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The Main Cast

Ginger Foutley - Patterson

Voiced by: Melissa Disney

  • The Ace: When it comes to her schoolwork. She's a very bright, capable student at school and frequently excels at her academic subjects, especially English and Science.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Ginger is quite fond of them, as her room would suggest. Along with the song she sings in summer camp involving copper-colored ponies.
  • Babies Ever After: With Darren.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big Sister Instinct: Gets pretty angry when Joanne calls Carl "rotten", and she sticks up for Hoodsey on separate occasions.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Dodie's Blonde and Macie's Brunette.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She can get like this on occasion like "TGIF" and "Mommie Nearest".
  • Character Title
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Darren in the later seasons.
  • Cool Loser
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted in that her parents are mentioned to be divorced.
  • Dude Magnet: Surprisingly enough. Of the course of the show she manages to attract Michael in "Deja-Who?" (when she's posing as Courtney, until she shouts at him for insulting her friends), Joaquin in "In Love With a Proper Foreign Exchange Student", Jean-Pierre in "Stealing First", Camp Caprice Sasha, (although he does get back together with Clover), Jake flirts with her somewhat, Orion and, of course, Darren.
  • Emo Teen: People think she's become one in "She Was Gone", despite Ginger insisting it's a work of fiction.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: In high school she no longer wears clips or scrunchies and wears her hair longer.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pretty passive and can capitulates to the demands of others, like Miranda
  • Fiery Redhead: Mostly averted with Ginger; she's very sweet, but can often become very moody.
  • Girl Next Door
  • G-Rated Drug: The Mocha-Loco Frothinator in "Stuff'll Kill Ya." Her friends even have to pull an intervention.
  • Hair Decorations: She wore these quite often during her Jr. High years, although she let her hair grow out during high school.
  • Important Haircut: In the special "Far From Home" Ginger gets her hair straightened and given a blue streak to signify how much she's changed away from home.
  • Informed Judaism
  • Just Friends: With Darren in the first few seasons, before their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Meal Ticket: Not for money, but for being a "science whizz". Ian Richton gets paired with her in science and flirts with her so she'll do the work for him or he gets kicked off the football team. He goes apologies when Ginger confronts him, though.
  • Meaningful Name: She's a Ginger (minus the freckles) and can be careful ("gingerly")
  • Na´ve Everygirl
  • Nerds Are Sexy: A bookish, science whiz who attracted her share of guys.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not So Above It All: She's sweet but she can have a bratty streak.
  • Only Sane Woman: Among her classmates. She shares this role with Macie.
  • Precocious Crush: On her teacher Mr. Gardner and on two older high school boys, Jake and Orion.
  • Red-Headed Heroine
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Ginger has curly shoulder length red hair and is not considered particularly popular by her peers.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Not unattractive or unkempt by any measure but when she "becomes" Courtney, the look works well on her.
  • She's Got Legs: A minor example as she isn't usually showing off her legs but Lois notes that Ginger has cute and shapely pins.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Carl.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Stated her father looks like her, which he slightly does; whereas the pilot had her look more like Lois
  • Teacher's Pet: She's a self-described "science geek" and frequent kiss up to her chemistry teacher, Mr. Celia. She's also happens to be a favorite of her high school English teacher, Ms. Zorski, due to her talent for writing.
  • Team Mom: Serves as this when her mother isn't around. She often keeps Carl and Dodie in line (not 100% successfully), comforts Macie and Courtney, and defends Hoodsey when she has to.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Darren. They Do.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: On occasion, though she does have a childish streak, like keeping toy ponies in her bedroom and her ice-cream wallpaper.

