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Addams Family

Their house is a museum where people come to see 'em.
The titular family. A weird but loving bunch of people who are unaware that others find them scary or bizarre.
  • Ambiguously Human: For starters, there is the fact that their definition of "playtime" involves methods that would more than likely injure or kill most people.
  • Badass Family: Comes with being able to survive things that would kill most people and being willing to give mean people their just desserts.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Bordering on Blue and Orange Morality. They are often depicted as being completely unaware that other people find them strange or scary.
  • Creepy Good: They're good people and a very loving family, but they still have rather creepy and disturbing habits and pastimes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite how dark, creepy and macabre the family is, the Addamses are all genuinely good people. Amusingly, the Addamses aren't even aware of how strange they are. They think of themselves as a typical, normal American family and are nice enough to try not to say anything about those weirdos who play with puppies and pick flowers.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Addamses consider the Normanmeyers good family friends despite (or probably because of) the Normanmeyers' actions.
  • Idle Rich: They're a very wealthy family, but Gomez and Morticia are usually depicted as being unemployed due to not needing to work.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: It's unknown how they can do all their crazy games without being killed or hurt.
  • Large Ham: To the point of being a House of Hams, they tend to be very dramatic and hammy, especially when "playing".
  • Made of Iron: Zigzagged. Most of the time, they never get hurt or killed even when they logically should, however there are some exceptions, such as Gomez getting amnesia in "Amnesia in the Addams Family".
  • Named by the Adaptation: None of them were named until the TV series.
  • Thicker Than Water: Whatever else can be said about the Addams family, they stick together.

     Gomez Addams
The family patriarch. Always exudes a manic sort of energy and high amounts of enthusiasm.
Played by: John Astin (1960s TV series, 1990s animated series), Lennie Weinrib (1970s animated series), Raúl Juliá (1991 film, Addams Family Values), Tim Curry (Addams Family Reunion), Glenn Taranto (The New Addams Family), Nathan Lane and Roger Rees (Broadway musical), Oscar Isaac (2019 film).

  • The Ace: In the '90s cartoon, to the point he literally can't fail if he tried (in fact, there's an episode where he spends the episode trying, and failing, to fail).
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His television and film counterparts are portrayed as dashing and good-looking in contrast to his New Yorker counterpart's more grotesque appearance.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the musical, he doesn't do any of his wacky hobbies.
  • All-Loving Hero: Despite his gothic appearance and quirky behavior, he is a very accepting and friendly guy. He doesn't even let the weird (in his opinion) habits of his neighbors stop him. In fact, the only way to upset him is to flirt with his wife.
  • Amnesia Episode: He got amnesia in the aptly named episode "Amnesia in the Addams Family".
  • Badass Baritone: In the live-action films. Being played by Raúl Juliá and Tim Curry will do that.
  • Badass Mustache: A skilled fencer and always with facial hair.
  • Catchphrase: "Tish! That's French!"
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He doesn't take kindly to any other man who expresses a romantic interest in his wife.
  • Dashing Hispanic: In the movies when portrayed by Raúl Juliá, less so in other depictions when he is played by non-Hispanic actors.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes fudge so much that he's angry at his children for making it.
  • Good Parents: Along with Morticia. Unlike most sitcoms, he, the father, actually has just as much of a role in raising his children as his wife does.
  • Happily Married: Gomez and Morticia are possibly the most adoring and passionate married couple you'll ever see in fiction.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In the update of "Uncle Fester's Illness", he gets struck by lightning and is unaffected. In "Cleopatra, Green of the Nile", he sits in an electric chair and is unharmed, in fact, he seems to enjoy it.
  • Heroic BSoD: Twice in the films.
    • After getting kicked out of his own home and losing his family's fortune, Gomez just loafs around watching daytime television.
    • When Pubert suddenly turns blonde and rosy, Gomez has a complete breakdown and can't even get out of bed.
  • Hypochondria: Used to be a hypochondriac when he was engaged to Ophelia.
  • Keet: He is very energetic and upbeat.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the live-action movies.
  • Limited Wardrobe: His everyday clothing consists of a pinstriped suit. Apparently, he used to have variations on his clothes but had so much trouble finding his best suit that he decided to wear nothing but best suits.
    • In the movies he wears an assortment of expensive-looking suits and robes befitting his lounge-lizard image.
  • Love at First Sight: With Morticia.
  • Made of Iron: Zigzagged. He's been shown to be immune to electricity, cyanide and henbane (the latter two he drinks, in fact). In the update of "Morticia's Romance", he falls into a vat of hydrochloric acid and survives unharmed. Averted, and possibly inverted, in the N.E.S. video game, which has rats being able to hurt or kill him.
  • Papa Wolf: He cares about his children enough that he'll harm anyone who dares to endanger them.
  • Perky Goth: He's the most energetic and emotional of the Addamses.
  • Pig Man: He has a slightly porcine appearance in the New Yorker comics and the animated cartoons (the first more than the second).
  • Uncle Pennybags: It was quite common that he'd offer to lend someone money, then give them more than they actually needed, by several orders of magnitude.
  • Royal Rapier: Has quite the passion for swordsmanship.
  • Springtime for Hitler: "The Day Gomez Failed" focuses on him trying to fail at something for the first time. Morticia announces that he did that by failing at failing.
  • Tablecloth Yank: Does it when dancing with Morticia in the first movie.

     Morticia Addams
Do you mind if she smokes?
The loving family matriarch. Highly supportive of, encouraging to, and in love with her husband.
Played by: Carolyn Jones (1960s TV series), Janet Waldo (1970s animated series), Anjelica Huston (1991 film, Addams Family Values), Daryl Hannah (Addams Family Reunion), Ellie Harvey (The New Addams Family), Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields (Broadway musical), Charlize Theron (2019 film).

