Jonathan "Johnny" Rose
The rational patriarch of the Rose family, and a businessman who invests his time helping run the town motel.
- Anger Born of Worry: One of the main reasons Johnny gets mad, especially shown when he believes Alexis is pregnant.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Downplayed, but he's a once-successful business owner who wears a very nice suit.
- Bad Liar: When Johnny lies, whether to motel guests or his family, he is rarely believed.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He is played by Eugene Levy, after all.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Johnny often gets irritated with his family but rarely loses his temper. That, is, until the Christmas Episode and then he finally loses it over his family's selfish antics.
- Catchphrase: Subverted; Johnny says "son of a bitch!" almost constantly in the pilot but stops doing it in episode 3. It looks like it's going to be his catchphrase, but it's not.
- Convenience Store Gift Shopping: Johnny stops at the church rummage sale to buy Christmas gifts for his family
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
- The Determinator: Johnny has lost the fortune he worked his whole life to build, but he remains determined to rescue the family from their circumstances, despite several early setbacks.
- Given Name Reveal: Moira casually refers to Johnny as "Jonathan" at one point.
- Good Parents: Not in the past, where he feels he neglected Alexis and David, but after they move to Schitt's Creek, he puts a lot of effort into being a better dad to them both. He also becomes a good parent to Stevie, especially noticeable when she bursts into floods of tears during the Hospies in Season 5.
- Hangover Sensitivity: After a rare instance of Johnny Drowning My Sorrows, Alexis and David gleefully order fish, hollandaise sauce and ask Twyla to turn up the lights in the cafe.
- Happily Married: Despite their shortcomings, it's clear that Johnny loves Moira no matter what, they rely on each other, and he's lost without her when she goes to Bosnia.
- Irishman and a Jew: He's married to and makes a good team with his Irish-Catholic wife, and he's in an Odd Couple friendship with Roland.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of the defining traits of Johnny's personality as the Only Sane Man is that he, unlike the other Roses, are always nice to Stevie and Twyla, even from the beginning.
- Odd Couple: Is the Felix to Roland's Oscar, who drives him nuts but they still manage to work together and be friends.
- Only Sane Man: While Johnny has his quirks, he's the sanest and most level-headed of the Roses, often serving as the straight man for the other members to conflict with. Stevie also occasionally fills the role when the Rose family gets overly emotional or pretentious.
- Open-Minded Parent: He worries about his children, but he is also accepting and encourages them to have a healthy attitude toward sex. This leads to Eugene Levy getting to do some of his Dad-awkwardness Johnny Rose style.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: All the Roses do this occasionally, but poor Johnny does it all the time. Often, Johnny has every right to assume the thing he's wrong about, but he still gets blamed and guilted. Examples include when he assumes Alexis is pregnant, when he assumes Ted's mother has a crush on him and when he assumes Patrick's parents know their son is in a relationship with David.
- Parental Substitute: Gradually becomes a surrogate father to Stevie over the course of the series, and when the motel is renamed The Rosebud Motel, it feels like a kind of adoption.
- The Patriarch: Johnny's hard work built the family's fortune, and when they go broke, it's Johnny who holds them together as a family.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Johnny may dress less flamboyantly than the other Roses, but he still wears immaculately tailored, expensive suits.
- Uptight Loves Wild: The uptight to Moira's wild. It becomes clear he hates to spend any time without her.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Seems to mostly have donated large sums of money to get things named after Moira. After going broke, he funds a small community flower garden in her name.
- Workaholic: Johnny isn't happy when he doesn't have a business to run. He threw himself into running Rose Video and throws himself into running The Rosebud Motel. When Moira leaves town to shoot a movie, he becomes obsessed with working because he misses her.
- Attention Whore: She craves attention, though she makes it clear she only wants the right attention.
- The Chanteuse: Moira refers to herself as a "trained" one of these, and she can sing but whether she's actually a chanteuse is open to interpretation.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Often as she can be downright horrible and dismissive to her children. She's trying to get better but it's a one step forward, two steps back kind of deal.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
- Doesn't Know Their Own Child: Didn't know Alexis's middle name. Although David appears to be her favourite, she forgets his birthday in "Grad Night".
- Drama Queen: Moira. Rather more literally than usual, considering she used to be on a soap opera.
