Parks & Recreation: One Quote From Each Character That Perfectly Sums Up Their Personality – Screen Rant

Parks and Recreation has one of the most beloved cast of characters in television history, all of whom stand out with their own fun personalities.
The cast of characters on Parks and Recreation make up one of the most charming and hilarious ensembles in television history. Led by the inspiring and determined Leslie Knope, each of these characters bring their own special something to the show and stand out in their own way.
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With such distinct personalities, there are a number of instances when the Parks and Rec characters perfectly sum up who they are with one simple quote. These informative lines highlight what makes these characters stand out and why fans love them so much.
Jerry is one of those classic sitcom characters who is picked on more than they deserve. However, there are also times where he makes himself an easy target with his clumsiness and awkwardness.
When Jerry gives Chris some advice on parenting, it is surprisingly heartfelt. But then he suddenly starts rambling incoherently before explaining that he doesn’t usually get a chance to talk so long and he panicked. It shows Jerry’s kind nature, his life as the butt of the joke, and that he’s a bit of a buffoon.
Though she didn’t stand out on the show at first, Donna Meagle eventually proved she was the most confident character in the entire series. She constantly has a number of boyfriends on the go, all of whom worship her, and she is always expecting the absolute best for herself.
When the Parks and Rec gang get the chance to hang out with the Indianapolis Colts, everyone is very impressed by the NFL stars. But when one of the players tries to hit on Donna, she coldly dismisses him, feeling that she could do a lot better.
The friendship that blossoms between Leslie and Ann Perkins is one of the most heartwarming on television. Though they would each have their own successful marriages and families, it always seem like they are the most important people to each other.
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When Ben fails to follow Ann’s instructions with keeping Leslie under control, she points out that a best friend is often more important than a husband. It’s hard to see Leslie arguing with Ann on that point.
After being introduced in the second season of the show, Chris Trager becomes one of the funniest characters thanks to his endless positive energy. But while that can-do attitude always remains, Chris also finds himself facing a lot of personal uncertainty and anxiety later in the show.
However, even while battling these personal crises, Chris knows how to put a positive spin on things. Even when he is at a total loss, he embraces that uncertainty completely in an upbeat and somewhat unhinged way.
Before Chris Pratt became a movie star, he was the lovable goofball, Andy, on Parks and Rec. Though Andy is not the smartest guy around, he has a childlike personality that is charming even if it causes him to make a mess of things on occasion.
In one of the wonderfully random moments of Andy’s mayhem, he rushes out of the office to inform Leslie of his latest catastrophe. Making ramen in a coffee pot is both foolish and fun which perfectly sums up Andy, as does the destruction he causes.
April is a character who could have gotten very old very quickly with her bizarre view of the world and dark sensibilities. But Aubrey Plaza makes her a funny character and April is shown to have a sweetness to her, especially in her relationship with Andy.
Though their plans to get married seem reckless, April and Andy prove how much they love each other. And her sweet and honest vows show that she can be her usual odd self while also showing her soft side.
Tom Haverford can be a ridiculous man at times. He seems to think he is some big-time player in the social scene and spends far too much time trying to make that image a reality. However, as time goes on, Tom takes his entrepreneur dreams more seriously and proves his work ethic.
A big moment in Tom’s change is when he tries to convince his even more ridiculous business partner Jean Ralphio that they need to put in hard work in order to be the kind of people they pretend to be. It is a moment in which Tom blends his “baller” energy with his businessman vision.
Ben is another character who was a later addition to the show but quickly became beloved. He is a serious and by-the-books professional who is often annoyed by the antics of his colleagues while also being ridiculed for his love of geek culture.
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When someone makes an incorrect comment about Game of Thrones, Ben is too focused on his work and dismisses it but then admits he needs to address it or it will bug him. It is a perfect example of the professional adult version of Ben clashing with the obsessive nerd.
Ron Swanson was not only one of Parks and Rec‘s best characters, but he is also one of the greatest sitcom characters of the 21st century. A lot of his humor comes from his tough-guy persona, his no-nonsense manner, and his love of meat.
When visiting a dinner, Ron orders “all the bacon and eggs” they have. He is then sure to clarify in a very direct way that he is not being hyperbolic and does in fact mean “all the bacon and eggs.”
While characters like Michael Scott on The Office are entertaining for their lack of professionalism, Leslie Knope is just as entertaining as someone who is outstanding at her job. She works harder and better than everyone else while taking pride in what she does.
When discussing her future work plans, Leslie proves her obsession with planning by having the next half-century or so worked out. And her intense love of her work causes her to not even consider the idea of retirement.
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Colin McCormick is a Senior Writer with Screen Rant and has been a proud member of the team since 2019. In addition to his work as Screen Rant, Colin is also a writer of News, Feature and Review pieces at Game Rant. Colin has had a long passion and obsession with movies going back to the first time he saw The Lion King in theaters. Along with movies, Colin stays up-to-date on the latest must-see TV shows. While he loves to find interesting projects in any kind of genre, he has a special movie of crime stories that are infused with a little dark humor much like the work of his favorite author, Elmore Leonard.


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