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Olivia "Liv" Rooney

Liv Rooney, the former star of "Sing It Loud!"
Portrayed by Dove Cameron

Liv is the oldest kid of the four in the family, being the older one of the twins. She is a peppy, girly girl. Used to star in Sing It Loud, she is trying to adapt to a normal life.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Gets really close with Fang when she comes to help Liv with a role. They even lick each other's faces.
  • Attention Whore: Downplayed, Liv doesn't mind others having their moments in the spotlight, she just really loves fame and attention.
  • Cool Big Sis: Liv tries her best to do so to Parker in "Sleep-A-Rooney" but has trouble being one (due to her being away from him since he was 6) and later succeeds.
  • Ditzy Genius: Despite being bubbly, perky and fashion-obsessed, Liv is also very smart as revealed in the episode "Brain-A-Rooney".
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: The cool to Maddie's and Joey's loser.
  • The Fashionista: Maddie even directly called her that.
  • Former Child Star: More like semi-retired, as she's trying to get a role in a movie while living at home. She completely retired her acting career in Season 2 in favor of a singing career.
  • Genki Girl: Liv has an outgoing personality and she's usually very enthusiastic and talkative.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • It's All About Me: Sometimes. "Would it make you feel better about your injury if you heard about my horrible day?"
  • Rousing Speech: Liv delivers one online in Rate-A-Rooney, and follows it with Music for Courage.
  • She's Got Legs: Maddie too, obviously, but Liv is more prone to showing them off.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Maddie and Diggie.
  • Smarter Than You Look: In "Brain-A-Rooney", Liv shows that she is smarter than people think she is, by helping Joey and Artie win the brain olympics. See Ditzy Genius above.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Maddie. Last to her bandmates Andie and Willow.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice tends to get high-pitched from mid Season 1 onward.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Often in the early episodes, Liv (being an actress herself) would treat high school problems as if they could easily be solved using ideas from her TV shows and movies. Naturally, they often backfire with Liv not understanding that real teens don't act the same way as on TV.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Ever since Holden came back in her life, she developed feelings for him, but she gets prevented from having a relationship with him at every turn, or something unfortunate happens. In Prom-A-Rooney, Andie went to prom with Holden and started a relationship with him. In Triangle-A-Rooney, Holden broke up with Andie on television and confessed his feelings for Liv. It seemed Holden was within reach, only for Liv to realize she can't date Holden because due to circumstance (and because of the Girl Code), doing so would only hurt Andie more.
    • Andie and Dump Truck seem to be developing a relationship, so Liv might actually get a chance with Holden soon enough. Then, Andie finally gives Liv permission to seek Holden, and Liv asks Holden out. Then, Liv's chances are screwed over again because of a slew of problems: A sudden fan meet and greet (with a boy asking trivial questions regarding specifics on Voltage), then Parker asks Liv to place her hands in casting, but he paid no attention to the wait time (it was plaster that took 5-hours to dry, not minutes). But thankfully, Holden comes and at least he's convinced Liv wasn't trying to blow her off, and the date goes better than Liv imagined.

Madison "Maddie" Rooney

Maddie Rooney, Captain of the Ridgewood High girls basketball team.
Portrayed by Dove Cameron