- The Fashionista: Her wig collection alone qualifies her for this, and her over-the-top, black and white outfits consist of legitimate pieces from high-end designer collections such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Givenchy. So iconic is the character's wardrobe, that Paste, New York Magazine and Vogue have all written about the show's costumes with special focus on Moira's style. While some of her more understated looks are downright elegant, more than occasionally Moira ventures into Impractically Fancy Outfit territory.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: More than one of her dramatic, sculptural outfits has big, puffy sleeves.
- Gold Digger: Averted. People might have assumed she was a gold digger given how she relished spending Johnny's money, but after Johnny goes broke, Moira never considers leaving him and never blames him for their situation. She remains devoted to him.
- I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: Assures the ER doctor that she will understand Johnny's condition because she once played a nurse on M*A*S*H.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Expect this of any scene where Moira needs to venture into more rural parts of Schitt's Creek.
- It's All About Me: Does this constantly, both in the past and present.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moira is selfish, egotistical, and careless, but she usually does the right thing.
- Lady Drunk: Moira is proud of her past as a Hard-Drinking Party Girl and still enjoys pills, pot and booze. Thanks to her former wealth, she's still quite attractive and managed to be a high-functioning alcoholic thanks to her being able to hire staff to care for her house and kids.
- Large Ham: All over the place, all the time.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The "dark" to Jocelyn's "light".
- Marry for Love: Moira may have absolutely relished Johnny's money, but she makes it clear on numerous occasions that she married for love and will always love Johnny, no matter what.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Somewhat. While Moira does have a poor acting career - and is therefore more immediately recognisable than Johnny - it's implied that she had access to this solely because of Johnny's funds.
- No Inside Voice: Noticeable, especially in her screaming.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Moira gives a speech to the Regional Municipalities Conference which results in a large funding boost. We don't see the speech, but we do see her getting asked about it by a reporter and other conference goers wanting to buy her many drinks.
- Pretty in Mink: Owns multiple fur and fur-trimmed garments. Seen wearing a fur hat and coat during the Christmas Episode. Once wore a mink coat to a Christmas PETA benefit.
- Parental Substitute: The not-at-all-maternal Moira becomes an unlikely mother figure to Stevie during a community theatre production.
- The Perfectionist: Moira throws herself into her acting roles and always does her best, even if it's a soap opera or B-Movie. She's also this way when she directs a community theatre production.
- Shiksa Goddess: The Irish Catholic Moira is married to Jewish Johnny Rose.
- Sleep Deprivation: Moira takes one, maybe two, Bosnian uppers to stay awake during her three-plus day journey from a film set. When she gets home, she decides to plow through to an even four days.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: Moira works hard and invests a lot of emotional energy in her comeback film, The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. She's aware it's schlock, but she intends to make her performance and the film the best it can be.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Was involved in many celebrity-laden fund-raisers prior to going broke, mostly for social reasons. After going broke, she headlines Schitt's Creek's Asbestos Fest.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Moira has a long history of mixing alcohol and pills, resulting in her not remembering the end of many evenings. In Season 3 she wakes up in Roland's hotel room, only to be very relieved to discover nothing happened between them.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Moira speaks in an affected, unrecognizable accent that is lampshaded by several characters. Since Moira came from a small town not unlike Schitt's Creek, it is presumed she developed this accent, as well as her bizarre, arcane vocabulary, in an attempt to appear more sophisticated.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Her level of fame never really transcended the "soap opera star" echelon. She is later cast in a film called The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening.
Johnny and Moira's flamboyant son, who later becomes the owner of a town shop called Rose Apothecary.
- Absurd Phobia: David is afraid of heights, bugs with milky exoskeletons, moths and butterflies and businesswomen in sneakers.
- Amicable Exes: With Stevie, whom he later regards as his best friend after their sexual relationship is over.
- Berserk Button: Anything that offends his sense of taste and/or order. This includes placing breath mints where the lip balm should be, toilet plungers and brushes displayed at the front of his store and Patrick's mountaineering shoes.
- Big Brother Instinct: David often worried about Alexis during her wild adventures and would send things to help her, and he tells Ted that she has changed when Ted worries about getting back together with her.
- Bi the Way: He identifies as pansexual, and explains it to Stevie through the context of wine:David: I like the wine and not the label. Does that make sense?
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Seemingly runs in the Rose / Levy family, if his father is any indication.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: David may not know anything about paperwork or taxes or inventory, but he is exceptionally good at retail, first transforming the Blouse Barn into an upscale boutique then opening his own successful shop that elegantly rebrands local products and crafts, selling them on consignment. He may need Patrick to help him with the business side of their business, but the creative side is all him.
