Characters: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
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The Bennet family and Affiliates
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet (Ashley Clements)
You don't have to be nuts to live here, but it helps...Lizzie is a 24-year-old grad student studying mass communications. She likes rain, classic novels, and any movie starring Colin Firth. She loves her parents and sisters in spite of their flaws. She tends to be judgmental, but in the end she wants to change the world. Preferably through Youtube.
- Adorkable: She's very lovely and characters find her attractive. She can be a bit dorky and nerdish, though, especially with her costume drama.
- Age Lift: A minor one. 20 in the book, 24 in the adaptation.
- Aloof Big Sister: To Lydia. It's not very clear from their interaction at the beginning, but Lydia's vlog reveals she feels lonely and envies her sisters Jane and Lizzie that are so close.
- Always Someone Better: Jane. She takes it well and behaves kindly towards her.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Jane & Lydia. Darcy pressed it for Jane, and Wickham pressed it for Lydia.
- Big Sister Worship: She adores her older sister Jane who is the sweetest person ever in their 'verse.
- Bookworm: The only thing Lizzie does with her time, by her own admission, is make vlogs, read and study.
- Catch Phrase: "I forget nothing!" Whenever somebody wonders how she remembers every conversation word for word.
- Character Development: As she goes through her trials and tribulations, Lizzie is growing more aware of the mistakes she's made and the potential problems in her judgement and attitudes towards others.
- Cool Big Sis: Occasionally Lizzie shows flashes of being protective of Lydia, but for the most part she's annoyed by her.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: The reason why she doesn't want to work in a firm if her job is immoral, even if she can help people with the money.
- Deadpan Snarker: She can be snide and keep her face deadpan. She's also very good at acting in costumes and never breaks character, unlike others.
- Fiery Redhead: At times, she shows how determined or angry she is.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: A tame version exists between Lizzie and Lydia. For the most part, they get along and they are kept in check by Jane. Plus, it's obvious that they really care about each other.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Charlotte have been best friends ever since the day they were born. Or since being fetuses.
- Horrible Judge of Character: It's the reason the original novel is called Pride and Prejudice. Many characters Lizzie has formed an opinion on have gone on to prove that opinion wrong. However, just like in the novel, this is balanced by the fact that, though unable to catch people's Hidden Depths immediately, and though she wasn't even quite right about her family with the exception of Jane and her parents, she is perfectly able to understand people who don't hide anything. This is true in her family and outside of it (as she was initially right about Caroline and Bing Lee, and all along about Adorkable Maria Lu, fun Fitz and Gigi). Most notably after the Drama Bomb about Wickham's website. Lizzie assumes that Lydia was a collaborator instead of a victim, which speaks volumes about her knowledge of her own sister, all while proving that she cares and that this is not neglect. The action is also eminently justifiable (Lydia whacked-a-mole in public and keeps reminding people that she would do anything to be famous, after all).
- The Idealist: Compared to Charlotte, she's more idealistic of the two, believing that they can make a difference and become successful in story-telling business or media.
- Innocently Insensitive: Lydia feels offended by Lizzie's present — a self-help book about acting more responsibly.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Mildly, her treatment of Lydia, Darcy, and her parents. They are all pretty self-centered, or have jerkish tendencies, but she speaks of their private life on the internet.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Hints that she suffers from it, but it can be just for fun. She's actually very comfortable with herself and her life.
- Ms. Imagination: She's a hilarious natural story-teller who likes dramatizing her life and her family and friends' lives in her vlog. She likes wild and not so wild theories about people she doesn't know — for instance, she says Bing Lee might be gay or a serial killer (or a gay serial killer), and she's anxious to find out what happened between Darcy and George.
- Oblivious to Love: One fairly early episode "Lizzie Bennet is in Denial" when Jane and Charlotte hijacked her vlog, they said Darcy might be trying to be friendly, but she says no way. Again, Jane suggests it in Episode 33. Confirmed in episode 60, when Darcy declares his love.
- Redheaded Heroine: She's a red-head and the focus of the series.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: ... and one of them is: "I don't work for some evil firm which creates reality TV or educational corporate web videos in exchange for a lot of money, I find a job with which I can help the world... or the culture." Didn't plan this, Ricky? It may be the reason why she is so uneasy when facing Bing and Caroline Lee's displays of financial resources, and Darcy's behavior, which she thinks he allows himself because he is rich.
- Stepford Snarker: She's aware of their family problems — her and her sisters' student loans, her parents' second mortgage, her father's dealing of her mother, her younger sister's irresponsibility, etc. She deals with it by a healthy dose of snide comments.
- Trekkie: Lizzie is a Star Trek fan. She uses a Vulcan Mind Meld on Jane in Episode 10, and references the Prime Directive in 81.
- Unreliable Narrator: Possibly about her mother (although that has been put seriously in doubt after Jane had a Freudian Slip, she does seem to exaggerate and see misdeeds when she is being innocent for the moment) and Darcy.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Charlotte, when she tries to take Ricky's offer and passes it as a service to Lizzie, who copiously thanks her, and hijacks the video blog for episode 41, when the poor Lizzie takes a break. Used more seriously with Caroline.
- Verbal Tic: She often ends her sentences "Am I right?"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A mild Type 2 with Charlotte. They tend to have friendly arguments and they are so close they can afford to share even negative things.
Charlotte Lu (Julia Cho)
Charlotte: You're talking about me?
Lizzie: Well your life and future career success and happiness.
Charlotte: Ah, your imaginary fantasy land again.Charlotte is as talented and more down-to-earth than her best friend Lizzie. She is also as creative, at least as witty and as hard-working as her friend, but a bit more skeptical about the world as a whole. However, her practical mind lets the audience see things that Lizzie filters out.
- Accentuate the Negative: In the episode when she and Lizzie talk about their future in the entertainment. Charlotte provides the voice of reason when she stresses that they would need an incredible amount of good luck to achieve even mild success.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Charlotte Lucas is a plain woman in the book. Charlotte Lu is a very pretty young woman of Asian origin.
