Character page for The Good Place.
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Doug & Donna Shellstrop
Doug: So irresponsible.
Eleanor: And you blew the other half trying to frame her boyfriend.
Donna: It was so stupid! He was already guilty, dumbass!
Eleanor's parents. Not exactly the most caring people.
- Abusive Parents: At best, they were negligent. At worst, they were this. Donna blew half of Eleanor's college fund to bail her boyfriend out of jail and Doug was a drug-addicted felon who tried to frame said boyfriend (who was already guilty) with the other half of the college fund. Donna also once told Eleanor to not get sad over her dog dying (which was Donna's fault due to her leaving the poor animal locked in the car on a hot day) because she didn't want to deal with it.
- Alcoholic Parent: Especially apparent in Donna. Doug has the added bonus of also being into drugs.
- Awful Wedded Life: Apparently, their marriage was pretty miserable, leading them to split up when Eleanor was young. Early on, Eleanor snarks that they could be used to torture one another in the Bad Place, and it would be extremely effective.
- The Ditz: On top of being morally repugnant, they're also not very smart.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": In a flashback, we see Eleanor's garbage mother showing up drunk to her ex-husband's funeral and hitting on her own daughter's boyfriend.
- Hate Sink: Unlike their Jerk with a Heart of Gold daughter, they have no redeeming qualities at all. Donna does get better in Season 3.
- It's All About Me: Neither of them care for anyone besides themselves, not even their own daughter. This is how Eleanor developed her cynical belief that everyone's only out for themselves, whether they admit it or not.
- Jerkasses: Eleanor constantly describes them as awful excuses for human beings, and we're shown in various flashbacks that they did indeed live up to that description. This left Eleanor with the cynical and self-serving outlook she had up until her death, though she later realizes it isn't a valid excuse.
- Lower-Class Lout: They're trashy, stupid and have absolutely no class.
- Manchild: They're both incredibly immature. Deconstructed as their immaturity and selfishness caused Eleanor to develop her dim view of humanity.
- Parental Neglect: Constantly forgot their own daughter's birthday, and in general, they treated Eleanor as more like a casual acquaintance than their own child. They also didn't even so much as protest when Eleanor decided to emancipate herself and move out, at the age of fourteen.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The absurdly stupid, irresponsible, and wacky parents to Eleanor's exasperated, self-sufficient serious child in every flashback they appear in. Eleanor also flatly states she's had to take care of herself and the two of them her whole life, which is why she's so determined to emancipate herself. Extremely deconstructed, as this did a lot of damage to Eleanor's mentality and emotional well-being.
- Flat Character: Unlike Donna, he doesn't display any redeeming qualities or change at all. He's a lazy stoner, and that's about it.
Donna / "Diana Tremaine":
- Dumb Blonde: Eleanor inherited her hair color, but not her intelligence (or lack thereof).
- Eskimos Aren't Real: Donna apparently isn't aware that Guam is a real place.
- Faking the Dead: Eleanor thinks both her parents are dead. Her dad is, as seen in the flashback of his funeral, but Janet and Michael inform her in Season 3 that her mother actually faked her death. Eleanor is understandably pissed.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Downplayed: Eleanor does forgive Donna and decides to let her live her new life in peace and wishes her well in Season 3, not even asking for an apology. Donna for her own part admits fully that she was a horrible parent to Eleanor. Eleanor also makes it clear that Donna has to make Patricia her priority and not repeat her past mistakes.
- HeelFace Turn: In season 3, Donna has become a better person, with a new husband and stepdaughter she genuinely cares for. Eleanor is able to forgive her and wishes her well, but still wishes she was a better parent when she was a child.
- Implausible Deniability: Donna tries claiming she's Eleanor's sister at Doug's funeral, despite having just identified herself as her mother, and when Eleanor tracks her down in season 3, immediately tries to claim they're sorority sisters. According to Michael's list of Eleanor's insecurities in "The Worst Possible Use of Free Will", she's been doing this since Eleanor was born.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: She gets away with a lot of nasty stuff like the emotional abuse towards her daughter, not the least which showing up drunk to her ex-husband's funeral and not giving Eleanor the space to grieve. Then she fakes her death to get out of debt, and seems to reform her life after marrying a single father with a sweet young child... until her grown-up daughter recently saved from death shows up on her doorstep, determined to find proof that Donna is a bad person who hasn't changed. Eleanor could easily reveal to Patricia or the school board her mother's past, and the terrible things she did, discrediting her and ruining her new life; the only reason Eleanor doesn't is because she doesn't want to ruin the completely innocent Patricia's life. Eleanor bluntly tells Donna that she has to make sure not to repeat her past mistakes with Patricia and treat her better than Donna treated Eleanor as a child.
