Characters: As Told by Ginger
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Voiced by: Melissa DisneyGinger Foutley wants desperately to be noticed, but doesn't like being looked at. She is both repulsed and obsessed with the social structure that dictates her life at Lucky Junior High. Ginger has always secretly wished for a shot at total and extreme popularity, but when her prayers are answered, she finds herself paralyzed with uncertainty. Still, her excellent writing skills and willingness to fight for what she believes to be right has made Ginger stand out from the crowd, as she successfully tries to balance her schoolwork and loyalty to her friends and family with her growing rise in the ranks of the Lucky Junior High social scene.
- 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.
- Hairy Girl: Played with in that she is the protagonist and she isn't a Granola Girl or rebellious. The episode where she tries to get her legs shaved reveals legs with curly red hairs◊ hidden by baggy pants, knee socks, and long shorts/skirts. This is abandoned as of the Summer Camp special.
- 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")
- Naïve 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.
- Quirky Curls: Has very curly (frizzy) red hair and is very intelligent and nerdy. She only straightens her hair for special occasions (graduation) or when she's stepping outside of her normal role (straight hair in art academy and when she masquerades as Courtney for a week).
- Red-Headed Heroine: The protagonist and everygirl of the show and she is blessed with fiery locks.
- 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.
Voiced by: Kenny BlankDarren Patterson is one of Ginger's best friends. Darren lives next door to Ginger and has done since the two were small children. As such, Ginger trusts him just as much as she does Dodie and Macie. Darren is calm, reliable and down to earth though his popularity suffers because of the embarrassing and unwieldy orthodontia.
- Babies Ever After: With Ginger.
- Beautiful All Along: As seen once he gets his headgear taken off, every girl his age wanted him.
- Big Brother Instinct: Can act as a brotherly figure for Carl at times.
- Black Best Friend: To Ginger in the first few seasons.
- Boy Next Door: To Ginger.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: The current trope image, although he eventually gets them taken off by the time he starts high school.
- Cassandra Truth: Occasionally.
- Chick Magnet: A lot of girls became interested in him after he loses Braces of Orthodontic Overkill.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ginger.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Carl, when Lois and Ginger aren't involved and Hoodsey can't do the job.
- Expository Hair Style Change: Wears his hair longer in high school.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible to Will's Foolish.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Without his orthodontics, he became an instant Chick Magnet.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Part of an Official Couple with his red-haired childhood friend Ginger.
- Love Confession: To Ginger after she moves away in Far From Home.
- Love Epiphany: In Far From Home.
- Mr. Fanservice: Once he gets his headgear taken off.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he cheats on Ginger with Simone.
- Nice Guy: A very kind and sensitive person.
- Not So Above It All: The Holiday special had him joining Carl and Hoodsey in on making a lit reindeer look like it was urinating.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Once he reaches high school
- Will They or Won't They?: With Ginger. They Do.
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheated on Ginger with a cheerleader named Simone at one point during high school, which creates a massive rift in their relationship for some time.
Voiced by: Aspen MillerDeirdra Hortense "Dodie" Bishop is an ultimate chatterbox and recycled gossip authority, and has been Ginger's best friend since the day they met.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: She often betrays Ginger and Macie whenever she seems to be getting a taste of popularity.
- Aesop Amnesia: All the time.
- Attention Whore: So much. She would do just about anything to become popular.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To the point of being one of the least likable characters on the show, even more so than villains like Miranda.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Macie's Brunette and Ginger's Redhead.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Expository Hair Style Change: Wears her hair in a chin length bob and headband after she graduates from Middle School.
- Freudian Excuse: That she likely learned her behavior from her Mother.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Not as often as Hoodsey but her mother tends to call her by her full name "Deidre Hortense".
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails: In the early seasons.
- Gossipy Hens
- Often preaches about how important best friends are, but willingly tried to destroy the happiness of two close friends.
- She likes to scold people (usually Ginger) for not looking at the big picture and being too self-centered. It goes without saying that Dodie is often the worst offender of that in the entire show.
