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Main Characters (in order of billing)
Portrayed by: Ross Lynch
- Adorkable: He has his moments.
- Bad Liar: Just behind Dez as the 2nd worst at lying.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Tunes & Trials", Ally gives Austin a songbook to help him write his first song. When she reaches for it to show him something, he says "Don't touch my book."
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Austin can be too laid back, but yet can sing and play a variety of instruments, and can be a good mentor.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Austin, although not to the extent Dez does. Austin usually goes along with whatever crazy idea Dez comes up with.
- Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. He's not as stupid as Dez, but can be very naive at times. Dez happens to make him the smart one by comparison.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Monica.
- Establishing Character Moment: He runs into the store with Dez to play the drums with corn dogs.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Austin is first shown playing the drums with corndogs.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Austin is seen twice wearing boxers with trucks on them.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's sweet, a little naive and a genuinely Nice Guy.
- Hates Being Alone: When the 4th season starts, Austin doesn't take the news that Ally, Trish, and Dez aren't going to be with him in their senior year of high school. However, they decide that their business can wait.
- The Hero
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dez.
- Hurting Hero: Downplayed. His legal inability to perform in season 4 is really getting to him.
- It's All About Me: All the time, even though he will figure out his mistake and right the wrong by the end of the episodes.
- Keet: "I'm Austin, and I like pancakes!"
- Nice Guy: Even if he screws up sometimes, he is nice to a fault. He's sweet, gentle and when he comes to understanding the feelings of others if he has hurt them, he will try his hardest to make up for it. Go look at the Heartwarming page for examples.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He falls into this a couple of times:
- In one episode, he borrows a guitar from the store to get it autographed by Bruno Mars for Ally, as a way of making up for the fact that he'd been late to rehearsal. Unfortunately, he gets caught on the security camera in Sonic Boom, making people think that he's the person responsible for the string of thefts in the mall.
- Another episode features him being grounded because his grades are slipping. He sneaks out of the house in order to keep his promise to Ally to perform at her fundraiser. As you might expect, his parents find out and force him to do nothing but come home and study as punishment.
- Obliviously Evil: For a given value of "evil" in "Rockers & Writers". Stealing Ally's song was a pretty horrible thing to do, but in his defense, he didn't even realize he'd done it. He seriously believed the song was something he'd created. Even T-Fame even points this out to Austin, the former of whom ends up doing the same thing to him (though with full knowledge of what he was doing).
- Official Couple: With Ally, as if that wasn't gonna be obvious.
- One Head Taller: Austin is one head taller than Ally.
- Pretty Boy
- Teens Are Short: Averted, at the start of the series he's a 6 foot tall 14-year old, and he eventually catches up to Dez's height.
- Teen Idol
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes.
Portrayed by: Laura MaranoThe other central protagonist of the story, Ally is a nerdy, Shrinking Violet singer-songwriter who tends to be the Straight Man to the constant shenanigans surrounding her. Ally is the brains behind Team Austin, and is responsible for writing Austin's songs and taking care of the Sonic Boom music store owned by her father.
- Adorkable: When dancing. Or nervously chewing her hair. Or doing her vocal warmups. When suffering from stage fright.
- Bad Liar: While Dez is the worst and Austin is worse than her, Ally is still pretty terrible at lying.
- Brainy Brunette: Involved in book clubs, cloud watching clubs and wanted to learn calculus on her summer holiday. Also brainy in musical terms as she gives lessons in different instruments as well as being a great songwriter.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Ally is shy, neurotic and suffers from stage fright so badly she'll wreck a television studio to get away from the camera, but she writes amazing songs.
- Catchphrase: "Don't touch my book!"
- Character Tics: Ally chews her hair when she's nervous.
- Childhood Friends: With Trish.
- Cool Big Sis: Shows signs of being this to Nelson.
- Creative Sterility: Ally when she's being pressured to write a song.
- Cute Bookworm: She's part of a book club, and she spends most of her time reading books.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- The Cutie
- Deadpan Snarker: Ally probably beats Trish out for the biggest snarker. Trish will often just get angry, thus losing the deadpan.
- Deuteragonist: Despite Ally being the central character the show revolves around for the purposes of the plot and comedy, Ally is the Deuteragonist to Austin's attempts to become famous because she hangs back and writer the songs for him. It will likely remain unless she decides to step out from the song-writing shadow and becomes a performer in her own right.
