[[folder:Main Characters]]

!!Cory A. Matthews (Ben Savage)

The main protagonist, a neurotic everyman from suburban Philadelphia who grows from young boy to married man over the course of the series.

In the SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', he is still married to Topanga, and has followed in Mr. Feeny's footsteps and become a history teacher--specifically, ''his daughter's'' history teacher.

* AwesomeMcCoolname[=/=]AtrociousAlias: His ring name when he was briefly on the wrestling team? Cory "The Cory" Matthews. He was so good, comparing him to anything else would have been a step ''down''.
* BerserkButton: Threaten to take advantage of Topanga and you'll go sailing through a door.
* BigBrotherWorship --> [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Younger Brother]]: In the first two seasons, Cory wanted to get Eric's approval because he idolized him. Later in the series? The roles reversed big time, with an episode even dealing with Cory's lack of caring about his relationship with Eric. Becomes a plot point in ''Brotherly Shove"
* ButtMonkey
* CluelessChickMagnet: Zigzagged between this and CoolLoser in Season 2. Often happened when he wasn't trying to get a date and make a name for himself. His NiceGuy status is largely responsible for this. Happens most notably in "The Beard" where Cory manages to unintentionally charm two girls that Shawn was interested in and "Sister Teresa" where he attracts the attention of Harley's younger sister. Could be considered part of his ButtMonkey characterization as these situations tend to not go so well for him and put him in awkward situations.
* ControlFreak: Becomes one in the later seasons. A dominant trait of Cory's is his fear of anything in his life changing and he will often go to incredibly manipulative lengths to see that it doesn't.
* CoolLoser: This was prevalent in Season 2 where it seemed every other episode consisted of him trying to make a name for himself at school and no longer be a nobody. Given the kind of {{Zany Scheme}}s he pulled off, it seems like he'd be a legend around the school, but his popularity [[ResetButton never seemed to stick]]. This was given less emphasis as the show went on.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler:''Cornelius''. Just to be clear, not even ''Topanga'' knows it.]]
** EmbarrassingNickName: Gets the nick name "(Johnny) Baboon" from Harley. [[spoiler: Becomes more of an AffectionateNickName when they become adults.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic.
* GiveGeeksAChance: ZigZagged. Cory started out as a normal, average kid who took interest in the weird, frumpy social outcast Topanga; however, over the next couple of seasons, Topanga became much more normal and less geeky, and the actress [[SheIsAllGrownUp grew up]] into a beautiful young lady, while Cory became more neurotic and dorky and his actor went through a awkward phase. Later on, Topanga became more neurotic and [[TheBGrade grade-obsessed]] and put on a bit of weight while Cory grew out of his awkward phase into a more handsome young man, so by the end, they were more on each other's level.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Shawn.
* HighSchoolSweethearts / VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Topanga.
* LargeHam: In later seasons, though not to the degree that Eric became. The chickens in the hallway scene in "Graduation", is the most notable with Ben chewing every bit of scenery he can find.
--> Cory: "Chickens in the hallway. CHICKENS! In the hallway! HUH? Someone must’ve let them loose as the official senior prank! Why this is hilarious! Look at ‘em! LOOK AT ‘EM! Oh my gosh, look at the chickens! Chickens! Wooo! Oh my gosh this is crazy! I wonder which CRAZY senior thought this up! This is nuts huh!?"
-->Feeny: "What’d you do, rent a couple of chickens?"
-->Cory: Yeah, don’t step on them or else I lose my deposit. CHICKENS!"
* MiddleChildSyndrome: A general theme for much of the series, but a real plot point in "The B-Team of Life."
* MouthyKid: Only in the first season. Later seasons cast him as a classic NiceGuy.
* NervousWreck: In later seasons. In one episode he is diagnosed with Hypochondria and prescribed placebos
* NiceGuy: Often made him a CluelessChickMagnet.
* NoIndoorVoice: In later seasons he often yelled.
** This was also part of his MouthyKid characterization in season 1.
* [[spoiler:OnlyKnownByTheirNickname]]
* RummageSaleReject: Some of his outfits in the early seasons were like this, though not as bad as Shawn's.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
* TemptingFate
* TookALevelInJerkass: His ControlFreak characterization made him unpleasant at times. It gets progressively worse in later seasons.
--> "[[Series/GirlMeetsWorld This was never chicken!]]"
* UnluckyEverydude: Especially in the early seasons.

