!!Lindsay Weir [-(Creator/LindaCardellini)-]

* TheAce: Starts as one but despite being a Freak, she still gets good grades. She just stops caring about them towards the end and ditches a University summit to follow the Grateful Dead.
* AgeAppropriateAngst: She's a highschool junior when the series begins.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Early on in the series, she appears to have a bit of a crush on Daniel, particularly evident in "Beers and Weirs".
* BrainyBrunette: Lindsay is super academically smart; probably more so than any adult depicted in the series.
* BullyHunter: She doesn't take any shit from some of the nastier elements at [=McKinley=] High, and is seen variously:
** Stepping in to protect her brother Sam from his arch-nemesis, Alan.
** Calling out a group of jerks (twice) for mistreating mentally disabled student, Eli.
** Taking on smug, patronising mathlete Shelly Weaver ([[BreakTheHaughty and kicking her ass]]) at a "mathlete scrimmage".
** Smacking [[GiantMook the enormous Siedelman]] when he is harrassing a female student.
** ...of course, this doesn't always work out for her, and on occasion her good intentions backfire, but the [[PluckyGirl pluckiness]] is admirable.
* CoolBigSis
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Enforced: the show was set in the Midwest, and Feig noted that tanned people in the Midwest were rare; California native Cardellini was required to have makeup that made her paler.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: As seen in "Looks and Books", where Lindsay opts for much girlier hair when she (temporarily) falls back in with the mathlete crowd after she gets sick of the Freaks' ToxicFriendInfluence.
* ExtremeDoormat: A mild version when around the Freaks, as she is so eager to be accepted as part of their group that she bends over backwards to please them. She gets better, though.
* TheHero: Along with her brother, Sam.
* HollywoodAtheist: The death of her grandmother before the start of the series spurred her into atheism. Specifically, Lindsey was there at her deathbed when the grandmother confessed her terror at facing death in her last moments.
* KickTheDog: said episodes of her being an ExtremeDoormat generally lead to this trope, but she really regrets it immediately and tries to make amends.
* LimitedWardrobe: Her father's old army jacket, which is also symbolic of her transition to the Freaks.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Has this reaction when she accidentally eggs Sam.
* NaiveNewcomer: Among the Freaks.
* SecretDiary: Mr Weir nosily roots through her diary to find out whether Lindsay is on drugs/having sex.
* SheCleansUpNicely: As seen in "Noshing and Moshing" at the Schweiber's cocktail party, where she ditches the army jacket, puts on a hot dress, and deservingly attracts the (welcome) attention of the Schweiber's eldest son, NiceJewishBoy Barry.
* TheSmartGuy: Of the Freak posse.
* SoapboxSadie: She represents a mild (and likable) example. Definitely in evidence when (at the time) Vice President George Bush pays a visit to [=McKinley=] High.
-->'''Lindsay''': Why did your staff reject my question? Are you afraid of engaging the students in an open discourse?
* TeenGenius: As a former "mathlete", she is seen to be able to do complicated arithmetic in her head.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Used most evidently as a PlotDevice in "Looks and Books".
--> '''Daniel''': C'mon Lindsay, don't be lame.
* WildTeenParty: She throws a house-party to try to impress the Freaks, as seen in "Beers and Weirs".
* YokoOhNo: Invoked. She inadvertently becomes this in "I'm with the Band", where she splits up the Freak's band when actually trying to get them to improve. Ken even calls her Yoko at one point.

!!Kim Kelly [-(Creator/BusyPhilipps)-]

* AbusiveParents: Both Kim's mother and her step-father are psychotically bad-tempered, and are shown to be both mentally and physically abusive, as detailed in the seminal episode "Kim Kelly is My Friend".
* TheAllegedCar: Her beat-up AMC Gremlin.
* AlliterativeName
* BettyAndVeronica: A non-romantic version, she's the Veronica to Millie's Betty.
* BrokenBird: Due to her fairly hellish home-life, as seen in the episode "Kim Kelly is My Friend".
* TheBully: Early on in the series, to both Lindsay ''and'' Sam.
-->'''Kim''': Hey Karen, was this guy trying to ''break into'' your locker?
* CharacterDevelopment: Like her boyfriend Daniel, she goes through quite the [[DefrostingIceQueen rehabilitation]] process as the series progresses, starting off as an antagonising, mean-spirited bitch early on, but ending up as Lindsay's best friend by the finale, "Discos and Dragons".
* DefrostingIceQueen: Warms up hugely as the series progresses, though still retains a tough, no-nonsense edge.
* {{Foil}}: To Lindsay. Comes from a poor, broken home in contrast to Lindsay's more well-off and loving parents, gets poor grades in school to Lindsay's [[TheAce straight A's]], starts off as a huge bully to Lindsay, who stands up for anyone who gets picked on, and so on.
* HairTriggerTemper: Snaps at the drop of a hat, and isn't afraid to give those who annoy her a big whack on the arm if they piss her off (especially Daniel).
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Towards the end, especially in "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She feels terrible when she realizes she ran over Millie's dog and befriends her out of guilt.
* TheLadette: Enjoys beers, cars, swearing, fighting and sex. Mellows later on in the series.
* SlapSlapKiss: With Daniel. In "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" she reveals that she thinks she has to be "alert" and "a bitch" because he'd screw any girl he came across.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Kim's family home and background is ostensibly far poorer than Lindsay's
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry
-->'''Kim''': Are you calling me irrational? [[IResembleThatRemark Because I'll tear your head off, Daniel.]] I'll tear it off and I'll throw it over that fence!!

