Top 10 Full House Characters

Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles the events of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D.J., middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes.

While never a critical favorite, the series was consistently in the Nielsen Top 30 (from 1988 onward) and gained even more popularity in syndicated reruns and also aired internationally. It has also had tie-in merchandise marketed, such as a series of paperback books. A sequel series, Fuller House, premiered on Netflix on February 26, 2016.

Take a look below for top 10 Full House characters.

1. Stephanie Tanner

Stephanie is known for her perky personality. She was a blabbermouth in the earlier seasons, but got over that eventually, though her younger sister Michelle received that trait as well (but she also grew out of it at an earlier age than Stephanie). Stephanie is often defiant of her sister D.J. in the earlier seasons, but they eventually become much closer and bicker less as the series progresses, though her nosy habit of reading D.J.’s diary never faded, though her snooping on D.J.’s phone calls was gone by then; the diary reading habit was already gone by the final season. Stephanie is the most excitable of the girls—a trait she inherited from her mother, and the most talkative—a trait from her father. She often struggles with being the middle child and wanting attention.

Still, she is quite well-behaved and very hard on herself whenever she did something wrong. For example, in season 3’s “Honey, I Broke the House”, after accidentally crashing Joey’s car into the kitchen, she considers running away from home, and after being punished, is still hard on herself that she hides under the covers of her bed. Danny assures her that there’s always the chance of building a new wall or even buying a new car, but there’s only one Stephanie Judith Tanner that can never, ever be replaced.

Although often noble and trustworthy, Stephanie has her weaknesses, which include being able to be swayed by her peers into dangerous situations, and prying. Like D.J., Stephanie is a good student. Her favorite color is pink. Stephanie is very athletic, as she also loves to dance and she performs ballet very well. Like D.J. and eventually Michelle, Stephanie is a member of the “Honey Bees” (an organization similar to Girl Scouts) in the first few seasons. Stephanie shares a room with D.J. until season five, when D.J. moves into Michelle’s room and Michelle moves in with Stephanie.

She has a teddy bear named Mr. Bear, which she is very attached to, as Pam gave him to her when she and Danny brought Michelle home from the hospital. Mr. Bear wears a detective coat and a dark hat and has a scar under one of his eyes. After season seven, Mr. Bear no longer makes an appearance, but he is mentioned in the season seven episode “The Apartment”. He is also seen in the season seven episode “Tough Love” in the mirror when Joey is hiding. Seeing as Danny wanted the stuffed animals raked up as well as Michelle’s “Hobby Day” leaves, it seems that she did not completely get rid of him. As she mentions several times throughout the series, but is only heard twice, “Mr. Bear is not a toy. He’s a member of the family.”

Throughout the series, Stephanie has gone through many tough issues (possibly more than the other Tanner girls), such as smoking, “make-out parties”, joy riding, witnessing child abuse, as well as the death of her mother when she was only five years old (and, as an adult, not being able to have children).

2. Jesse Katsopolis

Jesse Katsopolis was born to Nick and Irene Katsopolis. He is half-Greek and half-Italian. Greek on his father’s side and Italian on his mother’s side.

His birth name is Hermes. His mother said that when he was in kindergarten, he was teased so much that he begged to be renamed. However, he has respect for his true name being the name of the Greek god of speed, as well as his grandfather.

His older sister, Pam, married Danny after high school. Jesse went on to attend Golden Bay High School but dropped out. However, he ends up finishing by getting a GED in “Educating Jesse” (6.6).

In the first episode of the series, Jesse moves in with Danny to help him raise his kids after the death of his wife, Pam. Jesse only planned to stay for a couple of weeks but ends up staying for the whole series, along with Joey Gladstone. Jesse describes in later episodes how Pam was a great influence in his life, and how, despite his rebel attitude, she managed to keep him in check.

He used to be a “bad boy”, but that begins to change when he begins taking care of the girls (especially Michelle), and really changes when he begins having a relationship with his love, Rebecca Donaldson.

3. Michelle Tanner

Michelle Tanner was born on November 12, 1986 to Pam and Danny. She is the youngest daughter in the Tanner family. Michelle has blonde hair like her sisters, D.J. and Stephanie. She was nine months when her mother Pam died instantly from her injuries in a car accident after getting hit by a drunken driver. Since Michelle does not remember her mother, her family tells her what Pam was like in the final episode. She turns one year old in the first season and by the end of the show Michelle is eight.

