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     Carrie Bradshaw

  • '80s Hair: Flashbacks to the 80s in the 2nd movie reveal that Carrie wore her hair in the busy perm upon her arrival in Manhattan and then wore her hair a la Madonna in her "Material Girl" phase after settling in the city.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Tends to date punkers and greasers. Kurt and Twentysomething Sam are examples. Also cheating on dependable Aiden with the elusive Mr. Big.
  • All Women Love Shoes: She spends a ridiculous amount of money on shoes, and wears said expensive shoes pretty much everywhere.
    Carrie: I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She seems to have some sort of undiagnosed personality disorder. Several episodes draw attention to this, particularly in "Freak Show" where Carrie wonders if she's more than just "neurotic." She generally manages to hold it together, but experiences with Mr. Big tend to send her spiraling.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: She doesn't seem to celebrate/be familiar with Christian holidays.
  • Author Avatar: For Candace Bushnell.
  • Cool Aunt: While she herself doesn't want kids, she openly states she loves children, and is seen happily playing with Brady, Lily and Rose whenever she can.
  • Drama Queen: She overreacts to the tiniest things. Sometimes this is amusing, other times it is not.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Friends and boyfriends seem to flock to her.
  • Fag Hag: For Stanford. They even consider a sham marriage at some point.
  • The Fashionista: The essential TV fashionista, actually.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. An introspective romantic with artistic aspirations.
  • The Hero: The central and POV character of the franchise.
  • Humiliation Conga: When she goes to Paris with Aleksander.
  • Hypocrite: She is very judgmental of other people, but when she thinks people are judging her she obsesses and complains about it for almost the entire episode.
  • Infallible Narrator: Not only does Carrie seem to know every intimate detail in the lives of her three best friends, it looks like she describes it all in her popular magazine column! And her friends are never bothered by this!
  • Informed Attribute: For a sex columnist, she can be pretty naive about sex. Particularly in her treatment of LGBT issues and kinks.
  • In-Series Nickname: Big calls her "kid".
  • It's All About Me: Particularly when it comes to relationships. She's also pretty tactless when attempting to apologize to Natasha.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: She's a Brown grad.
  • Jerkass Ball: Carrie has a few moments where she could be considered a horrible friend.
    • She kicks Samantha out of her room while she's taking a bath and shoves her off into another room down the hall just so she can have sex with Big.
    • When Samantha gets a chemical peel and ends up burning off a layer of her face, she still attends Carrie's book release party, but all Carrie can do is mock her appearance.
    • She yells at Charlotte for not giving her money although she spent it all on shoes, never listens to her friends when they talk about their personal lives, and can come off a bit stalker-ish when it comes to Big, spying on him and his mother when they go to church. Not to mention breaking Aidan's heart twice.
    • Carrie can be a bit judgmental of Samantha's sex life, as well.
    • She sends Aidan to help Miranda when the latter falls after taking a shower and puts her neck out, while Miranda is totally naked. Later, when she comes around to apologise, she forgets to bring cheese for the bagels and then derails the conversation to complaining that Aidan still hasn't forgiven her for cheating on him.
    • Yells at Aidan when he tries to help fix her laptop, even though she has no clue how to fix it and didn't even back up her files.
    • Invites Big to Aidan's country house without asking him permission, then demands an obviously upset and frustrated Aidan goes and talks to Big.
    • She drags Miranda with her on a double-date with Steve and Aidan, who are both their respective exes, and then when she decides she wants to get back together with Aidan, she makes Miranda leave and take Steve with her.
  • Likes Older Men: Most of Carrie's serious relationships have been with men at least five years older.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Carrie is easily the worst offender in the series, such as when she broke up with a guy for being bisexual or another for having ADHD.
  • The Mistress: She struggles with this label and the associated guilt during her affair with the married Mr Big.
  • Narrator: The POV character of the series, who is a writer herself.
  • Plucky Girl: She can be whiny, neurotic and a little clumsy, but she's relentlessly positive and determined.
  • Quirky Curls: An energetic, optimistic, and impulsive woman who wears her naturally curly hair no matter the decade or trends.
  • Runaway Bride: After Big jilts her at the altar.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She is an on-off smoker.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: "Friends" Rent Control aside, she's spent $40,000 on shoes.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: With her childish impulsivity and self absorbed nature, she has a massive tendency to be this. Particularly when dealing with Natasha.

