This is the cast of characters from the Nickelodeon series iCarly.
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Portrayed by: Miranda CosgroveThe central protagonist and Straight Man to the constant shenanigans surrounding her, Carly is a relatively normal highschooler. At least, as normal as you can be when you're an Internet celebrity in a Dan Schneider TV series.
- A-Cup Angst: Early on but she's gotten curvier every day.
- All Women Are Prudes: Personified in a kid-friendly way with her overall naivete.
- This aspect of her character really fell away with constant random boyfriends Carly had in Season 5, to the point where she gets 'itchy' about not having kissed a guy in 4 months.
- Berserk Button:
- Do NOT tell her to calm down. It will whip her up and send her ranting about.
- If you're Spencer and her nerdy cousins are visiting for dinner, you better damn well be there!
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Sam's Veronica for Freddie's Archie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Never tell a girl to calm down!
- Bound and Gagged: "iSpeed Date".
- Brainy Brunette: Brown hair and a good student.
- Butt Monkey: She gets this treatment from time to time, especially Spencer. In Carly's case, it's dealing with stuff such as trying to promote a crappy shoe line and suffering through a bitchy teacher taking her heartbreak-induced rage out on her students. It's enough to make Carly a woobie.
- Character Title: The show is called "iCarly".
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Freddie in the final episode.
- Claustrophobia: Her time in the space program has made her develop this. She literally starts freaking out when she realizes that she, Sam, and Sam's mother were in a small room.
- The Cutie: She's almost always portrayed as being sweet, loving, naive, and innocent.
- Dude Magnet: It seems almost all the guys want Carly. Almost.
- Establishing Character Moment: Taking the blame for Sam to keep her from being expelled, then showing that she is the only person who can control Sam.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Missy, Sam and Shelby have all shown signs of being attracted to her in more than a "just friends" way
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Spencer's foolish.
- Genki Girl: With her loud and spastic nature and her Large Ham tendencies, she can be considered this.
- Girl Next Door: Cute and feminine but not overtly sexual, Freddie's known her for a long time, and they have the Childhood Friend Romance and Just Friends thing going on.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Kisses Freddie in the finale.
- Good Is Not Dumb: In general, but averted in iStill Psycho where her acceptance to go back in the Dershlits' house made the gang their prisoners once more, and then again when she believed Mr. Dershlit was even sane enough to let them go.
- The Heart: She mediates conflicts within the group between Sam and Freddie.
- The Heroine: She's the main protagonist.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sam.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager
- Just Friends: With Freddie.
- The Kirk: The 'choose between the McCoy and Spock' aspect of this trope comes directly into play in iDate Sam & Freddie where Carly is constantly put in the middle of Sam and Freddie's fights, until it overwhelms her and she tells them they shouldn't be dating unless they can fix their problems themselves.
- Large Ham: Especially when she is all hyped up.
- Little Miss Snarker: Not called the Sassmaster for nothing.
- Military Brat: Notable in that her father has been deployed so long that not only has he never been seen in-series, but nothing about their home's layout, decor, or location reflects a military background.
- Missing Mom: Her mom is never seen nor mentioned.
- Morality Pet: For Sam.
- Motor Mouth: Several times. In iDate a Bad Boy:Carly: Well, Wendy and I are trying to study, and Griffin kept turning up the music, so Wendy got frustrated and left. Then I told Griffin he's obnoxious and he said I shouldn't ruin his sense of humor and I said "Oh, really?" and he was telling me how immature I was and then I realized he's super cute. And he asked me if he liked music and I go "Who doesn't like music?" So then I turned on some music and we started talking and I realized he's sweet and smart and his lips were right there in front of me so I leaned over and I kissed him! And I don't kiss like (blathers her tongue), I KISS LIKE A PRINCESS!"
- Ms. Fanservice: Her dancing dress in iDream of Dance, being clad a bikini in the skit of iHatch Chicks, being in a sports bra and boxing shorts in iFight Shelby Marx, being bound and gagged by Sam in iSpeed Date, wearing a sleeveless blouse and skimpy shorts in iBeat the Heat... Much moreso with how she dresses during her dates and being stranded in a bathtub for most of an episode.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: As seen in iBloop, Miranda Cosgrove is really quite different than the sweet girl she portrays; on the contrary, Cosgrove is quite the hardass boss, at least toward Jerry Trainor as Spencer.
- Nice Girl: In contrast to Sam, she is always sweet and friendly.
- Out of Focus: The first half of the fifth season saw Carly actually becoming a supporting character, with the main focus being on Sam and Freddie's relationship. This ends up subverted when Sam and Freddie break up.
- Pungeon Master: Example, when discussing how their entire building has suffered the theft of all TV remotes:Other character: What kind of person would go around stealing tv remotes?Carly: A.. remote control freak.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Freddie cannot resist when Carly follows up a request or favor with a pouting "Please, for me?"
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Sam.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Spencer.
- Straight Man: Carly provides the setup for most of Spencer and Sam's general jokes. Her main comedic role is to deliver rejections to Dogged Nice Guy Freddie, who has a crush on her. Even so, half the time Sam delivers them instead.
- Team Mom: Mostly when it's the main trio and Spencer.
- Terrible Artist: Carly lacks skill in drawing.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sam's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: She has become dumber. While she was never Lisa Simpson, she was a good student at the very least, She complained about not getting a well-deserved A in a class. As well as being generally pretty smart, she also worked hard on her schooling to get her first ever straight a's. She was also much more book smart than Sam to the point where she was accepted into a private school that even Freddie wasn't. But now she seems just barely smart enough to live. This didn't happen all at once, but gradually over time, coming to a head in season 5. Like in the space episode, she can't pronounce claustrophobic, even though she is claustrophobic. In iQ she has to fake/cheat being intelligent to try and impress a guy when the old Carly would've have been able to at least hold the conversation easily.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As of Season 5, she has started randomly insulting people, telling off Spencer and being mean spirited.
