"I'm all for integration! It's the new frontier!"A chubby girl who's a fan of big hairstyles and The Corny Collins Show. She also loves to dance. Played by Rikki Lake in the 1998 movie, Marissa Jaret Winokur in the musical, and Nikki Blonsky in the 2007 movie.
"Link, your pork is ready!"Tracy's overweight mother, who can be a bit emotional at times. Played by John Travolta in the 2007 movie.
"Honey, it took me five years to figure out you were flirting!"Tracy's father. A prank shop owner. Played by Christopher Walkin.
"Plastic little spastic."Tracy's best friend. Played by Amanda Bynes.
"I think knowing you is the start of a pretty big adventure."Amber's boyfriend and the lead male dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Played by Zac Effron.
Amber Von Tussle
"Right now, as we speak, your daughter has entered a hotbed of moral... turpentine."An arrogant, snobbish dancer. She is also the daughter of Velma Von Tussle and the lead female dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Played by Brittany Snow
Velma Von Tussle
"They're kids, Corny; That's why we have to steer them in the white direction."The racist and weightist manager of the WYZT station. The mother of Amber Von tussle. Her goal is the keep the Corny Collins show segregated. Played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
"Tell me, Velma, how exactly do you fire Corny Collins from the Corny Collins show?"The host of the Corny Collins Show. Played by James Marsden.
"You see? You see! If I let you leave the house right now, you'd be in prison, fighting whores for cigarettes."Penny's overbearing, strict, and racist mother, who is also highly religious. Played by Allyson Janney.
"If we get any more white people in here, this is gonna be a suburb."A Baltimore rhythm and blues radio DJ who hosts "Negro Day" on The Corny Collins Show. Played by Queen Latifah.
Seaweed J. Stubbs
"But these knots might, was your mom in the navy?!"Motormouth Maybelle's son and Penny's love interest. A skilled dancer on Negro Day. Played by Elijah Kelley.
"Oh I know you! You're Tracy Turnblad! Good for you girl, you got on the show!"Seaweed's little sister who is a skilled dancer for her age. Played by Taylor Parks.