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Sharon Spitz
Voiced by: Alicia Silverstone (Seasons 1&2), Stacey DePass (Season 3)

The lead character of the series. A socially awkward girl whose braces complicate things even more (especially since they got affected when a lighting storm hit while they were being fitted on her). Also a stout vegetarian, animal lover and animal activist.

  • A-Cup Angst: She is constantly and excessively insecure about her chest, being completely flat-chested. So much so in fact that she tried on one episode to increase her breast size with a pneumatic pump.
  • Adorkable
  • Alliterative Name
  • Always Someone Better: Genesis. Until it's revealed that Genesis feels the same way about her.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Better as Friends: She and Connor try dating early on, before realizing that they vastly prefer their dynamic as close friends than as a couple.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Subverted; Sharon got off relatively easy with her braces despite the side effects they bring.
  • Childhood Friends: With Connor, her neighbour and friend since they were babies.
  • Commonality Connection: While they were both crushing on each other before that, one of the things that starts the spark in her and Alden's relationship is the realization that they both keep money in their shoes.
  • Cool Loser: To a small degree.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Sharon is known to be a clumsy, ditzy girl and would usually end up embarrassing herself one way or the next.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Sharon and Nina were friends as little girls, but one day someone destroyed all of Nina's dolls and she blamed Sharon for it (despite having no proof). In the third season, Nina learned the truth and tries reconciling with Sharon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She loves animals, so much so that her family has three cats and two dogs.
  • iSophagus: Her braces tend to affect the environment around her from time to time including messing with lockers, electronics, water fountains, even sometimes receiving radio signals in her mouth.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Especially when it comes to activism. She is very stubborn in insisting that her reasons are the right one and can never see things from the other person's POV most of the time. Though its this attitude that powers most of the conflicts she gets into. More often then not, she has to learn the hard way you can't always get what you want.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Griffin, due to her father dating his mother. He describes her as his "quasi-little sister... whatever."
  • Middle Child Syndrome/Outnumbered Sibling: She's the middle child and only daughter of three kids.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Sharon wants everything a teenage girl wants: to be popular, get good grades, hang out with friends, and have a boyfriend. She sometimes does get into trouble and messes up like every other teen, but she always learns from her mistakes and sets things right in the end, no matter what the situation.
  • Oblivious to Love: In the final episode, Sharon is oblivious to Alden's feelings for her to the point where it's ridiculous.
  • Official Couple: With Alden. They initially become an official romantic couple when Alden ended up asking her out, but, one year later, Alden ended things due to Sharon's jealousy (although they agreed to stay Just Friends). In the series finale, Alden realizes that he still has feelings for Sharon, and the two ultimately end up getting back together.
  • Only Friend: Griffin describes her as being his only real friend in Elkford.
  • Punny Name
  • Soap Box Sadie: A very stubborn one at that. She is a vegetarian and animal rights activist.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Maria's Tomboy.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a light blue shirt and dark blue pants in the first season.

Maria Wong
Voiced by: Marnie McPhail

Sharon's best friend and all around tomboy whose really into sports (especially extreme sports).

  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Garage Band: She becomes the manager of Alden and co.'s.
  • Hot for Teacher: Did this with a substitute in Teacher's Pet.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: From time to time—and she looks very cute too.
  • Odango Hair: Her default style.
  • Official Couple: With Brock by season three, though it takes awhile as she initially just saw him as too immature. But slowly starts to warm up to him around the second season.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves sports, especially extreme sports, and is always trying to get her friends to join her, but Sharon and Connor don't share Maria's thirst for danger or competitive streak.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Sharon's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Towards Brock. She mostly drops it by the time she starts seeing him in a romantic light, but there's still a bit of it even while they're dating.
  • Twofer Token Minority: She's half Chinese from her dad's side and half Italian from her mom's side.
  • Vetinari Job Security: Mangled Metal (and Sharon) learns the hard way how much they need Maria to function when she takes a break for a day due a lack of proper rest.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: With a few exceptions, she's usually the voice of reason for Sharon.

Connor MacKenzie
Voiced by: Peter Oldring

The initial male friend of Sharon's, who she's known virtually her entire life. Very much a nerd with every allergy under the sun but often there for his friends when needed.