- But Not Too Bi: After his first season fling with Stevie ends, David's onscreen romantic partners have all been male.
- Camp Gay: The pansexual David has slept with a handful of girls, but he is otherwise flamboyant, un-athletic, fussy, aesthetically-inclined and fits this trope completely.
- Character Development: David begins the series as a sad-sack narcissist, but he develops into devoted son and brother, good friend to Stevie and loving and supportive partner to Patrick.
- Closet Key: Becomes this to Patrick.
- Confronting Your Imposter: David discovers his old boss Wendy has started a business with Antonio, who dresses like a knockoff David. Their business is a knockoff off Rose Apothecary, but it sells counterfeit products. David doesn't confront Antonio directly, but he does reveal the fraud to Wendy, who was not in on it.
- The Dandy: He's very into fashion and concerned with his appearance. His fashion sense is as bizarre as his mothers, and he strictly adheres to only wearing black and white outfits.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alongside Stevie, he's perhaps the snarkiest one on the show.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While both siblings lacked a certain common sense from their privileged upbringing and were prone to self-centred behaviour, David is more responsible. David would have go to consulates to send temporary passports to Alexis so she returned safely from her reckless escapades overseas.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: David is a Japanophile. He talks fondly of his visits to Japan, owns clothes by Japanese fashion house Commes des Garcons and once bought a Japanese cologne that smelled like a car crashing into a cedar tree. Johnny gifts him a thousand yen for Christmas, and Stevie invites him to see the cherry blossoms at the botanical gardens. When he doesn't get to go on the tour, he consoles himself with drunk karaoke.
- Friendless Background: While his sister was popular prior to moving to the town, David seems to have been surrounded by people more interested in his money than him. He tells Stevie that she's the first best friend he's ever had, and she admits the same.
- Friends with Benefits: With Stevie, briefly.
- HA HA HA No: Has this exact reaction when Roland asks the rhetorical question, "Who am I, Gwyneth Paltrow?"
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Unlike his sister, when David brags about his sexual adventures, he tends to be a little defensive since he had so many partners because he got dumped all the time.
- Hipster: Once the owner of an avant-garde downtown gallery, David tried very hard to be an art world hipster. When his art hipster ex Sebastien shows up in town, however, David chooses his mom over Sebastien.
- I Ate WHAT?!: Helps himself to a cookie at Ted's office that turns out to be a doggie treat.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: David likes to be a selfish, self-involved snob but of all the Roses, he has most often gone out of his way for his loved ones, including his parents, Stevie, Alexis and Patrick.
- Last Het Romance: With Stevie. David will always be pansexual, but he settles down with Patrick.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: David falls for the button-downed, business major Patrick, who has a lot in common with Johnny.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Despite presenting himself as an aloof, hipster gallerist, it becomes clear that David was a lonely and isolated child and adolescent, surrounded by users and with no real friends. It doesn't help that his family has a tendency to remind him that he was pigeon-toed, bullied and otherwise uncool.
- Manly Men Can Hunt: David decides to prove his masculinity to Stevie by going on a turkey hunt. It goes about as well as one would expect.
- Momma's Boy: His closeness with Moira is portrayed as a positive thing, and he clearly was influenced by her when it comes to his style. More than once, he is shown being willing to go out of his way for her. Such as when he realizes his ex-boyfriend intends to humiliate Moira in a photography project and he sleeps with him in order to obtain the memory card. Or when he agrees to do "The Number" at Asbestos Fest.
- Mistaken for Gay: Stevie initially thought David was gay, until they slept with each other, and afterward he explained to her (via wine analogies) that he's pansexual.
- Neat Freak: David's side of the motel room is always tidy and his bed is always made. He also keeps his store immaculate and well-ordered.
- Oblivious to Love: Early on, he is oblivious to the fact that Stevie has developed feelings for him beyond friendship. Later, he misses some pretty obvious signs that Patrick is attracted to him.
- The Perfectionist: He's meticulous about his own appearance and the appearance of his store, and he insists that all the products he sells be genuine and of good quality.
- Post-Stress Overeating: David tells Stevie that he's prone to shame eating when he drinks, and he often "eats his feelings" when he's upset about something, especially romantic breakups.
- Shopkeeper: Along with Patrick, owns the only store in town, Rose Apothecary.