- Tsundere: Type B.
- Vocal Evolution: Around late season 2/early season 3, Miranda's voice became softer and less whiny.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Carly does this to Sam in iKiss, when she explains to Sam how her exposing Freddie's secret has utterly ruined his reputation and made it impossible for him to leave his house without people making fun of him. Sam, at first, shrugs this off, until Carly makes her realize that she went too far, even for her.
- Women Are Wiser: Played straight with Spencer and reversed with Freddie. Also subverted with Sam since Sam is also a girl, albeit a more "guyish" one.
Samantha "Sam" Puckett
Portrayed by: Jennette McCurdyCarly's best friend and petite blonde co-host of the iCarly webshow. In this Power Trio, Sam very definitely takes on the "Brawn" side: she's aggressive, violent and eats everything. She has a very tenuous relationship with her mom, who was S He Who Must Not Be Seen until finally introduced in Season 4, played by none other than Jane Lynch
- Action Girl: She's quite athletic and willing to resort to violence to get her way.
- Ambiguously Bi: There are hints that Sam may be a closeted lesbian or bisexual. She seems interested in guys, but none of her boyfriends have lasted more than one episode, she admitted that she had never kissed a boy in "iKiss" (though she might have been lying to protect Freddie) she has an insane amount of Les Yay with Carly, and fits more than a few Butch Lesbian stereotypes.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Mentions Jews and Judaism frequently, has a fetishistic obsession with ham and bacon, uses Jewish inflections such as "oy" and mentioned having a Bat Mitzvah in one episode.
- Amicable Exes: With Freddie.
- Badass Adorable: A petite blonde who can kick anyone's butt.
- Berserk Button: Despite having an anger management therapist, she still has a lot.
- Never pick on Carly in front of her.
- Never play a prank on her, even just to "be even". Mama doesn't play to get even. Mama plays to win.
- If you offend Carly and she sends Sam to you, be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
- Better as Friends: With Freddie.
- Big Eater: One of her most prominent traits is her love for food, especially meat.
- Blondes Are Evil: She's easily the meanest of the main characters.
- Boobs of Steel: She is the strongest character known in the series and at the end of the series she has the biggest bust size by far.
- Book Dumb: She takes this trope so far that a realistic question can be asked of how she hasn't been expelled or held back. Again. She got held back already in the 3rd grade. Yet outside the school, she can scheme and plan.
- The Bully: She's a bad girl and everyone knows her reputation.
- Bully Hunter: If Carly is threatened she is willing to attack other bullies.
- Character Development: The writers and Jennette Mc Curdy herself knew that if Sam was going to end up being the lead in the Sam & Cat spin-off that Sam's behaviour needed to be 'toned down' in the last season to make it believable.
- Combat Pragmatist: Mama doesn't play to get even. Mama plays to win.
- Comedic Sociopathy: One of the main sources of humor within the show, most especially the abuse Freddie (and Gibby) suffer from Sam.
- Crazy-Prepared: Having spare blowtube guns tucked inside her socks.
- Cross-Cast Role: As the "Cowboy with a Mustache" with a deep, gruff voice, fake mustache and complete western attire.
- Cute Bruiser: She's widely acknowledged as the toughest kid in school, took down a bully twice her size and ripped the chain lock off the door when chasing Freddie in iKiss. She only failed to catch him because she was towing Gibby and didn't seem winded by it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Each of the main characters had their moments of snarkiness, but Sam is one of the harshest of the lot.
- Disappeared Dad: iParty With Victorious finally tells us her dad walked out on her, Melanie, and her mom.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- In retaliation for Freddie handcuffing her to Gibby, which was in turn all for the endless abuse she had given him, Sam reveals Freddie's embarassing secret, that he's never kissed a girl, to the world on the webshow.
- At some point offscreen, Sam asks Freddie what time it is and he didn't know. Sam's response? To take his NERD camp application and make it look like Freddie's a dirty whore, which gets him rejected. Plus, Carly begs him not to dump Sam over that because it was before they started dating.
- Gibby once stated that he asked Sam out to a dance and got his thumb broken in rejection.
- Domestic Abuser: iCan't Take It informs us that Sam is still hitting Freddie even though they are in a relationship. Carly says it's sweet because Sam no longer hits him in the face.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sam routinely abuses Freddie, punches him, bullies him and does things like hit him with tennis racquets and throw him out of tree houses.
- Establishing Character Moment: Beating up a nerd and shoving him into a locker.
- Everyone Has Standards: She is shown to be hostile to other bullies and when a friend of hers hit a nerd, just for being a nerd, she calls her out saying she only attacks people who deserves it i.e. annoying people.
- Evil Twin: Compared to her polite and mild mannered twin sister Melanie.
- Extreme Omnivore: "May contain meat." (beat) "Well, if it may..."
- Femininity Failure: In iMake Sam Girlier she did this to get a guy's attention, with Carly giving her help to embrace her "inner daffodil". She ends up fighting with another girl by the end of the episode. As it turns out, the guy was impressed and said he didn't want to date "some daffodil."
- Her tomboyish vibes from Season 1 evolved into various examples of extreme bullying, anti-social and sociopathic behaviour, like her running a child labour sweatshop in Season 4. After that season the writers knew they were going to have her continue in the Sam & Cat Spin-Off, and attempted to de-flanderize her. YMMV on how much that worked, but they have definitely toned her down for the actual Sam & Cat show.