- Ironic Name: Her name sounds like "doting", she's anything but.
- It's All About Me: All the time. Dodie once wanted Ginger to cancel the birthday party for Darren simply because she wasn't allowed to attend. Darren called her out on this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Laser-Guided Karma: Is struck by this rarely.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: She and Joanne share the same features (albeit much slimmer than her daughter), same hair color, fashion sense, and both are social climbing drama queens that that get married to shleppy mild-mannered guys.
- Loose Lips
- Manipulative Bitch: She feigned a broken leg in order to win a much-coveted spot on the cheerleading squad.
- Motor Mouth: Sometimes, which is endlessly exploited by Miranda.
- Pair the Spares: Marries Chet Zipper, of all people, in the finale.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like her Mother, even stated so by Hoodsey. Though she also resembles her Grandmother (esp. with the pigtails)
- Token Evil Teammate: Borders on this. Dodie is often times as manipulative and devious as the popular girls she aspires to be and he has no qualms about throwing people under the bus and ruining their social standings and relationships in order to achieve popularity, including her friends.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Many, many times.
- With Friends Like These...: To Ginger, mostly.
Voiced by: Jackie HarrisMacie Lightfoot is one of Ginger's best friends. Though highly intelligent, the lack of parental guidance (which borders on neglect) causes Macie to be shy and awkward in public.
- 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.
- 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 Sexy: 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
- 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".
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes bolder and less nervous and dependent on her friends when they start graduating from junior high.
- 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.
Voiced by: Liz GeorgesCourtney Claire Gripling takes her role as "The Most Popular Girl at Lucky Junior High" very seriously. Her fascination with Ginger Foutley began as an experiment to see how the other half lives and eventually blossomed into a real friendship. Courtney looks to Ginger as someone she can turn to when she needs help or advice from someone other than her mindless followers. While her other friends Mipsy and Miranda virtually worship the ground that Courtney walks on, Ginger seems to do just fine living independently from Courtney's shadow. In fact, Courtney is secretly envious of Ginger's tight bond she shares with her best friends Macie and Dodie, since Courtney is aware that they would stick by her no matter what, while Miranda and company would only be there as long as Courtney's reign of popularity endures.
- A-Cup Angst: She is not happy about her small size.
- Attention Whore: Self-confessed; In one episode where another girl became more popular than her, Courtney became a little unhinged.
- Brainless Beauty: She can definitely be rather... ditzy compared to Ginger and the rest, but if you listen, you notice she has a very advanced speech pattern for a 13 year old.
- Break the Haughty: High School was not kind to her...
- Character Development
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Looks like a spoiled and ditzy junior high school girl doesn't she? Well she's pretty fierce and can fight pretty hard, especially where Ginger is concerned.
- Dumbass Has a Point: She's rather quick on uncovering schemes against Ginger and even points out to her that Dodie has already proven how selfish she is and shouldn't feel bad about putting Darren's birthday first.
- Dumb Blonde: Not unintelligent, but so spoiled she can come off as ignorant.
- Expository Hair Style Change: Hair is slightly longer in high school
- The Fashionista: Decked out in the hottest tween and teen girl fashions, which lean towards couture and classic rather than simply trendy.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Courtney has blonde hair and is generally beautiful, sweet and naive, if a bit shallow.
- Hartman Hips: Has a tween size version with a more realistic waistline
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Courtney may seem vain and prissy, but she's a Nice Girl underneath it all.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: Courtney is pretty much the spitting image of her mother.
- Likes Older Men: Well muscular teenagers like Will Patterson
- Lonely Rich Kid: She actually has lots of friends, though they aren't friends for friendship, but convenience.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: While she isn't against some casual teasing, she's pretty nice compared to most of the popular clique.
- Morality Pet: She is this to Miranda.
- Naïve Everygirl: To some extent, considering that she seems to be quite sheltered due to her wealthy upbringing and always had an interest as to how things worked in the world of middle class citizens.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Has a posh giggle.