- Lack of Empathy: Neither of them seem to care very much about their daughter, but Donna's disregard for Eleanor's feelings is astounding. For one thing, there's insulting the girl's father to her face... at his funeral. Then there's what she said after Eleanor's dog died when she was a kid.Donna: Your dog, Max, is dead in a duffel bag under the deck.
Eleanor: How did he die?
Donna: The short answer is: I don't know. And the slightly longer answer is: I didn't know how hot it gets in cars sometimes. The point is: don't be sad. Honestly, I'll get kind of annoyed if you do get sad because it's been a very long day and that bitch Carol from work was really on my ass about some stupid thing that I don't even know what it was. And at the end of that long day, I had to use one of my favorite duffel bags to do something very gross that I did not like. Now, let's celebrate that dead dog's life by bringing Mommy another bottle of white.
- Lady Drunk: Literally every scene with Donna has her with a drink in her hand.
- Mrs. Robinson: Donna unsubtly hits on Eleanor's boyfriend at Doug's funeral.
- Parents as People: As of Season 3. Her relationship with Eleanor is beyond messed-up, and nothing can reverse the damage she did. But she's a good mom to Patricia and is making an honest effort to be better.
Eleanor's boss in the flashbacks to her life on Earth.
- Bad Boss: Sexually harasses his employees, and when the company gets investigated for fraud, he sells everyone else out to save his own skin. Played with in that his half-assed, selfish smarminess puts him exactly on Eleanor's wavelength, making him a good boss from her perspective.
- Exact Words: To avoid legal trouble for misrepresentation, he told Eleanor not to specifically refer to the pills she sold to people as "medicine".
- Snake Oil Salesman: He heads up a team which sells phony pharmaceuticals to the sick and elderly.Wallace: So we sell two products here, NasaPRO and NasaPRO Silver. We aim this at seniors. Now, you can't legally call it medicine because it doesn't technically "work" and it is technically "chalk", so what you're gonna want to do -Eleanor: You need me to lie to old people and scare them into buying fake medicine. I get it, man.
- Spear Counterpart: To Eleanor. He has no scruples either about selling All-Natural Snake Oil, or about hitting on co-workers of the opposite sex. The flaws that sent Eleanor to the Bad Place are his flaws as well.
Brittany & Madison
- Everybody Has Standards: Brittany is rather shallow, yet even she thinks Madison seriously overreacted to the ripped dress fiasco.
- Frivolous Lawsuit: Madison sued a dry-cleaner business because she thinks they broke the back zipper on an expensive dress of hers (which was actually Eleanor's fault) first for the price of the dress... and then $80 million in mental anguish. The legal fees shut the dry-cleaners down.
- Jerkasses: Neither of them are very nice people. Even at her worst, Eleanor was just marginally nicer than these two. Madison has the Dress Bitch Incident, and Brittany mentions that she's just generally awful and unpleasant to everyone all the time. Brittany, meanwhile, laughs at her (admittedly self-inflicted) suffering, makes and sells T-shirts to further said suffering, and uses Eleanor's credit cards to buy porn without even asking.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Madison is an awful person and brought the Dress Bitch fiasco on herself, but it's hard to blame her for being upset with Brittany and Eleanor for making and selling T-shirts based on the incident. Even if Madison is a bitch, it's still an awful thing to do to a friend.
- Manchild: Of the two, Madison is far more immature, prone to throwing tantrums and acting like a spoiled teenager.
- Never My Fault: Madison never gets how the fallout of the Dress Bitch incident is her fault, instead accusing all those people taunting or humiliating her afterward of being "jealous".
- Rich Bitch: Madison has lots of money, and abuses it regularly.
- Toxic Friend Influence: They're this to Eleanor. She's not exactly nice when left to her own devices, but she is infinitely worse when she hangs around them. Brittany especially has a habit of turning up when Eleanor's doing something and talking her into abandoning it.