!!Shawn Patrick Hunter (Rider Strong)

Cory's lifelong best friend, a StreetSmart but BookDumb kid from a broken home who grew up in a trailer park. While Cory relied on Shawn to help him with girls and navigate the high school social scene, Shawn relied on Cory to bail him out of trouble and provide stability in his turbulent life. Along with Cory, Shawn appears in every episode, cementing their status as HeterosexualLifePartners.

Though Rider Strong had initially demurred from appearing in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' (going so far as to issue a formal statement on the matter), Shawn will be appearing in two episodes of the show's first season, including the season finale.

* AffectionateNickname: Cory often calls him "Shawnie."
* AttractiveBentGender: When cross-dressing, less than a minute after showing up at school, "Veronica" had a date with a male classmate. And even after groping "her," the guy still didn't notice anything wrong. Even Cory, who convinced him to do it, calls him a "babe."
* BerserkButton: Mocking his upbringing in the trailer park.
* BetaCouple: With Angela.
* BreakTheCutie
* TheDitz: To a degree in earlier seasons, especially with stuff thats common knowledge. He once though the Rocky Mountains were a description and not a name.
** BookDumb He's pretty much strictly book dumb by season 5.
*** BrilliantButLazy: Starting about partway through Season 5. By season 6 he's shown to be Intellectually equal to Topanga, but is often too lazy to put the effort into his work unless its something he's interested in.
* {{Flanderization}}: [[CharacterDevelopment But then it went the other way]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric.
* HiddenDepths: Can apparently speak wonderful French. Though he has no idea what he's saying.
** He speaks a phrase in Spanish as well, but its a random word salad.
** In another episode he's seen speaking Dutch, but it's lightly implied he is unaware of what he's actually saying.
** Another episode suggests he at leasts understands German.
*** The same episode has him getting really into philosophy.
* HairFlip: He had one of those 90's curtained hairstyles that required him to constantly brush it out of his face. He got a haircut in the later seasons.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Cory.
* KidAnova: Till he grew up and became TheCharmer.
* TheMatchmaker: especially during Cory and Topanga's second dreakup
* MultipleChoicePast: The show could never keep Shawn's backstory straight, mainly pertaining to how long he's lived in Philadelphia. An early episode suggest he recently moved there prior to the series, while a later episode suggested he lived in an apartment that Chet once shared with Jack and Jack's mother prior to them leaving him. Some episodes also suggest he's always lived in a trailer, namely season 4 and 5 the latter has Shawn mention the teamsters strike of 83 affecting his sleep as the lights from the trucks helped him to sleep.
** His and Cory's relationship is a lesser example, some episodes suggest they'd been friends since infancy while one in season 5 claims they met early on in grade school.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PrettyBoy: Pretty enough to pass very convincingly as a girl. He grew out a beard later in the series' run.
* RummageSaleReject: Many of his outfits in the earlier seasons were like this, which looked unkempt and mismatched even by early 90s grunge standards (though he was from a poor family). His outfits became more normal as the show went on.
** His clothes became more normal, but he appeared to have less of them. Fitting with his "poor" characterization, he wore the same clothes for years. One brown t-shirt, in particular, appeared in nearly every other episode.
* ShipperOnDeck: The prospect of Cory and Topanga not being together sends him into an existential crisis.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Cory remarkably doesn't know whether his name is spelled Sean or Shawn.
* StreetSmart
* TechnicalVirgin: As of the middle of his senior year[[note]]"And Then There Was Shawn" from mid-Season 5. Note that this is ''after'' having been in a serious relationship with Angela[[/note]]; he reveals this when he and the others [[DiscussedTrope are discussing]] the SexEqualsDeath trope.
** By freshman year of college, there are hints that this is no longer true (Cory references being the only virgin amongst a group of guys that includes Shawn) and by sophomore year, it's made flat-out clear he and Angela are sleeping together.
* TroubledButCute
* TwoFirstNames
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Only ever does it once onscreen, but admits to having thought about it before, even having a preferred name for his female alter-ego "Veronica."
** He seems to have kept doing it off-screen because several years later; in the last season, Eric and Jack decide to cross-dress as a way to avoid a gang that were after them and they turned to Shawn for advice. Afterward, he advises Jack on toning down his overcompensating masculinity.