Maddie is the 2nd kid of the family, being the younger one of the twins. She is an athletic Tomboy that likes to play basketball.
  • Academic Athlete: Straight A student and basketball star.
  • Adorkable: Sure she's usually tough and confident, but put her in a social situation (such as talking to her crush) and watch her flounder.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Despite being a tomboy she slips into this once, brought out her Liv mode.
  • Badass Bookworm: In her case, it comes with being an Academic Athlete.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Maddie cannot see well without her glasses, meanwhile Liv inverts it by not seeing well with Maddie's glasses. Maddie, however, had far fewer problems compared to Liv's situation.
  • Catchphrase: ''BAM! WHAT?!'' There are situations that the catchphrase go defensive or flat (BAM! What have I done?) but in most cases, it is big.
  • Competition Freak: Seriously feels the need to constantly one up people, can not stand being beaten and is severely overly competitive.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Parker.
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: The loser to Liv's cool. Subverted since she's cool in a special way.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is very close to her father, due to them both sharing traits and interests. They often work together on matters, particularly sports related ones.
  • Genius Bruiser: Maddie may not be as nerdy as Joey or as ridiculously smart as Parker, but she is a straight A student. As for the bruiser part, Maddie is very capable of intimidating Joey, Liv, and others, she's a very skilled contact sports player (Basketball and Softball), and she substituted as the teacher of Parker's karate class while the teacher was out.
  • Girliness Upgrade: As of Bro Cave-a-Rooney Maddie is under way Girliness Upgrade shifting from a more traditional tomboy look to a more feminine one. Obviously sharing a roof with the girly fashionista Liv Rooney made her taste of fashion rub off on her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Liv, she's usually kind and well-meaning.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Diggie: there is at least a foot between them.
  • Informed Ability: Maddie is supposedly the best player on her basketball team to the point that her being off the team because of an injury caused them to completely lose out on the championship. However in three seasons she or her team are never shown actually playing basketball, and everything involving the team - such as them actually winning winning the championship in Season 3 happens offscreen.
  • The Lad-ette: Maddie has her moments showing off the Ladette vibe, sans drinking and sex.
  • Lovable Jock: Female example.
  • Meganekko: She's a cute sporty girl who can't see without her glasses.
  • Never My Fault: She says she can't get a driver's license because the driving school discriminates against people who can't turn left.
  • Official Couple: With Diggie until they break up in "Fluggleball-A-Rooney".
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves basketball and even considers herself a jock.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She can be just as stunning as, if not more than Liv. Granted as they share an actress.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her standard hairstyle.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Liv.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has a hidden Liv mode, which Liv herself lampshades, complete with wild wacky fashion sense, once brought out by Liv with a pair of sparkly high heels.

Joseph "Joey" Rooney

Joey Rooney, the misunderstood ladies man, according to him.
Portrayed by Joey Bragg

Being the 3rd child of the family, Joey is a classical nerd. He has various nerdy interests and keeps his grades high. However he is socially awkward and is looked over even by his own family from time to time.
  • Adorkable
  • Ambiguously Bi: One wonders, when you look at the way he acts around both of the Smalls brothers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Not touched upon to often, but Joey is quite protective of his little brother. He really didn't take it well when he found out that a local jock was just using him to get girls attention.
  • Big Little Brother: Joey is significantly taller than Liv and Maddie despite being younger than them.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catch Phrase: "What. Is. Happening?"
  • Crazy-Prepared: Joey had to go to the girls' locker room to find Dump Truck's rabbit. Because of the reaction he'd get being guy going into a girls' locker room, he covers his eyes with his hand and shouts as loud as he can when he enters, that he's only looking for the rabbit. Said misunderstandings end up becoming the least of his concerns, and causes bigger problems for himself and Maddie. Likewise after ruining Maddie's chances of saying goodbye to Diggie, his first response is to put on body armour and not take it off till he was sure she had calmed down.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: On one occasion when his mother got him a smart suit to wear, his in-universe level of attraction dramatically increased.
  • Hollywood Nerd: It's even acknowledged on occasion he's not that bad looking. In "Repeat-A-Rooney" while helping pretend to be a Jock, Maddie's impressed to discover he's actually got reasonable toned muscles in his arms (which he attributes to having to carry all his fake medals on his role play uniform)
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the Basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Joey shows signs of this on occasion, feeling ignored compared to his older and younger siblings. See The Unfavourite.
  • Moment Killer: if there's a time that Diggie and Maddie wanted to be alone, Joey's right there to push his way in-between them - almost to the point of wondering if Joey's Ambiguously Bi.
  • Momma's Boy: Touched upon occasionally. Joey seems to be the closest of the Rooney children to their mother. Is generally portrayed as a positive and sweet thing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Joey going into the girls' locker room and avoiding looking like a "sneaky peaker" while searching for Dump Truck's rabbit, but loses control after he got startled and clumsily topples two sets of lockers blocking the exit doors and preventing Maddie from getting to Diggie on time.
  • Odd Friendship: With Diggie, though it's clear Joey does like Diggie more than he likes him and despite having practically nothing in common, the two do get along incredibly well. Joey especially likes Diggie and even goes as far as Man Hug him on several occasions.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Parker's Manly Man.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Is a member of the schools robotics club.
  • TV Genius: Lampshaded by Karen when she says that Joey is smart with math and science, but is incapable with everything else .
  • The Peeping Tom: In "Champ-A-Rooney", Joey needed to enter the girls' locker room...to retrieve Dump Truck's giant rabbit. As a result, Joey defies this trope by covering his eyes and shouting out loud as he enters. Turns out the only girl in the room was his sister Maddie, who ends up startling him and causes another chain of problems.
  • The Unfavourite: Joey sometimes feels this way.

