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    Ethel Beavers 

Ethel Beavers (Helen Slayton-Hughes)

A very old woman who works in the dreaded fourth floor of City Hall and is also court stenographer. In "Two Funerals" we find out she had an affair with the late Mayor Gunderson who had an open marriage with his wife.


    Jeremy Jamm 

Jeremy Jamm (Jon Glaser)
City councilman, orthodontist and Jerkass extraordinaire who generally opposes everything Leslie does on principle. As time goes on, it becomes clear that he's also a lonely and pathetic man who desperately needs a friend.

  • Alliterative Name: Jeremy Jamm.
  • Break the Haughty: While dating Tammy Two. Her attempts to turn him into a clone of Ron turns him into a hollow shell of a man.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Practically brags that he uses underhanded tactics like fear-mongering and demonisation and takes positions for purely self-serving reasons. In "Gin It Up!" he calls a hearing over a tweet in order to undermine the Parks and Rec department and waste Leslies' time; he freely and publicly admits that he is blowing things out of proportion, conducting a witch hunt and looking to score political points. In "Flouride" he admits that he opposes putting fluoride in the Pawnee water supply because he is a dentist and he doesn't want people's teeth to get better. And in "The Cones of Dunshire", he says Leslie is the Superman to his Lex Luthor, preferring to be the supervillain because Lex is rich.
  • Catchphrase: "You just got Jammed!"
  • Cool Car: He's very proud of his red Corvette.
    Jamm: I once got an Asian girl to sit in it!
  • Demoted to Extra: A prominent antagonist in season 5 and 6, he only gets a couple of appearances in season 7, one of which is just a cameo in the finale.
  • Empty Shell: Tammy 2 turned him into this while they were dating. Jamm ends up so depressed and broken that Leslie and Ron, who hate Jamm, felt morally obligated to put their vendetta at the time aside and help him get out of the relationship.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced by having Leslie walking in on him in the private bathroom attached to her councilman office. He then refuses to take "no" for an answer when she tries to prevent this from continuing into the future.
  • Eviler Than Thou: On the receiving end of this when he starts dating Tammy 2.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: In "The Cones of Dunshire" he is shown to have a fetish for East Asian culture.
  • Hate Sink: He exists largely so Leslie can have an annoying enemy on the council.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He never explicitly renounces his selfish ways, but he becomes far more sympathetic after abused by Tammy 2 and he grows to have genuine fondness for Ron and Leslie and no longer undermines their efforts.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: It's very telling that, when Leslie needed his support on an issue, the hoops he forced her to jump through were having breakfast with him and singing karaoke with him. He also calls Leslie and Ron his two best friends in the world, even though neither of them can stand him.
  • Jerkass: Especially to Leslie, even though he considers her a friend.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Tries to obstruct anything Leslie does on principle.
  • Occidental Otaku: His collection of Japanese memorabilia suggests this. He even owns a teppanyaki grill.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: One of the most regular antagonists and he makes no attempts to be politically correct. Ever.
    • However, even he squirms under Ken Hotate.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: One of Leslie's many, and her most prominent in Seasons 5 and 6.
  • Smug Snake: He clearly sees himself as some sort of devious mastermind but he usually gets outplayed by the main characters or shoots himself in the foot, such as when he has to drop his lawsuit against Ron for punching him in the face when the team find out that he lied 11 times in his affidavit.
  • Stealing the Credit: Whenever he hears an idea that he likes he openly announces that he is going to tell people that it was his, and if this happens in a meeting he says he wants the record to show that, even in cases where he was arguing the opposing view for his own benefit.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the series finale, while he's still a bit of jerk, he does do some kind gestures for Leslie, including giving her a painting of them posing like John Lennon and Yoko Ono as a parting gift.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Oddly, he genuinely considers Leslie to be his best friend, and presumably sees their relationship as friendly sniping. Leslie doesn't return the sentiment, at all.
  • Wicked Pretentious: Despite his Asian culture interests he mispronounces words and cooks regular American breakfasts as if they were Japanese dishes (although the Distant Finale implies that he does genuinely go on to become a successful Japanese chef); he also tries to lure people to his own rock concert by singing generic rock words that don't belong to any particular song and doesn't see the issue.