!!Topanga Lawrence-Matthews (Danielle Fishel)

Cory's girlfriend for the majority of the series, and eventual wife. Though she began as a classic GranolaGirl, she morphed into a perfectionist HollywoodNerd (of the pretty variety) fairly early on and generally was the superego on Cory's shoulder in comparison to Shawn's id.

In the SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', she is still married to Cory, and they have two children. Although initial plans were for her to be the proprietor of the LocalHangout, this was changed during production, and she is now (as the series finale portended) a successful lawyer with a major firm.

* AmoralAttorney: As of ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', she's earned a reputation as something of a shark in the courtroom, though she does use this fact to save a local bakery that's about to be run out of business by a frozen yogurt corporation.
* AnimalMetaphor: There's an episode where Cory wants to get back together with Topanga. He follows her to Disney World to win her back. There, he talks to a dolphin who is sad because it has lost its mate and tells it that he believes Toganga is his mate.
* TheBGrade: Straight As in high school. When Feeny gave her a B on a mid-term in college, [[SeriousBusiness she proceeded to chase him around campus demanding he change it from the same grade he'd given Cory and Shawn]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In season 1. she is portrayed as a GranolaGirl / CloudCuckoolander. By season 2 it's dropped, though there are some slight GranolaGirl traits present for the next couple of seasons, but they are very subtle. This ends up being LampShadeHanging Lampshaded when Topanga mimics an earlier incident where she smears lipstick all over her face. Apparently she just grew out of it.
** Though an episode of the sequel show has Topanga acknowledge, "This is who I am inside," implying that hippie Topanga is still there, somewhere.
* CloudCuckoolander: In the first season. Soon afterward, maturity kicks in, but that doesn't stop her from lampshading her antics later on.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde
* DespairEventHorizon: goes though this when her parents split up.
* EmbarrassingFirstName
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: She won't reveal her middle name because of this.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic.
* GirlNextDoor: Starting in Season 2.
* GoGetterGirl: Once she gets over her GranolaGirl phase.
* GranolaGirl: In Season 1, but she grew out of it. See CharacterizationMarchesOn above.
* HighSchoolSweethearts / VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Cory.
* HollywoodNerd
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* LampshadeHanging: One character comments on how her name sounds like a freeway exit. Michael Jacobs has stated that's exactly how he came up with the name by seeing the Topanga Canyon freeway exit sign.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: She originally wore frumpy clothes and had wild, unruly hair to demonstrate her GranolaGirl personality. However, as her personality shifted to being a normal GirlNextDoor and the actress [[SheIsAllGrownUp grew up]], she was given more attractive clothes, hairstyle and makeup.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: As part of a RealitySubtext, Danielle Fishel's very slight weight gain was subject to excessive criticism in the press. The show producers mocked this response with an episode titled "She's Having My Baby Back Ribs!" where Topanga decides to go on a diet and doesn't tell Cory, accidentally leading him to think that she's pregnant.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Inverted. Topanga ''was'' the right age, but a TimeSkip aged the character in proportion with the rest of the setting ''without'' a change of actor.
* StrawFeminist
* {{Tomboy}}
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude
-->Topanga: "I have a weird middle name."
-->Jack: "Your first name’s Topanga, what can your middle name be, Schmaboogie?"
* WomenAreWiser: Sometimes...