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the musical, she's way more insecure and emotional than usual.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her husband will shorten her name down to "Tish" whenever she says something in French.
  • Berserk Button: Morticia does not like it when a) she thinks her and Gomez's relationship is at stake or b) someone in her family appears to be turning normal. Mostly, she is sad when these things happen, however, not angry.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Make Morticia angry. If Gomez doesn't kill you, you'll be treated to Morticia maintaining her low-key nature and speaking in the most calm-yet-threatening voice you'll probably ever hear.
  • The Comically Serious: In contrast to Gomez, she's low-key and borderline emotionless. But given how unaffected she is by the weirdness around her, this makes Morticia often hilarious.
  • Darkness Von Gothick Name: Her first name, Morticia, resembles the word "mortician" and likely comes from the Latin word "mortem", which means death.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has long hair as black as the night and skin pale as a ghost. However, she is a very nice person—she just has some unusual hobbies and a slightly odd outlook on life (to put it mildly).
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Downplayed, the live-action movies gave her a band of light from eyebrow to cheekbone in every scene. Even in well-lit environments. It's implied that she is a vampire...
  • Good Parents: Along with Gomez. She wants the best for her children, no matter what that means.
  • Goth: Morticia was swinging this look way before it was cool. And since she got in early, she managed to snag the perfect goth name.
  • Gratuitous French: Peppers her speech with various French words and phrases, much to her husband's delight.
  • Happily Married: Morticia and Gomez are one of the most iconic examples! Every time they're together, it's made clear just how much they absolutely love each other.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In the update of "Uncle Fester's Illness", she gets struck by lightning but is unaffected.
  • Large Ham: Zigzagged. While she is mostly The Stoic, she becomes a bit dramatic when one of her Berserk Buttons is pushed (mostly in the series) or when she is being romantic.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Has worn the same black dress ever since her and Gomez's wedding day.
  • Love at First Sight: With Gomez.
  • Mama Bear: Is very taken aback when someone messes with Pugsley or Wednesday.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In "Cousin Itt the Vocational Counselor", she actually gets mad at Gomez and stays mad, then when she's no longer mad, she talks about "sending him out in his bare feet without a thought to his sinuses", which is coming from the lady who loves to sit in drafts.
  • Parental Bonus: In the movies, most of her lines are laced with romance and double entendres.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In her own stoic way, she usually has a bemused smile on her face.
  • Phrase Catcher: See Gomez's catchphrase. She'll respond with "mon cher".
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her black hair is very long and straight.
  • The Stoic: Usually she shrugs off negative incidents, however, she does have a few Large Ham moments.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Especially in the films. All the Addamses like being tortured, although this is seen most prominently with Morticia in the films.
  • Tranquil Fury: In the films. She never flies off the handle when she is angered, instead maintaining her low-key nature and speaking in the most calm-yet-threatening voice you'll probably ever hear. When she does - run. If the eyebrows also go up, then it's too late for running!

You rang?
The faithful servant. Always acquiesces to the Addamses' wishes, even when they sometimes make him give the vocal equivalent of a Face Palm.
Played by: Ted Cassidy (1960s TV series, 1970s animated series), Jim Cummings (1990s animated series), Carel Struycken (1991 film, Addams Family Values, Addams Family Reunion), John DeSantis (The New Addams Family), Zachary James (Broadway musical) Conrad Vernon (2019 film).

  • Battle Butler: When push comes to shove, he can kick ass like the rest of the family.
  • Butler Space: Sometimes, he shows up just seconds after the gong rings.
  • Catchphrase: In the 60s series, his was a guttural "You rang?" whenever called. This was actually a Throw It In! by the actor which the producers loved.
  • Dumb Muscle: In some incarnations, Lurch is not very bright. One episode of the 1960s show even had Wednesday wonder if Lurch doesn't know how to count.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: He has the appearance of one, to say the least, but some continuities make jokes implying that he is made from dead body parts, was brought to life in a lab, and/or was created by a mad scientist.
  • Gentle Giant: While physically intimidating, Lurch is a very nice guy.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes he's depicted as being weary of the family's eccentric ways, however, more often than not, he shares them. Other times, he's just plain old hard to read.
  • Servile Snarker: Usually with just an eye-roll and a groan.
  • The Singing Mute: In the stage adaptation, Lurch sticks with his canon dialect of only grunting until the final number, when he sings his first ever words.
  • The Stoic: Lurch is very much a stoic tower.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Is silent throughout the play until he sings Move Toward the Darkness at the end.
  • Undying Loyalty: In the first film, despite the Addams losing their fortune and living in poverty, he sticks with them regardless even though he doesn't have to.
  • The Voiceless: In the original New Yorker comics and in the live-action movies. In other continuities, he is rather talkative...somewhat. He mostly talks in a low moan.

     Wednesday Addams
Her doll didn't lose her head—she's Marie Antoinette. She and Pugsley chopped it off.
The Addams daughter. Originally portrayed as a typical, average (if rather morbid) Cheerful Child, the films made her into a much more subdued Deadpan Snarker, and this iconic portrayal has stuck with the character ever since.
Played by: Lisa Loring (1960s TV series), Cindy Henderson (1970s animated series), Christina Ricci (1991 film, Addams Family Values), Debi Derryberry (1990s animated series), Nicole Fugere (The New Addams Family), Krysta Rodriguez and Rachel Potter (Broadway musical), Chloë Grace Moretz (2019 film).

