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[[folder: Main Characters]]

!!Lizzie [=McGuire=]
->Portrayed by: Music/HilaryDuff

The main character. The show revolves around the lives of her and her friends. She is a shy girl and a little clumsy. She dreams to fit in and be popular. She has an animated inner voice that breaks the fourth wall to reveal her thoughts and feelings.
* {{Adorkable}}: Part of her CuteClumsyGirl appeal, other than being shy, naive and genuinely kind.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Ethan. Larry Tudgeman also had an unrequited crush on her.
* BareYourMidriff: Animated Lizzie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lizzie is a very sweet girl, but mess with her and she will fight back.
* BigDamnKiss: Shares one with [[spoiler: Gordo]] at the end of TheMovie.
* BigSisterInstinct: At times.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Gordo [[spoiler: In the movie.]]
* CoolLoser: True to trope, she ''is'' funny, good-looking and smart, but isn't exactly high on the popularity ladder (though she is well liked). It's implied this is because of Kate's influence [[WeUsedToBeFriends with them used to be friends]].
%%* CostumePorn
* CuteClumsyGirl: It's also lampshaded in one episode which features flashbacks of all her clumsy moments.
* DeadpanSnarker: Her animated consciousness, especially as it's her reason for being there. Real-life Lizzie also has her moments, a particularly funny example is one episode where Animated-Lizzie makes a snarky comment about Miranda, and then Real-life Lizzie repeats exactly the same thing to Miranda's face.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: To Kate. They used to be best friends until Kate becomes popular because she developed early in regards to puberty.
* GreekChorus: Her animated self as the narrator.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A sweet NaiveEverygirl with blonde hair.
* TheHeart: In her group of friends, she's the one who keeps them together.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Or popular.
* TheKirk: To Gordo's TheSpock and Miranda's TheMcCoy. Not as impulsive as Miranda and not as logical as Gordo.
* TheKlutz: She trips and hurts herself a lot.
* NaiveEverygirl: Insecure, nice but liable to make mistakes, and picked on by the Alpha Bitch.
* NiceGirl: She's nice, honest and friendly, even to her enemies.
* ObliviousToLove: To Gordo. It's ridiculous that it takes her until the Whodunit episode to figure out Gordo loves her. And she needs to have it spelled out to her by ''Kate'' of all people.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: She likes Ethan Craft, the popular guy as school. However, Ethan is actually a very nice if dimiwitted dude along with being very good-looking and implied to be good at atheltics.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Both her human self and animated self suffer from slapstick comedy.
%%* UnlimitedWardrobe
* YouGoGirl: In one episode Lizzie tries out playing football with the boys and discovers she enjoys it. Uniquely the guys have no problem with her playing, once she shows how good she is at it. The conflict instead comes from the other girls who mock her for being "one of the boys". Lizzie then learns An Aesop that it's possible to be a GirlyGirl and enjoy roughing it up.

!!Miranda Sanchez
->Portrayed by: Lalaine

Lizzie's best female friend. She is arguably the most self conscious character in the show. She has a hard time dealing with being a teenager and growing up.
* {{Adorkable}}: Much like her best friend.
* CoolLoser: Along with Lizzie and Gordo. All three are perfectly likable people in every way but they aren't very popular.
* DeadpanSnarker: Miranda is witty and never afraid to speak her mind.
* TheLancer: As Lizzie's best friend.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: In "Movin' On Up" she acts this way over a boy.
* TheMcCoy: To Lizzie's TheKirk and Gordo's TheSpock. She's the most impulsive and rebellious.
* NiceGirl: Less sweet and idealistic than Lizzie, but just as good-natured.
%%* OnlySaneWoman
* PutOnABus: In the last six episodes as well as the movie.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Like Lizzie and most girls, she has a crush on Ethan.
* StrawLoser: [[spoiler: One of Lalaine's reasons for leaving the show.]]
* TokenMinority: She's Mexican.

!!David "Gordo" Gordon
->Portrayed by: Adam Lamberg

Lizzie's best male friend, and a very loyal one at that, as seen in the movie. They were friends since a very young age. Gordo is a straight A student, being the smartest and practical kid on the show.
%%* {{Adorkable}}:
* BigDamnKiss: Shares one with [[spoiler:Lizzie]] in the movie.
* CannotSpitItOut: With Lizzie.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler: He and Lizzie become an OfficialCouple In the movie.]]
* ControlFreak: He can be over-perfectionistic or obsessive when involved in his film projects, though fortunately he can be very reasonable when he realizes it's becoming a nuisance.
* CoolLoser: Along with Lizzie and Miranda. All three are perfectly likable people in every way but they aren't very popular. With Gordo, it's implied because of him being pretty short and not atheltic.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his sarcastic moments, especially due to his OnlySaneMan status.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: With Lizzie.
* HollywoodNerd: Is smart, and while he's not a typical stud, he's still good looking enough to catch the attention of a few certain girls.
* JewishAndNerdy: He's revealed to be Jewish American and he's a smart studious boy.
* NiceJewishBoy: Also a nice, reasonable person.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His full name is David Gordon, but everyone just calls him Gordo.
* OnlySaneMan: In a subversion of WomenAreWiser, Gordo is more mature, reasonable and practical than Lizzie and Miranda.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: One of the shortest students and one of the smartest. He's even shorter than both his female friends that aren't particularly tall to begin with. He's usually okay with it, but becomes pretty insecure about it when a girl who he likes rejects him because of his stature.
* TheSmartGuy: The smartest in his group of friends: the one with most common sense and the best grades.
* TheSpock: To Lizzie's TheKirk and Miranda's TheMcCoy.
* TeenGenius: He's academically brilliant.
%%* TeensAreShort
* UndyingLoyalty: To Lizzie.