!!Eric Randall Matthews (Creator/WillFriedle)

Cory's older brother, by turns a fun, charismatic ladies man and a lovable (but seriously deranged) CloudCuckoolander. Though Eric struggled academically, he was usually portrayed as being immensely intelligent deep down and filled with hidden potential and complexity, causing him to be frequently underestimated by friends and family.

Although Eric left for New York City with Cory, Shawn, and Topanga in the SeriesFinale, he will not be appearing in the first season of ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', reportedly because Creator/WillFriedle, now a successful voice actor, no longer has an interest in "on-camera" roles (his last live-action credit is from 2005).

* AloofBigBrother: Originally.
* BigBrotherInstinct: See below.
* BrilliantButLazy
* ButtMonkey: In later seasons.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Mr. Feeny? MISTER FEENY!?"
*** "''FEENY!'' Ooh, that was a new one!"
* ChickMagnet: Zigzagged in season 1. Early episodes played this straight however once Jason shows up he becomes more of a CasanovaWannabe. In later seasons he occasionally drifts back into this, most notably in season 5 and 6.
* CloudCuckoolander: More so as time went on. In one of the later seasons, he had a dream about becoming a hermit named "Plays with Squirrels" that marries a moose.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He is the first person to stand up to '''Harley''' for Cory.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Even post-{{Flanderization}}, Eric had moments of being profoundly insightful. This may be BECAUSE his thought processes were...different, rather than despite it.
* DumbassTeenageSon especially in season 7: He was put in charge of his Fathers surprise party. His first plan is to poison Morgan and then have the party at the hospital. His mother later reveals he was a decoy because he's too stupid.
* DumbIsGood
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Went from a clever, smooth-talking ladies man to a dunderhead imbecile who would strip others of their sanity if they spent more than two minutes near him, with Mr. Feeny usually being the resident victim.
** Went from being obsessed with girls (dating them, trying to date them, thinking about them) to someone who could hold a steady relationship, and establish friendships with people besides his brother and the girl of the week, in addition to becoming goofy.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Was flanderized from the cool, rational older brother into an irrational CloudCuckoolander except for one of the series' very last episodes, in which he was suddenly portrayed with something resembling his original characterization (which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the others).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine.
* FriendToAllChildren: His own OneOfTheKids status allows him to relate to children as equals without talking down to them.
* FunPersonified
* GeniusDitz: Eric is so ditzy it's a wonder he can feed and bathe himself. However, the series is full of episodes where it turns out Eric possesses hidden insight and depth and that his behavior is more a result of his combined eccentricity and inability to apply himself and reach his true potential. And then everyone feels all bad about underestimating him.
* TheHeart
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jack in the later seasons.
* HiddenDepths
* LargeHam: In the later seasons.
* ManChild
* PapaWolf
* PluckyComicRelief
* TookALevelInDumbass: Kept getting dumber in later seasons. By season 7 most of his hidden depths are gone and is just a plain idiot for the most part save a few rare moments of brilliance
* TheUnfavorite: Again, he became this in later seasons.
* WackyGuy

!!Jack Hunter (Matthew Lawrence)

Shawn's estranged half-brother who reconnects with Shawn when he come to Philadelphia to go to college, and becomes Eric's best friend and roommate.

* FormerlyFat: Season 7's "She's Having My Baby Back Ribs" reveals that he used to be called "Jumbo Jack" in high school, which is why he goes to the gym so much and is obsessed with his looks.
* TheGenericGuy: Cory, Shawn and Eric had the market cornered on the comedy, and so Jack was often just there to look pretty and react to strange things. His personality would shift based on what the story called for.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Eric.
* LongLostSibling: Shawn's
* NotSoAboveItAll: Jack does go along with some of Eric's antics, but not without a little snark about the situation.
* SatelliteCharacter: As explained above, despite being a main character, Jack is the least dynamic of all the cast. His main role is to serve as the {{Foil}} to Eric or Shawn.
* StraightMan: To Eric.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In an effort to give the character a comedic angle, later episodes sometimes make him vain and self-centered.