!!Daniel Desario [-(Creator/JamesFranco)-]

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Especially if he's James Franco.
* AlliterativeName
* AsleepInClass: Tellingly, whilst watching a careers guidance video.
* BookDumb: Daniel may not be academically minded, but he's a fairly smart, street-wise kid overall.
* BrilliantButLazy
* CharacterDevelopment: He starts out as an archetypal too-cool-for-school bad-boy, but by the end of the series, after several [[BreakTheHaughty humbling experiences]], he has become friends with Sam's group. There's also more stress over time on his academic and personal troubles, as he seems perfectly aware of his limitations but doesn't know how to break through them.
* TheCharmer
** ManipulativeBastard: Especially if he needs Lindsay's help with his math homework...
* CoolCar: In different episodes he drives a Pontiac Trans Am ''and'' a Cadillac Sedan [=DeVille=].
* CoolLoser: Daniel is achingly cool, and a typical bad-boy, but he's been held back twice and certainly isn't one of the school's in-crowd by any means.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority
-->'''Mr. Rosso''': You think you're pretty cool, don't you, Daniel?
-->'''Daniel''': No, I don't think I'm cool...
-->'''Mr. Rosso''': You don't think you're the Fonz or something?
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Daniel especially so - it stands between him and repeating the school year...''again''.
* ImprobablyCoolCar: His (beat up) Pontiac Trans Am, the specific version of which is no earlier than 1979. Since the show takes place in 1980, it is highly unlikely that a high school student from a low-income family could afford what was then a fairly new car.
* HiddenDepths: He confides in Harris that he is secretly worried about just how badly he is doing in school, and makes a genuine effort (after initial frostiness) to be useful when he joins the AV club.
-->'''Harris''': (to Daniel) You'd make a good Dungeon Master, I can tell.
* MrFanservice: As is noticed InUniverse and out.
* SchoolIsForLosers: His attitude before CharacterDevelopment kicks in, later on in the series.
* TheSlacker: Multiple times early on in the series, he is seen cutting class.
* TroubledButCute: He comes from a low-income family, is shown to have some fairly serious self-identity issues as the series progresses, but is gorgeous nonetheless.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: His regurgitated sob-story when he's busted for cheating on a math test.
-->'''Daniel''': *sobbing*..and track 3 is the dumb kids.

!!Nick Andopolis [-(Creator/JasonSegel)-]

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: He never really gets over Lindsay, despite hooking up with Sara by the series finale.
* BrilliantButLazy: Nick used to be a good student, and MVP on the basketball team until he got in with the Freak crowd.
* CallingTheOldManOut: He has a huge argument with his father and storms out after he sells his drums.
-->'''Nick''': I hope you enjoy your peace and quiet!
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: As seen in "Smooching and Mooching", whilst staying over at the Weirs' place.
* CringeComedy: [[ObsessionSong "Lady L"]] anyone?
* DreadfulMusician: He gets better after lessons though.
* DoggedNiceGuy: In his pursuit of Lindsay, though it does begin to border on obsessional stalking as the series progresses.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: His dad despises his musical hobby and sells his drum set without telling him. Nick naturally resents this and even runs away from home in one episode.
* GentleGiant: He's 6'4", and was MVP on the school's basketball team in his younger years.
* HopelessSuitor: Where Lindsay is concerned.
** StalkingIsLove: Turns up at Lindsay's bedroom window in the middle of the night because he claims he "couldn't sleep for thinking about her", and "had to see (her)".
* IntergenerationalFriendship: He and Lindsay's parents bond when Nick spends the night at the Weirs' home, to Lindsay's surprise. Harold at least sympathizes with Nick's difficult relationship with his dad, while Jean is just that nice to everyone.
* MilitaryBrat: His over-bearing father is in the Air-Force.
* NiceGuy: The jolliest, most approachable of the Freaks, compared to snarky Ken, aloof Daniel and downright dangerous Kim.
* ObsessionSong: Oh God yes...
-->'''Nick''': Lady L, La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la, That's the sound of L.
** HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Or rather, Lady L...
* OneHeadTaller: He's a clear ''foot'' taller than Lindsay.
* TheSlacker: Less so than Daniel or Ken but still notable.
* TheStoner: He's the biggest pot-head in the Freak group, even best-friend Daniel says so.
-->'''Daniel''': The guy's turning into a waste-basket.
** He quits in the finale.

