Marcia and Marshall Langman (Darlene Hunt and Todd Sherry)
- "There are girls quivering. There are boys staring deeply into girls' eyes as they quiver and so forth. There really is a tremendous amount of quivering. It is anti-Christian. It is pro-quivering."
Marcia is the first of the two to be introduced, and is an uptight and humorless right-wing Christian activist offended by everything. Often uses Insane Troll Logic. The episode "Sex Education" introduces her husband Marshall Langman, who shares her views. (They're probably based on Michelle and Marcus Bachmann.)
- Department of Redundancy Department: They're the founding members of the Society for Family Stability Foundation.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Marshall concurs with Marcia that women should stay home with the kids.
- Evil Is Petty: Spite seems to be Marcia's main motivator. If she doesn't like something, nobody is allowed to enjoy it, no matter how little it affects her. Her argument against gay marriage is she thinks it "ruins it for everyone else", and when Leslie grows attached to a nude centaur goddess painting that resembles her, she doesn't even let Leslie keep the painting for herself, insisting that it be destroyed. She even expresses hatred for the concept of art itself because she personally doesn't care for it.
- Female Misogynist: Marcia thinks women should Stay in the Kitchen.
- The Fundamentalist: Very uptight and conservative Christian moral guardians.
- Hate Sink: Marcia is an uptight and hostile woman who's against gay marriage, actively hinders anything she disagrees with regardless of being in the moral wrong, and is in general very unpleasant to be around. Add in that she's a Karma Houdini, and she's quite possibly one of the most despicable characters in the series.
- Heteronormative Crusaders: Both of them are very conservative when it comes to sex, relationships and family values.
- Hypocrite: Marcia has very conservative, heteronormative views on gender roles and believes women should stay home and care for their children, but she works outside the home advocating her political and social views and causes, similar to Beverly LaHaye and Phyllis Schlafly.
- Insane Troll Logic: Marcia's forte.
- Jerkass: Whenever we see Marcia, she's rarely portrayed in the most positive light.
- Moral Guardians: To the extreme. Marcia constantly rails against anything she deems improper or bad for society, sometimes invoking Think of the Children!.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: A more right-wing version of this where they rail against anything that seems "improper".
- Stay in the Kitchen: They believe in this, holding very conservative views on how women should behave.
- Transparent Closet: While it's only hinted at, Marshall does act very stereotypically camp. Serves as something of a potshot against Marcus Bachmann, who is often accused of being a huge closet case.
Greg Pikitis (Cody Klop)
A teenager who tee-pees parks every Halloween who Leslie has been trying to catch for years. When she confronts him at his school to warn him that this time will be different, he manages to tee-pee the office and drives Leslie nuts by trying to figure out how and when he got in. He enjoys tormenting her and is implied to continue doing so even after the show ends.
- Aborted Arc: Makes a cameo appearance at the end of a season 6 episode as the boyfriend of Leslie's protege, seemingly setting him up for a future story, but he never appears again.
- Arch-Enemy: To Leslie. While she has other Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, most of them are indifferent to her and she only crosses swords with them due to a clash of policies or politics (or in the case of Tammy 2, because she gets in the way of her and Ron). Greg, however, actually goes out of his way to torment her personally just to amuse himself, and further he targets parks which directly encroaches on her job.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much why he commits his acts of vandalism and why he later goes after Leslie.
- Master of Disguise: How he got into the office - they were putting up decorations for Halloween, so he disguised himself as a decorator, stole Leslies' keys and hid in a trash bin until everybody left, Leslie thinking he was at school the whole time.
- Stand-In Parents: He hires a woman from Craigslist to pretend to be his mother when he is held on suspicion for the office incident, even getting her to threaten to sue them all to scare them off. His actual mother claims he always does this whenever he is in danger of getting in trouble.
- Too Clever by Half: His antics are extremely well thought-out and he is probably motivated in part by sheer boredom.
Ken Hotate (Jonathan Joss)
- "There are two things I know about white people: they love Matchbox Twenty, and they are terrified of curses."