- Her antagonism and fighting with Freddie was blown up in both iDate Sam & Freddie and iCan't Take It. While she has screwed with Freddie in the past, in iCan't Take It, she sabotages Freddie's science camp simply because he didn't know what time it was when she asked him.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Melanie's Responsible.
- Freudian Excuse: Her mother. However, her twin sister Melanie turned out the complete opposite of Sam despite having the same mother.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: For Freddie and Gibby and anyone else who might be friends with Carly, Sam is this. Because of Type 1 Seniority, Type 3 Fear and Type 7 Audience Popularity.
- Generation Xerox: She's exactly like her mother, Pam.
- Hates Small Talk: Especially with guys.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Pretty much anytime an incident goes from a regular run of the mill incident to something that threatens Carly.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Carly.
- Hidden Depths: She's a rapper. Rex Powers finds this out the hard way.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Implied thanks to her mom.
- Humiliation Conga: in iSpeed Date.
- Hypocrite: Openly reprimands Gibby for bringing a few fatcakes from Canada to U.S.A. (which is deemed illegal) wherein she has several belts hidden under her jacket strapped with several kilos of fatcakes.
- Informed Ability: The tie-in blogs of other characters (usually Freddie) have Sam 'hack' them and make reference to Sam's ability with technology.
- Irony: Her attempt to intentionally smuggle fatcakes from Canada caused her to hide in a mistaken trolley bag, unintentionally causing her to be smuggled into Asia instead.
- Improvised Weapon User: The butter sock.
- Jerkass: Definitely.
- Jerk Justifications: Type 3. That's just the way she is, and isn't going to change.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Towards Carly and sometimes even Freddie. She has her moments usually under Carly's influence.
- Karma Houdini: Rarely gets punished for how she abuses Freddie and everyone else that's not named Carly for that matter.
- Kick the Dog: Don't get us started with all the crap she pulls on Freddie.
- The Lad-ette: Sam is this minus the sex and drinking (maybe) because, well, it's a kid show (kinda).
- Little Miss Badass: Much stronger than she looks.
- Loving Bully: To Freddie.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Freddie's Feminine Boy.
- Master of Unlocking: Often shows up to avert a typical sit-com Zany Scheme.
- Male Gaze: Sam started to wear tighter clothes after Season 3, and with it her butt gets more camera shots. "iSaved Your Life" has a scene where Carly slaps Sam's butt as she leaves the room. Sam takes it fairly well though, giggling as they walk away.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Jennette McCurdy is nothing like the abrasive, tomboyish girl she plays, and is quite girly and a genuinely sweet person.
- Ms. Fanservice: As Jennette McCurdy grew up it enabled Sam to fulfill the trope without having to be girly. Her form-hugging shirts/pants from Season 3 onwards just show it.
- The McCoy: To Carly's Kirk and Freddie's Spock.
- Nightmare Fetishist: The "Neck Infection" video elicits a Two Girls, One Cup reaction from Carly, Freddie and Wendy, but she genuinely seems to get a kick out of it.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: See her Cute Bruiser and Big Guy entries, yet she is the smallest of the main cast, emphasis in the later seasons.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With her twin sister Melanie.
- Precocious Crush: In iGet Pranky, Sam admits she has a "little crush" on Spencer.
- Progressively Prettier: Starting in Season 4 after they stopped with the Suppressed Mammaries, and staying so during Season 5 with many of the outfits worn during the Seddie arc.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Regardless of how you feel about her, this trope can be pretty hard to ignore at times.
- Rapunzel Hair: "Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair!"
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Carly. At the very least.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: On the rare occasions that she dresses "girly".
- Stun Guns: She uses a shock pen in "iStill Psycho".
- Suppressed Mammaries: Started around Season 2. In Season 3 it was in full effect, with obvious strapping down and buried under multiple layers of Tomboyish clothes. In Season 4 they gave up and now Sam occasional wears clothes that show off her figure.
- Third-Person Person: Sometimes refers to herself as "Mama", especially when she's feeling angry or competitive — more than usual.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Sam was a bully from episode 1, but she takes level after level. A couple of her points include the episode she bashed Freddie with a tennis racquet and chucked him out of a treehouse for a differing opinion, and then later starting a basement sweatshop using elementary school kids to mass produce their Penny Tee Shirts.
- Token Evil Teammate: If the plot requires anything that isn't lawful, Sam will suggest it and carry it out.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Tomboy to Carly's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy to her sister Melanie's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Name: "Sam" is short for Samantha.
- Too Kinky to Torture: In iDate a Bad Boy, Sam recalls being tased as "actually kind of a rush" and seems to enjoy having her hand bitten by Carly.
- Tsundere: Type A. Heavy on the "tsun-tsun."
- Unstoppable Rage: Both Cute Bruiser examples happened while in this state.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Definitely.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: She won't mind turning her blouse into a stash of French fries.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Freddie.
- Weapon of Choice: Her butter sock.
- With Friends Like These...: With Freddie and Gibby.
Fredward "Freddie" Benson
Portrayed by: Nathan KressThe cameraman and general tech-support guy for iCarly, as well as Carly's other best friend. He is an all-around nice guy, along with growing up under the wing of his overbearing mother Marissa Benson.
- Amicable Exes: With Sam.
- Better as Friends: With Sam.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He sure can have a sadist side towards Sam and Nevel in separate episodes.