Darren Patterson

Voiced by: Kenny Blank

Dodie Bishop

Voiced by: Aspen Miller

Macie Lightfoot

Voiced by: Jackie Harris

  • Adorkable
  • Asian and Nerdy: Half Asian.
  • Beautiful All Along: At her graduation she dyed her hair and wore contacts, then later episodes shown her with her usual look albeit with longer and wavier hair.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Dodie's Blonde and Ginger's Redhead.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Brutal Honesty: Tends to be the one to tell people what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.
  • But Not Too White: She's half Asian and half Caucasian, respectively.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, particularly toward her inner circle of friends.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: Got her hair done and dyed in a light brown Hepburn-esque pixie for graduation and later is seen with her usual color but with longer, wavier hair.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Mostly geeky boys crush on her, not that she minds, she admires nerdier members of the opposite sex.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Macie's hair is supposed to be brown but is actually a greenish gray.
  • Identical Niece: Is said to resemble her Aunts Bridget and Brigitte and slightly resembles her mother.
  • Kiddie Kid: in Family Therapy, she receives a swing set for her thirteenth birthday and is ecstatic by this.
  • Likes Older Men: Liked this counselor at Camp Caprice, had a slight fascination with Mr. Cilia and his sideburns, and dated this band geek in high school
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her parents are affluent psychologists that hardly make time for her (and are only seen two times in the show), they even forgot her 13th birthday, thankfully she isn't friendless.
  • Meganekko: The only girl in the main trio who is seen wearing glasses.
  • Nerds Are Cute: Attracted geekier, less Alpha Male types like an older band geek, a Casanova Wannabe crush of Dodie, and Hoodsey.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nervous Wreck: Macie is in a constant state of panic, as she is allergic to everything and fears change.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not So Above It All: Sometimes. One episode had her form an alliance with Dodie, Miranda, and Mipsy to try to sabotage Ginger's relationship with Darren!
    • Though it may have been Dodie peer pressuring her that made her go along with the plan.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks quite undeveloped for her age and still dresses in a childish manner.
  • Only Sane Woman: Among her classmates. She shares this role with Ginger.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: See Not So Above It All above.
  • Parental Neglect: Implied in Family Therapy.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The finale has shown her with a groomed version of her middle school bob, no buck teeth, and with a svelte figure
  • Shrinking Violet: To a certain degree, especially compared with Ginger and Dodie.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek
  • Spoiled Sweet: A version of the trope that isn't on top of the school totem pole or unaware of how less affluent people live, she has a rather down to earth outlook and serves as a medium between her friends along with being loyal to Ginger.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her Mother and it was said, her Aunts Bridget and Brigitte.
  • Team Mom: Serves as a peacemaker to Ginger and Dodie during particular conflicts and even referred to herself as a "den mother".
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Tends to lampshade her friends' more ridiculous schemes, but she's rather immature in other areas, such as being in denial about entering puberty.

The Popular Clique

Courtney Gripling

Voiced by: Liz Georges

Miranda Killgallen

Voiced by: Cree Summer

Mipsy Mipson

Voiced by: Sandy Fox

Ian Richton

Voiced by: Adam Wylie

Family Members

Carl Foutley

Voiced by: Jeannie Elias

Lois Foutley

Voiced by: Laraine Newman

  • Affectionate Nickname: Carl calls her "Lola"
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Subverted in that she doesn't engage in embarrassing behavior, but due to the fact the protagonist/her daughter is 12-14 years old, sometimes her frankness and lack of pretense could be cringe-worthy
  • Ambiguously Jewish: For most of the first season, with her pronounced New York accent, Mama Bear personality and occasional use of Yiddish slang. Confirmed in the Holiday special near the end of Season 1, when we learn that her father was a rabbi.note 
  • Amicably Divorced: To Jonas
  • Big Beautiful Woman
  • Big Breast Pride: Wears clothing that makes the most of her bosomy figure.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Foil: She's a tough, wise, loving, plus-sized, working class mother that has to lay down the law with her kids and often lets them learn their own lessons, this in contrast to the other leaner mothers of the show (priggish Joann, vapid and posh Claire, and Macie's workaholic parents).
  • Formerly Fat: As of "The Butterflies Are Free" and the high school episodes.
  • Genre Savvy: Can usually predict what's upsetting Ginger or Carl before they've told her about it.
  • Good Parent
  • Happily Married: To Dave in the future.
  • Hartman Hips: Even when she was heavy, she had an ample pair of hips albeit with larger than average breasts
  • Like Parent, Like Ex-Wife: Like her late mother-in-law, she's very devoted to her children and was the strength of the family, after their husbands left.
  • Mama Bear: To both kids- she goes ballistic when she finds out one of Carl's teachers tricked him into thinking he was going to die.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She is a lot tougher, outspoken, and hot tempered than Dr. Dave.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lois" is derived from the Greek "Loion" meaning "desirable/better" she does put most of the parents to shame and attractive.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not So Above It All: Does join Carl and Hoodsey in their movie making.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Bans Ginger from wearing makeup, yet she has her own bathroom full of cosmetics that she keeps locked. She also forbids Ginger from drinking coffee, although she does throw out her own coffee maker after some prompting from Dave and Carl.
  • Parental Substitute: Serves as this for Dodie and Hoodsey, Courtney (esp. in "Mommie Nearest"), Darren (slightly), and Macie.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Team Mom: Serves as a Mother figure to the friends of her children often a lot. Giving them rides, letting them stay over her house, giving helpful guidance and advice, affectionate, and she even told Macie and Dodie they're like her extra daughters.
  • Weight Woe: Onetime noted she was wider than when she was a young single woman, is seen trying to lose weight, and remembers her high school years being the last time she wore a size 12.