Parker Rooney


Energetic little bro of the family, Parker is the resident prankster and troublemaker. He avoids chores, break rules and causes chaos.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • Bungling Inventor: His inventions usually end up backfiring.
    • He created a strong glue to fix his bike and other things when they break, it worked very well but only last for a few hours.
    • He mixed up his own copy of the beauty products his mother uses, the stuff worked just as well as the stuff Karen buys but has the strong side-effect of horrid hair growth wherever the mixture is applied.
  • Child Prodigy: He's good in robotics and apparently teaches three classes in middle school and has officially skipped grades to be in the same high school as his siblings.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Although not revealed to the audience, his middle name is so bad that it caused his best friend to start laughing at him, and he specifically made sure the audience never heard it.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. He is shown to be one of the best in his karate class and repeatedly created robots on his own. One episode have him moved up to be in the same Robotic Science class as his brother, Joey. He starts getting better at sports.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He likes Linda and Heather, even though it's a girls show. He didn't want anyone to know but it turns out two of his friends like the show. By the Season 2 finale, it's pretty much become an open secret among his family.
  • The Prankster
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Joey's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Of the cast he is the smallest, and he puts a lot of effort into his inventions, though they always go awry.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Apparently Parker has somehow stolen Joey's robotics talent as it's mentioned nearly Once an Episode.
  • Take Our Word for It: His middle name is just too embarrassing for the audience to hear.
  • Too Clever by Half: Parker is always confident he can make good inventions, but they end up failing terribly.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice got lower during mid Season 2 because of Tenzing going through puberty. His voice cracking was pretty noticeable.

Karen Rooney

Portrayed by Kali Rocha

Pete Rooney

Portrayed by Benjamin King

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Less so than his wife.
  • Big Man on Campus: Was this when he was in high school, and is still very popular with his peers, as shown when he attended a his high school reunion.
  • Demoted to Extra: He doesn't appear much in Season 3, due to a job as a college basketball coach.
  • Happily Married
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the Basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • Over Protective Dad: Especially towards Maddie. Diggie is near-terrified of him.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Well, it *is* the upper Midwest. He has a near passion for barbecuing, and it's implied he doesn't think very much of vegetarians.
    • On one occasion when forced to go on a meat free diet, he resorted to secretly eating massive amounts of take out then burying the bones so his wife wouldn't find out.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: With Karen.