  • Adaptational Villainy: In The New Addams Family. Her tendencies to physically harm Pugsley are exaggerated and she always wants to intimidate and frighten everyone who comes by her family's house.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the original cartoons, she is prone to a Slasher Smile. In the movies, she's The Comically Serious.
  • Age Lift: In the original 1960s show, she was younger than her brother Pugsley. Most other adaptations make her older than Pugsley (or making them at least very close in age to each other). In the stage musical, she's 18 while Pugsley is still a little boy.
  • Berserk Button: In the 90s animated series, grabbing her by the braids. Gomez and Morticia refer to the last person to do it in the past tense, and Pugsley even flat-out tells the perpetrator (a robber) You Do NOT Want to Know what she'll do.
  • Big Little Sister: She is younger than her brother Pugsley in the 90s cartoon despite being taller and more intelligent.
  • Big Sister Bully: In The New Addams Family, she just adores to outright torture her brother Pugsley. However, Pugsley, being an Addams, often enjoys it.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In Addams Family Values, the kids and counselors should have known better than to bully Wednesday. She gets revenge in spades by recruiting the other marginalized campers to perform a scathing play and wage war against their tormentors.
  • Creepy Child: Almost goes without saying. She's cold, stoic, calculating, and interested in disturbing topics.
  • Creepy Monotone: In the films from the 1990s, she almost never raises her voice.
  • Daddy's Girl: Had shades of this in the 1960s show, often hanging out with Gomez.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Famously.
    (during lifeguard practice at summer camp)
    Amanda: I'll be the victim!
    Wednesday: All your life.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Especially as played by Christina Ricci. Like her mom, she has dark hair and pale skin, and while benevolent, is quite gothic.
  • Enfant Terrible: In the movies and The New Addams Family, she can come off as being downright cold. This is not in keeping with her TV or original cartoon personality, but is a dead ringer for her portrayal in Jack Sharkey's 1965 book adaptation, where she's described as staring right through you — literally. As if she were examining your viscera.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Although she tries to kill her baby brother (or possibly just plays with him by the normal Addams definition), she makes it very clear that she doesn't like hearing Debbie call him a brat.
    • She also resents Debbie for manipulating her uncle and being "sloppy" in her plan to eliminate him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Never without her pigtails.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In the update of "Uncle Fester's Illness", she gets struck by lightning with the rest of her family, but survives.
  • Large Ham: Except in the films, where she's a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She mainly wears the same outfit, although there have been several exceptions. Even on Halloween, she wears her usual black dress, claiming that she's dressed like a psychopath because "they look just like anyone else".
  • Perpetual Frowner: She seldom smiles. In the second movie, after being forced to watch animated Disney movies for the better part of the day, Wednesday is asked to smile. She does. Sort of.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In the 2010 musical. The main plot was about her turning 18 and falling in love with a normal man.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's cold and expressionless, unlike the rest of her family. However, she expresses interest in Joel and does indeed care about her family, including her brothers and her uncle.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • In the 1991 film, she's obsessed with the Bermuda Triangle, according to Morticia. When asked to write about a hero for a school project, she completes a report about her great-aunt Calpurnia, who danced naked in the town square, enslaved a minister, and was burned as a witch.
    • In Addams Family Values, she pretends to guillotine her baby brother for crimes against the state. Later, when pushed to the breaking point by the cruel kids and staff at summer camp, she hijacks the play with a carefully planned ambush where she proudly, publicly announces that she will scalp the camp counselors and burn a catty girl at the stake (neither of which happen, the counselors get a different, slightly more ambiguous form of punishment and the girl shows up in a later scene fine; though probably scarred for life).
  • The Un-Smile: Again, in the second movie, she gives an unsettling smile to the counselors after they torment her with sappy movies. This is a warning sign that she has something sinister in the works.
  • When She Smiles: There are moments where her smile appears genuine, it just doesn't help much that she seems to show it mostly for sadistic and twisted reasons.
  • William Telling:
    • In the first movie, she fires a crossbow at an apple that's been jammed into Pugsley's mouth.
    • In the play, she tests her fiancée's craziness by shooting an apple off his head while blind folded.

     Pugsley Addams
The Addams son, and Wednesday's brother. A (usually) Cheerful Child whose intelligence varies depending on the adaptation.
Played by: Ken Weatherwax (1960s TV series), Jodie Foster (1970s animated series), Jimmy Workman (1991 film, Addams Family Values), Jeannie Elias (1990s animated series), Brody Smith (The New Addams Family), Adam Riegler (Broadway musical), Finn Wolfhard (2019 film).

  • Adaptational Dumbass: He went from being a boy genius in the 1960s show to being a child of average intelligence in the movies to being The Ditz in the 90s animated series.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He was blond in the original New Yorker comics, had dark hair in the 1960s show, was made blond again in the 1970s cartoon, had brown hair in the live-action films, was blond once more in the 90s cartoon, and had brown hair once more in The New Addams Family.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the original cartoons, usually scowling; by the time of the films, usually smiling.
  • Adaptational Name Change: The producers felt that "Pubert" sounded too risqué, so he was called "Pugsley" instead.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the 90s cartoon and especially in The New Addams Family he was the unluckiest in the family.
  • Child Prodigy: In the original 1960s television show he was smart enough to invent a disintegration gun.
  • Creepy Child: While a nice boy, he has the same unusual interests as the rest of his family.
  • The Dog Bites Back: While Pugsley had to put up with Wednesday torturing him most of the time in The New Addams Family, he eventually had his revenge by trapping Wednesday and her identical cousin Monday Jones inside a trunk in the episode "Keeping Up with the Joneses".
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Wednesday's skinny.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In the new version of "Uncle Fester's Illness", he gets struck by lightning with the rest of his family, but survives.
  • Little Big Brother: Despite being shorter and less intelligent, he is older than Wednesday in the 90s cartoon.
  • Made of Iron: Exaggerated in the cartoon, where in one scene, he gets cut in half but is fine in the next scene.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He seems to enjoy torture (but not in that way, he's just a kid).