     Samantha Jones
Played By: Kim Cattrall

  • '80s Hair: In a brief flashback to the 80s in the 2nd movie, she wears her hair so crimped, teased, and long, and bouffant it would put a Heavy Metal rocker or Peg Bundy to shame.
  • A-Cup Angst: Not as an extreme example as most, but in the later seasons when she starts dating Smith, she decides to get a "tasteful" boob job...then she finds out she has breast cancer.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls her friends "honey".
  • All Women Are Lustful: And proud of it!
  • Anything That Moves: She even briefly dated a woman for a while, but broke up with her when she found Maria too controlling and needy. They part on amicable terms, though.
    Samantha: I'm a try-sexual. I'll try anything once.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She does not like being Slut Shamed.
    • Don't tell Samantha who she can and can't date.
  • The Big Girl: Sort of the "muscle" of her friend group — as she's the most confrontational and the tallest. She's also the most comfortable with her body and sex.
  • Casual Kink: She's a big believer in people enjoying their kinks and not judging them for it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Heavier on the snark than the deadpan, but can dish it out at times.
  • Ethical Slut: Famously so.
    Samantha: I will not be judged by you or society. I will wear whatever and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe and kneel!
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: An attractive, successful blonde seductress.
  • Femme Fatale: Often The Mistress, and uses her sexuality to her advantage.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. Fun, non-judgemental, impulsive and self indulgent to a fault.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • For all her sleeping around, Samantha never leads any of her dates on and generally seems to have less emotional drama with her various boyfriends than her friends. Plus, she works diligently to boost Smith's career and she's very loyal to Carrie and the others.
    • It's implied that her promiscuity is partly due to the fact that the few times she's genuinely liked a guy enough to pursue a serious relationship, she's gotten her heart broken. As such, she keeps her dates at arms' length to avoid having this happen again.
    • For all of her flamboyance, she's quite a dependable friend and emotionally supportive of others when they are truly in need.
    • She is easily the most progressive member of the group when it comes to sexuality, which is quite ironic when you consider Carrie's profession.
  • Hypocrite: Has had no problem sleeping with married men, but is outraged whenever she's cheated on.
  • Hot-Blooded: She will not hesitate to sass you out if you upset her, or kiss you passionately if you entice her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a bit of an ego and can be pushy, but she's a fiercely loyal friend and a lot of fun to be around.
  • Lady in Red: Samantha wears tight red dresses very often.
  • Lady Killer In Love: On the sparse occasions where Samantha pursues a serious relationship.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Charlotte's Light.
  • May–December Romance: With Smith. And many other nameless men throughout the series.
  • The Mistress: Samantha has almost no problem with sleeping with married men. Sometimes, however, this has repercussions for her image—in particular, the one time this doesn't happen, no one believes her claims of innocence thanks to her previous behavior—or when the husband announces he's leaving his wife for her.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Has heavy cougar tendencies.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Inbetween of Carrie's friends.
  • Porn Stash: She's very open about having a "goody closet".
  • Really Gets Around: It's a Running Gag.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Miranda's Blue.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Samantha hastily abandons a new friend when she crosses the line and proves to be far more promiscuous than her.
    Samantha: Claire-Anne, I'm going! And you can forget Samba!
  • Secret Keeper: Naturally, Samantha's the one Carrie confides in when she cheats on Aidan with Big.
  • Self-Made Woman: She came from a working class background with a drunk father and a job at the Dairy Queen, moved to New York where she worked as a barmaid before becoming an independently wealthy woman with her own PR company.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Easily the most casual with cursing out of the four.
  • The Stoner: Samantha's often shown lighting and smoking a joint.

