Sitcom characters are rarely placed in the difficult or life-threatening situations that their drama counterparts tend to encounter, making their lives a relative breeze in comparison. On the other hand, the problems that comedy protagonists do face are played off as a joke, usually at their expense.
The delicate asymmetry between their ease of existence and being turned into a punchline is the source of humor in nearly every sitcom. Their personalities are often fleshed out from multiple perspectives, raising them to a position from which audiences can relate to their experiences. As such, fans who appreciate astrology would find categorizing their favorite characters by the Zodiac a fascinating exercise.
12 Aries — Jack Donaghy Treats His Job With Incredible Seriousness
As the Vice-President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming, 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy treats his job with the seriousness and leadership skills of the Aries sign.
His beliefs in capitalism and the power of money are literally unshakable, although interacting with Liz and Kenneth has gradually softened him over time. On the flip side, Jack doesn’t hold back when it comes to his career, even if it means throwing others under the bus.
11 Taurus — Nadja Of Antipaxos Goes To Great Lengths To Protect Her Friends
Nadja is the voice of reason in What We Do in the Shadows, which is saying something given how frivolous and self-centered vampires can be.
She embodies the determination of the Taurus sign, going to extreme extents to protect her friends (but mostly her husband Laszlo, who has a habit of falling into self-made traps). Nadja’s stubbornness is revealed when she desperately tries to reconnect with her human version after the latter decides to run away from home.
10 Gemini — Homer Simpson Adapts Effortlessly To Any Situation
Homer Simpson is a glorious paradox—although largely inane and inept, he can be unbelievably smart, for instance, when he corrects Lisa’s semantics (much to her horror).
As a Gemini, he is a naturally curious character with a penchant for absurd observations. In addition, Homer effortlessly adapts to any situation, infuriating those who dislike him but endearing himself to others.
9 Cancer — Niles Crane Is Loyal, Affectionate, & Given To Mood Roller Coasters
Niles Crane’s baseline persona revolves almost entirely around his overly elitist taste for high culture. On the other hand, the Cancer in him emerges in the form of his enduring loyalty and affection for his family, as seen via his interactions with Frasier, Martin, and, most of all, Daphne.
Niles goes through especially strong mood swings when events don’t pan out the way he expects, but he doesn’t always learn his lesson from the mistakes he makes.
8 Leo — Murphy Brown’s Journalistic Integrity & Love For Attention Go Hand In Hand
Murphy Brown isn’t always warm and open, but her dominant demeanor and sense of public responsibility are reminiscent of the Leo sign. She becomes a notable presence in Washington DC almost overnight, earning kudos for her drive and refusal to compromise with respect to sensitive topics.
While her interest in journalism is always given priority, there is no doubt that Murphy enjoys being the center of attention whenever she gets the chance.
7 Virgo — Monica Geller Redefines The Meaning Of Perfectionism
Virgos are known for their obdurate perfectionism—they constantly set a high bar that they expect themselves (and everyone else) to reach, making them difficult people to deal with on a daily basis.
Monica Geller fits this description to a T, from her obsession over hygiene and order to her occasional overbearing nature. She is also aggressive during games and sports, regardless of whether they are serious or friendly, bringing out her demanding side that few Friends characters enjoy.
6 Libra — Jerry Seinfeld’s Failures Are Inevitably Balanced Out By Successes
Jerry Seinfeld is averse to conflict, preferring to take a step back and allowing tricky problems to either resolve of their own volition or simply implode.
Being a Libra, he firmly believes that life will eventually equilibrate itself, even if his general observations are tinted with bitter cynicism. Jerry is what Kramer calls an Even Steven because his life is never truly out of whack: failures are inevitably balanced out by successes.
5 Scorpio — Sheldon Cooper’s Arrogance Is Supported By His Incandescent Genius
Scorpios are given to self-aggrandizing, bloating their accomplishments so far beyond recognition that they sometimes seem unbelievable. However, those born under this star sign are more than capable of backing up their ego with actual work, as The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper proves through his academic brilliance.
His narcissism, while grating, gradually diminishes to a tolerable level as he begins to shed his manipulative habits in favor of strengthening his friendships.
4 Sagittarius — Lucy Ricardo Is Kind, Devoted, & Brutally Honest
Lucy is the definition of iconic, being one of the first major sitcom protagonists in TV history. Her character in I Love Lucy is riddled with fascinating imperfections, such as the classic Sagittarian tendency for exaggeration and impatience.
At the same time, Lucy is undeniably kind, devoted, and surprisingly liberal for the 1950s. She doesn’t always accept her husband Ricky’s decisions, and utilizes her brutal honesty as a weapon against the patriarchy (to the best of her given abilities).
3 Capricorn — Morty Smith Is Dependable & Committed To His Family
Morty Smith behaves like every other teenager, except the fact that he goes on reality-bending excursions to surreal dimensions. These adventures have helped shape his mind and beliefs, but he remains a Capricorn at his core.
Morty is dependable and committed, taking the trouble to get his grandfather out of sticky situations despite Rick’s ingratitude and occasional abuse. Interestingly, Evil Morty’s ambition and inability to forgive is rather Capricornian in essence.
2 Aquarius — Sophia Petrillo’s Spirit Is Unfettered By Social Expectations
Sophia Petrillo might be the oldest character in The Golden Girls, but she is full of life and zesty beyond measure. She is given to sarcastic responses and harsh judgments, but simultaneously displays a degree of affection for Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy that can’t be effectively translated into words.
Sophia Petrillo is an Aquarius in that her spirit is free and unfettered by societal expectations—she goes her own way and is respected for it.
1 Pisces — Dewey Wilkerson Is More Empathetic Than The Rest Of His Family
Dewey Wilkerson starts his stint on Malcolm in the Middle as the baby of the family, although his parents and brothers ignore him at best and mistreat him at worst.
Despite being bullied by Malcolm and Reese, Dewey develops an almost savant-like genius for music, placing him in the most artistic sign of the Zodiac, Pisces. He exhibits relatively more empathy than the other characters in the show, even if he is consistently shot down when he tries to put his ideas into action.
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