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The Main Trio
- Portrayed by: Devon Werkheiser
"Mr. Wiener's the one who told me to start a school journal after I got stuck in the girl's bathroom. Eventually, it became the Guide."The Hero and a fairly nice average guy who gives people tips to survive school and often comes up with zany schemes to tackle his problems.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Small, charming, and extremely intelligent, treating his school survival guide with all of the seriousness of a doctoral dissertation.
- All-Loving Hero: Even though he has his jerk moments, Ned Bigby does not hate anybody, and he always gives advice to those in trouble, whether he or she is a student or a teacher. He hates letting people down so much that his bad habit in Guide to: Bad Habits was saying yes to everyone. This trope is Averted at times like when he was the Revenger in one episode, but at end of that same episode, he realizes that revenge is wrong.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Has trouble concentrating, which does get him in trouble sometimes (okay, a lot!) This is also why he had trouble focusing on his project in Guide to: Procrastination until three days before it was due.
- Badass Longcoat: As the Revenger.
- Book Dumb: Though he can get good grades when he's willing to put in the work. See Brilliant, but Lazy.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Guide to: Elections", Ned says "D'oh!" after Suzie Crabgrass offers him a free candy bar which says "Ned is a TOTAL LOSER / VOTE SUZIE!" (on the wrapper) and he gullibly accepts.note
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He does this all the time to deliver tips to the audience.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Lampshaded by Mr. Sweeney in Guide to: Science Fairs.Mr. Sweeney: Ned is smart but lazy, thus causing him to do poorly in science.
- Butt-Monkey: At times.
- Chick Magnet: Popular and pretty girls like Moze, Suzie and Missy were all interested in him at different times. And there's the "Huge Crew", a group of Abhorrent Admirers who stalk Ned.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Moze.
- Cool Loser: He's very friendly and open towards everyone and gives great tips, but his ranking on the popular list was 42, not high enough to be one of the popular kids.
- Cool Shades: As the Revenger.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards Cookie.
- Did Not Get the Girl: He ends up with Mose, not Suzie, by show's end.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Concerning Suzie in the first two seasons.
- The Everyman: He's a fairly average middle school student. He's not exceptional at anything (unlike Cookie, who excels at academics, and Moze, who excels at everything), and gets average to low grades.
- Genius Ditz: He may be Book Dumb, but he gives excellent tips.
- Has a Type: and when he described his type, as Cookie lampshades, he basically describes Moze.
- The Hero: His name is in the title.
- Ideal Hero: Despite being a middle-schooler, his moral compass is very strong. He's selfless to the point of being a pushover, scrupulously honest, and is extremely loyal to his friends. He's the more "realistic" version, however: as often as not, being as good as he is causes him a lot of grief.
- The Kirk: To Moze's The Spock and Cookie's The McCoy.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Moze's Masculine Girl. (One of two)
- Mistaken for Badass: In the first episode of the third season, he accidentally gains a reputation for being the toughest kid in school by, among other things, smacking Loomer when flinging his hands excitedly and accidentally punching kids in the face when trying to swat a fly away.
- Nice Guy: He's always willing to help by giving his famous Survival Guide tips. He's so willing to help out, in fact, that his bad habit in Guide to: Bad Habits was saying yes to everyone.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: The "Huge Crew" and Missy all vie for his affections.
- Odd Name Out: He is the only one of the main three who doesn't go by a nickname. Lampshaded in Guide to: Nicknames.
- Official Couple: With Moze.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Moze, arguably.
- The Protagonist: He's the one delivering all the tips and the one who can always break the fourth wall, unlike Moze and Cookie. (Moze can only break it on occasion, and Cookie acknowledged it a few times through use of the Aside Glance, but never broke it.)
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Other than his guide, he has very few distinguishing characteristics. Which is, of course, the point.
- Straight Man: Shares this role with Moze.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Initially he was the Tiny Guy to Moze's Huge Girl. He got taller though and in the last season they were the same height.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly with Moze, sometimes with Cookie.
Jennifer "Moze" Mosely
- Portrayed by: Lindsey Shaw
"Whenever I give you advice - and it's great advice, created by the superior girl mind - you ignore it and go to Gordy for a man-plan!"The sensible and snarky, as well as the aggressive, competitive and athletic, one of the main trio, who has the most common sense of the group and has never really been "one of the girls."
- Academic Athlete: She's captain of the volleyball team, holds many school athletic records (including the one for holding the most records), and is also a straight-A student.
- The Ace: She holds more athletic records than anyone else in Polk history, and is the star pupil of her woodshop class. She's also a straight-A student who's way ahead of her grade level in math and reading.