!!Angela Sheneneh Moore (Trina [=McGee=]-Davis)

Shawn's first serious girlfriend, who becomes Topanga's best friend and a member of their group.

* BetaCouple: With Shawn.
* BlackBestFriend: To Topanga. However, her primary role was as Shawn's girlfriend and her friendship with Topanga grew out of her relationship with Shawn.
* MilitaryBrat: Her father is an Army sergeant.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Her mother abandoned her when she was a child.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 6.
* TokenMinority: Somewhat of a subversion as her race is not brought up very often and racially she not treated any differently then the rest of the cast, to the point where her character could have been white and almost all of her dialogue could be kept save for a lines lampshading this trope.

!!Rachel Kimberly [=McGuire=] (Maitland Ward)

Eric and Jack's neighbor, who they take in after her ex-boyfriend kicks her out.

* HeroesWantRedheads: Attracts the affections of Eric, Jack and Chet.
* MsFanservice: In her early appearances (where it was her entire character) where she would often wander around in a tiny bathrobe, and in "Hogs and Kisses."
* OneHeadTaller: Gender-inverted. She is quite a bit taller than all the guys, something both she and Jack were insecure about at first, with Rachel thinking Jack thought she was too tall, and Jack thinking ''she'' thought he was too short.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: She was mainly there to give Eric and Jack someone to fight over, and never really came into her own as a character.

[[folder:Matthews Family]]

!!Alan Matthews (William Russ)

Cory, Eric, Morgan and Joshua's father.

* [[BumblingDad Bumbling Husband]]: Often gets this in earlier season often trying to do something nice for Amy only to have it blow up in his face. Often this involves his poor read between the lines skill. If Amy even hints at wanting something Alan goes and buys it for her without looking at context.
** He bought her a minivan after she said she could see herself driving it when they were discussing what new car she should get
** For their 17th wedding anniversary he bought her an expensive garbage disposal because she said she wanted one. Feeny's experienced enough to see this blowing up in his face after he tells her what the box he's been hiding for Alan contains
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: While he may seem to be TheDitz on occasion, it's a very dangerous thing to forget that, not only is he a Navy veteran, but was the second-best boxer in the ''entire Navy''.
* GoodParents
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HappilyMarried: To Amy.
* PapaWolf: To Shawn, before and after Chet dies. A notable example comes in "[[VerySpecialEpisode Cult Fiction]]" where Shawn joins a {{Cult}}, when the cult leader accompanies Shawn to the hospital after [[spoiler:Mr. Turner]] gets into an accident, Alan tells the cult leader to get lost. When the leader starts going on about how judgmental everyone is being, Alan [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pushes him up against a wall and tells him that he ''will kill to protect Shawn'']]. The cult leader, unfortunately, isn't fazed]].

!!Amy Matthews (Betsy Randle)

Cory, Eric, Morgan and Joshua's mother.

* GoodParents
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HappilyMarried: To Alan.

!!Morgan Matthews (Lily Nicksay (Seasons 1-2), Lindsay Ridgeway (Seasons 3-7))

Cory's little sister.

* AlliterativeName: '''M'''organ '''M'''atthews.
* InSeriesNickname: Called Weasel in season one by Eric on several occasions. Cory refers to her as this once as well.
* LittleMissSnarker
* PutOnABus: Lampshaded. Morgan appeared less frequently in Season 2, then disappeared without mention after the season finale, seeming to be an example of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome. However, she returned midway through Season 3 (with a new actress). Upon being greeted with surprise, she responded, "That was the longest time-out ever."
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lindsay Ridgeway as Morgan #2 in season 4.
* ShesAllGrownUp: invoked by Alan when Morgan goes on her first date.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: When Lindsay Ridgeway took over the role. While Ridgeway is about 3 years older the character was only bumped up a grade level, from first grade in season 2 to 3rd grade in season 3. She's either this or..
* VagueAge: After Ridgeway took over the role, Morgan's age became a little vague. With one season 3 episode stating she was in 3rd grade. However, the season 6 episode 'Better than the Average Cory' seems to bump her age up a couple of years closer to her actress' age, while an early season 7 episode bumps it back down to what it was before.