The Chief of the local Wamapoke tribe. He enjoys inducing White Guilt at every possible opportunity. Leslie was at one point his favorite target, but eventually, they jointly figure out ways to weaponize that against some of the nastier people in Pawnee.
- The Barnum: Considers his casino the best way to get back everything Pawneeans stole from the Wamapoke, one quarter at a time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually at Leslie, but other people have been on the receiving end of his snark, too.
- Everything Is Racist: He frequently declares random things offensive, likely just to make others uncomfortable.
- The Gadfly: Milks every possible ounce of enjoyment out of watching white Pawneeans squirm and messing with their heads.Ann: Mr. Hotate, thanks for coming. Would you like some water?
Ken: Water? Like fire water? That's racist, and I do not appreciate it.
Ann: No-no-no-no-no, I didn't mean it like that. I just meant, you know—
Ken: I'm just messing with you.
Ann: Oh my God.
Leslie: He's funny. This guy's funny. He does that sometimes.
Ken: But seriously, I'll have a whiskey.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Inverted, in this case - Ken Hotate is basically John Redcorn from King of the Hill without the womanizer angle. Both are played by Jonathan Joss.
- Is That a Threat?: Plays this perfectly straight, and with a smile on his face. During the episode where he's making it clear he's not going to tolerate Jamm and the Paunch Burger corporation screwing over Leslie, he mentions all the Paunch Burger franchises in the Wamapoke casinos, and how those contracts are up for renewal.Paunch Burger Exec: Is that a threat?Ken: Yes. I thought it was obvious.
- It Amused Me: When he's not trolling white people to get his way, he's just doing it for his own amusement.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's definitely a Troll and is fully willing to exploit White Guilt to get what he wants, but Ken's not a bad guy and is more than happy to team up with Leslie to take down genuinely nasty characters (i.e., Jamm and Pinewood).
- Magical Native American: Exploited and parodied. He'll play the part of a Native American with mystical powers to freak out white people. When asked to remove a curse, he just utters nonsense and insults.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Exploited and parodied. He knows white people are awkward around Native Americans and uses their White Guilt to get his way.
- White Guilt: For both fun and profit, he milks the guilt of most other characters.
Dr. Harris (Cooper Thornton)A doctor and a coworker of Ann's at the local hospital. An incredibly Deadpan Snarker with a terrible bedside manner.
- Comically Inept Healing: Normally quite competent, but every now and then can be shockingly negligent, such as when he fails to check Jerry for mumps.
- Comically Serious: Always has his stoic and deadpan demeanor on, even in ridiculous situations.
Li'l SebastianA miniature horse that did... something that has endeared him to the residents of Pawnee.
- Back from the Dead: He appears to Leslie and Ben as a sign they should get married. It's actually a licensed impersonator (imhorseinator?), and his handler tries to tell that to Leslie, but she doesn't care.
- Gag Penis: Even when pixilated out, it's played for laughs.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of the third season, and is given a city-funded hero's funeral. Ron takes his death particularly hard:Ron: When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half-mast, I thought 'all right another bureaucrat ate it.' But then, I found out it was Li'l Sebastian. Half-mast is too high. Show some damned respect.
- Noodle Incident: Precisely what Li'l Sebastian did to earn the undying love of the residents of Pawnee (other than being adorable) is lost to history. And as Ben finds out, asking for reasons is considered a major faux pas.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Naturally, being a miniature horse (not a pony, they're different things). "The Trial of Leslie Knope" shows he has a line of plushies for sale.
- Serious Business: Everyone in Pawnee adores him. Outsiders don't really get it, which is a Berserk Button for Pawneeans.
Wyatt "Burly" Burlinson (Andrew Burlinson)Guitarist and backing vocalist (later co-lead) for Mouse Rat.
- All There in the Manual: His full name is never mentioned on the show, with Andy only ever calling him by his nickname. It is, however, on Mouse Rat's website.
- Neat Freak: According to Andy, though given what a slob Andy is, that may not be the case.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Just known as Burly.
- Satellite Character: To Andy. Justified as he's part of his band.