- Action Girl: She's one of the most athletic kids in school, making most of the boys look pretty pathetic in comparison.
- Badass Adorable: She's a lot stronger than she looks.
- Badbutt: She trash-talks, but, to keep her trash-talking within the bounds of a kid's show, half of what she says during her trash-talks in Guide to: Bad Habits are covered by the referee's whistle.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls one after finding out Ned and Cookie switched into her elective after she explained that she wanted to take an electice without them. She goes to the woodshop class, knowing that they're following her, then when they're trying to switch into that class, she goes to life science and switches to that class.
- The Big Girl: Moze is easily the strongest of the trio and, before Cookie hit his growth spurt, was the tallest as well. She's beaten Ned and Cookie up many times, shoved Ned against a locker during her "anger" phase of the Five Stages of Grief when she lost her backpack, beat Loomer up after he gave Ned a huge wedgie in the third grade and, more recently, flipped him in Guide to: Gym, was able to send Loomer and his posse running just by threatening to beat them up, and was able to beat all the boys on Polk's wrestling team in wrestling practice without breaking a sweat.
- Brainy Brunette: Has brown hair, gets very good grades, and has the most common sense of the group.
- Bully Hunter: On occasion.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ned.
- Closer to Earth: To most of the school, and especially to Ned and Cookie (though Ned's Only Sane Man role sometimes takes this role), although that isn't always saying much: she can be quite kooky and obsessive herself.
- Competition Freak: She's very aggressive and competitive, especially against Suzie Crabgrass, even after they become friends.
- Cool Loser: It's played with, Moze is not part of the popular crowd, in early episodes she struggles to make female friends, and mainly hangs out with Ned, Cookie or other not-so-cool kids, even if she has the looks, the attitude, athletic skills and even great grades. However, she's much more popular than she realizes; in the episode "Popularity" she finds out that she is in the Top 10 of a popularity list on the school's website, but she eventually finds the other "cool" students annoying and prefers hanging out with her old friends.
- Cute Bruiser: She may be cute looking but has absolutely no problem with beating the stuffing out of anyone who pisses her off.Moze: *to Loomer and his gang* If there were ever a time to beat someone up for no reason, it would be now.Loomer, Crony, and Buzz: *run away*
- Deadpan Snarker: Every other sentence she utters is sarcastic.
- Deuteragonist: Most of the episodes that don't focus on Ned will focus on her, and she has far more solo B-Plots than Cookie does.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She punches and beats up Ned and Cookie regularly. She sort of gets called out on her bullying ways in Guide to: Bullies, but she doesn't actually change anything or do anything about them after the episode.
- Dude Magnet: She has attracted the attention of many guys, such as Seth, Loomer, Faymen, Jock Goldman, and, of course, Ned. In one episode, she was tutoring a class of younger male students and of all of them were so smitten with her that they couldn't pay attention to her lesson.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Does this on occasion.
- First Girl Wins: Female protagonist and The Hero's best friend since childhood...they become an Official Couple in the last season.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Suzie, after befriending her.Moze: I don't think we're supposed to turn everything into a death match.Suzie: Yeah, I know. We've been kicked out of every club.Moze: (beat) I'm having fun!Suzie: Me, too!
- Genius Bruiser: Part of her The Ace status. She's the strongest and most athletic of the trio, and also a very smart girl.
- Genre Savvy: She's good at picking up on when Ned's plans are doomed to fail.
- Girl Next Door: She's been next-door neighbors with Ned for her whole life.
- Go-Getter Girl: She has all the drive and ambition that you'd expect from someone with her raw talent.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Just ask Ned and Cookie.
- Height Angst: She has a whole subplot dedicated to her being much taller than the other girls at school. This becomes meaningless later on in the series when the other characters get older.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens when she thought she hurt Coconut Head during a game of dodge ball. She didn't
- Huge Schoolgirl: Lampshaded in Guide to: Your Body, which dealt with her self-consciousness about her height. According to Lindsey Shaw's IMDb page in December 2007 she was 5'7" (170cm), two years after the episode was made.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her goal in the first two seasons is to get a best female friend.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moze is short-tempered, aggressive, and sarcastic, and she frequently insults Ned and Cookie, but she does care about them and is usually willing to help in whatever way she can.
- The Lancer: She's smart, competitive, and hard-working, unlike the lazy and laid-back Ned.
- Lovable Jock: Downplayed since, despite being the ace of several school teams, she's still considered a Cool Loser by the rest of the school. No less lovable, though.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Ned's and Cookie's Feminine Boy.
