The characters of Detentionaire:WARNING: Unmarked Spoilers Ahead
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A. Nigma High
The protagonist. A normally level-headed and intelligent 15-year old, Lee considers himself just a normal guy with a normal school life. That is until his first day of 10th Grade, when he is framed as the mastermind behind the "Greatest School Prank in High School History" and is now forced to go to Detention for the rest of the year. With the help of friends both new and old, he makes it his goal to find out who the real mastermind is and get his life back on track.
- The Ace: Played straight and subverted. Despite his supposed geeky rep before the series start, Lee gains instant popularity after getting detention. Also, he's a pretty good action hero for an Ordinary High-School Student, as he seems to be able to do anything; from being a star football player, to a top violinist, to a brilliant actor. This also counts as a subversion, in that while Lee is fairly intelligent and resourceful, he struggles through the more physical aspects of being an Action Hero (for example, the first time he swipes a skateboard to escape, he does have some trouble with his coordination). Not to mention his reputation as a legendary troublemaker was completely false.
- It's also subverted a bit, since the skills that make him The Ace are really a result of the mark underneath his tattoo. It was given by his Eminence to his grandfather, and then it was passed down to every direct descendant of the Ping family. According to his Eminence, the mark comes with great power, so everyone who was marked and their families have potential of being just as much of an Action Hero. And yes, this includes his father and his brother.
- Anime Hair: Lee sports a mullet with emo bangs, that's red on top and black in the back.
- Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed. He gets good grades, but uses his brain more for his investigations and is almost nothing like a stereotypical nerd.
- Brown Eyes: Mentioned in universe by Brandy (to be specific, "dark brown with flecks of gold with a slight hazel tint in the rain", which is more detail than he ever noticed himself). They fit him personality-wise, as he's a down-to-earth guy.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : In general. Naturally, on the one day Lee wants detention to protect himself, he has a free pass. Even trying to set up the bullies fails to nab the right culprit.
- Catch Phrase: "Thanks, buddy." In both Sincere and Sarcastic settings.
- Clear My Name: His initial motive is to find the person who framed him for the big prank and be free from detention.
- Cool Board: He's pretty handy with a skateboard, and has often used one to get out of sticky situations. In fact, the very first episode of the show opens with him being chased by the Cleaners on a skateboard before going back to show us how he got into the situation.
- Cool Loser: Being detached from any clique and having a few friends gives off this vibe. Though the prank boosted his popularity, he's still retains shades of this. It's actually because he is this that he was chosen to be framed for the prank, and the focus of Lynch and V.P. Victoria's plans. Why would anyone notice if something happened to the boy who doesn't stand out, or even care if something did?
- Distinguishing Mark: His arm tattoo that he had for as long as he could remember which is actually hiding his three-banded birthmark.
- The Hero
- Heroic BSOD: Finding out that your latest rival is actually your brother, your mother might actually be a clone, and your father has been keep all of this a secret for years can do this to you.
- The Immune: He is immune to all known forms of Mind Control, including the Prank Song and Finnwich's direct control. Finnwich calls him "Mannifestum" because of it.
- Meaningful Name: Lee's surname means "peaceful" or "level" in Chinese, which makes lots of sense considering his character.
- Once per Episode: "At 4:15 detention gets out" as the first line of his Previously On narration. It stopped being used when sneaking out of detention became the least of his worries.
- Only Sane Man: One of the few well-adjusted students in this Academy of Adventure.
- Not So Above It All: He does succumb to the wackiness from time-to-time.
- Power Tattoo: His arm tattoo can glow and give him nifty skills like sword fighting. Subverted as the real power is coming from his hidden birthmark underneath it.
- Redhead In Green: His Limited Wardrobe consists of green shirts and jeans.
- Second Year Protagonist: The series takes place during his sophomore year.
- Smart People Play Chess: He checkmated Biffy twice, both times as an afterthought when they finished their conversation.
- Socially-Awkward Hero/Can Not Spit It Out: As eloquently put by Brandy:You risk your life everyday, no big deal? But you can't tell a girl how you feel about her? Lame!
- Trademark Favourite Food: Lee spends the whole episode “Mastermind” trying to get a Sloppy Joe, only for it to be knocked out of his hands or him being startled into dropping it. He finally gets one at the end of the episode.
- You Are Grounded: In addition to having a year of detention, he's also grounded for the same amount of time by his mother, who intends to enforce it.
Camillio MartinezA wanna be gangster Latino and one of Lee's best friends. Cam may not the smartest or bravest student around, but he always has Lee and Holger's back and can actually be quite clever if he wanted to. However, he as a strong desire to be part of the in-crowd and is one to quickly take advantage of any opportunity he can get, which is why he fully embraces Lee's newfound popularity.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: At least untill he starts getting interested in Brandy.
- Brilliant but Lazy: While not as smart as Lee, Cam does have his moments of brilliance. They just only come around when he's actually trying. For example, he is actually very knowledgeable about History and claims it's because it's the only subject he finds interesting enough to bother learning. Also, when he and a few other students were being blackmailed for cheating he was the only one who went all out with the investigation into who was doing it, and was the first to figure out that it was Grayson.