- Adaptation Name Change: Charlotte Lucas becomes Charlotte Lu to go along with her Race Lift.
- Apparently Powerless Puppetmaster: Charlotte has actually been planing to accept Mr. Collins's offer at least since between episode 39 and 40, and most probably ever since episode 35, under the guise of "being polite to Mr. Collins" and "helping Lizzie".
- Age Lift: Inverted, unlike her book counterpart, she's the same age as Lizzie. Due to the Values Dissonance and Adaptational Attractiveness, her original Old Maid fears plot wouldn't be convincing in this adaptation anyway.
- Ascended Extra: Charlotte is much more important than her book counterpart ever was.
- Cool Big Sis: To Maria. She enables Maria to have an internship in her new job, and provides her guidance and useful tips.
- Deadpan Snarker: She can snark really with style and her insight can be as precise as it is sarcastic.
- Emotionless Girl: She often comes off as very calm and stoic. However, some episodes show her very depressed, and she can express her happiness at times.
- The Face: As the editor and the one who tells Lizzie that she goes too far.
- Girl Friday: Almost fulfills this towards Lizzie, except for the romantic or physical tension.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lizzie. They are super close and like sisters. They had one major argument in the series, but they managed to patch things up and became close as ever.
- Only Sane Woman: Can often come across as this; she's probably the most sensible and practical person in the cast and her snarky Straight Man personality often contrasted against the more fanciful Bennets.
- The Reliable One: To Lizzie, to whom she is fiercely devoted. She's a great editor and provides the post-production.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Much more on the "icy" side than Lizzie...
- The Straight Man: With a heavy accent on the Deadpan Snarker; she tends to play this role to Lizzie when Lizzie is being dramatic or goofy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A mild type 2 with Elizabeth. They can argue and disagree, but it's all too clear that they love each other. Lizzie called her my almost-sister in one of her video description.
Jane Bennet (Laura Spencer)
Charlotte: See, this is what Jane says when she sees someone she really likes: (imitates Jane's voice) Oh, hi, it's so good to see you! Her mortal enemy: (the same clip) Oh hi, it's so good to see you! And the mailman: (the same clip) Oh hi, it's so good to see you!Jane Bennet is the oldest Bennet sister, working in fashion merchandising. Overworked, underpaid, and absolutely adorable. She's in love with Bing Lee, but tends to be modest in the way she expresses herself. She sees the good in everyone.
- Age Lift: Like Lizzie, some minor one (her adaptational age is not given, but she's obviously older than 24, since that's how old Lizzie is in this version). When asked in a Fan QA where Jane might be in five years, Laura Spencer claimed that Jane would be "about thirty".
- Break the Cutie: Starts breaking in 47 when she finds out about Bing leaving for LA, but completely breaks by Episode 48.
- Catchphrase: "It's so good to see you!"
- The Cutie: She's the sweetest person on the show. Amazing how an adult woman can pull that off.
- Character Development: Goes from being slightly "deer in the headlights" when she played Darcy in Episode 15 to writing her own script in Episode 33. She is also more confident by the end of the webseries.
- Cool Big Sis: Both Lydia and Lizzie adore her, though both are definitely pluckier than Jane.
- Drop-In Character: "I am sorry, I didn't know you were shooting..."
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She likes baking cookies.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist. She expects only good stuff to happen and she thinks all people are as kind and good-hearted as she is.
- Go-Getter Girl: She's sweet, polite and extremely devoted to her family. She loves her job (she works in the fashion industry) and they overwork her because she's such a skilled person. In her first appearance, she's absolutely exhausted from work.
- The Idealist: The most extreme one on the show, just like in the original novel. She sees the world as very nice place to live and never even suspects maliciousness.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Even when her heart gets broken, she stays sweet and hopeful and nice to everybody.
- The Ingenue: Lizzie likes to tease Jane and hint that Jane might sleep with Bing after they dated for a sufficiently long time, but Jane denies it. They even spend a night together in his house, and nothing sexual happens.
- Love You and Everybody: Whilst this seems to be a virtue, it can actually make things worse if others conspire against you or think you are somewhat cool to the significant other.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very timid and appears shy.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: A very clear case with Lydia — Jane is polite, quiet, careful and sweet, where Lydia is obnoxious, loud, reckless and immature.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She and Bing Lee. She can be sickeningly sweet even by herself, but with Bing (who is equally cute), their sweetness gets squared. Lizzie is very, very happy for them, but she admits they could be happy together somewhere else because Jane's happiness is a little too much to take.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She becomes more willful and less gullible as time passes, and takes fully control over her life. She also seems to be quite resigned at the thought of moving on concerning Bing, and she hints that she puts the blame, if not on him, at least not on herself for their failed relationship.
- Stepford Smiler: When she's heart-broken, she tries to remain upbeat. She eventually breaks down and admits how sad and depressed she is.
- Took a Level in Badass: After her relationship with Bing ends abruptly, she mopes for a while and then picks herself up and decides to get on with her life. She also leaves her job, which she admits several times she is under-appreciated at, to come home and support Lydia after the tape is announced. Finally, when Bing finally comes to visit, she makes it pretty clear he's not getting away with just leaving town and refusing to answer her messages.
- Workaholic: Probably not by choice, but she is very competent and loves her job. She is really over-worked.
Lydia Britney Bennet (Mary Kate Wiles)
"Hey everybody! Now, I know what you're thinking: 'Hey, Lydia! Where is your much older, much more depressing older sister Lizzie?' Who cares?
Lydia: (blackmailing her eldest sister, talking about a pony) Remember Mr Wuffles?