- With Friends Like These...: They and Eleanor mostly treat each other like crap despite being roommates that hang out with each other.
One of Eleanor's boyfriends while she was alive.
- Nice Guy: He was generally a patient and understanding person, probably being the most decent boyfriend Eleanor ever had in her life prior to the start of the series.
- Satellite Love Interest: Not much is known about him besides being an ex of Eleanor's, and that he made an effort to be a better person than she was.
An architect who Donna has hooked up with.
- Love at First Sight: In spite of Donna holding a knife to his throat when he first met her at the decommissioned bar, the two hit it off and ended up marrying.
- Secret Keeper: He actually knows that "Diana Tremaine" is Donna Shellstrop. The two plan to break it to their daughter when she's old enough to handle it.
Manisha & Waqas Al-Jamil
Tahani and Kamilah's parents, who fawn over Kamilah and completely ignore Tahani unless it's to criticize her.
- Abusive Parents: They are staggeringly cold-hearted to Tahani, withholding affection for the simple reason that they don't think she deserves it in comparison to her sister. This is occasionally played for comedy, such as when they misspell her name in the will. Manisha & Waqas just get worse the more we see of them; Season 3 makes it clear (with the themes of loneliness in Kamilah's art) that they didn't really love either of their daughters in a healthy way. Their affection for Kamilah was entirely conditional on her achievements.
- Damned by Faint Praise: The most praise either of them is ever seen giving Tahani is calling a picture she drew "competent".
- Foil: To Eleanor's parents. They're wealthy, snobby and refined in sharp contrast to the poor, loutish and immature Doug and Donna. While Doug and Donna were immature people who were completely unfit to be parents, they don't go out of their way to make Eleanor miserable, they're just horribly irresponsible. Contrast Manisha and Waqas, who openly prefer Kamilah to Tahani and think nothing of degrading her to prop up Kamilah.
- Hate Sink: Between the horrible way they played favorites with their kids, general snobbery, and the fact they never even once considered how their actions hurt Tahani, it's safe to say they would deserve any tortures the Bad Place could inflict on them.
- Human Popsicle: Tahani mentions that they're in cryogenic chambers.
- Jerkass: They're snobby, elitist, and absurdly cruel to Tahani. Not even trying to hide the fact that they love Kamilah more than her.
- Kick the Dog: Every scene they share with Tahani, they will say something immensely cruel and shatter her fragile sense of self-worth.
- Lack of Empathy: They don't seem even slightly concerned with how their behavior affects Tahani.
- Parental Favoritism: Very blatantly played favorites with their daughters, with Kamilah getting the lion's share of attention. While they'd give, at best, token acknowledgment of Tahani's work, they would heap praise upon everything Kamilah did.
- Rich Bitch: Both of them are wealthy, snobbish, and emotionally hard on their daughters.
- Second Place Is for Losers: A flashback of Tahani's has them scolding her for not doing well enough at an auction, ignoring Tahani's attempt to point out that it's already managed to get to five million pounds, which they still regard as an embarrassing failure.
- You Are Fat: When simulations of them meet Tahani in the afterlife Manisha makes a couple of pointed remarks about Tahani's weight.Manisha: Apparently, wherever you've been, they've been keeping you... well-fed.
Tahani's improbably successful sister.
- The Ace: Youngest person to ever graduate from Oxford University, world-class painter, sculptor, social activist, iconoclast, Olympic archer (for which she won the gold, of course), Grammy award-winning musician, youngest person ever inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame (her album was so good the Hall of Fame waived the mandatory 25 year waiting period and inducted her just six months after her album was released), BAFTA award-winning documentarian (for a documentary she did on her own previously mentioned Grammy award-winning album), and person voted "Most Likely to Be Banksy". Indeed when Tahani is told that Kamilah's music was capable of curing malaria she doesn't even question it, though that was likely made up just to taunt her.
- Aloof Big Sister: Inverted. Not only was she infinitely more accomplished and beloved than her older sister Tahani, they didn't have a good relationship because Kamilah would either ignore her or rub in her achievements.
- Always Someone Better: Was this to Tahani, who would never measure up to her achievements.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: When your younger sister is an Insufferable Genius Jerkass, this is bound to be the case.
