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Frances 'Frankie' Heck Née Spence
- Played by: Patricia Heaton
- Big Eater: A Running Gag is her eating a lot. She kept her maternity pants to use on Thanksgiving.
- Butt-Monkey: Very often, though not as much as her daughter Sue. You could argue that it's an entire family of Butt Monkeys, but those two stand out the most.
- Determinator: Given her various quests to help out her family (during which she is inevitably faced with several obstacles). Her speech in the dental-assistant class at the end of "The Safe" pretty much confirms it.
- Happily Married: To Mike.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Mike's Huge Guy, though given actor Neil Flynn's height, almost any actress would be this to him.
- Mama Bear: Frankie serves as this to her kids, no matter how embarrassing or difficult it is for her.
- My Beloved Smother: Brick's teacher, Ms. Rinsky, accuses Frankie of being a "smother".
- Comically ironic considering Rinsky's actress played one on another series Patricia Heaton starred in.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Mike's Savvy Guy.
- Tomboyish Name: Frances "Frankie" Heck.
Michael 'Mike' Heck, Jr.
- Played by: Neil Flynn
- Agent Scully: Absolutely won't entertain the notion that Sue saw a vision of The Santa Maria in "Halloween IV"
- Big Brother Bully: He was this to his brother in their youth.
- Brutal Honesty: He is known for his straightforward manner.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Frankie and Axl.
- Death Glare: While there was definitely no death implied, his "hostile resting face" (as Frankie called it) was enough to get his children to behave.
- The Dreaded: He was the parent whom the kids feared more, due to how strict his punishments were if they got in trouble or went out of line.
- The kids even thought that Mike "outranked" Frankie due to her "playing the dad card too many times" when they were younger.
- Sue was quick to realize how much trouble she would be in once he saw a multitude of rambunctious teenagers partying in the Quarry he worked at, when he left it under her watch.
- Axl was terrified of what Mike had in store for him after dropping three college classes.
- Happily Married: With Frankie.
- Hidden Depths: He had a cat at work that he loved called Limestone. The family also caught him singing "More than a Feeling" by Boston on his way home from work.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Frankie's Tiny Girl.
- Like Father, Like Son: He's incredibly uncomfortable talking about his feelings, like his own father, he's a great sportsman, like Axl and he is very stoic, blunt and anti-social like Brick.
- Missing Mom: His mom died when he was younger.
- Not So Above It All: His family once caught him singing "More Than a Feeling" while driving. Not that he was proud of it once he realized.
- Not So Stoic: Frankie has a recording of him crying during a period when they were broken up.
- Only Sane Man: Mike is usually the first to acknowledge the craziness going on in the house.
- Papa Wolf: Mike has this towards his children; especially towards his daughter, Sue. An example of this would be in season one's Valentine's Day.
- Parental Favoritism: Played with. In one episode he admits that Axl is his favorite child because they both like sports. Ironically, he's usually more critical towards Axl than he is towards Sue or Brick.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Although Mike does have a a softer side, he doesn't like to show it.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Frankie's Energetic Girl.
- The Stoic: Not a very emotional person.
- Straight Man: To the antics of the rest of the family.
Axl Redford Heck
- Played by: Charlie McDermott
- The Ace: He's handsome, funny, and charming when he wants to be.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Tries this on his love interest in Season 6, with a variety of sports: she lets him win at pool.
- Big Brother Bully: He's horrible to Sue most of the time.
- Big Brother Instinct: While Axl shows more affection towards his little brother, Brick, he's more emotionally closed off when it comes to his little sister, Sue. He treats her with disdain, taunts and teases her to no end, and belittles her very existence (he never tells anyone in his school that he has a sister)... but when it comes down to it, Axl shows a softer, comforting side of him when it really counts.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Brick sometimes.
- Big Eater: Axl has a reputation for having a big appetite.
- Big Man on Campus: In high school. Not so much in college.
- Book Dumb: Mostly because he doesn't really care about school and anything academic. The season one finale suggests he may be Brilliant, but Lazy but it's subverted at the end of the episode.