Jane: (looks at the camera, genuinely terrified) I gotta go. (walks away in a hurry)
Lydia: Poor Mr Wuffles... He died so young. But I got a cat, I named her Kitty, she follows me everywhere, AND NOW YOU CAN FOLLOW HER 'COZ SHE'S ON TWITTER!Lydia is the youngest Bennet sister, a hyperactive boy-crazy college freshman who loves her sisters, but loves herself more. She also has a cat named Kitty who follows her everywhere. Lydia is able to get what she wants and she never forgets a promise. WHAT!
- Abhorrent Admirer: Abhorrent Fake Admirer. Of her own admission, to Mr.Collins.Lydia (answering a comment on her chemistry with Mr Collins and how they should date): Over his dead body.
- Age Lift: Well, she couldn't stay her original age, unless you want send Wickham to jail (which you probably do).
- Annoying Younger Sibling: For the most part, but she has Hidden Depths.
- Attention Whore: She forces herself to be included on Lizzie's videos even if she's unasked or asked to leave. It is revealed to be a case of Desperately Craves Affection as the series progresses.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 20 and Episode 69. She took over Lizzie's vlog when Lizzie had to study or write papers, and had no time to shoot.
- Blithe Spirit: Except for the drinking part, she was nice to Mary and encouraged her cousin to enjoy herself for once.
- Break the Cutie: Wickham was emotionally abusive to her, and then taken advantage of her in a horrible way.
- Bully Hunter: She sticks unicorn stickers on the car windows of girls who mocked Mary about her crush. It is as adorable as it sounds! Those bitches' manicures went to hell, muahahaha!
- Character Development: Unlike her book counterpart, she changes for the better. She sees how her behavior was faulty, but the price was really high. Essentially, she was abused for sex. Such an experience could have easily broken her completely.
- Despair Event Horizon: Episode 87 when she talks about Wickham and how much he screwed her over. She's not quite recovered by the end of the series, but she's on her way."Why didn't he love me, Lizzie? I love him so much..."
- Drop-In Character: Lizzie sometimes asks Lydia for help, but she appears in several videos where her presence was unplanned.
- Fiery Redhead: She's very lively. Almost too much to take sometimes, especially for Lizzie, who is much calmer and needs a little quiet time.
- Freudian Excuse: The Lydia vlogs heavily imply that Lydia acts out and is obnoxious at least in part because she feels jealous of Jane and Lizzie's bond and ignored by her parents. Interestingly, the writers seem to take this less seriously than the vast majority of the Lydia fanbase... until episode 23 of her spin-off, when she starts falling into the dirty hands of the evil George Wickham, a creepy Manipulative Bastard who may or may not be a potential perpetrator of Domestic Abuse.
- Genki Girl: She's very loud and obnoxious and positive and energetic... "Whuuut! Hollaaa! And high five."
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The "pretty" one, although she's not unintelligent and Lizzie isn't unattractive. However, she's not interested in her college studies at all, unlike Lizzie who is very focused and in the final semesters of grad school.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like her sister, except way worse. She doesn't hold herself back even when it comes to saying very damaging things to her sister, unlike Lizzie, who difficultly tries to hold herself back.
- Hates Being Alone: Lydia's a social animal, and is generally the one to throw herself at her family and demand that they hang out or go do something fun. She tends to get upset or angry when they decline, and goes off to find someone else to spend time with; anything but being on her own. It's implied in several videos that she does this mostly because she's lonely and afraid of being abandoned.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Mary and Lizzie appear to be bothered by her crazy antics and they seem to barely tolerate her, but she does some genuinely nice things for them, which both girls appreciate.
- Hot-Blooded: Of the Bennet sisters, she has the biggest temper and is the most likely to lash out or storm away in a huff.
- Kick the Dog: Her use of Lizzie's fear of being abandoned to hurt her.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She has a kitty named Kitty and they have several adorable videos together. Kitty is Lydia's sidekick of sorts.
- Large Ham: She over-acts in Lizzie's costume theatre. And how she acts outside of Lizzie's costume theatre
- Little Sister Bully: She's able to get whatever she wants and is totally okay with resorting to blackmail.
- Odd Friendship: She and Mary, as friends-like creatures who somehow get along. They share some touching moments.
- Revenge Myopia: Despite having insulted Lizzie countless times, and having told Lizzie that she would need to change to get a boyfriend, Lydia gets offended when Lizzie tells her in a very blunt way that she needs to change to have a successful career, something Lydia is not remotely interested in. From that point on, she is furious about Lizzie, and criticizes her, viciously using Lizzie's lack of people skills and fear of abandonment to guilt trip her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Jane, who's her opposite in many ways — Jane being polite and low-key and gracious, while Lydia is obnoxious, loud and brash — but o some extent also with Lizzie, who while closer to her in temperament is more introverted and bookish where Lydia is an extroverted party girl.
- Shipper on Deck: She's very happy for Jane and Bing, and joins her mother in various schemes to bring them even closer.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: She acts like this whenever she is interested in someone romantically. She is furious whenever someone makes smart remarks about it.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She improved during the series from an obnoxious girl to a considerate sister, cousin, and friend. Also, the original Lydia from the book had no apparent redeeming qualities (except her love for her husband), whereas this Lydia is irresponsible as ever but essentially well-meaning.
- Valley Girl: Her way of talking and dressing herself up. Then, realize that she endures the same things as her sisters, while being a teenager who's boy crazy and has no qualms about underage drinking.
- Verbal Tic: "Am I right?" and "Whuuuuut" and "Hollaaa!"
Mrs Bennet: (played and quoted by her middle daughter, Lizzie) Lizzie, who's that dancing with Bing Lee, the rich new neighbor studying to be a doctor?
Lizzie: For the tenth time, it's your eldest, most perfect daughter, Jane.
Mrs Bennet: (totally overexcited) This is the happiest day of my life!
Lizzie: What about the day you married Dad or the days your three daughters were born?
Mrs Bennet: Nope, it's today!Embarrassing mother of the beautiful Bennet sisters and wife to Mr Bennet. It's her dream to see her daughters married to rich men and having mothered two point five children in a house with white picket fence.
