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The Gang is a group of amoral friends who own and work at Paddy's Pub.
Early in the series, Frank is the only member of The Gang that considers Dee as a member of The Gang. ("The Gang Goes Jihad"). Whenever there is a decision, or a vote among members of The Gang, Dennis, Mac and Charlie immediately exclude her. ("The Gang Gets Racist"), ("The Gang Sells Out")
However, as of Season 11, it is implied that Dennis, Mac, and Charlie have accepted Dee and Frank as members of The Gang. At one point, Dennis says to Mac, "Let's invite The Gang over," referring to having Charlie, Frank, and Dee.over for dinner ("Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs") Later, Charlie and Mac decide to "go be with the Gang," this time referencing Dennis, Frank, and Dee. ("The Gang Goes to Hell: Part Two")
The following are universally agreed to be members of the Gang:
- Mac - Mac is the pub's most active manager, and a co-owner of the bar. Mac is also known as the brains of the group.
- Dennis Reynolds - Dennis is Dee's twin brother, and a co-owner of the bar. Dennis is the looks of the group.
- Charlie Kelly - Charlie owned a piece of the bar, until he sold pieces of his shares to all the other owners. ("The Gang Sells Out") Charlie is the wildcard.
The following's membership in the Gang is disputed:
- Frank Reynolds - Frank is Dennis and Dee's legal father, and a co-owner of the bar. Frank is the money.
- Dee Reynolds - Dee is just the bartender and doesn't own a stake in the pub. Dee is the useless girl.
Former members include:
- Schmitty - Used to be roommates with Charlie. Dennis kicked him out of a moving car. Later the Gang invited him back (over Charlie) but kicked him out again soon after. ("The Gang Gets a New Member")
Relationship with society
Due to their narcissistic absorption with themselves and each other, the Gang barely acknowledges the outside world, and often display a complete disregard for social norms. A recurring gag in the series is that the Gang will often become so caught up in their own world and focused on their own interests that they do not even notice anyone else and will often disregard and ignore the outside world completely until necessary, as part of a scheme or someone is forced to loudly interject. For example, the Gang frequently get caught up in a debate or argument at socially inappropriate times. Other examples include Frank, Dennis, Mac and Charlie attempting to break down a door, only to find the homeowners at home, and then proceed to break it down right in front of them anyway because of the lack of destructive gratification. On another occasion, Dennis and Charlie attempt to break through the door of a Korean restaurant by loudly kicking and ramming it, completely oblivious that they have disrupted the entire restaurant and the customers are staring at them.
The Gang has ended up causing much hardship to some of the people they come in contact with: Matthew Mara, a.k.a Rickety Cricket, was an ordained priest before an alleged "miracle" at Paddy's Pub("The Gang Exploits A Miracle")reintroduced him to the Gang, and soon he found himself in a downward spiral that reduced him to a homeless "street rat." Similarly, they have cost The Waitress her job("The Gang Sells Out")and subjected her to various other emotional trials and tribulations. They even cause trouble for people they don't actually know: while trying to "expose"Bruce Mathis as a "terrorist", they end up destroying a total stranger's car by ramming it with Frank's "rape van" multiple times.
Despite frequently wreaking havoc on the lives of virtually anyone who comes into contact with them, either selective memory , repression or general narcissism result in the Gang never seeming to remember any of it. Consequentially, they are often shocked when people they have hurt in the past are hostile towards them or do not want to help them.
No one in The Gang seems to have any friends outside The Gang. The creators of the show have often stated that one of the main reasons the characters stay with each other is because no one else will hang out with them. When Dennis inherits his mother's house and plans on using it as a "party mansion", everyone they think to invite is either dead or would have nothing to do with them because of something terrible The Gang has done to them.("Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead")Dee has to trick The Waitress into going out for a "Sex In The City" night with her by saying she will give her a notebook Charlie keeps on her if she does.("Who Pooped the Bed?")The Gang is forced to use Artemis as their sound person for a kid's pageant they put on even though she doesn't know what she's doing, because, as Mac says "We don't have a very deep bench".