- Casanova Wannabe: Most of his appearances feature him hitting on at least one of the girls.
- Catch Phrase: "What the what?!"
- Childhood Friends: He and Lee have been best friends ever since they met in grade school.
- Deuteragonist: Gains this role in season 3.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Esmereldo.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Tends to do this as he only started to learn English during 3rd grade. He also manages to bypass the censors with this.
- Hidden Depths: When he was Student Council President, it's shown that he actually has some talent as a leader and is a decent speaker. On a lesser note, it's also revealed that he genuinely finds History to be very interesting and is even smarter than Lee when it comes to the subject.
- Hypno Fool: He acts like am monkey whenever the Trigger Phrase "butterscotch" is spoken and stops with the phrase "queen of hearts". This was caused when he was hypnotised by The Amazing Finnwich at Lee's early birthday party untill "Finding Finnwich" when the spell was finally lifted. This was also used to help pull off the first prank.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He often prioritizes his popularity and reputation over his friends, but will put it aside to help Lee out when needed.
- The Lancer: Depending on the episode.
- Lovable Coward: At first, he didn't want to get involved in Lee's exploits and only got dragged into the mayhem when it was a school-wide threat. He carried shades of this even after he decided to join in. Finally dropped in the series finale.
- Student Council President: Downplayed as he often shirks on his presidential responsibilities and is mainly in it for the fame.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: As evidenced by his love interests, particularly with his girlfriend, Brandy.
Holger HolgaartLee's other best friend, Holger is a foreign exchange student with a very quirky personality and habits, to say the least. He's the most energetic and fit of the three boys, and is always the most eager to help either of them with any problem. Though sometimes, he can be a little too eager. Because of this, Holger is Lee's primary "go-to" guy whenever he needs a distraction, or for someone to handle something that he can't do.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Heck, one of his favorite dishes is braised narwhal liver with fried aardvark.
- Camp Straight: He's the most flamboyant of the cast (even to the point of borderline flirting with Lee) yet is actually straight.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Due to being a Funny Foreigner, probably.
- Funny Foreign Exchange Student: See also Norse by Norsewest
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's quite naive and caring, goes with his role as The Heart.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Partially obscured by his Cool Shades.
- Keet: He's highly energetic and constantly cheerful, with a loud voice and tendency to over-react in a silly, but endearing way. And he's definitely In Touch with His Feminine Side, given his expertise in cooking and love for beauty products like hand cream, dressing up, and his hair. Threatening to cut or soil his hair is probably the worst thing you can do to him.
- Literal-Minded: Played for comedy.
- New Super Power: He seems to have gained them from getting hit with "eclipse beams" and spends a good portion of the following season trying to figure out what they are.
- The Empath: He claims he can smell feelings. He can sense it when two people fall in love, at least.
- Norse by Norsewest: He's from a bizarre version of Sweden.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Holger's not really that good at sneaking around or lying, nor is he particularily book smart, which leaves his role as the guy that keeps up team morale and provides light comedy in times of stress.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Uses them on occasion, like to get Cam to put on a disguise in “The Hydra".
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Usually. "Dun-dun-dun!".
- Third-Person Person: He never uses "I" or "my", only "Holgar this" and "Holgar that".
- Undying Loyalty: One of his most prevalent traits. If you are his best friend, he will do all he can for you and never leave you behind. This actually caused him some internal conflict when had to choose between helping either Lee or Cam when they were fighting.
Biffy T. GoldsteinInitially The Bully, Biffy is Lee's detention buddy, tech-wizard, and mission control. He is primarily responsible for helping Lee find his way around the school and then his way back to the detention room, making Biffy the most important person in Lee's missions. Unfortunately, since Biffy has a rep he wants to keep he insists that he and Lee aren't friends and that they shouldn't communicate outside detention. But the more they work together, the more Biffy stats warming up to the idea.
- The Big Guy/The Lancer/The Smart Guy: Depending on the episode, he can either offer Lee technical support from his laptop or an extra hand for carrying heavy objects or beating up people. He also takes on the role of the Lancer in some episodes, though other characters get their share, too.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: See Hidden Depths & Friend to All Living Things. He will outright deny this whenever it's brought up.
- The Bully: Mostly as a facade.
- Childhood Friends: Surprisingly enough, with Kimmie. They've known each other since they were babies, but grew apart in 7th Grade. After spending a detention together though, they decide to start being friends again. Albeit not in the public eye due to their reputations.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Tawilager.
- Foil: To Lee in a sense that he's a clique-less detention regular due to getting busted nearly every day for infractions that may or may not be his fault. He even has parents that are deeply involved in the MWF conspiracy.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's quite friendly with animals, even feral ones, which might explain why he's a pesco-vegetarian.
- Genius Bruiser: He's Lee's technological backup in the early episodes, and tags along with him in the later episodes to act as the muscle.
- Gentle Giant: He's really strong but he has a soft spot for his cat, Mrs. Rumplekittykat.
- Hidden Depths: Biff seems to have a passion for sewing in addition to knitting, even making the costumes for the school play. His hacking skills when he helps Lee also count.