- Not So Above It All: She is typically the sanest one, but she has her moments of lapses in sanity and reason.
- Official Couple: With Ned.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Does this from time to time.
- One of the Boys: Her best friend is Ned, she hangs out mostly with Ned and Cookie, she doesn't have any actual female friends (until she eventually befriends Suzie), hates skirts (and had to be dared to wear a flowery dress), likes sports, couldn't care less about many girly things, such as boy bands and gossip, trash-talks during volleyball games (according to Coach Dirga, Moze gives some of the best (and worst) trash-talks she's ever heard), can and does beat people up, and is aggressively athletic and very competitive.Principal Pal: Hello, son. (shakes Moze's hand)Moze: I'm a girl.Pal: Not with that handshake, you're not.
- One Steve Limit: In-Universe. Ned gave her the nickname of Moze in Kindergarten because there were three Jennifers in the class.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted. While fans of the show always refer to her as Moze, all the characters in-universe, except Ned, Cookie and Gordy, usually call her Jennifer.
- Only Sane Woman: Shares this role with Ned, most of the time.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Naturally. She is the athlete of the group, after all.
- Sarcastic Devotee: She always has Ned's back, but she doesn't hesitate to snarkily point out flaws in his plans.
- Short Tank: Her standard outfit, suiting her athletic nature.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Seth Powers, the Dumb Jock, in season 1.
- Snark Knight: Though she's a lot more good natured about it than most examples.
- Sour Supporter: Sometimes.
- Spanner in the Works: She does tend to ruin things for Ned, MANY times, sometimes accidentally.
- The Spock: To Cookie's The McCoy and Ned's The Kirk.
- Straight Man: Shares this role with Ned.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's 5'7", has dark hair and tannish skin, and hoo boy is she snarky.
- Temporarily a Villain: Moze was an antagonist in "Procrastination."
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Initially the Huge Girl to Ned's Tiny Guy. Ned got taller though and in the last season they were the same height.
- Tomboy: Very much so, she's tough-as-nails, athletic, aggressive, One of the Boys and doesn't like dressing girly. She also loves woodshop.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Suzie's girly girl
- Tomboyish Name: "Moze" is not a very girly nickname.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She still has some girly interests, such as boys, shopping, and going to the spa, and she has a crush on the Big Man on Campus. Also, she may be One of the Boys but actually wants to find female friends.
- Tsundere: May qualify as a Type A.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She flings insults and punches at Ned and Cookie, but it's obvious she sees them as her closest friends.
- Women Are Wiser: She is the sensible one of the main trio, and is usually the voice of reason.
- You Go, Girl!: It's taken for granted that she can outplay and outrun any boy in the school. Anyone foolish enough to look down on her anyway is setting themselves up for a nasty fall.
Simon Nelson "Cookie" Cook
- Portrayed by: Daniel Curtis Lee
"I'll handle this. First of all, I'm a technical whiz. Also, you guys are useless on Mondays."The nerd of the group and a self-proclaimed cyborg who also gets caught up in wacky schemes, usually lacking even more in the common sense department than Ned.
- Adorkable: He is the graphic description of "Black and Nerdy": Socially awkward, clumsy and easygoing.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In-Universe, as "Simone"
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he lost his temper in Guide to: Dodgeball after Loomer's dodgeball damaged his videocamera helmet, he threw the dodgeball so hard it knocked Crony out. This, unfortunately, also allows Loomer to be able to turn him to the "dark side."Cookie: I'm sorry! I guess I just...lost my temper.Loomer: And how did it feel?Cookie: It felt...really good.
- Black and Nerdy: Super nerdy.
- Black Best Friend: To Ned and Moze.
- Butt-Monkey: Is subject to a lot of slapstick at his expense and his best friends frequently make fun of him (though it's generally good-natured teasing).
- The Chew Toy: Though he usually brings it on himself with his ridiculous schemes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's a bit eccentric and definitely the Wacky Guy in the main trio.
- Corrupt the Cutie: A mild example in Guide to: Dodgeball, when Loomer convinces him to give in to his anger and join the "dark side" of the dodgeball court. He gets better, though.Ned: Cookie, you're on Loomer's team?!Cookie: *in a robotic voice thanks to his helmet* The power of the dark side is strong.
- Nearly happened because of the influence of the Killer Bees in Guide to: Best Friends.
- Ditzy Genius: He is incredibly smart (his grades are so high that, in seventh grade, his teachers recommended he skip eighth grade), but he is severely lacking in common sense.
- Expy: Seems to be a reference to the infamous Steve Urkel.