- Break the Haughty: After going to college he finds out he isn't The Ace he thought he was in Orson.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Axl is actually very clever and fast talking, but when it comes to school and being responsible he prefers the easy way out.
- Character Development: Axl develops into a slightly kinder, mature, and less selfish person as he enters college and experiences the real world, maturing even further once he enters the working world and realizes he can't be a slacker forever and expect to survive on his own.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Sue and his parents. In fact, Axl is known for having a snarky remark ready for anyone at anytime.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: He's both the oldest and the most immature of the Heck kids.
- Dumb Jock: He's more unfocused and impulsive than he is dumb.
- Generation Xerox:
- There are hints that Mike was a lot like Axl when he was his age.
- In one episode, Mike points out that Axl and Frankie both constantly complain about things being too hard.
- Hidden Depths: Axl is actually very smart and quick-thinking when it comes to scheming and has also proven himself capable of making good grades when he applies himself. He has also shown that he arrogantly overcompensates due to his insecurities and fear that he will never be good enough.
- Important Haircut: While his hair is a medium-length but tangled mess for most of the series, he gives himself the shortest cut he's ever had at the end of the season 9 episode "Eyes Wide Open" to reflect his decision to act more maturely like former college roommate Hutch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he usually treats Sue with disdain, he will nevertheless protect her and help herbut only when she'll never know he did.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The series finale has Frankie lampshading how "Mike and I got the best revenge" in that Axl ends up the father of three sons who are just as rebellious, moody, irresponsible, and lazy as he used to be.
- Manchild: Although he improves by his early 20s, he still behaves immaturely...at least until he sheds his slacker image in the season 9 episode "Eyes Wide Open".
- Master of the Mixed Message: Season 8 episode, "Exes and Ohhhs," sees Axl having a chance encounter with three of his ex-girlfriends: Devin, Cassidy, and Weird Ashley. After some advice from his roommate, Axl decides to meet up with the three individually to see why his relationship with them fell apart. They all end up giving him the same answer that he has a habit of sending mix signals and not being direct with how he really feels.
- Weird Ashley mistakenly believed that she was in a relationship with Axl because Axl never bothered to tell her that he had no interest in her and even took her to prom twice.
- Axl got offended when Cassidy told her that she believed their relationship would work long distance and broke up with her on the spot despite clearly still wanting to be with her.
- Axl agreed to Devin's desire to not put a label on their relationship to only completely cut off all contact with her.
- Mr. Fanservice: Is infamous for his Shirtless Scenes. He's played by a 19-year-old actor.
- Never My Fault: Practically Axl's catch phrase. He's convinced that his parents only punish him to ruin his life and is oblivious to the fact that his actions are completely selfish. When he gets caught, he blames everyone else for his own stupidity.
- Official Couple: He and Lexie (referred to by shipper fans as "Lexl") as of Season 8.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Apparently when he was in school he was asked about his heroes he wrote "mommy, daddy and SpongeBob" he was also said to be very caring of Sue when she was a baby.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: It's easier to count the number of times Axl has worn a shirt. He's even in his boxers on the cover of the first season DVD set. Downplayed after season 3.
Sue Sue Heck
- Played by: Eden Sher
- Adorkable: A very dorky and adorable klutz.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: At least, Axl feels like this about her. It may also be a case of an Inverted Trope with the two.
- Born Unlucky: She's the most unpopular person in school, she failed her driving test six times, a deer ran into her and broke her leg and overall, the entire world conspires against her. None of this, though deters her sage-like Pollyanna attitude, and she usually gets a good hand out of it all.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She acts like this after puberty set in for the character, sometimes being as demanding and self-centered as big brother Axl. In fact all the Heck children tend to have bratty phases as the series progressed, though they do each settle a bit in later seasons.
