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The Main Six
Theodore Jasper "T.J." Detweiler
Ross Malinger (Season one and first two episodes of season two), Andrew Lawrence (Season two to the end of the series), Myles Jeffrey (Direct-to-video movies), Axel Alba (Lilo & Stitch: The Series
crossover), Randy Crenshaw (Singing (Credits of movie only), Kouki Uchiyama
(Japanese dub, though Wasabi Mizuta voiced him in the first few episodes)
- 100% Adoration Rating: Just about everyone on the playground (Except Gordy) loves him.
- Accidental Hero: In the episode "The Shiner", T.J. gets a black eye and everyone thinks he did a heroic act to get it. However, he told everyone at the end of the episode why he got it, and that he was too embarrassed to tell: His parents put him in a youth group, and they had a square-dancing class, and during that, a girl accidentally punched him in the eye
- The Ace: In the early season one episodes
- Acrofatic: He's a more subtle example. While he's not "huge", he's definitely chubby, yet can pull off some awesome stunts.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Which is why he's adored in Japan.
- Adorkable: While not as much as Gretchen or Gus, his optimistic nature mixed with his ditzy moments and sweetness comes out as this. And in kindergarten, he was a Shrinking Violet.
- The All-American Boy
- All-Loving Hero
- Ambiguously Jewish: TJ has a nebbish father and an overprotective mother, and once played "Harvey Hanukkah" in the school holiday pageant.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In Becky's eyes.
- Art Evolution: In season one, he was a lot chubbier (and more so in the more Off Model episodes of the season) and had highlights in his eyes, which were gone by season two for unknown reasons (either because he was the only character that had them and it looked weird, or because the artists forgot to draw them 50% of the time anyway so they were removed)
- In later episodes, he looks a bit different. He's taller, not as chubby, and his eyes are bigger.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal
- Berserk Button: Four words: Don't. Mess. With. Recess.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Gus (Despite being the same age)
- Big Eater: While it isn't shown on-screen, "The Great State Fair" and "Omega Kids" hints that he can be one, and this was also hinted in some print material.
- Big Fun: He's not "huge", but he's a bit plump. As for "fun", you'd best believe it
- Big Man on Campus: Oh, yes. He's cool, street-smart, somewhat athletic, and rather cute.
- Book Dumb: He got a C- on a book report because he used the book's cover blurb, thinks "spy" is spelled S-P-I, gets a 10.1% on a test, however, on the playground, he can pull of elaborate schemes (literally) under his hat.
- Break the Cutie: Happens after seeing one of his plans go wrong, hurting Gus in the process in "Lost Leader"
- Brilliant but Lazy
- The Cassandra: In the movie.
- Cat Smile: In "Bad Hair Day" after giving Mikey a haircut.
- Catchphrase: "Ten-der!", as well as any use of the word "whomp" (meaning, "to be unfair" [used in the context of ""This stinks" or "This sucks"])
- The Charmer
- Cheerful Child
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Break In", "The Experiment", "The Legend of Big Kid", "The Box", "The Break-up", "The Substitute", "Economics of Recess", "The Story of Whomps", "Bad Hair Day", "Principal for a Day", "Space Cadet", "The Shiner", "Lord of the Nerds", "My Funny Valentines", "The Barnaby Boys", "The First Picture Show", "The Big Prank", "The Madness of King Bob", "Nobody Doesn't Like T.J.", "The A.V. Kid", "Good Ole T.J.", and "Lost Leader".
- Deadpan Snarker: At times. This is more evident in the earlier episodes.
- Determinator: When he wants to do something, he's going to make sure he does it, especially if it's for the benefit of his friends. "A Great State Fair" is one example.
- The Ditz: A subtle example at times in some of the later episodes. He gets a 10.1% on a test (out of 100%), and says that it's one of his better grades.
- Do Not Call Me Theodore Jasper: While the first name doesn't sound embarrassing when one thinks about one tough leader with that name, he prefers to be called T.J., even the school administration does this.
- Dub Name Change: His first name is changed to "Tobias" in the Swedish dub.
- His named is shortened to "Jay" in the Greek dub.
- Dumb Blonde: Almost. Some early drawings of him gave him blonde hair.
- Dumb Is Good: Though he's really only "dumb" in the classroom.
- Elementary School Hustler
- Embarrassing First Name: His first name is Theodore.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: His middle name is Jasper. No wonder he goes by his initials "T.J."
- The Face
- Fake Ultimate Hero: In "The Shiner".
- Fat Best Friend: Type A (to the rest of the gang).
- Fat Idiot: He's pudgy, though his dumb side comes out of laziness instead of actual stupidity. He's very street smart, just not book smart.
- First Kiss: With Spinelli, but as an experiment.
- Flanderization: At least his Book Dumb side. He starts off being a "C" student in school, but drops down to a "D" and even "F" student later on. "The Secret Life of Grotke" was an offender of this.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Becky's Responsible.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist, with shades of the Optimist (Shared with Mikey)
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine and a bit choleric.
- Fun Personified
- Genius Ditz: He's not too bright, but can come up with fool-proof plans when needed.
- Going Native: In "The Legend of Big Kid", when he's kidnapped by the kindergartners and adapts to their primitive society.
- Green Eyes: In the pilot.
- Guile Hero
- Hates Being Alone: As soon as he finds out that his friends are going to be at camp for the whole summer in Recess: School's Out, he's instantly heartbroken.
- Heroic BSOD: In "Lost Leader" (the final episode aired before the DTV movies)
- Iconic Item / Iconic Outfit: His hat.
- Idiot Hero: Though again, his idiocy comes out of laziness instead of actual stupidity
- Ink-Suit Actor: Subverted, as it wasn't intended, but he does look a lot like his second voice actor, Andy Lawrence. Ashley Johnson lampshades this in the bonus features on the DVD of The Movie.
- TJ also quite strongly resembles his original voice actor, Ross Malinger, in his younger years (for visual reference, he played the kid in Sleepless In Seattle).
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He has bright baby-blue eyes according to Word of God.
- In-Series Nickname: Aside from T.J. (Of course), he also goes by "Teej".
- Intergenerational Friendship: Developed one with Frank Dudikoff (The "original" T.J. back in the `80s), who's in his early twenties, and eventually develops one with fifty-year-old Principal Prickly.
- Keet: He has some shades of this.
- Kid Hero: In the movie.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: He may be a bit ditzy, but he's got a huge heart
- The Leader: Lampshaded by Gus' Dad in the episode where he runs away: "Well son, let's just say you've got one heck of a platoon leader."
- Magnetic Hero
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Spinelli's Masculine Girl
- Moe Stare: He's able to give this◊ to Gretchen to urge her to help him with his plan in "A Great State Fair".
- My Greatest Failure: When his plan at the beginning of "Lost Leader" went wrong and ended up injuring Gus.