- Extraverted Nerd: He thinks he's God's gift to the ladies.Cookie: I was handsome before, but now with my braces off, I'm gorgeous.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's always coming up with one crazy invention or another, from his glasses that have an operating system, to his Cram-master, to his Maxoskeleton that he made for the science fair.Vice Principal Crubbs: (while being held hostage by Cookie's Tunnel Bot) Cook! I should have known this evil robot belonged to you!
- The Heart: He's far more sensitive the either Ned or Moze, and usually mediates their arguments with each other.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Regarding his wanting to be a cheerleader.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He likes braiding hair, desperately wants to be a cheerleader, loves girly books, likes getting his nails done, got so attached to the baby doll he and Ned had to take care of in life science class that he took it home for the holidays so that it wouldn't feel lonely, and has worn skirts more often than Moze (though this is in part because Moze hates skirts).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tends to be self-centered and is almost constantly trying to find new ways to con others or avoid doing work, but he's a good guy at his core.
- Large Ham: At times, but it is a kid's show and he is only marginally worse than the others.
- Lovable Nerd: When he's not being insufferable, he's this.
- Mad Scientist: Has his moments.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Moze's Masculine Girl. (One of two)
- The McCoy: To Moze's The Spock and Ned's The Kirk.
- Nerd Glasses: Though he doesn't seem to need them to see, since he's been able to spend large parts of certain episodes without them with no adverse effects. He has them because they have an operating system inside, so he can use them as a computer.
- The Nicknamer: For one episode, "Guide to: Nicknames." He creates a nicknaming program that creates nicknames based on characteristics entered into it. Unfortunately, the nicknames the program creates are pretty hurtful...
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The only people who call him Simon are Lisa Zemo and some of the teachers.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Played With. He doesn't actually need his glasses to see, but he has them for use as a computer, since he programmed an operating system in them.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's some kind of mack daddy or super genius, worthy of the attention of a supermodel, when he's actually a pretty average (if admittedly brilliant) middle schooler.
- The Smart Guy: Though lacking in the common sense department, he is definitely very intelligent, having the highest grades in school and inventing many interesting gadgets. In terms of book-smarts, he is the smartest of the trio.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: His just so happen to be functional as well.
- Teen Genius: He could have skipped the eighth grade, and usually has the best grades in all of Polk Middle School.
- Token Minority Couple: His love interests were black (Vanessa), Hispanic (Lisa) and Asian (Evelyn).
- Tritagonist: He's the most out of focus of the three, and is usually paired up with Ned or Gordy.
- Portrayed by: Christian Serratos
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She dated Loomer, the school bully. True to this trope, she tries to reform him but he unintentionally won her over by being his normal bully self.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Often wears a necklace with an "S" charm.
- Commuting on a Bus: In season 3.
- Friendly Rivalry: To Moze, after befriending her. They are still very competitive, bringing out the best in each other.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She keeps a lot of stuffed animals in her locker.
- Gossipy Hens: She's the premiere source of gossip in the school. She grows out of it as time goes on.
- Hime Cut: She sported this in Season 1.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Towards Loomer. She sets about trying to reform him, making him more sensitive and forbidding him from bulling other kids.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: In the first season she was more of a shallow and conceited Alpha Bitch but starting in season 2, she appears to be a kinder, more likable person, even becoming one of Moze's best friends.
- The Rival: Moze's rival at everything.
- Romantic False Lead: To Ned, though mostly in the finale, the rest of the time she's treated like a legitimate love interest.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Moze's tomboy.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the finale. After Ned risks receiving a long list of punishments by sneaking on to the field trip he has been banned from just to spend the day with her, she shows almost no appreciation for this, and instead shows increasing disdain as he desperately tries to make the best out of a bad situation. By the end, she starts dating Loomer again without even bothering to break up with him first. She also seems to have distanced herself from Moze over the situation with Ned. This may have been done in order to make it even more clear that Ned and Moze are a better match.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After befriending Moze.
- Tsundere: She's sweet by default, but she's very, very devious when set to it. Moze in particular seems to bring this out of her.
- Portrayed by: Kyle Swann
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: A bully who writes poetry.
- The Bully: Though no one appears to be particularly afraid of him. By the end of the show people treat him more as a nuisance than a bully.
- Hidden Depths: He can sometimes be romantic and even poetic, especially towards Moze.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Moze.
- Jerkass: He and his minions enjoy picking on other students, especially Ned, Cookie, and Coconut Head.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his decent moments, and seems to really care about Moze.
- Last Name Basis: To the point where people are surprised to find out he has a first name.
- The Leader: Of his Gang of Bullies.