- Butt-Monkey: Socially awkward, often picked on by her older brother, and she fails at just about everything she tries.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just like her little brother, she's an erratic, odd and socially-awkward dork that acts impulsive due to her childlike naivety.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She can be one, due to her awkwardness.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: When she was dating Darrin.
- Determinator: No matter how many times she fails to make any team or club, she never gives up. This extends far enough that, in that Season Finale, she "runs" five laps around a cross-country track with a twisted (and possibly broken) ankle, only for it to start raining while she's on her final lap. Then, after being splashed with mud and grass and losing a crutch, she drags herself across the finish line with only her arms.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: She tries out for things constantly, but only very rarely succeeds. When she does, she is wildly enthusiastic.
- Embarrassing Damp Sheets: Sue pretends to be a bedwetter to make a kid she's babysitting feel about his bedwetting. It backfires as the kid calls her a loser instead.
- Fag Hag: Her friendship with Brad, although he's also her ex-boyfriend.
- Flanderization: She becomes even more hopelessly naive and clueless later in high school, to the point of ridiculousness. This seems to be reversed in her college years.
- Genki Girl: She's very perky.
- Important Haircut: Sue cuts her hair shorter before heading to college for the first time, making her look more mature for a new chapter in her life.
- Messy Hair: For the first six seasons, to further cement her loser status, her hair always looks dead straight, as if she just got out of bed and forgot to brush it.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Not just because she has a rather generic name while her siblings are named "Axl" and "Brick", but because, as she puts it in an episode, she's not a succesfsul athlete like Axl nor "super-smart" like Brick. Sue seems to be unable to succeed but on the bright side, she at least appears to be cheerfully unaware of it or undaunted.
- Naïve Everygirl: A textbook example of the eternally naive, cheery, and optimistic teenage girl who always tries her best despite being the world's Butt-Monkey.
- Nice Girl: As well as the most naive, she's also the nicest in the family.
- Odd Name Out: Axl, Brick, and... Sue.
- The Pollyanna: Relentlessly optimistic.
- Potty Emergency: Sue has to go pee when Frankie comes to try and tickle information about a new boyfriend out of Sue. Sue begs Frankie not to tickle her as she has to go pee and really likes her comforter.
- Pungeon Master: Sue will do this with any word that she can use as a pun on her own name, e.g. "Sue's Babysuetting Service" or "Sue-eet Sixteen".
- Repetitive Name: Due to a mistake on her birth certificate, her middle name is also Sue.
- Running Gag:
- Her chicken-esque victory dance when things go amazingly right.
- Her occasional puking under too much pressure.
- Unfortunate Names: It was pointed out that if she and Darren got married her name would be "Sue Sue McGrew" She then went on and married Sean Donahue, which also rhymes.
Brick Ismael Heck
- Played by: Atticus Shafer
- Adorkable: He's even more awkward than his sister but likable nonetheless.
- Adorably Precocious Child: In early seasons. Despite his young age he is very smart and well-read.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Brick's disorder is never specified though he does seem to have several symptomsnote that relate to Asperger's.
- Bad Liar: He has a pretty obvious tell:Brick: (whispering) I'm lying!
- Bookworm: One of his defining traits. He enjoys reading and quoting his books.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He may be the smartest of the Heck children, but most of the time, his parents end up doing most of the work, such as his paper-route job. He is also known to inform Frankie of special events or homework assignments until the last minute. He is especially distracted when he is reading a book.
Brick: That's probably because I only answered the first five questions.Brick: Ms. Rinski said we could have free reading time after we finished the test, so I finished in five minutes.
- Brick does invert this in one episode. He fails a few math tests, but it's not because of the teacher or the material. He was just curious what getting an F was like.
- Character Development: Not only does he slowly become aware of his quirks and start making jokes about them, but he gradually becomes more outgoing and ultimately gains a best friend and a girlfriend, defying his parents' and siblings' expectations.
- Child Prodigy: He is prone to philosophical thoughts about the meaning of life.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His behavior is downright odd, and is considered the "weird one" in the family.