- Big Sister Bully: Inverted, as she's Tahani's younger sister yet is incredibly emotionally abusive to her, mocking her by saying that the latter becoming a cocktail waitress is the right move for her in spite of all her achievements, and outright saying that she doesn't think of her.
- Broken Ace: Despite all her accomplishments and talents, Kamilah was a truly nasty, self-centered, and uncaring person. This is at least partially due to the emotionally abusive way her parents pitted her against Tahani.
- Child Prodigy: She was already creating complex modern art sculptures as a child (while Tahani was merely making photorealistic "representational" art), and was the youngest person to graduate from Oxford.note
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: In flashbacks, she's shown easily accepting the horrific emotional abuse her parents heaped on Tahani (and, to a lesser extent, her as well), even calmly saying, "Thank you for this opportunity" when her parents decide to have her and Tahani paint portraits — and whichever one is worse gets used as kindling. One gets the distinct impression it's simply because this is all she's ever known, and they are her parents. When she and Tahani reconcile, she admits her parents were "wankers," and is almost in tears when Tahani embraces her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Flashbacks show that everyone wants a piece of her, gender notwithstanding.
- Freudian Excuse: Being forced to compete with Tahani by their parents had just as much an effect on her as with Tahani; she just channeled it into her work.
- HeelFace Turn: In season 3, Kamilah is able to reconcile with Tahani, sharing credit with her on her latest art project and revealing that all of her paintings were of pairs of things, like sisters.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: At least some of her aloofness and disconnect is due to her parents making her compete with Tahani.
- Insufferable Genius: She's absurdly pretentious and extremely arrogant about her (admittedly very impressive) achievements, to the point where you sort of wonder how anyone else can stand to be around her.
- Jerkass: From what little we've seen of her interactions with Tahani, she doesn't seem to have been a very good sister. When questioned on whether she thinks poorly of Tahani, she admitted that she doesn't think of Tahani at all. She warms up considerably in Season 3 after recoiling with Tahani.
- Kick the Dog: In almost every scene she shares with Tahani, she is either standing by and gloating at how much people favor her or making cruel comments about her.
- Meaningful Name: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kamilah is Arabic for perfect.
- No Sympathy: In the new timeline, she doesn't seem to have realized that Tahani nearly dying was probably a traumatic experience for her older sister. She's still as much of a jerk as she was before.
- Obliviously Evil: She genuinely doesn't seem to realize when she causes Tahani harm through her dismissiveness.
- Parody Sue: Subverted. Her numerous achievements certainly come off as such, considering the entire world considers her work in art, music, and activism absolutely ground-breaking. However, while the world sings her praises, she is very unkind to her sister.
- Renaissance Man: She excels in a ridiculous number of fields, be it from the arts, athletics and academics.
- Spoiled Brat: A lifetime of lavish wealth and praise for every accomplishment has left Kamilah with a very unpleasant demeanor.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Not a villain per se but she's adored by everyone who speaks of her and it's likely that they don't know about how cruel she can be to her sister. "Everything is Bonzer" establishes that Kamilah is even willing to take credit for something she knows full well she didn't do, i.e. saving Tahani's life.
A handsome pediatric surgeon, and perhaps more well-known to the public as the non-famous non-actor Hemsworth brother (just don't remind him of that or even talk about Luke, Chris, or Liam in front of him, like, ever). Dated Tahani at point in the past.
- Butt-Monkey: He sees himself as constantly unlucky compared to his more famous brothers. While most of this is just Successful Sibling Syndrome, he does get the short end of the stick when Tahani completely forgets about their impending marriage and gets married to Jason so they can share her money, and she is forced to break things off with him as a result.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Initially mentioned as a one-off gag in Season 2 when Tahani remarks how high-status even he is compared to Jason, and then makes an appearance on the cover of the magazine Eleanor's reading in the second episode of Season 3. The next episode he makes his onscreen debut where he rekindles his relationship with Tahani, leading to them getting engaged and making plans to move back to England which sours Michael's plans to keep Team Cockroach together.
- Hollywood Pudgy: In-Universe, being the chubby son of the family is amongst his many complaints about himself. This is the same man who "barely" has an 8-pack, and Eleanor snarks if he's ashamed to have 0% body fat.