!!Ken Miller [-(Creator/SethRogen)-]

* ADayInTheLimelight: He plays a mostly supporting, snarky-sidekick role in the series and isn't the subject of a main storyline right up until the penultimate episode, "The Little Things".
* DeadpanSnarker: His most overt trait.
* {{Gayngst}}: The above mentioned episode focuses on his sexual confusion on learning that his girlfriend, Amy, was born with both male and female sexual organs (although she is now purely female, physically).
* GrumpyBear: Of the Freak crowd; it's rare to see him crack a smile and his default tone is aching sarcasm.
* InvisibleParents: Unlike all of the other main characters, Ken's parents are never seen. From what he briefly mentions of them, they don't seem to have been around much in his life.
-->'''Ken''': I was raised by a nanny...Katherine.
--> (When asked what his parents are like) Well...they're good at their jobs...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Comes across as a grumpy, snarky Jerkass but he has considerable hidden warmth, as revealed in "The Little Things".
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: He plans on selling his father's business and retiring young.
* TheSlacker: Is never seen doing any sort of school-work, and it's implied he's smart enough to just coast.


!!Sam Weir [-(John Francis Daley)-]

* {{Adorkable}}: He really is.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Occasionally, but Sam and Lindsay get along pretty well and at worst, they just bicker.
* AudienceSurrogate: For anyone who ever felt awkward or had a tough time at high school at any point (aka a good chunk of the audience)....
* AuthorAvatar: Sam = Paul Feig.
* ButtMonkey: If something humiliating is going to happen to one of the characters, it'll usually be him.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Oh, hi Cindy" whenever he starts a conversation with Cindy Sanders.
* CringeComedy: Sam frequently finds himself in ball-shrinkingly humiliating situations, whether it's being the main target of [[TheBully Alan and Karen's]] wrath, or hilariously embarrassing incidents involving public nudity, Parisian Night Suits or being egged (accidentally) by his own sister.
* GeekPhysiques: Of the skinny, 103 pounds variety.
-->'''Alan''': Nice pecs Weir! You look like a flat-chested girl!
* GiveGeeksAChance: Actually gets to date his crush Cindy. Of course, it didn't last, but at least he got to do the dumping when the time came...
* TheHero: Along with his sister, Lindsay.
* HeroicBSOD: A minor case after seeing his first porno in "Tests and Breasts".
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 14, but looks younger. Arguably, he ''looks'' 14 but is an aversion of DawsonCasting surrounded by straight examples.
-->'''Karen Scarfoli''': You don't even have any hair on your pits!
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: He was once locked out of the locker room completely naked.
** CensorBox: As seen when he was forced to streak through the halls.
* NiceGuy
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Told to us by Neal in the first episode, partially the TropeNamer.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Him and Cindy.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Sam spends most of the series pining for Cindy Sanders, but when they finally start dating, he finds they have nothing in common.
* WideEyedIdealist

!!Bill Haverchuck [-(Martin Starr)-]

* {{Adorkable}}
* DaytimeDramaQueen: He adores ''Dallas''.
* DisappearedDad: It's mentioned that he has contact with his father, but it's quite rare and we've never seen him on-screen.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Gets to make out with the head cheerleader.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Played for laughs in the fight with Alan in the pilot.
* HollywoodNerd: Type 1. Bill looks like the archetypal nerd out of the Geeks, although he isn't exactly "intelligent" - He is witty and has amazing one-liners, but he's actually kind of dumb.
* TheKlutz: He's clumsy and more than a little uncoordinated.
* MommasBoy: He's been primarily raised with a lot of love by his mother, Gloria, to whom he remains very close.
* NerdGlasses: Of the large, clunky, unflattering variety.
* PickedLast: A hugely upsetting issue for him -- leading him to call Coach Fredericks out on it in an emotionally charged breakdown.
* PlotAllergy: His peanut allergy, in "Chokin' and Tokin'".
* SingleMomStripper: In one episode, Bill worriedly asks his mom if she's going to start "dancing" again.
* WholesomeCrossDresser: As seen in the Halloween episode, "Tricks and Treats", where he trick-or-treats dressed as Jaime Sommers.
* YoureNotMyFather: As seen when Coach Fredericks starts dating his mom.

!!Neal Schweiber [-(Samm Levine)-]

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Averted. Although it's not an important part of the plot, it comes up quite a few times.
--> '''Neal''': Last year I was elected school treasurer. I didn't even run!
* AttentionWhore: Exemplified when he buys his own ventriloquists dummy, which he does purely because he thinks people will admire him for it.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: From the outside, the Schweibers are a rich, nice Jewish family, though later episodes reveal his dad's filandering ways.
* CasanovaWannabe: Neal thinks he's a ladies' man, so he's a CasanovaWannabe in training
* CreepyDoll: His "figure", Morty.
* CringeComedy: Even Sam and Bill are embarrassed by his ventriloquism skit.
* CultureBlind: He's basically a little old man from the TheFifties stuck in kid-form....in TheEighties.
* DeadpanSnarker: Somewhat more quick-witted than Bill and Sam, and is often confounded by what he perceives to be their juvenile qualities, though he's definitely NotSoAboveItAll.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Neal has been in love with Lindsay since he was five years old and always showed himself to worry about her, but his dogged nice side really showed in "Beers and Weirs".
* ExtravertedNerd: Highly confident, but still a massive geek.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY
-->'''Neal''': It's SCHW-'EYE'-BER!!
* JewishAndNerdy
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Before Sam and Bill told him, everyone in his family except him knew his father was cheating on his mother. Poor kid.
* ParentalIssues: He reacts (understandably) very badly to the above news.
** CallingTheOldManOut: This comes to a head at the Schweibers cocktail party in "Noshing and Moshing", where he uses his ventriloquism act as a platform to berate and humiliate his father.
-->'''Bill''': I told you [[DemonicDummy that thing]] would take him over...
* SadClown
* {{Ventriloquism}}