Jonas Foutley

  • Adults Are Useless: Trying to avert it, but his children can't rely on him.
  • Amicably Divorced: To Lois, not that it stopped him from poking fun at her voice
  • Bumbling Dad: An example how this trope can affect children in real life
  • Disappeared Dad: Not really disappeared but the kids don't get to hear from him often.
  • Foil: To Dr. Dave in regards to being a mate to Lois and a father to Carl and Ginger and in appearance to a lesser extent.
  • The Ghost: Wasn't seen until the Holiday special.
  • Heel Realization: He pretty much acknowledges that he isn't a reliable figure in his childrens' life
  • Like Father, Like Son: He lamented how he took after his father in being a distant parent
  • Perma Stubble: Always seen with stubble on his face.

Hoodsey Bishop

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

Joann Bishop

Voiced by: Susan Krebs

  • Adults Are Useless: Dramatic, bad-tempered, and very unaware of her son's tenuous relationship with her mother in law.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her attempts to fit in the popular girls at her daughter's school have her dressing in a way that doesn't suit a mother in her late 30s.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: She serves this role for Hoodsey and Dodie, as she doesn't seem aware that her rudeness embarrasses her children
  • Chubby Papa, Skinny Mama: Very slender with her rotund husband.
  • Drama Queen: A physical condition of hers that she believed came from being stressed out by the Foutleys in her life, turned out to be just in her head.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Carl calls her "Jo Jo" which she dislikes
  • Foil: To Lois. She's blonder, leaner, smaller, more stressed out, meaner, and less tolerant than Lois.
  • Hartman Hips: Revealed to have a pair of rounded hips in "About Face"
  • Housewife: Up until "T.G.I.F" where she took up a position as a Home Economics teacher.
  • Jerkass: Her daughter will state Joann isn't fit to be around children.
  • Lean and Mean: She's very thin and just as bad-tempered.
  • Kick the Dog: Her biggest offense is probably badmouthing Carl in front of Ginger, then lashing out at Ginger when she defends her brother.
  • My Beloved Smother: Sometimes.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She behaves a lot perkier and friendlier when trying to hang out with the popular girls.
  • Parental Favouritism: She seems to prefer Hoodsey to Dodie- ironically, Dodie is a Generation Xerox of her.
  • Sadist Teacher: What Dodie feared she would be when she accepts a job teaching Home Economics at the Junior High.
  • Totally Radical: Her attempts to be "hip" and popular come off as this.

Blake Gripling

Voiced by: Kath Soucie

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems like a well-mannered young boy to most adults, but he doesn't fool any of the kids his age.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: It's Sophia, but he doesn't seem to mind it so much.
  • Momma's Boy
  • No Social Skills: He doesn't seem to be much liked by his peers, and despite how haughty and condescending he is to Carl, it's mentioned he really wants Carl to be his friend, implying he doesn't know how to make friends. He genuinely dislikes Hoodsey, however, referring to him as "Woodsey" no matter how many times he's corrected.
  • Older Than They Look: He's actually a couple of years younger than Carl and Hoodsey.
  • Parental Substitute: In Winston, whom he is implied to see as a father figure- Courtney treats him like many other members of staff, but Blake ropes Winston into many of his schemes.
  • The Pigpen: In a way.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Just like Courtney.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Averted for the most part- he and Courtney are rather indifferent towards each other, whereas Carl and Ginger argue but are undeniably close.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Carl, to contrast Courtney's budding friendship with Ginger.
  • Spoiled Brat: Much moreso than his sister.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Just like his sister and mother.

Claire Gripling

  • Adults Are Useless: Very dramatic, posh, and slightly air-headed; also unaware her daughter needs her home and that Blake is embarrassed about that baby blanket she insists is an heirloom.
  • Bandaged Face: Receives this after a botched plastic surgery in "Mommie Nearest".
  • Doting Parent: Dotes on her son and daughter constantly.
  • Fashionista: Constantly decked out in couture.
  • Foil: To Lois Foutley, both are loving mothers, but Claire is quite out of touch with how things work in less affluent societies and families and carries off a very quiet, posh lifestyle with her children. Also matters in appearance to a lesser extent.
  • Genius Ditz: She is revealed to be a social manipulator in her bid for an elevated status in the country club.
  • Happily Married: To her husband Prescott.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Is a lot like her daughter in terms of physical appearance, style, intellect, mannerisms, and vocal skills.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Possesses this.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A lot like her daughter.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Doesn't possess a lot of common sense.