- Naughty Is Good: He's very mischivious and rebellious, though he's also a good kid nontheless and a total sweetheart.
- Never Bareheaded: He's always seen wearing his red baseball hat and very rarely takes it off (Making him take it off is his Berserk Button, though he did take it off when Dr. Slicer ordered him to, out of fear). The only occasions where he doesn't wear it is for formal occasions or when he's sleeping.
- Nice Hat: His famous red baseball cap
- Nice Jewish Boy: While slightly ambiguous given the events of the Christmas Episode, he's a sweetie.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Only in the pilot, as he was the only character drawn with irises.
- Odd Friendship: One episode reveals that pre-series, kindergarten specifically, he was actually best friends with Menlo. While they are now enemies at school, he still attends every one of Menlo's birthday parties and is fawned over by Menlo's mother when she sees him each year.
- Off Model: During the first season, in many scenes T.J. is missing his eye highlights. This could possibly be the reason why they were removed in the first season.
- Only Known by Initials: Mainly because he doesn't care for his first and middle names.
- Prince of Pranksters: Trope Namer.
- Properly Paranoid: In Recess: School's Out, he's the only one who believes that there's suspicious activity going on inside the school during summer vacation (Until he gets the gang to see what's going on)
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Arguably his default set of eyes in season one.
- Red Is Heroic: His hat is red.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Vince's blue.
- Rousing Speech
- Sanity Slippage: After being placed in "The Box", Miss Finster's new punishment for the kids- a square drawn on the blacktop. At first, he laughs at it like everyone else, but then he ends up being the first attendent in the box. After ten minutes, he's found sitting in the fetal position singing "This Old Man" and laughing to himself. After being taken out, he continuously speaks in the third person and promises to be a good boy.
- School Idol: To an extent.
- Ship Tease: With Spinelli.
- Shirtless Scene: In "The Big Prank", after almost becoming King Bob's fanner boy.
- Shrinking Violet: When he was in kindergarten (until Gus came).
- The Slacker
- Snooping Little Kid: In The Movie.
- The Strategist: He comes up with brilliant plans for the main six. Of course, this is only on the playground.
- Sweet Tooth: He loves anything sweet.
- Tareme Eyes
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In season one, he was pretty average. In season two, he became more Book Dumb. In the middle of season three, he became The Ditz.
- Undying Loyalty: In spades. He may be a pain for teachers but will go incredible levels for anyone he cares about, often risking to himself in the process.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After becoming the principal for a day (In the episode of the same name), he gets power over the whole school...but easily becomes corrupted and power-mad.
- And again when they invented schoolyard currency. At the same time he financially toke over the school, he got incessantly more insane. This is cemented when he only offered one mark for his own hat. Which was his goal in first place.
- Your Size May Vary: Sometimes he and Spinelli are the same height, but sometimes he's taller. He's noticeably taller in the later episodes.
- Youthful Freckles
- The Ace
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: In "The Bet", when he becomes even more of a competition freak and more egotistical than usual.
- Anti-Hero: Type II.
- Badass Adorable
- Balloon Belly: In "I Will Kick no More Forever", after being showed up in kickball and goes into a depression, which included binging out on root beer and donuts.
- Black Best Friend
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Me No Know", he uses T.J.'s catchphrase "Tender" when he realizes that he can quote Nitwitz 3 with the rest of the kids the next day at school.
- Break the Haughty: In "I Will Kick no More Forever'' he actually has a Despair Event Horizon over one of the Ashley's kicking better than him.
- Broken Ace: His athletic skills are above most of the other students, though he's very insecure about losing and failing.
- Competition Freak
- A Day in the Limelight: "Big Brother Chad", "I Will Kick No More Forever", "Copycat Kid", "Bad Hair Day", "The Bet", "The Barnaby Boys", "Good Luck Charm", "The Candidates", "The A.V. Kid", "Chez Vince", and "The Principals of Golf".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Facepalm: Vince has been prone to doing these a lot.
- Flanderization: "The Bet". Fortunately, it only lasted for that episode.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic (Shared with Spinelli).
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric, and slightly melancholic.
- Genius Bruiser
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: In "I Will Kick No More Forever".
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: A few episodes have shown that he has a bit of an inferiority complex, and is extremely insecure about losing.
- The Lancer
- Lovable Jock
- Mr. Vice Guy: He can have a huge ego at times, but he'll always stand up for his friends, as well as any other kid being picked on, and will always do the right thing.
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes plays this role.
- Opposites Attract: Slightly hinted at with Gretchen.
- Out of Focus: While still appearing in every episode, Vince got the least amount of character focus than the rest of the gang.
- Pride: Mainly from being the best at pretty much anything athletic.
- Real Men Cook
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to T.J.'s red.
- Small Name, Big Ego: A more low-key example, he occasionally develops an ego due to being The Ace.
- Sour Supporter: In the first few episodes. This was downplayed later.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Towards Mikey in "Copycat Kid".
- Supreme Chef
- Tall Dark and Snarky
- Tuckerization: He was named after the creators' friend in college.
- Verbal Tic: Probably the only kid in the show that has one, man.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice was lower in the first episode, this is because the audio was from the original version of this episode made as a pilot
- Younger Than They Look: Vince might be nine, but he doesn't look any younger than his thirteen-year-old brother, Chad.
Voiced by: Pamela Segall-Adlon
- Action Girl
- Adorkable: In "Swing On Thru to the Other Side".
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her parents almost always embarrass her, especially seen in their debut, "Parents' Night". This includes saying embarrassing stuff about her in public, getting her friends' names wrong right in front of them, and revealing the fact that Spinelli has a crush on T.J.
- Ambiguously Brown: Spinelli's ethnic background has been called into question. Since she has almond-shaped eyes found on Asian girls in cartoons and light brown skin, many viewers have assumed that Spinelli was originally from somewhere in South Asia and was adopted by Caucasian parents. On the other hand, Spinelli's skin tone is also found on Southern Italians (Silicians, specifically) and That Other Wiki has established that Spinelli's family (possibly her father's side, as he has really dark hair and almost the same skin tone as his daughter, and her mother looks like she could be white European) is Italian (right down to Spinelli's penchant for fighting, which comes from the stereotype of the hot-blooded Italian) so either Spinelli's mom isn't really her mom, Spinelli's mom being a redhead is an Actor Allusion to Katey Sagal [who played Peggy Bundy — a redheaded housewife who wore tacky 1960s housewife clothes and has a big bouffant, like Spinelli's mom does — on Married... with Children], Spinelli's mom dyes her hair, or Spinelli takes after her father more than her mother (which further reinforces Spinelli's aversion to all things she thinks are for girly-girls).