- Ditzy Genius: He's by far the smartest of the Heck kids, he loves books and has a eidetic memory. He also has tics, social issues, is easily distracted, and tends to forget where he puts his books or even what he's doing (like reading while riding a bike). At some point he wasn't even able to tie his shoelaces or blow his nose.
- Idiot Ball: Axl and Sue's stupidity have always been consistent but Brick's intelligence will disappear depending on the episode or situation.
- Intelligence = Isolation: His speech to Axl in "Twenty Years" about how he reads so much because he doesn't have many friends otherwise rather poignantly lampshades the trope.
- No Social Skills: Which is why he constantly have to attend social skills.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Cindy, who is almost twice his height.
- The Smart Guy: Despite being a naive and scatter-brained child
- The Un-Favourite: By virtue of being the third child, his own parents often seem to forget he even exists. This goes all the way back to his birth when they managed to take the wrong baby home and not realize it for a month. More recently, with both Axl and Sue in college, Mike and Frankie have more or less phoned in the job of parenting the poor guy, including forgetting his birthday almost every year.Mike (referring to Axl refusing to talk to him because the family disapproves of his girlfriend): Now I don't have a son!Brick: What about me?
- Verbal Tic: Repeating the last words he said. He also starts randomly exclaiming, "Whoop!" from "Bunny Therapy" on.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Frankie regrets naming him Brick, thinking that an unusual name would make him cool (which Brick is anything but).
Michael 'Big Mike' Heck, Sr.
- Played by: John Cullum
- Cannot Spit It Out: He will not talk about his feelings under any circumstances. The closest he gets to a tender moment in the show is bluntly pointing out that the last time he and his sons were together on thanksgiving, their mother was alive.
- Collector of the Strange: He is a hoarder of appliances.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off
- I Call It "Vera": Mike says he used to call his belt 'The Enforcer'
- The Lost Lenore: It's lightly implied that he threw himself into hoarding and stoicism out of grief at his wife's death.
- Parents as People: Mike points out that he does love his kids and grandkids, but he's too emotionally stunted to show it.
- The Stoic: Even more so than Mike.
Orville 'Rusty' Heck
- Played by: Norm MacDonald
- Played by: Jerry Van Dyke
- Abhorrent Admirer: Non-romantic example. Whenever the Spences visit the Hecks, he follows Mike around like a puppy. It probably has something to do with the fact that he never had a son of his own.
- Dad the Veteran: He was a file clerk in the Korean war.
- Granola Guy: Goes through a phase of this. He calls crackers poison and claims that refined sugar has killed more people than Al Qaeda.
- Too Much Information: He has a huge habit of over-sharing, like when he casually told Axl that he got an sti during his freshman year in college... while on speakerphone with the whole family.
- Played by: Marsha Mason
- Played by: Frances Bay
- The Alcoholic
- Character Death: She dies at the age of 100. The family attend her funeral in "The Map"
- Hidden Depths: She met General Patton in her (relative) youth.
- Informed Attribute: Apparently, she loved a good party
- Passed in Their Sleep: Which causes Brick a good deal of anxiety. After all, he sleeps every day!
- The Speechless
- Played by: Jeanette Miller
- The Alcoholic
- Character Death: Dies at the age of 96, the family attend her funeral in "Hecks on a Train"
- Cool Old Lady: Axl and Sue come to this conclusion after talking to her for a while and hearing her cool stories
- Never Mess with Granny: In "The Math Class" she sprays a guy with a garden hose.
- Scatterbrained Senior
- Star-Crossed Lovers:
- Aunt Edie: I loved Dick Peterson, but he was a black man, so it was forbidden! It was a different time.
Paul 'Dutch' Spence
- Played by: Dick Van Dyke
Other Recurring Characters
- Played by: Chris Kattan
- Abhorrent Admirer: Seems to have a crush on Frankie
- Demoted to Extra: Bob was a regular for the first season or so, but after the show began to focus more on the Hecks' lives and less on Frankie's job, he had little use on the show and was relegated to the end credits.