- Odd Friendship: With Ginger. And on occasion Macie and Dodie. (Even if she forgets their names half the time.)
- Pet the Dog: Many times.
- Popular Is Dumb
- Smitten Teenage Girl: When it comes to Will.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her Mother.
- Token Good Teammate: In her circle of friends. The other popular girls aren't very nice.
- Upper-Class Twit: She even describes herself as a snob in one episode.
Voiced by: Cree SummerMiranda Killgallen is Courtney Gripling's best friend, and her sheer meanness will make sure that no one else takes that position.
- Beta Bitch: To Courtney.
- Black Best Friend: To Courtney.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Glare: Has dished this out on occasion.
- Dreadful Musician: The only person who can make a clarinet sound bitter.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Her dad; See below.
- Evil Laugh
- Freudian Excuse: It's revealed at one point that Miranda has very few actual friends and doesn't have a particularly close relationship with either of her parents.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Among the popular clique.
- Girlish Pigtails: When she dates Darren and wears them in high school.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She hates Ginger because she is jealous of Ginger.
- Ironic Name: "Miranda" is derived from the Latin "Mirandus" meaning "wonderful and admirable"
- Lean and Mean: By far the skinniest main kid in the show and she is mean as she's thin.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She's actually Courtney's, episodes where they're apart tend to be a Break the Haughty moment for Courtney.
- Manipulative Bitch: Mainly to Dodie or Ginger, but is capable of doing this to others.
- Meaningful Name:
- Killgallen. The original Gaelic which the name is taken (Cíl Giolla) from also denotes an Attendant or Follower which is fitting for her relationship with Claire.
- "Miranda" (as in "the Miranda warning"), considering her father is a police officer.
- Pet the Dog:
- She genuinely does value her friendship with Courtney and, despite her hatred of Ginger, she did have some real affection for Darren when they briefly dated. Ironically, Miranda seems to have a more genuine friendship with Courtney than Dodie does with Ginger.
- In the episode "Ginger's Solo," she cheers Ginger up when Ginger gets upset over Sasha having a girlfriend.
- Race Lift: Word of God has it that Miranda was white in her original conception, but was changed to a black character to introduce more diversity to the cast.
- The Rival: To Ginger.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Shipper on Deck: Ironically, she was briefly one for Ginger/Darren before Darren got his braces removed, because it meant Miranda had Ian all to herself.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Sort of. By the end of the series, she may not exactly be the nicest person on the show, but she's definitely not nearly as bad as she was at the beginning of the series.
- With Friends Like These...: Indirectly to Courtney—she tries on multiple occasions to blackmail Ginger into staying away from Courtney, because Miranda doesn't someone to end up replacing her as Courtney's best friend.
Voiced by: Sandy FoxMelissa 'Mipsy' Mipson is the "third most popular girl" at school, after Courtney Gripling and Miranda Killgallen.
- Alliterative Name: Applies when either using her given name or nickname.
- Genius Ditz
- Jerkass: Even more than Miranda!
- Jewish American Princess: She is part of the inner circle of popular and wealthy girls, her parents hired a sushi chef from Osaka for her 13th birthday, and in "Far From Home" she mentions Bat Mitzvah money.
- Large Ham: Her auditioning for "Mambo in the Catskills" is really loud and over-the-top.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is revealed to be Melissa.
- Repetitive Name: Of a nickname sort, Mipsy being short for her last name.
- Rich Bitch
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
- Satellite Character: To Courtney and Miranda, mostly.
- Spoiled Brat
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her Cousin
- Valley Girl: Has the high, nasal, girly voice and the hyper-feminine, capitalistic interests associated with the trope.
- Voiced by: Adam Wylie
- The Artifact: He was part of the reason for Miranda's hostility towards Ginger (as well as Ginger's budding friendship with Courtney), since they both had a crush on him, but they both seem to forget about Ian when they both develop feelings for Darren.