- But Not Too Foreign: On the episode in which Randall discovers Spinelli's embarrassing first name (Ashley), Spinelli reveals she was named after her great-aunt who was from Alaska and ran in the Iditarod, meaning that Spinelli could be Inuit (Alaskan Native) on her mom's side and Italian on her father's side.
- Anti Heroine: Type III
- Badass Adorable: One of the biggest examples in the series, as she's the most physical out of all the kids...and is downright adorable as well.
- Badass Normal
- Bare Your Midriff: Briefly in "The Break-up" when she becomes "Spinooti", queen of the kindergartners.
- Beautiful All Along: Subverted. She's pretty, but doesn't play it up because she has no interest in girly things. Though "The Beauty Contest" shows she cleans up nicely.
- Berserk Button: She has a few.
- Don't EVER refer to her by her first name.
- Harming her friends will set her off
- Messing with her hat. Prickly was lucky that Gretchen was able to talk Spinelli out of it.
- The Big Girl: In terms of character, not her size.
- Book Dumb: Moreso earlier on in the series. Though she was never as book dumb as T.J.
- Breakout Character
- Brown Eyes: According to Word of God.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: She brings the hurt, but ceases when her heartstrings are pulled.
- Brutal Honesty
- Catchphrase: "She's gonna blow!" or some variant.
- Cute Bruiser
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Experiment", "First Name Ashley", "The Trial", "Parents Night", "Swing on Thru to the Other Side", "Mama's Girl", "Weekend at Muriel's", "Dance Lessons", "The Beauty Contest", "A Career to Remember", "That Stinking Feeling", "Good Luck Charm", "Spinelli's Masterpiece", "Don't Ask Me", "More Like Gretchen", and "No Strings Attached".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Do Not Call Me Ashley
- Dub Name Change: Her first name is changed to "Patricia" in the Portuguese dub, to fit with the other Ashleys who were also called thisnote . Her last name remains the same.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Ashley Funicello Spinelli.
- First Kiss: With T.J., as an experiment.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic (Shared with Vince).
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted, as when it comes to "girlish", she's anything but. They're more like Tomboyish Pigtails.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Grumpy Bear
- Hair Decorations: She wears two red bands (sometimes bows for special occasions) in her hair to keep her pigtails up.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hidden Depths: Spinelli is a very talented artist as seen in "Spinelli's Masterpiece".
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: According to the other kids.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Mikey's Huge Guy in "Dance Lessons" (Non-romantic)
- In-Series Nickname: "Spin".
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Miss Grotke and Miss Finster.
- Irony: Spinelli has been hinted at being the youngest of the gang (Month-wise. Her birthday's towards the end of September, and birthdays later than that would cause complications with school cut-off dates, hinting that the rest of the gang had their birthdays earlier), however, her voice actress is the oldest of the main six cast members.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being quick tempered and violent, she's always rooting for the underdog and protecting her friends.
- The Lad-ette: As close as a nine-year-old girl can get.
- Last Name Basis: Justified in that her first name carries a stigma on the playground.
- Let Me at Him!: Her usual reaction to anyone mistreating her friends or just making her mad in general.
- Little Miss Badass
- Little Miss Snarker
- Lonely Doll Girl: Surprisingly, she used to be one in kindergarten.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to T.J.'s Feminine Boy.
- Meet My Good Friend, Madame Fist!
- Muscles Are Meaningless
- Never Bareheaded: Like T.J., she's hardly ever shown out of her hat. The only occasions where she doesn't wear it are when she's sleeping or for formal occasions.
- Nice Hat: Her orange ski cap.
- Older Than They Look: In the pilot, as she looked like she never left kindergarten.
- One of the Boys
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Plucky Girl
- Red Is Heroic: Her signature color.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Gretchen's blue.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As seen in "The Beauty Contest".
- Ship Tease: With T.J., and it's been confirmed on her side.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She has a crush on T.J.
- Stronger Than They Look
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Gretchen's Girly Girl.
- True Blue Femininity: Her beauty pageant dress is blue.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Vocal Evolution: As the series went on, her voice became slightly more scratchy.
- When She Smiles: Spinelli's already adorable, but when she's in a good mood and isn't threatening or attacking someone, expect that to be taken Up to Eleven.
- Wrench Wench
- Your Size May Vary: While she's the second shortest of the gang, how short she is will vary. Sometimes she's a little taller than Gus, sometimes she and Gus are the same height, and in the later episodes, she's the same height as T.J., possibly due to a growth spurt.
Voiced by: Ashley Johnson
, Anndi McAfee (Singing (Credits of movie only))
- Alliterative Name
- The B Grade: She didn't take to kindly to her A- in "The Dude".
- Berserk Button: Never suggest that she's dumb. You may not be able to live to regret it. Teasing her about her PDA. Kristen Kurst learns this the hard way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: There are times where she has shown a dark side, "The Girl Was Trouble" and the film are good examples of this.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Bookworm
- Blind Without 'Em
- Brainy Brunette: She has reddish-brown hair and is the smartest kid in school.
- Brown Eyes: Mentioned.
- Catchphrase: "Egad!"
- Character Tics: Adjusting her glasses.
- The Chick: To an extent. She was more of The Smart Guy, but was also the Team Mom and the most feminine of the gang. And like most examples, most of the merchandise she was featured on alone were pink.
- Child Prodigy
- Class Representative
- Cute Bookworm
- Cute Clumsy Girl: At times.
- A Day in the Limelight: "My Fair Gretchen", "The Pest", "Outcast Ashley", "Gretchen and the Secret of Yo", "The Girl Was Trouble", "A Genius Among Us", "Space Cadet", "A Science Fair to Remember", "The Candidates", "This Brain for Hire", "More Like Gretchen", and "Good Ole T.J."
- Fiery Redhead: Subverted; she's pretty calm, but if you push her enough, she's this.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Apathetic
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Geek Physiques: Of the really skinny variety.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Decorations: She wears two pink baubles in her hair to keep her pigtails up.
- Hollywood Nerd: Type A.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She's one of the tallest kids in school
- I Choose to Stay: When given the opportunity to leave Third Street School and attend Oppenheimer Elementary, a school for genius students, she decides to stay at Third Street because she didn't want to leave her friends.
- Innocent Prodigy
- In-Series Nickname: "Gretch".
- Lovable Nerd
- Nerd Glasses
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork
- Nice Girl: Although not to the levels of T.J. and Mikey, she's very sweet, friendly, and easy-going.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Slightly. She has a more cartoony design to her than the rest of the gang.
- Noodle Person
- Odd Name Out: She's the only member of the main six who uses her full first name instead of any kind of nickname (Or last name in Spinelli's case) most of the time.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Spinelli's red.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: She often speaks like this. She also spoke this way for her first line in the series.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: She has the voice, but that's about it.
- The Smart Girl
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- Specs of Awesome
- The Spock: Sometimes.