- Abusive Parents: How Lizzie portrays her. If we are to believe her, she tried to traumatize her into becoming devoted into finding a husband, made Lizzie and Jane have a Guilt Complex when the former refused a job from Ricky Collins (just after Lizzie fought with her best friend) and the latter went home after spending a night flirting with Bing and didn't come back engaged, made sure they would both feel worthless while bringing all the attention her, her angst and her Gold Digger plan.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her behavior at the wedding or parties is not very polished. She also keeps inviting herself to various places, including the White House. People are so baffled by her confidence that they simply let her.
- Gold Digger: By proxy, but still. Being rich is a thing she absolutely demands in her future sons-in-law.
- Good Parents: How idealistic and gentle Jane portrays her. Jane wouldn't mind getting married and having kids, apparently, and she can put up with the pressure. Mrs Bennet also at least tries to discipline Lydia (she had her car privileges removed) and she asks her niece Mary to tutor Lydia before her midterm exams. These are things which book!Mrs Bennet never did.
- The Ghost: Never appears on screen. Until The Stinger of episode 100, when we get to hear her voice and see her arm and part of her torso as she unwittingly steps in front of the camera. Her face remains hidden, though.
- I Want Grandkids: She probably loves kids. Her desire for grand-babies is often present in her pressure on her daughters.
- Large Ham: How she is portrayed by Lizzie. From what little we see in the final episode, this is not an exaggeration at all.
- Mama Bear: In the novelization, Lizzie comments that while her Mom wants her daughters married, she wouldn't stand for any young man (no matter how eligible and ideal) get away with behaving rudely especially with her daughters. So Lizzie decides not to tell her Mom that Darcy dissed her.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Lizzie's exaggerated portrayal of her.
- My Beloved Smother: To Lizzie. Lizzie really hates her obsession with weddings, marriages, and children. As if there were no other things in life for women to achieve. She never supports Lizzie in her studies or career dreams.
- Pair the Spares: Her goal in life. The primary target are her single daughters.
- Parents as People: Charlotte's opinion. She thinks Lizzie exaggerates the embarrassment and that she doesn't give her credit for taking care of them.
- Skewed Priorities: 1. Her daughters' material wealth 2. The family's reputation 3. Her reputation 4. Her daughters being happy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
- Southern Belle: Her accent is decidedly southern and her habits and life ideals are set in the past — she values stable life with marriage (necessarily to wealthy men) and having children.
- Stepford Smiler: She tries to set up her daughters with virtually anyone. She considers them to be worthless Christmas Cakes, at least according to Lizzie's portrayal. She also covers the hinted-at financial issues of the Bennet family with forced smiles and fake happiness.
- Supreme Chef: The novelization notes she is a natural in the kitchen and she worked as a chef before she was married.
Lizzie: These are the things Dad likes the most. I made a chart. (The chart is featured on screen, read in order of intensity: New socks, bonsai trees, embarrassing daughters, winding up mom. [Mrs. Bennet])
Mr Bennet: (played by Lydia, his youngest daughter) Sure, peanut, if the world's largest energy company files for bankruptcy, then you can have a pony.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: According to Lizzie, he's a loving and supportive parent, but he does enjoy a good laugh on his daughters' account. She imagines his conversation with Bing Lee, talking about them in mocking way. He departs from the stereotype in that when he finds out about the videos he doesn't mind Lizzie's caricatured portrayal of him or his wife — in fact, in The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet he tells her that his favorite videos are the ones where she plays him — though he would like his bathrobe back.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lizzie takes after him, and his wife seems to be Sarcasm-Blind and frustrated by his snark.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Usually a part of his generic outfit for the costume theatre.
- Good Parents: How Jane and Lizzie portray him. Lizzie says he supported her decision not to accept a lucrative job offer in order to finish her degree.
- The Ghost: He's never seen in person.
- Henpecked Husband: Quite a bit, but he can deal with his wife with snark and pranks.
- No Accounting for Taste: Lizzie says she will never know how they even ended up together — a woman who creates drama out of the smallest thing and a calm and supportive guy.
- The Prankster: He plays tricks on his wife and daughters.
- Rail Enthusiast: Has a train set which, according to Lizzie, is bigger than her entire room.
- The Stoic: He can't be bothered too much by all the drama, sometimes fake and sometimes real, created by his wife and his youngest daughter.
Mary Bennet (Briana Cuoco)
Lydia: You could be my apprentice. I could teach you all I know about everything and we could spend all our time together!
Mary: I would literally rather die in a fire than do any of that.Cousin to the Bennet sisters. Appears in Lydia's video diaries.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Mary Bennet was the only plain girl among the Bennet sisters. Cousin Mary is very pretty, with olive skin and dark hair.
- Book Worm: She reads a lot and is good at school.
- Brutal Honesty: She has no problems telling Lydia what she thinks of her, and she openly says to Lizzie that she was harsh on George (not that he didn't deserve it).
- Deadpan Snarker: Her comments have a healthy dose of snark and she can keep her face completely straight.
- Designated Monkey: For Lydia in her vlog, in-universe; although Lydia is genuinely well-meaning and concerned about her.
- Disappeared Dad: She lives alone with her mother in a tiny apartment. No father of Mary is ever mentioned.
- Emo Teen: She's not a teenager, but her personality and clothes fit. She always wears black. She looked sad and almost depressed in the first episode of Lydia's vlog, but she loosened up later and even smiled sometimes, to Lydia's great amusement.
- Foil: To Lydia. She's very serious, responsible, and studious. Lydia is her opposite, being irresponsible, loud, and very careless about her studies.
- Goth: Downplayed Gloomy Goth who almost always wears only black.
- Not So Above It All: She likes a boy and does not want to speak about him, even when they start dating. It slightly works into making her Not So Different from Lydia despite her exasperation in front of her boys-related antics.
- Odd Friendship:
- She and Lydia, as friends-like creatures that somehow get along when Lydia is forced to stay in her flat.