     Bill Dexhart 

Bill Dexhart (Kevin Symons)

City councilman. An incredibly Sleazy Politician who is usually involved in some kind of sex scandal.

  • Anything That Moves: Whenever a sex scandal comes up, expect it to involve multiple people of any gender identification, age, profession, etc.
  • Corrupt Politician: A sexual deviant who will do anything to win and stays in office due to a combination of living in the worst district in town and playing incredibly dirty.
  • Double Standard: Enjoys the benefits of this. Whenever a sex scandal crops up, it's the women around him who get lambasted rather than Dexhart himself, such as his wife for staying with him despite his many infidelities, or suspected mistress Leslie Knope for "throwing herself at him."
  • Jerkass: He stays in office despite his many sex scandals only because he runs scorched-earth negative campaigns to make his opponents look even worse than he.
  • Kavorka Man: His sexual exploits are genuinely impressive, if only because he's not notably attractive but manages to bed a ridiculous number of women.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Dexhart is mentioned, he's usually at the center of another sex scandal.
  • The Bus Came Back: While he never actually went anywhere, he first showed up in season 2 where he drags Leslie into his sordid sex scandals, then largely disappears until season 5 once Leslie joins the City Council.

     Fielding Milton 

Fielding Milton (James Greene)

City councilman since 1948. Mostly a source of Racist Grandpa jokes.

  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Not necessarily an out-and-out villain, but he's a noted racist and sexist who regularly tries to down-talk Leslie.
  • Racist Grandpa: As noted above. He originally ran for office on a promise to re-segregate baseball.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Often dozes during meetings. In fact, many jokes are made about him being older than dirt.

    Douglass Howser 

Douglass Howser (Yvans Jourdain)

City councilman. Seems to be a Straight Man. A Running Gag involves Leslie running into him in awkward situations and her using the opportunity to try and talk about some issue.

  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: He seems to be the City Council's president/chairman/whatever (he sits in the middle and his chair is on a raised platform). He is also bald and black.
  • Only Sane Man: On the city council. You've got overzealous Leslie, sleazy Jamm, sex-scandal-prone Dexhart, Racist Grandpa Milton, and then Howser, whose only quirk is a propensity to keep running into Leslie at inconvenient times.
  • Shout-Out: One wonders if he's a doctor.

    Ingrid de Forest 

Ingrid de Forest (Kristen Bell)

A resident of the former Eagleton and Leslie's replacement on the city council.

  • Anti-Villain: Runs against Leslie purely in her hometown's interest.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Quite mean at first, but later shows herself to be a great politician who honestly cares about the former Eagletonians.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Leslie as this after running against her.

    Dave Sanderson 

Dave Sanderson (Louis C.K.)

Leslie's boyfriend in Season 2. A bumbling cop. Their relationship is cut short due to Dave joining the Army Reserve and moving to San Diego, but he comes back in Season 4's "Dave Returns" and awkwardly interacts with Ben.

  • Malaproper: Frequently.
  • Nice Guy: He's a pleasant if bumbling man.
  • Put on a Bus: Has to move to San Diego in Season 2 to fulfill his obligation to the Army Reserve.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When he's seen again in season 4, he's a good deal more unhinged than when he departed in season 2, still hung up over his feelings for Leslie, expecting her to return them, and even going so far as to handcuff Ben to a urinal in the restaurant they were all in.
  • Verbal Tic: Speaks in very blunt, straightforward sentences.