[[folder:Parents and other family members]]

!!Harold and Jean Weir [-(Joe Flaherty and Becky Ann Baker)-]

* AbusiveParents: In "Smooching and Mooching", it's implied that Harold's father was one of these.
-->'''Harold''': Nick's father is a hard man, and my father was the same.
-->'''Lindsay''': Yeah, I know the feeling...
-->'''Harold''': Lindsay, trust me, you ''don't''.
* ActorAllusion: Harold (played by former [[{{Series/SCTV}} Count Floyd]] Joe Flaherty) donning a vampire costume in "Tricks and Treats".
** When Jean reads the "For My Eyes Only" warning at the beginning of Lindsay's diary in ''The Diary'' (which promises pain and death to anyone who reads it), Harold lets out a sarcastic Count Floyd-esque "Ooooh! Scary!"
* AndStarring
* BumblingDad: Harold takes himself ''very'' seriously, but his kids find him amusing at best and confoundingly frustrating at his worst.
* DadTheVeteran: Alluded to in "Tricks and Treats":
-->'''Harold:''' I'm certainly glad we decided to celebrate Halloween. The last time I had this much fun, I was pinned down in a foxhole by [[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar the North Koreans]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Harold, occasionally.
-->'''Lindsay''': Daddy, if I started smoking I would tell you.
-->'''Harold''': Oh. Good, now I don't have to worry.
* ExtremeDoormat: Jean can be this with Harold, which is probably where Lindsay gets this tendency with the Freaks.
* FieryRedhead: Averted with cool-headed and mild-mannered Jean.
* GoodParents: Particularly compared to the rest of the cast's parents but even generally. They support their kids, Jean readily identifies (or at least tries to) with Lindsay's issues and Harold identifies with Sam's problems with puberty.
* GrumpyOldMan: Harold can certainly be this at times.
* HappilyMarried: While there are occasional disagreements, it's clear that the Weirs are content with each other.
* {{Housewife}}: Jean, of the traditional variety.
* HypocriticalHumor: Harold disparages punk rock and the Music/SexPistols in particular. Lindsay points that every generation has an example of TheNewRockAndRoll, a comparison that Harold makes a lame attempt at deflecting.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Harold believes that anyone who isn't a straight-A student and model citizen will die. Even though death gets everyone no matter what. He also has a habit of using world-famous rockstars like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as examples of no-hopers, never pausing to consider that they actually made something of themselves before dying.
* JadedWashout: Harold is a borderline case. He works a rather thankless job (as the owner of a mom and pop sports store that, by the series' end, is on the verge of being overtaken by a giant mega-store). His family takes him far less seriously than he would like. And there are quite a few hints sprinkled throughout the series that he has a lot of past regrets (such as [[spoiler: paying five dollars to have sex with a Korean prostitute, when he was a teenager]]). Nevertheless, he remains fiercely loyal to his family and in some instances shows a surprising amount of compassion and understanding for both his children and wife.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Although strict and stubborn, Harold is a loving father who is very proud of both his children.
* OverprotectiveDad: Harold, so, ''so'' much. Although he always gets overruled by Jean.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Jean.
* ScareEmStraight: Harold often employs this method:
-->'''Harold''': I had a friend that used to smoke. You know what he's doing now? He's '''DEAD!''' You think smoking makes you look cool? Let's go dig him up now and see how cool he looks.

-->'''Harold''': I knew a girl who had pre-marital sex, do you know what she did on homecoming night? She '''DIED!''' Of an overdose. Heroin.

-->'''Harold''': You know who used to cut class? Jimi Hendrix. Know what happened to him? He '''DIED!'''. Choking on his own vomit.

-->'''Harold''': You can't cut corners in life! You know who cut corners? Kennedy! Kennedy cut corners when he was running the Bay of Pigs. A lot of good men lost their lives because of it. You know who else cut corners? Janis Joplin...
-->'''Lindsay''': DAD! what are you talking about?!

-->'''Harold''': There was this kid in my neighborhood when I was growing up? Scott Byron. He kept on trick-or-treating until he was well into his twenties. You know where he's living now? At home, with his ninety-year-old mother. He's the laughingstock of the community. Never took a wife, either.
* SexlessMarriage: AVERTED.
-->'''Jean''': Nobody's home. You wanna have a little sex?
-->'''Harold''':''[{{Beat}}]'' Okay.
-->''[both run for the bedroom]''
** The [[FreudianSlip climax]] of their story in ''The Diary'' involves them having makeup sex after their TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther scene (to the amusement of Lindsay, the disgust of Sam and Bill, and the BileFascination of Neal).