  • Beautiful All Along: When not sneezing and with a bit of a hairstyle change, he's pretty attractive as Sharon notes.
  • Better as Friends: What he and Sharon decide early on the series, after a horrendously awkward attempt at dating.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sharon.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Hypochondria: Mostly in the first season, but dials it down later
  • Jewish Complaining: Not surprising as he is Jewish.
  • Megane: It's rare to see him without glasses.
  • Official Couple: With Alyson in season two.
  • Out of Focus: Doesn't pop up much in season three.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He has shades of this with Sharon particularly on his end, as he states once that she's the most meaningful person in his life after his mom and would put her above a potential girlfriend—at the same time that they're Better as Friends.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Early on, Sharon notes that Connor has a lot of qualities that are excellent boyfriend material, and ultimately, this seems to be what draws Alyson to him.

Alden Jones
Voiced by: Vince Corazza

Sharon's crush and eventually her boyfriend. A nice guy who dreams of becoming a musician.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Sharon both keep money in their shoes, and the revelation of this is what helps kick off their relationship.
  • Garage Band: He, Brock, and Carmen are the members of one with some fame.
  • Nice Guy
  • Official Couple: With Sharon for most of the second season and the end of the third (they get back together in the series finale).
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Ironically the opposite of Sharon—Alden's the youngest and only son of four kids.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Due to Sharon's actions in Dear Alden, despite her efforts to fix the problem.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Aside from an understandable bit of awkwardness, he's much more understanding about Sharon getting her period than one would expect a male of his age to be.

Brock Leighton
Voiced by: Daniel DeSanto

Alden's best friend, a guy who tries to act cooler then he really is.

  • Adorkable: He has his moments, such as when he hugs and cheers with Sharon over their protest's victory before she suddenly bolts, leaving him to hug himself and continue cheering anyway.
  • Black Best Friend: To Alden.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He worked really hard at his "ladies' man" persona, but was not fooling anyone—especially not Maria.
  • Class Clown: He is the kind of guy who is always trying to get attention.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair.
  • Garage Band: He, Alden, and Carmen have one.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He gets increasingly antsy whenever Maria gushes over how romantic Marcello is with Sharon, due to this being his first relationship and him having no idea how to be like that.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He loves animals (cats in particular) and they tend to bring out his softer side. It's one of the first things that begins to overturn Maria's initial opinion of him.
  • Last Name Basis: Usually calls Sharon (and sometimes Maria) by their last names.
  • Official Couple: With Maria, though it takes much to try and woo her. He finally succeeds in the second season.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father is very much the "only academics matter" type and looks down on extracurricular activities, prompting Brock to want to impress him with the play he's directing to prove that it isn't worthless.
  • With Friends Like These...: There are a few episodes where he can be rather antagonistic.

Nina Harper
Voiced by: Katie Griffin

Sharon's ex-best friend and now rival on the school grounds.

  • Alpha Bitch: The most popular girl in her class.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her attitude towards Sharon started simply because Nina saw someone had ripped all the heads off of her dolls—Nina blamed Sharon for it, despite having literally no proof that Sharon did it. It wasn't until the third season that it was revealed that a cousin of Nina's was the true culprit—and the only reason Nina's cousin had done it was because Nina's dolls were better dressed than her own dolls.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Mr. Harper's nickname for Nina is "Popo," and he's unaware (or possibly ignores the fact) that she finds it embarrassing.
  • Evil Redhead: She's got long red hair, but isn't a natural redhead—in a flashback to when she and Sharon were in grade school, it's revealed that Nina's natural hair color is actually brown.
  • Girl Posse: Gets a new one after Alyson leaves her in Triangles.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once the truth of the doll incident is known. However...
    • Reality Ensues with a Heel Face Door Slam: By the time Nina finally learned the truth, she and Sharon were teenaged high school students who haven't hung out together since they were little kids, and their interests have obviously changed significantly as they've gotten older and more mature (both physically and mentally). And in the end, Sharon realizes that she'd much rather be friends with people like Maria, Connor, Alyson and Brock, and figures that she and Nina are probably better of as enemies than friends. However, the series implies that Sharon and Nina will eventually rekindle their friendship, it's just needs some time to re-grow.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Lovable Alpha Bitch: Through most of the series, she does occasionally help Sharon and shows some genuine kindness, showing she still somewhat cares for the friendship they once had. She also turns out to be a doting pet owner even to the mangy dog that she initially didn't want and genuinely loves Griffin, her ultimate boyfriend, despite Sharon initially being convinced otherwise.
  • Out of Focus: In Season 3.
  • Pair the Spares: With Griffin, the son of Sharon's dad's girlfriend, Lauren.
  • Parental Neglect: How Nina's parents are—while it is obvious that Nina's parents really do love her (and they do spoil her a lot), they're often away on business trips and are generally too busy to spend any actual "quality time" with their daughter. In fact, the domestic staff that work for Nina's family seem to look after her more than her own parents do.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Averted, as Nina's one of the top students in her class and is mentioned to be a straight-A student.
  • Rich Bitch: She's one of the richest kids in school.
  • Stepford Smiler: While she flaunts her wealth, fashion and social status, Nina's life isn't as a perfect as she likes to make people think it is, for a few reasons —
    • 1.) Aside from her parents often being too busy to spend time with her, when they are actually around to spend time with her, they're shown to be really embarrassing and very fond of Sharon. Nina apparently never bothered telling her parents about the doll incident and explaining that she and Sharon are no longer friends.
    • 2.) Outside of Alyson (until they stopped being friends), and Lanie and Claire (her Girl Posse after Alyson leaves her), Nina has very few actual friends, and very people seem to actually like her.