- Informed Deformity: Parodied. Larry, who clearly feels overwhelmed by his brothers' fame, constantly complains about how dull and ugly he apparently is. He claims to have a forgettable face, is considered the "chubby" one at least according to his mother, and he rants about "only" being 6'4'' and barely having an 8-pack. As he is almost a Parody Sue with how good-looking and successful he is, the characters are dumbfounded by his exaggerating self-deprecation.
- It's All About Me: While normally genial and good natured, he's easily absorbed into his own self-pity.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Inverted. He's perfectly willing to take Tahani's name, so that he'll never have to be reminded of his brothers again.
- New Old Flame: An ex-boyfriend of Tahani's, and the two start dating again after reuniting in Australia, which is actually a part of Michael and Janet's scheme to stop her from getting with Jason.
- Successful Sibling Syndrome: Parodied as Larry, despite being a classically handsome pediatric surgeon with "almost an 8-pack", is hilariously insecure about not being as famous as his actor brothers. This is apparently something he and Tahani have in common.
A gossip columnist who made Tahani miserable. And now has a new opportunity to do so.
- Ambiguously Gay: "Ambiguous" in the sense that it's screamingly obvious and he makes no attempt to hide it, it just hasn't been outright stated yet. He has all the mannerisms of an insufferable, snobby aesthete.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes off as fairly polite and friendly, but he was a rather vicious gossip columnist when he was alive, and it shows.
- The Jailbait Wait: He proudly says that his site had a countdown clock for when the Olsen twins became legal. Though for what it's worth, his actor is only two years older than them.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He was meaner about it that he needed to be, but he was apparently one of the few people who successfully identified Tahani's very real issues.Tahani: He made it seem like I was shallow, plagued with jealousy, and [bursts into tears] prone to fits of melodrama!
- Gossipy Hens: All the way to owning a gossip blog. The first thing he asks Janet is the weirdest celebrity hookup.
- Master of the Mixed Message: When Tahani says she hopes they can be friends, this is his response (all with a bright, sunny smile on his face).John: Oh, my God. You are so cute. You are so cute, it's gross. You disgust me. I love you. Get out of here. I never want to see you again. I love you so much.
- Paparazzi: He wrote for your run-of-the-mill, trashy celebrity gossip blog, and apparently had it out for Tahani in particular.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims the purpose of his blog was to "speak truth to power." It seems more likely he was just a horrible gossip.
One of Chidi's fellow lecturers.
- Butt-Monkey: This guy's life seems to be an unending parade of unfortunate circumstances.
- Nice Guy: Nothing short of incredibly cheerful and friendly, which doesn't make it any easier for Chidi to tell the poor guy how ugly his boots are.
- Nice Shoes: He owns a pair of extremely conspicuous and tacky red boots and is convinced they're the height of fashion. Chidi can't bring himself to tell him otherwise.
Chidi's best friend since childhood.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's absurdly patient with Chidi's indecisiveness, but even he has his limits.
- Childhood Friends: He and Chidi were friends as children and remained close into adulthood.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even as a kid, this was his response to Chidi.
- Nice Guy: He'd have to be to put up with Chidi's neuroses.
- Parting Words Regret: The last thing he ever said to Chidi was yelling angrily that it was literally impossible to be friends because of Chidi's indecisive nature. Chidi is crushed by a falling air conditioner not even thirty seconds later. The look on Uzo's face says it all.Uzo: ...Chidi?
- Satellite Character: Chidi's exasperated childhood friend. That's about it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Michael saves Chidi from being crushed by the air conditioning vent, and Chidi's takeaway from the near death experience is not to buy one himself, Uzo finally loses patience with Chidi and breaks off ties with him. This is what prompts Chidi to want to change his ways.
- Secret Test of Character: He lets Chidi be his best man... but tells him that the wedding is a month earlier than it really is, to see, when the "big day" came, if Chidi was actually ready. Just as Uzo predicted, Chidi fails. Miserably.
Dr. Simone Garnett
A neuroscientist and professor at St. John's University in Australia, Chidi first meets her when he tries to determine if there's a neurological reason that he is so indecisive.
- Adorkable: Much like Chidi, she's a sweet intellectual eager to help out those who ask.