!!Dr. Vic and Lydia Schweiber [-(Sam [=McMurray=] and Amy Aquino)-]

* BrokenPedestal: He's basically Neal's hero -- until his cheating ways are discovered.
* CoolCar: Dr. Vic drives a Corvette.
* CoolOldGuy: How the Geeks see Neal's dad...before his cheating is discovered.
* ExtremeDoormat: Lydia - she knows her husband is cheating, but never voices her feelings.
** [[GoodParents Good Parent]]: However, she only does this to spare her sons the misery.
* HandsomeLech: Dr. Vic, although he isn't a bad guy per se, but rather seems to regret not living as much as he could have and seems entirely aware of how much pain his actions cause. They could have shown him as an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} but the writers admirably took the more mature path.
* HappyMarriageCharade
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Dr. Schweiber is a dentist.
* YourCheatingHeart: Barry tells Neal that their father has been cheating on their mom with other women for years.

!!Barry Schweiber [-(David Krumholtz)-]

* BigBrotherMentor: To Neal, ofcourse, but all of the Geeks look up to him too.
* TheCasanova: Now he's at college:
-->'''Barry''': I reinvented myself as the handsome, dashing Jew.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Tries convincing Lindsay that UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush was behind UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's attempted assassination. Lindsay doesn't buy it.
* NiceJewishBoy
* TemporaryLoveInterest: Lindsay finds him very attractive and they make out after his parent's cocktail party.

!!Gloria Haverchuck [-(Claudia Christian)-]

* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Dating her son's hated PE teacher, for example.
* MamaBear: She's very protective of her son, and really lays into Alan after Bill falls into a coma following Alan's peanut prank.
* PlayingGertrude: The actress was only 34, playing the parent of a son about 14-15 (and a 17-year age difference in the actors). Not out of the realm of possibility, but still pretty young.
* SingleMomStripper: Although, she is now retired.
* StacysMom
-->'''Neal''': I can kinda see why Coach Fredericks is dating her. She is kinda hot.

!!Col. Henry Andopolis [-(Kevin Tighe)-]

* TheCaptain: He's a tough military man and very strict with Nick.
* CreepyMonotone: He comes across as far more imposing because he ''doesn't'' shout.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Even Daniel concedes that he's right that Nick's unlikely to become a successful drummer. The Colonel's strict and intolerant attitude (especially his selling Nick's drum set without telling him) prevents Nick from seeing his side of the argument.
* MilitarySchool: Where he keeps threatening to send Nick, if his grades don't improve.
* StealthMentor: He claims to be looking out for Nick's future, which in essence is true, but the way he goes about it is incredibly harsh.
-->'''Col. Andopolis''': End of conversation...

!!Cookie Kelly and Arlo [-(''Cookie:'' Ann Dowd, ''Arlo:'' Jack Conley)-]

* AxCrazy: They're both fucking nuts.
* AbusiveParents: The episode "Kim Kelly is My Friend" was [[BannedInChina not shown]] by NBC in the initial run because of its portrayal of Kim's violent homelife.
* BerserkButton
-->"Benton Harbor Street...?"
* DumbMuscle: Kim's step-dad.
* DysfunctionalFamily: One of the most extreme examples depicted in a teen-drama.
* EightiesHair: Cookie's hair-spray edifice.
* EvilMatriarch: Cookie - she's a tough, mean old broad.
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much at all to set either of them off, especially Kim's back-chat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Both of them...
* {{Joisey}}: Cookie's got the accent (and look).
-->'''Cookie''': GED OUDDA DA CAW!! (get out of the car).
* YoureNotMyFather
-->'''Kim''': You're not my father, FAT-ASS!!

!!Chip Kelly [-(Mike White)-]

* ParentalFavoritism
-->'''Cookie''': My son Chip, he's a ''doll''. Kim...she's another story.
* PoliceBrutality: Kim's older brother was beaten up by the police and appears to be brain-damaged.
** EmptyShell: Following the above incident, he lies on the couch all day sleeping and "never parties".

!!Eugenia Desario

* TheCaretaker: Daniel's father is an invalid, and his older brother is a drug addict.
* ParentalObliviousness
* SkewedPriorities: Rather than encourage her son Daniel to go to school (when he insists he needs to go), she's more concerned with him running errands for her.
* UnnamedParent: Daniel's parents are not named in the show - he calls his mother "ma".

[[folder:Other students]]

!!Millie Kentner [-(Sarah Hagan)-]

* {{Adorkable}}: "It's Lik-M-Aid. It makes my spit taste like fruit juice."
* BrainyBrunette: Though not quite as smart as Lindsay.
* BettyAndVeronica: A non-romantic version, the Betty to Kim's Veronica.
* {{Foil}}: Again, to Lindsay. Good student, goes to church, listens to her parents and cares about school in contrast to Lindsay, possibly reflecting what Lindsay used to be before she joined the freaks.
* ChristianRock: Millie's clearly a big fan of ''The Doobie Brothers''.
-->'''Millie''': (singing) Jesus is just alright with me! Jesus is just alriiiiight!
* AFriendInNeed: Helps Lindsay out when she's stoned and has to babysit.
* HolierThanThou
-->'''Millie''': I haven't had anything to drink, and I'm having more fun than any of you!
* [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardian]]: She acts like this to Lindsay, and is constantly trying to bring her back into the mathlete crowd, early on in the series.
* [[NotHimself Not Herself]]: Following the death of her dog, Goliath, she goes slightly off the rails and starts hanging out with ''Kim'' of all people and plans on attending a Who concert with the Freaks. While she ''does'' come down after [[spoiler: Kim reveals that she was the one responsible for running over her dog]], it's pretty clear that she's become an at least slightly different person after this experience.
* SaintlyChurch
* SecretRelationship: In "Tricks and Treats", Lindsay discovers she's in one of these (albeit without having reached the French-kissing stage) with a guy she met at summer church camp.
* StopHavingFunGuys: In-universe.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Millie sort of acts as the latter to Lindsay's former.