    Charlotte York
Played By: Kristin Davis

  • '80s Hair: A brief flashback in the 2nd movie shows that she has always worn her hair long, shiny, and preppy albeit with heavy bangs of the decade.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Charlotte is usually the sweetest and most forgiving of the four, but she isn't afraid to speak her mind if she thinks something is wrong, like calling out Carrie for cheating on Aidan with Big, or slapping her friend's husband when he admits he wants to leave her for Charlotte.
  • Brainy Brunette: She can be naive and a bit ditzy but she is also sophisticated and well educated- thanks to her blue- blooded upbringing. It was mentioned in one episode that she was a Straight A Student.
  • Break the Cutie: Charlotte may come from fine stock, but growing up with such high expectations for yourself makes it that much more difficult when they can't be met. First she discovers, on the eve of her (very expensive) wedding, that her fiancé can't get it up; then, once that problem is solved, she has difficulty conceiving, and when she floats the idea of adoption her mother-in-law makes it known that she won't tolerate a "Mandarin baby"; she divorces Trey, and yay! Falls in love again! But it turns out he's super Jewish, so in order to be with the man she loves she needs to convert and (at least in her mind) abandon Christmas for Hannaukah; then Harry leaves her indefinitely after she spent all day cooking an enormous dinner for him but then says something she shouldn't have; they get back together, but then later the couple that had agreed to have their baby adopted changes their mind. Everything turns out all right in the end, but dammit if Charlotte didn't get put through the wringer in order to get there.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She's mostly a very sweet and friendly optimist, but she can shriek. In the first movie when Carrie announces her engagement to Big, she screams so loudly everyone in the restaurant stares at them and Miranda complains her ears are still ringing.
  • The Cutie: Known in-universe as "Park Avenue Pollyanna".
  • The Ditz: Easily the most gullible character in the series, though she mentions more than once she went to Smith. Made more amusing by the fact that she tends to deny being one.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Despite her having signed a pre-nup, her divorce with Trey leads to a conflict over who gets his apartment. It also leads to Charlotte meeting Harry, the lawyer who becomes her second husband.
  • Fag Hag: For Anthony.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Loyal, idealistic, sweet and pretty timid.
  • Growling Gut: In the movie, while the girls are vacationing in Mexico, she accidentally drinks some tap water while she’s taking a shower.note  Her stomach gurgles loudly a bunch of times as she rushes back to the hotel to use the bathroom. However, she can’t get in since the room is being cleaned, and as a result, ends up crapping her pants.
  • Happily Married : With Harry, to the point where she is the only friend with no relationship drama in the first movie.
  • The Heart: Espouses the most moral judgements, though she's well-intentioned.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Charlotte has a tendency to assume that if a guy is "from a good family", he is automatically husband material, and reacts with shock if he does anything that doesn't fit in with that assumption.
  • Housewife: After her first wedding, she becomes one to focus her efforts on being a society wife and on conceiving children. This is downplayed as she finds herself with nothing to do with her time (and she has fertility issues) and her marriage to Trey is unhappy. After becoming a mother, she is full into this role in the 2nd movie despite having a nanny.
  • Hypocrite: Blasts Trey for discussing their infertility and adoption plans with his (admittedly overbearing) mother, when she not only did the same thing with complete strangers, she didn't discuss half of the things she was doing with him.
  • The Ingenue: The most innocent person (relatively speaking) in her peer group.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Samantha's Dark.
  • Love Freak: To the point where she insists that no relationship is a waste of time, even after Burger infamously breaks up with Carrie via a Post-It.
  • Morality Pet: For Carrie. The only one of her friends to call her out on her affair with her married Ex. And the only one to force her into Big's wife's shoes.
    Charlotte: I'm getting married in three weeks. How would you feel if somebody did this to me!?
    Carrie: ...I would kill them.
  • Nice Girl: She may be insufferably judgemental, superficial, perfectionistic and uptight but she's the nicest of the main characters.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Nice one of Carrie's friends.
  • Plucky Girl: Especially when she finds out she can't have a baby.
  • Preppy Name: Her name is Charlotte York, suggesting Anglo lineage. She also comes from a very old-money, WASPy, privileged family in contrast to her friends who came from middle-class or lower-middle class backgrounds.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Carrie/Big, for probably the entirety of their relationship.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Dedicated to finding "Mr. Right".
    Charlotte: I don't want to be the up-the-butt girl, because I mean... Men don't marry up-the-butt girl. Whoever heard of Mrs. Up-The-Butt? No, no, no. I can't. I want children and nice bedding, and I just can't handle this right now...
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Which sharply contrasts with Miranda's cynical outlook and Samantha's casual attitude to dating.
  • Tomboy And Girlygirl: Girly Girl to Miranda's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the second movie, where she spends all of it obsessing over whether Harry is going to cheat on her with the Nanny, then thinks it's a good idea to do finger-painting and baking with her children wearing very expensive designer clothing and is tempted into a seedy sweatshop in Abu Dhabi because she forgot to buy Harry and her daughters souvenirs.
  • True Love Is Exceptional: She thought Trey was her Prince Charming but ended up finding true happiness with Harry.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Harry's Ugly Guy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gives a surprisingly blunt one to Carrie about her affair with Big and how she's turning Natasha into the "idiot wife" and asks how Carrie would feel if someone had done that to Charlotte herself.
    • Also gives one to a friend's husband when he admits he lied about having a single friend for Charlotte to date because he wants to leave his wife for her.
    • And to Big in the movie for jilting Carrie at the altar.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: And proud of it. Until she converts, that is, and becomes a Jewish American Princess.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's a hopeless romantic who's biggest goal is to have successful marriage.