Recurring Characters

Diggie Smalls

Portrayed by Ryan McCartan

Diggie is no classical jock. He has a sense of humor and is down-to-earth lust like everybody else, and he is the perfect match for our Maddie.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Diggie is an all around cheerful and friendly guy, who more or less gets along with almost everyone and is quite even tempered. However if you push him to far he'll push back, and he is big, strong and at the pinnacle of physical fitness (such that he's more than capable of giving wedgies). As Parker found out, you really don't want to get on his bad side.
  • The Ditz: He can't understand even simple messages. In Shoe-A-Rooney, he went to the fro-yo store without Maddie, because he thought her text message about having to cancel wasn't simple or specific enough. Worst of all, if someone mentions Maddie being involved, he'll easily believe it, which is how Parker was able to trick him.
  • Dumb Jock: He is nice to get along with, but he's not very bright. Diggie is not stupid, but he easily gets words mixed up, he needs clarification even for simple messages, and he is gullible enough that he easily falls for "Maddie tricks". This trait seems to diminish in later seasons, because in Season 3 he can easily tell Maddie from Liv, even when Maddie isn't wearing her glasses.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Maddie: he is at least a foot taller than her.
  • Lovable Jock: A popular basketball player, but still likable and not a Jerk Jock.
  • Nice Guy: Really Diggie's pretty sweet, the only people he doesn't get along with are those who are genuinely unpleasant and even then he normally keeps it to himself.
  • Odd Friendship: With Joey. Despite lacking nearly any similarities Diggie and Joey do get along very well, and are good friends.
  • Official Couple: With Maddie Until they broke up in Flugenball-A-Rooney.
  • Only One Name: Until "Frame-A-Rooney", which reveals that he's Artie's brother and thus his last name is Smalls.
  • Punny Name: His name is oddly close to Biggie Smalls
  • Put on a Bus: Goes to Australia at the beginning of Season 3.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Happens to him after he gets back from Tundrabania, his experiences have changed him, and opened him up to the great big world around him. Meaning tiny Steven's Point no longer interests him as it once did. As such he decides to leave again soon after getting back. Unfortunately this leads to him not considering Maddie's feelings, and the two of them breaking up.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: That is, if Diggie is his real name.

Willow Cruz

"I Heart Joey" — Mrs. Willow Rooney, Mrs. Willow Rooney, Mrs. Willow Rooney...
Portrayed by Jessica Marie Garcia


Portrayed by Cozi Zuehlsdorff

Artie Smalls

Portrayed by Jimmy Bellinger

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Liv, because he knew Maddie was dating his brother, so he figured he could have the other twin.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: A Rare Male Example. He always tries to be intellectually better than everyone.
  • Alpha Bitch: Again, a Rare Male Example. He has the characteristics befitting of one—huge ego, complete with a Boy Posse who worship him the same way a female Girl Posse would, and Artie thinks he's the most popular kid in school.
  • Always Someone Better: Is sometimes this to Joey.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Diggie is quite embarrassed to have Artie as a brother, because of Artie's annoying hobbies and habits.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Artie's excellent cooking, which was a point of competition for Maddie in "Cook-A-Rooney", becomes important again when Artie is asked to help Karen make a wonderful Christmas meal.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Easily sees through Liv's attempt to make Joey jealous by having Willow pretend to have fallen for him, and manipulates it so Liv is forced to date him herself to save Willow.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Artie is upset at Diggie going away too much.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Joey, at times. They even have worked together on occasion.
  • It's All About Me: The source of his and Joey's rivalry, its revealed they were once in a band together, however Artie's ego kept causing him to self promote till Joey broke it up.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Generally comes across as a comical rival to Joey, however on occasion Artie proves he really is quite bright, his display of Dangerously Genre Savvy even caused Liv to dub him an Evil Genius.
  • The Rival: To Joey.
  • Rivals Team Up: Sometimes, they will work together, because the one thing they have in common is their desire to win.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: For someone so smug and full of himself, he has a girl scream.
  • Supreme Chef: As revealed in "Cook-A-Rooney" he regularly gives Liv gourmet treats as a sign of affection and is top in his home economics class.
  • Stereotype Flip: While still a nerd, Artie acts much closer to a Gender Inverted Alpha Bitch, constantly mocking and belittling Joey, even complete with his own Boy Posse. He falls short of being a Jerk Jock, because he's very lazy and bad at sports.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Joey. He's also this to Maddie because she didn't pick him in her dodgeball team, and even blamed Maddie for breaking up with his brother.

Andie Gustamante

Portrayed by Victoria Moroles

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Andie has taken an interest in Dump Truck, the school's local troublemaker and vandal. She even wore Dump Truck's leather jacket in Ridgewood-A-Rooney.
  • The Blacksmith: Female example. Andie does a lot of metal and stoneworking as a hobby.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Andie just immediately dated Holden without consulting Liv, which became a source of drama for them.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Andie is the only girl in her family with five brothers.