- Butt Monkey: He has a hopelessly unrequited crush on Carly, which she exploits for all it's worth in order to get him to do things he doesn't agree with. The first time he actually goes against what Carly wants (to do something he really likes), she insults him then tells his mother about it. The main source of his buttmonkeyness lies in Sam who endlessly insults, harasses, physically abuses him, humiliates him in front of other people at school and on the webcast, breaks his possessions and causes him constant problems. And then there's his monstrously overprotective mother. It's finally goes downhill again in Season 4.
- Captain Obvious
- Chick Magnet: Girls have been hitting on him in various episodes. He's even the focus of a blooming best friend Love Triangle.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Carly says in that episode that Freddie wanted Carly to be his girlfriend since the first time they met. That's probably anywhere near sixth grade (depending on when they first met). He was about 16 years old when he finally managed to get Carly, for a week before he Anchored Ship because he wasn't sure if it was real. She finally reciprocates in the final episode.
- The Chew Toy: Seriously, the amount of shit everyone gives toward him is tremendous.
- Cool Loser: Notable in that neither of his best friends are unpopular. Comes with being the Butt Monkey.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Dating What Mommy Hates, in her case. Mrs. Benson did not like Sam or Carly dating Freddie. She hated Carly for "causing" Freddie's accident and said that she should have gotten hit instead. A bit ironic when she initially wanted Carly to date Freddie and when she does, Mrs. Benson's furious. The she hated Sam because, well, she's a delinquent and bullied Freddie. There was an episode where she spent the entire time trying to break them up.
- Disappeared Dad
- Dogged Nice Guy: He has been trying to get Carly during 6 to 8 years.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Hearing his prepubescent voice in season 1.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe, when the trio go to Webicon, he's clearly far more popular than either girl. He gets mobbed by fangirls. Carly and Sam don't get anywhere near that level of attention, and most of the fan questions revolve around which of them is or should be dating Freddie. Oddly, when he's not the subject of shipping, everyone looks down on him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Showing up as the Dogged Nice Guy and minor Stalker with a Crush on Carly, by running out from spying on her through the peephole to pick up the bottle of water she dropped. iPilot also serves as an establishing character episode, as he is a Butt Monkey during the entire freaking episode and doesn't get a single thing go his way.
- Extreme Doormat: Though not always.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Starting from the second season, it gets to the point where it's annoying with the random phrases.
- He Is All Grown Up: Remember when Nathan Kress was scrawny and had a high voice? Where it was completely acceptable to think that in iPilot Freddie was two or three years younger than Carly (Kress was actually about six or seven months older than Miranda Cosgrove)? Yeah, those days are incredibly over.
Carly: When did you get so strong!?Freddie: The same time the voice got deeper!
- Lampshaded by Carly after she attempts to pin him down and he completely flips her on her back.
- Hollywood Nerd: Previously. Now is an example of Nerds Are Sexy.
- Hollywood Dateless: Averts both sides of the trope, by attracting regular girls on several occasions, but not being thought of by people (except Sam) as being completely inept. Valerie, Shannon, Rona, Leslie, Melanie, Carly, Magic Malika, Sabrina, the fangirls at Webicon, Patrice and Sam all show varying levels of interest in Freddie over the course of the series. He then dated Carly in iSaved Your Life and was in a temporary (four episode arc) relationship with Sam.
- Hopeless Suitor: towards Carly. Although he isn't so hopeless any more since Season 3.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In progress, as per the trope, it's played for laughs on the show. However, Mrs. Benson takes My Beloved Smother Up to Eleven, their relationship can be quite bizarre, and will likely result in memories on par with the likes of Jeff from Coupling.
- Informed Flaw: Freddie's general nerdiness. The second he hit puberty, it became harder to play those straight.
- Iron Butt Monkey
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Puts the brakes on his relationship with Carly, because he's unsure if he would be taking advantage of hero worship.
- Just Friends: With Carly.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Sam's Masculine Girl. Over time however, Freddie does step out of the "Feminine" part.
- Mr. Fanservice: As just himself. With all the girls that are attracted to him (named below in Hollywood Dateless), if he didn't want Carly, Freddie would be a full-on Kidanova.
- Nerds Are Sexy: They're really kicking up the Mr. Fanservice vibe by constantly having him in the short sleeve shirts that would immediately mark him as a nerd - if it wasn't obvious that he's been spending some decent time on the free weights.
- Nice Guy: Usually.
- No Respect Guy: He is often abused by Sam, manipulated by Carly, and oh yeah, humiliated in front of the whole school.
- Only Sane Man: Complete with volunteering for a Liz Lemon Job (almost exactly Liz Lemon's actual job, for that matter.)
- Pungeon Master
- Real Men Wear Pink: A red sock in the washing machine turned his white clothes pink from the alleged "Consuela's Revenge" curse.
- The Smart Guy: He's intelligent and good at anything that has to do with technology.
- The Spock: To Carly's Kirk and Sam's McCoy.
- Stalker with a Crush: Way back in Season 1. It's easy to forget that he once planned to be Carly's second husband after her first meets an unfortunate accident.
- Teen Genius: Subverted, he's really talented with technology but he is never shown to particular excel in school.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Season 2 he comes back with a noticeable voice drop, and in Season 3 he's strong enough to overpower Carly. In a Dan Schneider show, that says a lot.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As of Season 5, he has started dismissing Carly, ignoring her, blowing her off and generally treating her like shit.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sam.
- Vocal Evolution: Puberty caused Nathan Kress' voice to break between seasons 1 and 2.
- Will They or Won't They?: Has been a focus on the character, having dated both his female best friends throughout the show's run. Teased in the finale with Sam, but ultimately he ends up with his childhood crush Carly.