- Subverted. Mrs. Bennet had been paying Mary to tutor Lydia. She becomes tired of hanging out with her later because she's uncontrollable and doesn't seem to care.
- Double Subverted. Mrs. Bennet started paying her only after Lydia left to Los Angeles and Mary got angry, but they forgave each other, becoming friends again, and Mary really did care.
- Shrinking Violet: She's a shy girl who doesn't have too many friends. Her cousin Lizzie keeps forgetting about her.
- The Snark Knight: She's snarky, but her snark is never hurtful. She stays friendly and supportive, and she's a good person concerned about her cousin Lydia.
- The Stoic: According to Lydia.
Kitty Bennet (Rosie)
Lydia's cat, who (at least according to Lydia) "follows her everywhere" and shows up in the occasional video. Has her own Twitter account (which, admittedly, is probably maintained by Lydia and not Kitty herself).
- Adaptation Species Change: In the book Pride and Prejudice Kitty is the second youngest of the five Bennet sisters. In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries there are only three sisters; Mary has become a cousin and Kitty's become an actual cat.
- Catch Phrase: She "borrows" Lydia's "Whaaaaatt?!!!?" for her Twitter account, as well as the word "adorbz."
- Cats Are Mean: Invoked in Lydia's sixth video, where Kitty bites Lydia's hand while Lydia is talking about mean people:"So what do we do to people who are mean to the ones we love? — Ow! — That's right, Kitty Bennet: We are mean right back at them!"
- Cats Are Snarkers: Well, according to her Twitter account, anyway. Her Tweets consist mainly of sarcastic remarks, self-glorifying comments and cute pictures.
- A Dog Named Dog: A Cat Named Kitty. Probably because the original book character was nicknamed "Kitty," the creators got the idea of turning her into an actual kitty.
- Cute Kitten: Her Twitter account takes full advantage of this trope, posting a lot of cute-looking pictures of her in various positions.
- Replacement Goldfish: Implied at her first mention in the videos to be a replacement for Lydia's first pet, a pony named Mr Wuffles, who "died so young." Seems to be a recent addition to the Bennet household, as Lizzie in The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet refers to her as "Lydia's new cat, Kitty."
- Shout-Out: When Lydia claims that Kitty follows her everywhere, that's a clear nod to Kitty's original book counterpart, who despite being two years older than Lydia still followed her in everything.
Emily LuEmily Lu is Charlotte and Maria's mother and a close friend to Mrs Bennet.
- The Ghost: She's never seen, but Lizzie and Charlotte occasionally mention her. She's not even staged in the costume theatre.
- Gossipy Hens: She and Mrs Bennet. They gossiped about Bing Lee a lot.
Maria Lu (Janice Lee)
Charlotte's younger sister. She gets an internship at Collins and Collins.
- Adorkable: Lizzie tells Charlotte that with Maria being a cute geeky girl, she has won a prize in "younger sister lottery".
- Audience Surrogate: She brings Lizzie and Charlotte back together after their argument. She ships Lizzie and Darcy, though just passively supports the idea. She can deal with Mr Collins — she actually pulls off calling him Ricky. She proudly presents her internship video.
- Big Sister Worship: She adores her older sister Charlotte and is grateful for getting an internship at Charlotte's job. She takes advice from her on vlogging. Charlotte adores her back and wants her to finish her studies, a thing she didn't do herself because of the job offer.
- Blithe Spirit: Maria is the one who tries to patch things up between Charlotte and Lizzie, and brings enthusiasm and impulsiveness, but also perpetuates fangirling, past attachments, and hope for the future at Collins and Collins. Mr. Collins likes her and she influences some of his plans.
- The Cutie: She's adorable and so nervous during her first video. She's probably one of the youngest girls appearing in this show, likely still a teenager among twenty-somethings.
- The Ghost: She was The Ghost until she's got her own spin-off with Charlotte. She has a Twitter account to which Charlotte has subscribed, with a picture of herself as her icon, but doesn't appear in Lizzie's vlog.
- Geek: A fan of Doctor Who, The Legend of Korra, and anime. She also follows Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch on Twitter.
Bing Lee and Affiliates
Bing Lee (Christopher Sean)
Caroline: Have you met my brother? When he sees a spider in the house, he catches it unharmed and releases it into the rose garden. He probably gives it a check-up and a lollipop before letting it go.A young medical student from Harvard, who's rich and Asian, and whom Mrs Bennet is desperate to marry to one of her daughters. He and Jane are both kind, romantic, and single, and it is the Bennet family's common desire that they end up together.
- The Ace: He excels in many things and everybody seems to like him.
- Adaptation Name Change: Charles Bingley becomes Bing Lee.
- Big Man on Campus: Supposedly, he's very popular among his peers.
- The Charmer: Even Lizzie, very prejudiced against him, ends up liking him.
- The Cutie: An adult manly man, very handsome, but considerate, adorable, and funny.
- Character Development: He recognizes how easily manipulated he is and makes up his own mind for once: he moves to New York with Jane after he dropped out of med school.
- Ditzy Genius: Bing is a med student but he does have moments of cluelessness, particularly regarding Jane. By his own admission, he's not always the smartest person in the room.
- Drop-In Character: He's one of the few who doesn't know that Lizzie has a video blog. The girls tell him they are filming video letters for Charlotte, and he buys it.
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted, as unlike the original he has to put a lot of work into making up for dumping Jane just because Darcy told him to.
- The Ghost: That is, until episode 28, when Jane is recording a letter to Charlotte, and Bing pops up while she's recording.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Seems to lack self-confidence in episode 34. This is confirmed by Bernie Sue.
- Hidden Depths: He reveals to Jane in ep 92 that he actually dropped out of med school because he wasn't happy with his life.
- Hospital Hottie: He's a medical student, but he already has the doctor's appeal on Mrs Bennet. A future handsome doctor with major family money? Who wouldn't want him for a son-in-law?