- The Immune: Similar to Lee, the Prank Song doesn't affect him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a reputation as the school bully and refuses to act nice in public, but Lee finds early on that in private, he likes to knit sweaters and play with kittens.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Cares a great deal for his pet, Mrs. Rumplekittykat. He even carries her in his inner vest pocket at times.
- Mission Control: Serves as this for most of Lee's exploits. Lampshaded in the first episode:Biffy: Man, this like a spy movie or something! Wait. But wouldn’t that make me —?Lee: The computer nerd? Sure looks that way.
- The Omniscient: Or at least claims he is. "I know everything! I know, it's actually pretty scary sometimes."
- Real Men Wear Pink: Biff loves to knit and play with his cat.
- Sweet Tooth/Trademark Favorite Food: He's a big fan of cake.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lee.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Kimmie in season 1. They eventually repair the relationship in later seasons.
Tina KweeA professional journalist in the making and one of A. Nigma's school reporters and news anchors. Tina is known for taking her job very seriously and isn't one to hide the truth. The good news for her is that the school is full of big stories that need exposure, but the bad news is that she has to deal with her overwhelming co-anchor, Chaz. Lee's had a crush on her since 5th Grade, but unfortunately, his growing popularity as the Prank Master and the many secrets he is hiding have not helped his chances.
- Determinator: If there is something suspicious going around A. Nigma, Tina will find all the answers.
- First Girl Wins: Lee's had a crush on her for a long time, and vice versa. After several complications, they do end up getting together.
- Girl Next Door: With the Youthful Freckles for emphasis. Has been called plain and frumpy by the highly critical students.
- Intrepid Reporter/School Newspaper News Hound: As one half of the school the school news team.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Is willing to go to great lengths to get to the bottom of a story. And it seems to get her into just as much trouble.
- Only Sane Woman: She's usually the one to point out the flaws in various characters' actions when Lee isn't around.
- Pretend to Be Brainwashed: When she realizes that something suspicious is happening with the phones and the other students, she does this in order to trick Lynch.
- Plucky Girl: When she takes part in Lee's investigation.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: As shown in her interest in Lee and, initially, Brad.
- The Smart Girl: Her thirst for knowledge leads to her being an excellent researcher and detective. In the webisodes, she starts piecing together the mystery of Coral Grove, and when she helps Lee with the secrecy surrounding the school she does a lot of the problem solving and putting information together.
- Lovable Nerd: Her determination in searching for the truth is truly admirable.
- Straight Woman: Serves as this in the A. Nigma student news.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: While not as much as Jenny, she is the "tomboy" to Brandy's "girly girl."
- Tsundere: Type B. She's usually generous and kind, but she will bite back on people that insist on annoying her.
Principal General BarrageA. Nigma's new principal, Barrage is a half-cyborg war veteran who doesn't even know the meaning behind having an in-door voice. Strict and intimidating, Barrage intends to make sure that every student appears as proper and we'll-behaved as possible, and he doesn't care how far he would have to go to keep it that way. With lack of a better term, he is Lee's primary enemy and the number one person he is always trying to avoid whenever he is on a mission.
- Badass: He's a war veteran augmented with cybernetic body parts, remade into a near-literal fighting machine.
- Cyborg: He has cybernetic replacements for his left arm, right leg, and right eye, in addition to neck and torso augmentations. These prosthetic changes were produced by the Amazing Finnwich, who he has to visit for tune-ups.
- Dean Bitterman: Principal Barrage does everything he can to make Lee's life a living hell and even tries to get him expelled. The funny thing is, they're on the same side. Barrage just doesn't like Lee Ping.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's applies military discipline into his administration. If he had his way, the students would be wearing fatigues.
- Eyepatch of Power: A retractable one that reveals a bionic eye.
- Good Is Not Nice: He really is on Lee's side, but just doesn't like him for some reason and enjoys making his life miserable.
- Jerkass: See Sadist Teacher.
- Mind-Control Device: The Council has implanted one inside his neck to keep him from recalling any memories related to them and to control him for their own purposes.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The school is run by a cybernetically enhanced, military-minded, eye-patch wearing, badass principal.
- No Indoor Voice: He's usually seen yelling.
- One-Man Army: He's one of the few characters powerful enough to take on more than one of the Hazmats and Tazel-borgs.
- Papa Wolf: Say what you will about the man but, he will NOT leave his students behind. Does this for Lee Ping involving a Heroic Sacrifice in the Dance part 2.
- Sadist Teacher: He held Football tryouts that involved bombs and cannons. He takes pleasure in physically dragging Lee to Detention and has mocked him for missing out on school events because of Detention.
- Swiss Army Appendage: His left arm contains a variety of gadgets.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Not only does how cruel his punishments are depend on his mood, but also whether or not he's being brainwashed. It's clear he does care about his students, but Good Is Not Nice, and just how not nice he is can vary.
- Unwitting Pawn:Victoria manipulated him into committing various incidents that would've guaranteed dismissal from his position. Later, the Council take control over him after implanting a Mind-Control Device.
Student News Team
Chaz MonorainianTina's co-anchor, a flamboyant and rather arrogant reporter who is always trying to steal her spotlight. While Tina handles the more serious school news, Chaz would rather focus on school gossip and rumors, and is quick to take advantage of dirty secrets in order to humiliate his fellow students. He even has his own school show that he delightfully calls "Chaz's Corner!"' which is dedicated to doing this.