     Uncle Fester
The family uncle. Originally Morticia's uncle, he was later retconned into being Gomez's brother (and the kids' uncle instead). Shares the same manic enthusiasm as his brother (and then some) with added Mad Scientist tendencies.
Played by: Jackie Coogan (1960s TV series, 1970s animated series), Christopher Lloyd (1991 film, Addams Family Values), Rip Taylor (1990s animated series), Patrick Thomas (Addams Family Reunion), Michael Roberds (The New Addams Family), Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway musical), Nick Kroll (2019 film).

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: In the musical, Fester narrates, especially at the beginning of Act 1 ("Little Wednesday Addams... has grown up and found love."), at the end of Act I ("I mean, is this any way to end an act?"), and at the beginning of Act II ("What happens now?... Let's find out, shall we?"). Several times, he steps in with the Ancestors for a Set Switch Song or some narrative singing.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Perhaps being bisexual is what he meant when he said that he didn't have a specific sexuality in the musical.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In the play he refers to himself having "no specific sexuality" before declaring his love for the moon.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Forces the ghosts of his ancestors into helping him get Wednesday and Lucas together in the musical.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's completely bald and often comes up with amazing inventions.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Near the end of the play, he straps a rocket to his back and blasts off to the moon without a helmet. He appears at the very end to do his light bulb trick so he must have been okay.
  • Big Fun: He's fun-loving and overweight.
  • Can't Spit It Out: When he first meets Debbie, he's so smitten he can barely speak.
  • Cargo Ship: A subplot in the musical is him being in love with the moon.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: Happens in the first film, although it is one of the cases where the villain is not responsible for the amnesia.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: One shows up in the first movie and scams the family out of their house and money. Turns out to be Fester after losing his memory.
  • Diet Episode: "Fester Goes on a Diet" focuses on him dieting to try and get thinner and, for some reason, taller.
  • Dirty Coward: His idea of defending his family's honor is shooting the offender in the back with his blunderbuss. According to him, it's cowardly, but it's also the safest option.
  • Distaff Counterpart: At the end of Addams Family Values, Fester befriends a woman named Dementia. Like Fester, she's pale, bald, and wears heavy black robes.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Debbie tries to kill him this way in Values. Being Fester, he ends up sitting happily with a lit lightbulb in his mouth.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He's eaten newts, cacti, soap, thermometers, and tongue depressors.
  • Fat Bastard: Averted. He is overweight but is actually a very nice and friendly person despite sharing the questionable interests and hobbies of the other Addamses. Though he was like this as an amnesiac in the movie before his memory returned.
  • Fat Comic Relief: A funny guy and rather big as mentioned above.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Electricity doesn't have any negative effects on him, in fact it even seems to be good for him and he frequently "charges himself up".
  • Head in a Vise: His usual method for getting rid of his headaches.
  • Height Angst: In addition to wanting to be thinner in "Fester Goes on a Diet", he wanted to be taller.
  • Henpecked Husband: The way Debbie treats him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: One New Yorker cartoon shows him contemplating dishes on offer at an automat, which include a dessert, a salad, a pie — and a human head.
  • Jet Pack: At the end of the musical, he flies off to the moon with a rocket strapped to his back.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite his unsettling appearance and lack of social skills, he was very popular with women in his youth, according to the 1991 film. Gomez remarked that Fester "could have had any woman [he] wanted, dead or alive." At the end of Addams Family Values, he finds a girlfriend named Dementia.note 
  • Large Ham: In more or less every adaptation save the 1991 film. Patrick Thomas, his actor in Addams Family Reunion, takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Never takes off his coat.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Bald head, hunched shoulders, dark sunken in eyes, he's got most of the package.
  • Love Freak: In the musical, illustrated by his song, "Let's Not Talk About Anything Else [but love]".
  • Love Imbues Life: When singing about his love for the moon in the play, he starts dancing with an Anthropomorphic Personification of the moon but this is likely an Imagine Spot.
  • Lunacy: In love with the moon in the musical.
  • Made of Iron: Able to eat seemingly anything, withstand great amounts of electricity, and walk across hot coals barefoot, all with no ill effects on him. In Addams Family Values, he even survives an explosion unscathed.
  • Mad Scientist: Chemist and very fond of inventing all kinds of fire works.
  • Omniglot: Is mentioned as being fluent in 12 languages in Values.
  • Playing Sick: In "Cat Addams", he, along with Itt and Thing, pretends to be sick so he can pretend to be cured by the vet, in order to make the vet feel brave enough to treat Kitty Cat. He hams up being sick too much, so Morticia snaps him out of it by saying, "He doesn't need a doctor, what he needs is an undertaker", which made him sit up abruptly and say "I'm not dead yet!".
  • Related in the Adaptation: Throughout the franchise, Fester's relation to the family varied. While it wasn't made clear in the original New Yorker strips by Charles Addams how he was related to the family, he was made Morticia's uncle in the 1960s television show. After that, he was made Gomez's brother in the 70s animated series, then back to Morticia's uncle in the 1977 special Halloween with the Addams Family, and was permanently made Gomez's brother again in the live-action movies, the 90s animated series, and The New Addams Family.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the musical, he's trying to make sure Wednesday and Lucas stay together.
  • Sick Episode: He appears sick in "Uncle Fester's Illness" due to not being able to hold a charge. He got better when he ate a thermometer.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: A key plot point in Addams Family Values. Gold Digger Debbie attempts to bump off Fester, but only seems to give him pleasure.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cacti in the 1960s show. A rather notable case in that the food isn't called by name.
  • Weight Woe: He tried to slim down to impress his Love Interest in "Fester Goes on a Diet".
  • Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Stands on the roof doing it in Values.