Alyson Malitski
Voiced by: Emily Hampshire

Nina's friend through most of the first season. She leaves her in the second season and becomes Connor's girlfriend as well becoming friends with Sharon and Maria.


Adam Spitz

Voiced by: Dan Petronijevic

Sharon's older brother, a seventeen year who had a growth spurt and looks much older then he really is.

Josh Spitz

Voiced by: Michael Cera

Sharon and Adam's younger brother, a music prodigy but still in his growing phase.

Helen Spitz

Voiced by: Tamara Bernier

The mother of the Spitz children, and a single mother who works as a psychologist.
  • Amicable Exes: She's still on good terms with Sharon's father.
  • Good Parents: To the point where Sharon's determined to be an excellent caretaker to her baby doll in one episode on account of her mother doing so well with three children.
  • Parents as People: Downplayed. She's still definitely a good parent and Sharon loves her dearly, but there are times when her work gets in the way, or when she's understandably frustrated by Sharon's behaviour (e.g. relenting and agreeing to Sharon getting a tattoo because she's utterly exhausted from her failures in convincing Sharon otherwise).
  • Parent with New Paramour: It takes a while for her kids to warm up to David, her new boyfriend.

Richard Spitz

Voiced by: John Robinson

The father of the Spitz children, but divorced from Helen for the past couple of years. He works as a musician.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: What he becomes when Sharon discovers that he's taken a job as a minstrel at a medieval-themed restaurant.
  • Amicable Exes: He's still on good terms with Helen.
  • Good Parents: Not to Helen's extent, what with being a more minor character and not the children's usual guardian, but he loves his children and they love him back.
  • Parents as People: While there's no doubt that he loves his children, he's not the most responsible of people and it does frustrate/disappoint them from time to time.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Much like with Helen's boyfriend, Sharon doesn't approve of her father getting a new girlfriend at first. Eventually, though, she's seen to be rather fond of Lauren.
  • The Rock Star: His job, although by this point, his career is past its prime.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Typically how he appears in the show.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: A variation, since he is divorced from the kids' mother and thus has reason to not constantly be around, but Sharon and co. tend to be disappointed whenever he doesn't stick around as long as he promises to because of work.
  • You're Not My Father: At first, Griffin has this opinion of him whenever Richard attempts to act like a fatherly figure to him.

Hannah Corbett

A girl that lives next door to the Spitzs' that Adam has taken a liking to.


Helen's new (and lasting) boyfriend.
  • Adorkable: His appeal to Helen, especially since it makes her feel like she doesn't have to try and be "cool" either.
  • Nice Guy: His defining trait, to the point where Sharon tries to use it as a criticism of him being too nice.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Again, his appeal to Helen is his nice, Adorkable nature.


Another friend of Alden and Brock's and a third member of their band, Mangled Metal.

  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's got a rather feminine appearance.
  • Garage Band: His role is essentially to be the third member of this.
  • Satellite Character: Other than being part of Mangled Metal and a friend to Alden and Brock outside of Connor and the girls, he doesn't really add much to show's storyline.

