them for their antics. ("The Legend of Ironhead Haynes" portrayed him as a member, but he was off-duty and the group hadn't done anything illegal.) When Psycho Dad was cancelled, though, he joined the group in their protest and became a full-time member.
  • Police Are Useless: "There's an armed robbery in progress, so I'm gonna go park under the bridge and take a nap."

     Bob Rooney 

Actor: E.E. Bell

Bob Rooney is one of Al's NO MA'AM cohorts.
  • Dirty Old Man: Like the rest of NO MA'AM.
  • Doom It Yourself: Al and Jefferson recruit Bob Rooney to help them with an electrical project because he read the entire Time-Life series on household wiring. It didn't help, since he was just as incompetent as them.
  • Fat Bastard: A textbook example. Al once used his exposed gut to scare a bunch of kids out of their Halloween candy.
  • Full-Name Basis: Everyone always refers to him by his full name.


Actor: Tom McCleister

Ike is another member of Al's NO MA'AM group.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Ike lapses into this least by the standards of stereotypes on this show.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He insists that Elvis is alive, enjoys Yanni's music, and it's occasionally implied that he's bisexual.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Ike has been known to drool over elderly strippers and fat women in aerobics outfits, in other words the kind of women that give the rest of the NO MA'AM guys dry heaves.


Actor: Janet Carroll

Gary is the rarely-seen owner of Gary's Shoe Store. Despite having a name meant for males, Gary is a middle-aged woman who laments having a sad-sack like Al working for her.
  • Bad Boss: She pays Al starvation wages and refuses to fire him at all in hopes he'll be denied unemployment because then that would give Al a good income boost.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She had illegal immigrants making shoes for her.
  • Fiction 500: Owns several multi-million dollar businesses, but the constant failings of the shoe store keep her at #501.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She's rarely seen but is explained as keeping Al trapped in perpetual poverty.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. She remembers — bitterly — about having once invested money in one of the schemes concocted by Larry Storch that caused her to lose all she spent in said scheme, culminating in her knocking him out when she sees him again.
  • Tomboyish Name: That and the fact Al never met her during the first twenty years he's been working at the store made Al mistakenly believe Gary was a man. Whenever he wasn't thinking Gary didn't even exist, that is.
  • Unseen No More: Al and his coworkers at Gary's Shoes had never seen Gary to the point that Al believes it's just the store's name. In Season 9, Gary makes a visit where they learn she's the 401st richest American because of the store's poor performance. Gary becomes a recurring character for the rest of the series.

     Grandma Wanker 

Actor: Kathryn Freeman (voice only)

Grandma Wanker is Peg's incredibly fat and hideous mother. She's so fat that her footsteps can make the earth shake, she can make the ceiling crumble simply by rolling over, and she's such a glutton that she can eat an entire pig in under a minute. Grandma Wanker comes to live with the Bundys for a while in the tenth season, much to Peg's delight and the frustration of the rest of the family.
  • Big Eater: Anyone who can eat an entire pig in under a minute, uses a pitchfork as an eating utensil, whose stomach begins rumbling if she doesn't get nine square meals a day and who ate her own dog after wrapping him in bacon has to qualify for this.
  • Black Comedy Pet Death: Al implies that she wrapped her own dog in bacon and ate it. She later did the same thing to Kelly's pet bird.
  • Gonk: She's repeatedly implied to be this. Al was once blinded when he was unlucky enough to walk into the bathroom while she was having a bath. Another one of Peg's relatives explained that this was "hysterical blindness", which also happened to Grandma Wanker's doctor.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Al hates all of Peg's relatives, but he especially dislikes Grandma Wanker. One reason is because he never liked the way she looked at him, as if he was always between "two pieces of bread." She's also eaten at least one of Peg's relatives, and bit off the tip of Grandpa Wanker's finger when he tried to feed her. Grandpa Wanker then points out that she would have eaten his whole hand if he hadn't tickled her stomach.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Al and the kids both hate her. Curiously enough, she doesn't seem to loathe Al as much-one episode has Peg telling Al that Grandma Wanker never liked him, but another one lamented the way Al insulted her, considering how much Grandma Wanker loved him.
  • The Voice: Thankfully, she never appeared on screen. We only ever hear her dialogue, and occasionally we see the ceiling of the Bundy house buckle whenever she rolls over or she has a "belly quake". Originally, Divine (from the John Waters film Pink Flamingos) was supposed to play Peg's mom, but he/she died before his/her premiere episode, so, out of respect, the writers made Peg's mom unseen.

     Grandpa Wanker 

Actor: Tim Conway

Grandpa Wanker is Peg's father and Al's father-in-law. Like all of Peg's family, he's a drunken hillbilly. He notably held a shotgun in Al's back to force Al to follow through on his drunken proposal to Peg. He splits up with Grandma Wanker during season 10, which prompts Grandma to move in with the Bundys, and Peg later sets out in the ninth season to try and find him after he disappears.
  • Dirty Old Man: After he splits up with Grandma Wanker, he dates a couple of women young enough to be his granddaughter.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Grandpa Wanker isn't exactly Brad Pitt, but when you consider who he's married to this obviously applies.
  • Overprotective Dad: Surprisingly averted. Although Al generally can't stand him, he actually seems to like Al just fine, to the point where he held a shotgun in Al's back to force Al to follow through on the proposal he made to Peg while drunk.
  • Shotgun Wedding: He did this to Al when Al and Peg got married. He did it again at the end of the ninth season, when Al and Peg were renewing their wedding vows. During the renewal, Grandpa Wanker implied the shotgun wasn't loaded the first time around.


Actor: Juliet Tablak

Amber is Marcy's niece, who hails from Los Angeles. When her parents become concerned that she's getting too wild and hanging out with the wrong crowd, they send her to live with Marcy so she can learn more "wholesome" values. Despite Marcy's warnings against getting involved with the Bundys, she quickly becomes friends with Kelly and even has a brief fling with Bud.

  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Amber told Bud that she'd had the best sex of her life when she slept with him, but she only said that to spare her feelings. She later accidentally revealed her true opinion of his performance when she got angry at him:
    Amber: I can't believe I let you have what you claimed was sex with me!
  • Ethical Slut: To the point that she refused to sleep with Bud unless he started being nicer to Kelly. When he started being nicer to Kelly, Amber continued using her wiles as "encouragement."
  • Good Bad Girl: Amber was arguably one of the more moral and good-natured characters on the show:
    • She spared Bud's feelings when she claimed that he'd given her the best sex of her life, when in fact she was rather underwhelmed by it.
    • She was willing to give Bud another chance even after he groped her breasts and used his "movie theatre popcorn trick" on her.
    • She used her wiles to force Bud to start being nicer to Kelly.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Bud first met her six years ago, when she was thirteen. Marcy shows him a picture of what she was like then, and Bud screams in recognition. When he meets her in person, she's now nineteen and puberty has been very kind to her.

     Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardinal 

Actor: Teresa Parente


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