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How All The ‘Friends’ Characters Represent The Seven Deadly Sins

Updated June 14, 2019 124.8k views7 items

Fan theories about Friends include the one where Ross loses custody of his son and the one where Rachel is a former lover of Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. One of the most interesting and perhaps most accurate fan theories, however, recasts Friends characters as the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins are the biggest no-nos when it comes to virtuosity: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

You might imagine Joey as lust, or Phoebe as pride, but the fans who developed this theory took a more in-depth look at Friends. It almost seems the writers meant to cast the seven deadly sins as Friends characters.

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    It may come as no surprise to fans of the show that Rachel represents greed. For starters, her last name is Green - as if the writers were trying to make her greatest fault even more obvious. When Rachel first joins the group after fleeing from her wedding, she freely admits she's spent most of her life living off of her wealthy father. She decides she's ready to become an independent woman by marrying a wealthy dentist, which fails because she doesn't love him and she doesn't "want to be a shoe." 

    When Rachel decides to dispose of her daddy's credit cards in an attempt to ditch the whole "spoiled rich girl" persona, she struggles more than the average 20-something New Yorker might. She eventually gets a job as a waitress, but proves to be spectacularly bad at keeping up with customers and saving money. Throughout the show, she never completely sheds her materialistic ways. Luckily, she has enough redeeming qualities that her friends - and most fans - love her anyway. 

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    Ross appears to be a stereotypical, mild-mannered professor of paleontology, but he has a short temper. Ross is very particular and expects the world to conform to his standards. When it doesn't, he tends to lash out. For example, when he finds someone has accidentally eaten his post-Thanksgiving "moist-maker" sandwich in "The One With Ross's Sandwich," he throws a fit and loses his job over the incident. 

    Fortunately, Ross is so neurotic that his moments of rage tend to be hilarious to everyone else. He can go from completely cool to red-hot incredibly quickly. Wrathful as he may be, it's also a part of his zany, Ross charm. 

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    Monica is successful because of her type-A personality. She is the voice of reason and is always around to clean up after everyone. Monica knows exactly what she wants from life and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. She is also a bit stubborn, however, because of her competitive nature. She strives to be the best at what she does and loves to flaunt her skills - even if it means hurting those she cares about. 

    Monica always knows what is best for her friends. And when her ego is injured - like when Phoebe tells her she gives the worst massages - she lashes out in dramatically inappropriate ways. Monica's pride is deeply embedded in her personality. It's not smart to disagree with her - especially regarding refrigerator magnets.

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    Chandler's idea of the perfect life? A La-Z-Boy and a big screen TV. When Chandler and Joey both buy reclining chairs, they spend days living out their couch potato fantasies, ordering pizza to Monica's apartment so they don't have to answer the door, and channel surfing with a cooler of beer and a bag of chips. 

    While the argument could be made that Chandler adequately maintains a stable career with decent pay, he also hates his job, in which he sits behind a desk and enters data all day. It was supposed to be a mere temporary job after college, but due to his fondness for the old comfort zones, it takes him eight seasons to make a career change. 

    Could Chandler be any more of a sloth? 

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