The Flowers Family
Michelle Simms/Flowers (Sutton Foster)
- Cool Big Sister: Subverted. This is how she tries to be towards the students at first with poor results. Starting to play straight in regards to Sasha who's first impulse on Michelle's return is to run into her arms, crying happily, and asking if she can stay with her. Michelle for her part, gestures for Sasha's boyfriend to scram.
- By the second part of the first season, due to Character Development, she actually wants to avoid parts of this trope since she now sees herself as/is trying to be a responsible authority figure to the girls and a role model.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Aside from the "outsider syndrome" coming from having just moved into a small town many of the townspeople think her past was a lot sleazier than it actually was.
- Only Sane Woman: Despite her frequent grasping of the Idiot Ball.
- Really Got Around: Back when she was a teenager, not so much anymore although this is her reputation in town.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Or at least, trying to be this now that she's teaching classes.
Fanny Flowers (Kelly Bishop)
- Eccentric Mentor: To her students and increasingly to Michelle.
- My Beloved Smother: Was this to Hubble.
Hubbell Flowers (Alan Ruck)
- Non-Idle Rich: He was a "traveling shoe salesman" (more likely a sales representative) who owned a house big enough to include a dance studio, plus guest cottage, on seven acres of land, and owned and could afford to restore a vintage sports car.
- Posthumous Character: After the pilot.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies at the end of the first episode.
Bettina "Boo" Jordan (Kaitlyn Jenkins)
- Dawson Casting: Kaitlyn is 20.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Melanie's brother, Charlie.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Only Godot and Carl call her Bettina. Melanie actually thought Boo was her first name.
Sasha Torres (Julia Goldani Telles)
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Her default stance and walk, though with a touch more aggression/assertiveness than most. Just watch her elbows when she walks.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Her reaction to Boo's defending her Tsundere behavior to Ginny and Melanie.
- Embarrassing Middle Name : Henrietta.
- Girlish Pigtails: During her brief stint as a cheerleader.
- Housewife: To some extent, whether out of enjoyment, loneliness, or both, she seems to really enjoy domestic duties such as throwing parties, lavish cooking, and tidying house. And she even seems to want to be a housewife. Almost to the point of Stepford Smiler territory (as her mother was) which creates an interesting combination of traits when combined with her rather snarky attitude since she also wants to protect herself from getting hurt.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Seems to be the reason for her ambivalent attitude towards ballet.
- Jerkass Fašade: Some of which comes from her family - Sasha's trying very hard not to end up like her mother and father.
- Karma Houdini: She sneaks out of the house, comes home late and wrecks the roof of her mothers prized car trying to sneak back in. Her punishment? A spa day and a credit card. She does get yelled at by Michelle for stealing her shirt and coming in late to class but still not punished. She was still chastened because from past history she was probably expecting a rented limo and a date with Justin Bieber.
- I think it's more a case of Adults Are Useless. The only reason she gets off scot-free is because her parents are too caught up in their own issues and don't want to deal with hers.
- Meet Cute: How she described her first meeting with Boo
- Gets an onscreen one with Tyler/Roman
- Pet the Dog: When they try out for the Joffrey Ballet Boo's shoes are in terrible shape. Sasha takes money from her mother's purse and buys her a pair pretending her father bought the wrong size. Boo isn't fooled for a minute though.
- Tsundere: Lampshaded when Melanie and Ginny complain about how she can't seem to make up her mind between being mean or nice. Definitely a Type A.
Melanie Segal (Emma Dumont)
- Ambiguous Disorder: She struggles to understand facial expressions and nonverbal communication.
- Asexuality: Her interest in sex seems at best nominal. She's only dated once and was quite happy at the idea of going to the prom without a date.
- Berserk Button: Don't break the heart of someone she cares about or you will find yourself hitting the ground hard.
