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Jack Tripper

Played by: John Ritter

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When dressed in drag in the Season 4 episode "Jack on the Lam." Chrissy's date found him especially hot.
  • Camp Straight: Which certainly helps when pretending to be gay.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Catchphrase: "Oh lordy, lordy, lordy..."
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Cure Your Gays: Mr. Furley thinks his friendship with Jack did the trick when he moves in with a woman in the series finale.
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  • Faux Yay: Jack must pretend to be gay in front of the landlords so that he can live with two females.
  • The Klutz
  • Meaningful Name: Jack Tripper refers to the fact that Jack is a klutz.
  • Mistaken for Gay
  • Nice Guy
  • The Pratfall:
  • Punny Name: Just repeat his name slowly until you get the joke.
  • Starving Student: The reason why he moves in with the girls.
  • Supreme Chef: Jack attends cooking school for the first few seasons and later opens a French restaurant.
  • Troll: Quite often when Mr. Roper makes a crack about him being gay (or sometimes just to get rid of him), Jack gets his own back by pretending to flirt with him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Multiple episodes suggest that he and Janet might have a thing for each other, but nothing ever comes of it, and in the series finale, they both end up marrying different people.

Janet Wood

Played by: Joyce DeWitt

  • Brainy Brunette
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Although she's Closer to Earth than Chrissy, she often overhears things and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Jerkass Ball: In the episode where she gets a blonde wig and starts to act more and more rude to everyone because she enjoys all of the attention it gives her.
  • Male Gaze: There tends to be countless of shots of her curvy behind, more often than Chrissy, even.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Frequently seen in short skirts and nighties, although more conservative than Chrissy.
  • She's Got Legs: Joyce DeWitt had a gorgeous set of gams and always wore pantyhose on the show, refusing to appear bare-legged even when her character was supposedly naked under a towel. She even appeared in several commercials for L'eggs.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Janet was initially somewhat of a tomboy to Chrissy's girly girl, although this became less pronounced after the first season.
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  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jack.

Christmas Noelle "Chrissy" Snow

Played by: Suzanne Somers (Seasons 1-5)

Stanley and Helen Roper

Played by: Norman Fell and Audra Lindley (Seasons 1-3)

  • And Starring: During their time on the show, Fell and Lindley got an "And Starring as the Ropers" credit.
  • Aside Glance: Mr. Roper's specialty, after getting in a really good dig at his wife.
    • Many times, this flirts with Breaking the Fourth Wall, as Mr. Roper looks straight at the camera (and thus the viewer) and smiles broadly.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Albeit with occasional Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments.
  • Captain Obvious: Mr. Roper occasionally, prompting Mrs. Roper to reply, "Very good, Stanley."
  • Cranky Landlord: Mr. Roper
  • Iconic Outfit: Mr. Roper's cardigan sweaters, and Mrs. Roper's caftan dresses.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Roper. He's very greedy, and often makes insulting comments about his wife and Jack. But deep down, he loves his wife, and cares about Jack, Janet and Chrissy.
  • Put on a Bus: They move across town (and to their own spinoff show) at the end of season 3.
    • The Bus Came Back: They make a one-shot return in the season 5 episode "Night of the Ropers".
  • Secret Keeper: Mrs. Roper finds out Jack isn't really gay in the second episode, but goes along with the charade in her husband's presence for the rest of their time on the show.
  • Sexless Marriage: The Ropers appear to have one of these for the most part, much to Mrs. Roper's chagrin.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: Mr. Roper will not stand for a single man sharing an apartment with two women. Hence Jack's need for Faux Yay.

Larry Dallas

Played by: Richard Kline (Seasons 2-8)

Ralph Furley

Played by: Don Knotts (Seasons 4-8)

  • Always Camp: His loud Seventies clothes seem to make sense only in his mind.
  • Ascended Extra: Furley was originally supposed to be a one-time character, but Knotts fit in so efficiently with the rest of the cast that he became a series regular.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Catchphrase: "Now hear this!"
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Expy: He's basically Barney Fife in a leisure suit.
  • Landlord: Well, technically his brother Bart is, but Ralph is managing the building in his stead.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like Mr. Roper, he is the only member of the cast who does not know that Jack is really straight.
    • Unlike Mr. Roper, it's implied that Furley himself would not have a problem with the trio's living situation, especially given his own "swinger" lifestyle. It's just that his brother Bart, the building's true owner, would never stand for it.

Lana Shields

Played by: Ann Wedgeworth (Season 4)

  • All Women Are Lustful: Often considered to be TV's first "cougar".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Appeared in only 9 episodes and was last seen in "A Black Letter Day", given very little explanation on her disappearance, and was not mentioned after the episode.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Part of the reason the character was quietly dropped was due to John Ritter's complaints about the implausibility of Jack spurning her attentions.

Cindy Snow

Played by: Jenilee Harrison (Seasons 5-6)

Terri Alden

Played by: Priscilla Barnes (Seasons 6-8)


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