- Out of Focus
- The Team Wannabe: Tends to treat the Hecks as his surrogate family.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As Mike found out after letting him take over the BBQ.
- Played by: Brian Doyle-Murray
- Bad Boss: Treats his employees with no respect and makes them work on holidays
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- It's All About Me: Frankie describes him as "the most selfish man in the world"
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
- Frankie once theorized that he made his employees work late on Thanksgiving because he didn't want to spend the holidays alone, then she found out his wife left him because he was always working late on Thanksgiving.
- He provides the convertible for the Homecoming Queen in the parade....then makes her drive it while he sits on the back seat.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He is openly sexist to Frankie, his commercial from the '70s is basically just him shooting various minorities and he has some unexplained animosity towards Rosa Parks...
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
- Played by: Brock Ciarlelli
- Alliterative Name: Brad Bottig
- The Beard: His prom date wears a tuxedo. He pretends to be Sue's boyfriend to give her slutty college roommate a taste of her own medicine; it didn't end well.
- Camp Gay
- Nice Guy
- Perpetual Smiler: Being asked not to smile when he wants to smile seems to cause him physical pain.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Sue.
- Transparent Closet: Frankie and Mike both correctly suspect he is gay; however, both Sue and Brad seem oblivious of their suspicions. In season 7, he comes out as gay to Sue, in a passive way. Sue says that she knows.
- Played by: Blaine Saunders
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since Sue graduated high school.
- Actually she appeared briefly in "New Year's Revealations," in season 9.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In seasons 1 and 3. Her braces were removed mid-Season 1, and she became more popular as a result.
- Played by: Jen Ray
- Apron Matron
- Abusive Parents: Became very hard on Sean after he became a Granola Guy
- Always Someone Better: Somehow spending a week with her caused an elderly dog to regrow lung tissue.
- My Beloved Smother
- Parental Substitute: Seems to do a lot of things with the Heck children that Mike and Frankie don't wanna do. Apparently she taught Sue how to ride a bike.
- She also taught Axl how to brush his teeth.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Frankie came to this conclusion when she wasn't even mad at her for scratching her new car. Later subverted when she started treating her son coldly because of his new beliefs.
- Stepford Smiler: Sean says it's their family motto.
- Supreme Chef
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Frankie seems to resent her for her idyllic family life.
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- Played by: Beau Wirick
- Academic Athlete: Sean is the smartest of him, Axl and Darrin. He gets good grades and was even accepted to Notre Dame.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Sort of. Sean has no romantic interest in Sue but he has twice, out of the kindness of his own heart, driven all the way down from Notre Dame (blowing off his own studies in the process) to be Sue's date only to be rejected because Sue found someone else at the last minute.
- Foil: To Axl
- Granola Guy: Became this in season 7, his mother was not impressed. Reverted to normal in season 8 after a pep talk from Frankie encouraging him to pursue medicine again.
- The Lancer: Nice Guy who can easily be convinced to do the wrong thing to Axl's Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Lovable Jock: He is helpful, polite, and friendly, which makes him outwardly the opposite of Axl.
- Nice Guy
- Stepford Smiler: Claims it's the family motto.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Axl.
- Played by: John Gammon
- Adorkable: When he's with Sue.
- Brainless Beauty: How his ex-girlfriend Angel saw him.
- The Ditz: Not the brightest boy.
- Dumb Jock: He's also a teammate on Axl's football team.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Axl began treating him like this when he started dating Sue
- Friend Versus Lover: Axl claims he'll end their friendship if he doesn't break-up with Sue
- Henpecked Husband: How his ex-girlfriend Angel treated him.
- Lovable Jock: He's generally friendly and never a Jerk Jock.
- Oblivious to Hints: Never quite got that Mike hates him.
- Official Couple: With Sue in 2013 and 2014-2015
- Parental Marriage Veto: Although Sue didn't want to get married anyway
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Sue
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: How Mike sees him.