- Alpha Bitch: A rare male version.
- Attention Whore: Pretty much the only reason he's even on the News Team is that he loves the camera so much.
- Kent Brockman News: He spends more time fussing about his hair and talking about how awesome he is than actually giving news. Typically, he and Tina will bicker for a while about who gets to say something or interview someone before one of them finally does it, and if it's not him, he's liable to either pout or interrupt her.
- The Dandy: He cares a lot about his looks. He wears fancy clothes and doesn't want to be on camera until he's dumped a can of hair product into his hair.
- Hot Scoop: He certainly thinks he's the hottest thing around, and he does care about his appearance.
- It's All About Me: Tends to take over the news segments his very own "Chaz's Corner!"
- The Friend Nobodylikes: It seems like Chaz has no actual friends aside from Stepak, who is just his camera man and so has no choice but to follow Chaz. He considers himself one of the popular kids, but not even they seem to like him.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's constantly talking about how amazing and handsome he is, even if no one else thinks so.
StepakThe camera man and technician of the News Team. Normally seen carrying a camera and following Chaz or Tina around with it.
- The Quiet One: He has a few lines here or there, but a majority of the time he just lets Tina and Chaz do the talking.
Popular StudentsAn exclusive clique composed of The Glamazons, The A. Nigma Tazelwurms football team, and the other cool kids.
Brandy SilverThe newest addition to the Glamazons, Brandy would do anything to keep her status as one if the hottest and most popular girls in A. Nigma, even if it means having to be bossed around by Kimmie. As soon as Lee gained major popularity due to the prank, Brandy was quick to latch onto him and declare herself his girlfriend. While initially coming off as a typical High School Alpha Bitch, the softer side of Brandy's personality starts emerging the more time she spends with Lee.
- Amicable Exes: While their relationship was completely one-sided on Brandy's part, her and Lee still get along fairly well after Brandy came to terms with Lee's feelings for Tina and started dating Cam.
- Attention Whore: She will do pretty much anything to be popular.
- Beta Bitch: To Kimmie.
- Lovable Beta Bitch: She's not that bad once you get to know her and she can be really thoughtful when she wants, but still be a bitch about it.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Lee and Tina in the early seasons, hating any interaction they have. Thankfully, she matures. She also shows shades of this whenever Cam flirted with the cheerleader, Toni, and this was before they became official.
- Hidden Depths: When she starts opening up more to Lee and Cam, it's shown that she's not all that bad a person. She can be smart, sensitive, and even considerate, given that the situation calls for it.
- Insistent Terminology: Lee keeps telling her that his name is not pronounced like "leaping".
- Not So Above It All: At first, Brandy was rarely quiet about how she refused to do anything silly looking or just downright immature. But as the episodes past and she starts joining in on more of Lee's plans and adventures, it's clear that she's not above doing even crazier things than the guys.
- Pink Means Feminine: In her usual apparel.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: While she doesn't exactly tower over him, it's notable that her and Cam are the only Official Couple where the girl is taller than the guy.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: In terms of their relationship with Lee, the "girly girl" to Tina and Jenny's "tomboy"
- Tsundere: Type A. She desperately wants to fit in with the Glamazons, so she acts in a way that will impress Kimmie, a.k.a. cold and uncaring towards other people. Whenever someone tries to show her up, she explodes and starts yelling at them in an attempt to re-gain control of the situation. It takes a few seasons and lots of Character Development to reveal her soft side, and we see that she does open up to people if she trusts them enough and can genuinely be quite sweet.
- Yes-Man: To Kimmie, again. Eventually, she gets fed up and refuses to continue being this, getting kicked out of the Glamazons as a result.
Kimmie McAdamsBeautiy, brains, and attitude, Kimmie has everything one needs to be the queen bee of A.Nigma and leader of the Glamazons. Like most of the popular students, she is all for making fun of those lower than her in status and fully utilizes the power she has over the other Glamazons. However, she does have a more sensitive side, which only starts resurfacing once she rekindles her childhood friendship with Biffy.
- Aloof Ally: She will help Biffy sometimes… if she feels like it.
- Alpha Bitch: As the leader of the "Glamazons".
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Sometimes, if she is in a good mode and mostly towards Biffy.
- Blondes Are Evil: Not as evil as her mom, but she can be pretty nasty when she's in a bad mood.
- Childhood Friends: Surprisingly enough, with Biffy. They've known each other since they were babies, but grew apart in 7th Grade. After spending a detention together though, they decide to start being friends again. Albeit not in the public eye due to their reputations.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Implied to be a result of a bad tan.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Was always one to defend her mother and quickly gets mad whenever Biffy or Lee insists that she's evil. But once she realizes that her mom really is as evil as they say, Kimmie freezes her using the crystal gun in order to stop her from attacking Lee and his friends.
- We Used to Be Friends: She was close childhood friends with Biffy. They grew apart after a while, but later in the series, they start re-kindling their friendship.