- Squishy Wizard: She may be extremely smart for her age, but is probably the worst in the gang when it comes to anything athletic. Unless it's yo-yo's.
- Team Mom: At times, especially towards T.J. and Gus.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Spinelli's Tomboy, even if Gretchen isn't that girly. (She was considerably more so in the unaired pilot; as she's shown wearing some jewelry and lipstick)
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In "The Girl Was Trouble" and "Pharaoh Bob".
- True Blue Femininity: Her signature baby-blue dress.
- Valley Girl: In "Outcast Ashley" after befriending the Ashleys.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- Wrench Wench
- Youthful Freckles
- Accidental Athlete: In "Soccer Boy"
- Adorkable: When the plot calls for it.
- All-Loving Hero: Lampshaded in the episode "Nobody Likes T.J.," in which Mikey points out that there are people out there who don't like him because he's too nice.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Pacifist
- Berserk Button: Believe it or not, Mikey has one — don't ever mistake his kindness for weakness (as seen in the episode in which he becomes a goalie for Lawson and his soccer team).
- Big Eater: In the opening credits, he eats a Dagwood sandwich in one bite.
- Big Fun
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Gus' little.
- Birthday Hater: In "Bonky Fever", due to his fear of getting older.
- Breakout Character: Especially in later episodes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has shades of this.
- Drama King
- A Day in the Limelight: "Officer Mikey", "The Voice", "Copycat Kid", "Operation Stuart", "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave", "Dance Lessons", "Kindergarten Derby", "Rumor Mill", "Mikey's Pants", "Bonky Fever", "Soccer Boy", "Germ Warfare", "Tucked in Mikey", "Old Folks Home", "Beyond a Reasonable Scout", "Big Ol' Mikey", and "Kurst the Not So Bad".
- Dumb Blonde: At times, though it's more "naive" than "dumb"
- Extreme Doormat
- Fat Best Friend: Type C.
- Fat Comic Relief
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist (Shared with T.J.)
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Gentle Giant: Shown in "Dance Lessons" when it's revealed that he takes ballet lessons (because his parents felt that he wasn't graceful). He also sings and is very sensitive.
- The Heart
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Spinelli's Tiny Girl in "Dance Lessons" (Non-romantic)
- Jerkass Ball: Oddly holds it in "The Lost Ball" after Gus accidentally kicks the school's new kickball over the fence.
- Kindhearted Simpleton
- Large Ham: Almost all the time. Comes with the fact that he's into poetry and art.
- The McCoy
- Nice Guy
- Precocious Crush: On Miss Salamone, his music teacher in "The Voice".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Gus' blue.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: His singing voice sounds absolutely nothing like his speaking voice.
- Stout Strength
- Teacher/Student Romance: Briefly had a crush on the middle school's music teacher, Miss Salamone.
- Vocal Evolution: Mikey's voice became lower in season 3, this is due to his voice actor going through puberty
Ryan O'Donohue (First recording of "The New Kid"), Courtland Mead, Zach Shada (Lilo & Stitch: The Series
crossover), Blake Ewing (Singing (Credits of movie only))
Voiced by: Ryan O'Donohue
- 0% Approval Rating: Thanks to him tattling on everyone no matter what they did, Randall isn't very well liked on the playground.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Randall's Reform", "Stand Up Randall", "Randall's Friends", "Prince Randall", and "League of Randalls".
- Animal Motifs: Depending on who you ask, his appearance looks similar to that of weasel or a lizard, neither of which tend to be associated with anything good and tend to be less liked, fitting if you consider his personality and what he does.
- Bearer of Bad News: Sometimes.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Butt Monkey
- Catchphrase: "Moist"
- Also "MISS FINSTER! MISS FINSTER!"
- The Dragon: To Miss Finster.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: As a kindergartener
- Evil Laugh
- Even Randall Has Standards: Randall is hated by the students for being a snitch, but there are some kids who have a high authority level, like King Bob, he would never snitch on because he believes that's naughty. In the film, he calls out on one of Benedict's followers for ratting him out.
- Friendly Enemy: When the plot calls for it
- Gonk: He pretty much resembles a human/lizard hybrid
- I Just Want to Be You: In "Randall's Reform", Randall admits to T.J. that despite his flaws, he wants to be just like him due to his popularity.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In the episode "Randall's Reform"
- Insult Comic: In "Stand-Up Randall"
- It's All About Me
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A lot of times, he was shown as Friendly Enemy of Reccess Gang, genuinly wanted to be friends with them and especially TJ in "Randall's Reform" and genuinely respected Ms. Finster and looked up to her and had some Even Evil Has Standards moments. While he may be jerk and snitch, but deep down he is not that bad.
- Not Me This Time: In both "The Spy Who Came in From the Playground" and "League of Randalls".
- Red Headed Bully: Though not in the normal way, as he has authority figures do his bullying work for him as he's too weak to do it himself.
- Smug Snake
- The Stool Pigeon: He's even called this in one episode.
- Teacher's Pet: Finster listens to him more than the other kids.
Voiced by: Klee Bragger (Up until "Tattletale Heart"), Justin Jon Ross ("Don't Ask Me" to the end of the series), Ryan O'Donohue (Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade)
The Diggers (Sam and Dave)
Dave on the left, Sam on the right.
Voiced by: Klee Bragger (Sam) and Ryan O'Donohue (Dave)
- A Day in the Limelight: "Diggers Split Up"
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When they have a huge fight in "The Diggers Split Up," they won't even speak to each other, but when the gang tell Sam that Dave got caught in a cave-in, he immediately runs to his aid shouting, "Sam! Sam, hang in there, I will find you!" When Sam sees this, they make up almost straight away.
- Digging to China: Their main goal.
- Divergent Character Evolution: For most of the show, the boys were pretty much the same characters. In their focus episode "Diggers Split Up", Dave's been shown to be bossy and controlling, while Sam is more easygoing.
- '80s Hair: They both had mullets at one point. By "Diggers Split Up", they were gone.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The two are rarely apart.
- Identical Friend ID Tag: Sam wears a red bandana around his neck, while Dave wears a white mouth cover around his neck.
- Jerkass: Dave turns out to be one if Sam isn't around to balance him out.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dave is the red oni to Sam's blue oni.
- Those Two Guys
- Tunnel Kings
Voiced by: Francesca Smith
"The Break In" (Most of them), "The Break-up" (Tubby)
Voiced by: E.G. Daily
(Captain Sticky, Spencer, and Hector (In "Dodgeball City" and "Call Me Guy")), Kath Soucie
(Hector ("Wild Child" and direct-to-video movies, Cindy, and Gilbert), Jason Davis (Tubby), Francesca Smith (Emma), Pamela Segall-Adlon, and Christine Cavanaugh
- Acrofatic: Tubby
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: They're kindergarteners after all. Especially seen in "Kindergarten Derby", when they get to the "Valley of Distraction", which is part of the field filled with shiny candy wrappers and toys.