David Charles Bishop

Voiced by: John Astin, later Dan Castellaneta

  • Adults Are Useless: Can get distracted and often hangs back when his wife behaves badly
  • Chubby Papa, Skinny Mama: Is very fat compared to svelte Joann.
  • Good Parent: Very pleasant in manner and talks with his children.
  • Henpecked Husband: To Joann, slightly.
  • Ironic Name: "Charles" means "warrior" and he's passive
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Hoodsey, he's meek and passive and possesses a rotund frame and golden blonde hair.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: His mother bore some resemblance to his wife and was said to be domineering. In the future his daughter marries a man that resembles him in temperament and looks.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted during his Mother's death.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to his wife.
  • Shower Shy: A more severe case than his son, he never stripped off in front of his wife.
  • Momma's Boy: Was very close to his mother and devastated after her death.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: A fat version of this trope.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted, he's somewhat of a couch potato, but he behaves in a far more civil manner than his wife.
  • Younger Than They Look: Looking at him, you would think he was in his 40s or 50s rather than around the same age as his 30 something wife.

Will Patterson

  • Big Brother Bully: Often picks on Darren but this doesn't impair his....
  • Big Brother Instinct: What he says about Darren and the potential of the latter having his heart broken: "His head may be metal but his heart isn't."
  • Big Man on Campus: Is very popular in his school and protective of that status
  • Black Best Friend: Averted. People are friendly with him and has the aforementioned high school status
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Gets angry with Darren when he called him "Wilbert" in front of his friends
  • Everyone Has Standards: He loudly notes that it's sad and disgraceful for two jealous teenage girls to "de bikini" a younger girl.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Darren's responsible.
  • Jerk Jock: He plays football and is pretty egotistical.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, he's a burly jock type who has an overwhelming personality and strength.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Even after Darren gets his headgear removed and becomes a football player, Will is often more popular, cocky, and less introspective than his younger brother.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Very muscular and large with a tiny lower body

Mr. and Mrs. Patterson

  • Adults Are Useless: Sent their son to a hellish Military Camp for the summer, but other than that they're harmless.
  • Black Best Friends: Good neighbors to the Foutleys
  • Happily Married: Yes indeedy.
  • Hartman Hips: Mrs. Patterson very wide hips and a heavy bottom with a thin body
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Mr. Patterson is this with Darren, until he goes to high school and is recruited by the football team, he sends D Arren to military camp for the summer for the boy to "man up".
  • Like Father, Like Son: Mr. Patterson is a lot like his son in appearance and love for noogies
  • Lovable Jock: Mr. Patterson is a gregarious guy who used to play football
  • Open-Minded Parents: Enough to entrust Darren to go off on a whim with Lois and to let him take a impromptu train ride to confess his love for Ginger.
  • Parental Substitute: In a minor example, they have Ginger stay over when Lois and Carl are in the hospital
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Mr. Patterson is a heavier version of this trope

Drs. Bobby and Bobbie Lightfoot

Other characters

Noelle Sussman

Voiced by: Emily Kapnek

Maude

Ms. Zorski

Mrs. Elaine Gordon

Voiced by: Kathleen Freeman

Dr. David Dave

Mrs. Dave

  • Cool Car: A pink 50s T-Bird type of car.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She is first seen slowing down traffic with a full awareness and is seen with a frown, then there is the accompanying song with the singer taking on the persona of a domineering mother.
  • Fashions Never Change: Dresses like it's 1954 in the 2000s.
  • Jerkass: She always makes snide remarks or fights with her son's fiancee, her kids, or even other kids. She even set up a plot to derail her son's and Lois's wedding.
  • ObnoxiousInLaw: Obnoxious doesn't even cover it.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: She's as short as Hoodsey.
  • My Beloved Smother: She dominates Dave.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: She slows down traffic and behaves rudely.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Somehow implies holding this attitude when she meets Lois and critiques the woman for being "a working mom" who can't cook nutritious food or keep her children well-behaved.

Polly Shuster

Brandon Higsby

Winston

Chet Zipper

Principal "Milty" Milton

  • A Man and His Dog: His dog, "The Duchess"
  • Adults Are Useless: Very self-absorbed and not effective as a disciplinarian.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Usually wants to go golfing and only seems to care when it's beneficial to his image.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky towards Carl and Hoodsey
  • Dean Bitterman: Not as extreme as some examples, but he doesn't act properly in his role as Principal
  • It's All About Me: Cares more for his image than his students
  • Jerkass: Had Ginger take the fall for a failed program he supported and often behaves in a rude and petty manner to Carl and Hoodsey.
  • Karma Houdini: Hardly gets called out for his behavior unless you count Lois going to bawl him out for what's happening with the kids and when Carl and Hoodsey threaten a lawsuit for withholding his pay from their dog training.
  • Silver Fox: Courtney flatters him into this view of himself
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Oh so much, especially with a Senator's visit