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    The Brady Parents 

Tropes applying to both:

  • Good Parents
  • Happily Married: It's implied as strongly as is possible for a family show that Mike and Carol have an active sex life, with most episodes featuring scenes of the two together in their double bed.

Michael Albert/Paul Brady

Played by: Robert Reed

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mike serves as one not only for his wife and children, but also to pretty much anyone he encounters, including total strangers.
  • Standard '50s Father: Perhaps the last straight example on American television (most that would follow were either parodies or satirical, or were conscious rejections of the Bumbling Dad), Mike was authoritative and intelligent and always imparted lessons to his children without ever needing to learn very much himself. Only his groovy outfits and hairstyles belied this image.

Carol Ann Brady (nee Tyler)

Played by: Florence Henderson

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is a good-natured and doting mother and wife, but she makes it clear that her children shouldn't mess around and even issued a Death Glare to Alice when she attempted to cover for the boys in one episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
    Carol: (reading Little Red Riding Hood to Cindy and anxious about Beebee Gallini) ...a big pink wolf.
    Cindy: I never saw a pink wolf.
    Carol: Let's hope you never do.
  • The Fashionista: Of the suburban housewife in Southern California sort, she is one of the first TV housewives to be seen in miniskirts, a-lines, and slacks.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: She starts out as a single mom of three young girls in a very nice two-story Victorian style home in the suburbs of Los Angeles and has no occupation mentioned, it's lampshaded in that she thanks her parents for supporting her financially all those years.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is young-looking, pretty and sweet.
  • Housewife: She stays at home and does some chores but she is also active in many community activities and works and unlike the usual image, she isn't often seen in a housedress and apron.

    The Brady Boys 

Tropes applying to all the boys:

  • Missing Mom: Even mentioned in the pilot when Bobby is afraid Carol will be sad to see his birth mother's picture still sitting out.
  • Nice Guy: Sure, they could be rough around the edges and prone to mean tricks and smart-aleck remarks, but they were all good guys. Especially Peter.

Greg Brady

Played by: Barry Williams

  • Big Brother Instinct: To all his siblings, especially his younger brothers and Marcia.
  • Big Man on Campus: Popular student, friendly to all, offers to help Marcia acclimate socially when she starts high school as a freshman.
  • The Casanova: He always ends up dating or wooing the Girl of the Week.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In "The Undergraduate" he has a crush on his very sweet and beautiful red-haired teacher.
  • Hot for Teacher: In the season 1 episode "The Undergraduate"
  • Lovable Jock: Good-natured and friendly in personality, very athletic and purposely tries different athletic activities to stay in shape.
  • Team Dad: When it was just the kids in a situation.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Seems to have a fondness for sandwiches.

Peter Brady

Played by: Christopher Knight

  • Butt-Monkey: To a point. Despite his good nature, he was usually the first of the siblings to get into trouble, and in every episode where he got a job, he always ended up getting fired (he even got fired by Marcia once!). And in the specials, he was often shown as struggling and unhappy as an adult, whether as an army corporal, or as a businessman. As Barry Williams once commented in his book on making the series, "Peter was probably the closest [the Bradys] came to a black sheep."
  • Catchphrase: "Pork chops and applesauce!"
  • Hot-Blooded: He is a good-natured guy but if he gets angry, he is quick to insult by name-calling.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "The Personality Kid".
  • Middle Child Syndrome: In "Cyrano de Brady".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In "The Liberation of Marcia Brady" when his brothers talked him into being a Sunflower Girl. He was less than pleased.

Bobby Brady

Played by: Mike Lookinland

  • The Celebrity Lie: Claimed he was close friends with Joe Namath.
  • Cheerful Child: He's neck and neck with Cindy; Mike even notes that like his older brothers, Bobby can go from morose to grinning from ear to ear in an hour.
  • First Kiss: The show's only episode on this subject was focused on him.
  • Height Angst: Bobby had this in one episode, hating that he was little. But in the end, he and one of his brothers got locked in Sam's meat locker while picking up meat for one of the boys' delivery job and only Bobby fit through the window to get out and get help.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation and I Just Want to Be Special: Not quite Jan level, but he still had enough of those moments. Probably that being the youngest boy and in shadow of both Greg and Peter, and the second-youngest overall, he was often seen questioning his self-worth.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: While not a middle boy, as the youngest boy (and second-youngest overall) he was actually more insecure than Peter, in four episodes thinking that Carol didn't love him; being rejected from glee club; not having a trophy when all his other siblings did; and the height issue.
  • Mr. Imagination: Bobby had a lot of daydream sequences in the series.
  • Sweet Tooth: Was majorly fond of ice cream and pastries.