    Ron Dunn 

Ron Dunn (Sam Elliott)

Rons' Eagleton counterpart in their Parks and Recs department. He is superficially identical to Ron Swanson, until it transpires he is a hippie, pacifist, vegan and generally his political and philosophical opposite in every way. Although he is not kept on in the combined Parks Department, he shows up past his introductory episode.

  • Actual Pacifist: Says that if Ron attacks him, he won't fight back.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is a calm, chilled, easygoing guy who gives out positive advice and wishes everyone well. Naturally, Ron hates him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: He believes in spirit animals and is seemingly able to summon his own (a falcon) at will. He also believes in astrology and guesses that Ron Swanson is a Taurus - Ron never tells anyone his birthday, but he alluded in a later episode that it was in the springtime, meaning that Taurus is a possibility.
  • Shadow Archetype: He is basically Ron if he was a vegan hippie instead of a carnivorous hunter.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ron Swanson seems to regard him as one, though Dunn naturally doesn't consider anyone his enemy.

    Brett and Harris 

Brett Hull and Harris Wittels (Colton Dunn and Harris Wittels)

Two stoned morons who work at Pawnee Animal Control and are the major reason for its massive incompetence in catching animals. They are fired in Season 5 and later end up squatting in the basement of City Hall.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Due to being high in all of their appearances.
  • Comically Missing the Point: They join the "Recall Leslie Knope" rally, thinking it's a rally to legalize marijuana.
  • Insult Backfire: When Leslie describes the animal control department as being run by two moronic stoners, Harris thinks it's a compliment.
  • Lethally Stupid: When Leslie ordered Brett to pretend to kill every bird in Pawnee for the avian flue crisis simulation, Brett doesn't get the "pretend" part, and keeps asking Leslie how she wants the birds killed.
  • Running Gag: Harris keeps declaring that he's "down to clown" with April and either attempting to flirt with or asking another character if she's available. One time, it's right in front of Andy (who is naturally less than impressed) and the other time it's at the party immediately after her wedding.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Ron, April and Andy find them in the City Hall basement they say they certainly aren't living there.
  • The Stoners/Stoners Are Funny: They're high all the time.
  • Those Two Guys/Heterosexual Life-Partners: Even (accidentally) show up to a job interview together.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They got fired because they left a coyote trap around since they had a huge pest problem, and tried to reach Animal Control about it but no one would pick it up. As Leslie pointed out, they were the people they'd call about it.

     Mayor Gunderson 

Mayor Walter Gunderson (Bill Murray)

The invisible mayor of Pawnee. Ends up dying two months before his term is up in the seventh season episode appropriately titled "Two Funerals".

  • The Cameo: In "Two Funerals", he appears as a corpse.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned frequently before "Two Funerals," but never shown. Of course, by the time we see him, he's dead, so this entry works on two levels.
  • Secret Relationship: With Ethel Beavers. Apparently, Gunderson's wife knew and was completely okay with it.


Kyle (Andy Forrest)

A regular at Andy's shoe shine stand and an attorney for City Hall, he is the lowest on the City Hall pecking chain. Even Jerry treats him like garbage.

  • Butt-Monkey: Only Chris is actually nice to him.
  • The Chew Toy: Unlike Jerry, there is no good nature to the ribbing and no silver linings in his life.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • Occidental Otaku: Subverted: he is characterized as this once by the others, even though all he was doing was eating rice.
  • Old Windbag: His stories inspire either this or inappropriate laughter.

Pawnee Media

    Joan Callamezzo 

Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins)

The vapid host of Pawnee Today, a talk show frequented by the main characters. She likes Tom due to his flattery, but seemingly has a vendetta against Leslie. She’s oddly arrogant for a local media personality.