    Miranda Hobbes
Played By: Cynthia Nixon

  • '80s Hair: In a brief 80s flashback in the 2nd movie, she is seen with a bouffant, Pat Benatar bowl cut.
  • Ambiguously Bi: It's unclear if this was unintentional or not (especially complicated by Cynthia Nixon who was at the time of shooting most episodes in the closet), but Miranda absolutely gives off this impression. From her constant jokes and asides about "sexually offering herself up to her friends", to her fashion sense (which ranges from conventionally feminine to fabulously butch) and general issues with intimacy (even while dating Steve) there's this sense of sexual frustration that permeates her character throughout the show's runtime. She explores the idea of potentially being into women early on, but brushes it off after a kiss with a lesbian woman.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Miranda yells at Steve when he confides to finding a lump in one of his testicles, telling him that it IS a big deal and he needs to get it tested as soon as possible. She feels bad about it later, but Steve actually thanks her for being concerned enough to call him an idiot for trying to ignore the issue.
  • Born Unlucky: Her luck, to put it bluntly, is quite abysmal. Bad things tend to happen to her, sometimes self-inflicted, but usually not. Whether it be sex, romance or even freak accidents like having a stranger ejaculate sperm on her hair during a sex workshop, her general luck is... not great.
  • Brutal Honesty: At times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily the snarkiest character on the show.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: With Steve.
  • Fiery Redhead: When she gets annoyed, the fiery locked Miranda can be quick to snap someone's head off.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Ambitious, snarky, sensible and hot-tempered.
  • Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: She doesn't have a good relationship with her parents, even claiming to hate them. Her siblings make her self-conscious about her being single but she is very close to her friends and congregates with them, even in the movies when they include husbands and kids.
  • Hello, Attorney!: An attractive (and redheaded) lawyer.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Has a law degree from Harvard.
  • Jerkass Ball: She can be quite horrible to some of her boyfriends. In particular, she dumps Skipper, then decides she wants him back the second that she sees that he's happy with someone else. After they sleep together, she decides this is the perfect time to tell him she doesn't want to be monogamous. When he rightfully gets angry and tells her off, declaring that he's sick of her jerking him around, she reacts with astonishment and tells him he's overreacting. She blasted Carrie for constantly letting Big do this to her, yet is completely oblivious to the fact that she's done it to someone else.
  • The Lancer: To Carrie. Most supportive, but also the most likely to criticize Carrie for her choices.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Miranda gets pregnant accidentally with Steve, despite Steve only having one ball and Miranda having a "lazy ovary", which initially causes some friction with Charlotte, who is desperate for children.
  • Married to the Job: Which is a source of conflict for her when Brady starts to view Magda as his "real mommy" — eventually, she figures out how to balance being a workaholic and spending time with her son.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's the Masculine Girl to Skipper and Steve's Feminine Boy.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Is thought by coworkers to be a lesbian in an early episode. In real life, Cynthia Nixon is bisexual.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Mean of Carrie's friends.
  • Not So Stoic: After her mother dies, Miranda puts on a brave face, but ends up breaking down in tears when an over-bearing bra fitter reminds her of her mother.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Carrie when she implies she's going back to Big after his marriage to Natasha breaks down, pointing out that Carrie turns into a desperate, needy person when Big is around and how willing she is to put herself through it over and over.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Samantha's Red.
  • Redhead In Green: She is a redhaired woman who can be seen in green, in fact the 80s flashback to when Carrie first met her in the 2nd movie shows her with an olive-green power suit.
  • The Snark Knight: Miranda is hard on everyone, but especially on herself.
    Miranda: Do any of you have a completely unremarkable friend or maybe a houseplant I could go to dinner with on Saturday night?
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A Tsundere who believes in "tough love" to the point of abruptness, who shows love and concern for her friends and other loved ones.
  • Team Mom: Especially towards Charlotte.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Charlotte's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Heavy on the Tsun, but rest assured, Miranda does have a soft side, particularly for her friends and her son, Brady.
  • Workaholic: More of an Informed Attribute of Miranda's. She's trying to make partner at her Law Firm (which can be a grueling prospect in real life), while getting into adventures with the girls and raising her son alone for periods. At one point she tries to shorten her work week to 55 billable hours and the other attorneys are aghast (which is a little bit Reality Is Unrealistic because that's still right on Partner track levels of billing). Lawyers who understand the importance of sleep ask for 6-8 a day, which still translates to a good 9 hours spent at work a day.