- Unfortunate Names: It was pointed out that if he and Sue got married her name would be "Sue Sue McGrew"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Axl and Sean.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Sue, They Do
Reverend Timothy "Tim-Tom" Thomas
- Played by: Paul Hipp
- Alliterative Name
- Birds of a Feather: With "Reverend Tammy"
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Sue
- Mentor Archetype: Sue always looks to him for advice and he always seems to appear just as Sue needs help the most. Also once gave advice to Axl.
- Nice Guy
- The Vicar: Of the "trendy vicar" variant right down to the guitar.
- Played by: Brooke Shields, David Chandler, Parker Bolek
- The Alcoholic: Rita is always seen holding a beer bottle. Diaper Glossner acts like this despite being way too young to drink.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why Sue is so attracted to Derrick Glossner.
- Betty and Veronica: With respect to Sue, Derrick was the Veronica to Daren's Betty.
- Catchphrase: From Diaper Glossner: "None of your damn business!".
- Dirty Coward: When faced with just a little retaliation from Frankie on Halloween, Rita turned tail and ran while cowering in fear.
- The Dreaded
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Diaper Glossner
- Evil Counterpart: Whereas the Donahue's are the idyllic family Frankie wishes she could be like, the Glossners are what she wants to avoid becoming.
- Forceful Kiss: Derrick does this to Sue repeatedly.
- Freudian Excuse: Bill Glossner was a drug addict who went to jail leaving Rita to raise their troubled children herself.
- Hillbilly Horrors
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rita can be portrayed as this occasionally.
- Not So Different: Rita and Frankie are both Overworked moms who struggle to control their sons.
- Opposites Attract: Derrick with Sue
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Diaper Glossner is a toddler who regularly wrecks things with a baseball bat.
- Really Gets Around: Rita
- Romantic False Lead: Derrick for Sue
- Selective Obliviousness: Rita claims her boys are "angels".
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Any time the Hecks inconvenience Rita in any way expect massive retaliation.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Diaper Glossner is still in diapers but acts like an alcoholic biker.
- Weapon of Choice: Baseball bats
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The episode "The Kiss" reveals that Rita also has a daughter, but she has not been seen or referred to since.
- Will They or Won't They?: Derrick and Sue, they don't.
- Played by: Andrew J. Fishman (Seasons one - four), Carlin James (Season nine)
- Ambiguous Disorder: Is in the same social group as Brick.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Thinks he's a cat and frequently meows, nearly always wears mittens on his hands.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since Brick moved on to high school.
- Actually, he reappeared in "Great Heckspectations," and told Frankie he doesn't do that "crazy cat stuff" anymore.
- He Is All Grown Up: Reappeared in the final season as a handsome 16 year old now over his old quirks.
- Played by: Alexa Vega
- Played by: Moisés Arias
- The Bus Came Back: Averted in "Valentine's Day IV" when Matt leaves a message for Sue to tell her he's back together with his old girlfriend, so he won't be coming back to Orson to take her out to the dance.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: How he got Sue to like him.
- Official Couple: With Sue in seasons 2 and 3
- Put on a Bus: He transferred to another school and left Sue for a girl named Kerry.
Ashley "Weird Ashley" Wyman
- Played by: Katlin Mastandrea
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Axl.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Hence the nickname.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Seems to practice this.
- Running Gag: Somehow Axl always ends up going to prom with her. Even Sue went with her once.
Courtney and Debbie
- Played by: Brittany Ross and Natalie Lander
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Can never remember Sue exists no matter how often they meet. Made fun of Sue's idea of watching a movie in the pumpkin patch then stole it.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether their malicious actions, especially towards Sue, are the result of ill will or sheer stupidity varies depending on the episode.
- Cloudcuckoolanders: Sue greets them while they're waiting on Axl at the Hecks'. Not only do they not remember having ever spoken to her but — because they don't believe Axl has a sister — they tell him that "there's this poor girl who's lost in your house."
- The Dividual: Axl has a problem when he realizes that he doesn't know which one he's actually dating.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Can't even sit on separate tables at lunch without yelling about how much they missed each other.