- With Friends Like These...: With Sam.
- You're Not My Father: To Lewbert.
Portrayed by: Jerry TrainorCarly's quirky older brother and legal guardian, as their parents are off doing Godknowswhat (Mr. Shay is explicitly in the armed forces, but that's all that's been said). He is a sculptor of some sort, but easily out-wacky-hijinxes the younger characters despite his more-advanced age.
- Alliterative Name: Spencer Shay
- Ambiguously Bi: Hinted at during "I Dream of Dance" when his dream mirror's Carly's of being surrounded by scantily clad men, and he also says, just like Carly, "I think I like it".
- Bad Liar: Spencer's flaw that is the subject of the B-plot in iRock The Vote.
- Berserk Button: Calling his butt flat will provoke this.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- Despite his rather aloof personality, he shows potential of being Carly's guardian, especially in "iWanna Stay With Spencer", when Carly and Spencer's grandfather claimed Spencer was an unfit guardian, and tries to take Carly. Upon leaving, Spencer stops them to give them Carly's inhaler, despite she's never had one in years, stating that asthma is tricky. This convinces their grandfather to let Carly stay with Spencer.
- In "iLook-a-Like", Spencer is shown in a much more mature demeanor, actually saying no to Carly for once when she asked to do iCarly at an MMA fight. When Carly demanded when Spencer become 'uncool', Spencer coldly retaliated by calling her out on 'acting a baby whenever she doesn't get what she wants'. In fact, he became highly pissed off when he discovered she actually sneaked out to see the fight.
- He even has brotherly feelings for Carly's friends. In "iFence", he spent most of the episode hanging out with Freddie at the fencing studio. Since Freddie only has his mother and his two female best friends to be with, it was especially meaningful to be with a guy for once.
- He has a more epic example of this in "iPear Store" when Trey, a presumably nerdy guy who works at the Pear Store, chases Carly around the apartment for a kiss, he promptly throws him out.
- Big Brother Mentor: Is arguably this for Freddie, who as mentioned above doesn't have any other male influence in his life. Whenever he isn't with Sam and/or Carly, Freddie's usually hanging out with Spencer to play games or get in on one of his many eccentric ideas.
- Buffy Speak
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite all his weirdness, he was able to pick up enough during his three days at law school (and the book on law he kept) to help the gang out of any legal mishap they get themselves in very effectively. It was even given quite a Shout-Out in iPromote Techfoots when he acted as the gang's lawyer and wore a bizarre necktie.
- Butt Monkey: He gets this treatment from time to time. In his case, hilarity often ensues, some incidents involving that bratty boy Chuck.
- Chick Magnet: With Sasha, Miss Ackerman, Mrs. Benson (in an alternate universe), an art teacher, Gibby's mom, a female juggler, an 80 year old man, the woman who inherited Galini's pie shop, and more.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Biggest one on the show.Spencer: Things haven't gotten better?Freddie: They've gotten the opposite of better.Spencer: So... worse?Freddie: (Stares at Spencer in disbelief) ...Uh-huh.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In one episode, he spent the entire episode thinking a character from Galaxy Wars was going to show up and give him a hug, he was right.
- Epic Fail: His Running Gag is that the mundane objects he fixes, sculpts, or (at the very least) touches become extremely prone to bursting into flames, bypassing any form of scientific logic. He even lampshades the more outlandish ones. This trait of his was Deconstructed by being Played for Drama in iGot A Hot Room when a lamp that Spencer gives to Carly bursts into flames, destroying her room. iChristmas did the same from, but from Carly's perspective.
- Establishing Character Moment: Hanging upside down from the ceiling to photograph his bottle bot.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Carly's responsible. Although occasionally subverted whenever Carly does something too dangerous.
- Fun Personified: His ex-girlfriend Veronica describes him best: "I thought he was crazy and... too loud. But Spencer is a creative, fun spirit."
- Handsome Lech
- Heroic BSOD: This happened to him when he realized how dangerous pranking can be.
- Large Ham
- Keet: A very loud and energetic Man Child.
- Man Child: He is a sculptor for a living, often making whimsical and sometimes weird sculptures that usually end up catching on fire or exploding before being perfected. He loves light-up socks, has a pet goldfish (that he often forgets to feed, resulting in another pet goldfish), and once went to law school for three days. Carly even calls him a "manchild" in iLove You and he calls himself one in the series finale.
- Military Brat: Notable in that his father has been deployed so long that not only has he never been seen in-series, but nothing about their home's layout, decor, or location reflects a military background.
- Missing Mom: His mom is never seen nor mentioned.
- Motor Mouth: Like Carly he can deliver long and impressive tongue-twisting dialogues.
- One of Us: Referenced in-universe. Like the actor himself, Spencer plays a World of Warcraft Expy as seen in iStart A Fan War.
- Papa Wolf: Kicks a guy out of their apartment after he chases Carly for a kiss she does not want.
- The Pornomancer: Scores with every woman on the show older than 18, and younger than Mrs. Benson. Also scored with Mrs. Benson in the Christmas Episode. And a 80 year old guy whilst Spencer was pretending to be a busty old woman. In Locker 239 he may have had a girl in his room at the start of the episode, and then scored with the art teacher at the end of that episode.
- Promotion to Parent: To Carly, in the Back Story.
- Pungeon Master
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Carly.
- Smarter Than You Look: Even though he dropped out of law school, Spencer is still highly intelligent. It's worth noting that he didn't drop out because he was a poor student, but because he didn't want to become a lawyer, and has proven to be very competent legal advice all the same. See Bunny-Ears Lawyer above
- The Stoner
- Team Dad: Being the only adult in the main cast, he is this to Carly and her friends.