- Establishing Character Moment: Ally is introduced reading her book, then tells Trish not to eat in the store.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Throughout Season 1, her hair was solid and dark, referring to her shyness and also to hint toward her stage fright. By the time Season 2 came around, her hair became brighter with blonde highlights, which hints she's coming out of her shell, and shows that she conqured her stage fright in "Chapters & Choices". When Season 3 came, her hair become paler but with brighter highlights, which shows her full progression to performing onstage once more.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Geek Physiques: Ally is very short and skinny, but still manages to be somewhat lanky because She's Got Legs.
- Genius Book Club: Ally's part of one. It comes up in the plot as why it takes her so long to complete songs for Austin.
- Grammar Nazi: Being the smart girl of the group, Ally can dip into this every now and then. In Beauties & Bullies, she responds to a mean comment by correcting whoever misspelled beauty as "beautey". It wasn't supposed to be a Lame Comeback, she just did it out of habit.
- Happy Dance: Ally has at least two endearing bursts of these in "Soups & Stars".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Trish.
- Hollywood Nerd
- Humiliation Conga: Ally suffers a condensed one when she accidentally destroys a television studio.
- I Can't Dance: She hurts Austin's ankle when he tries to teach her to dance in "Club Owners & Quinceaneras".
- The Illegible: Ally's chicken-scratch leads to multiple misunderstandings in "Kangaroos & Chaos". Ally claims this is just due to being rushed, because she really went to calligraphy camp. Which if true would be an inversion.
- Jerkass Ball: Ally, of all people, can be really bossy when she's not in Shrinking Violet mode. She is Surrounded by Idiots though.
- Just Friends: With Austin. Not so much anymore, since in "Girlfriends & Girl Friends" she develops a crush on Austin.
- The Lancer: As the foil to Austin and in some cases Trish by being The Chick and The Smart Girl to Austin's fun loving performer character, and to Trish's Spicy Latina character.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Trish's Dark.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Ally's mother is also a Brainy Brunette who "loves love" and uses her catchphrase "Don't touch my book!"
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Ally is helped to become more open and extroverted by the three other characters.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase:Ally: There's no eating in X! - Once in "Rockers & Writers", four times in "Bloggers & Butterflies".
Ally: Don't touch my X! - Usually it is her book. In one case it became "Don't boop my nose."
- Meganekko: During the flashback to when she first developed her stage fright Ally is wearing glasses.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that caused Ally to develop terrible stage fright. Revealed to be because of Ally freaking out during an audition for a prestigious music school, which caused a fear of rejection.
- Official Couple: With Austin
- Secret Diary: Her song book/diary.
- Shrinking Violet: Ally is this whenever she get's on stage. How bad is it? She accidentally destroys an entire TV studio while trying to get away when Austin gets her on a live TV show. Averted as of "Chapters & Choices" as she got over her fear.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Trish's Tomboy
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pickles.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Ally clearly takes after her mom.
- Waistcoat of Style: A major part of Ally's wardrobe.
- Woman Scorned: After she finds out that Austin read her book.
- Women Are Wiser: Compared to Austin... Dez... Trish... her father... well pretty much every other member of the cast. Even her song writing is wiser and more soulful that Austin, who is more extroverted and fun loving when he involves himself in the song writing process. Deconstructed in that these traits sometimes get in the way rather than helping. (For example, in "Songwriting and Starfish", Ally's wisdom and soulfulness prove to be decidedly less effective at writing a "Hot Summer Jam" than Austin's fun loving personality.)
- Young and In Charge: Ally's the head of the mall association at age fifteen.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Ally wears a Grade A in "Tickets & Trashbags". Wears various levels in other episodes.
Patricia "Trish" Maria De la Rosa
Portrayed by: Raini RodriguezTrish is a fashionista who becomes Austin's personal stylist and manager. She is also Ally's best friend since kindergarten.
- Attention Whore
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Approximately half of Trish's jobs. Her headbands seem to be deliberate. She could just be quirky.
- Big Sister Bully: Apparently, she's quite mean to her younger brother.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Trish is shown to be lazy and irresponsible, but has gotten Austin a concert and interview and actually does a good job in her role. Perhaps because it's the only one she cares about. Ironically, when she lands several more clients besides Austin, she actually has trouble handling them no matter how hard she tried.