- Straight Man: To Andy in Mouse Rat-centric plots.
Brandi Maxxxx (Mara Marini)Local Pawnee Porn star who also ran for City Council against Leslie Knope and Bobby Newport. Admires Leslie and played her in Too Big to Nail, an adult movie about Leslie saving the Pawnee Videodome.
- Abhorrent Admirer: For Leslie. She also, at one point during a political debate, said she'd sleep with every one of her opponents.
- Bi the Way: She has no problem casually talking about how she's slept with many men and women. She's either this or gay-for-pay.
- Hidden Depths: She does run for political office at one point. In the Distant Finale, she actually does become city council president. Her run is possibly a nod to porn star Mary Carey's publicity stunt campaign for governor of California in the 2003 recall election.
- Nice Girl: She actually seems to be pretty nice and friendly, if a little overly so.
- Not So Different: How she sees herself and Leslie, though the latter very much disagreed.
- Considering the insane number of adult films Brandi has starred in, she may very well have a work ethic to rival Leslie's.
- Porn Names: The excessive number of X's in her name for starters.
- Running Gag: Repeatedly compares Leslie's work in the Parks Department to her work as a porn star, much to Leslie's disagreement and horror.
- Too Much Information: Her comments about her career are usually irrelevant to the discussion, and unwanted by Leslie.
- Unwanted Assistance: Every time she tries to help out Leslie, Leslie wants no part of it.
Orin (Eric Isenhower)Orin is April's very quiet, very creepy friend. He seldom speaks and often stares at people and makes them feel uncomfortable. Everybody except April dislikes him, with Leslie even outwardly insulting him. He once had a performance art show, where he was an animal living on a human farm.
- Anvilicious: Invoked. He's not especially subtle. At the previously mentioned farm art show:Orin: (in a sheep costume) Moo... moo...
Leslie: Shut up, Orin. Aren't you supposed to be a sheep?
Orin: No. You are.
- Butt-Monkey: He's an even bigger one than Jerry. He creeps everyone out so much that they all talk bad about him. Leslie especially, who will yell at him and insult him directly, and advises April to stay away from him.
- Creepy Crossdresser: When he dresses up as April's mother in "Prom".
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- The Stoic: The only times Orin showed any emotion was when he's scared by Chris' brand of intense positivity and smiling at Chris' depressing music mix.
Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas)A perfume mogul who lives in Pawnee.
- Atrocious Alias: Ben doesn't get why he chose the name Dennis Feinstein, and thinks it was a bad change.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His real name is Dante Fiero, but he changed it to Dennis Feinstein because sounding Jewish is more exotic in Pawnee. Tom approves.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He just wants to earn as much money as possible, anything else is completely inconsequential.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Alludes to having done this on a vacation and tries to hire Tom to be his next target.
- Jerkass: Makes every other jerk on this show look like a sweet pussycat.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He brags about paying $25,000 to hunt a man on vacation.
Barney Varmn (John Balma)An accountant who is employed at the Tilton & Radomski firm, he is first introduced when Leslie hires him for an accounting presentation to lighten up her party. It doesn't work.
- Abhorrent Admirer: A male, non-romantic example for Ben.
- Butt-Monkey: Is never able to get Ben to stick around at the jobs he hires him for and treated as weird and/or a bore by other characters.
- Hero-Worshipper: Seems to view Ben of all people as one of the coolest men alive. Of course, compared to Barney and most of his other colleagues and friends, Ben's a rock star, but still.
- Incredibly Lame Fun: Often needlessly excited by his accounting job, bursts into fits at Ben's admittedly mediocre accounting puns and enjoys Cones of Dunshire.
- Running Gag: Hires Ben for various jobs, only to be crushed when he quits a few days later.
Trevor Nelsson (Marc Evan Jackson)A high-priced Pawnee lawyer who works for many of Pawnee's wealthier families, namely the Newports and the Sapersteins.
Kathryn Pinewood (Mary Faber)Head of the Pawnee Restaurant Association, she fights for "consumer rights" in generally the worst ways possible. She heads the fight to get Leslie recalled from office.