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's a true gentleman. It's seen especially during the Netherfield arc when he takes care of sick Jane. He also keeps sending Jane flowers and escorts her home from work — just to be with her and play a knight to her.
- Nice Guy: He's truly a very pleasant young man. Jackpot, right?
- Odd Friendship: With Darcy. Darcy is a stuck-up snob who doesn't like company, while Bing Lee is an extrovert who gains new friends easily.
- Race Lift: A guy from North England became Asian.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Jane. Lizzie is happy for them, but finds the vibes she gets from them a bit unsettling.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Extremely attractive, tall, well-built with dark eyes and dark hair.
- Weak-Willed: Because of excessive Heroic Self-Deprecation, he is easy to persuade.
William Darcy (Daniel Vincent Gordh)
(played by Lizzie) "This party is preposterous. I hate dancing. It's a waste of time, like saying nice things to people. Many of these people seem to be enjoying popular music un-ironically."
(played by Lizzie, to Bing saying that the girls at the wedding are pretty) "You found the only pretty girl at this wedding. Even if she smiles too much. I dislike smiling. It contorts the face."Heir to an entertainment empire, Darcy is a shy, awkward guy who unfortunately hides his awkwardness by being arrogant and snobby.
- Antiquated Linguistics: His favorite way of speaking.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his younger sister and strangely, his friend Bing Lee.
- Bowties Are Cool: Worn by Lizzie & Co when playing him. It fits as he is a curious mix of Hipster, Gentleman Snarker and Socially-Awkward Hero. We have been told that he wears scarves, indoors. In episode 61 he wears a bowtie onscreen, and Lizzie mentions that he did wear a newsboy hat once, making his costume relatively accurate.
- Butt Monkey: Lizzie keeps mocking him and his lack of social skills. He sort of deserved it.
- Damned by Faint Praise: He's tall. Even Jane Bennet cannot think of any other redeeming qualities.
- The Ghost: Except for the Bennet parents, he was the last major character to be shown onscreen. Took until Episode 59.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Towards Jane. Which helps creating a serious Not So Different situation with Lizzie.
- Knight in Sour Armor/Mr. Vice Guy: Despite being aware that social classes exist and adamant that they have their importance (he seems rather proud of his own), he has been shown to help (and try to help) Gigi, Bing, and Caroline numerous times and is appalled at the idea of causing suffering to other people of lower social standing just because he can and it is funny.
- Jerkass: As Lizzie sees him, and other girls more or less agree. But he's really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Last Name Basis: With the exception of Gigi, all the characters refer to him by his last name.
- No Social Skills: Even his close friend Fitz admits that he's not that charming when you first meet him. He complimented music in a very detached way and thought that's good enough as invitation to dance.
- Not So Different: Lizzie tries to cover it, but they are both cultured, a bit pessimistic, proud, and judgmental. The only difference is that Lizzie is more modern, free-minded, at ease with people, and more fun-loving.
- The Proud Elite: American, old money style. He owns a cool and successful family business. It's some kind of entertainment industry. He strongly believes in social classes. In the 21st century? Gee, no wonder Lizzie takes him for a jerk.
- The Scapegoat: For Lizzie and George's cancelled date at Bing's birthday party.
- Shrinking Violet: Resorts to fake texting and passing by Lizzie's house instead of outright talking to her.Charlotte-as-Caroline: Oh look, your little crush is coming this way.
Jane-as-Darcy: [whips out phone, turns away, and starts pressing buttons]
C-as-C: Are you fake texting?
J-as-D: [turning back] It's super-important. [turns away again and continues button-mashing]
- Odd Friendship: Lizzie thinks his friendship with Bing is weird. She doesn't understand how such a cool and nice guy like Bing could be friends with a biggest, snobbiest Mr. Douchebag.
- Pride: For all his nobility, he did seem baffled when Lizzie rejected him. He genuinely believed she liked him and that he's a catch.
- Promoted To Parent: Sort of. His parents are deceased and he and his younger sister Gigi have only each other. They are somewhat close in age and William takes care of her. She also works in their family company Pemberley Digital, of which he is CEO.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's tall (he towers over Lizzie) and he's acknowledged as handsome.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He appears very intimidating and unpleasant to most people.
- Think Nothing of It: His answer to Caroline's gratitude after a spider incident.
- True Companions: With Bing. It is his main reason for breaking up Jane and Bing, as he thought she was in for the money, or not interested.
- Undying Loyalty: Lizzie views this as an Informed Attribute because both Bing and Fitz praise this quality in him while she hasn't seen much of it — then, in the latter parts of the story she finds out just how much he is willing to do for his family and friends, even after they have written him off and said nasty things about him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He mistakes the innocent Jane for a cold-hearted Gold Digger. From a Certain Point of View—namely the observable evidence—this was absolutely the right thing to do, since Bing did have serious feelings for Jane. Darcy didn't know what was in Jane's heart, and Poor Communication Kills, but since when is that news.
- Workaholic: Shown especially during the Netherfield arc when he takes his laptop to their launch and works while others have fun.
Caroline Lee (Jessica Jade Andres)
A follower: (on her Twitter account) After all: chocolate, men, coffee —— some things are better rich, right?
Caroline Lee: Finally, someone who gets what I'm talking about.Bing Lee's sister. She likes coffee, organic produce, and rich men.
- Adaptation Name Change: Caroline Bingley of the novel was renamed to Caroline Lee.
- The Beautiful Elite: She's very glamorous and considered a great beauty. She falls to the wicked version of the trope, though she at least loves her brother. However, she manipulates him on regular basis.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Viewers saw especially her act on Lizzie, Jane and Charlotte. She pretends to be friendly and forgiving, but she's back-stabbing. No doubt she manipulates other people as well.