- Blinding Bangs: Zedd
- Bratty Half-Pint: Almost all of them, though Tubby and Hector aren't as much
- Competence Zone: They usually act like wild savages.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Cindy. Dear god.
- Expy: In-universe, Captain Sticky is the kindergartener's expy of King Bob.
- Tubby is one to Mikey. They even have the same voice actor!
- Fan of Underdog: Hector looks up to Gus like a big brother, even calling him "Safety Man"
- Friendly Enemy: Captain Sticky, Spencer, Emma, Zedd, Jake, Tubby, Hector, and Cindy are all on good terms with the other kids (for a good 75% of the time)
- Kath Soucie: The voice of Cindy, Hector, and Gilbert, among others.
- Kawaiiko: Cindy
- Keet: Spencer and Hector
- Motor Mouth: Gilbert and Cindy.
- Third-Person Person: Most of them speak this way.
- Tribal Face Paint: The renegade native tribe of the elementary school.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gilbert has blue hair while Zedd has pink hair.
- You No Take Candle: Often speak like this.
Voiced by: Toran Caudell
- A Day in the Limelight: "Pharaoh Bob", "The Big Prank", "The Madness of King Bob", and "Prince Randall".
- Big Good: He has his bad moments, but looks after the good of the entire student body. In episodes where someone either too inexperienced (Gus) or devious (Randall) become King of the Playground, it goes to hell very quickly.
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- Chewing the Scenery: Oftentimes his dialogue is this.
- The Comically Serious
- King Bob Has Standards: While he maybe a Jerkass ruler, but at time he also has ordered others to stop harassing other students, especially the Main Six.
- In “Telltale Heart”, near the end just Gus was about to be punished by the students for tattling, he orders it to stop because Finster got everyone else to do so, with the exception of Gus and the rest of the Main Six. It was thanks to Guru Kid, who was the only one that was told that it was started by Randall.
- In “Mikey’s Pants”, at the end, King Bob orders the playground to stop mocking Mikey for having ripped pants after Vince, TJ, and Gus did the same thing, since he does respect those who are willing to spare others from public embarrassment.
- He's also known for updating the rules of the playground whenever it deems needed, like just making kids use a coin to decide on who has to retrieve a lost item.
- Hidden Depths: In one episode, it is shown he feels that people only like him because he's king and in another he's worried that no one at Third Street will remember him once he graduates.
- Iconic Item: His crown and hockey stick.
- King Bob the Nth
- Large Ham: Oh, yes.
- Lonely at the Top: In "Officer Mikey", he tells the gang that he wishes he had friends who liked him for who he is and not just because he's king of the playground.
- Not So Different: He and TJ, especially prominent in "The Madness of King Bob", such as when Bob is planning an elaborate prank to play on TJ, only to dismiss it as stupid. It then cuts to TJ's house where he's planning what's apparently the same thing.
- Put on a Bus: In Taking the Fifth Grade, he leaves for middle school. Though he makes one more appearance to set the new king straight in one scene.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Sophisticated as Hell: He doesn't swear, but he does mix a lot of slang and formal vocabulary.
- Stage Magician: Pretends to be one in "The Madness of King Bob" in order to prank T.J., under the aliases of Yahoozi, a Dutch foreign exchange student.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He especially does this is " Pharaoh Bob" until he and Gretchen have a meeting.
- Too Important to Walk: Most of the time, he'll have his guards carry him around the playground on a chair attatched to two wooden poles.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks like a high school student, yet he's only eleven.
"The Break In" (Unnamed), "Stand Up Randall"
Francesca Smith (First few appearances), Ashley Johnson
("Weekend at Muriel's"), Aria Noelle Curzon
- Absentee Actor: In Recess: School's Out
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a nameless background character. Around season three, she became more prominent, and almost even moreso in season five.
- Cheerful Child
- The Cutie: Being so cute, kind, sweet, and innocent, she more than qualifies for this trope
- Cute Bruiser: As seen in a few episodes, much to everyone's surprise.
- Dull Surprise: Sometimes it's used for comedy, other times it makes her kinda creepy. "Look, clean people."
- Meaningful Name: Her real name is Theresa LaMaize.
- Military Brat: Like Gus, she's kind and sweet.
- Moe Couplet: With Gus
- Moe Stare: Her default appearance
- Non-Standard Character Design: She has a slightly different character design than the other kids, giving her an appearance that wouldn't look out of place on Phineas and Ferb.
- Ship Tease: With Gus.
- Seventh Ranger: She's considered an unofficial member of the main six in the later episodes
- Vague Age: Cornchip Girl could either be in first or second grade, and in "One Stayed Clean", she's shown with the kindergarteners briefly (Though earlier on, she was running away from them, meaning that the scene she had with them could've been an animation error). Most fans place her around seven.
"The Break In" (Unspeaking), "Big Brother Chad"
Voiced by: Francesca Smith
From left: Ashley Q., Ashley B., Ashley A., and Ashley T.
"The New Kid" (Ashley T.; unnamed and not speaking), "The Experiment" (Ashleys A., B., and Q.)
Anndi McAfee (Ashley A.), Francesca Smith (Ashley B.), Rachel Crane (Ashley Q. and Ashley T. (First few episodes)), and Ashley Johnson
- A Day in the Limelight: "Jinxed", "First Name Ashley", "Outcast Ashley", "The Beauty Contest", "The Ratings Game", "No Strings Attatched", and "League of Randalls"
- Alliterative Name: Ashley Armbruster.
- Alpha Bitch
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Ashley A. shows hints of this sometimes, and on occasion they all can be this (like "The Great Can Drive" and "League of Randalls").
- Annoying Laugh / Evil Laugh: And usually finished off with their catchprase.
- Awesome Mccoolname: Ashley A's last name is "Armbruster," which means "crossbow" in German.
- Beta Bitch: Ashley B.
- Blondes Are Evil: Ashley A.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ashley A. (blonde), Ashley B. and Ashley T. (brunettes), and Ashley Q. (redhead)
- Break the Haughty: Ashley A. in "Outcast Ashley" when the other Ashleys kick her out of the group for forgetting to wear purple on "Purple Day"—the anniversary of the day they first met.
- Catchphrase: "SCANDALOUS!"
- The Cheerleader: Not at school, but the girls go to a cheerleading camp in the first movie.
- Chubby Chaser: Slightly implied with Ashley Q. in Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade- after Gus puts on weight after eating too much, he says that she thinks the extra pounds make him look "distinguished".
- Closet Geek: Ashley T., if "Chez Vince" is any indication.
- Colour Coded Characters: Ashley A. (Pink), Ashley B. (Yellow), Ashley Q. (Blue), and Ashley T. (Green)
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ashey Q. is surprisingly really good at kickball.