!!Cindy Sanders [-(Natasha Melnick)-]

* AllGuysWantCheerleaders
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She's not so much a bitch per se, but it's pretty shocking when we finally see her flip-side.
-->'''Cindy''': You're supposed to be nice! That's the only reason I'm going out with you in the first place!
* ClassRepresentative: For the young Republicans club.
* DerailingLoveInterests: ''Prior'' to dating Sam, she only comes across as perfectly pleasant, just a little shallow and ditzy perhaps. Her character FaceHeelTurn into a bossy, controlling shrew is abrupt and surprising.
* GirlNextDoor: How she comes across ''prior'' to dating Sam.
* LustObject: For Sam.
* PomPomGirl: On the cheer squad, so it's a given, although it doesn't translate into having fun or winning people over in her personal life.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Justified, as it actually shows the downside of dating someone you barely know. Sam has to break up with her.
* StrawmanPolitical: When Sam starts dating Cindy and we find out just how rude and vapid she is, we also find out she's a staunch Republican.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. This previously unseen side of her personality emerges when she starts dating Sam.

!!Vicki Appleby [-([=JoAnna=] Garcia Swisher)-]

* AlphaBitch: Even Cindy notes that Vicki is "kinda bossy".
** HeelRealization: She becomes less frosty as the series progresses and in "Smooching and Mooching", she apologises to Bill when he calls her out for acting like a jerk while they're stuck in a closet playing "[[TenMinutesInTheCloset seven minutes in heaven]]". To make up for it, she proceeds to french the hell out of him.
* TheCheerleader
* GirlPosse: She's head-cheerleader and rules with an iron fist, it would seem. Although Cindy does admit that she finds her very rude and annoying.
* HairTriggerTemper: She's ''really'' irritable.
* PetTheDog: Shows genuine concern when Bill is in the hospital.
* LustObject: For Neal.

!!Todd Schellinger [-(Riley Smith)-]

* BigManOnCampus: Hero of the basketball team.
* ChickMagnet
* EightiesHair: He sports the "feathered" look.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Todd is blond and official Mr. NiceGuy.
* LovableJock: He's a genuinely nice guy.
-->'''Todd''': Hey man, gimme a high 5 for the big game!
* LustObject: For Cindy.
* MrFanservice: In-univserse and out (holy shit).
* NiceGuy
* RomanticFalseLead: His relationship with Cindy doesn't last more than an episode.

!!Gordon Crisp [-(Jerry Messing)-]

* BigFun: He shows an infectious enthusiasm for the Geeks favorite interests: sci-fi, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.
-->'''Harris''': The world loves a jolly fat guy.
* [[FatGirl Fat Guy]]
* GeekPhysiques: Of the clinically obese variety
* HiddenDepths: He's seen to be quite an intuitive, astute guy and offers Sam relationship advice about Cindy.
* NiceGuy: Once he's taken up by the Geeks, he's seen to be a very complimentary, constructive friend.
-->'''Gordon''': (When he learns Sam is finally dating Cindy) She's the one who's lucky - you're a catch!
* ThePigPen: He's not messy, but due to a medical condition (trimethylaminuria), he ''reeks''.
* SixthRanger: Joins the regular Geek posse about halfway through the series.

!!Harris Trinsky [-(Stephen Lea Sheppard)-]

* AllPowerfulBystander: Lampshaded in "Discos and Dragons", where he plays the DungeonMaster in the Geeks' Dungeons and Dragons game.
* CoolLoser
* MentorArchetype: Very much so to the Geeks (and occasionally Daniel), he provides sage counselling on a variety of topics.
-->'''Harris''': Get a woman laughing, you've got a woman loving.
* NerdsAreSexy: His girlfriend, Judith, finds him irresistible.
-->'''Judith:''' Oh ''Harris'', you're so ''bad!'' ''(giggles)''
* OlderAndWiser: Than the Geeks, despite being only one year older.
-->'''Harris''': *sigh* You're so young.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: He has no compunction about strutting around in the locker room naked, much to Sam's discomfort.
* TheSmartGuy
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Even older students like Daniel have asked his advice on things.
* ZenSurvivor: To the Geeks - he actually ''survived'' freshman year!
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Lea_Sheppard "Harris"]] is also OneOfUs; he's a moderator on RPG.net, and a writer and editor for ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}.''