Dump Truck/Marion Truckberg

Portrayed by Shak Ghacha

  • Affably Evil: He may be a troublemaker who is intimidating and has a fearsome reputation, but he's quite nice, sensitive and respectful to those who impress him, especially to Parker. Even when he threatens Joey, he's polite. He's also displayed a bit of a soft, romantic side in relation to Andie.
  • Berserk Button: Street magic, no questions asked. Also, don't lose his rabbit, because if you do, he can beat you up.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Played with. He has a pet rabbit, but it's a giant rabbit and he's very protective of it.
  • The Bully: Downplayed. The only person he ever bullies is Joey, and threatens to beat him up on a regular basis, but even his threats are polite.
  • Delinquent: Dump Truck gets in trouble with Kneebauer quite frequently. Dump Truck does try doing something legit in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney", by being a library book collector.
  • The Dreaded: Affably Evil aside, he has a reputation of being such towards geeks, who run in terror when they see him.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's all brute, street smart, but not book smart, and he doesn't understand physics terms.
  • Embarrassing First Name: His first name is "Marion". No wonder he game himself the nickname Dump Truck.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Believe it or not, he has strong standards and a code of honor. Dump Truck is a vandal, not a thief, and he wouldn't ride on someone's bike without their permission.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He was quite intimidating to Parker when they first met, but he came to respect Parker during detention, that he even went out of his way to invite Parker to an event of his.
  • Insistent Terminology: Dump Truck takes political correctness seriously, that he considers himself a "Shady American" as opposed to a dirtbag, and refers to Girls' Basketball as Basketball played by young women.
  • Not Me This Time: Dump Truck admitted to lots past vandalism in the school, but he didn't vandalize the mascot. However, he did take offense at the idea that he couldn't pull off something of that similar magnitude, so he decided to prove Maddie wrong.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Dump Truck first introduced himself as such to Parker when he was given detention. Despite having appeared on a very common basis since, his actual name has never been given and we only know his last name because his uncle is named Martucci Truckberg.
  • Scary Librarian: Well, scary library collector in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney", but close enough. He doesn't make the rules, but the fact that it's him warning people of the consequences of damaged or un-returned books makes him all the more scarier.

Todd Stetson

Portrayed by Josh Swickard

  • Appropriated Appellation: The term "Jerktourage" was made up by Willow is an insult to Todd's crew for their sexist ranking of the girl at school by their hotness. Todd later refers to his crew as the Jerktourage when they present him with a cake for his "absiversary" (the anniversary of him developing his washboard abs).
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he acts nice to anyone, its simply cause he's using them for his own gain.
  • It's All About Me: Is a vain egomaniac, who goes as far as throwing a party to celebrate his own abs.
  • Jerkass: At heart, Todd is honestly just a smug, unpleasant jerk.
  • Jerk Jock: Todd's really not a nice guy. He's just blatantly misogynistic against girls, and he even used Parker to impress other girls, and is completely full of himself. When Liv and a group of girls tried to stand up to him, he took it Up to Eleven by forcing Willow to conform, which ended up breaking the girls' spirits.
  • The Rival: Diggie makes it clear he absolutely hates Todd, stating that he annoys him (though it may have more to do with his personality than actual rivalry).

Josh Willcox

Portrayed by Lucas Adams

  • Audience Surrogate: In Season 3, Josh is one for the target audience, especially for those unfamiliar with what goes on in the show. In every episode he's appeared in, he's closest to those involved in the main plot, and asks questions about what goes on as he bears witness to the events. He eventually grows out of this role in mid-Season 3.
  • Adorkable: Especially when put into situations he's not familiar with, or when he's interacting with Maddie.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Josh is a new guy from Hollywood, who earned the part as Liv's costar, but he's quite unfamiliar with the oddness and quirkiness of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Then it's played with in that despite being from Hollywood, he's a newcomer within the actor/celebrity world. Josh has never been on the red carpet, nor is he familiar with what goes on there. He felt so unprepared to the point where he forgot to put on shoes.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Josh is deathly acrophobic.