Mark "Dion" Jones

Sharon's Big Brother Mentor once she reaches high school. A aspiring fashion designer who makes can make clothes out of practically anything.

  • Birds of a Feather: Subverted. Sharon tries to pair him up with someone based on this notion, but it's pointed out by the end that a handful of similarities does not necessarily make a relationship.
  • Celibate Hero: Downplayed, in that he's not opposed to finding "the one" someday, but unlike most of the cast, it's not a priority for him at the moment and he's perfectly happy being single. He's of the very few notable and/or recurring characters to never be seen crushing or dating someone in the series.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His love for creativity and refusal to care about others' judgment leads to him occasionally being this (such as randomly placing a bucket of paint over his head, presumably to see if it'd make for a good fashion statement).
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: It's not clear if his darker skin is due to race or if he's simply tanned, but he's this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can have a rather dry sense of humour. His interactions with Evie are almost nothing but Passive-Aggressive Kombat.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Sharon. He's introduced as her school-mandated peer mentor, and his subsequent appearances tend to have him be a voice of reason when she's being shallow.
  • The Fashionista: Dion is a budding fashion designer, and his innovative creations, usually made of stuff like dental floss or credit cards, are the hit of the school fashion shows.
  • Large Ham: Mildly. He has a flair for the dramatic.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: If he didn't tell Sharon his real name in his debut episode, you'd be forgiven for thinking his name really was Dion.
  • Straight Gay: Is revealed to be homosexual.


Richard's girlfriend and mother of Griffin.


Lauren's son, and initially a delinquent who got kicked out of boarding school and moved in with Lauren.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: He's on a First-Name Basis with Lauren, though whether because of his rebellious attitude or because of her lax parenting style isn't entirely clear.
  • Delinquent: In his debut.
  • I Have No Son: To an extent. Griffin believes that the reason his dad sent him to live with Lauren was because Griffin, by getting kicked out of school, was now a stain on his reputation.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He comes across as egotistical and overly assured in his own opinion, but Sharon calls him out on it being a cover-up for how he doesn't even care about himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in his first appearance, with more emphasis on the Jerkass part, but he still has shades of this in later appearances: while a borderline Nice Guy, there are times when it's clear he's still rough around the edges.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Sharon, what with their parents being a "thing", in Griffin's words.
  • Pair the Spares: He ends up with Nina.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He reforms after his debut, presumably due to Sharon's "PSA" getting to him.
  • Troubled, but Cute: His debut focuses on the "troubled" part, and he's apparently attractive enough for Nina to flirt with him.
  • What Does She See in Him?: It's a mystery to Sharon as to why he likes Nina, but the relationship is genuine.


Alden's girlfriend after he and Sharon break up.

  • Always Someone Better: From Sharon's viewpoint (but for the most part, they're friends).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets progressively more and more like this during her relationship with Alden. It comes to a head in season three after hearing Alden dedicate a song to Sharon (but only on a professional level because Sharon helped him write it). She forces Alden to un-invite Sharon for a weekend trip to a lake—Sharon didn't get the message thanks to her braces erasing the message on her answering machine. Eventually, however, Alden and Marlo realize its not going to work out and they mutually decide to break up.

Genesis Lupinksi

The daughter of Sharon's mom's old high school-friend, Marsha Lupinski.


Nina Harper's cousin from London, England who's basically just a meaner, bitchier version of Nina and the true culprit behind the doll incident that made Nina end her friendship with Sharon Spitz.

  • 0% Approval Rating: No one likes Petra—Sharon and her friends greatly dislike just shortly after meeting her, and after Petra finally leaves to go back home to London, Nina and her Girl Posse have a going-away-party with a Petra-piñata to celebrate her finally leaving.
  • Always Someone Better: Likes to claim that she has better taste in fashion than Nina does. On the contrary, Petra's taste in fashion (at least compared to Nina's) is shown to be more "gaudy" than "stylish."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The only reason Petra had ripped all the heads off of Nina's dolls when they were little kids was simply because they were better dressed than her own dolls.
  • Evil Brit: She speaks with a strong British accent, refers to London as her hometown, and, as previously mentioned, is basically just a meaner, bitchier version of Nina.
  • The Fashionista: Just like her cousin, Petra's obsessed with fashion and her appearance.