!!Joshua Gabriel Matthews

The youngest Matthews child, who is born midway through Season 6.

* MaternityCrisis: Was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preterm_birth preterm birth]], with all of the health risks that implies.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome


!!George Hamilton Feeny (Creator/WilliamDaniels)

Cory's teacher turned principal turned college professor, and next-door neighbor to the Matthews family. Though a mentor to everyone on the show, he formed a particularly special bond with Cory and Eric, helping them navigate the tricky journey from adolescence to adulthood. In the second to fourth seasons, when there's multiple teachers around, he's generally portrayed as strictly a history teacher, but in the seasons where he's the only teacher in the main cast, he basically teaches any subject that the narrative calls on him to.

Mr. Feeny appeared in the pilot of the SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', though only in a brief cameo (as a figment of Cory's imagination) as a "passing of the torch" gesture to Cory. The writers have confirmed that Feeny is not dead and rumours that he'll make a proper appearance in the second season (in an episode where the cast returns to Philadelphia) abound.

* BadassTeacher: Especially in "Everybody Loves Stuart."
* BigGood
* CoolOldGuy: Eric goes around telling people that Feeny is his grandfather and Rachel was excited to meet him.
* CoolTeacher: While initially presented as a "square" SternTeacher, he had enough CharacterDevelopment over time to turn him into one of these.
* DeadpanSnarker: Which overlaps with...
** GentlemanSnarker
* HighSchoolHustler: At times manages to hustle Mr. Turner and Mr. William's on separate occasions. Turner goes out as far to call him a hustler.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LastNameBasis: Only Cory's parents (and later, [[LoveInterest Dean Bolander]]) consistently call him "George." All of his students, present and former, call him "Mr. Feeny" or sometimes just "Feeny." Or, in the case of Eric: [[MemeticMutation "FEE-NAY! FEE-HEE-HEENAY!"]]
* MentorArchetype: For Cory, Shawn and Topanga. With Eric, the bond is even stronger; he's almost a second father for the eldest Matthews sibling.
* NotSoAboveItAll: At times.
* PapaWolf: Do ''not'' screw with his students.
* PsychologistTeacher: His defining character trait, and the quintessential example of this trope.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As a teacher.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Has Molded students into fine young people for 40 years, but isn't afraid to use words not found in a dictionary.
-->"If you're asking me if Yale is one of the finest academic institutions in the country, then I would have to say... Duh."
* SternTeacher
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Look at his intro paragraph again. It appears he has a [[UniversalDriversLicense Universal Teaching Certificate]].

!!Jonathan Turner (Anthony Tyler Quinn)

Cory, Shawn and Topanga's high school English teacher, who becomes Shawn's guardian for a period of time after Shawn's parents abandon him.

* BigBrotherMentor: To Shawn.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The last episode he appeared in saw him badly injured in a motorcycle accident. Despite the hope that he would recover, we never see such a thing on-screen (or him again for that matter), which has all sorts of FridgeHorror applications. As with Minkus, though, his disappearance was {{Lampshaded}} in the graduation episode. WordOfGod says that he will hopefully be addressed in ''Girl Meets World''.
* ConvenientComa
* CoolTeacher: How does he get his students excited about ''the Illiad''? He tells them to read ''X-Men'' and that the class discussion will be a compare/contrast.
* DeadpanSnarker
** SnarkToSnarkCombat: With Mr. Feeny.
* DemotedToExtra: Appeared less often and had less impact on storylines in his final season on the show. The only episode where he made a major impact was the last episode he appeared in.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Eli Williams (Alex Desert)

Mr. Turner's best friend who gets hired as a media arts teacher at John Adams High.