- Attractiveness Isolation: Is aware of this trope during the episode "Piece of My Heart"
- Book Dumb
- Jerk Jock: Not a bad natured character but did lead Ginger for his academics and fooled her into thinking he liked her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He uses Ginger as a meal ticket in 'The A Grade', but does apologize when called out on it.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Gifted with this.
- Out of Focus: He becomes more of a background character after Season One. This is apparently due to his Voice Actor leaving the show.
- Popular Is Dumb: Not dumb per se, but isn't that bright.
- Romantic False Lead: For Ginger and Miranda.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Tall, built, and darkhaired.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Is the only male (apart from Brandon) who is drawn with eyelashes.
Voiced by: Jeannie EliasCarl Foutley is Ginger's younger brother. He is in the fourth grade in the first season. He and his sidekick, Hoodsey, come up with their schemes and perform their experiments in an abandoned doghouse in the Foutleys' backyard. The doghouse once belonged to the Foutleys' dog Monster, who ran away many years prior to the beginning of the series. In the series finale, Monster returns to the Foutleys. Because of his unique, yet disturbing personality, his family sometimes act like they don't like him, and often criticize him. His mother often claim's that she is also afraid of what he is planning.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Ginger sometimes.
- Better as Friends: He and Noelle broke up before Middle School and when she had shown up to save Lois and Daves' wedding, she told him not to get too excited and the past is the past.
- Calling the Old Man Out: To his Dad about his Parental Abandonment.
- Catch Phrase: "Affirmative" and "Classified".
- Cloudcuckoolander: One Friday the 13th has him actively seeking out bad luck
- Cry Cute: When Mrs. Gordon passes away.
- Freaky Is Cool: He certainly thinks so.
- Friend to All Living Things: Likes animals and other creatures (even those that are Ugly Cute or hideous)
- Heroes Want Redheads: Is the secondary hero (he comes out on top in his plots) and crushes on redhaired Noelle.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Dwayne the Garbage Man.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Likes Older Women: Was going to propose to Maude- complete with a worm engagement ring.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he drives Mrs. Gordon to retire after one too many pranks.
- Nightmare Fetishist: His prized possession is his petrified eyeball.
- The Pig Pen: Sometimes.
- Precocious Crush: On Maude.
- Redheaded Hero: Secondary to his sister but no less awesome.
- Redheads Are Uncool: Usually doesn't care but states to Hoodsey that they aren't as cool as their self-made graffiti made them out to be.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Hoodsey's Sensitive Guy.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ginger- Ginger is a Teacher's Pet with a slight childish streak while Carl is a notorious troublemaker who is occasionally Wise Beyond His Years.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
- With Blake Gripling, to contrast Ginger's friendship with Courtney.
- To a lesser extent with Brandon Higsby, but Brandon actually likes Carl, much to his annoyance,
- Ship Tease: With Noelle Sussman.
- Those Two Guys: With Hoodsey.
- Your Cheating Heart: Noelle has been suspecting him of cheating on her with Polly Shuster, which led to their breakup.
Voiced by: Laraine NewmanLois Foutley, a nurse, is the mother of Ginger and Carl.
- Affectionate Nickname: Carl calls her "Lola".
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: 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 Parents: Although she is a nurturing mother to Ginger and Carl, she is also something of a strict disciplinarian, and does not hesitate to put her foot down when she feels it is necessary.
- 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 Spouse: An ex-wife variant. 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.
Voiced by: Tom VirtueJonas Foutley abandoned Lois and their children shortly after the birth of Carl. Ginger never had any fond or, for that matter, clear memories of her father, and all the photographs of him that are in her possession are of his feet.
- 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.
Voiced by: Tress MacNeilleRobert Joseph "Hoodsey" Bishop is Dodie's younger brother, and Carl Foutley's best friend and sidekick. He is extremely gullible and believes anything someone tells him. He usually never has supplementary ideas for Carl's plots, but is typically more than happy to help. He is called "Hoodsey" due to the fact that he never wears anything but a purple hooded sweatshirt, and his closet is full of them.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Dodie sometimes.