- Skirt over Slacks: Often wears man skirts over pants, usually in black.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Begins the series not understanding that credit cards produce bills that must be paid and thinks the minimum wage is $45 per hour.
- Sleepy Depressive: Sleeps all the time, or at least tries to sleep, and won't get out of bed after suffering a setback, including when he first arrives in town, when the Blouse Barn shuts down and when he briefly separates from Patrick.
- Spoiled Brat: Was this as a child thanks to Johnny and Moira's parenting style, and even though he's grown as a person his spoiled tendencies occasionally flare up.
- Tears of Joy: Begins to weep when he realizes Patrick is proposing.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Initially, David seems to have little in common with his dad beyond their resemblance. However, when he starts his own small business with the Rose name, it turns out he shares his father's work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.
- Up Marketing: David has a talent for this, first transforming The Blouse Barn and then opening Rose Apothecary.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Stevie.
- Wingman: Offers to be this for Stevie more than once; gets roped into doing it at the Elm Valley hotel when she goes to meet Emir.
Johnny and Moira's bratty daughter, who struggles to find her calling in life.
- All Take and No Give: Alexis's first season relationship with Ted epitomizes this. When they get back together in later seasons, she realizes she has to start giving.
- Big "WHAT?!": She reacts this way when she figures out Ted's friends might resent her/not like her over the little fact that she cheated on him and broke off two engagements during their first relationship.
- Book Dumb: Alexis is not book smart and she has little interest in intellectual pursuits.
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted. Alexis is not book smart and she has big gaps in her knowledge, but she's brilliant at social media, highly organized, has multiple international drivers licenses and an F-Class for light trucks, has escaped more than one kidnapping and catches a group of teens shoplifting from her brother's store.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Which she apparently never grew out of.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: When she's doing business with The Rosebud Motel, she calls her father Johnny. He doesn't love it.
- Catchphrase: Eww, David
- Character Development: She's perhaps the Rose who undergoes the most of this throughout the series. She evolves from a bratty, immature young woman who doesn't know what she wants in life, to an entrepreneurial, assured one.
- Character Tics: Alexis's nervous smile and touching her hair, as well as her flamboyant Hand Signals, qualifies for this.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Alexis calls stamps "stickers of old men" and a journal an "empty book" but escaping Thai drug lords or the Yakuza is totally normal.
- Cool Crown: Alexis wears a gold tiara to break up with Ted, and she later loses the tiara in a jewelry swap with Twyla.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets jealous and passive aggressive when anyone shows interest in Ted, and she gets into a big, jealous huff when Ted drunkenly kisses David during spin the bottle. When it comes down to it, however, she trusts Ted.
- The Determinator: Even when faced with personal or professional setbacks, Alexis never gives up and remains cheerfully determined to be happy and successful.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: On her lower back, which says "that's hot" in Cantonese. She got it in Hong Kong when she was twelve.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Most men seem to find Alexis very attractive, and she tells David if a man doesn't ask for her phone number, he's either newly married or he's gay.
- Fallen Princess: Once a globe-trotting socialite with a bevy of famous friends and a penchant for wild adventures, Alexis adjusts remarkably well to her small town life.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While both siblings can be pretentious and emotional, the hard-partying and globe-trotting Alexis is more prone to reckless escapades than David.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Alexis broke Ted's heart badly in the early seasons, but he forgives her. She, however, remains haunted by her actions and continually tries to prove herself to him.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: The flouncy and feminine Alexis plays a mean game of pool, has a license for driving light trucks and has no problem sleeping in the cab of trucks, overnight.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Was this prior to moving to Schitt's Creek, but she has cleaned up her act.
- Hates Being Alone: Particularly evident after her break up with Mutt. Twyla even tells her it's healthy to spend time alone.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Alexis did not inherit her mother's talent at singing or acting, although she is oblivious to this.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Alexis falls for the uptight, kind and hard-working Ted, who seems attracted to Alexis's wild side the way Johnny is drawn to Moira.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: As popular, vain and shallow as she was, even before losing her wealth Alexis is revealed to have been kind-hearted and decent all along.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Although she is a protagonist and she evolves away from this thanks to her character development, she very much functions as an MPDG for both Mutt and Ted in early seasons.
- Operation: Jealousy: Her relationship with Ted in season 1 had definite shades of this in terms of getting Mutts attention.
- Passing Notes in Class: Takes the blame for a note passed by another girl her first day back at high-school, causing herself embarrassment but winning some friends.