Brad Von ChillsteinOne of the most, if not the most, popular students in the school, primarily due to his dad being a famous action hero celebrity. Due to a combination of both his need to continue being seen as the cool guy, and just plain cluelessness, Brad tends to get in the way of Lee and his friends during dire situations. Thankfully for Lee, Brad tends to be mostly talk and is completely harmless. Though that doesn't mean he isn't capable of pulling off some sinister plan in order to keep his popularity.
- Big Man on Campus: He's the most popular student in school. Subverted when Lee's rising popularity status knocks him off his pedestal.
- The Ditz: Tends to see the world as if it ran completely on movie cliches, going as far as believing that his dad's B-movie plots are legit and effective in real life.
- Foil: To Lee.
- Heroic Wannabe: Mostly to follow under his action-hero superstar father.
- Romantic False Lead: For Tina which may or may not have been influenced by the brainwashing experiments.
- What Does She See in Him?: He says this about Tina when she rejects him in favour of pursuing Lee.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: As revealed in Episode 21, he believes that movie elements are applicable to real-life. Ironically, the nicknames and tropes he assigned to Lee and the other students were all pretty spot on.
- Vocal Evolution: At first, Brad had a much deeper voice before it eventually became more high and nasally
Dickie AndrewsSeemingly the popular student in charge of keeping the status quo in check at A. Nigma.
- Manipulative Bastard: Uses his knowledge of the school population and the social status to keep the popular kids in power.
- The Social Expert: He's one of the key popular students controlling the rest of the population. When he and Kimmie team up to make Cam the school president, he does most of the social stuff – while Kimmie doesn't care about any of the non-popular students, Dickie seems to know each one by name and can even name a hobbie or characteristic that can be used to befriend them, which makes him pretty good at manipulating people.
Steve CarveyOne of the jocks and star Quarterback of A. Nigma's football team. Tends to be a jerk, but like most of the students he is actually a decent guy.
- Jerk Jock: Starts off like this toward Lee, but actually proves to be a nice and loyal guy once Lee gets on his good side.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be bad at math so that Greta, who he has a crush on, will tutor him.
- Security Blanket: Despite being in High School and one of the toughest jocks there, Steve still carries around his “Bub-bub”, a so-called lucky towel which has been in his family for generations and is covered in sweat and dirt. He is not ashamed of this, either, and is devastated when his Bub-bub is stolen.
- Geek Physiques: They're all fairly skinny and/or short. In addition, Beth has a retainer and Greta has a unibrow.
- The Smart Guys: They represent the nerd clique, and fit the stereotype nicely.
Irwin DexterPresident of the Mathletes and a member of the Genius Club. Irwin is one of the students who has a genuine vendetta against Lee, which stems from how they used to be friends and fellow Mathletes, but Lee was always considered the smarter one. Surprisingly, he also loves dancing and is very good at it, going as far as having a DDR math game in the club and his own dance uniform.
- Evil Genius: At least, he thinks he is.
- Insufferable Genius: What he really is.
- Redheads Are Uncool: He's the head of the nerd clique and generally pretty unpopular outside of it.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Lee, most of the time.
- Token Evil Teammate: Of the Genius clique.
- We Used to Be Friends: To Lee, back when Lee was a Mathlete.
Greta Von HoffmanThe nicest member of the Mathletes, and the only one to branch out and interact with even the more popular students. Greta is, notably, smart yet eccentric enough to keep up with Holger's interesting quirks and isn't afraid to join him in even the most absurd things. Naturally, this makes her the most important girl to Holger.
- Affectionate Nickname: Holger calls her "Honey Roasted", which is her sidekick name whenever they are helping Lee on a mission.
- Badass Bookworm: Nerdy, quirky, and capable of taking out a group of Hazmats for almost hurting her boyfriend.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Type 2. It even wiggles when she's happy or excited.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a Mathlete, and tutors people on top of it.
- Extraverted Nerd: The rare female version. She's on pretty good terms with people outside of her clique, and has even been part of a Love Triangle where the other two werepining after her, rather than the other way around.
- Love Triangle: Was in the center of not one, but two love triangles. The first was between Holger and Ed the ex-Water Boy. The second was between Holger and Jerk Jock Steve.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the Mathletes, she's the nicest one and is friendly towards people not in her clique.
Cyrus XavierLead singer and guitarist of the band the "Dudes of Darkness." Usually spends his time in the men's bathroom, where the band practices and where he comes up with new lyrics and songs.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite all appearances, he is one of the nicer and more chill students that Lee befriends.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat/ Nice Hat: Based on Slash's iconic hat.
- The Rock Star: He even has his own band, The Dudes of Darkness.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He was the first character to display just how badly the Prank Song can drive someone over the edge of sanity, if frequently exposed enough.
- Curse: What they believe to be the cause of their involuntary bad habits.
- Hypno Fool: They were actually the first set of students subjected to the school's brainwashing experiments.
- Loners Are Freaks: They used to be cool until they picked up (or rather, were brainwashed into picking up) some... odd, slightly disgusting habits.
- Lonely Together: Though they were friends before becoming unpopular, they definitely qualify now, sticking together despite the off-putting habits.
- ¡Three Amigos!: They were certainly this for the first few seasons and before being outcast. However, in Season 3, Jenny is updated to the main cast, and more or less leaves the other two for Lee and Tina.