- Could be an Inverted Trope with the two.
- Big Eater: Loves eating and can't resist things like Hot Chocolate and Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Carl, though he's not immune to weird moments himself.
- Full Name Ultimatum: His mother is the only one who calls him "Robert Joseph".
- Likes Older Women: He likes Macie (3 years older than he) and onetime expressed how Lois "doesn't look like a mom".
- Meaningful Name: "Robert" means "bright" which does refer to his comedic role and his sensitive outlook.
- Momma's Boy: Very coddled and dominated by Joann.
- Nice Guy
- Older Than They Look: Onetime stated he looks so young that he gets carded for PG-13 movies.
- Only Sane Man
- Precocious Crush: Has one on Macie, but too shy to tell her about it.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Carl's Manly Man.
- Shrinking Violet: Gets embarrassed about showering in front of other guys, and he's rarely ever seen with his hood down, unless around Carl.
- Shower Shy: As explained above at Shrinking Violet, he finally gets over it and showers.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his father, minus the glasses
- Those Two Guys: With Carl.
Voiced by: Susan KrebsJoann Bishop is the mother of Dodie and Hoodsie Bishop and a minor character in the series. She is known for being intense. She has a love hate relationship with the Foutley family, perticully with Carl and Lois, she often gets into arguments with them often involving Carl. She believes that Carl is a bad influence on her son Robert -Joseph (Hoodsey).
- 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 Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. 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.
- Mama Bear: A negative version of this shows up in "Lunatic Lake" when she goes after Carl for "poisoning" her and Hoodsey with rancid fried clams.
- 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.
- Younger Than They Look: "About Face" reveals her to be in her late 30s, though other people like Lois and Courtney assume she's in her early 40s.
- 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.
- Malicious Misnaming: He calls Hoodsey "Woodsey," despite being corrected countless times.
- 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.
Voiced by: Candi MiloClaire Christy McSell-Gripling is Courtney and Blake's mother. She is married to Prescott Gripling. She believes in spoiling her children.
- 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 Parent Like Child: Is a lot like her daughter in terms of physical appearance, style, intellect, mannerisms, and vocal skills.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Possesses this.
- Parents as People: She is a loving and doting Mother to her children, but she tends to gallivant off to plastic surgeries and trips out of state and has to be begged to stay home more by her lonely daughter.
- 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 Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. Is very fat compared to svelte Joann.
- Full Name Ultimatum: His wife calls him by both his first and middle name.
- Good Parents: 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.
Voiced by: Guy TorryDarren's older brother, 16 years old, Junior in High School, Licensed Driver, and main tormentor Will Patterson has the opposite school status as his brother does. He is one of the most popular kids at the high school.
- 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.
- Chick Magnet: He has a group of girls that follow him around school
- 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
Voiced by: Billy Brown and Ja'net Dubois, respectivelyThe parents of Darren and Will.
- 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 Darren 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
Voiced by: Michael McKean and Mary Gross, respectivelyMacie's father is Bobby Lightfoot, Ph.D, and her mother is Bobbie Lightfoot, Ph.D. They are both psychologists and portray the stereotypical new age parents. However, they are also both incredibly absent-minded, forgetting Macie's thirteenth birthday and making up for it by treating her ten years younger than she actually was.
- Adults Are Useless: They go on business trips and work a lot; they also forget their daughter's birthday and the fact she's 13.
- The Atoner: In their attempts to make up for forgetting their daughter's birthday.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: They come off as this; very wealthy psychiatrists with tastes and methods that sound like an academic version of New-Age Retro Hippie philosophy.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: They are psychologists who neglect their daughter and panic when they learn that they forgot her birthday.
- Doting Parents: Became this to atone for forgetting Macie's 13th birthday.
- Gender-Blender Name: The only difference in their nicknames is the spelling for their gender.
- The Ghosts: Weren't seen (just mentioned) until the episode "Family Therapy" in the second season.
- Happily Married: From what we can see they have common interests and even work together.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Bobby has one.