- Played by: Dave Foley
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Brick asked why it was important that he make friends his own age he told him he didn't know but begs Brick to do it as his job is on the line.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Male example. He lives in a small apartment with lots of cats.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Brick
- No Social Skills: For a guidance Councillor he talks about his own problems a lot during sessions.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had a girlfriend called Shelly who left him for a Granola Guy he still isn't over it.
- Played by: Rachel Dratch
- Played by: Nick Shafer
Dr. Ted Goodwin
- Played by: Jack McBrayer
- Benevolent Boss
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- The Ditz: Can be incredibly naive.
- Nice Guy
- Serious Business: His love of peanut brittle.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Bob.
- Played by: Galadriel Stineman
- Betty and Veronica: Choose Axl (Veronica) over a smarter older boy.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Axl after he won a football match.
- Crush Blush: Does this when she leaves the room after Axl's Forceful Kiss.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Love Makes You Crazy: Why she forgave Axl for starting a fire in her backyard.
- Official Couple: With Axl in Season 4.
- Opposites Attract
- Teacher/Student Romance: Sort of, she was Axl's tutor but they were the same age.
- Verbal Tic: Her inability to pronounce the word orange set off the plot of one episode.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Axl in season 4 They Do
- Played by: Tommy Bechtold
- The Faceless: For many of his appearances, he is shown exclusively from the back or with his face behind a computer screen.
- Fat Bastard: Implied, since Axl first describes living with him as a dreadful experience, not realizing that Frankie and Mike feel the same way about living with Axl.
- The Ghost: Sort of. He can always be seen but hardly ever speaks and seemingly doesn't do anything except sit there with his back to the camera playing video games.
- Hidden Depths: In season 7, he reveals to Frankie the his family situation isn't typical. He's also skilled in IT since he helps Frankie with her computer and wi-fi and is extremely talented at making grilled cheese sandwiches.
- In the season 8 finale, it's revealed that he's been developing apps in between games the whole time and has a high enough net worth from them that he will be able to retire within one year after leaving college.
- Jerkass: When he was living with Axl for their first year of college, he never talked to him or acknowledged his existence kept him up all night with his bright and loud video games and took his pillow to sit on.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Axl and Hutch later talked about his good qualities and admitted he was always a good roommate. After spending time at the Hecks' house he sincerely thanked Frankie for her hospitality, she said she enjoyed having him. He's also responsible for bailing out Axl and Hutch multiple times with the various problems they have finding a place to live.
- Manchild: Became one of these when staying at the Hecks' house.
- Not So Different: When Axl was describing to his family how he's a terrible roommate all they can say in response is a load of sarcastic really's.
- Parental Substitute: Seems to see Frankie as this when he stays at the Hecks' house.
- Shout-Out: Among other video games, Axl mentions him playing World of Warcraft.
- The Silent Bob
- Suddenly Voiced: Spoke for the first time on Halloween to explain the original lore surrounding the Grim Reaper.
- The Quiet One: Hutch says he only talks when it's important.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He's lived with Axl for about three years now uninvited.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have become this with Axl and Hutch.
Charles "Hutch" Hutchinson
- Played by: Alphonso Mc Auley
- Black Best Friend: To Axl
- Butt-Monkey: He and Axl met getting bullied by the Older Football players.
- Character Development: In season 9, after graduating college and moving into his own Chicago apartment, he starts acting more like a responsible adult, inspiring Axl to do the same.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Again with Axl especially since they decided to live together.
- Manchild: When he started staying at the Hecks'.
- Played by: Gia Mantegna
- Birds of a Feather: With Axl
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: Of Axl
- The Lad-ette
- Official Couple: With Axl until Season 7
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never shown when she and Axl officially broke up, although in her last appearance they agreed not to be exclusive so it's possible she met someone else.
- Lampshaded In the Season 8 episode "Exes and Ohhhs", when she tells Axl that they technically never really broke up, and she took him never texting her again as a sign that he had moved on.
