It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has become such a beloved show due in large part to its 5 core characters. Dennis, Mac, Charlie, Dee, and Frank are all hilarious in their own way, and get better with each season that passes – but they aren’t the only funny characters on the show. Rickety Cricket, the Waitress, and the McPoyles all have returned many times, and brought plenty of laughs with them.
Occasionally though, an episode is made due to a minor character, someone who’s only shown up a couple times, or even just once before. That character brings something to the plot and the laughs to make his or herself a fan favorite. When this happens, those fans are usually anxiously awaiting another appearance from the character, scanning every episode for just a glimpse of an old favorite.
I’m no exception to that, as I love some of the minor characters the show has brought in over the years. With season 9 kicking off on FXX, it’s another chance for some of those old favorites to find their way back into the Gang’s life. Because of that, I’ve decided to make my picks for which characters I’d like to see the most in season 9. I’ve cut the list down to five, which was a horribly difficult task, but if any of these characters show up in the new season, I’ll be one ecstatic fan.
So read on for the 5 minor It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia characters we want more of in season 9.Next
That’s Tammy, Trey’s ex-girlfriend. This is classic Tammy. Trey broke up with Tammy because Maureen Kanallen said that she saw Tammy flirting with Walt Timny at a party, but she was only doing it to make Trey jealous because you know, she thought that Trey secretly liked Erin Henebry, but he doesn’t like Erin Henebry, it was all a bunch of bull.
If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about Tammy, then let me refresh your memory a bit. Way back in season 1, Tammy wanted to get with Dennis, or so it seemed, but Dennis was hesitant since she was still in high school. When Mac and Charlie found out she was 18, they said he should go for it, but by then it was too late, she left with Trey and was never seen again.
How great would it be if now, 8 years later, Tammy somehow found her way back into Dennis’ life? We’ve seen Dennis go through a marriage with an ex, so what if something of that ilk happened with Tammy? Or better yet, Dennis is lonely, decides to call up Tammy now that she’s definitely legal, but it turns out she’s not quite the smokin’ high schooler she once was. If that isn’t a great set-up for a Dennis-focused episode, I don’t know what is.Previous Next
Ben The Soldier
Poor Ben, the nicest guy ever, yet he continually gets stomped on and beaten down by the Gang – well, specifically Dee. The rest of the Gang is actually pretty nice to the show’s solider, even gifting him a pair of jean shorts when he first returned from the war. They then put on a whole wrestling demonstration just to show their support. Yes, they have feathers, but muscles of men.
The rest of the Gang is probably only nice to Ben since they think he’s attempting to screw over Dee. That’s something everyone can get behind. Ben pops up again in The D.E.N.N.I.S. method, finally having enough of Dee being a mean person, and he dumps her, all while wearing the face paint of a lizard. This leads to a reappearance when Dennis and Dee do a podcast. On that podcast Ben informs Dee that he doesn’t like her anymore, and Dee is quite upset.
Ben’s such a genuine nice character, providing such a stark contrast to the Gang. I’d love to see him do something really devious and catch the Gang totally off guard. Perhaps “The War Comes To Paddy’s” or something along those lines. A sinister Ben would be a sharp twist, and it would definitely bring the laughs.Previous Next
Back when the Gang attempted to solve the North Korea situation, Charlie came across a bus girl named Sun-Li, and it was love at first sight. This was the first time we got to see Charlie fall in love with a girl who didn’t hate his guts, and they were just about perfect for each other. They both hate mean people, they both like pizza, and they both even think kissing is icky. I mean, the girl saw Charlie grab a hot pocket out of the trash and she had no thoughts on that. At all. She’s perfect!
The only thing that kept her from actually being perfect was the minor fact that she was merely 12 years old. That put a kink in Charlie’s plans of marriage, and certainly wrecked the wet t-shirt contest the Gang had planned at Paddy’s. But that was back in season 3, it’s now season 9, meaning six years have passed and little Sun-Li is now 18.
She’s the girl Charlie’s been waiting for, so bring her back into the picture. She shows up at Paddy’s, wanting to see Charlie, and now speaks impeccable English, so well in fact that he hardly recognizes her. Everyone loves a story of rekindled love, and this would be no different. Plus, bringing Sun-Li into an episode means the show could bring back Mr. Kim, and that’s something everyone would be very excited about.Previous Next
The Lawyer has been in enough episodes to where he almost isn’t considered minor anymore, but I would very much welcome him becoming as much of a regular as the McPoyles or the Waitress. Every time the Lawyer has a run in with the Gang, hilarity ensues, whether it be from the Gang’s ridiculous notions of what a lawyer can do, or from the Lawyer’s schemes that defeat the Gang time and time again.
Perhaps the best part of any episode where the Lawyer shows up is Charlie’s obsession with law. We’ve gotten to see it a couple times without the Lawyer, but when that guy shows up, you can be sure that Charlie is going to attempt to throw down. After all, “That lawyer guy, okay. He totally besmirched me today, and I demand satisfaction.”
The Lawyer would be a great addition to season 9 at any point, but I’d love to see another episode totally revolving around him. Perhaps Dennis could slip in and bang his ex-wife, leading to the Lawyer really seeking vengeance on our egotistical friends. Or Kitton Mittons could really take off, making the Lawyer a multi-millionaire, with commercials on every channel just to taunt Charlie.Previous Next
Back in Mac Is A Serial Killer, Dee goes outside wearing a skimpy outfit, hoping to get tracked down and sliced by whoever the killer is so Dennis can catch him. That plan never works out, but Dee’s outfit is enough for her to get noticed by Pepper Jack, a Philadelphia Pimp who tells her she could become his best ho. When Dee and Dennis resist, Pepper Jack threatens to cut someone unless he gets money for his ho.
We know Pepper Jack loves Fraggle Rock and he only allows his… uh… women, to speak when they’re spoken to, but we really never learn much else about this sophisticated gentleman, and he seems like the sort of character who would have a rich story the show could delve into.
It’s surprising that the Gang hasn’t run into more pimps with the way the run their depraved lifestyle. It wouldn’t be a stretch at all to imagine Pepper Jack reappearing on the show. There could be an episode where Pepper Jack and Cricket get involved with each other, two men of the street scheming some way to get rich before the Gang disrupts everything. Or he could be involved with Frank’s friends from under the bridge. There are endless possibilities on this one. Plus, it’s always good to have a character who exclusively refers to himself in the third person.
Those are my picks for 5 minor characters I’d love to see in season 9 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, but I’m sure you all have picks too, so head on down to the comments section and post your choices.Previous