- Like Parent Like Child: Like Macie, they're intellectuals who tend to panic and Bobbie passed on her looks on to her daughter.
- Meganekko: Bobbie is an attractive woman with a pair of glasses
- Parental Neglect: Macie's physical and material needs are looked after but they are workaholics that forgot her birthday
- Power Hair: Bobbie has her hair done in such a manner.
- The Shrinks: Their profession
- What Have I Done: Their reaction when it sets on them that they forgot Macie's birthday
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Often not around to be seen and forgot their daughter's birthday.
- Workaholics: Always working except those rare moments where Macie sees them at home or when they visit.
- Voiced by: Emily Kapnek
- All of the Other Reindeer: Mainly ignored by her peers for her odd ways, not that she cares.
- Ambiguously Jewish: The last name "Sussman", her Old World accent, and some facial features imply this.
- Ascended Extra: Like Hope Rogers, she was often seen in the background.
- Better as Friends: She and Carl broke up before Middle School and when she had shown up to save Lois and Daves' wedding, she told him not to get too excited and the past is the past.
- Betty and Veronica: Not a conventional Betty but she has known Carl longer than Polly, the Veronica.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even more than Carl.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Very tan with dark auburn hair.
- Fiery Redhead: She can get really fierce
- Freaky Is Cool: Like Carl she enjoys the weirder stuff in life.
- Held Back In School: Was held back in Kindergarten for refusing to nap.
- Heroes Want Redheads: A very paranormally gifted girl who has performed many feats and has a crush on red-haired Carl.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: A girlfriend variant. Like Lois, she has curly red hair and is pretty tough.
- Little Miss Badass: She knows karate and has busted through a door with it.
- Meganekko: Wears spectacles and is oddly cute.
- Nerd Glasses: She owns an oversize pair with green rims.
- Psychic Powers: Can lift objects in the air without lifting a finger.
- Redheaded Hero: Especially when she foils the plot to ruin Lois and Daves' wedding.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Blake Gripling (annoys her) and Polly Shuster, in regards to Carl.
- Women Are Wiser: She is just as odd, if not odder than Carl, but she does end up attending a school suited for gifted children and is more sophisticated.
Voiced by: Carol KaneAn elderly prankster Carl falls in love with.
- Anyone Can Die: She dies in the first episode she appears.
- Cool Old Lady: Being in her 90s hasn't slowed down her zest for life and her enjoyment of pranks and befriending children.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Carl.
- Killed Off for Real: It's her first appearance and she dies on the dinner table.
- Mrs. Robinson: Is this to Carl.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Engaged in a lot of pranks and wasn't shy about speaking her mind and doing what she wanted, decorum be damned.
Voiced by: Elizabeth HalpernMs. Zorski is Ginger's English teacher. She is a constant inspiration and supporter of Ginger's natural writing talent. In And She Was Gone, Ms. Zorski let Ginger know that she loved the poem she had written before she added that it concerned her. She has a cousin, also named Ms. Zorski (voiced by Shawana Kemp), who teaches at the high school. Ginger learns that the two have completely different teaching styles. Even after Ginger graduated Jr. High she stays in touch with Ms. Zorski.
- Cool Teacher: She nurtures Ginger's literary gifts and is overall a pleasant person.
- Hippie Teacher: Has the appearance of one but unlike the usual trope, she keeps order amongst her students.
- Psychologist Teacher: Can sometimes serve as this, especially to Ginger.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Very much so and gently called out Carl for a prank he played.
Mrs. Elaine Gordon
- Voiced by: Kathleen Freeman
- Deadpan Snarker: Uses this with her students.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Carl's nickname for her is "Gordo" which translates to "fat man/person" in Spanish.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very curt and can often single out Carl (on grades "F for Foutley") yet genuinely cares about her students.
- Killed Off for Real: She is revealed to have died at the end of "No Hope For Courtney".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Doesn't take guff from her students, even from her favorites like Brandon.