     Grandmama Addams
The mother of... one of the family heads... possibly - then, of course, she might not actually be related to anyone at all if the Musical is correct. Implied to be a witch, she has a penchant for concocting potions and attempting to tell fortunes, as well as contact the deceased, with her Crystal Ball.
Played by: Blossom Rock (1960's TV series), Janet Waldo (1970's animated series), Carol Channing (1990's animated series), Judith Malina (1991 film), Carol Kane (Addams Family Values), Alice Ghostley (Addams Family Reunion), Betty Phillips (The New Addams Family), Jackie Hoffman (Broadway musical), Bette Midler (2019 film).

  • Composite Character: A rather complicated case. In the original 1960s show, Granny was Gomez's mother with Morticia's mother Hester Frump being a separate character (played by Margaret Hamilton, often in her full Elmira Gulch outfit from The Wizard of Oz). The two grandmothers are seen together and appear to have a warm friendship in the two-parter "Morticia's Romance". Grandmama would remain the standard grandparent in later adaptations, but it would vary whether she is Gomez's mother or Morticia's mother and she would rarely coexist with Morticia or Gomez's mother as two separate characters. The 2010 musical mercilessly lampshades the issue by revealing that Gomez and Morticia are both uncertain whose mother she is.
  • Cool Old Lady: She wrestles with alligators.
  • Crystal Ball: Uses one to conduct a seance to contact Fester in the 1991 film. She also used one at least once in the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Compared Debbie's mansion interior to the gates of Hell, then cheerfully told Debbie she'd placed a curse on her.
  • Dirty Old Woman: In the 90s cartoon, she's often seen flirting with younger men.
  • The Gadfly: Used Thing to fool Margaret into thinking her own hand had come off.
  • Granny Classic: With a macabre twist to her as befitting of an Addams.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Gets struck by lightning in the new version of "Uncle Fester's Illness", survives unharmed.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • In the 1991 film, she prepares unidentified serpentine organisms (possibly eels or giant worms) in a dark gray sauce for dinner. Fester looks revolted, after which she advises him to "start with the eyes".
    • In ''Addams Family Values", she hunts dogs and cats for the family's meals.
  • Messy Hair: It was a bit untamed in the original series but it looks like a fluffy birds nest in the first movie and it goes down to her feet in the second.
  • Precision F-Strike: Utters the only swear word in the musical when she tells Pugsley to stay out of her shit.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Whether she's Gomez's mother or Morticia's mother is never consistent. She started out as Gomez's mother with Morticia's mother existing as a separate character, but was made to be Morticia's mother in the 70s cartoon. She went back to being Gomez's mother in the 1977 special Halloween with The New Addams Family, once again coexisting with Morticia's mother. After that, she became Morticia's mother again for the live-action films and the 90s cartoon and went back to being Gomez's mother in The New Addams Family. The inconsistency was mocked in the 2010 musical when Gomez and Morticia were revealed to both be unsure whose mother Grandmama was.

     Cousin Itt
The Addamses' cousin. A short creature who is covered completely with long hair and usually wears a bowler hat, gloves, and sunglasses. Speaks exclusively in high-pitched gibberish that is understood only by the Addamses and no one else. In the films, he falls in love with, marries, and has a child with Margaret Alford.
Played by: Felix Silla, voiced by Tony Magro (1960s TV series), Snoop Dogg (2019 film)

  • Adapted Out: Isn't seen or mentioned in the musical.
  • Advertised Extra: He only showed up in three episodes of the 70s cartoon albeit appearing in the opening.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's considered part of the human(ish) Addams clan, yet we never get any hint if there's meant to be a person under there. At the very least, he can procreate with humans.
  • Ascended Extra: Despite the trope above, episodes that don't feature him are scarce in the 90s cartoon.
  • Blinding Bangs: He is a most extreme case, being covered in hair from head to toe. Some continuities even imply that he's nothing but hair.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created for the television series.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has the habit of sitting in a chimney.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He eats the thermometer while Playing Sick in "Cat Addams".
  • The Faceless: Hidden under all that hair.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Shrinks in "Morticia's Romance".
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: To the other Addamses; they understand his gibberish.
  • Kavorka Man: He sure has a lot of girlfriends despite being short and hairy. In the 1991 film, he successfully woos Margaret and marries her.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a bowler hat.
  • Playing Sick: He does this along with Fester and Thing in "Cat Addams" to make the vet brave enough to treat Kitty Cat.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The film version of the character's name is spelled with only one T.
  • The Unintelligible: To outsiders, his way of talking just sounds like nonsense.

The Family's... thing. Originally drawn in the cartoons as a semi-obscured human, he was reduced to a disembodied hand coming out of a box in the series; the films did away with his box and made him fully able to walk on his fingers. Known for being quite handy, sometimes a handful, and always willing to give a hand.

