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    George Edward Lopez
Played by: George Lopez
The main protagonist of the sitcom. An everyday lower middle-class father who works as a manager for an airplane parts factory who tries to give his two children a better childhood than the one that he had.

  • Abusive Parents: Part of his backstory was how horrible Benny was to him. His dad wasn't much better.
  • Berserk Button: Don’t threaten or joke about Carmen’s virginity when he’s around, or else.
  • Birthday Hater: In the episode "Happy Birthdays" it was established that George didn't really care for birthdays since Benny never went out of her way to make his special. He gets over it by the end of the episode though.
  • Blatant Lies: He tries to be as good of liar as Benny, but most of his lies end up as these.
  • Book Dumb: Thanks in no small part to his dyslexia.
  • Butt-Monkey: At the hands of Benny and the Powers brothers.
  • Catchphrase: WAH-PA!, I GOT THIS!!, and I can't never do NUTH-EEN! are some memorable ones.
  • Competition Freak: In later seasons with Angie.
  • The Cynic: Especially when compared to Angie.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Benny once mentioned a time he went to "study" the Sears catalog and sometimes he resorts to this when Angie leaves on business trips.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his defining characteristics. By the end of the series, it's pretty much his only one.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father, Manny abandoned his mother, and by extension George as well, when George was two.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: After he got a haircut to look respectable for the president (George W. Bush), his still-long mane caused him to be confused for a large Mexican woman from the back.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His long, poofy black hair in the early seasons. He was also nicer and less sarcastic.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride and his dignity have not always worked in his advantage. He refuses to accept help from others and thinks he can take care of things his way. This sometimes makes him seem immature on occasions and sometimes self-motivated.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: George is a competent and committed family man that worked hard for what he has. His half-brother, George, is irresponsible and can't hold down a job. Inverted when it comes to Linda, who is the Responsible to George's foolish.
  • Forgetful Jones: Played for Laughs. Dates like birthdays and anniversaries just can't seem to stick in his mind.
  • First Girl Wins: Sort of. Angie is the only girl George ever dated. Nineteen years and two kids together is a pretty good accomplishment.
  • Freudian Excuse: George frequently makes mistakes and it always goes back his childhood issues with his parents, namely how Benny "raised" him. Angie refers to her as the woman responsible for everything that's wrong with him, and it's pretty accurate.
  • Good Parents: He and Angie are not perfect but they are very normal parents. They work hard for their kids and constantly think of their best interests.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Does this quite often. His favorite being "¿Sabes qúe?".
  • He's Got Legs: Likes to flaunt his well toned calves whenever he can. Or as he calls it "chocolate thunder."
  • Guile Hero: Not to the extent of Sherlock Holmes or anything, but he's had to rely on his wits and street smarts on more than a couple of occasions, and he tends to resort to lying and or manipulation when a situation he'd rather not deal with arises.
  • Happily Married: They may have their issues here and there, but George and Angie do love each other.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ernie.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: While it's clear that he's had more than his share of traumatizing experiences, it's rare that the show won't try and spin it in a humorous light when it comes up.
  • Hypocrite: Not as bad as Benny, but he sometimes falls under this. For example, when Angie's mother dies and Ernie suggests that she has unresolved feelings, he mocks Ernie over it only to go with that approach shortly after. He also does the same to Angie when she suggests that Ernie's weight gain was a subconscious excuse to give women a reason to reject him. Additionally, he mocked Ernie for saying that the greatest moment in his life is getting Super Bowl tickets. In a future episode, Ernie helps George set up an HDTV in his bedroom. He proclaims it the greatest moment of his life, which possibly makes the time it was destroyed a form of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Important Haircut: George is forced to cut his hair by Jack Powers in "Dubya, Dad and Dating". By the next episode, his hair was shorter. He cut it even shorter in Season 4 and spiked it.
  • Informed Deformity: He's constantly called out for having a big head, even though it's perfectly normal sized for all intents and purposes. It could also refer to his ego though.
  • It's All My Fault: He feels it's his fault why Max has his bad genes, as Max had kidney issues like his father Manny.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be inconsiderate, dismissive, and is a hefty Deadpan Snarker, but he still cares deeply for his family and friends and will stand up for them. He really is just a normal, well-meaning, and loving father.
  • Lethal Chef: George unintentionally gave Max salmonella when he tried to make his own chicken fingers.
  • Malaproper: "Self-fulfilling prophylactic."
  • Misery Builds Character: An Aesop that appears in several episodes that deal with George's childhood. Yeah he grew up poor, abused, neglected, suffered from learning disabilities and was left with a lot of issues. However, George gained a lot of lessons from it which he applies throughout the series. It gave him the nerve to ask Angie out, he has proven more responsible than many of the other adults, and he's a lot better off than Ernie or his half-brother, who had good parents.
    George: [to Benny] I'm anything but a wuss. If you weren't so tough on me, I'd be the type of person who just sat back and let somebody destroy my clubs. Instead, I'm the type of person who breaks into their car and takes this. [pulls Benny's steering wheel out of a bag, smiling the entire time]
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In one episode, Max keeps wetting the bed. George thinks it's just an emotional issue and doesn't take it too seriously, only to learn it's a medical condition and Max needs surgery immediately. George is horrified that he treated the situation so casually.
  • No Sympathy: Usually with Carmen's teenage drama. She once asked George to get rid of Max, so it'd be just the three of them "like the good old days". He unsympathetically corrected her that in the good old days, it was only two of them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: George is extremely close to Max, even to the point of Parental Favoritism between the latter and Carmen. As such, in the episode where Max was possibly going to repeat a grade, George tried desperately to get his son to take it seriously. However, when Max makes a nasty remark about his father's seemingly "loser" like job, George goes quiet with disappointed shock. And then, he bluntly states Max can do what he wants with his life and he doesn't care. Even Benny comments how serious George's statement was.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: Was in charge of one of these for his niece Veronica.
  • Papa Wolf: Is extremely protective of the women in his family, probably more so that Angie is with her kids. Towards Carmen, at least when pressed far enough. Was also this to Veronica, to the point that when a stalker ex-boyfriend broke into the house to see her George had actually punched the guy in the face and had an entire offscreen fight with him before the cops showed up.
  • Parental Favoritism: The episode "I Only Have Eyes For You" deals with his unfair treatment of Carmen. He gets better.
  • Pride: This is basically his Fatal Flaw. He's struggled with this from time to time. But more so in the sense that he'd rather not accept or admit to needing help rather than the high and mighty arrogance typically associated with this trope.
  • Protagonist Title: His first and last name are the title of the show.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The more prideful, immature, and strict father figure manly man to his best friend Ernie's more considerate, sweetheart, sensitive guy.
  • The Snark Knight: Somewhere around the latter half of the series Sarcasm Mode became his default mode.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In later seasons, absolutely nobody is safe from his constant snarking and insults.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He isn't ugly per se, but Angie is definitely out of his league and it's lampshaded quite often.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Oh my god...