- Love Redeems: In a way. He changed so Moze would love him. It failed—he caught Suzie's eye instead.
- Meaningful Name: The Looming Bully. Incidentaly, it also sounds a lot like Billy Loomis.
- Portrayed by: Rachel Sibner
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Cookie in the first two seasons.
- Beautiful All Along: In season 3, she gets a complete makeover done, which draws in a lot of guys, including Cookie whom she had an unrequited crush on.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted as she said to Cookie and Evelyn in "Guide to Health and Jealousy" that she's not the jealousy type.
- Dude Magnet: In the third season, she suddenly gets a lot of attention from her male classmates, especially Cookie.
- Gasshole: Only for one episode, where she burped the alphabet for a talent show and was seen practicing her burping beforehand.
- Hollywood Nerd: A short, awkward, strangely dressed, Shrinking Violet, who inexplicably becomes hot when she gets contacts, finally deals with her sinus infection, and gets a new wardrobe.
- Meganekko: For the first two seasons, she wears large glasses and is pretty cute. In the third season, she's traded her glasses for contacts.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: She started off with braces, Nerd Glasses, and a perpetually stuffy nose. Subverted, however, because a season or two later she comes back looking less nerdy and on a new allergy medication. One episode has her temporarily revert to this, as she had allergies again and had to wear hypoallergenic clothing and glasses. This time without the curly hair and braces, though.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: With Cookie. She spends the first two seasons as Cookie's Abhorrent Admirer, but she gets a makeover in the next season and she's too popular with the other boys to pay much attention to him.
- Portrayed by: Alex Black
- Brainless Beauty: He's attractive, but really, really stupid. Later averted in the series finale when after he starts dating Evelyn Kwong he becomes smarter.
- Cloud CuckoolanderSeth: I had a hall pass, but I think I ate it.Seth: But reading is so important! It's like meat...for your brain.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He becomes one for Moze in "Guide To: Jealousy". He starts fighting Faymen over Moze's affections in ridiculous ways (jousting, wrestling in inflatable sumo outfits, etc.). Moze points out that his jealousy is uncalled for since he broke up with her eight months prior and he hadn't made any moves since then. Not to mention that Moze had been with Faymen for a while and he just found out about it.
- The Ditz: Seems to be be clueless about everything except basketball.
- Dumb Blonde: He can't read, he has issues with spelling simple words, and he always gets stuck on writing a poem because he can't figure out what rhymes with "orange."
- Dumb Jock: He's apparently pretty good at basketball, but he's got the IQ of one as well.
- Iconic Item: Is almost always seen with a basketball spinning on his finger
- "L" Is for "Dyslexia": It's implied that he's dyslexic.
- Lovable Jock: He's not mean at all, just incredibly dense.
- Popular Is Dumb: He's considered one of the cool kids.
- Pretty Boy: He's blonde and good-looking in a boyish way.
- Portrayed by: Carlie Casey
- Alliterative Name: Missy Meany.
- Alpha Bitch: She's the most popular girl in school, and also the meanest.
- Asshole Victim: Not murder, but still. Yes, what Ned did to her in Guide To: Revenge was mean, but admit it, you felt a bit satisfied watching her suffer (or, her idea of suffering) too.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To an extreme degree. In addition to giving us the page quote, she scares off any female except Moze who gets remotely close to Ned until he fakes dating Moze just to drive her off.Ned: Missy, I've found someone else.Missy: You're so cute when you say things that will get you and whoever you're talking about severely injured.
- Jerkass: Possibly the biggest one among the students - Loomer, at least, can be fairly chummy when he's not being a jerk. Missy's never shown being anything other than unpleasant.
- Mad Love: Towards Ned.Moze: If you don't like Missy, why don't you just tell her?Ned: Because reason doesn't work on crazy people!
- Manipulative Bitch: When Ned goes to her for advice on getting Suzie's attention, Missy does her best to ruin Ned so that he's unappealing to Suzie. It doesn't work.
- Meaningful Name: She's a mean girl.
- Rich Bitch: She's able to loan Ned and Cookie $50 (she apparently carries $50 bills in her wallet), and dated Loomer just to freak her parents out enough to send her to Paris for vacation.
- Stalker with a Crush: On Ned.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: There was a different Alpha Bitch named "Bitsy" in a couple episodes of Season 1. Missy took over in Season 2 and Bitsy vanished without a trace.
- Villainous Crush: Towards Ned in season 3, trying everything she can to separate him from Suzie.
- Portrayed by: Vinicius Machado
- Adaptational Nationality: In the Brazilian version he is Spanish, not Brazilian.