- Recurring enemies
- Non-recurring enemies
- Colin ("Gun Fever")
- Ari Frankel ("The Gang Goes Jihad")
- Ingrid Nelson ("The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo")
- Mr. Kim ("The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation")
- Lyle Corman ("Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia")
- Brad Fisher ("The Waitress is Getting Married")
- Art Sloan ("The Gang Reignites the Rivalry")
- Frat kids ("The Gang Reignites the Rivalry")
- Eugene Hamilton ("A Very Sunny Christmas")
- Bobby's crew ("The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore")
- Shusher ("The ANTI-Social Network")
- Adriano Calvanese ("The High School Reunion")
- Trevor Taft and his "frat crew" ("Charlie and Dee Find Love")
Members of the gang often create alliances against each other, sometimes also allying with others:
- Mac and Dennis vs. Frank and Cricket: Mac and Dennis hunt, despite Frank's warnings. Frank decides to join forces with Cricket to hunt Mac and Dennis back. ("Mac and Dennis: Manhunters")
- Charlie and Dee: Charlie and Dee team up to find the source of Frank's meat, eventually deciding that it must be human meat. They bring a homeless guy back to Charlie's apartment, where they prepare to eat him. ("Mac and Dennis: Manhunters")
- Dee and Dennis vs. Charlie and Mac vs. Frank: Dee and Dennis go undercover to find a serial killer, first using Dee as bait and then later deciding to pretend to kill The Waitress. Meanwhile, Frank tries to prove that the killer is Mac; Charlie fulfills his desire to become a lawyer by defending Mac against the accusations of the Gang. ("Mac Is a Serial Killer")
- The phrase "The Gang" is often used in episode titles:
- Season One: "The Gang Gets Racist", "The Gang Finds A Dead Guy"
- Season Two: "The Gang Goes Jihad", "The Gang Gives Back", "The Gang Exploits A Miracle", "The Gang Runs for Office"
- Season Three: "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby", "The Gang Gets Invincible", "The Gang Gets Held Hostage", "The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation", "The Gang Sells Out", "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 1)", "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 2)", "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off",
- Season Four: "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis", "The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell", "The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover Edition"
- Season Five: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis", "The Gang Hits the Road", "The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention", "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops", "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry"
- Season Six: "The Gang Buys a Boat", "The Gang Gets a New Member", "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods"
- Season Seven: "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore", "The Gang Gets Trapped", "The High School Reunion, Part 2: The Gang's Revenge"
- Season Eight: "The Gang Recycles Their Trash", "The Gang Gets Analyzed", "The Gang Dines Out"
- Season Nine: "The Gang Broke Dee", "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", "The Gang Saves the Day", "The Gang Gets Quarantined", "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6", "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs"
- Season Ten: "The Gang Beats Boggs", "The Gang Group Dates", "The Gang Spies Like U.S.", "The Gang Misses the Boat", "The Gang Goes on Family Fight"
- Every member of the Gang is tied to the Reynolds family, except for Mac. Mac did however bang Frank's ex-wife. In 10x08, Mac claims that he was adopted by Frank, however, this was likely so he would be allowed to participate.
- The Gang all went to high school together (except for Frank).
- Until 02x02, Mac and Charlie were not aware about Dennis' classification of their group as "The Gang". However, in The Gang Gets a New Member, the photos of the Gang and Schmitty had "The Gang" on the wall at the top.
- Schmitty was the original fourth member of the gang and a roommate of Charlie's. Charlie despised Schmitty and eventually turned Mac and Dennis against him. Dennis kicked Schmitty out of a moving car and told him "You're out of the gang!" ("The Gang Gets a New Member")
- Mac keeps calling Charlie "a kid" ("The Gang Dances Their Asses Off"), ("The Gang Hits the Road") - despite the fact That Mr. Kelly is one year older than Mac. Dennis also sometimes calls Charlie "a kid" ("Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats") - though Charlie is probably older than Dennis, because he brags about being Dennis and Dee's "big brother" in the beginning of 03x04.
- The guys often try to ditch Dee. They tried to ditch Dee when they went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. ("The Gang Hits the Road")
- Members of the gang often team up to give public performances.
- A band performances. ("Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person")
- A musical. ("The Nightman Cometh")
- A wrestling match. ("The Gang Wrestles for the Troops")
- A children's beauty pageant [which Frank will have you know is a "legitimate show of kids" where no one gets diddled]. ("Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties")
- A performance of George Michael's song "Freedom! '90" at their high school reunion. ("The High School Reunion, Part 2: The Gang's Revenge")
- The Gang has a ritual in which each member of The Gang gets a special day to themselves, during which everyone else must do exactly what they want them to do, without complaining (or else you get another day added on). The episode "Mac Day" takes us through a Mac Day, but we hear a bit about Charlie Day (which mostly involved hunting ghouls), and we see the beginning of Frank Day.
- The Gang sings with each other on multiple occasions.
|—||“(to Frank) Why are you still here?!”|
|“Just want to be part of the gang.”||—|
|—||“No, you're not part of our Gang!..”|
|“Well, you're not part of the Gang either, Dee, so... FORGET THAT.”||—|
|—||“Yes, I am!..”|
|“No, you're not. The Gang is me, Mac and Charlie. That's the Gang!..”||—|
|—||“Dennis! Let your sister be part of the gang.”|
|“She can't be part of the Gang, dad! Okay? (to Mac and Charlie) Is she part of the Gang?”||—|
|—||“Why would you say that? Guys?”|
|“What "gang"? What are you talking about?”||—|
|—||“I have NO IDEA what you're talking about.”|