- Plucky Girl: Cheerful, brave and optimistic, nothing seems to get Alexis down.
- She's Got Legs: Alexis has long, beautiful legs that she shows off via her short skirts, short shorts, and mini dresses.
- Sibling Team: Often with David.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Downplayed. She was already dating Ted when she began working for him at his veterinary clinic.
- Snowball Lie: Even at her brattiest, Alexis hates awkward situations and would rather tell a lie than risk embarrassing herself or the person she's talking to. This frequently gets her caught in even worse predicaments.
- The Social Expert: She eventually starts her own event planning business.
- Spoiled Brat: Was this as a child thanks to Johnny and Moira's parenting style, but she was never a bad person, just clueless and insensitive. She's grown as a person, but she still occasionally has moments of insensitivity.
- Statuesque Stunner: As frequently demonstrated by her very short dresses.
- Turn Out Like His Father: The ditzy Alexis seems to have little in common with Johnny, but she is highly ambitious, entrepreneurial and works hard whether it's at her receptionist job or running her own small PR firm.
- The Unfavorite: Alexis is Moira's second favorite child in the early seasons, but they eventually become close.
- Valley Girl: Her voice especially, and she often slips into this, but the show makes it clear that she has layers beyond that.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Alexis likes to show off her legs, including in short shorts. She wears a pair when Mutt gives her a bike and she cuts off a pair of scrubs to make them short shorts.
- Will They or Won't They?: Her relationship with Ted becomes a series of starts and stops. They eventually do, for good.
The eccentric mayor of Schitt's Creek, and a fourth-generation Schitt. He later starts working at the motel.
- Bad Boss: Although not technically Johnny's boss, he definitely appears like this, especially in Season 1 when he helps Johnny and Moira.
- Bad Samaritan: To the Roses in Season 1, when he helps them out by putting them up in the motel and continues to make them miserable for large parts of Season 1.
- Daytime Drama Queen: Was a big fan of Sunrise Bay and Moira's character Vivienne Blake in particular.
- Jerkass: Roland walks the line between jerk and Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but unlike Moira and David, he more often lands in the jerk zone.
- I Have This Friend...: Roland tells Johnny he has a friend who needs work at the motel, and Johnny quickly figures out that friend is Roland.
- I Have No Son!: Roland is estranged from Mutt in the early seasons, so much so that Jocelyn feels she has to see Mutt in secret.
- Irishman and a Jew: Fourth generation Irish Roland is the bruiser to the smarter, more sophisticated Johnny.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: The brash Roland contrasts with his reserved son.
- Mayor Pain: Roland is mostly just incompetent and ineffective, and it's clear he wants to do right by the town. In the first season, however, he seems to get a kick out of tormenting the Roses, especially Johnny.
- Odd Couple: The Oscar to Johnny's Felix, Roland insults Johnny all the time but also frequently refers to him as his Best Friend.
- Personal Space Invader: Roland's major character trait is standing way too close to people, not knowing when to shut up, and dishing out too much information at the drop of a hat.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Roland is a weaselly, beer-gutted, mulleted oaf, but his wife is perfectly normal and attractive. The Roses are a little thrown off when they first meet her.
Veronica "Ronnie" Lee
One of the town councillors. She isn't too fond of the Rose family... at first.
- Butch Lesbian: She very much has this appearance.
- Gender-Blender Name: In demonstration of her masculinity.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Ronnie snarks on the Rose family, she's usually in the right.
- Lesbian Jock: She not only is very dedicated to her amateur baseball team, the town's outdoor tennis court was named after her.
- Sassy Black Woman: Her sassiness is usually expressed in glares and eye rolls, but she always makes it plain that she has no time for any of the Roses' shenanigans.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Becomes this to Patrick, who is not used to being disliked, after he mishandles a complaint about her renovations of the Rose Apothecary bathroom.
- Spirited Competitor: Develops a rivalry with Patrick over baseball.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's a black lesbian.
A clerk and employee at the motel, later becoming its owner.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The introverted Stevie has few friends and dislikes social interaction, until she meets her kindred spirit in David.
- Amicable Exes: With David, whom she laters regards as her Best Friend after their sexual relationship is over.
- Bad Liar: When her colleagues recruit her to pose as a guest and talk up the motel to travel blogger Emir Kaplan, she folds and admits the truth before she and Emir can order drinks, which charms him.
- Brainy Brunette: Downplayed, but she's very smart and witty and she and Johnny form a good team when they take over the motel.
