Phoebe is the secret mastermind of the group. She uses her insights about the other characters to pull invisible strings. …Phoebe the puppet master can be a bit of a troublemaker …she has a habit of being loose lipped and even straight-up meddling in her friends personal lives. …yet Phoebe’s friends need her straight talking and boldness because she pushes them to confront their true feelings about things. (synopsis via Laughing Squid)
I adore Phoebe Buffay!
Sure she was often dismissed as the flaky, ditzy one, the quirkily offbeat character who lived in a world all her own but what that assessment missed is how her straight-talking, her willingness just to say what everyone else is thinking makes such a profound difference to her circle of Friends.
ScreenPrism knows exactly how important she is as a character, christening her as the lynchpin that keeps the gang together and bringing something even more precious out of her group of close knit pals, as Laughing Squid observes:
“Phoebe’s eccentricity is incredibly nuanced and layered with a deep sense of fairness, a strict dogma and an unyielding love for her friends. This combination of traits allows Phoebe to encourage her friends to be true to themselves first.”