Characters / Suburgatory

Tessa Altman (Jane Levy)

"Pretty ironic that a box full of rubbers landed me in a town full of plastic"
— Tessa about the Condomgate, the incident that consisted in her father finding condoms in her room, causing them to move out.

  • Adorkable: Sometimes... whenever she lets her deredere side go out.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: States that a [nerdy repressed Jewish boy] is exactly what she ought to have as a boyfriend.
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Broken Pedestal: Her reaction to George giving her happiness less importance than he gives to Eden, and to him sending her with him in Chatswin. She had one with her mother and her mother's family too, ever since she is born. This worsens when she is deprived of Dallas, her new found mother figure...
  • Brutal Honesty: When she doesn't think it will be hurtful, she does this. She increasingly begins to use Tactful Translation as everyone's vulnerability in Chatswin begins to show, because she realizes Chatswin's inhabitants are not quite the superficial heartless bastards she though they were.
  • Cool Loser: Somewhat Justified in that she's like this because she doesn't want anything to do with most of the people in Chatswin.
  • Dawson Casting: Downplayed. 5 years difference between the actress and the character.
  • Deadpan Snarker: See The Snark Knight. It's both a defense mechanism in an hostile place and her way of fighting probably deeper emotions than what she lets on. This leads to Dramatic Deadpan.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
  • Expy: Some people think she is close from Daria. She was compared to Ginger from As Told by Ginger on the main page (both shows are created by Emily Kapnek).
  • The Face: Just like Dalia, she has a knack for targeting a given audience with marketing.
  • First Name Basis: She always calls her father "George."
  • Generation Xerox: She may take the sarcasm from her grandmother or from her mother. Her physical resemblance with the first is mentioned by George. The resemblance with her grandmother is proved via a very similar looking actress, who snarks as much as Jane Levy.
  • Good Is Not Nice —> Good Is Not Soft
  • Hidden Depths: More emotional and forgiving as what was once thought (in the first episodes, she could have been considered a Jerk Sue), and probably having Mommy Issues.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold
  • Insufferable Genius: Athleticism is dumb. Being popular is dumb. Being George is bordering dumb. Being anyone else than Lisa, Malik and Dallas in the suburb is venturing on the Dumb Frontiers. Oh, and if you want to buy her this highly expensive crystal art she succeeded in making you decide you would definitely buy, you are actually pretty smart.
  • Lemony Narrator
  • Missing Mom: Which leads to Mommy Issues.
  • Mistaken for Gay: By Dalia and Lisa. Because she's a tomboy. And because of her boots...
  • Mr. Vice Guy : Tessa is understanding, constant, supporting, and selfless, but her major superiority complex makes her oblivious to the others feelings, because she thinks that they can't be deep.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Popular Is Dumb/Surrounded by Idiots: Her opinion of everyone popular is this.
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • The Snark Knight
  • Spoiled Sweet: Becomes this in an episode because she is successful in her job, proving once again that she is not a Spoiled Brat, unlike most suburbanites.
  • Stepford Snarker
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: It is jarring how kind she can be to some people, while she remains mostly unaffected by everyone else's lives in Chastwin at the beginning. She is mostly harbouring behaviors of a tsundere, though.
  • Tsundere: Subverted. She would look like a very quiet and civil Type A, except that she doesn't try to seem angry, nor cares enough to be angry most of the time.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist : Zig-zagged, and ultimately averted. She begins as a snarky teenager with a huge superiority complex who bashes people who provoke her or try to change her, but then reveals to be morally upright and a Blithe Spirit (helping Mr Wolfe in coming out). Then, she takes Dalia's would-be-boyfriend as her boyfriend, but tries to tell her before and is quite honorable about it until The Rival is enraged and grows more insulting, and she starts showing off before the poor Dalia. Then, she apologizes, and acknowledges that Dalia is having a hard time, answers kindly to her declaration of Roaring Rampage of Revenge and bonds more with Dallas and helps Dalia. Then, she dumps Scott because he is suffering PTSD. Though it was a rather funny, benign and insulting form of it. Then, she helps Dalia and behaves well... until she rejects her new stepmother rather abruptly. But it was because her father let her become her mother figure without her consent because he likes her, estranging her from the new mother figure, who symbolizes everything he wanted her to accept in the first place.
  • Workaholic : Proves to be one.

George Altman (Jeremy Sisto)

"Yes, I'm a dad, but I am also... a dude"

Sheila Shay (Ana Gasteyer)

"I don't hit them because it's fun, although it is. I hit them so that the whole garden shine"
— Sheila talking about the weak flowers in her garden.

Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines)

"Get this driver's license or die trying... Maybe it's a bad advice..."
— Dallas, to her daughter.

Lisa Shay (Allie Grant)

"Can I excuse myself for I'm having a terrible time ?"
— Lisa trying to leave dinner.

Dalia Royce (Carly Chaikin)

Tessa: I'm sorry. I guess it must be painful.
— Tessa and Dalia talking together after Dalia's latest (arguably) Disproportionate Retribution.

Mr Wolfe (Rex Lee)

"Tessa : But Ryan is just so...
Dalia : Listen, Tessa. When people see me, they think I am North Corean. But what they don't see is that I am also South Korean."
— Tessa about her new boyfriend and Mr Wolfe about something completely else, apparently.

Noah Werner (Alan Tudyk)

Fred Shay (Chris Parnell)

Ryan Shay (Parker Young)