- Catchphrase: "Guess who got a job as/at the (insert name of job here)!" It even stems from her days in kindergarten. "Guess who got a job as the hall monitor!" This can be anything not concerning a job, but sometimes can be used to express an achievement (or disappointment) of some sort.
- Childhood Friends: With Ally.
- The Confidant: She's just not very good at it.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's the second biggest snarker, after Ally.
- Establishing Character Moment: Trish is first shown announcing her newest job.
- The Fashionista
- Fat Best Friend: Type A.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Genki Girl
- George Jetson Job Security: Trish is invariably hired and then fired from a job that she holds for whatever reason.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Gratuitous Spanish: Trish is fluent in Spanish, and attempted to tutor Austin in the subject.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ally.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass: For no known reason (other than his being a ditz), she seems to have it out for Dez. Although it's nowhere near as bad as some of the majorly Jerkass characters on some Nickelodeon shows. Of course, if she never became friends with Austin, she would be an even bigger jerkass than she is now.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's much nicer to Austin and Ally.
- Lazy Bum: The reason why she's constantly fired.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Ally's Light.
- Quirky Curls
- Shipper on Deck: For Austin and Ally.
- The Smart Girl: For her managerial skills.
- Spicy Latina
- Street Smart
- Token Minority
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Ally's Girly Girl
- Tsundere: Type A with Dez.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dez. Sure she's mean to him, but it's their thing. Even Dez tried to step up for her by identifying the girl who bullied Trish. It was the wrong approach, but it really shows how great his loyalty is.
Portrayed by: Calum WorthyDez is an aspiring director who films everything that he can. He filmed Austin singing Ally's song, "Double Take", and posted it online. Austin is his long time best friend.
- Bad Liar: Dez is the worst and will crack under the slightest bit of pressure.
- Bag of Holding: Dez's backpack contains whatever's relevant to the gag.
- Big Eater: Dez is known as "the guy who ate the twenty-pound hamburger".
- The Big Guy: With shades of The Lancer.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dez is completely random, but from what we saw of the first music video he made, awesome at directing.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- When Ally's friend from camp shows up, Dez goes "Hunk alert!"
- In the episode "Glee Clubs and Glory" he acts more flamboyant than usual and sings "Finally Me" during the final mashup which sounds an awful lot like a coming out song.
- He often remarks how attractive Austin is. But he finally gets a girlfriend, Carrie, in "Cupids & Cuties".
- Comically Missing the Point: Too many examples to go into, but Dez fits this trope to a T.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets some good ones during season 2 and 3.
- The Ditz: He thinks "BFF" stands for "Best Freckled Friend", he accidentally gave H8er Girl some advice on attacking Ally directly, nearly got them killed when he sank Shiny Money's boat.
- Extreme Omnivore: Dez once deep-fried several objects, which he probably ate. One of these objects was his own shoe.
- Fiery Redhead: In the most innocent way possible.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Fun T-Shirt: Dez's whole wardrobe consists of these.
- Genius Ditz: He does have his moments of brilliance.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Austin.
- Honor Before Reason: Dez is a man of his word.
- When he leaves old, embarrassing pictures of Austin for H8r Girl to take as bait for a trap, he actually used real pictures because of this. If Dez wanted to continue keeping his word, it would've gone better had the gang acted sooner.
- When he tried to get everyone to get out of line by telling everyone he'd hidden a horseshoe that could be redeemed for the MyTab the gang was standing in line for, it was also real and also resulted in them losing the MyTab. Since all employees of the store are bound by oath not to lie, Dez could've gotten away with lying, because he wasn't technically employed by the store that sold the MyTabs.
- I Gave My Word: If Dez makes any promises, he will always make good on them, as long as he knows he can. Dez did promise H8r Girl embarrassing photos of Ally and a free MyTab because he actually hid a horseshoe, but that ended up costing the gang. A rather astounding example was when he promised Lily that Santa will bring her her dad for Christmas, and everyone thought he was being dumb as usual, because he was comforting her with false hope. Turns out Dez really meant it, and made every effort to make that possible.
- Motor Mouth
- Only One Name: It was a Running Gag that people would be interrupted before saying his last name, until "Fanatics & Favors" revealed that it's Wade and yes, he's distantly related to Dwayne Wade.
- Obsessed with Food
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Directors & Divas", he actually loses it and chews out an extremely childish and bratty actress when she refuses to cooperate in the filming of a movie. His anger is enough to make the actress realize he's dead serious, and she promptly apologizes (though she doesn't completely give up her childish behavior).
