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     As a Whole 
  • Five Temperament Ensemble:
    • Energetic, egotistical Martin is Sanguine
    • Cautious, sensitive Gina is Melancholic
    • Fiery, combative Pam is Choleric
    • Dimwitted, easygoing Cole is Phlegmatic
    • Diplomatic, enigmatic Tommy is Eclectic
  • True Companions: The five of them, through all of the sniping and annoyances, are still there for each others.

     Martin Payne 
Played by: Martin Lawrence
The protagonist of the show. He's a rather charismatic person, but is also quite haughty, insensitive and territorial. He dates Gina Waters up until the third season, when they marry.

  • Get Out!: He has no qualms against throwing anyone out of his house that disrespect him, legitimately or not (but usually not).
  • Happily Married: To Gina, the only other person aside from himself and his mother that he always has respect for.
  • Height Angst: Intentionally invoked by Pam, who always teases him over it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: With Tommy and Cole, his childhood friends.
  • Jerkass: At his worst.
  • Large Ham: Subtlety is not his (or by greater extension, Lawrence's) style.
  • The Scrooge: He's a pretty stingy guy, even around Christmas, substituting a box of tissues as a gift for Tommy instead of the initial gift of silk handkerchiefs.
  • My Beloved Smother: His mother, Edna, is considered insufferable to everyone except him, but especially towards Gina.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Pam; the two are always sniping away at one another and hassling the other about their looks and obnoxious attitudes.

     Gina Waters-Payne 
Played by: Tisha Campbell-Martin
Martin's girlfriend turned wife. She works at an advertising agency alongside her best friend, Pam James.

     Thomas "Tommy" Strawn 
Played by: Thomas Mikal Ford
One of Martin's best friends. He's much calmer than Martin and Cole and a Running Gag is that no one knows what his job is, even as he insists that he has one.

     Pamela "Pam" James 
Played by: Tichina Arnold
Gina's best friend and Martin's rival. While Gina is more of a calm and diplomatic person, she on the other hand is somewhat more loud and confrontational, especially towards Martin.

  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: With Gina.
  • Hidden Depths: She is quite adept at singing, being able to show off this talent at times to the point of impressing Martin's mother (who interestingly enough likes her better than Gina).
  • Hollywood Dateless: The earlier seasons had a joke about being this with Martin being the one most likely to lampshade this.
  • Kissing Cousins: Thankfully averted; her cousin, the Reverend Leon Lonnie Love, is implied to be attracted to her, but she manages to sidestep his advances.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The personalities of Gina and herself respectively.

     Cole Brown 
Played by: Carl Anthony Payne II
Best friend of Martin and Tommy. He's a airplane mechanic, even as not one of the brightest people out there.

  • The Alleged Car: His beloved Pacer.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's not known for his tactful manner.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Toward Pam in the earlier seasons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: With Martin and Tommy.
  • Mama's Boy: He loves his mother dearly, to the point of still living with her into his late twenties.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: After getting momentarily kicked out of his mother's home, he ends up as a guest at Martin and Gina's, quickly wearing out his welcome.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cole is an overall Nice Guy, but he certainly isn't bright. It occasionally crosses over into being lethally stupid as he nearly kills a comatose "Tommy" by messing with "his" heart monitor thinking it was a radio.

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