Jennifer Barkley (Kathryn Hahn)
A straight-forward, fierce Washington political strategist who is first introduced in Season 4 to run Bobby Newport's campaign for City Council.
- The Ace: Intelligent, confident, reads international newspapers, is a big political muckety-muck in Washington. She ran two Republican congressional campaigns, a Senate race and gave Leslie and Ben a real run for their money when she opposed them in the City Council election.
- Career Versus Family: Not a problem with her. The trope is defied because she is completely satisfied she doesn't have kids, especially since she'd have to wear a plastic poncho to cover her clothing.
- The Chessmaster: Makes this comparison in her very first episode.
- Child Hater: Blatantly states she's very happy with her life choices whenever Leslie and Ben's kids come up and she freaks out when she sees one of the triplets run past her.Jennifer: Whoa! What was that? That thing was huge!
- Deadpan Snarker: Common topics she mocks include life in Pawnee and Leslie and Ben's children.
- Foil: To Leslie. A hypercompetent and incredibly dedicated career woman who is nonetheless the sidekick to someone with absolutely no interest in doing their work. While Leslie has her sights set on one day becoming president and genuinely wants to help the world, Jennifer is content with pulling the strings from behind the scenes and is Only in It for the Money.
- Friendly Enemy: Her loudness and willingness to admit she's just in it for the money aside, she's friendly to Leslie and Ben, and even admits Leslie will be a better Councillor than Bobby Newport.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, a heart of bronze, maybe. She runs campaigns for people she admits are horrible and is rather blunt and abrasive, but she never makes her rivalry with Leslie personal and does genuinely think Ben and Leslie have what it takes to succeed.
- Meaningful Name: Jennifer Barkley makes sense for someone who's as loud and intimidating as a Rottweiler.
- Neat Freak: Puts plastic covering on herself and several things in the Knope-Wyatt household to keep the kids from spilling something on her.
- Non-Idle Rich: She's got enough money to have a condo on every Virgin Island, but the reason why she has that money is because she works incredibly hard at her job, and is the best at what she does.
- Only in It for the Money: While it's debatable that she's doing good, this is her motivation.
- Punch-Clock Villain: For the City Council arc. She's mostly on friendly terms with Leslie and Ben and the entire reason she took the Newport campaign was because they paid her a butt-load of money. After that, she offers Ben a job as a campaign manager at her firm, and subsequently a position as a congressman in the House of Representatives and then Governor of Indiana.
- The Rival: To both Leslie and Ben at various times. She's generally friendly with both of them, but is easily one of their greatest obstacles in accomplishing their goals.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Loyal and hardworking for the Newport campaign, no qualms about mocking him in private.
- Spirited Competitor: She gives Leslie campaign advice a few times because, to use her chess metaphor, she doesn't have anyone to play against, so she has to play against herself.
- Worthy Opponent: She steadily grows to respect both Leslie and Ben as political adversaries.
Justin Anderson (Justin Theroux)Ann's lawyer friend introduced in season 2. He dates Leslie for a short time.
- The Ace: He's well-traveled and cultured, always has an interesting story to tell, and is an intelligent lawyer.
- Derailing Love Interests: His biggest problem for most of his time on the show was that he couldn't be around all the time. It isn't until the episode where he and Leslie break up that his being a "tourist" in other people's stories is established. Though it is foreshadowed a bit in "Leslie's House", where it's shown that he has a tendency to unnecessarily one-up other people's stories and to latch on to the people he deems interesting.
- Innocently Insensitive: He's basically a genuinely nice and helpful guy, but whether he realizes it or not, he tends to see people as objects of interest rather than as actual people, and he can put his nose into other peoples' business because he sees a chance to spice their lives up without thinking about the possible negative consequences.
- The One That Got Away: For Ann, in a way. She used to hope that maybe she could start something with him, much to Andy and later Mark's annoyance. She does get over it.
- Temporary Love Interest: For Leslie in the second season, after she broke up with Dave. They later break up after Leslie realizes he's an "emotional tourist".