- Wacky Guy
- Walking Tech Bane: He has had this joke used on him in a number of episodes in which many things - even things that don't have an ignition source or don't even use electricity (one example being a drum set) - spontaneously combust. At one point, after putting out a fire with a liquid, the liquid caught on fire. He was unaware as to how, exactly, that could occur.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He has no qualms admitting he wears a size 10 dress, to the point having a Disguised in Drag subplot.
- He even poses as Pam Puckett in iLost My Mind to break Sam out of the mental hospital.
Orenthal Cornelius "Gibby" Gibson
Portrayed by: Noah MunckAppearing as a minor character when the series began, Gibby is among the main trio's friend and schoolmate and a frequent Butt Monkey guest in the webshow. As the show progressed, he was slowly developed to be one of the gang's most loyal friends and a usual sidekick to Carly's eccentric big brother Spencer.
- Alliterative Name: Averted, because Gibby is just a nickname.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this of epically in iPsycho to save the gang from the Ax-Crazy fangirl Nora.
- Big Fun
- The Big Guy
- Breakout Character: From a planned one-time appearance to his own Spin-Off (although unlike the one with Sam above, this turned out to be more What Could Have Been as the pilot didn't sell).
- "I love that!"
- Chick Magnet: Manages to get cute girlfriends like Tasha and Patrice.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Gibby handles himself rather well during iPsycho in a fight against the crazed fangirl Nora, and had the upper hand until Sam stepped in to finish Nora off.
- Embarrassing First Name
- Fat Best Friend
- Fat Idiot: Although he gets better when he's promoted to a regular in Season 4.
- Fan Disservice: Upon shirt removal—though viewers find it quite funny though.
- Iron Butt Monkey
- Kavorka Man: See Chick Magnet.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When he confirms that Nora had captured his best friends, his action is to go from Cloudcuckoolander to busting down her locked door and engaging her in a brawl throughout her house. Just when it looks like Nora's defeated Gibby, he takes off his shirt. Cue triumphant music.
- Pokémon Speak: He says his name pretty often.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Season 4.
- Running Gag: Alternates from being shirtless or slow-witted during the first few seasons. When he became a main character, his shirtless scenes are ditched in favor of being unable to decipher a joke or a pun (which he averts by solving the gang's coded message by himself in iPsycho).
- Shirtless Scene: For some reason, the kid is fond of taking his shirt off, prompting a reaction of Please Put Some Clothes On.
- In iStill Psycho Gibby lampshades that he has been doing it less frequently.
- In iOpen A Restaurant he states he won't take his shirt off anymore unless it's without good reason like "to take a swim or a shower or whatever.."
- Stronger Than They Look: Don't be fooled by his chubby appearance. Gibby has been shown to have physical strength on par with Sam's, and is also a trained kick boxer.
- The Sixth Ranger: Made recurring appearances in the first three seasons, then joined the main cast.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: However, his real name is MUCH more embarrassing.
Portrayed by: Mary Scheer
- Badass: Whenever she decides to get dangerous, she WILL kick some ass.
- Big Damn Heroes: In iStill Psycho along with T-Bo.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demoted to Extra: Since Season 4 started, she has been used sparingly. It's possible that Gibby being promoted to the main cast is the reason for this.
- Dual Wielding: Fencing sabers.
- Again in iStill Psycho with scimitars!
- Uh.. check your swords. They're at best cutlasses or sabres. Just because they're curved doesn't mean they're automatically scimitars.
- Again in iStill Psycho with scimitars!
- Flanderization: In the first season, she fit the pattern of classic OCD; in the second, not so much.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: With Lewbert in one episode.
- Large Ham
- Mama Bear
- My Beloved Smother: Oh God...
- Parent with New Paramour: She started dating Lewbert in one episode.
- Pet the Dog: In "iToe Fat Cakes", where she actually does make an attempt to help Carly out of the bathtub.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: In iStill Psycho:Mrs. Benson: You girls want a little taste of the Fencin' Bensons?!
- Retired Badass: Came briefly out of retirement in iFence.
- Rhymes on a Dime: She has a series of silly, and occasionally morbid rhymes to help her through her daily life.Mrs. Benson: You won't get respect if your back's not erect.Mrs. Benson: When temperatures get too high the elderly will start to die!Mrs. Benson: Wet and sticky is very icky. Sticky and wet makes Mommy upset.
- Safety Worst
- Super OCD / Neat Freak: Flits between these two Depending on the Writer.
Nevel Amadeus Papperman
Portrayed by: Reed Alexander
- Affably Evil: Lampshaded by Shelby Marx, who describes him as "polite but super creepy".
- Arch-Enemy: To Carly and her friends.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Big Bad: The closest thing the show has to an actual antagonist and almost every episode he appears in has him stirring up a conflict, usually for no other reason than fun or to make Carly miserable. He may be the most recurring threat, but in terms of scale, he doesn't quite match Nora Dershlit's.
- Breakout Villain: Doesn't appear all that much, yet is treated as close to a Designated Villain and Big Bad as this show can get. Word Of God even stated that his character is The Joker to Carly's Batman.
- Camp Straight
- Catch Phrase: "You'll rue this day! RUE IT!"
- Composite Character: Of Terry-Thomas' aristocratic characters Algernon Hawthorne from Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Sir Percy Ware-Armitage from Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, however, Nevel is much closer the latter, due to both characters' tendencies to sabotage the efforts of The Hero, but get backfired later on.