    Angie Palmero-Lopez
"Having you stay out all night at parties is no different than having you run away."
Played by: Constance Marie
George's wife. A wedding planner.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Was a Cheerleader that initially went out with George as a joke (and then fell for him) and she won a lot of academic awards and certificates in school.
  • A-Cup Angst: Her 34B bust size is a very sore spot for her.
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't like it when people she helps out stabs her in the back, as shown with Marisol.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After Carmen comes back home after running away with Zack Powers, and she repeatedly tries to have her own way, she backs off after Angie gives her an ultimatum: either be their little girl or back out on the street.
  • Big Eater: A few episodes show that she can really pack away the food despite her svelte figure. One episode had her eat an entire cake on the pretense of keeping Ernie from eating it (and still wanting ice cream afterwards); another episode had her binging on boxes of donut holes for the first time in years. The latter incident, in which she let herself go for a short period of time, was enough that George was already showing mild concern that she wasn't caring about her appearance.
  • Competition Freak: In later seasons with George.
  • Daddy's Girl: She seems to be quite close to her father. She stood up for her father after her mother cheated on him.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her sensitivity. As hard as she tries to a thoughtful, loving person, her sensitivity is a flaw amongst a lot of women. This can make her appear stubborn or unapologetic on occasions.
    • Another fatal flaw of hers would be her constantly need to feel attractive. When she notices that her younger niece is getting all the attention and not her anymore she does anything she does to feel more attractive than shes ever been before (even dressing up in a revealing, sexy nurse outfit)
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Much more down-to-earth, competent, and less criminal than her siblings (one of whom is a con man).
  • Hypocrite: She learns George did not paint the mural that caused her to fall in love with him and that they only got together because of a lie. Then George learns that she originally only went out with him as part of cheerleader game to see who could find the biggest loser, meaning she lied first. Veers into Hypocritical Humor when they acknowledge their relationship is based on lies and George says they should be proud of those lies for creating a loving family.
  • Insufferable Genius: She zigzags between this and Know-Nothing Know-It-All. Though its implied that she's usually right unless she lets her idealism get the better of her.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Go ahead. Watch a few episodes and see if there are any that her and George don’t have an argument in.
  • Mama Bear: Really protective of her family. Almost choked her brother while doing his tie just because he was going to scam his daughter.
  • Nice Girl: Angie is incredibly friendly and selfless. She is a loving mother/wife and is always willing to go out of her way to help others. Despite that she can still be jealous and have other typical women flaws.
  • Not So Above It All: Normally mature and sensible Angie isn't above being Deadpan Snarker or going with George's antics on occasion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Angie is normally the Reasonable Authority Figure of the house in contrast to George's cynicism so any time she loses it tends to be memorable and lets the targeted party know that "yeah you are messed over."
  • Proud Beauty: There's an episode towards the end of the series where she freaks out about losing her looks and admits she's always been vain and proud of her good looks.
  • Skunk Stripe: Her roots turn white as a result of her not dying her hair in "George Uses His Vato Power to Save Dinero Que La" because she and George were in a competition to see who could spend less money (as a result of overspending).
  • Spoiled Sweet: Discussed. Vic laments that after growing up with nothing, he gave his children everything and it destroyed it his son; and he outright says that it was a miracle she didn't end up a Spoiled Brat instead.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Yes, even Angie of all people has shown moments occasionally. She is quite sensitive about her own mistakes. She often gets jealous. She can even be self-centered every once of a while and wants George to fix problems for her until she is satisfied. These flaws don't make her at all unlikable however.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Had some slight Alpha Bitch tendencies in the high school flashback to her and George's prom. But she, the daughter of wealthy doctors, has adjusted to blue collar life and is generally sweet to everyone even her obnoxious mother in law.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: George is not ugly but even he is surprised that a woman like Angie would end up with a guy like him. Angie is easily a bombshell. She's much more attractive than her husband.
  • Uptown Girl: Angie was born into a wealthy family and would later marry blue-collared George.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: To the point of annoyance.