- Ambiguously Bi: Simone's an unusual case, since everything we see of her, proper, indicates she's into men only. However, Janet creates a hyper-realistic simulation that includes Simone, exactly as she would react and behave in real life. In one run of this simulation, Eleanor talks to Simone, which quickly develops into flirty banter and an Almost Kiss — and Simone seems just as into it as Eleanor. So, if the simulation is as accurate as Janet claims, Simone may well be bisexual.
- Brainy Brunette: She has dark hair, and is just as intelligent as Chidi, if not more.
- Brief Accent Imitation: In a simulation created by Janet, she briefly imitates Eleanor's American accent (to tease Eleanor about her claim that she doesn't have an accent).
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like Gen, she's rather quirky and eccentric, but is still very competent at her job and is one of the more helpful characters the gang has encountered thus far.
- The Bus Came Back: The Bad Place intentionally chooses her as one of the four humans for the gang's good place experiment to put Chidi under the stress of having his former girlfriend there to compromise his duties running the neighborhood.
- Foil: To both Eleanor and Chidi. Like the former, she puts Chidi out of his comfort zone and helps him take decisive actions, but lacks Eleanor's negative personality traits. While she studies human nature like Chidi, she also lacks his faults and is more interested in concrete facts than ethical questions. She's also interested in science, while the other characters have a supernatural perspective of events.
- The Gadfly: Although quite nice, she does mess with Chidi's head by telling him the way she'd analyze his brain involves peeling his scalp open and jabbing his brain with an electrified needle while he's still conscious.
- Killed Offscreen: She apparently died not long after Chidi broke up with her. Though thanks to Shawn, she's not gone from the show...
- Nice Girl: Simone's no pushover, but she's a sweet, easygoing lady who takes Team Cockroach's weirdness in stride.
- Only Sane Man: So far, she's one of the only characters we've met who isn't evil, stupid, or dysfunctional to the point of self-destruction. Of The Brainy Bunch, she is easily the most together.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Simone's Aussie accent is a bit rough, with the actress being British.
Jason's best friend and partner-in-crime from Jacksonville.
- Affably Evil: Same deal as Jason. For a petty, destructive crook, he seems pretty nice.
- Asian Airhead: He's played by a Filipino-American actor, and like Jason, he doesn't seem to have much in the way of brains.
- Bad Liar: His attempts to lie during his crook schemes are very easy to look through due to their absurd nature or poor execution.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jason in life. Small-time Stupid Crooks they may be, but the two of them obviously have a strong friendship and aren't averse to marrying each other to get out of being convicted (that's not how it works, of course, but the sentiment is there).
- Hidden Depths: Despite his love for petty crime, Season 3 reveals he works at a nursing home and genuinely enjoys it, and he does appear to do a decent job from the little viewers see of him at work.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only known by the name Pillboi which is almost certainly not his real name (given he's from Florida, though, you never know). It even says 'Pillboi' on his employee badge at the retirement home.
- Satellite Character: His only role in the story is to act as a supporting partner-in-crime to Jason.
- Stupid Crooks: He and Jason do petty crimes, but their plans are not very well thought-out.
- Those Two Bad Guys: In life, he always carried out idiotic criminal schemes with his partner-in-crime Jason.
- Villainous Friendship: Despite their life of crime together, he genuinely cared about Jason and was saddened by his death.
Jason's dad (yes, really). Like his son, Donkey Doug also dabbles in crime.
- Asian Airhead: Similar to his son, the Filipino-American Donkey Doug isn't very bright.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First mentioned in season 1, he appears briefly in the first episode of Season 3 when he backs out of Jason's dance crew, against the idea of avoiding crime. He becomes the focus of a later episode when Jason, Tahani and Michael attempt to redeem him as part of their new plan to help others, and Jason officially reveals he's his father.
- Kavorka Man: Apparently, up until he met Tahani, his technique for seducing women was nothing more than saying "let's go put stuff in each other." And yet it worked up until then.
- Insistent Terminology: Refers to Jason as "my boy", but they find referring to one another as father and son to be too weird.
- Lazy Bum: Quits Dance Dance Resolution when Jason states the crew should devote themselves to being better dancers via an astoundingly small amount of working out, which is too much for him.