- The Cracker
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Despite being very young, he's obviously a pretty good computer tech or hacker or designer and such, and could probably make more money making websites if he didn't bother trying to shut down iCarly.com with various wacky schemes.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Carly refused to kiss him and stuck some food in his face. Therefore, he swore Carly would rue this day and he embarked on a campaign of revenge, which included fraud and cyberterrorism.
- One episode showed a video of him picking up the last jar of a particular brand of pickle in a store. As he's about to put it in his car, a little girl accidentally runs into him with a cart, causing him to drop the jar, which falls on the floor and breaks. He flips, screaming at the little girl and taking a lollipop she had out of her cart, then throws it on the ground, taunting her and screaming at her more as she's crying. The little SOB calls her mother an idiot. The numerous hateful comments the video receives about Nevel are well-deserved.
- Evil Is Hammy
- Hacker Cave: As Carly and Sam put it, Nevel's 'Nerd Cave'.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: In iPity the Nevel he has a Heel Realization. Although he goes back to his old ways at the end of the episode, showing even if he tries to redeem himself, he is always going to be like this.
- Humiliation Conga: Most of iPity The Nevel. However, he does come out the better for it, having a Heel Realization and performing a Heel-Face Turn in the end.
- If I Can't Have You: He tried to ruin Carly's webshow after she refused to kiss him during their first encounter.
- Never My Fault: His whole reason for wanting to ruin the webshow is because Carly refused to let him kiss her. He seems to blame her for this, despite the fact that she was obviously uninterested in him and initially saw him as someone who was going to help the show.
- Not Good with Rejection: The reason why he torments Carly and her family is because he made several advances on her and she responded by smearing tapenade on his face. Borders on If I Can't Have You and Crazy Jealous Guy.
- Sissy Villain
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
- Smug Snake
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Carly. It gets super creepy in one scene where he's shown to have setup a series of monitors looping close up shots of Carly from the webshow. The kid even wanted to kiss her a couple of times during the show.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: His bloodcurdling screams in iGive Away a Car and iFight Shelby Marx.
- Sympathy for the Devil: After hitting rock bottom on a viral video that disgraced himself, the iCarly gang of all people is the one he approached to ask help in restoring his good name. It doesn't last long though.
- What Have I Done: Has this reaction to his Heel Realization.
Portrayed by: Jeremy Rowley
- Butt Monkey
- Chew Toy
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: His ex-girlfriend was dangerously violent after the first two weeks. When she shows up again, she continues the abuse by cutting his hair against his will.
- Freudian Excuse: He had a Hilariously Abusive Childhood and an abusive girlfriend before he came to Seattle. It's understandable why he would be so bitter.
- I Have No Son
- Large Ham
- Stalker with a Crush: He was victim of one. He even had to jump off of a boat, swim ashore, and change his name just to get away from her. Needless to say, he was stressed out to the extreme when the iCarly trio invited her.
Portrayed by: Mary Ann Springer
Portrayed by: Ethan Munck
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Alliterative Name
- Big Brother Worship: He seemed to adore his older brother initially, but it seems like now they're getting on each other's nerves.
- Catch Phrase: "Happy Birthday!" Lampshaded in iDo when Gibby asks him if that's his catchphrase now.
- Cloudcuckoolander: "I'm hearing the voices!" in iStart a Fanwar.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Because he is Noah Munck's real life younger brother.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "Guppy" may be a nickname.
Principal Ted Franklin
Portrayed by: Tim Russ
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Cloudcuckoolander: Though suprisingly, he's one of the most sane teachers.
- One of the Kids: He likes to hang out with the iCarly crew, especially since his kids love their webshow.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In a school full of Sadist Teachers, he's very fair and kind.
- Token Minority: Russ was (for a while) the show's only black actor, a major recurring character as the school's principal.
Portrayed by: David St. James
- Child Hater
- Disproportionate Retribution: He gives Gibby triple detention for being "too Gibby" and his smart-ass replies.
- Evil Teacher
- Kick the Dog: He has a lot of them to count but torturing Gibby is by far the worst, despite Gibby knowing kickboxing.
- Your Cheating Heart: In “iHave My Principal”, he mentions that he has a wife but in “iTwins” Sam explains he’s in a relationship with Ms. Briggs. Same also brought the fact his wife hates him in “iGot Detention”.
Portrayed by: Ryan Ochoa
- Alliterative Name
- Big Brother Instinct: Inverted with his little brother Chip, who decides to take revenge on Spencer by screwing with him and screwing with Carly as a form of poetic justice: since Chuck messed with Spencer, as Chuck's younger sibling Chip will screw with Spencer's younger sibling Carly.
- Creepy Child
- Deliberately Cute Child: Acts this way to Carly in iTwins before she finds out the truth about him from Spencer.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Although when his father does realize he's acting like a sociopath he promptly grounds him for it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He was breaking a building rule by playing raquetball in the lobby, and Spencer couldn't get him to stop, so he told Chuck's dad, who grounded him for 2 days. Chuck got revenge... By keeping Spencer locked up in a storage cage in the basement (and squirting him with a "suspicious liquid"). And then he's perfectly willing to beat the crap out of Spencer. All for a 2-day grounding over something he wasn't supposed to be doing in the first place.
- Chuck: If I can't watch TV, then NOBODY CAN!
- Enfant Terrible
- Never My Fault: Despite having clearly been in the wrong about the whole "tennis in the lobby" situation, he makes a personal enemy of Spencer as though he'd decided to get him grounded for the hell of it.
- Put on a Bus: His father finally had him sent to military school.
- Running Gag: Being grounded by his father.
- The Sociopath: He has no regard for rules and is devious as they come especially when it comes to tormenting Spencer.