She grows up on the show. Michelle appears in every episode of every season. As she gets older, she has a wild streak and is a smart-aleck. She is shown having many friends, and spending much time with them. She always tries to follow in D.J. and Stephanie’s footsteps. Michelle is the character with the most catch phrases. She mentions that her favorite color is green in “Tough Love” (7.4).

4. Joey Gladstone

Joseph Alvin “Joey” Gladstone (played by Dave Coulier) is the childhood best friend of Danny Tanner, and adulthood best friend of Jesse Katsopolis. Joey moved in with Danny shortly after the death of Danny’s wife, Pam, to help raise D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. Joey tries to be a stand-up comedian, whose act usually includes imitations of cartoon-character voices such as Popeye, Bullwinkle, Pepe LePew, Elmer Fudd, and many more.

Joey initially slept in the alcove of Danny’s living room. However, after complaining of not being able to find privacy, Danny reconstructs his basement garage into a bedroom for him. In college, Joey got a degree in education. This way if being a comedian didn’t work out he had a solid career to fall back on.

5. Donna Jo “D.J.” Tanner

Born Donna Jo Tanner on February 9, 1977, she is the older sister of Stephanie and Michelle Tanner. D.J. is sometimes called “Deej” by her family and close friends (which is a one-syllable shortening of the sound of her initials).

Though she gets upset at times over her father whenever he would either pry into her affairs or embarrass her, she is always quick to apologize, especially when she snaps at him. D.J. is often irritated about the limits her father places on her, and usually breaks these limits by rebelling against him, usually by running off and/or isolating herself in her room. In the end, she does learn her lesson (usually the hard way). This structure of one of the “Tanner sisters” learning a life-important lesson is shown in many episodes.

In “Daddy’s Home” (1.6), when she will not talk about how much she wishes Danny was not working so much because Stephanie would cry about Danny missing her recital, D.J. shows great sensitivity toward her younger siblings. In “A Pox in Our House” (1.15), she stays home from her first non-mother/daughter Honeybee slumber party to take care of baby Michelle when Jesse, Joey, and Stephanie have the chicken pox, so that Michelle would not get it too. Stephanie quite often gets on her nerves with her snooping, and this trend continues throughout the series.

In “Slumber Party” (4.4), after Stephanie’s awful time at the mother/daughter Honeybee sleepover, Stephanie tearfully says that when D.J. was her age, she got to attend one with their mother. D.J. then explains that she misses her just as much. When Stephanie asks how she can make the feeling go away, D.J. explains that something that helps her cope with not having a mom is realizing that they have something the other girls don’t; three people who love them, namely Danny, Joey, and Jesse, and they have each other. She then decides to accompany Stephanie on her return trip to the sleepover.

6. Danny Tanner

Danny is the archetype of the “not-hip dad” or the “uncool” character. He sees himself as the “raddest, baddest” dad ever (which his daughters do not agree with him about at all). In episodes like “Ol’ Brown Eyes” (season four) or “To Joey, With Love” (season eight), he wants to show the others that he has the same coolness that Jesse has. In “Ol Brown Eyes”, when Danny is dressed like a rock star, D.J. finds him to be very embarrassing.

Danny is usually seen as a control freak, not by just the girls, but by the rest of the family as a whole. In addition to the spring cleaning (see below), he made a “Clipboard of Fun” for the rest of the family in the season three premiere “Tanner’s Island”, and this led to rising tensions among the grown-ups and thus, leaving the girls worried and D.J. having to use a conch/shell near her feet to calm everyone down.

Danny is also obsessed with cleaning and wants to make sure there’s no speck of dust, dirt, or mildew on anything he owns. His motto is, “Clean is good, dirt is bad.” D.J. and Stephanie do not like cleaning as much as Danny thinks they do. In “Granny Tanny”, Stephanie had confessed that one Christmas, when she asked Santa for a cleaning tool, she did not know he would actually bring it to her. In the episode “Honey, I Broke the House”, he even seems to care more about the mess that Stephanie made in the kitchen, than the fact that she drove Joey’s new car through the kitchen wall.

In the episode “The Trouble with Danny” in season five, it was hinted that Danny may have had a mild form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) because of his obsessive cleaning and him telling D.J. and Stephanie to chew their food “24 times” exactly. However, he decided to find a balance between clean and dirty because he realized his cleaning was getting out of control. In the episode “Joey Goes Hollywood”, he revealed that his favorite scent is Lemon Pledge. He got Michelle to become his special helper on his “Christmas” (Spring cleaning), making her hope that he would be proud of her if she was very clean and tidy. In “Spellbound”, he used cleaning products to teach Michelle the alphabet.