    The Brady Girls 

Tropes applying to all the girls:

  • Hair Decorations: Marcia had low pigtails held by rubber bands, Cindy's braids and ringlets were held by ribbons (the last season had a bit of hair held back in a barette), while Jan (of the changing hairstyles) wore clips and barettes.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Even mentioned in the theme song. Young, beautiful and innocent.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's implied their mother was TV's first divorcee, but the network left it purposely ambiguous. At least one fan theory states he left Carol, then died.
  • Girl Next Door: Sweet, everyday suburban girls.
  • Magic Skirt: Some of the skirts the girls wore in the later years were pretty tiny.

Marcia Brady

Played by: Maureen McCormick

Jan Brady

Played by: Eve Plumb

  • Catchphrase: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Her made-up boyfriend George Glass.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: It seems a lot doesn't go right no matter how hard she'd tried, but in the episode Marcia Gets Creamed, she proves to be a very dependable employee that shows up Marcia.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Most of her spotlight episodes were this trope
  • Meganekko: She gets glasses at some point and ends up getting contact lenses towards the end of the series.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Practically the poster girl for this trope.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She is around the beautiful and popular Ace Marcia (even she cannot succeed academically without a teacher mentioning her older sister), two cute and younger kids (Bobby and Cindy), Big Man on Campus Greg, and clownish Peter.
  • Tomboy: While she did have a prominent girly side, she tended to dress more boyishly than her sisters every now and then, and had less of a problem picking up frogs and mice once she got past her initial "yuck" stage regarding them.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Marcia's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She cares a lot about being pretty (she fears she is not) and of all the girls, her appearance changed the most from the beginning to the end.

Cindy Brady

Played by: Susan Olsen

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Even in the Reunion Show A Very Brady Christmas Cindy, who is now 19, resents the fact that since she's the youngest they rest of her family all treat her like a baby. At Christmas she's still seated at the "kids table" along with the offspring of her siblings while those same siblings (including Bobby who is only a year or so older than her) are all seated at the adults table.
  • Cheerful Child: Very often very cheery in her appearances.
  • Companion Cube: Kitty Karry-All in season 1
  • The Cutie: Very naive, sweet, and innocent with pigtails.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She definitely gave off this vibe in the first few seasons, especially when she wanted to get her way.
  • Dumb Blonde: Like most small children in the show, she often says really dumb things that are supposed to sound "cute", and stands out more for her blonde hair. One episode even had Carol remind her that peanut butter and jelly is her favorite sandwich.
  • Girlish Pigtails: They were even the focus of the theme song and she didn't loosen her hair until the last season or so.
  • Panty Shot: Had a few innocent ones in season 1.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Inverted in A Very Brady Christmas where she is about 19 (in 1988) whereas following the timeline of the original show, she would really be pushing 30.
  • Static Character: Something that annoyed Susan Olsen was the fact that, by the time Cindy had begun to mature, Marcia and Jan had already exhausted most of the typical "teen drama" stories, meaning all Cindy could be was “the youngest one in curls.” Meaning Cindy had to be the wide-eyed, naïve little girl, even as she became a teenager. At one point, Cindy ruins a poster by spelling words wrong (including her sister's name!) and even writing her letters backwards. Olsen herself pointed out that Cindy was much too old for that to be funny by then.
  • Sweet Tooth: Like Bobby, she had a thing for ice cream and other desserts.


Alice Nelson

Played by: Ann B. Davis

  • Brainy Brunette: Her hair is brown (especially in the earlier seasons) and she is noted to be a very intelligent woman with a sharp wit to match. She quickly figured out the key difference in sports jackets worn by Greg and a friend of his given that she stitched Greg's jacket up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She serves this up, albeit lovingly, with the family. She snarked about how Jan's grades in math are far behind her money knowledge in The Treasure of Sierra Avenue.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: A smiling, kind, doting member of the family.
  • Self-Deprecation: Played for laughs with the character herself.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When she gets out of her uniform and wears nicer clothes, she often gives this reaction, especially in Alice's September Song where she wears a curve-hugging green silk dress and red lipstick leading to the boys remarking how knock-out she looked.
  • Team Mom: When Carol wasn't there. It was also suggested she looked after the boys while Mike was at work before he married Carol; she'd later serve as a maternal figure to the girls.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her blue uniform serves as a marker of her traditionally feminine role and personality.

Sam Franklin

Played by: Allan Melvin

  • The Butcher: Sam is a notable aversion of the trope's usual sinister connotations.
  • Love Interest: To Alice
  • Nice Guy: Always a good friend to the family.
  • Recurring Character: He actually appeared in only eight of the show's 117 episodes, although he's talked about in numerous others.

Oliver Tyler

Played by: Robbie Rist




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