    Benita "Benny" Diaz Lopez
"I need a smoke, and a beer!"
Played by: Belita Moreno
The snarky, alcoholic, and abusive mother of George.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Placed on full display when her house burns down. The cards she receives as a result of this have to be seen to be believed.
  • Abusive Parents: Her parents were abusive to her, and she was to George. Turns out her parents were even worse to her and she actually was better to her son.
  • The Alcoholic: Stated to be this and is occasionally shown drinking a beer on-screen.
  • Ambiguously Human: Used as a Running Gag at her expense. People question if she's even human due to her physique.
  • Animal Motif: Is often called a "bat" by George.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT call her a whore, even if she said she wasn't dating boys at 15 so much as having sex with them.
  • Broken Bird
  • Catchphrase: "Why you crying?!" is certainly thrown around enough to count. She also tends to shout "You know what" just before tearing into someone, physically or verbally. "Screw You!" is another one she's fond of.
  • Comedic Sociopathy / Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Most of her horrendous behavior was Played for Laughs.
  • Consummate Liar She's told countless lies to George over the years, but the ones that stood out the most was that his father had supposedly died when he was younger.
  • The Cynic: Though given her backstory, can you really blame her?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even worse than George.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Flirts with many men and sleeps around a lot. Not to mention her creepily hitting on Jason (who's a teenager) and in one episode is implied to think Guy-on-Guy Is Hot.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Was wearing age makeup in the first several episodes and spoke with a heavy Chicano accent in the pilot.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: She has a pretty hard time expressing things like gratitude or love.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her not being able to move on from her past. She holds a grudge since she grew up in a horrible, abusive family and was quickly abandoned by her then husband after he impregnated her.
  • Freudian Excuse: She has a hard time showing compassion due to her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Hates Being Touched: A recurring gag in the series is her refusal to hug people, but it's less funny when you realize that withholding affection screws up your children.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite the two constantly snarking at each other, a few episodes go out of their way to prove that she genuinely does care for George (and vice versa), and the rest of her family. This is most prominent when George was in a dire financial situation, and she went out of her way to contact Manny for the first time in years to get him some money.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Responsible for George's and is implied to have been treated even worse by her own parents.
  • Hypocrite: Benny will gleefully insult everyone around her but Lord forbid anyone insult her back. One example of such hypocrisy that she admitted to being in a pool about George finishing high school, which she ended up losing a fortune on. She is shocked and angered over her co-workers and boss betting in.
  • It Amused Me: Her Manipulative Bitch tendencies (among other behaviors) typically stem from this.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks of George as an infant show she was quite attractive in her younger days.
  • Jerkass: Cynical, abusive, and utterly insensitive. She fits this trope like a T.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Benny bluntly states how George favors Max over Carmen, something that both the latter and Angie noticed as well.
    • While Benny may have been in the wrong for slapping Max but in her defense, the boy was being a disrespectful brat.
    • One episode has Benny losing a work contest that has a trip to Reno as a prize and she accuses George of rigging the results. She's proven right when George comes up with increasingly lackluster reasons for why she lost before admitting that he cost her the trip as payback for her bad parenting. Even Angie took Benny side, seeing that she legitimately earned the trip and calls out George for letting his personal feelings dictate his decision, something both shocked George and Benny.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She actually does love George deep down. As awful as she made his childhood, it turns out hers was even worse. When she originally gave up Linda and George at first, it turns out she wanted both of them to have a happy life with a loving family who told them to hug and love them every day as if they really were their own.
  • Mama Bear: More to her grandchildren than her actual son, though a noteworthy case would be the "Carmen runs away" arc; she calls out the police for not doing enough to search for Carmen and later beats up Zack Powers (who convinced Carmen to run away in the first place).
  • Manipulative Bitch: Successfully pulls off an impressive amount of Batman Gambits throughout the series.
  • Morality Pet: Her boyfriend Randy in later episodes. After he disappears later on, he's replaced by an old flame of hers, Wayne.
  • No Sympathy: She may ask "Why you crying?", but that certainly doesn't mean she gives a damn.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After her mother throws a particularly nasty "The Reason You Suck" Speech at her, the normally belligerent to the end Benny just sort of...shuts down and doesn't even try to argue with her any further. This is what convinces George to defend her in court.
  • Parents as People: She was a lousy mom to George, but she was abandoned by her husband and by her parents, who were downright heartless toward her.
  • Really Gets Around: She doesn't have an official boyfriend until late in the series, and even that doesn't last.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Some episodes imply that Benny hasn't been fired from her job because of George covering for her.
  • So Proud of You: In the first episode, Benny straight up says this to George for having the guts to fire her, his own mother. She even states she barely ever says this to him, if at all.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She became pregnant with George when she was 17.
  • Troubled Abuser: She was abused by her parents and ended up doing the same to George (though it's implied that Benny's parents were far worse than Benny herself was to George.)
  • Tsundere: A heavy type A. She DOES love her family, but you could probably count the amount of times she comes around to admitting it on a single hand.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: On most occasions.
  • Villain Protagonist: At her worst.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Slaps Max for talking down to her, and its heavily implied that she's done much worse to George. She also hit Zack Powers with a wrench offscreen, though he deserved it. However, with Max, she does apologize to him (by giving him $20) and explaining that it was how she was taught to discipline.

