Characters: Zoey 101

The characters from the television series Zoey 101.

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Zoey Brooks

Portrayed by: Jamie Lynn Spears

  • Academic Athlete: Straight A student and great at every sport.
  • The Ace: Especially in season 1, when she was the only one who was allowed to solve everyone's problems and be perfect at everything. Thankfully toned down later where she's more of a Jack-of-All-Trades.
  • Big Damn Kiss / Last Minute Hook Up: With Chase in the finale.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Dustin.
  • Character Title: The show is named after her.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Dustin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
  • Dude Magnet:
    • Zig-Zagging Trope. She's actually not much more of a Dude Magnet than pretty much any female lead in most similar shows. Zoey is supposed to be a popular girl, so she's obviously seen as attractive at her school, but she only has a reasonable number of admirers or potential love interests in four seasons: besides Chase, there's Logan (who initially flirts with her, but also with her friend Dana), Danny in one episode of season 3, James in season 4, Jeremiah Trottman (who was attracted to Lola as well), and a group of desperate boys in the last episode who later went after Lola too.
    • On occasion, even subverted. There's one episode when Zoey is bartering with a guy for a favour and he asks a date in return: Zoey assumes he wants a date with her, but it turns out he's after her friend Nicole.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She's blonde and one of the most popular students, and Chase falls for her at first sight. Also Played with, because her brunette friend Lola gets just as much attention from the boys, if not more so.
  • The Fashionista: She has a good style and fashion sense.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Zoey gets good grades, takes parts in many school activities, and she's a supportive mother figure not only to her friends, but also willing to help pretty much anyone in the school. In the last episode of season 1, she was tutoring all her friends and other students in different subjects before an important exam.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a young, pretty, blonde girl who is known for being caring and compassionate towards people.
  • The Heart: She tends to be the mediator and the voice of reason in her group.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: She's good at pretty much everything, but rarely the best. She's the best at dancing, but not at acting (Lola), singing (Michael), sports (Dana/Logan) or grades (Nicole/Quinn). She's popular with boys, but it's stated that Lola is considered the hottest girl in school.
  • The Leader: Of the level-headed, headstrong and charismatic type.
    • She lampshades it in season 4:
    Lola: And you'll fix it?
    Zoey: Yes, I'm Zoey. Are you new?
  • Magnetic Heroine: She's liked by everyone, and her friends and peers often looked to her for advice and guidence.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • New Transfer Student: In the first episode.
  • Nice Girl: Almost too nice to believe.
  • Oblivious to Love: Despite multiple attempts by Chase to tell her his feelings. It even gets to the point where even a random girl (pulled aside by Lola) can tell that Chase likes Zoey, but Zoey herself cannot tell.
    Lola: Ginny, could you come here a minute?
    Ginny: What's up?
    Lola: 'Blank' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
    Ginny: (as though it were the most obvious answer in the world) Chase.
    Lola: Thanks for playing.
  • Official Couple: With Chase.
  • Only Sane Woman: Especially in season 1, when her two roommates, Nicole and Dana, were always fighting. Overall, she's always the most levelheaded in the group, though Chase is a close second (but unlike Zoey, he's not without his quirks).
  • Pink Means Feminine: She loves that color and owns a lot of pink things.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up.
  • Team Mom: Definitely acts like a motherly figure to everyone, especially her little brother, Dustin.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. She's mostly a very fashionable and feminine girl with girly interests, however she's still Zoey, so the writers made her good at everything, incuding sports.
  • You Go Girl: It's the plot of the first episode. Subverted later in the episode "Wrestling", one of the rare instances where Zoey doesn't come out on top.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Chase. They do.

Dustin Brooks

Portrayed by: Paul Butcher

Chase Matthews

Portrayed by: Sean Flynn

  • Adorkable: For being a dorky, clumsy but lovable Nice Guy, to the point that even Lola falls for him in one episode.
  • Back for the Finale: In the last episode and in a rather touching way.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To a ridiculous extent. He spends 3 seasons pining after Zoey. In one episode, he tries to text his feelings to her, and her cell phone falls into a fountain. After Zoey finally finds out how he feels...he gets Put on a Bus to England.
  • Chick Magnet: Thanks to his adorkable-ness, he is not so bad in this department (Melissa, Lola, Rebecca, Gretchen, and eventually Zoey).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Among the male characters, Chase surely is the biggest one in the series.
  • Deuteragonist: Being the male lead and the title character's love interest.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He crashes into a flagpole on his bike due to staring at Zoey.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Bartholemew.
  • Funny Afro: His bushy "Jewish afro" constantly referenced by the other characters. He tends to shrug it off, but lampshades it himself after Zoey throws a pillow at him that knocks him off his chair. He gets up, pats his head and exclaims "You dented my 'fro!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Michael.
  • I Can't Dance: And well aware of it.
  • Just Friends: with Zoey in Season 3, after he has convinced everyone (including himself) that he's over his crush.
  • The Klutz: He's very prone to falling down.
    Zoey: Where's Chase?
    Michael: Oh, you know Chase. He's probably running to see you right now but he fell down a flight of stairs.
  • The Lancer: to Zoey, and occasionally Logan.
  • Love at First Sight: With Zoey.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Several times, mainly in Season 1
  • Meaningful Name: Chase (as in 'pursuit'). Came in handy for naming the series finale TV movie "Chasing Zoey" ("Chase"-ing Zoey, Chase 'n Zoey).
  • Nice Guy: A very sweet natured, loyal, and honest person, and he gets along with everyone in the group.
  • Nice Jewish Boy
  • Official Couple: With Zoey.
  • Only Sane Man: He constantly falls into this, something that is obviously not very difficult when your competition is Logan and Michael.
  • Put on a Bus: To England, in the last season.
  • Running Gag:
    • Him falling down the first time he sees Zoey every season.
    • Jokes about his bushy hair.
    • Every time he attempts to tell Zoey he loves her or make a date with her, something gets in the way.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He had other girlfriends at some point, but his heart was always with Zoey.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Despite being the nice guy, he lapses into this a couple of times in Season 1. He atones for it in Season 2's "Time Capsule" and never goes back.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Zoey.