- Put on a Bus: Once they thought they've cured themselves.
- The Bus Came Back: All three showed up in a later episode, but Jenny in particular grew in importance until she was part of the main gang.
- We Used to Be Friends: To both Lee and Cam back in 5th Grade.
Lou BlackThe supposed leader of the Outcasts, and cursed with the non-stop desire to suck his thumb. Out of the Outcasts, Lou wants his coolness back the most, and will do anything for it. This has caused a few problems for them and Lee as a result.
- Standardized Leader: For the outcasts. He's do most of the talking when interacting with other students, but he doesn't have much character to him.
Deuce MarkowitzThe Outcast cursed with the need to eat anything and everything.
- Extreme Omnivore: He eats anything and everything, including sticks and dirt.
- Why Did It Have To Be a "B" Word?: Whenever he hears any word that starts with "B", he has a mental breakdown and will do nothing but stutter "B-b-b-b-word" while pulling his bandana over his ears.
Jenny JerkinsThe only girl of the Outcast, and cursed with, what most students consider, the most disgusting action: the need to always stick her finger up her nose. Jenny was the first student in the core cast to find Finnwinch's book, and her desire to solve its mysterious promoted her to becoming an important part of Lee's gang. She also quickly develops some feelings for Lee, since he was the first non-Outcast guy to not be bothered by her curse and to see her as a friend.
- Ascended Extra: See "Sixth Ranger"
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After Lee decides to help her group out again (even after she stole his Cool Key), she soon helps out him out with his investigations. This is also the reason why she was quick to develop feelings for him, and later the Serpent- because they were the first guys outside the Outcasts to show her any semblance of acceptance and kindness.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to being ostracized for her uncontrolled habit, she's usually cold towards other people. She's more open to people with whom she has established a friendship or has a crush.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rescinds her pact "No Dating Lee" pact with Tina when she realizes that two really care for each other.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: To Lee and Tina.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Falls for this when she gained an infatuation for the Serpent and winds up losing the Book to him.
- Redhead In Green: Wears a green shirt and a green jacket.
- Sixth Ranger: Becomes a member of Lee's team in Season 3.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She's one of the less feminine female cast members, and wears a ponytail to show it.
Gifted Students/Genius Club
- The Smart Guys: They're less nerdy than the Mathletes and more straight-up smart.
- Teen Geniuses: A club full of the smartest students in the school. What would you expect?
Ruby KweeTina's younger, and smarter, sister. Ruby first appeared when she falsely admitted to being responsible for the prank, because she didn't want to go to a foreign and prestigious university.
- Child Prodigy: She's in High School at age 11, though she's not very happy about it.
- Grade Skipper: In the 11th grade, a year before her sister Tina.
- Smart People Play Chess: She played with Biffy when she was stuck in detention and beat him.
Grayson PotterGrayson is everyone's typical smart man and he takes great pride in that. However, he is also one of the nicer students and is more than willing to help, if necessary. Which is why it surprises Cam when Grayson turns out to be the blackmailer and the one responsible for humiliating him, Cyrus, and most of the popular students.
- Genius Cripple: The only student we've seen with an obvious disability
- High School Hustler: He's even made the handicapped toilet stall his little office to sell high-grade papers.
- Nerd Glasses: The only male nerd and member of the Genius Club to wear glasses.
- Super Wheel Chair: In addition to a built-in computer, he has his wheelchair set up with enough gadgets to deal with any situation.
- The Dog Bites Back: He attempts this. As a child, he was bullied by the jocks and cool kids, going through situations such as being forced to eat an insect sandwich or having hot soup poured on his lap as everyone else just laughed. Since those same kids attend A. Nigma, Grayson took the opportunity to try and make their lives just as miserable. So he tricks and blackmails nearly everyone in his elementary class with threats of exposing them as cheaters unless they do as he says. This includes Cyrus and Cam, who weren't even involved in the bullying. When he finally pushes them to abandon everything they love, and even gets Cam suspended, Grayson comes to realize that trying to get back at bullies just wasn't worth the misery he caused them. In the end, it just felt horrible.
NadeneNadene is easily recognizable by her large green hoodie and love for Hip-hop. But while she doesn't look the part, especially when compared to the others, she is actually one of the smartest students. She also a member of the Student Council.
- Black and Nerdy: As a member of the Genius Club.
- Meganekko: Though the appear to be sunglasses than actual glasses.
- Smarter Than She Looks: The misconception is probably due to the large hoodie she always wears.
"Tech Nerd"Recognized for his knowledge and skills with computers. A huge fan of Ace Von Chillstein, he never holds back from acting like a kiss-up to Brad and constantly agrees with him.
- Black and Nerdy: As a member of the Genius Club.
- Butt Monkey: He's constantly getting picked on and accidentally hurt. He handles it pretty well, considering.
- Fanboy: To both generations of Von Chillsteins.
- Only Known by Their Nickname/No Name Given: Brad gives him the nickname "Tech Nerd", and that's all he is called in the few episodes he appears in.