    Carmen Consuelo Lopez
"The mannequin represents my spirit trying to get out of a spiritual prison."
Played by: Masiela Lusha
George and Angie's melodramatic daughter.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Wasn't initially, but eventually degenerated into this.
  • Buxom Is Better: Masiela Lusha's breasts grew larger between the first and second seasons and a plot point for one of the episodes was George freaking out over the fact that his little girl is growing up and starting to attract attention from the boys.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: When she tries to be poetic.
  • Daddy's Girl: Subverted. George, like many fathers, is extremely protective of his "little girl". There are times where they really can't stand each other, but when push comes to shove they really do love each other. When they have a sweet moment, it is really genuine.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Her middle name was taken from Angie's dead grandmother.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The quote under her image: "The mannequin represents my spirit trying to get out of a spiritual prison."
  • Drama Queen: There are no such thing as small problems when it comes to Carmen. One reason why George has a hard time dealing with her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When Piper takes to posting mean comments online about one of her friends, she objects to it and winds up ending their friendship.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her needy boy crazy insecurity, womanly sensitivity, vulnerability, and lack of self esteem. This flaw is usually quite typical for a lot of teenage girls so she goes through a lot of situations they go through.
  • Flanderization / Took a Level in Jerkass: She became a lot more rebellious, self-centered, and angst-ridden as the seasons progressed.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She falls for Zack Powers' whole Broken Bird act when it's obvious to everyone but her that Zack's a complete lowlife who only wants her for sex. Aside from that, all of her onscreen relationships end in failure because she just can't understand how relationships work.
  • It's All About Me: Doesn't seem to care about anyone else's problems.
  • Jerkass: Crosses this line towards her father and brother often.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Selfishness and Angst aside, she really isn't that unpleasant a person.
  • Put on a Bus: Before the last season, she went to college and is never seen again due to a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as Masiella Lusha wanted to go to college.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Carmen went off to college for the final season as her actress Masiella Lusha wanted to leave the show to go college.
  • Slut-Shaming: A boy she broke up with told people they had sex, leading to her being bullied relentlessly for "being a whore." It got so bad, she had to leave public school.

    Maximilian Victor Roberto Magic Johnson "Max" Lopez
"I wasn't ready for my math test. I wasn't getting the problems, Dad tried to help me but, I don't have that kind of time."
Played by: Luis Armand Garcia
George and Angie's dyslexic son.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Like father like son, you could say. He was seen with some of Angie's magazine and used a totally unconvincing lie, saying it was for a social studies project about how women are objectified in today's culture. After he puts them down see slyly tells them "I'll see you later."
  • Bully Magnet: This is invoked by George and Carmen in one episode when they try to deal with Max constantly being beat up at school. George believes it's because of Angie teaching him that "bullies are friends who don't know how special you are", which George justifiably believes is guaranteed to get one's ass kicked if spoken out loud. Carmen is convinced it's because Angie still buys him nerdy clothes instead of cool clothes.
  • Cheerful Child: Before he hit puberty that is.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: He takes George's comments about his stupidity to heart.
  • Dirty Kid: Tries to peep at one of Carmen's friends through a hole he'd drilled into the wall. Rather than punish Max, George lets him off and punishes Carmen for spraying him in the eye with perfume
  • Disposable Love Interest: He receives a girlfriend named Kristi in one episode, but then she's never mentioned again.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: An Informed Attribute, when his hair was long, it became a Running Gag for strangers to mistake him for a girl and for cross-dressing jokes to made at his expense.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Played up in later seasons.
  • Flanderization/Took a Level in Dumbass: His IQ seemed to go down as the seasons passed and many characters attributed that to his dyslexia. This is despite the fact that the episode in which he was diagnosed explicitly stated that dyslexia "has nothing to do with intelligence". It may very well be justified though as he had a habit of running into the screen door, plus he was known to hang out with guys like the older skateboarders.
  • Kissing Cousins: Is hopelessly attracted to Veronica, who is his first cousin. Thankfully, they don't actually do anything physical and Veronica does not return his affection.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": His dyslexia was portrayed fairly accurately early on. In later seasons, however, this is zigzagged. The accuracy is thrown out the window in favor of jokes implying that "dyslexia" is synonymous with "stupid." The accuracy returns when the dyslexia is treated as Serious Business.
  • Misery Builds Character: Subverted in "George Thinks Max's Future is on the Line" when he starts working at the factory. George wants him to learn how hard it is to make $1,000 to pay back some credit card debt. However, while Max hated the idea going in and acknowledges it isn't easy earning money, he actually enjoys working at the factory—proving more productive than the other employees and wanting to quit school to work there full-time.
  • Nice Guy: Max started off the series as a really sweet and innocent kid. As he got older, he went through typical teenage boy things but he remained a well-meaning guy.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name is "Maximilian Victor Roberto Magic Johnson Lopez" because George and Angie couldn't decide what to name him.
  • Parental Favoritism: George clearly favors Max over Carmen, even though the two become snarky towards one another in the last season.
    • George doesn't actually love Max more, he just finds him easier to deal with as he isn't as dramatic as Carmen.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He inherits his father's sarcastic streak in the later seasons.
    • Also in "Why You Crying?" He gets more obnoxious to his teacher, his parents, and Benny (the last of which gets him slapped in the face). He explains he's been carrying on like this is because he's at risk of being held back in school and is struggling with the pressure to do better.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Max was an adorable and sweet little kid in the earlier seasons. He Took a Level in Jerkass and became a very mouthy, cocky kid who did give a crap about school. He got better afterwards as he became a teenager. At his worst, he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.

    Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas
"Alright, who here has a hot single mom?"
Played by: Valente Rodriguez
George's best friend since the second grade.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Is this towards Angie from time to time. George even had to threaten Ernie with a restraining order at one point. Angie mentions that it was a really uncomfortable summer.
  • Adorkable: It isn't hard to see him as this.
  • Basement-Dweller: Lived with his parents until finally moving into his own apartment in the final season. It’s shown it’s partly out of guilt and a desire to help take care of his mother, who is so morbidly obese that she can’t take care of herself. While Ernie is doing good by helping his mother, George points out her condition is not his responsibility and that nurses should be called in to help deal with such a severe situation.
  • Big Eater: Most prominently in "Ernie sees the Cellu-Light".
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone makes jokes at his expense, even Angie and Max.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Typically when associating with women.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: He’s horrible at talking to women, and it only gets worse as the series goes on and he keeps failing and losing more and more of his confidence.
  • Catchphrase: "Gol-ly!"
    • "Accident Amy! Breaking bones, and breaking hearts."
  • Classical Anti-Hero
  • Dogged Nice Guy: The reason why he can't get a woman.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With George.
  • Hopeless Suitor: In the final season, when he's turned down by a woman for the millionth time, he decides to outright give up on women for good.
  • Informed Deformity: His big ears are the subject of many jokes about him, even though their perfectly normal sized for all intents and purposes.
  • The Lancer: Usually to George in all their misadventures, though Benny is a more pragmatic example of this trope (as shown when she immediately removes Carmen from protesting George Bush.)
  • Nice Guy: Ernie may be a loser with women but he is a real sweetheart and a loyal friend. He was even willing to adopt Ricky just to give him a home. He has always had problems with money but is more than happy to give George's family $3000 to help rebuilt their garage after it burned down.
  • No Social Skills: Especially when it comes to women.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The real George Lopez said Ernie is named after and based on his real childhood best friend.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: By the episode "Ernie Sees The Cellu-Light", Ernie has packed on enough weight to comfortably wear jeans that his morbidly obese mother wore at one point. Angie realizes that when he moved out of his parents' house and still found no luck with women, he intentionally overate so that women wouldn't find him attractive from the get-go and he'd have an excuse to keep eating. When his weight causes an incident at work, the Powers Bros. order him to lose weight or lose his job. George has to show him that he's on his way to his mother's size to scare him straight. George being George, however, mishears it as a “self-fulfilling prophylactic.”
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sweet sensitive guy to George's more prideful manly man. With that said, Ernie still has George's interests in sports, cars, manly man things rather than typical sensitive guy things.
  • Straw Loser: He's an overweight Basement-Dweller who can't get a woman to save his life.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Is completely oblivious to Tammy using him for his money, and even decides to give her full access to his bank account.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and George have been best friends since they were kids, but that doesn't stop George from insulting him or playing pranks, often causing him pain.

    Victor Garcia Lantigua "Vic" Palmero
"I would rather listen to Black Sabbath than have a myocardial infarction."
Played by: Emiliano Díez
The father of Angie. A cardiologist.

  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a recurring character in Season 2, he eventually becomes a main cast member and even moves into the Lopez family home for a time.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Does not like to be used. He and George got into a Real Life version of a Flame War over $50 that the latter won in a poker game. He later revealed that he was lashing out because of Emelina, his wife who had cheated on him, left him and took most of his stuff.
    • Don't mention Fidel Castro around him, especially if it's favorable. He implied that he'd be willing to punch Max in the face over it.
  • Broken Record: You could probably count on one hand the number of episodes he didn't mention Castro and/or his escape from Cuba in.
  • Catchphrase: "Oye Chico!"
  • Cool Old Guy: Arguably the most well-adjusted adult on the show despite being the oldest. But he is not without quirks.
  • Cuckold: His wife Emelina cheats on him and then divorces him. This happens again with his 27-year-old fiancé, who was just marrying him for his money. He nearly returns to Emelina after this but she dies before they can get back together.
  • Dirty Old Man: He gets engaged to a 27-year-old Gold Digger after only a few dates. He has also kissed Benny, flirted with Laila Ali despite being a married woman (he did not know this since she wasn't wearing a ring) and dated George's sister, Linda. His reaction to Benny getting false breast implants seals the deal.
    Vic: I am looking at them as a doctor.
    Benny: (slyly) And what is the good doctor's opinion?
    Vic: Oh they're YUMMY!
    Angie: (horrified) DADDY!
    Vic: I'm older now, and I know what I like. And I like!
  • Fatal Flaw: His Pride and strive for manliness rivals George.
  • Foil: To Manny. Both are successful in their chosen professions and have complicated relationships with George, but Vic is a dependable dad to his children and has always been around to help during a crisis, whereas Manny left when things got tough and stayed gone. It's for this reason George takes money from Vic instead of Manny to pay for what happened to the garage.
  • Funny Foreigner: The only character who was not born in America, and many jokes about his accent and culture are made.
  • Gag Haircut: Dyes his hair and mustache black while dating Linda. George compares this look to "Super Mario", since he was also wearing a red shirt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't get along with George at times and can be very critical of others but he clearly loves his family and supports them.
  • Like a Son to Me: Despite a rocky start, George becomes this to him in later seasons, especially since his own son, Ray, grew up to become a con artist. It comes to a point where George actually calls Vic "dad".
  • My Greatest Failure: Since he grew up poor, he made a point of spoiling his children. While Angie turned out fine, his other children turned out horribly (especially Ray). He tells George this when imploring him to not give up on Veronica.
  • Noodle Incident: He apparently opened a Cuban restaurant at one point and it failed miserably.
  • Rags to Riches: Escaped poverty and became a wealthy cardiologist in America.
  • Running Gag:
    • In his debut episode, he had a habit of calling heart attacks by their technical name "myocardial infarction".
    • His heavy Cuban accent, which is made fun of by others quite often, especially George.
    • In "The Kidney Stays in the Picture" George keeps getting tired of his stories so he asks him to skip to the last line of the story, which are typically Brick Jokes, in addition to Noodle Incidents about having sex with girls in exchange for chickens.
    Vic: My father paid the girl with a chicken.