- Stern Teacher: Very stern with standards for good behavior.
Dr. David Dave
Voiced by: David JeremiahDr. "David" Dave is the second husband of Lois Foutley, and is the step-father of Ginger and Carl. Dr. Dave works at the same hosptial as Lois.
- Foil: To Jonas, in looks and his role as a father figure and husband.
- Happily Married: To Lois in the future.
- Hospital Hottie: A very attractive doctor.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Carl.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Has a very attractively sculpted square jawline that Carl coveted one episode.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Is more meeker than Lois is.
- Meaningful Name: "David" means "beloved" which he is by the Foutleys.
- Megane: Attractive with glasses.
- Momma's Boy: Can't stand up to his domineering and rude mother.
- Nice Guy: Kind, well-mannered, and gentle with kids.
- Parental Substitute: Served this role for Carl and Ginger even before he was engaged to Lois.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Able to steer Carl away from trying to get a chin implant and gently pointed out to Lois that Ginger's dependence on caffeine isn't so different from Lois having a cup every day.
- Repetitive Name: Dr. David Dave.
- Took a Level in Badass: The finale has him call out his mother for hating on Lois and sabotaging their wedding, even refusing to do much with her again.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Not as extreme as some examples but he has a very wide upper torso with a small waist and even smaller lower body.
- Wicked Stepmother: Stepfather variant. Ginger at one point had a fairy-tale fantasy sequence where she was kept isolated up in a tower with Carl stuck in the dungeon.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Gender Inverted. He's a very tall and built handsome man with a minuscule and troll like mother.
Voiced by: N/ADr. Dave's controlling mother.
- 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.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: 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.
Voiced by: Paula TisoPolly Shuster is Carl's classmate and was nicknamed "The Crazy Bird Girl" by many people.
Voiced by: Grey DeLisleBrandon Higsby is an annoying classmate of Carl.
- A Boy and His X: His monkey, Mr. Licorice, who unfortunately dislikes him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Fools adults with his mannerisms but his peers find him annoying.
- Lonely Rich Kid: From an affluent family and often only has kids coming over to his house during warm weather.
- The Pollyanna: To the point he Tastes Like Diabetes.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To any adult in the vicinity like teachers, most of them can't see through it.
- Teacher's Pet: Is obviously doted on by Mrs. Gordon.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: His brother is Stuart, who attends the Junior High along with selling false book reports and essays to kids in the boys' bathroom, playing pranks like hiding the ladder with a friend, and has an unkempt appearance to contrast with the neat and preppy Brandon.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like Ian Richton, he is one of the few males in the show with eyelashes.
Voiced by: John KassirFaithful butler to the Griplings and sidekick to Blake.
- Battle Butler: Of course.
- Extreme Doormat: Justified in that his job involves serving his employers' demands, but this onetime.got him and the children in a car accident.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Blake and to Mrs. Gripling in one episode.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Blake.
- The Jeeves: Complete with a British accent.
- Parental Substitute: Winston is more of a fatherly figure to Courtney and Blake than Prescott ever was.
Voiced by: Hope LevyChet Zipper, 14 years old is a commoner among the students at Lucky Jr. High.
- Dull Surprise: Doesn't express much emotion.
- Fat Idiot: Not very bright and very fat
- Geek Physiques: Of the fat variety.
- Hidden Depths: He was in the Academic Bowl and did quite well.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: He resembles Dodie's father right down to his build, looks, and passive demeanor.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He freaks out sobbing to his parents to let him go to his grandmother's rather than attend military camp.
- Pair the Spares: With Dodie.
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Often speaks slowly with a lot of "umms", "likes", and "dude"'s and flubs his lines for "Mambo in the Catskills"
- The Stoic: A dim-witted and adolescent version of this trope.
- Youthful Freckles: Has these.
Principal "Milty" Milton
Voiced by: Jerry HouserHeadmaster Milty has swung back and forth from being principal of Lucky Elementary to being headmaster of Lucky Jr. High.
- A Boy and His X: 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.