Characters: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The series having spanned for two shows and a film, there are quite a bit of characters.
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Characters in both series
Zachary "Zack" Martin
Played by: Dylan Sprouse
Zack is the more immature, fun-loving, and outgoing of the two twins, making him the "cooler" twin. Although he acts like a jerk, he does care about his friends and family, especially Cody.
- Bash Brothers: With Cody.
- Big Brother Bully: Well Zack was born a few minutes before Cody and he bullies Cody sometimes.
- Book Dumb: He is a straight "D" student.
- Brilliant but Lazy : It has been stated in universe. Zack is actually very smart, possibly on par with Cody, but he lacks work ethic, and is quite lazy in regards to studies. However, when properly motivated and on the right subject (woodshop, for example) Zack is a brilliant student, having gotten A's when he applies himself, and is the best in class at Woodshop, even better then Cody, which Cody is astounded by.
- Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: Very popular, but still is very fond of his dorky brother, specially as the series progressed.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dogged Nice Guy: Toward Maddie.
- Dumbass Teenage Son
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish Book Dumb sibling to Cody's responsible.
- Hotel Hellion: In Suite Life Of Zack And Cody.
- Informed Attribute: We're told Zack's a bad boy. We've never seen it. Unless you count Zany Schemes. "The Bermuda Triangle" flips this around and turns it up to eleven with Cody being basically an exaggerated flanderization of Zack, complete with a bad boy leather jacket wearing persona, and Zack being one of Cody; a supersensitive Camp Straight Mama's boy.
- Jerkass: Not only is he disobedient and lazy, he has, more than once, been responsible for the titular pair's problems. He once locked Cody (who was wearing only a towel) out of the hotel room, was told not to do it again under pain of grounding by his mother, did it again, then acted surprised when she grounded him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though he insults and uses Cody, he genuinely cares about him.
- Kid-anova: Though to be fair, his attempts failed just as often as they succeeded.
- Mouthy Kid: In the original series.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one calls Zack by his full name, although Mr. Moseby occasionally uses it as a Full Name Ultimatum when he pulls a particularly Zany Scheme.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Zack the jock and nerdy Cody.
- Really Gets Around: Maya asks him to name all of his ex-girlfriends, after several hours, he's still not done. It's also speculated that he didn't actually date all of those girls
- Secret Secret Keeper: In That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, it is likely that he and Cody deduced that Raven Baxter has the ability to see what goes on in the future. Zack even mocked her I have a vision schtick, and bad things kept happening to Cody every time a sneeze and a bell was heard, as Raven subtly warned them.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Cody's Sensitive Guy. He's the "cooler" twin, more athletic, rebellious and a player with girls.
- Super Speed: As Quick Guy in "Super Twins".
- Took a Level in Kindness: Especially after dating Maya. Maya's birthday is an example and its implied it's not simply to woo her but thinks she deserves a birthday party that Mosby decides to deny. However, he did go through questionable lengths for this, such as deceiving Sean Kingston, which London calls him out for. Though he's shown shades of being caring all throughout both series not only to Maya but to Maddie as well as being the only one to show up at her sweet 16 party as everybody goes to London's after she bribes them. Another instance has him object to London lip-syncing and Maddie providing her singing voice. He thinks Maddie deserves the recognition. Let's not forget him falling to pieces after seeing a romance film.
- Trickster Twins: With Cody, mostly in the original series.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the time.
Played by: Cole Sprouse
Cody is the more responsible and studious of the twins. He is sensitive and sweet, and he enjoys academics and cooking.
- Adorkable: Primarily in the first series.
- Badass Bookworm: While primarily displayed in the Suite Life On Deck, there are moments when Cody actually surpasses Zack in physical ability. Best examples are in "It's All Greek to Me", where he lifts a heavy glass case by himself, in another, he rips a towel in half, and in another, he tackles and takes down Kurt Warner, one of the greatest undrafted football players of all time, and one of the greatest players in NFL history. Let it be known that the first two were because he heard Bailey talk about another guy in a romantic way, so they could be jealousy-fuelled. The last one was all him, though.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even more so than Zack at times.
- Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: At first, he later became less and less loser.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Bailey, at first.
- Entitled Bastard: Verges into this in Suite Life On Deck.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible studious sibling to Zack's foolish.