    (at the end of a different story) Well the chicken lived, but the girl had to wear an eye patch for the rest of her life.

    (and the end of yet another story)And it turns out it was the exact same chicken.
    * Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Benny.

    Veronica Palmero
"I'm rich! And I have chips".
Played by: Aimee Garcia
George's wealthy niece.

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Brainless Beauty: Got through school by using her looks and teasing. Doesn't work out as well when she becomes an adult as she is expected to do more than tease.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Briefly when she gets stoned in her debut episode.
  • Cousin Oliver: Was brought in to replace the departing Carmen. Subverted in that she debuted several episodes before Carmen left the series.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ray had been out of the picture for sometime.
  • Dude Magnet: One of her defining characteristics. With an instance or two of Even the Girls Want Her tossed in for good measure.
  • Entitled Bitch: Probably a reason why her mother didn't want to give her millions of dollars right away.
  • Femme Fatale: Is not above using her looks to get attention from men. And women if they swing that way.
  • Freudian Excuse: Growing up in the lap of luxury and having a con artist for a father could only end with her being spoiled.
  • Hidden Depths: She is very adept at poker.
  • Manipulative Bitch: And HOW! Thankfully, it very often blows up in her face.
  • Missing Mom: Her mom dies in her debut episode, setting off her story arc.
  • Out-Gambitted: When Veronica tries to get her inheritance by manipulating his boss using her usual tricks, George rightfully points out that since she is an adult now, her teasing will mean she will have to have sex with his boss to keep it up. This causes her to stop and be more responsible.
  • Rich Bitch: Comes from a wealthy family and inherited money from her deceased mother, though George is the actual trustee and refuses to give it to her until he thinks she can handle it.
  • Spoiled Brat: More so than Carmen.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Once she permanently takes over for Carmen, she is much more respectful and mature. Especially after George demonstrated that he could beat her at her own game.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Her response to George providing her with a job at Powers Brother's Aviation was to manipulate his boss in an attempt to receive her Passed-Over Inheritance early. Thankfully, she is Out-Gambitted.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Vic cites this trope as reason to not give up on her in her debut episode.

Recurring Characters

    Linda Lorenzo-Lopez 
Played by: Lisa Guerrero (first appearance); Eva LaRue (subsequent appearances)
George's younger sister whom Benny gave away to her neighbors.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Her adoptive parents were Italian and she definitely looked the part. Though she does mention that she's often "mistaken" for being Latina.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She only appeared in three episodes and was mentioned once in passing afterwards when George met Benny's mother. Though considering what happened in her final appearance, her departure was probably justified.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: A mother example. The reason she was given away is because Benny was unable to afford taking care of a second child after Manny left.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible to George's foolish. She's a college graduate and a superintendent of Max's school district.
  • Happily Adopted: She never knew she was adopted until George told her and she was crushed when the news broke. Though she eventually comes to accept her biological family (mostly George).
  • Long-Lost Relative: Didn't meet her mother or brother until she was in her thirties.
  • May–December Romance: She dates Vic in "George's Relatively Bad Idea", which was her final appearance in the series. She calls it off after discovering that he had previously kissed Benny.
  • Parental Favoritism: Despite only knowing each other for a short period, Benny clearly prefers her to George. She even said that she should have kept Linda and given George away because Linda is far more intelligent and successful. George points out to her that this is because her adoptive parents actually took care for her, rather than neglecting her like Benny did to him.
    Benny: I realize I made a huge mistake. I should have taken her. She's smart, successful, hell of a woman.
    George: Of course she turned out okay, she was raised by people.
  • Shared Family Quirks: She's dyslexic like George and Max.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's about the same height as George and is very attractive.

    Manny Lopez
"I'm sorry you never had a father, George. Please forgive me for not being there."
Played by: William Marquez
George's father. Left him when he was a young child and founded a construction company called Lopez Construction.

  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Tries to invoke this by claiming that he left because he could no longer get along with Benny and believed that both of them would be better off without him, when in reality, he was just fed up with Benny and left so he could start over.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Harshly averted. He leaves George with a memento in the form of a watch...but asks him and Benny to not attend his funeral in order to preserve his reputation to those he actually considered family and friends. Any improvement in the relationship he had with his son and ex-wife is immediately thrown out the window, and George and Benny likely will never forgive him.
  • Disappeared Dad: Obviously.
  • First-Name Basis: George always calls Manny by his first name, even when they start becoming more friendly with each other.
  • From Bad to Worse: Him walking out on George created or exemplified many problems that the Lopez family face. George had a miserable, abusive childhood, never did well in school due to dyslexia that went undiagnosed until adulthood. Benny began to exhibit self-destructive behavior as her alcoholism only became worse. Because Benny couldn't afford to raise two children, she was forced to give George's sister Linda up for adoption, and they would not learn of this until adulthood. The first few seasons unravel a whole web of secrets and lies by Benny, all created because of Manny leaving George.
  • In the Blood: He had bad kidneys, which ran into his son and grandson.
  • Jerkass: After his death, he requested that George didn't attend his funeral due to fear of ruining his reputation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: All he gave George was a watch that belonged to his father. It sounds bad at first, but Benny mentions that it was worth a fortune when they were married, which means the value only went up. This means that George would of had all his financial problems fixed if he hadn't destroyed it.
  • Karma Houdini: After abandoning a wife and child... his life became an unparalleled success.
  • Killed Off for Real: Just as he and George were finally burying the hatchet, he passed away from kidney failure.
  • Parental Abandonment: Left George and Benny shortly after Linda's conception.
  • Rags to Riches: Eventually became a millionaire after his construction company took off. Though it didn't happen overnight.
    Lydia: It took a long time for Manny to build up his company. He didn't have any money to give until George was already grown.note 
  • What the Hell, Hero?: See Jerkass above.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Benny at least twice while they were together.