- Closer to Earth: Played for Laughs, but is the townsperson of Schitt's Creek who takes the Roses, especially David and Johnny, under her wing and brings them back closer to earth, too.
- The Cynic: Stevie often mocks the Roses and tends to believe the worst will happen. She gets a little more optimistic as the series progresses.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the show's most prominent examples.
- Empty Fridge, Empty Life: David discovers Stevie's fridge is empty save for two de-shelled hard boiled eggs in a bag, which he eats.
- Eternal Employee: Especially in Season 1 and 2, when she is the sole employee of the motel, does everything, and is hardly ever seen at home. Justified after she takes over the business despite still being one of two employees (with Johnny) and therefore has to do almost everything.
- Family of Choice: Gradually becomes part of the Rose family over the course of the series. By Season 5, Johnny includes her when he talks about the kids.
- Friendless Background: Stevie doesn't give a lot of details of her life before David arrived but she seems to have few if any friends, and she later tells David that he's the first best friend she's ever had.
- Friends with Benefits: With David, briefly.
- Gender-Blender Name: To accentuate her tomboyishness
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The "masculine" to David's "feminine".
- The Matchmaker: For David and Patrick.
- Only Friend: To David when he moves to Schitt's Creek and almost until he meets Patrick, and even then she's his only platonic friend unless you count his parents and sister.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Stevie might be a tomboy, but she's beautiful in part thanks to her striking coloring.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: On the rare occasions when Stevie dresses up, she turns everyone's head, including David's.
- Shipper on Deck: Becomes one of these to David and Patrick, especially during "Grad Night".
- Smithical Marriage: Takes David for a spa weekend to console him over his romantic troubles, but she tells the spa they are on their honeymoon so they'll get free booze and upgrades. The hotel goes way overboard in fetting the "newlyweds" and this becomes awkward.
- Tears of Joy: Cries during the Jazzagals performance in the Christmas Episode.
- Third Wheel: Is this with David and Patrick a few times. She also knows David will not want to be this when she's pursuing Emir but drags him along anyway.
- Tomboy: Her usual lack of makeup and casual style makes her this, which becomes a plot point when Johnny innocently suggests she starts wearing makeup on a daily basis.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Stevie puts on dresses occasionally, has an affinity for Rose Apothecary products and is flirty and demure with Emir.
- Unkempt Beauty: Really only in-universe because Stevie dresses much more tomboyishly and normally alongside the Roses.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With David.
- When She Smiles: Stevie smiles more after meeting Emir than she does throughout the rest of the series.
- White Sheep: Downplayed, but she seems estranged from her whole family as they are all petty criminals and generally unpleasant people.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In her darkest moments Stevie tends to suffer from low self-esteem, viewing herself as lesser than the cultured Roses. David, Moira, and Johnny all take over at these moments to reassure her.
The town veterinarian who becomes romantically involved with Alexis.
- Bad Liar: Ted is such a bad liar, he's not even good at sexy role-playing with Alexis. He tries his best to back up Alexis when David wants to know why the Rose Apothecary sink is broken, but David doesn't buy it.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Mutt's Veronica for Alexis' Archie.
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Alexis, at the end of Season 4.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Ted is obviously very attractive, but doesn't seem to realize it... until he finds out women have been enjoying his (accidentally) revealing webcam streams.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Ted forgives Alexis for breaking his heart, but it's a long journey before he can trust her again. Even when they become a solid couple, Alexis is shown as being insecure about their past and feeling like she must prove herself to him.
- Forgiveness: At the end of Season 2, Alexis realizes how much she hurt Ted and she apologizes. He forgives her sincerely.
- Heart Of Gold Hair Of Gold: Unlike Moira and (often) Alexis, Ted is more or less nonstop nice and has dark blonde hair.
- Hunk: Alexis notices just how hunky Ted has become after he returns from their honeymoon, which he took solo after she dumped him, having worked out the entire time.
- Kindly Vet: He's a veterinarian, and shown to be very nice.
- Life of the Party: He shows up to Patrick's housewarming tipsy, looking good and ready to join in the fun and games.
- Likes Older Women: He eventually dates a woman in her forties.
- Living in a Furniture Store: Ted literalizes this trope because he buys entire rooms of furniture online from a store that is changing out its showrooms.
- Lust Object: It might be easier to make a list of characters who haven't noticed how hot Ted is. Alexis, David, Stevie, Patrick, Heather, Shannon, the viewers of the bunny cam and quite a few more have all admired him.