- Latin Lover: He's sexy and Brazilian. And that's about it.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a play on the words "fame and fortune".
- Punny Name: See "Meaningful Name".
- Put on a Bus: Went back to Brazil to play soccer.
- Romantic False Lead: To Moze.
- Portrayed by: Rob Pinkston
- Amazon Chaser: He apparently has a thing for the Huge Crew and thinks Ned is lucky to have them all over him. When Ned expresses surprise at this, Coconut Head just sums up this trope in a single sentence:"What can I say? I like tough girls!"
- Butt-Monkey: Poor kid just can't catch a break.
- The Chew Toy: By everyone and everything, starting from the first few seconds of the series.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Somewhat.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He has a haircut that makes it look like he has a carved coconut on his head. That's exactly why he got the name.
- No Name Given: Coconut Head is a nickname given to him by Loomer in the first episode. He's never called anything else.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Even the teachers call him "Coconut Head."
- Portrayed by: Tylor Chase
- Butt-Monkey: Everyone finds him annoying.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being unbelievably hyper, he lives a secret double life as a signature forger for hire
- Keet: The kid is unstoppable.
- Meaningful Name: A play on the words "smart 'n' squirrely", which he is indeed. Lampshaded in his first appearance, where Ned provides Martin as an example of a "smart 'n' squirrely" project partner.
- Motor Mouth: To the point where Ned can replace himself with a cardboard cutout and Martin will still go on for a couple hours. Often accompanied by a Leitmotif.
- Punny Name: See Meaningful Name
- Portrayed by: Kendre Berry
- Bag of Holding: His specialty.
- Beta Couple: To Lisa/Cookie and Ned/Moze with Claire.
- Black and Nerdy: To an extent.
- Butt-Monkey: To a much lesser extent than Coconut Head or Martin, but still quite a bit, thanks mostly to his oversized backpack.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": It even appears that way on the school rolls.
- Nice Guy: Very generous and helpful.
- No Name Given: He's called Backpack Boy in the first episode and it just kind of sticks.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Much like Coconut Head, even the teachers call him Backpack Boy.
- Out of Focus: He appears less after season 1 and only plays a minor supporting role in one episode of season 3, Guide to Revenge.
- Token Minority Couple: With Claire.
- Portrayed by: Brooke Marie Bridges
- Adorably Precocious Child: Has her moments.
- Ambulance Chaser: She works with her fellow middle schoolers and will work up lawsuits on anyone someone asks her to, no matter how ridiculous the case is.
- Beta Couple: With Backpack Boy
- Catchphrase: "Claire Sawyer, Future Lawyer."
- The Comically Serious: She really does think she's a lawyer. And it's hilarious.
- Out of Focus: By season 3, her appearances are greatly diminished, appearing only in Guide to Revenge and Guide to Extra Credit.
- Phrase Catcher: To her Catchphrase, people always reply with, "Claire. We've known you since pre-K."
- Running Gag: Whenever a character has a problem, she'll always appear, hand them a business card, and say her Catchphrase. Ironically the one time Ned deliberately called for her, she didn't appear right away. Ned had to actually shout her name for her to show up.
- The Stoic:Backpack Boy gives Claire a valentine.Claire (With no expression): This is funny.Backpack Boy: But you're not laughing.Claire (Mad): Yes, I am.
- Token Minority Couple: With Backpack Boy.
- Tsundere: Again, to Backpack Boy.
The Huge Crew
A group of bullies who stalk Ned.
- Abhorrent Admirers: To Ned.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Season 3. However, this is justified since they were older than Ned and probably went to high school.
- Gang of Bullies: The Distaff Counterpart to Loomer's crew. Interestingly enough, the two groups avoid each other, and it's implied that Loomer is actually scared of them.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Doris Trembley, the leader of the Huge Crew, appears in Season 2 Episode 9, Substitute Teachers, by herself, and exhibits none of her usual behavior, acting uncharacteristically neutral towards Ned. She even participates in a conversation with him, Cookie, Moze, and the substitute teacher Mr. Weiner, and acts rather calm and friendly.
- Stalker with a Crush: They are insanely obsessed with Ned.
- Terrible Trio: The trio consists of Doris and her two friends, Lakisha and Kati.
- Unwanted Harem: To Ned.
- Portrayed by: Michelle Kim
- Academic Alpha Bitch: She takes being the top student at Polk disturbingly seriously, to the extent that she'll physically injure you to get ahead.
- Asian and Nerdy: She is one of the smartest students at Polk.