!!Alan White [-(Chauncey Leopardi)-]

* ArchEnemy: To Sam.
* TheBully: He picks on Sam and the rest of the Geeks mercilessly during the first half of the series.
* HeelFaceTurn: He does this briefly, but only after almost killing Bill by hiding a peanut in his sandwhich, to which he did not realise Bill was deathly allergic. A small amount of RedemptionRejection in that he does not take the Geeks up on their offer of friendship, though he's sincerely apologetic to Bill and is noticably nicer to them after this.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a vile little shit most of the time he's on-screen.
* JerkassFacade: In reality, he's an unhappy, lonely kid but can't bring himself to hang out with the Geeks, despite sharing the same interests (comic books and sci-fi).
** CreateYourOwnVillain: And as it turns out, he admits to Bill that he is angry because they left him out of their fun in the lower grades.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He really never meant to hurt Bill and is devastated when he finds out what he did.
* TheNapoleon: His short stature probably explains a lot.

!!Amy Edwards [-(Jessica Campbell)-]

* DeadpanSnarker: She can even out-snark Ken at his own game.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: She was born with both male and female sex organs, but is now physically purely female. This causes temporary {{Gayngst}} in Ken when she tells him in confidence.
* InSeriesNickname: "Tuba-girl" - she's in the school's marching band.
* LoveInterest: For Ken.
* TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason: She is understandibly hurt and furious when she finds out Ken has told Nick and Daniel her secret.
** EarnYourHappyEnding: All's well in the end - Ken later tells Amy he is sorry and he doesn't care. They are still together when the show ends.

!!Sara [-(Creator/LizzyCaplan)-]

* AscendedExtra: She's one of the show's recurring extras before her big spotlight in the finale.
* [[DiscoDan Disco Dawn]]: She loves it, despite the backlash against disco at the time.
-->'''Sara''': We're going to dress up like ABBA!
* FanGirl: She admits to having had a crush on Nick for years.
* GenkiGirl

!!Sean [-(Shaun Weiss)-]

* AscendedExtra: For one episode, in which he is the bass player in the Freaks (well Nick, Daniel and Ken's) band. And he is still a jerkass there.
* {{Jerkass}}: If he isn't being a jerk to Eli at the start of the series, he is being a prick to Sam, or Lindsay, or Millie. This guy is just a complete jerk.

!!Maureen Sampson [-(Creator/KaylaEwell)-]

* GirlNextDoor: Acessibly pretty, and lovely too.
* HelloNurse
* NewTransferStudent: Transfers from Florida due to her dad's work.
* OneOfTheBoys: The Geeks are instantly smitten with her when she reveals a similar sense of humour and a love of firing off bottle rockets.
* ReplacementLoveInterest: With Maureen on the scene, Sam (brilliantly) doesn't give Cindy a look in.

!!Eli [-(Ben Foster)-]

* AmbiguousDisorder: He's perhaps autistic, though it's never specified.
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' call him "retarded".
* ButtMonkey: He is mentally disabled and is subject to ridicule from some of the more {{jerkass}} students.
* FanBoy: He adores ''Series/ThreesCompany'' and will happily chat away to anyone about the show.
* SpeechImpediment: He emphasizes "sh" sounds - "Yesh pleashe!"

!!Karen Scarfoli [-(Creator/RashidaJones)-]

* TheBully: She takes particular exception to poor Sam, giving him the nickname "Pygmy Geek".
-->'''Karen''' (to Neal): What was that, Bilbo Baggins!?
* {{Jerkass}}
* TheLadette: A masculine, physically tough girl who is initially best friends the series' lead ladette, Kim Kelly.
* ReallyGetsAround: Even hitting on ''Daniel'', for which she (obviously) incurs Kim's wrath.

!!Shelley Weaver [-(Alexandra Breckenridge)-]

* AcademicAlphaBitch
* BreakTheHaughty: She freezes and embarrasses herself at a mathlete competition where Lindsay's brilliance wins the day.
* HolierThanThou: She's unbelievably prim and patronising.
--> '''Shelley''' (to Lindsay): I just don't know why you'd give up first block to hang around with freaks??
* TheRival: To Lindsay, when it comes to math.
* SmugSnake

!!Mark [-(Mark Allan Staubach)-]

* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Averted - he's friends with the Freak crowd, and serves as Nick's main go-to-guy for pot.
* TheDanza
* MessyHair: He sports a big curly mop of blond hair.
* TheStoner
** StonersAreFunny: He's a friendly, vaguely goofy kind of guy.

!!Eugene Seidelman [-(Ron Lester)-]

* FatBastard: He's literally spherical...and a bastard.
* GiantMook: He's one of the nastier elements at [=McKinley=], picking on Sam and Lindsay on occasion.
* {{Jerkass}}: So much so even teachers enjoy putting him in his place.
-->'''Kowchevski''': Siedelman knock it off! Why don't you pick on someone your own size - there's a bus in the parking lot.

!!Laurie [-(Samaire Armstrong)-]

* GranolaGirl: She's a flaky Deadhead, and befriends Lindsay in the series finale.
* HelloNurse
--> '''Ken''': The Grateful Dead: music sucks, the chicks are ''HOT!''