7. Kimberly “Kimmy” Gibbler

Kimmy is D.J. Tanner’s best friend and the Tanners’ next door neighbor. While the character was just a recurring guest star early on, she soon became part of the main cast. She was first mentioned in “Our Very First Show”, but made her official appearance in the episode “The First Day of School”.

It is mentioned in the premiere that she has three sisters, and in “Divorce Court”, she mentions that she is glad her mom stopped having kids after her, so it’s assumed that she is the youngest in her family.

However, it is D.J. who really loves her like a sister. The reason, whether it’s because she can live on the edge a little by hanging around her, or because she gets to practice her leadership skills and guide her, is uncertain. It’s probably more a desire to help Kimmy, though there is a little of the edge, too. For instance, it’s revealed in “Stephanie’s Wild Ride” that when they were 13, Kimmy and D.J. hitchhiked to Berkeley on Halloween.

Kimmy held a job for a few hours at the brand new movie theater (season 5’s “Sisters in Crime”) and then got a new job as a waitress at the Smash Club, where D.J. also worked as a waitress. In one episode Kimmy was about to get married to her boyfriend Duane (Scott Menville). She said she wanted to “leave something other than a D average.” Jesse and Danny convinced Kimmy not to marry Duane. When Jesse told Duane that they weren’t getting married, Duane said his catchphrase, “Whatever”.

8. Mr. Bear

As Stephanie mentions, though only heard twice, Mr. Bear “is not a toy. He’s a member of the family.” Stephanie got Mr. Bear when her mother came home from the hospital with baby Michelle. This is revealed in “Goodbye Mr. Bear” where she hides him, and Danny decides to show the girls some old home movies. He says, “Pam gave D.J. a charm bracelet, and she gave Stephanie Mr. Bear”. Mr. Bear actually makes his debut in “Tanner vs. Gibbler” (season 2) when he is featured as part of Stephanie’s “class”, as she plays “school” in her and D.J.’s room.

In season three’s “Three Men and Another Baby”, she gives Michelle Mr. Bear to play with, on the condition that Michelle commits to her “big girl” attitude, but threatens to take him back if Michelle returns to her “baby” attitude. When Michelle does return to her “baby” attitude by getting back into what was her crib, Stephanie makes good on her threat. Both girls fight for control, and Michelle wins and then calls Mr. Bear “Willie” for the time being. Michelle eventually returns him and gets a kiss for it.

Mr. Bear suddenly disappears after Stephanie enters her teen years. He was not mentioned until the season seven episode “The Apartment”, which also marked his next-to-last appearance. However, seeing as Danny wanted the stuffed animals raked up as well as Michelle’s “Hobby Day” leaves, it seems that she did not completely get rid of him. Proof of that lies in the opening teaser of “Tough Love”, when Michelle tries to demonstrate her sock puppet to her sister, as he’s seen on Stephanie’s bed.

9. Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson-Katsopolis

Before moving to San Francisco, she worked as a talk show host on A.M. Omaha for two years, before being offered to host alongside Danny Tanner on Wake Up, San Francisco.

Becky and Jesse soon become attracted to each other and begin to date. They get married in season four resulting in them moving into Becky’s apartment. However, after realizing how much Jesse misses his family, Danny agrees for them to move into the attic, where they transform it into their own mini-apartment.

In the season four finale, Becky discovers that she is pregnant. In season five, she gives birth to Identical twin boys, Nicky and Alexander (Alex). It is revealed she named Alexander after her High School teacher, who inspired her to pursue a career in Journalism.

10. Steve Hale

Steven Edwin Hale is a character played by Scott Weinger. He begins appearing as a recurring role in season five; in seasons six and seven, he becomes a main character; and makes a special appearance in the series finale. Steve is D.J.’s high school boyfriend (until the end of season 7), and is usually the reason for the Tanners’ empty refrigerator, if not for Kimmy. Explained by D.J., “Steve’s a wrestler. He needs his strength.”

His first appearance is in “Sisters in Crime”. On their first night out, two others tagged along—Michelle and Stephanie. Steve is nice to the entire family. He returned in Fuller House, first as a recurring character in season one, then becoming a main character in season two.

Steve is the captain of his wrestling team and loves food. He visits the Tanners at breakfast time. He listens to grunge music and plays sports video games. He drives a 1986 Camaro. And he is also known as strong, trusting, even-tempered, vivacious, exuberant, heroic, adventurous, loving, efficient, strong-willed, thoughtful, educated, valiant, encouraging, hard-working, altruistic, loyal and erudite.

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