* BlackBestFriend: For Mr. Turner.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He was introduced in the third season as a main cast member (TheOtherWiki says the focus on him and Turner in that season was an attempt to appeal to young college graduates) and was dropped immediately afterwards without even a single mention (aside from a clip with him in it appearing in the final episode).
* RememberTheNewGuy: Subverted. While he his introduced in season 3 getting a decent setup as the new media arts teacher at John Adams this trope is played straight as he's said to be Turner's best friend for years despite not even getting mentioned in season 2.

!!Lila Bolander (Bonnie Bartlett)

A dean at Pennbrook University who develops a relationship with Mr. Feeny.

* BadassTeacher
* DeadpanSnarker
* EarlybirdCameo appears briefly in the season 4 finale and doesn't reappear till season 6 where she gets much more focus.
* LoveInterest: To Feeny.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: After Cory punched Stuart (the professor, not Minkus) after he made a move on Topanga, she suspended Cory for one day and placed him on probation for striking a teacher, but also stated that Stuart's activities will be undergoing further investigation due to the seriousness of the allegations.

[[folder:Supporting Cast]]

!!Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris)

Cory and Shawn's nerdy classmate in the first season.

* BlindWithoutEm
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when he returns in the graduation episode. (In which he claims that he spent the last four years "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl8ZH9QSwkI in the other part of the school]]," which was referenced by [[https://twitter.com/GMWWriters the writers for the upcoming Girl Meets World]], implying that either he--or Mr. Turner--might return.)
** Minkus has been [[http://ca.eonline.com/news/520390/girl-meets-world-casting-scoop-find-out-which-boy-meets-world-star-is-returning-plus-a-first-look-at-the-reunion confirmed]] as making a return for ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', making him the first character to do so other than Cory, Topanga, and Mr. Feeny.
* DeadpanSnarker: Minkus always gave as good as he got in the snarking department.
* HollywoodNerd: Type 1.
* InsufferableGenius
* LastNameBasis
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Even though Minkus only appeared in the first season, his legacy was so strong that Michael Jacobs created [[SpinOffspring a son]], Farkle, for the SequelSeries ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''. Minkus himself appears fairly early on to establish this connection.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: in season 2 is replaced by a character named Meese. However he gets far less focus than Minkus did appearing in only a handful of episodes before being chucked by season 3.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend
* WorthyOpponent: There were some early hints that Cory and Shawn believe he was this to them. However, since he suffered from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, it didn't go anywhere.

!!Harley Keiner (Danny [=McNulty=])

The leader of a trio of bullies at John Adams High. Sent to reform school at the end of Season 2.

* AffablyEvil: Not so much evil, but he is quite polite and often puts his arm around people while threatening to beat them.
* BigBad: Harley can be seen as this, considering that he is the overall leader of the bullies.
* TheBully
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler:Harley's actual name is "Harvey."]]
* GangOfBullies: Leader of one.
* HiddenDepths: Contrary to how he may seem, Harley acted downright sophisticated at times.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: To his little sister, [[spoiler:he is the closest to a father she has now]].
* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler:Harley looked after his younger sister Theresa.]]
* PutOnABus: Harley is eventually sent away to reform school around the end of the second season, although he [[TheBusCameBack briefly returns]] in a third season episode.
** [[Series/GirlMeetsWorld Much, much later]], Keiner is revealed to be working as the janitor at John Quincy Adams High, where Cory teaches.
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld''.

!!Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino (Ethan Suplee)

A very large and strong kid at John Adams High, Frankie served as TheBrute of Harley's crew and was best friend of Joey the Rat. When Harley got sent to reform school, Frankie [[HiddenDepths revealed his gentle side]] and became friends with Cory and Shawn.

