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

    Zack Martin 

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.

    Cody Martin 

Cody Martin

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.

    London Tipton 

London Tipton

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.

    Mr. Moseby 

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

     Carey Martin 

Carey Martin

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.

    Maddie Fitzpatrick 

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.

    Recurring Characters in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 

Arwin Hawkhauser

Played by: Brian Stepanek

Arwin 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'Mante

Esteban 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!
  • Recurring Character: Aside from the main cast, he's the character who appears in more episodes (45 exactly).


Played by: Alyson Stoner

Max is the tomboyish friend of Zack and Cody.


Played by: Allie Grant

Agnes is a girl who has crushed on both Zack and Cody, to their abject horror. She can be extremely possessive of her crushes.

Characters from The Suite Life On Deck

     Bailey Pickett 

Bailey Pickett

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.

     Marcus Little 

Marcus Little

Played by: Doc Shaw

A 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.

    Woody Fink 

Woody Fink

Played by: Matthew Timmons
Cody's eccentric roomate and best friend.

    Recurring Characters in The Suite Life on Deck 

Emma Tutweiller

Played by: Erin Cardillo


Played by: Rachael Kathryn Bell

Maya Elizabeth Bennett

Played by: Zoey Deutch
Zack'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

     Minor Characters 

Wilfred Tipton

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.

Ilsa Schicklgrubermeiger

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.
    Ilsa: Ja. My married name is Ilsa Schicklgrubermeiger-von Helsinger Kepelugerhoffer.
  • 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 

Ronald Olsen

Played by: John Ducey

Donald Spaulding

Played by: John Ducey

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