  • The Alcoholic: Has a poorly-concealed drinking problem that she tends to try and excuse with Lame Excuses like eating too much shellfish.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: While never a paragon of stability during the series, she entirely lost her mind during the Time Skip between Seasons 6 and 7. Highlights include calling all her ex-boyfriends while sitting on a washing machine on-air, having her audience fight over a car, and believing she's in Gotham City in the middle of a speech.
  • Jerkass: Rarely kind to anyone, as she thinks she's above most people.
  • Kent Brockman News: She's an insufferable Jerkass and has no shame in hiding it whenever she's on air.
  • Lady Drunk: She's almost always inebriated, even on air.
  • Narcissist: To an absurd degree - she has huge oil paintings of herself in the nude in her house, for example. The only people she doesn't constantly belittle are suck ups who praise everything she does.
  • Not So Above It All: As snobby and superficial as she is, she still goes just as crazy as everyone else in Pawnee does over Li'l Sebastian.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: One of Leslie's first. She seems to relish taking her down.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A local talk show host who seems to think she's Oprah.

    Shauna Mulwae-Tweep 

Shauna Mulwae-Tweep (Alison Becker)
"I can't even land the shoeshine guy."

Intrepid Reporter for the local paper. Usually, the Parks Department gives her access in the hope that she'll report something positively for them, but hijinks ensue and her story ends up with a negative, sensationalistic slant. In Season 5, Chris has a short-lived and ambiguously romantic relationship with her.

  • Anti-Villain: Yes, she causes problems for the department, but she's simply doing her job.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Variation. Her relationship with Chris hits a snag because she insists on bringing her family and friends onto every date she has with him. She considers this entirely natural and doesn't see the problem with it. Chris doesn't exactly conflict with them per say, but he isn't really thrilled about this behaviour either.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Well, about as intrepid as one can be in Pawnee. If there's a story, Shauna's on it.
  • Nice Girl: She's a sweet, well-meaning lady that doesn't seem to have any contempt for anybody.
  • Romantic False Lead: Her usual role involves her becoming friendly with a male character, making the girl he eventually winds up with jealous by accident. This happened with Andy, Ben, and Chris in that order.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: As a perpetual Romantic False Lead, she winds up as this frequently. She even lampshades this ("I can't even land the shoeshine boy!").
    • It gets deconstructed later on, as it's shown she's pretty miserable because of this.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed. On the surface she seems entirely normal socially, but a pattern emerges of her being blind to the way she says or does things affects those around her or acts inappropriately, such as bringing friends and family with her on dates (although this implies that she might also have been raised this way if they are like this as well).
  • Stepford Smiler: Revealed to be this in "Galentine's Day 2", where she tries to stay positive to ignore the painful parts of her personal life. Leslie can't help but pity her a little.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the distant finale, where after she's left at the alter by her fiancee, she later crosses paths with Bobby Newport and ends up marrying him.

     Perd Hapley 

Perderick "Perd" Hapley (Jay Jackson)

Host of Ya' Heard? with Perd. Tends to speak redundantly, in sentences, which repeat their meaning.

  • Acrofatic: Can do the Worm.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In his more competent moments, he can show some skill at hosting a show, and is clearly likable enough to cultivate a local following.
  • Captain Obvious: Because of his redundant nature, most of his statements are quite obvious in addition to being redundant in nature.
    "Issue number one is the first issue we're going to talk about."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Even if he isn't sure if there are real cuckoos living in the clouds, his offbeat behavior would fit right in if there were. He has to ask if centaurs are real.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: His standout trait, which is quite notable.
  • The Ditz: While Pawnee is filled with them, he stands out as the most naive and idiotic media representative.
  • Fan Community Nick Name: He refers to his fans as Perd-verts.
  • The Fool: Has done quite well despite not being the smartest tool in Pawnee.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Loves making these with his name.
  • Kent Brockman News: Of the spacey, cuckoolander kind.
  • Literal-Minded: Is so tunnel-visioned with his questions and answers, jokes and sarcasm tend to escape his tunnel vision.
    Perd: "The lewd photo, how big of a deal is it?"
    Leslie: "Well, Perd, it's not that big a deal, if you know what I mean."
    Perd: "I don't know what you mean, but it had the cadence of a joke!"
  • Nice Guy: The nicest person in the Pawnee media. Any time he's caused trouble for Leslie, it hasn't been on purpose.
  • Pungeon Master: Always related to his name.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Occasionally, due to being so literal-minded.
  • Spin-Off: In-universe, he gets a new show, called Judge Perd, which often reminds the viewer, that Judge Perd is not a real judge.
  • Verbal Tic: Speaks in sentences that are somewhat redundant and repeat themselves, because of the redundancy of rephrasing everything he says in the sentences that he speaks.