    Jason Mcnamara
Played by: Bryan Fisher
Carmen's on and off boyfriend. Lives with the Lopez family for a bit.

  • The Ace:
    George: Are you sure you can be here? The super popular kids might see you! You could lose your reputation! And have to eat lunch with...the debate team!
    Jason: I'm captain of the debate team.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: In the end, he is this to Carmen. First, he publicly denounces their relationship in front of his friends to "protect" her but it was really to save himself from embarrassment. Second, he secretly uses steroids in her parents' house and yells at her for something that was his fault as well. Third, despite giving Jason a place to stay, he cheated on her. Lastly, while Jason was within his right to not get married the way in which he handled the situation was a Dirty Coward move.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zigzagged. Jason does have some genuine moments of being kind but he often does horrible acts while trying to still be seen as a nice person.
  • Broken Ace: Jason is a Hunky Chick Magnet, talented football player, and even gets straight A's. And while he came off as a straight example of The Ace, he turns out to be this trope. He comes from a neglectful home life, he took steroids at one point to please his father, and is a emotionally abusive Bastard Boyfriend to Carmen.
  • Chick Magnet: Besides Carmen, many girls swoon over him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Has one when he cheats on Carmen, but eventually he ends up back in the Lopez's good graces.
  • Freudian Excuse: Part of the reason George agrees to let him move in is because his parents don't care about him. They're more obsessed with seeing him successful so much so that they have him take steroids.
  • Hunk: Jason is tall, muscular, and has a killer smile. No wonder he's a Chick Magnet.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jason has done some reprehensible actions but he makes a good point when he reveals it was his wheelchair bound brother who leaked Angie's wet, white t-shirt online — Even though he's in a wheelchair, he still needs to be told off when he does something wrong.
  • Jerk Jock: A zigzagged example. While he first comes across as a Lovable Jock, his constant disrespect and emotional cruelty to Carmen put him as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Jason makes some questionable choices but ultimately proves to have a heart...until he cheats on Carmen and after she forgives him, he then breaks up with her in a cruel manner when he doesn't want to marry her.
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Mr. Fanservice: His good looks are a borderline Running Gag and at one point Carmen tried to use a picture of him shirtless to win a school election.
  • Put on a Bus: Carmen wants to marry him and have a baby, which he wants no part of, so he ends their relationship once and for all and isn't seen again. note 
  • Relationship Revolving Door: He cheats on Carmen, but they make up and get back together.
  • Rich Bastard: Zigzagged. He's from a wealthy family and while he can give Pet the Dog moments he's also shown to do Kick the Dog moments as well.
  • Satellite Love Interest: One of two, the other being Randy for Benny.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In his last appearance, he decides to ditch Carmen to get out of his promise to marry her.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Cheating on the girl who convinced her parents to care for him was a horrible move. And then when said girl forgives his transgression, he then up and ditches her to get out of his marriage proposal instead of talking to her about it.
  • Uptown Guy: A subversion. Jason comes from a significantly wealthier family than Carmen's and while they did have plans for marriage, he ultimately ditches her to get out of it.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jason is willing to take illegal steroids to please he emotionally distant and abusive father.
  • Your Cheating Heart: As mentioned, he cheated on Carmen, but she didn't stay angry at him long.

    Emilina Palmero 

Played by: Sonia Braga
Vic's ex-wife and Angie's mom.

  • Jerkass: Her sole onscreen appearance revolved around her treating George like crap. She also cheated on her husband for no real reason.
  • Karmic Death: Cheats on her husband Vic who was a Cardiologist. She later dies from a heart attack.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies off-screen of a heart attack in "George's Grave Mistake Sends Him to a Funeral, Holmes" and her death is the focal point of the episode.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Angie confessed that she never forgave Emilina for cheating on Vic.
  • Pretty in Mink: She showed off her wealth with a fur coat she wore for her one appearance. She almost bought Carmen a fur when Christmas shopping.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Only appears in one episode, "Meet the Cuban Parents." Since that episode is rarely shown in reruns (it's a Christmas Episode and Nickelodeon usually only airs holiday themed episodes during holiday seasons) she might come across as The Ghost to modern viewers.
  • Silver Vixen: Considering her lover was a younger man, this trope must apply.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Vic with a younger man and later divorces him. They were in the process of reconciliation shortly before her death.

    Jack and Mel Powers 
Played by: Jack Blessing and Mark Tymchyshyn
George's money-grubbing bosses.

  • Mean Bosses
    George: We need a new dental plan. It'll cost a little more, but the workers deserve it.
    Powers: All I heard was, "Cost a little more," then a bunch of whistles and sirens.
  • Reasonable Authority Figures: Despite being corrupt jerkasses, as stated above, they sincerely respect George and are always willing to listen to his ideas even if they won't agree with them, and are sincerely apologetic whenever he tells them that they've offended him in some way. They've even helped him with some family problems, such as planning his vow renewal and teaching Max not to lie and the value of hard work. Of course, that doesn't mean they forgive George for going behind their backs, and made it a point to tell his family exactly what his punishment was.
  • Dirty Old Man: Mel when Veronica flirts with him to make George's life miserable. George convinces him he made them reservations at a nice hotel and Mel went off to get "magic pills".