Lynch Webber a.k.a. RadcirclesA Jive Turkey talking student who is assigned to work with the school's servers and was also the DJ at Brandy's party. He has a strange obsession with Apple Splat and peanuts, and is always seen consuming either one. Eventually, Lynch develops a strong admiration for Lee, and is more than willing to join in on his missions because he wants to be just as cool.
- Evil All Along/False Friend: Pretended to be Lee's friend so as to throw him off the trail.
- Genius Ditz /Obfuscating Stupidity: At first, until the revelation, thanks to which all his ditz moments are suddenly not as funny anymore...
- Insufferable Genius: After the reveal of his true nature.
- Jive Turkey: His lines are rife with this. It's a part of his disguise as a teenager.
- Older Than He Looks: Hinted to be this. Confirmed in "Fence-o-palooza", with the help of Finnwich's magic and plastic surgery.
- Rogue Agent: Becomes one after Vice Principal Victoria's arrest.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lynch has two: a beverage called Green Apple Splat ("It's the splattiest!") and peanuts. His constant consumption of the latter annoys several characters and makes him not very good at being sneaky. Both turn out to be important - he's always talking about Splat because he actually owns the company, and in the Season 2 finale, Lee uses the trail of peanut shells he leaves behind to track him down.
Other Students and Cliques
- Recurring Extras: Often seen wandering around the background. Even though they're not needed for the plot, they're always there.
Faculty & Staff
Vice Principal Victoria
- Alliterative Name/Always V Sexy: Vice Principal Veronica Victoria
- Big Bad: Of Seasons 1 & 2. She was in charge of the brainwashing experiments and was in cahoots with Lynch, a.k.a. Radcircles.
- Evil All Along: And there was plenty of Foreshadowing.
- Evil Redhead: She was the Big Bad of the first two seasons, after all.
- Evil Teacher: Well, Vice Principal, but that doesn't excuse testing out brainwashing methods on students.
- Expy: She's a downplayed Jessica Rabbit.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair is always covering eye, no matter which direction she faces.
- Redhead In Green: Her usual attire.
- The Starscream: A benign example as she tends to interfere with Barrage's running of the school, usually on the behalf of the students. Doubly subverted as it's actually a ploy to get Barrage fired so she could perfect her brainwashing experiments, using the students as guinea pigs.
- Treacherous Advisor: Once Lee told everything he uncovered (thus far), she confessed her involvement in a top-secret brainwashing experiment to him and that Barrage is most likely after everyone associated with it. In reality, her and Barrage's roles are reversed, and she fully intended to get rid of Lee as well.
Sue Ping, Lee's mother
- Action Mom: First seen in "Clogspiracy" when she shows she's handles guns before.
- Drives Like Crazy: As her son's best friend Cam puts it, "every drive with you is like an adventure in almost dying!"
- Education Mama: They've even made her his math teacher!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Brought about by senility.
- Scary Librarian/Stern Nun: She will not tolerate noise in her library no matter what the situation. When she shushes you, you'd better zip it or else.
Principal Art Wurst
- Affably Evil
- Evil All Along
- Evil Genius: The clones are referred to as "the experts".
- Me's a Crowd: He, or rather they, is just a part of a network clones based on the original Art Wurst.
- Put on a Bus: He's been absent for most of the series, with a few notable mentions in the web-exclusive videos.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: That is, until his true loyalties are revealed.
- Sweet Tooth: He's obsessed with candy. At least, this is a trait shared by some of his copies.
Mann, Wurst, Finnwich, Ping
"The Amazing Finnwich"
- Badass Mustache: A large, curly gray one.
- Eccentric Mentor: Comes off as this towards Lee, when he isn't trying to get the teen out of the way in some fashion.
- Cyborg: Aside from his head, his entire body is composed of Diesel Punk machinery. His arms and legs can also extend to increase his reach.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He built his own cybernetic body and his personal army of Mecha-Mooks. He also designed Barrage's prosthetic parts with a secret kill-switch.
- Last Name Basis: He has only been referred to by his given name, Maxwell, once in the course of the series.
- Mind Manipulation: His hypnotic spells are so potent, they can last for years.
- Older Than They Look: Chalk that up to either his cyborg body or magical power.
- Power at a Price: He has a looming prophecy over his head that says meeting "the grand Mannifestum" will be the end. The "end" being his death.
- Weapon of Choice: Simple Staff
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for the past twenty years.
- Mysterious Backer: Funded Victoria's Brainwashing project.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Everything they do is shrouded in mystery, though Lee eventually starts piecing together their goals.
- Walking Spoiler: They make their presence known to Lee by arresting Victoria and mind-wiping all knowledge related to their work mid-series.
- Big Bad: He's the true leader of the Council.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Due to his age.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He had Lee's expulsion reversed and has to come to regret keeping the Serpent in the dark about his heritage.
- The Faceless/Hidden Villain: His full-appearance has been obscured throughout most of the series.
- Lizard Folk: Revealed to be this in episode 52.
- Living Relic: He was sealed inside the pyramid for millenniums until being released by Alexander Nigma in 1900.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's was the one behind the founding of Mann, Wurst, Finnwich.
- Obviously Evil: You mean the ancient abomination isn't a good guy?