    Derry Murbles 

Derry Murbles (Dan Castellaneta)

Host of a public radio show which plays terrible music. Leslie has been a guest on the show a couple of times.

  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: At one point, his announcer talks about one of the underwriters for the station, a new film called The Shadows of Seven Heads, "the dramatic tale of an Israeli soldier who falls in love with conjoined Palestinian sextuplets"— it's noted to be released by Focus Features, another branch of NBCUniversal.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Upon finding out that his target audience likes jazz music, he plays two jazz records simultaneously.
  • Dull Surprise: Even when he's angry he still keeps a very even tone.
  • Meaningful Name: "Murbles" sounds vaguely like "mumbles", and is also only one letter away from "marbles" — as in, "mouth full of marbles." Fitting name for a host who never raises his voice or inflicts any emotion into it.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: After the Pawnee-Eagleton merger, he finds himself saddled with an Eagletonian co-host, August Clementine (John Hodgman), who he doesn't get along with.
  • The Stoic: He shows very little emotion, even when he's furious.
  • Take That!: He and his show seem to be a lighthearted jab at NPR and its soft-spoken hosts.

    Crazy Ira and the Douche 

Crazy Ira and the Douche (Matt Besser and Nick Kroll)

Crazy Ira and Howard "The Douche" Tuttleman are two shock jocks of a morning zoo-style Pawnee radio program. They serve primarily as a parody of those types of radio shows, especially in a small-town market like Pawnee. The show prominently features fart jokes and Your Mom insults, as well as constant sound effects from their sound man "China Joe", who hates his job. Crazy Ira and The Douche are widely admired in Pawnee.

  • Alter-Ego Acting: Howard occasionally points out when he's speaking in character. "That's the Douche talking."
  • Becoming the Mask: Howard states that he mainly made up "The Douche" for the radio show, but it ended up becoming part of his personality for real.
  • Dumbass DJs: Played up for all its worth. Despite this, both are also shown to be very intelligent, even courteous.
  • Hidden Depths: Zig Zagged Trope. Will occasionally provide moments that show they are more mature than their on-air behavior suggests, only to follow it up by acting like they would on air.
    • The Douche, in particular, has a degree in communications from an Ivy League college and can be eloquent and smart when he wants to be.
  • Jerkass: The two are NOT the least bit likable.
  • No-Sell: In the companion book Pawnee: The Best Town in America, Jerry transcribed the two trying to prank Ron. Ron stonewalls them since their choice of disguises to bug him with are random citizens and other members of the government, both of which Ron avoids like the plague.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Crazy Ira.
  • Pet the Dog: Surprisingly, The Douche genuinely adored his grandmother, considering her to be a strong, inspirational woman, and intends to name his first daughter after her.
  • Shock Jock: They're quite filthy on-air, and their sound guy is incredibly good at pulling up perfect perverted soundbites.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: They are two among many citizens in Pawnee who ruin things for Leslie on a regular basis.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Ironically, despite being Pawnee's resident Dumbass DJ duo, they regularly show themselves to be the most well-spoken and intelligent Pawnee media personalities.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Prone to suddenly slipping out of their Shock Jock personas in order to eloquently and effectively challenge their guest (generally Leslie), only to slip right back into it just as quickly.
  • Those Two Guys: Rarely seen apart, other than a brief stint where The Douche was considered to be a sperm donor for Ann.

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