- Mr Fan Service: Willingly becomes this In-Universe when he finds out the audience for his office's bunny cam can see and has been enjoying his after-run disrobing. For the bunnies' sake.
- Neat Freak: Despite having multiple pets, his apartment is always immaculate. He owns three vacuums.
- Nice Guy: As hot as he is, women tend to reject Ted for being too nice. This includes Alexis until she realizes her mistake.
- Pungeon Master: Makes a lot of animal puns.
- Romantic Runner-Up: In the first two seasons, he's the broken-hearted runner-up as Alexis chooses Mutt. This is subverted, however, when Alexis and Mutt's romance burns out and she realizes she made a mistake with Ted.
- Smarter Than You Look: The hunky and affable Ted makes a lot of silly animal puns, but he's a graduate of veterinary school, runs a thriving practice and is awarded a prestigious research fellowship in The Galapagos Islands.
- Will They or Won't They?: His relationship with Alexis becomes a series of starts and stops.
- The Un-Hug: Shares an epic one of these with David before they share a heartfelt talk about opening themselves up to love after being hurt more than once.
Roland's wife, a teacher in town.
- Acceptable Feminine Goals and Traits: Jocelyn is very traditionally feminine, gentle, domestic, has children, and teaches school, unlike Moira.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Jocelyn sticks up for herself, but she rarely raises her voice. That changes when Moira and the other Jazzagals don't notice her post-baby stress.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Played by the least-known of the actors in the older generation, Robertson more than holds her own with comic legends O'Hara, Elliott, and Eugene Levy. Jocelyn, in fact, has come to drive more storyline than her husband, with her late-in-life pregnancy being a major Season 4 storyline.
- Gag Haircut: With Moira's encouragement, Jocelyn resolves to "rock on" despite her age. This results in her getting an '80s Hair haircut inspired by her love of the band Poison.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Despite occasionally getting stressed out and being a little eccentric, Jocelyn is unfailingly polite, kind and a devoted teacher, mother, wife, and friend.
- Hot for Student: The best description for Jocelyn is your typical, politely kind down-home wife. The only thing off about her is that she enjoys her students checking her out.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light feminine to Moira's dark.
- Perpetual Smiler: Is always smiling, even when under stress or anxiety.
- The Pollyanna: Most of the time. Overlaps with O.O.C. Is Serious Business, as Jocelyn is so nice, kind, and optimistic that it's extremely rare for her to ever express a single worry.
- Rage Breaking Point: After months of baby-related sleep deprivation, Jocelyn's hints that she is starting to snap go unnoticed. Finally, she arrives at a Jazzagal's rehearsal to discover the time had been moved and she lets loose on them all.
- Sleep Deprivation: She is caring for an infant in the fifth season, so obviously she becomes sleep deprived.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Jocelyn has an adult son, and she believes she's going through menopause but instead is pregnant with her second child.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Roland is a weaselly, beer-gutted, mulleted oaf, but his wife is perfectly normal and attractive. The Roses are a little thrown off when they first meet her.
- What Does She See in Him?: She and Roland are very Happily Married, although the Roses seem completely nonplussed as to why, as Jocelyn is sweet, attractive, and likeable, while Roland is crude, rude, and selfish.
A waitress at the town diner.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: In many ways, she's Alexis's rural counterpart in this. She thinks her relatives' multiple marriages, dismemberments, and prison sentences are totally normal but is hard pressed to get anyone's order correct.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Twyla's truth-telling tendencies and deadpan innocence recalls characters like Rose Nyland from The Golden Girls and Ursula the waitress from Mad About You and has made her a fan favorite.
- Eternal Employee: She's seemingly the only waitress at the cafe, to the point where Johnny has to help her when she hurts her foot. There are other employees, but we never really see them.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Twyla ends up on the right side of a jewelry swap with Alexis and gets to wear her Cool Crown, armbands and other assorted bling.
- Expy: She's very similar to Ursula, the ditzy waitress from Mad About You.
- Fortune Teller: Twyla reads tarot cards to raise money for the cafe's dishwasher, and she spooks Alexis by predicting a gruesome drowning. Turns out she predicted that for a lot of people, but she also predicts prosperity and happiness for the Rose family.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Often refers to her aunt and her mom's scrapes as though they were completely normal/funny.
- Innocently Insensitive: Can come off this way from time to time.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She's very much portrayed this way.
