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    Larry Appleton 
Portrayed by: Mark-Linn Baker

One of the two main protagonists.

  • Butt-Monkey: He gets hurt much more than Balki does, although sometimes he deserves it.
  • Break the Haughty: On a regular basis.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh my Lord!" and "Don't you ever do that again."
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of Larry's defining traits.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Car Tunes", he screams in the heat of the moment for his alleged kidnappers to kill Balki but spare him (The alleged kidnappers were actually Jennifer and Mary Ann).
  • Happily Married: He gets married to Jennifer during Season 7.
  • Happy Dance: He and Balki will often do the so-called "Dance of Joy" when they deem their goal successful.
  • Heel Realization: This happens with Larry late in many episodes.
  • Height Angst: He's very insecure about his height (Mark Linn-Baker is about 5'5'') and the fact that others make jokes about him being short doesn't help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Larry is often selfish and greedy, but ultimately cares for his friends, and sometimes realizes he was wrong.
  • Kavorka Man: He's not very attractive, and yet he has dated pretty nurse Susan, and later dates the attractive Jennifer.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He always thinks he knows what he's doing while Balki can plainly see that he's just blowing smoke.
  • Money Fetish: He'll do whatever he can to earn a quick buck. Unfortunately for him, this usually doesn't end well. He's also tight-fisted when it comes to tipping. His actor has a reputation for also being "tight" with his money.
  • Not a Morning Person: He doesn't wake up well, as shown in "Hello, Baby".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Balki's red.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Played with. While neither are particularly "manly", Larry is more sophisticated and wittier than Balki, as well as being gruffly introverted. However, he's also neurotic and his displays of bravado quickly evaporate. Furthermore, "Since I Lost My Baby" hints that for all of his dominant behavior, he really wishes to be sexually passive.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He gradually got this.
  • Straight Man: In the early seasons.
  • Terrible Artist: In "Dimitri's World", he tries drawing Dimitri and fails miserably.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Became more mean and selfish as the series went on.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's sometimes this with Balki.

    Balki Bartokomous 
Portrayed by: Bronson Pinchot

The other of the two main protagonists.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Babies Ever After: He has a son, Robespierre, at the end of the series.
  • Badass Adorable: He's constantly sunny, happy, cheerful and friendly to everyone. He's also talked down an armed robber, won a sword fight and proven himself to be much stronger than he looks.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't push Balki too far, and do not threaten his Cousin Larry, or you may be sorry.
  • Blithe Spirit: The one prominent ray of sunshine in everyone's lives.
  • Catchphrase: "Of course not, don't be ridiculous!" and "Get out of the city!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: One of Balki's defining traits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever Larry is the one with the Zany Scheme.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Because of the thick, Greek-ish accent he has when he speaks English, he sounds very eloquent when he speeks Myposian.
  • Funny Foreigner: Balki is from a fictional country called Mypos, and talks in a Mediterranean accent.
  • Happily Married: He gets married to Mary-Anne during Season 7.
  • Happy Dance: He likes to do the "Dance of Joy" when he's happy. He always initiates it too, sometimes against Larry's will.
  • Literal-Minded: He frequently takes phrases literally. In "Pipe Dreams" he thinks that Larry asked him to hit him in the head with a hammer, instead of the wrench he's holding.
  • Manchild: A meek and mild-mannered example, and yet still outgoing and childlike.
  • Nice Guy: Kind and compassionate.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Larry's blue.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Played with: The kind and gentle Balki is slightly physically stronger than Larry, strong enough to carry him in his arms, and when the situation calls for it, he's tough as nails.
  • Third-Person Person: Occasionally refers to himself in the third person.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's sometimes this with Larry.

    Jennifer Lyons 
Portrayed by: Melanie Wilson

  • Ascended Extra: Jennifer was originally a recurring character and friend of Larry and Balki. Later on, she becomes one of most featured characters on the show besides the aforementioned two, and Larry's fiance.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Larry. Both are vain, ladder-climbing, and have eccentric friends who pair well together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She shares this trait with Larry.
  • Happily Married: To Larry, as of Season 7.
  • Idiot Ball: She sometimes holds it.
  • She's Got Legs: She will often wear a skirt, revealing her nice, long legs.

    Mary-Anne Spencer 
Portrayed by: Rebeca Arthur
  • Ascended Extra: Mary-Anne was originally a recurring character and friend of Larry and Balki. Later on, she becomes one of most featured characters on the show besides the aforementioned two, and Balki's fiance.
  • The Ditz
  • Dumb Blonde: Blonde and ditzy.
  • Genius Ditz: A common trait for Mary-Anne.
  • Happily Married: To Balki, as of Season 7.
  • Nice Girl: She share's Balki's kindness.
  • She's Got Legs: To a lesser extent than Jennifer, but she still qualifies.

    Donald Twinkacetti 
Portrayed by: Ernie Sabella

  • Bad Boss: He usually belittles Larry and Balki anyway he can.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Henpecked Husband: His wife always bosses him around and she beat him when they got mugged in "A Christmas Story", but given the way he is you can't blame her.
  • Jerkass: He is selfish and greedy, similar to Larry, but shares none of his redeeming qualities. In one episode, he also refused to fix the heat in his apartments that were rented out, until everyone protested.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is rarely used.
  • Money Fetish
  • Put on a Bus: After Season 2, due to the fact that Larry and Balki no longer works at his store or live in his apartments.

    Edwina Twinkacetti 
Portrayed by: Belita Moreno


    Susan Campbell 
Portrayed by: Lise Cutter

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She's a friend of Larry and Balki in the early episodes, but disappears without explanation midway through Season 2.

    Sam Gorpley 
Portrayed by: Sam Anderson

  • Bad Boss: Technically only Balki's supervisor, but he still tries to push Larry around sometimes.
  • The Danza: ‘’’Sam’’’ Anderson as ‘’’Sam’’’ Gorpley.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Jerkass: He likes to belittle Larry and especially Balki, often trying to get the latter fired.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is rarely used.

    Lydia Markham 
Portrayed by: Belita Moreno

    Mr. Wainwright 
Portrayed by: F.J. O'Neil

    Harriette Winslow 
Portrayed by: Jo Marie Payton


    Harry Burns 
Portrayed by: Eugene Roche

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was the original head of the Chicago Chronicle. After Mr. Mainwright was introduced, Mr. Burns mysteriously vanished, with Wainwright taking over the position.


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