- Super Empowering: He bestowed the four founders (and their descendants) of the then-MWFP with his Mark of the Beast that grants them Instant Expert abilities.
- Blondes Are Evil: Not only is she a member of the evil Council, but the way she treats her daughter is a realistic abusive situation.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In addition to being a member of the council, she is the CEO of Mann, Wurst, and Finnwich.Cassandra: I'm controlling him [Barrage] with my phone, the stock market with my investments, the politicians with threats, your food supply with what's going to be the hottest new ranch flavor.
- The Dragon: Only takes orders from His Eminence.
- Dark Action Mom: Kimmie's. Kimmie takes a while to accept the fact.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Can take anything the hero makes in jest and twists it into giving them a near-psychological breakdown.
- Evil Matriarch: Subverted by Kimmie's ignorance of her traits, then doubly subverted at the Season 4 finale. Played straight with her "adopted son", the Serpent.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Keeps Kimmie mostly in the dark about her work.
- Manipulative Bitch: She's willing to threaten the lives of someone's loved ones to get people to do what she wants.
- Powered Armor: She has a mechanical suit that flies, augments her fighting abilities, and shoots lasers.
- Power Hair
- The Starscream: Turns on "His Eminence" once he explained his back-story and plans to resurrect his race.
"The Serpent" /Li Ping
- Aloof Big Brother: He's five years older than Lee and demonstrated this trope before his heritage was revealed.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Badass Biker: With a Cool Bike that looks eerily familiar.
- The Brute: Serves as the Council's enforcer.
- Brute with an Agenda: Based on his obsessive interest with the Ping family.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He was the baby in the mysterious picture Lee found on his dad's office.
- Cool Helmet: It even resembles a snake's head.
- The Champion: To Cassandra (and the Council by default). Revealed to be a case of Bodyguarding a Badass.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lee.
- Evil Laugh: Of the high-pitched variety.
- The Heavy: As of Season 4, his actions directly affected the plot.
- Heel-Face Turn: Upon finding out his heritage and the reasons behind his separation from his parents, he becomes a sort of ally towards Lee and his friends, though this is mostly overshadowed by his new-found enmity against Cassandra.
- Iconic Item: His ancient Tazelwurm medallion, which REALLY smells like its age.
- Identical Stranger: He looks very similar to Lee. Turns out this is because they're actually brothers.
- Knight of Cerebus: The series takes an even darker turn once he's been introduced.
- Long-Lost Relative/Separated at Birth: He was the baby in the mysterious photo that kidnapped from the Pings by Cassandra (under orders by "His Eminence").
- Lee, I Am Your Brother / Mr.Ping, You Are My Father
- Only Known by Their Nickname: After his Signature Move, the Serpent Strike.
- Plot Allergy: A severe one for fish. Exploited by Lee in their fights and served as hint to his parentage.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Based on both his Code Name and his pet snake, Priscilla.
- Revenge Before Reason: From targeting the Pings for supposedly abandoning them to going after Cassandra for kidnapping him from his family and turning him into an assassin. Unfortunately for him, the latter effortlessly incapacitates him. Twice.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Taking pictures of the Ping family both outside and inside their house.
- Weapon of Choice: His dual-bladed wooden Telescoping Staff.
- Wicked Cultured: Implied based on his apparent knowledge of Shakespeare's works and skills to prepare crème brûlée.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Specifically, a blue forelock.
- Evil Genius/Dark Chick: Shared between the two as the council's heads in R&D.
- Fat and Skinny: The male and female scientists respectively.
- No Name Given: They're the only council-members that don't have confirmed names (like Cassandra) or titles (the Serpent, "His Eminence").
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The female scientist is put into a coma due to being struck by a beam emitted from the mysterious pyramid. The male scientist is Killed Off for Real when the pyramid explodes... or so we thought.
Alfred Ping, Lee's Father
- Bumbling Dad: Despite being a scientist, he gives off this vibe at times.
- Dark Secret: He has been working for Mann, Wurst, Finnwich for years and only recently found out they were Evil All Along and kidnapped his first son.
- Distinguishing Mark: He has the same tattoo as his son which is used to cover his own three-banded birthmark. Like his father before him, he gave Lee the same tattoo but didn't get to do the same for his first son, the Serpent.
- Lethal Chef: He claims he can't even boil water, which is why his wife does all the cooking.
- Plot Allergy: A severe one for fish. Serves as a tie to the Serpent.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Gives off this impression due to his infrequent appearances in episodes, though it's subverted by Lee's lack of worry.
Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein, Biffy's Parents
- Faceless Goons: The green-tinted ones are actually people.
- Hazmat Suit: Incorporated into their design.
- Mecha-Mooks: The white ones that work as janitorial staff at A. Nigma High.
- Punch Clock Villain: The humans in suits.
- Barrier Warrior: The red version.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Green (Enforcement), Blue (Coral Grove), & Red (His Eminence's guard)
- Elite Mecha-Mooks: They serve as the Praetorian Guard and overall enforcement.
- Hypno Ray: The blue version, of the knock-out/sleep variety.
- Rocket Boots: Their signature form of movement.
- Tractor Beam: Using Selective Magnetism.
- Sinister Scythe: Hence their In-Series Nickname.