Cynthia "Cindy" Violet Hornberger
- Played by: Casey Burke
- Ambiguous Disorder: She speaks in a monotone voice all the time, keeps her hat on all the time, is incapable of saying something she doesn't mean, and she lacks social skills as evident from her speaking with Brick in the men's room while he's in a stall.
- Ax-Crazy: Somewhat, as evidenced by her kicking Mike's car and Brick's nervous, "No, she won't," when Mike says she'll get over him not saving her seat on the bus.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: When Frankie asked if she wanted something to eat she requested shrimp; for her Thanksgiving meal she had a hunk of cheese. In both cases, she took a single bite then stopped.
- Cleans Up Nicely: When she gets dressed up for the prom in "Great Heckspectations," she's so stunningly gorgeous that Frankie worries another guy will steal her from Brick. She needn't have worried; Brick and Cindy skip the prom and sneak into the library, having mutually agreed it was a much better use of their time.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gives Brick a run for his money.
- Creepy Monotone: At all times.
- Grim Reaper: Goes as this for Halloween and manages to scare the crap out of Axl, Hutch and Kenny.
- Happily Married: It's inferred in a Season 7 Halloween episode "Halloween VI: Tick Tick Death", that she and Brick will likely end up married and grow old together.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Brick has been heard talking to her about things like going on couples retreats and where to spend the holidays. They're both still in middle school.
- Literal-Minded: If she arrives somewhere a few minutes before the set time, she will wait by the front door reading your mail.
- Never Bareheaded: A Foreign French Legion that she refuses to ever take off.
- No Social Skills: Sees nothing wrong with walking into the men's room and talking to Brick while he's on the toilet.
- Official Couple: With Brick.
- Power Trio: With Brick and Troy.
- The Stoic
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She is the huge girl to Brick's tiny guy.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend
- Your Cheating Heart: Once kissed another boy Brick paid her not to do it again
- Played by: Jovan Armand
- Adorkable: Is quite shy and admits he doesn't make friends very easily.
- Gentle Giant: He comes from a big family where apparently he's the smallest one so he protects Brick from being picked on.
- Power Trio: With Brick and Cindy.
- Played by: Daniela Bobadilla
- Always Someone Better: How Sue originally saw her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Axl or sleep-deprivation can bring this out in her.
- Genki Girl: Why she and Sue became friends.
- Official Couple: Her and Axl (Lexl) as of Season 8.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: The other reason she and Sue became friends.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Instantly took a liking to Sue when she was having trouble making friends in college.
- True Companions: Didn't let financial differences hurt her friendship with Sue.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Doesn't see anything special about dating a boy who's dad owns an island or Justin Timberlake's cousin.
- Played by: David Hull
- Mr. Fanservice: Has a job that requires him not to wear a shirt; this is heavily Lampshaded.
- Nice Guy
- Sexy Priest: Studying to be one.
- Will They or Won't They?: They don't; he decides to become a priest.
- Played by: Lyndon Smith
- Alliterative Name: Holly Haypek
- Really Gets Around: Is said to bring numerous boys to the room and kick Sue out so she can sleep with them.
- Straw Nihilist: Puts up a poster saying *** Life, claims she doesn't like people.
- Your Cheating Heart: At least one of the boys she took to the room had a boyfriend.
- Played by: Will Green
- Derailing Love Interests: It really doesn't take long for Sue to get tired of him and his far left-wing diatribes.
- Establishing Character Moment: Chained to a tree yelling at Sue through a megaphone.
- Granola Guy: Environmentalist, socialist, vegan, and more. He briefly shaves his hippie beard to flirt with Sue before growing it back in full a few appearances later.
- Jerkass: First appears yelling at people through a megaphone for no real reason; when Sue calls him out on this, he admitts he was only doing this to cope with boredom.
- Soap Box Sadie: In his first few appearances, he spouts common environmentalist and anti-capitalist protest clichés through a megaphone while chained to a tree until his professor encourages him to come back to class.