    Gina Sorenstam 
Played by: Elmarie Wendel
A promiscuous employee at Powers Brothers Aviation.

    "Accident" Amy Kirkland 
Played by: Sandra Bullock
A Powers Brothers Aviation who is always getting injured.

    Zack Powers 
Played by: Trevor Wright
The rebellious son of Mel Powers.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why Carmen falls for him.
  • Hate Sink: On top of his misogyny and wanting to use Carmen for sex, he's also a malicious, obnoxious, trouble-making little brat. There's nothing likeable about him at all.
  • Jerkass: In spades.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Only dates Carmen so she'll have sex with him, then dumps her when she refuses. Not only that, he destroyed the factory and got another girl pregnant because he didn't respect her enough to use protection. Most likely, he'd have done the same to Carmen. Whereas most characters in the series that aren't all that nice but all have hidden hearts of gold, he's just an all-around unpleasant kid.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He regularly avoids trouble throughout his appearances, but in his last episode, Benny smacks him with a wrench.
  • Smug Snake: He's a bit too confident for his own good.

    Randy McGee 
Played by: Nick Offerman
Benny's boyfriend.

  • The Big Guy
  • Nice Guy: Despite leaving Benny at the altar, he's one of the friendlier characters on the show.
  • Satellite Love Interest
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Accident Amy tells Randy at his bachelor party that she's willing to give him what Benny can't: kids. While Randy doesn't outright dump Benny, he says he has some things to think about, which Benny rips into him for.

     George Edward Lopez II
If we're playing 20 questions, shouldn't it be 20 different questions?
Manny's second son and George's half-brother.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He stopped appearing after Manny's Death and was never mentioned again.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Check out the image caption. note 
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to George I's responsible. A college dropout who blew through his trust fund and was drowning in debt. His job at a skate shop apparently doesn't pay much.
  • Nice Guy: He did break a trust fund with his dad when he was younger and did try to get $500 from George but almost everything else he does shows he does seem to be a rather friendly and caring guy.
  • Riches to Rags: He blew away the trust fund he received from Manny, is in a lot of debt, dropped out of college and works in a skate shop. He lied to George I, telling him that they were dirt poor and that Manny was a piece of shit, realizing that the truth would get him no sympathy.
  • Shared Family Quirks: While at Thirsty's, both Georges brush their hair back simultaneously.
    (Both George's pointing at each other) "Ciao!!"
  • Spoiled Brat: Money problems aside, he stated that Manny finally grew tired of his bad attitude and cut him off from the family business.
  • Surfer Dude: Well, skateboarder, but he does use some of the lingo.

Minor Characters

    Lou Powers 
Played by: Paul Gleason
The older brother of Jack and Mel. Left the family business before the series began.

  • The Alcoholic
  • Benevolent Boss: Implied by Benny that he deeply cared about his workers when he was around. Since it's Benny of all people saying it, he must have been a saint.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / Real Life Writes the Plot: Only appeared in one episode and was never seen or mentioned again, due to the passing of Paul Gleason in 2006. Particularly glaring in the Grand Finale, when Jack tries to sell the business and Lou's share in the company isn't brought up at all.
  • Hidden Depths: A financial genius, according to Benny.

Played by: Tonantzin Esparza
An ex-gang member who Angie convinces George to hire at the factory. Her full name is never revealed.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: As George explained to Carmen why she shouldn't look up to Marisol, her toughness is an act. Deep down she's scared and unsure what to do with her life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never explained what happened to her after helping out with Benny's cleaning.

    Piper Morley 
Played by: Autumn Reeser
A bratty friend of Carmen's, turned into her arch-nemesis.

  • Alpha Bitch: She is a snobby bitch.
  • Jerkass: Bullies Carmen out of school, all for not joining in on insulting a friend.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets suspended from school when George and Angie prove that she was the one instigating with Carmen.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's gone halfway into Season 2, but her bullying Carmen out of public school leads to Carmen's self-esteem being damaged for years, her relationships with Jason and Zack, and running away to San Francisco (which in turn leads to going to another new school).

Played by: JB. Gaynor
A troublesome friend of Max.

  • Demoted to Extra: Once Ernie adopts him, he's only seen two more times and is then only mentioned from time to time.
  • Freudian Excuse: His dad ran out on him and his mom is a rough alcoholic and horrible person. It is not known if she became who she is because of her husband leaving.
  • Happily Adopted: By Ernie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He started off as a bad influence on Max for a bit. Despite that, he actually really does care about Max and does value his friendship with him.
  • Not So Different: To George. Just like him, his father abandoned him and his mother is a neglectful, washed up drunk. When George learns this, he decides to forgive him for driving the car through a fence.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Which is why George didn't want Max anywhere near him. The fact that he talked Max into actions that led to notable property damage says it all.

Played by: Gigi Rice
Ricky's alcoholic mother.

  • The Alcoholic: She's even worse than Benny.
  • Foil: To Angie. While Angie is a good mother who does genuinely care for George, Tammy clearly abuses Ernie for his money, openly cheats on him and is extremely neglectful towards Ricky.
  • Put on a Bus: Ernie casually mentions that he figured out Tammy was lying to him about being the father of her baby, so the relationship ended permanently.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In her first appearance, her situation was portrayed sympathetically, as she lamented Ricky's deadbeat dad deserting her and how hard it is to raise a kid while struggling with drinking. In her second appearance, she's on the wagon, but she's also actively treating Ernie badly and taking advantage of him.

Played by: Valeria Andrews
An obnoxious friend of Carmen's.


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