!!Matt [=McGuire=]
->Portrayed by: Jake Thomas

Lizzie's younger brother. He can be annoying and very clever. Regardless, he does care about Lizzie and his relationship with her is no different than any other sibling relationship.
* TheAce: He's done quite a fair bit of things in his youth with success.
* AlliterativeName: '''M'''att '''M'''cguire.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Regardless of their squabbles, he and Lizzie will come through for one another when the chips are down.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Towards Lizzie, whom he often pranks and insults. Lizzie can give as good as she gets though.
* DeadpanSnarker: Of the MouthyKid variety. Especially towards his older sister.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may tease his sister and their parents, but he very much cares about them.
* ManipulativeBastard: A clever schemer and troublemaker.
* RealMenWearPink: He and Lanny spend an entire episode planning to take up cheerleading, which weirds out his dad to no end.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Has one in Series/ShakeItUp's Flynn Jones.

!!Jo [=McGuire=]
->Portrayed by: Hallie Todd

Lizzie's mother. Always gives advice to Lizzie and is sometimes strict to her children when needed.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Like her daughter Lizzie.
* HappilyMarried: To Sam.
%%* MamaBear
* NiceGirl: A good and caring mother.
* {{Meganekko}}: Jo wears glasses.
* OnlySaneWoman: Out of the whole family, she's the closest to this.
* WomenAreWiser: She generally has it together better than her husband at least.

!!Sam [=McGuire=]
->Portrayed by: Robert Carradine

Lizzie's father. Like most sitcom dads, he isn't the brightest, but he's a nice enough guy.
* BumblingDad: He is a well-meaning person and very nice, but not always the best with advice. However, he does get a moment to shine when comforting his daughter after Jo couldn't.
* HappilyMarried: To Jo.
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* TheKlutz: Like Lizzie.
* NiceGuy: He always tries his best to help Lizzie.


[[folder: Recurring Characters]]

!!Kate Sanders
->Portrayed by: Ashlie Brillault

The AlphaBitch and an old friend of Lizzie's. They were the best of friends but had a falling out shortly before the series. She becomes the main antagonist of most of the series.
* AlphaBitch: She's the most popular as well as the meanest girl at school.
* BigBad: For most of the show she's the main antagonist, though in the movie [[spoiler: she has a HeelFaceTurn and the role is taken over by Paolo Valisari.]]
* TheCheerleader: The ''Head'' Cheerleader to be precise.
* DefrostingIceQueen: None more so than [[spoiler: in TheMovie, in which she was built up to more-or-less replace Miranda.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: To Lizzie. One episode revolves around her and Lizzie having to work together. Turns out they were best friends when they were younger, but then she developed early and became popular.
%%* TheFashionista
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In the backstory she was originally Lizzie's best friend. After becoming popular, she turns into the AlphaBitch and ArchEnemy we see on the show. [[spoiler: She has a HeelFaceTurn again In TheMovie.]]
* HeldBackInSchool: In one episode, it's revealed that Kate's actually a year older than the other kids in her grade, due to getting held back in Kindergarten for some reason.
* InformedAttractiveness: She is portrayed as being the Queen Bee of the school, and much is made of her "bustiness." In a show like this, she's not any more attractive than most background girls. However, it's revealed that she actually was an early bloomer regarding puberty, which is where her popularity and subseqent AlphaBitch attitude came from. By developing early, she stood out from the rest of the girls and by the time of the serious, she maintains her popularity from that even though most of the girls have caught up.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While she's still the AlphaBitch, she has some nice moments with Lizzie over the course of the series and TheMovie. [[spoiler: In TheMovie she has a full HeelFaceTurn]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Occasionally.
* LovableAlphaBitch: At the start of the series, she is the AlphaBitch stereotype. Later on she has moments of sympathy, such as when her sister and mother seem to show her little to no affection, and some moments that show her character develop, such as [[spoiler: helping Lizzie and Gordo in the movie (also becoming a ShipperOnDeck for the two).]]
* ManipulativeBitch: She can manipulate boys into doing anything.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: In the episode "The Rise and Fall of the Kate Empire," Lizzie & her friends assist Kate in getting her spot in the cheer squad back after Claire is considered worse than her.