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Shipper on Deck: For Austin and Ally. He really thinks they should date.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Trish. As he told Trent, nobody gets to be mean to Trish but him.
- Wacky Guy
- Youthful Freckles
Portrayed by: Cole SandNelson is an awkward young boy who takes music lessons from Ally. He tends to show up at the music store for one reason or another and turn out to have mixed up a word for a word that sounds alike, such as "oboe" and "hobo", resulting in him having done something difficult he didn't need to do.
Portrayed by: Andy MillerAlly's father. He is the owner of the music store Sonic Boom, and is cheerfully disdainful of Ally's musical talents.
- Adults Are Useless: Ally's father regularly leaves her alone with her friends to run the store...
- Amicable Exes: With Ally's mom.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: ...he is also perhaps the only father in all of Disney to discourage his child from following her dream. However, by the beginning of Season 4, he leaves the store in her hands, allowing Ally and her friends to mentor a new generation of future performers.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Ally's dad often gives her the responsibility of taking care of the music store herself.
- Jerkass: It's probably not on purpose, but he's very insensitive at times. He wouldn't even let Ally donate any instruments to Nelson's music class because he's very tight-fisted.
- Man Child
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Ally's mom.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child
Portrayed by: Noah CentineoAlly's crush and a former employee at a cell phone accessories cart.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she found out Austin wanted to be at prom with Ally instead of her sister, Piper.
- The Cutie
- The Ditz: Even more so than Dez.
- Dumb Blonde: Big time. She actually manages to make Dez look like a genius by comparison.
- Sixth Ranger: In season 3. She has more appearances than her sister and Jace.
- Statuesque Stunner: Although not actually brought up (partially cause Dez is very tall as well) Carrie is around the same height as Austin and Dez, and easily towers over every other female character on the show.
Portrayed by: Richard WhitenOwner of Starr Records, and signs Austin to his record label in "Successes and Setbacks". He has formally banned Austin from performing for the remainder of his contract, due to Austin revealing his relationship with Ally. However, "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets" sees him bringing Austin back into the music industry.
- Bad Boss: If his appearances in "Sports and Sprains" and "Relationships & Red Carpets" are any indication, it seems he couldn't care less about Austin's happiness. However, his concern in the former was quite legitimate.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Jimmy practically kills Austin's career because of Austin revealing his love for Ally. He lampshades his overreaction when he unbans Austin from performing in "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets".
- Jerkass Has a Point: Jimmy may be antagonistic towards Austin, not to mention selfish, but in at least three instances he had a point:
- In "Sports and Sprains" he tells Austin to quit basketball because he can't risk Austin getting injured. Unfortunately, Austin tempted fate and did get injured, and it was before he was assigned an important performance.
- A dual example in "Austin and Alias": While Ronnie Ramone is his competition, Jimmy isn't wrong to acknowledge that Ronnie has every right to prevent Ally from writing songs for Austin.
- In "Relationships and Red Carpets", he tells Austin that he wouldn't have gone far without him. No argument there, because Austin would not have become famous had it not been for Jimmy signing him to his label.
- Jerkass Realization: He later admits to being at fault for taking away Austin's music career on the basis of his relationship with Ally.
- Kick the Dog: He was about to let Austin perform again, but after finding out Austin was performing at a karaoke joint in secret, he tells Austin that he can forget about performing, and ignores Austin's pleas that he was only satisfying his passion for music.
- Only in It for the Money: "Relationships & Red Carpets" implies this at least twice as being his attitude towards the music industry.
- The first one is when he says that Austin can't have a girlfriend due to the fact that he has a lot of female fans. Ally asks Jimmy if making millions of dollars is better than Austin's happiness, and Jimmy says nothing, which Ally infers to mean "yes".
- The second takes place at the end. Austin takes the stage, tells the world about his love for Ally, and then says that music would be nothing without love. Jimmy's scornful look after the declaration and subsequent barring Austin from any future performances for the next 10 years further implies his seeing the music industry as being a way to make a quick buck.
- As of "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets", this is looking to be averted, as Jimmy says he overreacted about thinking that Austin having a girlfriend would flush his career down the toilet.
- Pet the Dog: One episode after his Kick the Dog, Jimmy lifts his ban on Austin's performances, along with signing a new talent from the A&A Music Factory.