- The Ditz: A mild case. She's not usually portrayed as outright stupid but she got military school confused with summer camp and didn't know that Boo's real name was Bettina even though they've been friends for years. She also thought The Great Gatsby had a whale in it. Rather ironic considering her actress participates in robotics competitions sponsored by NASA and JPL.
- Kick the Dog: She and Ginny get one when they're really nasty to Carl.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: "You two are the horndogs. We have 'spinster buddy comedy' written all over us." By the end of the episode Ginny had lost her virginity the week before.
Ginny Thompson (Bailey Buntain)
- Dawson Casting: Bailey is 22.
- Genki Girl: To an extent. She can get really really hyper at times.
- Kick the Dog: She and Melanie get one when they're being nasty to Carl.
- Stepford Smiler: When filling in for her mother as a real estate agent.
- ThoseTwoGirls: With Melanie.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even Boo is less naive than her.
Matisse (Matisse Love)
- Covert Pervert: Hinted at. On at least two separate occasions during the course of the series she has remarked on subjects that a 12 year old girl really shouldn't have any input on.
- Those Two Girls: With random assortments of other students in relation to the main four.
- The Danza: Like Matisse, the character was named after the actress who portrayed her.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Was only called by her proper name once or twice during the entire series.
- Those Two Girls: With random assortments of the main four, but most often with Matisse.
Truly Stone (Stacy Oristano)
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Truly's sister Millie is her landlord who evicts her from her own dress shop for not paying her rent, much richer than her, and who was Hubble's girlfirend before Truly fell in love with him (and later Michelle).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Davis.
- Dogged Nice Girl/Stalker with a Crush: To Hubble.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Playfully so - when Talia comes to visit, Truly and Talia end up hanging out together. Talia comments to Michelle that she wants one (of Truly). In another episode, her offer to adjust Michelle's pantsuit in the crotch is taken as the 'best suggestion all day'.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Fanny and, to a lesser extent, Michelle.
- Annoying Older Sibling: To Melanie.
- Oblivious to Love: Boo has a crush on him, he's barely aware she exists.
- It's All About Me: Ginny breaks up with Josh and what does her mother rant about? How it affects her.
- Dogged Nice Guy: For Boo.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He actually has a Masters in Oceanography and is considering going for his Ph.D.
Cosette and Frankie
- Nice Guy: More or less. He certainly puts up with a lot of Sasha's insecurities and quirks for the sake of their relationship.
Millicent Stone (Liza Weil)
- Crazy-Prepared: Knows a lot of random skills like disabling security systems. It's shown that when she goes all-in on a project, she goes all in to the point of learning everything she can about it.
- Expy: If Paris Geller had never met Rory Gilmore and had parents who paid her taxes, she probably would have turned out to be near exactly the same as Millie.
- Rich Bitch: Thinks that people dislike her because they're jealous of her money as opposed to her personality. Then there's the time she evicted her own sister...
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Her basic MO, or some variation there of as she seems to think that being rich means she can get away with a lot of things. Unfortunately for Paradise, she seems to also be the landowner of half the town meaning they have to concede to her demands or be evicted.
- This Is My Chair: Every episode she's in the dance studio she has sat in the same chair, which was even hauled upstairs so she could get a massage.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Sort of. One of the reasons she supports Fanny and Michelle's amphitheater is so that she seems like a patron of the arts. Note that she only cares if people think she is; she doesn't actually have any interest in the arts herself.
- Gold Digger: Subverted. It's implied that she has been this in the past but she seems to actually like her current beau despite the age difference.
- The Casanova: Has fallen in love, married, and then fled multiple women/towns, usually in the course of a few weeks. Unlike many, he really does love those women as he believes in love at first sight. Of course, he also believes in love at first sight which is why he makes the poor judgement of marrying women after only knowing them for a week.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Familial version. Despite the trouble his mother gets into constantly, he's always there to help her out even if it's really not the best idea. It's one of the reasons Michelle is estranged from their mother to begin with.