- Hollywood Nerd
- Hotel Hellion: In Suite Life Of Zack And Cody.
- Insufferable Genius: Especially in the sequel series.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Bailey's Masculine Girl. Downplayed because Bailey isn't overly masculine, but due to her upbringing on the farm, she's more physically adept than Cody is.
- The Millstone: In "Lost At Sea", his desire to be right gets the cast stranded on a desert island. Thankfully he fixes it in the end.
- Mouthy Kid: Along with Zack in the first season of Suite Life Of Zack And Cody. Then they develop different personalities.
- Nice Guy
- Official Couple: With Bailey.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Zack the jock and nerdy Cody.
- Psychic Powers: As Brain Man in "Super Twins".
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Cole Sprouse is really very good at girly screams for his rather chicken-hearted character. Even more impressive as he is able to maintain his girly scream even after going through puberty. There is even a video tribute to his girly scream.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Zack's Manly Man. He's a quiet nerd who loves school and cooking.
- The Smart Guy
- The Spock
- Terrified of Germs: A phobia Cody developed in the latter half of On Deck.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Suite Life on Deck.
- Trickster Twins: With Zack, mostly in the original series.
Played by: Brenda Song
London is the only daughter of the owner of the Tipton hotel, Wilfred Tipton. She is extremely rich and fashion-forward, but rather airheaded.
- Asian Airhead: Type I. She's a beautiful, rich, popular young girl... who just happens to be dense as a brick. It turns out that the role was not written for an Asian girl, as it's supposed to be a parody of Paris Hilton. In fact, Ashley Tisdale was originally going to play London with Brenda Song in the Maddie role, but they ended up being switched because the girls played the parts better. This is referenced in the alternate dimension episode, where the girls are their original intended roles.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: London gets easily distracted by things she desires a few times, such as jewelery.
- Attention Whore: And how...
- Book Dumb: Originally she was just a lazy rich girl who didn't care about school and acted a lot like Zack, but then she was flanderized into a Brainless Beauty.
- Brainless Beauty: She gets dumber as the show progresses.
- Catchphrase: "Yay me!"
- The Chick
- City Mouse: And holy shit how!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in the sequel series, London seems to have retreated into her own world.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seriously. She works out, and turns into a volleyball fiend if sufficiently pissed off. Also, if you break her purse, she will beat you up.
- Dark Feminine Light Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Maddie's Light.
- The Ditz: She may be one of the most idiotic girls on TV.
- Even the Girls Want Her: One of Maddie's classmates, Corrie, has an obvious girl crush on London.
- The Fashionista: Rarely wears an outfit more than twice.
- Flanderization: Started out more as a somewhat shallow, rich-girl stereotype trying to avoid real work at all costs, but as the series progressed moved firmly into the Brainless Beauty category.
- Freudian Excuse: Whenever someone calls London on her poor behavior, she cites her father's bad example.
- Genius Ditz: She's a good chess player. This pissed Maddie off because only Smart People Play Chess.
- Hidden Depths:
- London on occasion shows this, along with some Obfuscating Stupidity and Deadpan Snarker moments, most noticeable during an episode where the main cast got stuck on an island and had to fend for themselves. London, seemingly in shock from the event, thought they were at a beach resort. That is, until they were safely back on the cruise liner and mentioned off hand that it was her way to get out of the manual labor.
- In the Christmas Episode, London goes through a Yet Another Christmas Carol plot. This episode reveals that London was a good kid until the bitterness about her dad never being around for Christmas (or any other time for that matter) got to her.
- There are also quite a few episodes dealing with London being a Lonely Rich Kid.
- It's All About Me: "Yay me!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She lets others borrow money from her at times.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Because her father is never around.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She has some Rich Bitch tendencies, but she became too stupid to be considered a true Alpha Bitch.
- Rich Bitch: Very selfish and spoiled, and tend to look down on lower-class people.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: She stopped believing Justin Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place was a doctor when he failed to offer medical help despite it not being the kind of doctor he was pretending to be.
- Spoiled Brat: She used to be Spoiled Sweet, until the absence of her father among other things changed her.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Poor London. The later seasons make this a lot worse.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: She seems to think that rich people are above the law.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Bailey's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the later seasons of the original series, and then again on The Suite Life On Deck.