- Deadpan Snarkers
- Dub Name Change: Their first names are changed to Patricia in the Portuguese dub, but their last names remain the same.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Ashley T. was a nameless background character in "The New Kid" before being formally introduced in "Jinxed" (Or "The Experiment"- the Ashleys made their first appearance, but their final personalities weren't given yet, and the only time their name was mentioned was when they were offscreen. Presumably, "Jinxed" was produced before (but aired after) "The Experiment")
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're all named Ashley.
- Even The Ashleys Has Limits: While they may be alpha bitches, even for another Ashley, they were disgusted when each of their brother named Tyler became to snitch on everyone including King Bob.
- Fiery Redhead: Ashley Q.
- Four Girl Band: All of them are Chicks.
- For the Evulz: The girls are at their absolute worst in "Jinxed".
- Four Girl Ensemble
- Generation Xerox: The girls moms look and act exactly like them.
- Giggling Jerks
- Girl Posse
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Despite being enemies with them, both Ashley A. and Ashley Q. have been shown playing kickball with the gang on a few occassions.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Purple day.
- Gratuitous French: They speak this way at times.
- Hair Decorations: Ashley A. wears a pink headband and Ashley B. wears two yellow barrets.
- Hidden Depths: Ashley Q. is very good at kickball.
- Ashley T. likes Senior Fusion—she gives TJ one of her comics to bribe him into giving them a good table in "Chez Vince".
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: In "Outcast Ashley", Ashley B. rips off Ashley A.'s headband, the teddy bear head off her backpack, and her "A" necklace and stomps on it.
- It's All About Me: Ashley A.'s general attitude, to the point she's shocked to hear that the earth revolves around the sun, instead apparently taking her Daddy's remark that "the universe revolves around me!" seriously.
- Jerkass: Pretty much all of them, but Ashley Q. is arguably the meanest of the Ashleys.
- Off Model: In some episodes, Ashley B's outfit switches from yellow to red, and then back again.
- One Steve Limit: Completely averted (and Spinelli's also named Ashley, but she wants no association with them), as well as each one having a younger brother named Tyler and a younger sister named Britney.
- King Bob even made a law, that inverts this trope completely: Alle children named Ashley must accept membership of the Ashleys if an Ashley invites them.
- Pink Means Feminine: Ashley A.'s signature color is pink, and their entire clubhouse has pink wallpaper.
- Pretty in Mink: Ashley A.'s "formal" outfit has fur trimming
- The Quiet One: Ashley T. hardly gets any speaking lines on her own.
- Rich Bitches
- Satellite Character: Every member of the clique besides Ashley A.
- Smug Smilers
- Spoiled Brats
- Token Good Teammate: Ashley T. Maybe not exactly "good," but she's arguably the least mean of the Ashleys.
- True Blue Femininity: Ashley Q.'s signature color is blue.
- Tsurime Eyes: Ashley Q.
- Valley Girl: More like Valley Girls, Ashley A speaks acts more of this
"The New Kid" (Unnamed and unspeaking), "First Name Ashley"
Voiced by: Michael Shulman
Voiced by: Blake Ewing
- Absentee Actor: In Recess: School's Out
- A Day in the Limelight: "Partners in Crime", "Tucked in Mikey", "Some Friend", and "All the Principal's Men"
- Adorkable: On a good day.
- Control Freak
- Disguised in Drag: In "All the Principal's Men".
- Everyone Loves Blondes: He has a crush on Ashley A.
- Friendly Enemy: At times.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a prude, but is usually well-meaning and wants to do the right thing for the school. In addition, he has helped the main six on numerous occasions.
- Last Name Basis: At least in the Spanish dub, where he's given the first name "Taylor". In most versions of the show, including the original English version, it has never been stated if "Menlo" is his first or last name (Though suggested more towards the latter).
- Nerd Glasses
- Schedule Fanatic
- Super OCD
- Teacher's Pet
- We Used to Be Friends: With T.J. However, even though they stopped being friends, they still made an agreement that T.J would come to Menlo's birthday party every year.
- (Former) Wild Child: Yes, you read that right. It's revealed in "Principal for a day" that shortly before the events of the series, he was so out of control that Principal Prickly himself had to intervene. After being Principal for a day, Menlo became the guy he is now.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice is lower is lower in the final two Direct to Video Movies.
Jordan and Jerome
Voiced by: Patrick Renna (Jerome), Justin Shenkarow (Jordan), Erik Von Detten (Both in certain episodes)
- Fat and Skinny
- Those Two Guys
- Yes-Man: To King Bob. When Gus temporarily replaces him in "King Gus", they actively try to have the playground run the way they think it should. It backfires.
Brandon the Singer Kid
Voiced by: Michael Shulman
Voiced by: Justin Shenkarow
Sue Bob Murphy
"The Girl Was Trouble"
"The Girl Was Trouble"
Voiced by: Warren Sroka
"The Girl Was Trouble"
Voiced by: Matthew Bartilson ("The Girl was Trouble" and "The Ratings Game"), Danny Cooksey (Remainder of series)
"The Girl Was Trouble"
Voiced by: Warren Sroka
Kristen Kurst (Kurst The Worst)
"The Girl Was Trouble"
Voiced by: Mayim Bialik
"The Story of Whomps"
Voiced by: Erik von Detten
- A Day in the Limelight: "Soccer Boy" and "Lawson and His Crew"
- The Bully
- Characterization Marches On: When Lawson made his first two appearances in season two (His debut episode "The Story of Whomps" and "Principal for a Day"), he was more competent and more of a threat, to the point where he almost beats up T.J. for saying he "whomped" (Before knowing what the word meant). Starting with season three, he became more of a ditz and resorted to calling the gang names and taunting them.
- Demoted to Extra: In The Movie, he only has a brief cameo and doesn't speak (however, he's still credited, hinting that he was going to have a speaking role, but his scene was cut)
- Don't Explain the Joke: Lawson ALWAYS explains his bad jokes when taunting somebody.
- Dumb Jock
- Embarrassing First Name: He's always called Lawson for a reason.
- The Ditz
- Evil Counterpart: To T.J.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Briefly in the Season 5 Finale.
- Friendly Enemy: While he often bullies the main six, he stated once that he doesn't hate T.J. and considers him an OK guy.
- I Shall Taunt You
- Insulting Nickname: Dishes these out frequently, such as "LaStupid", "Dettwhiner", "Shrimpnelli", etc. He grudgingly calls TJ "Dettwinner" after he and the gang successfully steal their base back in "Fort Tender".
- Jerk Jock
- Last Name Basis
- Lean and Mean: In contrast to T.J.
- Nice Hat: Like TJ, he's barely ever out of it.
- No Indoor Voice: At times.