- Ax-Crazy: She's borderline psychotic at times. Even the vice principal is scared of her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: With Cookie and later with Seth Powers.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She doesn't like seeing Cookie with another girl. In fact, she tackled a fake girl out of jealousy, unaware that Cookie was trying to invoke this trope with Lisa.
- Loving Bully: To Cookie.
- No Social Skills: She's a bit... forward with her feelings for Cookie. In "Boys", she tells Moze that she has no idea how to talk to boys.
- The Rival: Of Cookie, competing against him to be the smartest student at Polk.
- Stalker with a Crush: Again, on Cookie.
- Teen Genius: A middle-schooler capable of doing (what appears to be) abstract algebra.
- Tsundere: On a good day.Evelyn: *kisses Cookie after seeming to want to hurt him for kissing her* You drive me crazy.
A classmate with a farting problem.
- Portrayed by: Vincent Martella
The Oboe Twins
A pair of twin girls who play the oboe.
- Always Identical Twins: They are identical in every way.
- Creepy Twins: They're very nice, but are way, way too alike to not be this trope.
- Single-Minded Twins: To the extreme. They almost never do anything apart, and whenever they do, they immediately start copying the nearest person to replace their twin.
- Shrinking Violet: Both of them are very shy, and rarely talk to anyone but each other.
- Think Twins: They're among the smartest kids in school, even being part of Ned's math study group for a while.
- Portrayed by: Daran Norris
"You know, if I did my job once in a while, you wouldn't even need that [school beautification] squad."The school Day Janitor who helps the kids with their problems and is essentially a fourth member of the main trio.
- Almighty Janitor: He's far more well-connected than you'd expect of a simple janitor. He sometimes implies that he used to have a high-level position in the government.
- Breakout Character: His popularity is on par with the main cast, granting him a much bigger role from Season 2 onward.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted/inverted in "The New Kid," where another janitor competes for Gordy's position. Gordy keeps the job... not because of his competence (the other janitor was in fact a lot better), but because he was shown to care more about the students than his competition did.
- Catch-Phrase: "I'll let the night guy handle it"
- Dirty Old Man: Defied TropeCookie: So, do you think the new Lisa's hot?Gordy: Um...I can't answer that, due to the fact that I'm forty.
- Driven to Madness: Happens a number of times following his failed weasel-catching attempts.
- Man Child: He doesn't act his age, at least at school. There are some indications that he lives the life of a bachelor after hours.
- One of the Kids: He spends more time getting into zany schemes with Ned and Cookie than he does doing his job. To his credit, he won't do anything that will cause too much damage, but mostly because he'll have to clean it up.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
- Roadrunner Vs Coyote: With the weasel. Taken to the extreme in Guide to: Math, where Gordy uses techniques straight out of a Looney Tunes short (boulder slingshot, rocket skates) and even uses a sign for dialogue like Wile E. Coyote would.
- Portrayed by: Hamilton Mitchell
- Catch-Phrase: "Do [Insert action] or you're fired!" or just "You're fired!"
- Cool Shades: Spoofed in many ways, including by not limited to an over-the-top Glasses Pull.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's often boorish and rude, sometimes unreasonably so, but at the end of the day he does genuinely care about the students and sometimes even gives good advice to them.
- Large Ham: Most of the time he acts like he's starring in a soap opera.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Defied by Ned, Moze and Cookie. Dr. Wright gets promoted to principal instead.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Of all of the authority figures in Polk, he is far more uptight and by-the-book.
- Portrayed by: Don Creech
- Batman Gambit: In one episode when he was having a test coming up, he scolded Ned for his notebook and told him about the "Golden Notebook" that belonged to a former ace student, saying that if his was anything like it, he may have a chance of passing the test. Ned switched the notebook with a replica and aced the test. As he was putting it back, Sweeney caught Ned and revealed that it was him that wrote the notebook.Sweeney: I just made up that story because I learned a long time ago that some students need to be tricked in order to learn.
Ned: But why didn't you just loan it to me?
Sweeney: Because then it would've been just another boring assignment for you to ignore. (Ned nods in agreement) And you wouldn't have gotten an A on the test. And now, caramel covered apples with nuts to celebrate a job well-done.
- He has a villanous one in another episode. When the students were planning to do the "atomic flush" by flushing all the toilets in the school at once, therby hopping the entire school off the ground. Knowing that every single toilet would haveto be flushed, he boarded himself inside the teachers' lounge bathroom, ensuring that it wouldn't happen. Though he still helped accomplish it in the end.
- Big Bad: In some episodes, such as "Class Clown", "Detention", and "Daydreaming".
- Cool Old Guy: On a good day.