- Like Father, Like Son: It becomes clear Jason's lack of brightness and crook ways were very much the influence of his father.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: Mentions that his father and grandfather were both petty criminals who eventually gave themselves up to the police so their kids could get away.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied. He was mentioned in earlier seasons, but in Season 3 Jason explains to Tahani that Donkey Doug is his father. Tahani is weirded out by this.
- Manchild: Even more childish and stupid than his own son.
- Noodle Incident: He once tried inventing his own sport. Lots of people got killed because of it.
- Parents as People: By his own admission, he's not the best father in the world, and his criminal activity and stupidity almost certainly set Jason on the path to becoming who he is. But he does care about Jason, and willingly gives himself up to the cops so Jason can run away.
- The Stoner: He answers his door holding a bong, despite knowing that a visit from the police is a very real possibility.
- Stupid Crooks: He believes that cops cannot arrest people for anything they heard before they reveal they're cops, and he devotes his life to get-rich-quick schemes which wind up involving large amounts of theft, just to sell idiotic products.
- Tomato Surprise: Jason talks about Donkey Doug in season one, but he doesn't reveal Donkey Doug is his father until Season 3 - though he knew about it when almost everyone else didn't (including the audience).
Other Earth Characters
A random stoner kid from 1970s Calgary who, during a magic mushroom trip, somehow explained what happens in the afterlife with 92% accuracy. His portrait is proudly displayed in Michael's office.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Got high one night and unwittingly achieved what all of humanity had failed to do for millennia: explain what happens to you when you die.
- All for Nothing: Doug has devoted every day of his life into making others happy, even animals, at his own expense, simply to try and get into the Good Place. As Michael and Janet learn, he has earned a tremendous amount of points... but it's still nowhere near enough to get him in. However, his efforts do help Michael discover the problem with the afterlife's points system.
- Canada, Eh?: He's from Calgary. Downplayed example as he doesn't exhibit any extreme Canadian stereotypes, other than being an overly nice guy in the present as a result of his epiphany about the afterlife and being a stoner in the past.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is briefly talked about in the pilot episode and isn't brought up again for a long time, seemingly acting as nothing more than a brief joke. In Season 3, Michael and Janet seek him out in hopes of using him as a "blueprint for humanity" that others can follow to earn their spot in the Good Place. Unfortunately, Doug's so worried about going to the Bad Place that he goes to uncomfortable extremes to be good and earn enough afterlife points. This really drives the point home to Michael and Janet that the afterlife points system is flawed and that finding the perfect model to get into the Good Place is a lot more complicated than they thought.
- Erudite Stoner: This is also what makes him famous in the afterlife. Apparently, he dropped magic mushrooms once and proceeded to guess most of what happens to people after they die. Reportedly, while all world religions got around 5% right each, he accurately described 92% of what actually happens.
- Extreme Doormat: His vision about the points system, and the fear of ending up in the Bad Place, has turned him into one of these. He'll do literally anything to please others no matter how much he suffers as a result.
- Friend to All Living Things: Tries to be this as part of his quest to do good deeds, but it's also deconstructed as the animals he takes in often attack him. He also volunteers himself as a test subject for various products so they won't be tested on animals and he freaks out when he accidentally steps on a snail, driving him to give it a full funeral.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Not quite mad per se, but coming to understand how biased and strict the points system is caused him to become a miserable wreck of a person so dedicated to altruism he makes Chidi look downright relaxed and laid-back by comparison.
- Heaven Seeker: Deconstructed. He's devoted his life exclusively to maximizing his afterlife points in order to make sure he gets into the Good Place, even though it makes him miserable.
- Higher Understanding Through Drugs: Was the one person in existence to most closely accurately guess the true nature of how the afterlife functions while tripping on shrooms.
- Mushroom Samba: And one hell of a Samba it was. It actually made him describe the afterlife better than anyone else before him, plus every single religion. It also made him spend the day after stroking a blanket thnking it was his cat.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: Season 3 reveals how he's lived his life since his revelation. Not only is his quest to live a moral life making him miserable, it is failing to get him into the Good Place. Besides the fundamental flaws in the judgment system Michael uncovers, Doug's also being hindered by the moral desert problem. His motivation to be good is avoiding eternal torment; the show's already established that selfish motives can negate the value of good actions.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Eleanor and Jason's dads are both also named Doug.