- The Psycho Rangers: In the episode "Lawson and his Crew" (the last episode before the movie was released), he forms his own gang similar to the main six.
- In fact, he pretty much contrasts T.J. in appearence and personality. Unlike T.J., Lawson is tall, lanky, wears his baseball hat with the visor in the front, and is mean.
- Rica Matsumoto: In the Japanese dub.
- The Rival: To both T.J. and Vince.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
The Pale Kids
From left: Carl, Rodney, Frank, Steve
"Lord of the Nerds"
Eddie Deezen (Knarf), Pamela Hayden (Steve), Kenny Blank (Rodney), and Kath Soucie
"Big Brother Chad"
Voiced by: Ross Malinger ("Big Brother Chad"), Ryan O'Donohue ("The Kid Came Back")
- The Bully: Only in season one, really
- Demoted to Extra: Was set up to be a major bully in the first season, however, he only really starred in one episode and then became a background character, sometimes showing up as a member of Lawson's gang.
Voiced by: Micheal Shulman ("Teachers Lounge"), Justin Jon Ross (Other episodes)
- Crocodile Tears: It's what he does.
- Demoted to Extra: It seems like he should be another playground staple like Swinger Girl, Hustler Kid, Swinger Girl, etc, but he's only a background character after Season One.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Because "Teachers' Lounge" was produced very early in the show's run, Crier Kid was going to be the original Hustler Kid, as seen in his first appearance.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In "Teacher's Lounge", his name is revealed as Bradley.
Debut: "The New Kid" (Unnamed), "Wild Child" (As Freddy), "Schoolworld" (As Gordy)
Voiced by: Malachi Pearson ("The New Kid"), Erik von Detten ("I Will Kick No More Forever"), Klee Bragger ("Bad Hair Day"), Sam Gifaldi (Most episodes)
Debut: "The New Kid" (Unspeaking), "Kids in the Mist"
Klee Bragger (All episodes san season four), Justin Jon Ross ("Kids in the Mist", season four and Recess: School's Out
(Uncredited in the movie))
Voiced by: Erik von Detten ("The New Kid", "I Will Kick No More Forever" and "Copycat Kid"), Ryan O'Donohue ("Schoolworld" and "Bachelor Gus")
- Bit Character
- Jerkass: Implied in "Mama's Girl", where he's the first one to make fun of T.J. for calling Miss Grotke "Mama" (To take heat off Spinelli who accidentally called her that earlier in the episode).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite that, he and the gang are often hang out together, and was even a member of Vince's soccer team in "Soccer Boy".
- Those Two Guys: With Gordy
Debut: "The New Kid" (Unnamed and unspeaking), "Jinxed" (Speaking), "The Challenge" (Named)
Justin Shenkarow ("Jinxed"), Anndi McAfee ("My Fair Gretchen" and "Dance Lessons"), Klee Bragger ("The Trial"), Ryan O'Donohue ("Stand Up Randall"), Kath Soucie
("The Shiner"), E.G. Daily ("Call Me Guy")
- Ambiguous Gender: Often switches from male to female throughout episodes. To hit it home, he/she is named Tracey- which is gender neutral.
- Bit Character
- Gender Flip: In pretty much every other episode.
"First Name Ashley" (Mentioned), "Randall's Reform"
Voiced by: Blake Ewing
- Demoted to Extra: It was hinted in "First Name Ashley" and confirmed in "Randall's Reform" that he was Randall's rival, but after those two episodes, he became a background character with no lines.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Apparently, he was the original Menlo (Menlo did appear before Douglas, though "Randall's Reform" was produced before Menlo's debut in "Officer Mikey")
Miss Muriel P. Finster
Voiced by: April Winchell
- A Day in the Limelight: "To Finster, With Love", "Weekend at Muriel's", and "The Fuss Over Finster"
- Arch-Enemy: To the Recess Gang
- Badass Teacher
- Big Bad: Often plays this role in the series. Subverted in that she does have a nice side, and isn't even "evil" anyway (Well, with the exceptions of some instances in season one).
- Breakout Character
- Characterization Marches On: She was a Jerkass in the first season, relishing the psychologically torturing of kids. From the second season and onward, while still a Sadist Teacher, she became a Sugar and Ice Personality Jerk with a Heart of Gold and never went to the extremes she used to.
- Child Hater: To an extent in the first season, save for Randall.
- Cool Old Lady: On a good day.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In some of the later episodes and in season two's "Weekend at Muriel's".
- Evil Laugh: In a few episodes.
- Evil Old Folks: Not really "evil" (unless season one counts), but still the main antagonist for the series.
- Even Mean Teachers Has Standards: Finster doesn't have much of a problem coming with harsh but fair punishments, but she thought Phillip Fitzhugh's decision of separating the Main Six permanently in other schools was taking too far. She also was upset with Benedict in the film for wanting to banned recess. It was revealed in the film, she once had a relationship Benedict but broke up with him for wanting to banned recess.
- Fan Disservice: Is prone to this.
- Fiery Redhead: She was a redhead when she was younger, but still very fiery.
- The Dragon/ The Lancer: to Principal Prickly.
- Girly Bruiser
- Intergenerational Friendship: A slight one with Spinelli, as seen in "Weekend at Muriel's", "That Stinking Feeling", and Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade.
- I Was Quite a Looker: In Recess: School's Out, she's proven to be this in the `60s (she has the same voice, however due to her voice actress using her "normal" voice for T.J.'s mom)
- Jerkass: Mainly in the first season.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not the world's nicest person, but she does have a soft side.
- Kujira: In the Japanese dub.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though more a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but she's not so bad once you get to know her.
- The One That Got Away: Benedict calls her the only woman he ever loved, and when they meet again decades later, he immediately offers her a chance to be by his side again.
- Pet the Dog: Gives respect to Miss Grotke in The Movie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Not the best example, but if you got trouble and have proof, she will listen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miss Grotke's blue.
- Sadist Teacher: Though she was much more sadistic in season one.
- Stern Teacher: On her good side.
- Skintone Sclerae: The only character with this trope in effect.
- Spit Take: In "My Fair Gretchen", after Gretchen tells her that she's finished her test in under five minutes.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Mainly after the first season.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of "The Box" when he freaks out over T.J. not being broken by her punishment.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Miss Grotke.
- Vocal Evolution: She didn't sound as sinister in the first few episodes.
Principal Peter Prickly
"The Break In" (Mentioned), "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff"
Voiced by: Dabney Coleman
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Hypnotist", "The Challenge", "Principal for a Day", "Buried Treasure", "The First Picture Show", "The Principals of Golf", and Recess: School's Out
- Apathetic Teacher: Most of the time.
- Ascended Extra: He gets a bigger role in Recess: School's Out
- Breakout Character: In later seasons and the movie.