  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Minor case in the old TV series. When the Addams are trying to "help" a pair of newly weds who moved in next door, Morticia questions Thing if he ever wants to meet a nice girl, to which he gives a negative response. When Morticia laughs it off and affectionately tells him to find his "own friends" he gives a much more positive response. Gomez laughingly refers to Thing as a "woman-hater," but this statement largely contradicts Thing's helpful interactions with the female Addamses. So it's unclear if Mortez is correct in his assumption, or if his words had another meaning.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In Addams Family Values, he goes stiff after getting a kiss from Debbie. Later, when Fester laments his loneliness, Gomez reminds him that he has Thing. Fester complains that he would rather have a woman with a body.
  • Character As Itself
  • Helping Hands: All you ever see is Thing's right hand. Several times he's nothing but a right hand.
  • In Name Only: In the original New Yorker comics, Thing was a complete person only partially seen who often appeared in strips as a hidden Easter Egg spying on the family. All other incarnations made Thing a disembodied hand, though some New Yorker strips of the family did feature a hand reaching from some sort of opening (e.g., a pipe or a sea shell).
  • Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Thing," whenever he does something helpful. Especially prominent in the old TV series, where it's said at least Once per Episode, but in almost all other incarnation the phrase appears from time to time.
  • Playing Sick: In order to make the vet brave enough to treat Kitty Cat, he did this along with Fester and Cousin Itt by flopping back into his box.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the first movie, he follows Morticia without anyone's knowledge back to the house as she attempts to confront Fester and Abigail, and runs off to warn the others when he notices that she's in trouble.
  • The Speechless: Well, he is a disembodied hand.
    • Subverted in the films, in which Thing finds a voice through Morse Code by knocking on hard surfaces.
    • In the 1965 Jack Sharkey book, he writes if he has anything to say. He came with the house, and did not at first realize that the Addamses had legitimately bought the place.

     Pubert Addams
The third Addams child, appearing only in Addams Family Values.


Film Characters

     Abigail Craven
  • Big Bad: Of the first live-action film.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Charms her way into the Addamses' good graces by disguising herself as a therapist under the name "Greta Pinder-Schloss" who has a pretentiously knowledgeable, patient and motherly attitude towards the ignorant.
  • Buried Alive: How she was dealt with by the kids after being defeated.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Tully: "I've been the Addams' lawyer for years. They're morons."
    Abigail: "Obviously."
  • Loan Shark: She strong-armed Alford into repaying her for the thousands that she gave him. Unlike most fictional examples though she isn't a crime boss of a whole organisation but merely a conwoman who's looking for easy targets and has only one enforcer, her adopted son whom she emotionally manipulates into assisting her. She also mentions store-front scams.

     Tully Alford
  • Amoral Attorney: He is seen trying to embezzle the Addamses fortune, primarily to escape from his debts with Loan Sharks but also because of his own greed and desire for their dubloons. Some comments about them being his last paying clients additionally give off a very bad impression. Even Craven mocks and lampshades it.
    Tully: Hey, I have been the Addamses lawyer for years. They are morons.
    Abigail: Obviously.
  • Awful Wedded Life: To the point that his wife Margaret left him for Cousin Itt. In fact his retort to his wife's rhetorical question why she married him, was because he said yes.
  • Buried Alive: How he was punished by Wednesday and Pugsley after being defeated.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often finds himself in humiliating situations, usually at the hands of Gordon/Fester who loves manhandling him since he is too cowardly to seriously react.
  • The Dragon: By the end of the first live-action film he has elevated into this from a simple terrified pawn after taking matters into his own hands by getting the Addamses' evicted and Gordon becoming much less cooperative leading Abigail to trust him more.
  • Only Sane Man: The only central character of the first movie to find anything strange or shocking about the Addams. Even Abigail(herself a pretty creepy person) seems completely unphased by them. Tully spends much of the first quarter of the movie as an audience surrogate to give us an outsider's introduction to the bizarre family.

     Margaret Alford-Addams
  • Awful Wedded Life: One-half of the couple mentioned under Tully's entry. Eventually, she leaves him for Cousin Itt.
    Margaret: Why did I marry you?
    Tully: Because I said yes!
  • Happily Married: With Cousin Itt.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Well, whether or not Cousin Itt's actually human is debatable, but the fact is that he and Margaret managed to conceive a child together — "What", named by the obstetrician.
    Morticia: Isn't he precious?
    Margaret: We've had offers.
  • Perky Goth: In at least some sense. Her emotional temperament improves greatly after marrying Cousin Itt, and while she dresses in a standard black garb for Fester's wedding, her default wardrobe consists of bright colors like pink. Morticia and the rest of the Addams are perfectly fine with this, indicating she's truly considered part of the family.
  • Running Gag: In the first movie, she manages to trick herself into Fester's "Chinese finger torture trap" gag device more than once. She's even chosen to model it at the charity auction for this reason.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She is noticeably happier once she leaves Tully for Cousin Itt, mentioning how grateful she is to have joined the Addams clan.