- Upper-Class Twit: If she was bit crueler and considerably smarter she might qualify as the Rich Bitch, but her self-absorption seems to stem more from being one of the stupidest characters on television than any intentional malevolence.
Mr. Marion Moseby
Played by: Phill Lewis
Mr. Moseby runs the Tipton hotel and tries to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The presence of Zack and Cody make this job very difficult.
- Alliterative Name: Marion Moseby
- Berserk Button: Disorder, especially in his hotel
- But Not Too Black: Played With. Flashbacks show that Moseby became progressively less black as his career advanced. Occasionally, however, he'll say or do something to indicate that there's still a Soul Brotha in there somewhere.
- Butt Monkey: Usually thanks to the twins' antics.
- Camp Straight
- Catchphrase: "Good luck with that!" Once berated an actor portraying him for placing the emphasis on the wrong word.
- The Dandy: As the elegant manager, he always wears suits.
- Deadpan Snarker: Indubitably.
- Embarrassing First Name: Marion.
- Eye Beams: As The Meanager in "Super Twins".
- Gender-Blender Name: Marion is not a very masculine name.
- Grumpy Bear: He can be quite grouchy and cynical, compared to the other characters.
- Hates Being Touched
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being uptight, stern, and often annoyed by Zack and Cody's antics, he's actually a nice person.
- Last Name Basis: Usually called by his last name, Moseby.
- Married to the Job: Implied that he is happily unmarried. London even lampshades this in one episode of The Suite Life on Deck when she walks by Mr. Moseby's cabin and, hearing a strange noise inside (Mr. Moseby is playing a piano, it turns out), says, "That's weird. Usually, when I go by Mr. Moseby's cabin, I hear, 'Mother, for the hundredth time, I'm married to my job!'" This changes near the end of the series, however, as he and Ms. Tutweiller become an Official Couple.
- No Respect Guy: His lack of respect even carries over to Suite Life on Deck.
- Official Couple: With Ms. Tutweiller towards the end of the series. He proposes to her at the Grand Finale.
- Only Sane Man: In the original series he shares this role with Maddie and Carey, because they are saner compared to the other main characters.
- Parental Substitute: For London. It's discussed and shown throughout both series that he's been the main parental figure in her life, with her distant parents and interchangeable nannies. In the episode where London is learning to drive, we find out that Moseby actually taught her how to walk as well as tying her shoes, riding a bike and roller-skating. She then comments that he has been in the Tipton family album more than her father or any of his ex-wives. They exchange the occasional tender moment when London is missing her parents. Other characters notice this too:London: Why should I get [Moseby] a birthday present? What has he done for me lately?Bailey: (Beat) Raised you like you were his own daughter?London: Look at me. I'm selfish and spoiled. He did a terrible job. (Beat) Fine. But I'm gonna be extra selfish tomorrow!
- Real Men Wear Pink: He mentions having practiced ballet as a young man. When some other, "manlier" men start making fun on him, he replies "Mock me if you will, but I was the only boy among twelve pretty girls! Momma didn't raise no fool." The other men have to admit he has a point. In one episode of The Suite Life on Deck, he is mocked for his pink jacket. He initially insists that it is "salmon colored", but later admits "Actually, it's pink. But a real man can pull it off."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Moseby is very loyal to the Tipton Industries, and is also a good father figure to London.
- Running Gag: In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, he would usually find himself doing or saying something embarrassing in front of a hotel guest.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. While he is rather intimidating to the kids (even Alex Russo was afraid of Moseby), he usually means well, even if he is rather stern. He does play it straight as the Meanager,
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When startled, which he gets quite easily.
Characters in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Played by: Kim Rhodes
Carey is the single mother of the twins who works as the Tipton's lounge singer.
- Amicable Exes: She and Kurt are on good terms. By the time of the finale of Suite Life on Deck this has changed a little, as when Kurt asks if she wants one of his CDs she says "No. Some child support would be nice."
- Big Eater: In "Miniature Golf", she appears to excessively enjoy donuts and other sweets.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first two seasons.
- The Cast Show Off: Carey's singing, because it's her job.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably the most prolific snarker along with Maddie.