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Frankie is a nice guy so long as he's not provoked.
* TheBigGuy
* TheBully
* CharacterDevelopment: In the third season, when forced to choose between Harley and Griff, Frankie and Joey have an "epiphany," choosing instead to move on. Frankie then makes several appearances in which he becomes a friend to Cory and Shawn (although Joey doesn't do as well and winds up acting as more of a ConMan). He then disappears until the graduation episode, which ignores his previous development by showing him preparing to become a criminal alongside Joey.
** Although, this could probably be justified by Joey's bad influence having a negative effect once he returns.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared by the end of season 4, but resurfaced with Joey in the season 5 finale
* HeelFaceTurn: After stepping out of Griff and Harley's shadows.
* HiddenDepths: Frankie was a GentleGiant.
* RealMenWearPink: Frankie loves poetry. '''Loves it'''! Got a problem with that?! No? Good.
* WellDoneSonGuy: One episode was centered around Frankie trying to get closer to his dad, who was disappointed that he preferred poetry over wrestling.

!!Joey "The Rat" Epstein (Blake Sopler)

Flunky to Harley (and later Griff), and best friend of Frankie.

* TheBully: Scarcely more violent than Griff, and not the most unfriendly gang member; but to anyone's feelings, he's clearly ''the most'' insensitive out of the whole gang!
* CharacterDevelopment: In the third season, when forced to choose between Harley and Griff, Frankie and Joey have an "epiphany," choosing instead to move on.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome after the above mentioned episode, he disappears entirely only resurfacing in the season 5 finale. Though he's said to have gotten suspended early on this doesn't explain his nearly 2 year absence.
* HiddenDepths: Though this is true of Joey ''least'' of all the gang members (including Griff), he ''did'' prove himself much more insightful than ''first glance'' may tell you.

!!Griff Hawkins (Adam Scott)

Second leader of the John Adams High bullies.

* BigBad: After Harley was PutOnTheBus.
* TheBully: Though he's a nicer about it than Harley, generally doesn't go out of his way to pick on anybody and doesn't physically harm anyone.
* ChickMagnet
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* GangOfBullies: Takes over leadership of the gang.
* HiddenDepths: Much like Harley, Griff is far more sophisticated than he first appears.
* HighSchoolHustler: Griff in a nutshell.
* MagneticHero: Not so much a hero, but Griff was able to attract Vader, Robert Goulet and Yasmine Bleeth to a fight between Cory and Joey.

!!Chet Hunter (Blake Clark)

Shawn and Jack's n'er-do-well father who's constantly blowing in and out of their lives. Though Jack was raised by his rich stepfather and barely knew Chet, many of Shawn's issues stem from his complicated relationship with his dad.

* TheAlcoholic: It's revealed in Season 5 that Chet was an "abusive, ugly drunk" when he was married to Jack's mother, and that was why she left him and took Jack with her.
* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead]]
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler:In ghost form.]]
* DisappearedDad:
** During Season 3, when he was trying to track down his wife.
** And again during Season 5, though this was because he wanted Shawn to move in with Jack and establish a relationship between the two of them.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: When Shawn and Jack impersonate Chet, they put on a gruff voice and speak in the same manner as their father. Chet claims he sounds nothing like that.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler:SpiritAdvisor]]

!!"Vader" Stecchino ([[Wrestling/{{Vader}} Leon "Vader" White]])

Frankie's [[ProfessionalWrestling Wrestler]] father.

* AsHimself
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Either ''Francis'' or ''Leslie'', depending on the episode you watch.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Mrs. Stecchino, who is briefly shown in one episode, is a short, waif woman.
* LargeHam
* NoIndoorVoice: To the point that when Mr. Feeny says he doesn't need to yell, Frankie swiftly asserts that his father's ''not'' yelling.

!!Sergeant Alvin Moore (Julius Carry)

Angela's father.

* DrillSergeantNasty
* LargeAndInCharge
* YouLookFamiliar: Julius Carry previously played a college professor in "Fraternity Row.". This is especially jarring in that he spent most of his interactions in that episode with Shawn.