- Composite Character: She's a composite of Bingley's two sisters in the original novel and also fulfills the role of Anne de Bourgh by being the one Catherine de Bourgh is trying to set Darcy up with. She also has final role of inadvertently bringing Lizzie and William together which was Lady Catherine's doing in the novel.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Along with her book persona, it is heavily implied that Caroline likes to use gender stereotypes to draw attention to herself by looking helpless in front of William Darcy.
- The Ghost: Not seen until Episode 27.
- Gold Digger: Double Subverted. If her opinions about rich men are anything to go by, it may be her reason to often be with William. It appeared to be subverted as she takes part in Lizzie's criticism of Darcy, and says she cares about him as a friend. This is manipulation in order to make Lizzie hate Darcy and keep them apart. Word of God establishes the fact as a certainty: she is after William's money.
- Granola Girl: Especially present in her love of organic produce and hatred of pop-culture, like video games or popular music.
- Green-Eyed Monster: According to Charlotte, she may fall prey to jealousy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She knows Lizzie doesn't like her, and she wants to be talked of nicely in Lizzie's videos, so she pretends to be her friend who enjoys the videos. But she actually is just a jerk. ...Though she pretends to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, if we are to believe this message:, and this one: , and her (admittedly narcissistic) first appearance and the actions featured.
- Manipulative Bastard:Established via Word of God, scraps revealed during Lizzie's stay at Charlotte, and confirmed towards the end of the series.
- Must Have Caffeine: She loves her coffee rich and organic.
- Pride: According to Charlotte, her main flaw.
- Proud Beauty: She's gorgeous and she knows it.
- Race Lift: From European to Asian.
- Relationship Sabotage: Not one, but two. Between Bing Lee and Jane Bennet and tries one between Lizzie Bennet and William Darcy.
- Rich Bitch: She's not a nice person and looks down on people who are less rich than her family, which is everyone but the Darcys.
- The Social Expert: So numerous were the viewers and characters who thought that she was well-meaning towards Lizzie and Darcy, that Word of God was needed to clear the issue.
- Toxic Friend Influence:Tried to exert this on Lizzie and Darcy, to keep them on bad terms on Lizzie's part.
- Wicked Cultured: According to Charlotte.
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: Is very afraid of them. According to Bing, they are her Kryptonite Factor.
Gigi Darcy (Allison Paige)
William Darcy's little sister who loves tennis, Florence + the Machine, and tweeting her brother. She is a college student (or recent graduate) and works at Pemberley Digital, the company her older brother runs.
- Age Lift: The authors couldn't have an adult male abuse a 15 year-old girl. She's about twenty.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Occasionally skirts this line, although it's obvious that Darcy adores her.
- Big Brother Worship: Although she has admitted that there was a time where she had hated him more than Lizzie ever had.
- Break the Cutie: Episode 82, as she reveals the truth about Wickham: he was only after the Darcy family's money and used Gigi as a pawn in order to extort more money out of Darcy.
- Drop-In Character: Not that the others aren't, but she's managed to do it an impressive six times in two videos.
- Hidden Depths: She understood Lizzie's initial frustrations and insults about Darcy and assures Lizzie that those words do not come close to what Gigi has called Darcy in person.
- In-Series Nickname: Gigi is short for Georgiana.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Gigi discovers she has a lot of new followers, she tweets to her brother about it.
- No Social Skills: Evidently runs in the family.
- Not as You Know Them: Georgiana in the books is a Shrinking Violet. Our Gigi is almost a Genki Girl.
- Only Known By Her Nickname: Everybody calls her Gigi.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents are deceased. It was not explored much in the web series. She has only her older brother. Another member of her family who might look after her is her aunt Catherine de Bourgh.
- Shipper on Deck: For her brother and Lizzie, naturally. To the point where she pushes Darcy into the same room as Lizzie and forces them to sit down next to each other.
Ricky Collins (Maxwell Glick)
Lizzie's childhood friend who now works at a venture capitalist firm investing in web video.
- Adaptation Name Change: Probably to avoid confusion with Darcy, William Collins has become Ricky Collins. Lizzie and co. also refer to him as "Ricky" instead of "Mr. Collins" like his book counterpart (not that he doesn't want to change that).
- Anti-Jerkass: A lot of viewers found him cute, and said that his portrayal was somehow more realistic and redeemable than in many other versions.
- Butt Monkey: Lizzie constantly makes fun of him and his endeavors. Charlotte later begs her to play nice.
- Childhood Friend: He and Lizzie knew each other at school, and they were even "engaged."
- Childhood Marriage Promise: To Lizzie, but subverted because the "relationship" ended.
- The Comically Serious: He tries to make Lizzie's videos about educational content.
- Dynamic Entry: Bursts into rooms Kramer-style.
- The Ghost: Until Episode 25.
- Girlfriend in Canada: His girlfriend may be this mysterious figure who doesn't exist, or she simply literally lives in Canada. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, to be specific.)
- Go-Getter Girl: Genderflipped. Up to Eleven, with slight Ambition Is Evil undertones.
- Hate Sink: Constantly compliments Lizzie and Charlotte, tries clumsily to advise them, but underestimates their accomplishments and knowledge of web videos to the point Lizzie is vexed, bashes her vlog, constantly boasts and tries to make himself look important, only speaks about business, only cares about business, and makes sure most of the viewers hate him as much as Lizzie does. He also lacks spontaneity, which can get annoying, but doesn't justify half the hatred he deals with.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He is a worse example than Lizzie, because he just won't listen.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He is bragging, but mainly to justify the fact that he is not a Dr. yet.
- Innocently Insensitive: He may be this, unless he has a purpose for criticizing Lizzie's vlog, as many people suppose. He is actually trying to recruit her, but it looks like he is innocent.
- It's All About Me: As revealed when he proposes a job to Lizzie.
- Jerk Jock: According to Lizzie, during his teenage years...