- Real-Life Relative: She's the real-life daughter of Eugene Levy, and sister of Dan.
- White Sheep: Apparently to her family. They are all crooks.
The adult son of Roland and Jocelyn.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ted's Betty for Alexis' Archie.
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Alexis at the end of Season 1.
- Hunk: Alexis goes to the tailgate party looking for rural hunks to photograph herself with, and she finds Mutt.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: The quiet and mysterious Mutt contrasts markedly with the overly talkative and brash Roland.
- Poor Communication Kills: Or next to no communication, in Mutt's case.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves the show in season three, but The Bus Came Back in season four.
- The Quiet One: A very taciturn man. Played for Drama when his minimal communication clashes with Alexis's talkativeness to end their relationship.
- Relationship Reveal: His relationship to Roland and Jocelyn isn't revealed until after his first appearance.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of his screentime is spent topless.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Mutt's dynamic with Alexis in the first season epitomizes this.
David's boyfriend, and co-owner of the Rose Apothecary.
- Closet Key: David becomes this for him, realizing he was never really attracted to women because he's gay.
- Coming-Out Story: Patrick isn't even out to himself when he arrives in town, but once he and David are together, he's open and proud. Yet, when David throws Patrick a Surprise Party and invites his parents, David discovers Patrick has not come out to them. They are loving and accepting, even as Patrick finds it hard to tell them for fear it will change how they see him.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: The normally confident and even-tempered Patrick gets into a jealous huff when he sees a drunken Ted kiss David during spin the bottle. Luckily, David and Patrick talk things out, but only after Patrick and Alexis share a ridiculously Awkward Kiss in revenge.
- Cross-Cast Role: Tells David about the time he played the coveted role of Mary in his all-boys high school Christmas pageant.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often calls out David on his drama in a way that is simultaneously affectionate and snarky.
- First Kiss: While not technically his first kiss, he tells David their first kiss felt like his first time.
- Gayngst: Subverted. Rather than being upset when he realizes he is gay, Patrick is thrilled to discover what had been wrong in his previous relationships and thereafter appears totally comfortable with his sexuality.
- High-School Sweethearts: Subverted with his ex-fiancee, as he was never into the relationship as much as she was.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Patrick's First Appearance isn't until Episode 8 of Season 3 as a potential Love Interest for David but caught on immediately and became iconic after his open mic night performance.
- Incompatible Orientation: With his ex-fiancee.
- Last Het Romance: David learns he's formerly engaged (to a woman) when she arrives in town, looking to reunite with him.
- Nice Guy: David admits that it is new to him to be attracted to someone as nice as Patrick. Patrick responds that he thinks David is a good person but playfully (and honestly) will not call David nice return.
- Only Child Syndrome: Patrick tells David his cousins were more like siblings, but he's heavily implied to be an only child and is very close to his mom and dad.
- Only Sane Man: Is very much the Johnny to David's Moira, becoming the sanest person of the younger generation even though he has his quirks.
- The Perfectionist: He lets David handle the creative aspects of their business, but Patrick's insistence on getting the paperwork and taxes right allows Rose Apothecary to thrive.
- Poor Communication Kills: Patrick is usually good at expressing himself, but when it comes to the big stuff he can be reticent to rock the boat. He didn't make it explicitly clear that he and David's first date was a date and needed David to make the first move. He neglected to tell David he had been engaged to a woman, and he didn't come out to his parents right away. David learns to be understanding about this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The "blue" to David's "red".
- Serenade Your Lover: He serenades David with an acoustic cover of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" at open mic night.
- Shopkeeper: Along with David, owns the only shop in town, Rose Apothecary.
- Spirited Competitor: Patrick sets high standards for himself, and he likes to win. This applies to his business as well as his amateur baseball team.
- Straight Gay: In comparison to David, he lacks a flamboyant personality.
Travel blogger who enters into a romance with Stevie
- Adorkable: On their first date, tells Stevie about getting lice on the job but makes it charming.
- Long-Distance Relationship: Carries on this with Stevie. David refers to him as her cell phone boyfriend.
- Nice Guy: Is kind and understanding about Stevie's foibles, approaches his job ethically. However, he does misunderstand how serious Stevie is taking their relationship, leading to him hurting her.
- Stood Up: Best case scenario outcome. He shows up hours late for a date with Stevie because of a fender bender and subsequently accidentally swapping phones with the teenager who hit him.