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Just get a job? Why don't I strap on my job helmet, and squeeze down into a job cannon, AND FIRE OFF INTO JOBLAND WHERE JOBS GROWN OFF JOBBIES!?
~ Charlie Kelly
Bro, I can handle my sedatives.
~ Charlie Kelly
Wildcard, bitches! Yeeee-ha!
~ Charlie Kelly

Charles "Charlie" Kelly is one of the five main protagonists of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Though he is generally less villainous and the nicer than any other member of "The Gang", he has also done some villainous actions. Though he and Dee are not exactly good friends, he does not bully her like the other members do.

He is portrayed by Charlie Day, who also played Newton Geiszler in Pacific Rim: Uprising.


Arguably the most unhappy member of the gang, Charlie is a volatile, tempestuous, and temperamental individual who is prone to Al Pacino-styled outbursts.

Like the others, Charlie possesses several self-important, narcissistic, egotistical, and manipulative characteristics. He never admits ignorance on any subject, despite being ignorant of just about everything, and often acts like he knows better than others. He tends to try and demonstrate his knowledge by throwing out terms associated with the subject in question, or simply mirroring what other people are saying, without any real understanding, making himself look like an unintelligent idiot. When called out on his painfully obvious illiteracy and general lack of intelligence, he gets incredibly psychopathic, defensive, and angry. He also has a problem with authority, and often ignores the gang's attempts to control his dysfunctional and unpredictable behavior. Also, whenever the Gang begin a new scheme, he often expects to be placed in a position of authority, such as being Dennis' campaign manager in "The Gang runs for Office" or being captain of the boat in "The Gang buys a Boat", despite being woefully unsuited for them. When denied something he wants, he will usually attempt to get it anyway through deceit and manipulation, never taking responsibility for the havoc he always causes as a results.

Charlie's delusions of superiority and emotional volatility seem to cover up a deep-seated sense of shame and low self-esteem. His fits of rage often spring up when he senses he is being attacked, wronged or not listened to. The disproportionate amount of anger and the lengths Charlie goes to to get revenge on slights real and imagined suggest that on a subconscious level, he is miserably aware and ashamed of his failings, and hates to be reminded of it.

Villainous Actions

  • After realizing his mom was a prostitute for numerous men who happened to dress up like Santa Claus, Charlie has a mental breakdown when he sees a mall Santa, ending with Charlie biting Santa’s neck, causing blood to spray everywhere, to which he then drags him to the ground and mercilessly beats him in front of hundreds of crying children before Mac finally drags him away.
  • Went out on his own, and proceeded to kidnap and torture a critic for writing a negative article about his bar.
  • Charlie will sometimes scheme to deceive the entire Gang in order to achieve his goals, especially in pursuit of the Waitress.
  • Charlie pretended he was dying of cancer in a failed attempt to get the Waitress to sleep with him.
  • Charlie manipulates Dennis into sleeping with both Charlie and Mac's mothers in an attempt to the Waitress to sleep with him out of revenge.
  • Charlie pretended to be in love with another woman in order to make the Waitress jealous.
  • Charlie tried tricking Dee, Mac, and Frank out of their shares of the bar, but was interrupted by Dennis.




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