- Good Parents: Carey loves her sons and always does her best to be a good mother to them.
- Lethal Chef: It is said that she doesn't cook or cooks badly.
- Mama Bear: There's no doubt in the mind that she will protect her sons.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Only Sane Woman: Often seen as the voice of reason, especially when it comes to her kids.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Carey is a good mother to her kids, listens to their concerns, and gives them advice if necessary.
Madeline Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine "Maddie" Fitzpatrick
Played by: Ashley Tisdale
Maddie works as the candy counter girl in the Tipton. She is smart, hardworking, and sweet, but can be snarky at times.
- Butt Monkey: If something bad will happen, it WILL happen to her. If there's someone to blame for anything, it will be her. Especially when she's trying to keep London or the twins out of trouble. Or when trying to teach London or the twins a lesson.
- The Cast Show Off: The show gives Ashley Tisdale many opportunities to show off her singing talent.
- Dark Feminine Light Feminine: The Light Feminine to London's Dark.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the snarkiest members of the show.
- Demoted to Extra: In season 3, because Ashley Tisdale was filming the sequel of High School Musical.
- Go-Getter Girl: She's a very driven young woman.
- Granola Girl: She champions many liberal and green causes. For instance, when Mr. Moseby chased a hawk that had built its nest at the Tipton, Maddie held multiple protests right after her shift was over.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a young, kind-hearted and idealistic girl and has blonde hair.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's much nicer than London, she's sarcastic and has a selfish side.
- No Respect Guy: Despite being one of the most levelheaded and smart people in the series, she's still The Chew Toy and doesn't get much respect, especially from London.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Just Maddie. Only Moseby sometimes calls her Madeline.
- Only Sane Woman: Since she always finds herself hanging out with London, this is a given.
- Overly Long Name: Madeline Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine Fitzpatrick, but you can call her Maddie.
- Straw Feminist: Early in the show's run.
- The Southpaw: Ashley Tisdale is left-handed.
- Tsundere: Type B.
Recurring Characters in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Played by: Brian StepanekArwin is the dorky hotel engineer who has a crush on Carey.
- Basement-Dweller: Alternately lived with his mother and in the basement of the Tipton until near the end of season 3.
- Bungling Inventor: Most of his inventions malfunction and wreak havoc.
- Butt Monkey
- Ditzy Genius: He's a very good inventor and hotel engineer, but he's a little deficient in common sense.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Carey.
- Large Ham
- Man Child: Is often childish, sleeps with a sock monkey, and eats a lunch packed by his mother.
- Momma's Boy: He lived with his mother for his whole life until she was married.
- Nice Guy: Despite his eccentricities, he's a nice person and gets along well with both the twins.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Carey.
Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez
Played by: Adrian R'ManteEsteban is the bellboy at the Tipton who is a good friend of Zack and Cody. He later becomes assistant manager of the hotel. He owns a pet chicken named Dudley.
- Catch Phrase: "This is a disaster!" and "Oh Mr. Moseby!"
- Funny Foreigner: He speaks in a strong Spanish accent.
- Large Ham: He can be very dramatic at times.
- Nice Guy: Often proves to be a helpful and loyal friend.
- Overly Long Name: Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez.
- Lampshaded in the episode with the jewel thieves.Esteban: Nobody calls Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez a thief!Zack: No one's got the time!
- Lampshaded in the episode with the jewel thieves.
- Recurring Character: Aside from the main cast, he's the character who appears in more episodes (45 exactly).
Played by: Alyson StonerMax is the tomboyish friend of Zack and Cody.
- The Ace: Max is a great dancer, basketball player, and bass player.
- Better as Friends: With Zack.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: And don't tell Max otherwise.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Zack
- Girliness Upgrade: Over the series, she becomes much girlier, though she still retains her love for sports.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted, she usually wears pigtails in Season 1 but she isn't girly at all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be quite harsh, but is still a good friend to the twins.
- Little Miss Snarker: Occasionally.
- One of the Boys: She's only seen hanging out with Zack, Cody, and Tapeworm.
- Only One Name
- Running Gag: Mr. Moseby would always confuse her for a boy.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As noted by Zack once they go out on a date.
- Those Two Girls: With Agnes in the later seasons.
- Tomboy: She's athletic, usually wears boyish outfits, and all her best friends are boys.
- Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Is frequently seen with this towards the beginning of the series.
- Tomboyish Name: Max. Many fans think it's short for Maxine, but this is never discussed in canon.
- Women Are Wiser: Often felt this way compared with the twins.
Played by: Allie GrantAgnes is a girl who has crushed on both Zack and Cody, to their abject horror. She can be extremely possessive of her crushes.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Cody, oh so much.
- Butt Monkey
- Catch Phrase: "Agnes likes."
- Extraverted Nerd: A female example, as she's a rather dorky girl who acts annoying and clingy towards the title characters.
- Meganekko: Agnes wears glasses.
- Quirky Curls: Blonde, curly hair and a quirky personality.
- Selective Obliviousness: She was seemingly oblivious to Cody's blatant disinterest in her.
- Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male
- Stalker with a Crush: On the twins, especially Cody.
- Those Two Girls: With Max in the later seasons.
- Yandere: Never try to get between Agnes and her men.
Characters from The Suite Life On Deck
Played by: Debby Ryan
Bailey is a farmgirl from Kansas who started attending Seven Seas High to get out of her small town. She is pretty bubbly, friendly, and smart, almost a female equivalent to Cody.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: She wears an old-fashioned head-mounted retainer to bed once.
- Butt Monkey: She's perpetually made fun of, especially by London, and bad things never stop happening to her.
- Country Mouse: She's a farmgirl from Kansas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards London.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Cody, in that she's just as smart and nerdy as he is.
- Down on the Farm: She's from the town Kettlecorn, Kansas.
- Farmer's Daughter
- Gender-Blender Name: Exploited in the pilot, when she uses the fact that her name is gender neutral to pull a Sweet Polly Oliver and enroll in Seven Seas High as a boy, since all the girl spots were taken.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. She's a cheerful, friendly, nice girl, and she has dirty blonde hair.
- Insufferable Genius: Has moments of this.
- Large Ham: At least when she was possessed by the spirit of Princess Zaria anyway.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Cody's Feminine Boy. Downplayed because Bailey isn't overly masculine, but due to her upbringing on the farm, she's more physically adept than Cody is.
- Morality Pet: Bailey occasionally steps into this role for London.
- Nice Girl: She's sweet and considerate to everyone, even people who aren't always nice to her.
- Official Couple: With Cody.
- Small Town Boredom: She decides to enroll in Seven Seas High to get away from her small town life in Kettle Corn.
- The Smart Girl: She's just as smart as Cody, and she gets into Yale in the series finale.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Maddie at first.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: In the first episode, she disguises herself as a boy in order to get into the school.
- Tomboy: She's not afraid to get dirty and enjoys tough manual labor. Plus, she was on the boy's baseball team back in Kettle Corn.
Played by: Doc ShawA child rapper who lost his career because of puberty. He joins the S.S Tipton Seven Seas High program and befriends much of the main cast.
Played by: Matthew TimmonsCody's eccentric roomate and best friend.
- Beta Couple: With Addison.
- Big Eater: And how!
- Book Dumb
- The Big Guy: He is quite strong, but that tends to vary by episode. He has shown to be strong enough to rip off the elevator controls in one episode.
- Butt Monkey
- Fake Guest Star: Shows up for two-thirds of all the episodes, yet is simply credited as a guest star. He shows up more than Marcus!
- Fat Best Friend: Type C.
- Fat Slob
- Gasshole: He can fart "Stairway to Heaven" after eating a Mexican buffet.
- Kavorka Man
- The Pigpen: He's pretty disgusting.
Recurring Characters in The Suite Life on Deck
Played by: Erin Cardillo
- Butt Monkey
- Christmas Cake: A Running Gag about is her moaning this status.
- Crazy Cat Lady
- Informed Flaw: A majority of the jokes at her expense are about her being old and unattractive, despite the actress being quite attractive.
- Official Couple: With Mr. Moseby towards the end of the series. He proposes to her at the Grand Finale.
Played by: Rachael Kathryn Bell
- Beta Couple: With Woody.
- Caffeine Bullet Time in the "Groundhog Day" Loop episode.
- Cute Bruiser: As she calls it "83 pounds of pure power".
- Genki Girl: She's very perky.