- Characterization Marches On: In "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff", he's another Sadist Teacher in the series, which isn't seen again for the rest of the show (with him being apathetic instead.) This could've been because the episode was one of the earliest ones made.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Butch, Hustler Kid and Miss Grotke, he doesn't appear after "The Terrifying Tales of Recess". He comes back for Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade.
- Closet Geek: Is revealed to be one for Senor Fusion.
- Hippie Teacher: In the `60s.
- Hypno Fool: In "The Hypnotist", where he's accidentally hypnotized into thinking he's six years old.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With T.J. as the series goes on
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be harsh on students, especially the Main Six, but he ended his friendship with Phillium Benedict for wanting to ban recess and joins in the fight to stop him.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He may be rather strict when it comes to rules and regulations, but he's willing to listen to the kids, and has even pulled a few EnemyMines with them.
- One of the Kids: At times.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
- A Day in the Limelight: "Mama's Girl" and "The Secret Life of Grotke"
- Adorkable: She's overly enthusiastic about almost everything she does, plus she's rather adorable physicaly.
- Adults Are Useless: Aveted most of the time, as she's always on the kids' side and standing up for them. Though at the same time, she's also naive and gullible, and is prone to being oblivious to the gang's schemes.
- All There in the Manual: Her first name (while not revealed in the series) is Alordayne, according to the scripts.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has black hair and is dark skinned, but her last name is Eastern European. There are many dark skinned Eastern Europeans in real life.
- Ascended Extra: Only appeared in a few episodes of season one, and then appeared in just about every season two episode.
- Badass Teacher: In Recess: School's Out, it's revealed that she's a martial arts expert.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Brainy Brunette
- Breakout Character: In season two. Then started showing up less in later episodes.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: At times.
- Catchphrase: "Bummer..."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After "The Terrifying Tales of Recess" (the first episode of season six and the stories featured in the episode weren't canon, anyway), she's gone for the rest of the series until Taking the Fifth Grade two years later.
- Cloudcuckoolander: While she is closer to Earth than the other teachers at times, she has a few moments where she goes off into Cloudcuckooland.
- Cool Teacher
- Deadpan Snarker: "This Brain for Hire" shows that when she needs to be, she's probably the snarkiest character in the entire series.
- Demoted to Extra: She only appears two times in Recess: School's Out and only has seven lines (and two of them are just her screaming), though this is justified as it was summer vacation. Though her parts in the battle scene were pretty memorable.
- In Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade, she only has a few speaking lines and that's it. Justified, however, as the main kids weren't in her class anymore.
- Friend to All Children
- Genki Girl: Sometimes.
- Granola Girl
- Hippie Teacher
- Hot Teacher: Arguably. She's more "cute" than "sexy".
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Spinelli.
- Masako Katsuki: In the Japanese dub.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She has the voice, but otherwise averts this. Granted, that's her voice actress' natural voice.
- Out of Focus: In the later episodes
- Perpetual Smiler
- Parental Bonus: Responsible for several. She reads Beowulf in class (specifically the part where he rips Grendel's head off ) and, well...
- Quirky Curls
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Miss Finster's red.
- Second Episode Introduction
- Sensei-chan: Has some hints of this (a rare example in western animation as well).
- Soapbox Sadie: In some of her lectures
- Spit Take: In "The Dude", when Miss Finster comes up from behind her and bad-mouths Mr. Dudicoff.
- Stage Magician: Revealed to be one in "The Secret Life of Grotke"
- Token Good Teammate: Out of the four named faculty, she's the only one who's not an Apathetic Teacher or Sadistic Teacher.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Recess: School's Out.
- Totally Radical: She like, totally speaks this way sometimes, cuz you know, it's way cool and far out!
- Tsundere: Believe it or not, she can be a type B.
- Women Are Wiser
"My Fair Gretchen"
Other Characters (Characters who aren't students, one-shot characters, etc.)
"Big Brother Chad"
Voiced by: Kenny Blank
Mayor Phillip Fitzhugh
"Speedy, We Hardly Knew Ye"
Voiced by: Ronnie Schell
- Child Hater
- Corrupt Politician: Mild example. He only cares about his reputation and being re-elected and cares a little about townspeople. Not to mention what he was attempting to do in "The Biggest Trouble Ever".
- Jerk Ass: Between dressing up as Santa Claus to get re-elected, trying to send small, defenseless children into six seperate schools for accidently breaking the statue of school's namesake, despite fact that they were sorry for it, and that he himself intetionally tried to break the same statue back when he was a kid and generally being nasty to everyone, Mayor Fitzhugh is second biggest example of this trope in the show, after Dr. Slicer
- Knight of Cerebus: The episode "The Biggest Trouble Ever" was already very dramatic, but it got really intense when he showed up and took active role.
- Smug Snake
Voiced by: Glenne Headly
"Economics of Recess"
Voiced by: Paul Willson
- Cool Old Guy
- Henpecked Husband: In the episode "This Brain For Hire", his wife gets onto him for convincing Gretchen to do the right thing and return the money she was going to spend on a new bike to the kids she "tutored". He responds with a very meek, "Yes, dear. I know, dear."
- The Mentor: Can be this to the kids in various episodes.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is rather understanding when Gus admits he shoplifted bubblegum from him when he was trying to impress some older kids.
Johnny "Baby Tooth" V.
"That Stinking Feeling"
Voiced by: Erik Von Detten
"Prickly is Leaving"
"A Science Fair to Remember"
Franklin "The Dude" Dudikoff
Voiced by: Joey Lawrence
"Yope From Norway"
Voiced by: Pamela Hayden
Voiced by: Scott McAfee
Lance the Pants
Voiced by: Pamela Hayden
- Age Lift: She's twenty in the Italian dub, while she's sixteen/seventeen (possibly eighteen) in the show.
- Big Sister Bully: Can be this way to T.J. sometimes—but to be fair, he doesn't make things easy for her.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter
- Burger Fool: Works at Floppy Burger. Though she's really enthusiastic about her job.
- The Cheerleader: Hinted at—she has a pair of pom-poms on her dresser, hinting that she is (or at least ''was') a cheerleader
- Cool Big Sis: When she helps the kids rescue T.J.. Also, T.J. considered her one when he was younger, "back when she was nice."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub, her name is Maggie.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to T.J.'s Foolish.
- The Ghost: Until Recess: School's Out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Remember the New Guy: Just averted. When the movie was in production, some of the later episodes before the movie was finished had T.J. mention her a few times, avoiding having her introduced without anyone mentioning her before.
- Retcon: Becky was originally T.J.'s (unnamed and unseen) older brother, according to "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff" (Which, as an early episode of the first season, was filled with Early Installment Weirdness).
- Status Quo Is God: Despite mending her bond with T.J. at the end of Recess: School's Out, she goes back to being a jerk in Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade.
Dr. Phillium Benedict
Voiced by: James Woods