- Kick the Dog: His total refusal to listen to Lizzie, obsession with business over personal relationship, and spiteful last sentence addressed to her.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: According to Lizzie. Collins may talk a good game, but it is quite fair to say that he has zero understanding of what the "point" of social media is.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. He goes from proposing marriage to Elizabeth (and later, Charlotte) to offering Lizzie (and later, Charlotte) a job.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He's got this so bad that it crosses over into Expospeak Gag territory fairly frequently. Better Living with Collins and Collins video on "Troubleshooting Your Illumination Regulator" are a good example, though they were recorded by Maria Lu. Other brief example:Lizzie: [reading from a list Ricky gave her to prepare her for dinner with Catherine de Bourgh] "Do not extend your thumbs outward while the remainder of your fingers are curled in towards your palm..." [does so, then looks at her hand and realizes she's performing a thumbs up]
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Lizzie, her sisters, Charlotte, and Maria Lu all remember him as their childhood friend Ricky. Yet he wants them to call him Mr Collins and he refers to the ladies by their surnames. Miss Lu and Miss Bennet find it bit weird but they oblige if they want to play nice.
George Wickham (Wes Anderhold)
- Backstory: He says William robbed him of his inheritance after the death of Darcy's father, making him lose the opportunity of studying in a renowned university. Darcy, in turn, claims that George received the money he was promised and did go to university... but managed to spend what was meant to last for four years - $125,000 (!!!) - in less than one. On some less than 'spelunky' activities. And when he had the nerve to ask for more money and was denied, he began slandering Darcy.
- The Charmer: He meets friends, admirers, and Love Interests quite easily.
- Domestic Abuse: Psychologically, he fits the role of an abuser, manipulating his partner, also destroying her sense of self-worth and all while isolating her. His relationship with Lydia is brimming with subtext. He did the same when he was with Gigi, until Darcy found out.
- Gold Digger: After he had spent all the money he was given, he manipulated Gigi in order to get his hands on the Darcy family's money, ditching her once Darcy found out.
- Handsome Lech: He appears to be such a character. His shameless flirting is playful and charming. Even the ever level-headed Lizzie falls for him and when their relationship doesn't go anywhere, she says they were casual and that there are no hard feelings. However, his personality has more negative traits than positive ones.
- Hypocrite: Pretends to refuse to tell the story of his conflict with William, before deciding to let Lizzie tell a hypothetical version of it to 100,000 viewers.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He invokes the trope when he graciously saves Lizzie from drunk swimmers in a bar.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: Insanely attractive and the most blatant Mr. Fanservice here... and an utter asshole.
- Knight of Cerebus: What do you think happens when you bring Domestic Abuse in a snarky rom-com with some social subtext which previously seemed to offer nothing worse than "living in a van down by the river"?
- Lovable Jock: He presents himself as a noble guy who saves girls from drunk and annoying guys and a sophisticated swimming coach. Subverted, as he is actually a Jerk Jock
- Love You and Everybody: A rather shallow example.
- Manipulative Bastard: Even when some of his shameful deeds get exposed, he finds a way to appear a victim or just a not-very-clever guy who got tricked.
- Mysterious Past: Hinted at in episode 44 and allegedly revealed in episode 45. Then revealed a bit more in episode 68. And episode 82.
- Mr. Fanservice: He takes off his shirt several times. He likes showing off.
- The Sociopath: Heavily implied, as he cares for nothing but himself and money by using his charm and looks to get what he wants.
Catherine de Bourgh
Ricky's boss in vlogging. Has a dog she spoils rotten named Annie. She's also Darcy's aunt. She's extremely wealthy and influential.
- The Ghost: She's never seen in person. There is just Lizzie's impersonation, which is according to Fitz very accurate.
- Grande Dame: She's a lady of certain age, childless, and divorced or widowed several times. Lizzie and Fitz joke about "her fourth husband or something".
- Idle Rich: She probably used to work, but now she just enjoys her income and comfortable lifestyle. She invests in several companies, e.g. Darcy's Pemberley Digital or Collins and Collins.
- Iron Lady: She's a tough lady and might be actually quite competent. However, she's also extremely pushy and meddlesome.
- Jerkass: She's very pushy in general, and she's downright rude to Lizzie, though probably without realizing how obnoxious she is. She feels superior just because she's rich, and considers Lizzie of lower status.
- The Mentor: To Ricky, who is her employee or someone who receives her financial help to back up his business. She's an absolute paragon of success in his eyes.
- Mister Muffykins: Her little lap dog Annie Kins seems inseparable from her. It's part of Lizzie's costume for Ms. de Bourgh. Lizzie thinks Annie's a very creepy pet.
- Shipper on Deck: She likes Caroline a lot and would like if her nephew William and Caroline dated.
Fitz Williams (Craig Frank)
A close friend to the Darcy siblings. He becomes a friend to Lizzie when he visits Catherine de Bourgh and the company Collins and Collins.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Straight guy who flirts with Elizabeth in the novel becomes gay. His boyfriend's name is Brandon.
- Adaptation Name Change: Colonel Fitzwilliam is now Fitz Williams.
- Black Best Friend: To Darcy and Lizzie. His interactions with Gigi show shades of this, too.
- Funny Afro: His hairstyle. Darcy and Lizzie poke fun at it in one video.
- Nice Guy: His general friendliness and sincere defense of Darcy push him in this direction. He's very kind to Gigi Darcy, who is, according to him, a cool kid.
- Race Lift: An English gentleman with connections to aristocracy became an African-American.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Darcy and Lizzie. While his initial attempt at acting as Darcy's wingman ended... badly... his collaboration with Gigi went swimmingly.
- Spanner in the Works: Unwittingly told Lizzie that it was Darcy who broke up Bing and Jane. He didn't realize Bing's ex was Lizzie's sister.
- Straight Gay: If Lizzie did not mention it, nothing in his behavior would imply that he's a stereotypical gay. Nothing even implies that he's uncomfortable about his sexuality, and he openly tweets and talks about his boyfriend.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Black guy version of the trope. He's an attractive guy.
- Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay. Other people on the show are straight (as far as we know) and white or Asian.