Supporting Characters

Played By: Chris Noth

    Aidan Shaw 
Played By: John Corbett

  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Never manages to forget Carrie's betrayal nor truly trust her.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Attempts these with Carrie when they get back together, but it's a Deconstructed Trope as the gestures are to cover up a glaring flaw in their relationship - he doesn't trust her after what she did.
  • Nice Guy: Positioned as this in contrast to the emotionally unavailable Mr Big and he certainly takes a lot of crap from Carrie over the course of their relationship.
  • The Rival: Aidan compared himself to the Green Hornet vs. Big as Batman.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Carrie pretty much stalks Aidan and begs him to get back together with her, he has this to say:
    Aidan: You broke my heart!!

    Aleksandr Petrovsky 

  • Amicable Exes: Aleksandr is still on good terms with his first wife, Juliet, and both speak highly of each other. However when Carrie speaks with her, Juliet reminisces about the happy times but notes that she was always second to his work mirroring the situation that Carrie finds herself in.
  • Gentleman Snarker
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: His entire relationship to Carrie is made up of these.
  • May–December Romance: With Carrie, which causes problems later in the relationship.
  • Real Men Cook: Makes Carrie dinner in her own house.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Once he convinces Carrie to move to Paris with him, he constantly leaves her alone in a country where she doesn't speak the language, begs her to come to a museum opening with him and then ignores her all night, and when she confronts him, he replies, "This is who I am".

    Trey MacDougal 
Played By: Kyle MacLachlan
  • Amicable Exes: When his mother tries to take the apartment he gave Charlotte away because she didn't honor her marriage, Trey comes to her defense by sending a telegram saying she was a wonderful wife and tells his mother to leave her alone.
  • Birds of a Feather: For Charlotte. Unfortunately, his intimacy problems in marriage drive a wedge through what brought them together.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Charlotte catches him after he tells her he's not a sexual person.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy":
    Charlotte: You pull me off my unicorn, you tear away my gossamer petticoats, and you put your 'Schooner' deep inside my 'Rebecca'.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: When Trey can get sexually aroused, it usually leads to this.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Initially played solely for comedy, but kick starts Trey and Charlotte's marital problems.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Implied to be a major source of his intimacy issues.
  • Momma's Boy: His overbearing mother has a highly influential opinion on almost every aspect of his life.
  • Nice Guy: Despite all their problems, Trey is never cruel towards his wife. While separated, he even offers to pay for her dry-cleaning bill, although admittedly the stains were all his fault.
  • Porn Stash: Is a fan of "Jugs", which is intercepted by Charlotte who pastes her unwanted wedding proofs throughout it.
  • Preppy Name
  • Speed Sex: Related to Trey's impotence.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: Right down to the family estate in Connecticut and proud celebration of his Scottish roots.

    Harry Goldenblatt 
Played By: Evan Handler

  • Nice Guy: Easily the nicest guy in the series and has a very loving relationship with Charlotte.

    Steve Brady 
Played By: David Eigenberg

    Stanford Blatch 
Played By: Willie Garson

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Anthony, for a while.
  • The Lancer: He is sometimes Carrie's.
  • Pair the Spares: Averted, both of them are offended when Charlotte assumes they will like each other just because they are gay. It takes them a while to get to know each other, first.
  • Pet Homosexual: He started out as Carrie's, but he does get his own storylines and calls Carrie out when she acts like his love life with Marcus is of nominal importance.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Carrie.
  • Shrinking Violet: Occasionally, he's sometimes insecure around people.

     Anthony Marentino 
Played By: Mario Cantone


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