- Meaningful Name: Note the first three letters of her name.
Maya Elizabeth Bennett
Played by: Zoey DeutchZack's new love interest, she becomes his girlfriend after he throws her a birthday party and even promises to get rid of his life style for her. Sadly, they break up in the series finale.
- Brooklyn Rage: From New York and fuels her Tsundere traits.
- Gamer Chick
- Granola Girl: Goes to do humanitarian work after graduation, which leads to her breakup with Zack
- Meaningful Name
- Only Sane Man
- Sixth Ranger: Takes over the role after Marcus leaves.
- Tsundere: Towards Zack.
- Understanding Girlfriend: One episode involves Zack feeling conflicted between seeing her perform at a poetry slam and attending a previously planned video game night with Cody, Woody, and Moesby. When his Zany Scheme to be both places at once fails (per usual Sitcom formula), she tells him that she's okay with him wanting to hang out with his friends instead of her once in a while.note After all, he wouldn't be the guy she fell for if he didn't.
Other Characters From Either Series
Played by: Bob Joles (voice), John Michael Higgins (in person)London's often unseen father and manager of Tipton Industries. He is incredibly rich (so much that his allowance to London is ridiculous) and is involved in many criminal activities.
- Big Bad or Bigger Bad: Probably the latter, but in the third season of the sequel series, he is the main antagonist of the Twister special.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Characterization Marches On: Remember how he seems to care about London's well being. In his final and first real appearance appearance, London has to remind him of who she is. Plus his criminal activities aren't pointed out until this time too with his most corrupt behavior before then is endangering some wales with his cruise ship. His final appearance talks of him embezzling money and on top of that wants to turn the Picket farm into a plastic bag factory.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Is usually concealed by a wall of body guards and isn't properly seen until near the end of On Deck.
- Parental Neglect: Essentially left London in the care of the several nannies and Moseby.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His motto in life.
- Serial Spouse: Has been married anywhere between eight and fifteen times. And each of them get shorter and shorter as London is the child of wife number 3 though The earlier show suggests she's wife number 1. At the start of the show he's on or between wife 4. he seems to go through at least a half dozen between the two shows.
- Ultimate Evil: He is ultimately the one Moseby has to answer to, and yet, we hardly see what he looked like for most the series. When he is usually brought up, all we hear of him are the heartless things he has done to the environment and his tendency to have at least 14 spouses, among other things. When he does make a full appearance, we see what a terrible man he truly is.
Played by: Caroline Rhea
- All Germans Are Nazis: She's German, and often associated with Nazi jokes (she has a killer wiener dog named Blitzkrieg, for one thing).
- Also, part of her last name (Schicklgruber) was Hitler's father's last name originally.
- Beauty Mark: Has a massive mole on her face that she insists is one of these. Nobody agrees.
- Big Bad: Often appeared as an antagonist.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Heavy on the "ineffectual", light on the "sympathetic".
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil
- Overly Long Name: Especially after getting married.Ilsa: I have gotten married.Carey: You're kidding.Ilsa: Ja. My married name is Ilsa Schicklgrubermeiger-von Helsinger Kepelugerhoffer.Carey: You're kidding.
- Smug Snake: Too confidant in her nasty actions to actually succeed.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: During her time as the manager of the Tipton, to the point that even London hated her.
- You Monster!: Played for laughs in her second appearance, where she's equated to a literal monster.Moseby: There is no such thing as monsters!Ilsa walks in the door.Moesby, Carey and the boys: AHHHHH!!!Ilsa: I'm back.Carey: Get behind me kids! Don't look her in the mole—I mean eyes!
Played by: Hutch Dano
Characters Only Featured in the Movie
Played by: John Ducey
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad
- Non-Action Big Bad: Best example is when he tried to physically restrain Zack and Cody himself, only for both of them to overpower him.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to Spaulding's Abel.
- Evil Twin: To Spaulding.
- Hive Mind: His evil plan is to create one that answers to him, via twins.
- Knight of Cerebus: Zig Zagged, he has plenty of humorous quirks, but they go down the drain when he sics his Hive Mind army onto Zack and Cody. He also plans on using his Hive Mind to control society.
- Knight Templar
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: See Knight of Cerebus above.
Played by: John Ducey