Amanda "Mandy" Valdez
Portrayed by: Aria Wallace
Portrayed by: BooG!e
- Big Damn Heroes: In iStill Psycho alongside Mrs. Benson.
- Characterization Marches On: Remember his first appearance on iDate a Bad Boy? You know, the one where he coaxed Spencer into buying bagels by calling him a jerk?
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Helps Mrs. Benson pull a Big Damn Heroes to save the iCarly gang from the insane Dershlit family, beating up Mr. Dershlit singlehandedly.
- Embarrassing First Name: His full name is Terrance Jeter Bo.
- Recurring Extra
- Running Gag: Trying to sell food off a stick.
Portrayed by: Danielle Morrow
- Ax-Crazy: Lampshaded in-universe. She is completely insane, and at one point is wielding an ax.
- As shocking as it sounds, she's worse in iStill Psycho.
- Batman Gambit: In iStill Psycho especially. Her plan depended on so many things- the iCarlys forgiving her and agreeing to go to her house, the judge paroling her, Spencer picking them up and needing to use the bathroom, etc.
- Berserk Button: God help you if you besmirch the name of Maurice, her pet chicken.
- Big Bad: Of the 'Psycho Specials'.
- Comically Missing the Point: She fails to realize any metaphor of insanity directed at her. But she's well aware of her insanity in iStill Psycho, she just doesn't care.
- Dark Action Girl: While she's not all that attractive, she's no slouch when it comes to fighting and engages Gibby in a rather brutal fight and holds her own.
- Depraved Bisexual: Kisses a girl at her sweet 16 party while she also has a MAJOR crush on Freddie.
- The Dreaded: By the time Sam & Cat rolls around, even Sam is afraid of her.
- Face-Heel Turn: While technically starting as a Woobie fan, she later turned into the episode's deranged Big Bad.
- Freudian Excuse: She has no friends, her parents left her alone on her birthday (apparently something she's used to happening), and she's had a pretty horrible life. Though this isn't nearly enough to justify her actions in iStill Psycho and it turns out her family is just as psychotic as she is.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Is a lonely girl with only her chicken to talk to... so she decides to kidnap the iCarly crew under the delusion that they're her friends.
- Insistent Terminology: Nora despises any other words to describe her insanity. She prefers being called a "disturbed, lonely sociopath".
- In the Blood: iStill Psycho reveals that her parents are just as Ax-Crazy as she is.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Kidnaps Spenser and traps him in her basement on a giant wheel, spinning him if the iCarly gang does anything she doesn't agree with. She even threatens to kill him if they go too far.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike most villains in the show, she's treated as a dangerous lunatic In-Universe and whenever she shows up, there's little doubt the iCarly gang are going to be in serious danger.
- Laughably Evil: She may be a deranged sociopath, but she's still over-the-top, goofy, and talks to a chicken.
- Loony Fan: Her obsession with iCarly makes Mandy look sane by compairson.
- The Mad Hatter: In iStill Psycho she's perfectly aware of how insane she is.
- Manipulative Bitch: In both of her appearences, she plays up her Freudian Excuse to trick the iCarly gang to do as she wants them to, not revealing her true motivations until they're already in her trap.
- Never My Fault: Blames the iCarly gang for "ruining" her birthday party, when it was her own fault for kidnapping them in the first place.
- The Sociopath: She's even refered to as one In-Universe. She even admits it herself.Carly: Nora... You're a nutcase!Nora: The correct term is disturbed, lonely sociopath.
- Villainous Breakdown: Between appearences, she got a lot crazier as a result of being locked up in prison. She also begins to lose it quite a bit towards the end of iStill Psycho.
- Yandere: A non-romantic version towards the iCarly crew. She will do whatever it takes to keep them in her house and make sure they never leave. She's so delusional that she considers them like her angels.
Portrayed by: Jennette McCurdy
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Sam's Foolish
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sam's polar opposite, so naturally she falls into this trope.
- Nice Girl: Unlike Sam she isn't aggressive in the slightest, and is kind to everyone.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Sam.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Sam's Tomboy.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Inverted. While Melanie is the Girly Girl to Sam's Tomboy, she usually wears her hair in a ponytail while Sam wears her hair down.
Portrayed by: Jane Lynch
- Abusive Parent: Seems to be this to Sam.
- Alliterative Name
- Cerebus Retcon: The previous 'wacky' behaviour Sam talks about is retconned into something serious and Played for Drama when she shows up in her episode iSam's Mom.
- Chaotic Stupid
- Deadpan Snarker
- Foil: Pam is rather verbally abusive, a stark contrast to Freddie's Beloved Smother.
- Generation Xerox: She and Sam are exactly alike.
- Really Gets Around
- Too Dumb to Live: The woman drove her car after getting eyedrops that distorted her vision, causing her to crash through a wall. This action was a nod to Drake & Josh, where Josh's boss, Helen, does the same thing. Sam and Melanie were born on a bus because she took one while having labor pains instead of calling a cab.
- The Unseen: Spent 3 and a bit seasons as one, before being revealed in the episode iSam's Mom.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Keeps lipstick in her bra.
Portrayed by: Victoria Justice
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Gay: While nothing about Shelby's sexuality is hinted at, she does have a few Les Yay moments with Carly and fits a few Butch Lesbian stereotypes.
- Berserk Button: Don't attack her grandmother. She won't hold back on you if you do.
- Cute Bruiser
- Even the Girls Want Her
- Identical Stranger: Victoria portrayed her before going on to star in her own show that has since crossed over with this one. Lampshaded by Freddie though he also stated that Tori was hotter than Shelby.