!!Coach Ben Fredericks [-(Creator/ThomasFWilson)-]

* [[DrillSergeantNasty Coach Nasty]]: He comes off like this to the Geeks, but he's actually a pretty nice guy once off the field.
** Even on the field he's a pretty decent person, just one who comes across as overly passionate about sports. When one of the Geeks does something well, he's either impressed or downright happy for them.
* JerkJock: Subversion. He actually turns out to be quite nice.
** LovableJock
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As seen when he risks losing his job to have a more frank discussion about sex with Sam after realizing that he's seen a pornographic movie.

!!Mr. Jeff Rosso [-(Dave "Gruber" Allen)-]

* AdultsAreUseless: Zig-zagged. He's genuinely sympathetic to the students and tries to help them out, but they aren't always receptive to his advice and his TotallyRadical attitude often irritates them.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gives this speech to Daniel before sending him to the AV club.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: For all his eccentricities, he's a genuinely good guidance counsellor and is usually right about the students' problems.
* CoolCar: "Boattail" Buick Riviera, circa 1971-73.
* CoolTeacher: Tries to be this and mostly fails spectacularly. But he's still pretty badass at times. He even plays in a rock band.
* CrazyPrepared: In the Halloween episode we find he keeps multiple jack-o'-lanterns on hand, in anticipation of their getting smashed in by pranksters.
* FirstNameBasis: In the pilot he tells Lindsay to call her "Jeff" when he's trying to gain her trust. She does so until the end of the episode, when he tells her that maybe she'd better start calling him "Mr. Rosso" again.
* HippieTeacher: He's this to a T, even if you ignore his long hair, general attitude and musician background. He mentions protesting the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar in his youth, has a [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter]]/Mondale poster in his office and is even deemed a "security risk" by the Secret Service when George Bush visits the school.
* HonorBeforeReason: He believes in what he is doing so much he doesn't even mind the admittedly crappy salary.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: As seen when (then) Vice President George Bush visits the school.
* MistakenForGay: By Ken at one point.
* NiceGuy: He may try too hard with his students at times, but there is absolutely no doubt he is genuinely looking out for them.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Although he appears foolish, he is quite intelligent and usually preempts the kids' problems.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: On occasion. Of the liberal persuasion, [[HippieTeacher naturally.]]
* PsychologistTeacher: He's the school guidance counselor.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TotallyRadical: In universe, his attempts to relate to the kids just reeks of this trope.
* WhenIWasYourAge: Relates to other students this way. Sometimes it works...mostly it doesn't.
-->'''Rosso''': I have herpes...

!!Mr. Frank Kowchevski [-(Steve Bannos)-]

* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Kowchevski''': Actually Lindsay, I think ''I'm'' the best person at math in this school...
* OnlySaneMan: So he thinks.
* PetTheDog: He gets a few sympathetic moments throughout the series, like when he stops a kid who bullies Neal about his ventriloquist dummy, but they're mostly incidental.
* SadistTeacher: A martinet who's more concerned with running an orderly classroom than connecting with students. It's especially evident in "Tests and Breasts" when he makes his contempt for Daniel abundantly clear, and shows no interest in Lindsay's offer to help tutor him.
* ShellShockedVeteran: When Rosso presses him on his unscrupulous methods for proving Daniel cheated on a test...
-->'''Kowchevski:''' ''Let me tell you something.'' I knew kids like Desario in Vietnam. Those were the kind of ''kids'' that got you killed.
* StraightGay: Seriously. Watch the deleted scenes on the DVD...all is revealed when he's called upon by Mr. Rosso to help out Ken with his {{Gayngst}}.

!!Mr. Casper [-(Ron Marasco)-]

* AmbiguouslyGay: He has an overtly camp manner.
* ApatheticTeacher: As seen with the despairing attitude he displays towards the pupils in his English Lit class.
-->'''Casper''': *sigh* Pearls before swine...
* BreakTheHaughty: He's pretty pompous, which makes him a prime target for back-chat from his pupils, such as when Lindsay ripped apart his attack on Kim by proving her opinion on Kerouac's ''On the Road'' book valid.
* SadistTeacher: He's a waspish, bitchy sort, and reserves particular venom for Daniel when he is trying to set up a projector for his class in "Discos and Dragons".

!!Mr. Fleck [-(Steve Higgins)-]

* CoolTeacher: Easily amongst the nicest of the teachers at [=McKinley=], he heads up the AV club that the Geeks enjoy thoroughly.
* MentorArchetype: To the Geeks - he's more like a friend than a teacher.
* SeenItAll: He reassures the Geeks on the high school hierarchy and how the lives will turn out for the jocks who bully them.
-->'''Fleck''': ...and yes, Mr. Jock who cleaned me out, I ''will'' have fries with that.

!!Miss Foote [-(Creator/LeslieMann)-]

* CoolTeacher: Like Mr. Fleck, she's ''far'' nicer than most of the [=McKinley=] staff. Even Alan shuts up after she gently chides him for teasing Bill in class.
* HotForTeacher: Bill is especially taken with her, and goes all dreamy-eyed during her history class in "Chokin' and Tokin".
* HotTeacher