- Cool Shades: He keeps a spare in his pocket.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be mean, cranky and harsh but overall is a nice, caring teacher who just wants his students to succeed.
- Mad Scientist: In Ned's mind, anyway.
- Non-Giving-Up School Guy: While he may be a Jerkass, but he really want to do his job, be a teacher... that's it.
- Pet the Dog:
- He tutors Ned in science so that Ned can pass his final exam and avoid summer school. There's also the example from the Batman Gambit above; he successfully tricks Ned into actually studying for and acing his exam, and then offers him caramel cover apples to celebrate.
- In the finale, he catches Ned on the field trip and doesn't rat him out, and calls him one of his favorite students.
- Sadist Teacher: Appears to be this, and actually is sometimes, but all in all, is a good (if somewhat stern) teacher.
- Portrayed by: Meshach Taylor
- Portrayed by: Dave Florek
- Badass Grandpa: His job is easily the most dangerous in the school, and he does it without batting an eyelash. Even something like getting his entire arm caught in a lathe doesn't do much more than annoy him.
- Cool Old Guy: The most popular teacher in school by a significant degree, despite his...eccentricities.
- Theme Naming: He's the woodshop teacher.
- Portrayed by: Mo Collins
- Noodle Incident: She is terrified of people and no one knows why. She does imply that part of her isolation was a result of overloading her schedule and losing herself to stress. Whatever happened to her was so traumatic that she no longer leaves home. The most she does is communicate with people through a webcam.
- No Name Given: Never referred to as anything other than iTeacher.
- Sadist Teacher: At first, but it turns out it was a sort of Jerkass Fašade so she wouldn't be scared of her students from that year on. Ironically, it had the opposite effect until she loosened up.
- Portrayed by: Jim J. Bullock
- Alpha Bitch: Admits that he used to be a male version in his younger years in "Guide to: Bullies". As you can see, it didn't stick.Mr. Monroe: I ruled the hallways with my biting wit and vicious sarcasm!
- Ambiguously Gay: He's hyper-flamboyant and somewhat girly, but this is a kid's show, so his sexuality is never elaborated on. Not helped by the fact that his actor is openly gay in real life.
- Catchphrase: "Won't that be fun?"
- Cool Teacher: Tries to be this, and occasionally succeeds.
- Demoted to Extra: After Season 1, where he was a regular who seemed to fill the Reasonable Authority Figure role. He was apparently Put on a Bus in Season 2 (although it surprisingly wasn't mentioned at all), but this was lampshaded upon his brief return for a couple episodes of Season 3.
- Hidden Depths: In addition to being the Life Science teacher, he is also very good at basketball.
- Nice Guy: The nicest of all of the teachers. But he's far from a pushover.
Lunch Lady Rose
- Portrayed by: Loni Love
- Catchphrase: "It's in the BEANS."
- Cassandra Truth: Every prediction she makes comes true, no matter how ridiculous. She said Cookie would get creamed, mashed, and black eyed. At the end of the episode, he got all those types of things... but they were food instead.
- Cool Old Lady
- Fortune Teller: Using her lunch items as a medium to see the future. Or at least, she claims that she can.
- Sassy Black Woman
Principal Irving Pal
- Portrayed by: John Bliss
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's actually not a bad teacher or principal; he just retired from the latter due to his age.
- Cool Old Guy: All of the students and teachers love him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He seems to be going senile. However, some episodes imply that it's Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Expy: Of Dumbledore.
- Running Gag: He frequently mistakes Moze for a boy for some reason.
- Secret Test of Character: Acted as if he didn't know he was supposed to retire from being the principal so that Mr. Wright could learn to work up the courage to directly break out bad news to faculty members.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Apparently. When attacked by food during a food fight, he thinks he's in a war zone and acts accordingly.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Is formally retired from his position for an episode before becoming the history teacher.
The former history teacher. Retires later and is replaced by Principal Pal.
- Meaningful Name: She sleeps. A lot.
- Lazy Bum: Not only is she always sleeping, but when told to retire her first instinct is to shout "Thank Heavens! I'm outta here!" and bolt through the door.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: She sleeps through the entire day. It's not clear if it's because of her advanced age or just because she's lazy.
Coach Joy Dirga
The gym teacher, also in charge of a few of the sports at Polk Middle School.
- Cool Teacher: Despite her gruff exterior, she takes time out of her day to help Ned win a weight lifting contest.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: A lot of her lazier students bring out this behavior in her, but she has a nurturing side.
- Height Angst: Subverted. She's perfectly fine with her height. When she sees Moze and another girl argue about the former being tall, she tells them not to worry about their height.