!!Ethan Craft
->Portrayed by: Clayton Snyder

A handsome and popular yet dimwitted boy in Lizzie's school. Almost all the girls want him and he's pretty nice (except in the first season).
* BigManOnCampus: The most popular and good-looking boy in the school.
* BrainlessBeauty: He may be attractive, but also dimwitted and clueless.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first season, he was more-or-less a male version of Kate, but in later seasons, he became a much nicer person.
* ChickMagnet: The target of affection for every girl in the school.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Complete with "wooshing" sound-effects when he says dumb things.
* TheDitz: Apparently it's a family trait.
* InformedAttractiveness: His good looks are regularly mentioned by Lizzie and other girls.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Not very bright, but kind and friendly enough, even to the less popular kids.
* NiceGuy: He's nice to everyone (except in the first season where he was portrayed more as a jerkish bully due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness).
* PopularIsDumb: Despite his stupidity, he's the BigManOnCampus.
%%* SatelliteLoveInterest

!!Larry Tudgeman
->Portrayed by: Kyle Downes

The least popular boy at Lizzie's school. Despite this he is pretty nice to people, and gets a friendly enough treatment from Lizzie. He had a crush on Lizzie, but when she decides not to return the feelings, he was pretty understanding.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Lizzie and, on occasion, Miranda and Kate.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Lizzie
* ButtMonkey: Unpopular and bullied by other students.
* ExtravertedNerd: Eccentric, stereotypically nerdy and uncool, CasanovaWannabe and SmallNameBigEgo, so yes, he fills this out.
* HeCleansUpNicely: One episode had Lizzie go on a pity date with him and when he arrived at her house, she was bowled over by his appearance (clean combed hair and a different outfit than he usually wears).
* NiceGuy: As Lizzie discovers, he's a perfectly nice, normal guy outside school.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Subverted. Probably the only character who ''doesn't'' fall into this.
* WackyGuy: The ExtravertedNerd variant.

!!Claire Miller
->Portrayed by: Davida Williams

Kate's lackey and current best friend (until the movie).
* BetaBitch: While generally the second-in-command to Kate, she can actually be a lot meaner than Kate herself at time.
* BlackBestFriend: To Kate.
* TheCheerleader: A popular cheerleader like her friend Kate.
* DragonInChief: When given the opportunity.
%%* TheFashionista
* GirlPosse: To Kate.
* {{Jerkass}}: Unlike Kate, she never shows having some HiddenDepths or any redeeming qualities.
* TokenMinority: One of the few black recurring characters.

!!Principal Tweedy

%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* ScaryBlackMan
%%* TokenMinority

!!Lanny Onasis

* BlackBestFriend: To Matt.
* CreepyChild: Sam finds his tendency to not talk creepy, though Jo thinks that he's just shy.
* FamousAncestor: He's related to Crispus Attucks.
* SilentBob: He never speaks, but Matt seems to have no problem communicating with him. Matt seems to be one of the few who can understand him no problem, much to the confusion of his parents. Stranger still when [[FreakyFridayFlip Matt and Lizzie switch bodies]], Lizzie is able to easily understand what Lanny 'said' before Toon!Lizzie (Lizzie's inner self) was confused by how she understood him.
* TokenMinority: One of the few black recurring characters.

[[folder: Movie characters]]

!!Paolo Valisari
->Portrayed by: Yani Gellman

A handsome Italian pop star that Lizzie meets in the movie. He befriends her during her trip to Rome. He offers to have him sing in his ex girlfriend, Isabella's place at a concert.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: He tries to manipulate Lizzie into performing onstage as Isabella so he can destroy Isabella's career and humiliate Lizzie onstage by fooling everyone that Isabella lip syncs.]]
* BlatantLies: [[spoiler: He lied to Lizzie about Isabella lipsynching and him actually singing.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: He's pretty likable before his EvilPlan is revealed.]]
* HollywoodToneDeaf: [[spoiler: It was revealed that Paolo lipsynchs because he can't really sing at all]].
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: See BigBad above]].
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: For Lizzie.]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler

!!Isabella Parigi

Paolo's ex-girlfriend who looks identical to Lizzie, except for the fact that she's a brunette rather than a blonde. Paolo befriends Lizzie because of this.
* IdenticalStranger: She and Lizzie look pretty much identical to each other--the only actual physical difference between them is their hair colors, with Isabella being a brunette and Lizzie being a blonde.
* IdolSinger: She is an Italian pop star.
%%* NiceGirl
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A vicarious example. Isabella proves to Lizzie that [[spoiler:Paolo is manipulating her]] by saying the pickup line he just gave her.

!!Miss Ungermeyer
->Portrayed by: Alex Borstein

The princial of the high school Lizzie and Gordo will be attending, as well as the chaperone of the class.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She starts to show off her softer side towards Gordo and Sergei at the end.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure


Paolo's bodyguard.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After Paolo is exposed.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: He and Miss Ungermeyer are shown briefly flirting with each other near the end of the movie, after Sergei compliments her on her care for her students, and it's implied that they eventually hookup.