     Deborah/Debbie “The Black Widow” Jellinsky-Addams
  • Ax-Crazy: Big time as a multiple murderer led by a twisted sense of entitlement.
  • Big Bad: Of Addams Family Values.
  • Black Widow: Her prominent moniker. She killed her previous husbands for their money. She didn't have much luck with Fester, him being an Addams and all.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Had she gotten it through her thick head that Fester and the rest of his family would've been perfectly happy with giving her whatever she wanted and were, in fact, overjoyed to discover she was a bloodthirsty psychopath, she would've finally gotten everything she wanted as well as a husband who worshipped the ground she walked on. Also she could've avoided getting electrocuted and turned into a pile of ashes after Pubert altered the electrical wiring and redirected the charge back to her. But then again who could see that coming?
  • Determinator: She wants the Addams fortune at any costs, even when seemingly outrun during her chasing Thing and Fester. She simply follows the two to the house and sets out to kill the whole family: it's only thanks to Pubert that she's stopped.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Debbie's response to getting a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie for her birthday? Burn down the family home with her parents still in it. And that was only the beginning.
  • Gold Digger: Marries rich men for their money, kills them, then spends their fortune to her heart's content.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Electrocuted by the cross-wired death chairs she tries to use on the Addamses.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Claims she just wants this... "and jewelry." With emphasis on the jewelry. Hence, the "Serial Killer" Gold Digger part.
  • It's All About Me: Of the most psychotic degree. Murdered her parents and spouses for refusing even the pettiest of whims interpreting as signs of a lack of love.
  • Irony: She honestly wouldn't be out of place in the Addams Family given her demeanor; the family even agree with her during her presentation before she's set to electrocute them. She's just too greedy to get along with them and also has no emotional attachments unlike them.
  • Killed Off for Real: She met her end when Pubert crossed a few wires during her Villainous Breakdown when she was attempting to electrocute the family.
  • Motive Decay: She's introduced as a Black Widow Serial Killer who marries rich men, kills them on their honeymoon, spends their fortune and strikes again. She starts off marrying and trying to bump off Uncle Fester in this way for this purpose. Then she gives a slide show explaining how she killed her parents and previous husbands for not giving her things she wanted (a Ballerina Barbie, a new Mercedes, etc) and/or for putting the needs of the community over her needs, proving that for her one no is enough proof of a lack of love, and even gives a Motive Rant about how she "just want[s] love... and jewelry," both of which Uncle Fester could and did give her in abundance. Yet she still wants to kill him because... she is an Entitled Bastard who decided that whatever she desires must be hers and after a while she just started to kill the ones she didn't care about to get their fortunes.
  • No Body Left Behind: Reduced to nothing but ashes after she's killed.
  • Self-Made Orphan: She killed both her parents by burning down their house with them inside, on the night of her birthday, for daring to give her a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie.
    Debbie: That's not who I was. I was a ballerina! Graceful and delicate! They had to go.
  • Spoiled Brat: On a murderous scale and one who never grew up in the slightest. If the slide of her hissy fit over a Malibu Barbie doesn't say it all, the slide of the fatal house fire does.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: You'd never tell from looking at her that she's an Ax-Crazy Black Widow
  • Villainous Breakdown: When she fully realizes how durable Fester truly is, she breaks her facade and goes Ax-Crazy.
  • Woman in White: With a few exceptions she tends to favour all-white outfits. Wednesday even describes her as "a woman in a white uniform" to the other kids at summer camp. It helps to contrast her with the rest of the Addamses who all favour black outfits. Her Ax-Crazy tendencies definitely fit the evil and mad parts of the trope.

     Joel Glicker 
  • Nice Jewish Boy: He embodies pretty much every Jewish stereotype (nerdy, fragile health, overbearing parents), yet seems pleasant enough.
  • Noodle Incident: Something to do with Michael Jackson has caused him to develop a trigger at the mere sight of one of his posters.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: He's a total dork who falls for the morbid and sadistic Wednesday on sight.

     Gary Granger 
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite his plucky attitude, Gary is extremely mean-spirited and cruel to the kids at his camp, and can even be seen swatting and dragging campers by the arms after they mess up during rehearsals for his play.
  • Happily Married: To Becky Martin-Granger.

     Amanda Buckman 
  • The Chew Toy: During her stay a summer camp, Wednesday leaves her to drown and has her bound to a pyre drenched in oil while Wednesday lights a match. Both times she shows up unscathed in a later scene.
  • Foil: The exact opposite of Wednesday in looks and personality.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: She's a pampered blonde with a holier than thou attitude no doubt brought on by her smug, privileged parents.

     Dr. Phillip Adams 
  • Big Bad: Of Addams Family Reunion.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His father Walter Adams frees the Addams Family for his attempts to poison him. In addition, the film ends with the doctor being electrocuted by mental patients he had tortured with electric shocks.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to the Addams Family being benevolent despite their bizarre and macabre ways, the members of the Adams family look normal but are all Jerkasses.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a psychiatrist.

Television characters

     The Normanmeyers
Left to right: Normina, N.J, Norman.
  • Alliterative Family: All of their first names begin with "N".
  • Alliterative Name: Norman Normanmeyer and Normina Normanmeyer.
  • Friendly Enemy: N.J. likes the Addamses despite their weirdness and his parent's attitude towards them.
  • Happily Married: Despite what douchebags they can be, Norman and Normina are also quite devoted to one another almost as much as Gomez and Morticia.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Norman and Normina are constantly thinking of extravagant, horrible ways to try and get rid of the Addams Family for good when they aren't exclaiming how much they loathe and detest the Addamses for being monstrous freaks. At no point do they ever understand this behavior is the reason why the Addams Family love them so much, thus making every effort to get rid of them doomed to failure.
  • Housewife: Normina appears to be your typical 50's homemaker.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Norman Normanmeyer and his wife Normina both despise the Addamses for being weird when they themselves have a very unhealthy obsession with underwear. Their obsessive hatred for the Addamses also verges on borderline sadistic at times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They may have a rather prejudice attitude towards the Addamses, but always reluctantly thank them for their good deeds and they actually care about their son despite him being friends with Wednesday and Pugsley.
  • Kid Has a Point: N.J. recognizes that the Addams are generally decent people that just tend to see things differently. His parents are way too paranoid about the whole thing.
  • Knight Templar: They WILL preserve normalcy!
  • Not So Different: Norman and Normina fail to recognize that they have a lot more in common with the Addamses than they'd like to admit.
    • As the Addams Family are devoted to their strange and bizarre lifestyle, the Normanmeyers are dedicated to the exact opposite end of the spectrum by upholding a very strange idea of "Normalcy" with the same energy as the Addamses.
    • Norman and Normina love each other as much as Gomez and Morticia even if they don't ravish each other as frequently as the Addams husband and wife do.
    • While Norman and Normina don't see eye to eye with their son NJ, they clearly love NJ and NJ loves them almost as much as Gomez and Morticia love Wednesday and Pugsley. It's no wonder the Addams Family believe the Normanmeyers are their friends. They have so much in common!
  • Obsessively Normal: The reason why Norman and Normina hate the Addamses is because they are "weirdoes".
  • Only Sane Man: N.J. is the only member of his family who understands the Addams Family are harmless, and repeatedly points out the ridiculous ways his parents want to get rid of them will only make the Addamses like them more.
  • Sanity Ball: Norman and Normina take turns holding this whenever the other is getting too excited trying to get rid of the Addams.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Well, they're not exactly villains, but they oppose the Addamses and everything they stand for in the 90s cartoon and are the most frequently recurring semi-antagonists.
  • Token Good Teammate: Norman and his wife Normina both despise the Addamses, but not their son N.J., who is even friends with Wednesday and Pugsley.
  • Unknown Rival: To the Addams, who never seem to catch on that they aren't their good friends.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While they are rather hostile to the Addamses, it is often only to keep their lifestyle from being a danger to others. That said, there are plenty of episodes where they go out of their way to try and humiliate and harass the Addams not because they pose a threat, but for the joy of making them miserable.

     Ophelia Frump
Played by: Carolyn Jones
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: While her eating habits are a bit closer to "normal" than her sister's and she likes daisies, she's still a bit of a goof.
  • The Eeyore: Sometimes, especially when she's been dumped.
  • Flowers In Her Hair: She has daisies growing on her head.
  • Genki Girl: She is very active.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: She likes to Judo-flip men, although she doesn't seem to have evil intentions.
  • The Klutz: She has moments of this in "Morticia's Romance". She breaks dishes, knocks Gomez into a bush and breaks a violin by sawing through it with the bow.
  • Light Is Not Good: She may be blonde and wearing white but she's also a bit violent and likes to throw men over her shoulder.
  • Mood-Swinger: At times she's very perky and upbeat and at other times she's kind of miserable.
  • No Social Skills: Has even less social skills than the rest of the family.
  • The Ophelia: It's in her name.
  • The Pollyanna: Zigzagged. She shifts between being cheerful and perky and being The Eeyore.
  • Running Gag: Two running gags about her are her Judo-flipping men (causing her to get dumped) and people pulling daisies out of her head.
  • Woman in White: She dresses entirely in white.

     Granny Hester Frump
  • Birthday Episode: She had hers in "Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump"
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Shares the same dark hair as Morticia and a similar personality.
  • Genki Girl: Zigzagged. "Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump" proves that she has a lot of energy. However, as this behaviour is considered unusual, she doesn't normally use said energy.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Is annoying to Gomez sometimes.

     Kitty Cat
Who's a nice lion then?
  • Does Not Like Spam: Morticia says the reason why he doesn't eat people is because he hates the taste.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite being a lion, he is actually quite friendly and doesn't eat people.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite being a lion, he is often just as scared of the visitors as they are of him.
  • Sick Episode: Subverted in "Cat Addams". He was thought to be sick because he didn't eat but it turns out that Pugsley had already fed him.
  • Team Pet: He is the pet of the Addamses.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Is a lion pet of the Addamses.

The children's pet spider.

     Ali and Snappy 
The family's two alligators, who Grandmama wrestles with. They weren't named in the live-action series, but got names in the cartoon.

Pugsley's octopus.

     Isolde and Tristan 
The family's piranhas.

The family's other octopus, who only appeared in the cartoon.

     Mr. B and Zelda 
Morticia's two vultures. Mr. B only featured in the cartoon.

     Dr. Mbogo 
A witch doctor, who was mentioned, but never seen.
  • The Ghost: He remains unseen throughout the series.
  • The Medic: Apparently he has knowledge of medicine, although he is never seen.

Musical Characters

     Lucas Beineke 
Wednesday's fiancé
Played by: Wesley Taylor (Broadway musical).

     Mal Beineke 
Lucas Beineke's father
Played by: Terrence Mann (Broadway musical).

     Alice Beineke 
Lucas Beineke's mother
Played by: Carolee Carmello and Heidi Blickenstaff (Broadway musical).


     Other Extended Family 
Other, more distant members of the Addams clan. Seen in Charles Addams's art, party scenes in the movies, and occasionally referenced in episodes of the TV show.
  • Ambiguously Human: Even more so than the main family.
  • Arrow Catch: In the musical, the ghosts catch the blindfolded Wednesday's arrow and guide it to the apple on Lucas's head.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: Fester locks them out of their crypt in the musical until they help him keep Wednesday and Lucas together.
  • The Dead Can Dance: The ghosts in the musical.
  • Goth: Most of them dress like this.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Many of them have multiple arms. As for dangerous... well, they are Addamses.
  • Multiple Head Case: Quite a few of them have two (or more) heads.
  • Noodle Incident: When a distant relative is brought up, these are sometimes mentioned as well.
  • Shipper on Deck: Fester makes them help him with this in the musical.
  • Unfinished Business: In the musical, Fester locks their crypt, keeping them on Earth until they help him keep Wednesday and Lucas together.


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