Dana Cruz

Portrayed by: Kristin Herrera

Michael Barrett

Portrayed by: Christopher Massey

Nicole Bristow

Portrayed by: Alexa Nikolas

  • Ambiguously Bi: She definitely likes boys, but she also fawns over Zoey a lot, even more than everyone else.
  • Brainless Beauty: Downplayed, she's flighty and shallow, but apparently a good student.
  • The Chick
  • The Cutie: Nicole can easily be a predecessor of Cat Valentine, for her cuteness and bubbly attitude.
  • Ditzy Genius: She acts like The Ditz but she's a straight A student and lowering that percentage freaks her out.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic.
  • Hidden Depths: For all her boy-crazed ditziness, she does very well in school and gets straight A's.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: She's so boy crazy she was diagnosed with "Obsessive Male Gender Disorder."
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Nicole is a very insecure and naive girl who is very dependent on her best friend Zoey, but always keeps her happy-go-lucky attitude.
  • Nice Girl: She adores Zoey, and in season 1 Zoey is not as close to Dana as she is to Nicole, because Nicole is more open and friendly.
  • Put on a Bus: After season 2.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Nicole is an intensely boy-crazy, insecure kid who hates unfamiliar situations. In one episode, she had broken down sobbing when she thought she'd have to transfer to another school. In the third season premiere it's revealed that Nicole has been shipped to an all-girls boarding school.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Most fans were surprised when, in one episode of the second season, it's revealed that Nicole, of all people, is a straight A student.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Dana's Tomboy.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Zoey.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dana.

Quinn Pensky

Portrayed by: Erin Sanders

Logan Reese

Portrayed by: Matthew Underwood

Lola Martinez

Portrayed by: Victoria Justice

  • Ambiguously Bi: Though she's more the type to just joke about it.
    Zoey: In love with me? Chase?
    Lola: (sarcastically) No, me. Marry me, Zoey? Please be my wife?
    • She also has quite a bit of Les Yay with Quinn and Zoey.
  • Ambiguously Brown: However, her surname implies that she is Latina, and she has said some Spanish phrases, such as "Dios mio," on occasion.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Steve. Even Nicole finds "him" attractive.
  • Beta Couple: With Vince.
  • The Chick: Sometimes, like in The Radio:
    Lola: Okay, we have to decide who gets the radio before this ruins all of our friendships!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes.
    Lola: Do you think a duck would make a good pet?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, mostly towards Nicole or Logan.
  • Dude Magnet: A lot of male characters bring up how "hot" and "beautiful" she is, including Michael (in the episode "Lola Likes Chase") and Logan. Also, according to Dustin, all the guys in his year have a crush on Lola and think she is hot.
  • The Fashionista: She cools off a little in season 3.
  • Flanderization: Lola is introduced in season 2 as an independent, trendy girl with an unique style and personality, as well as an original different hairstyle (and sometimes, different hair colour) in every episode. By season 3 her unique style is gone, she's fashionable in a more conventional way, and also has stereotypical personality traits of a boy-crazy shallow girl (more or less replacing Nicole, after the latter is Put on a Bus).
  • Genki Girl: Not to the same extent as Nicole, but she's still pretty energetic.
  • Goth: Subverted. Zoey and Nicole thought she was, but she was only acting that way as an acting exercise to see if she could pretend to be someone completely different from herself and have people believe it.
  • Guile Heroine/Manipulative Bitch: She's not above using The Power of Acting to get what she wants.
  • Hidden Depths: She loves reading Shakespeare, and Hamlet is her second favorite play. (Her first favorite is The Importance of Being Earnest.)
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's prone to showing lots of skin.
  • New Transfer Student: In season 2.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Power of Acting
  • Spicy Latina: To a lesser extent than Dana, but she's snarky enough to qualify.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • To Dana in season 2, as a new roommate for Zoey and Nicole, though, aside from being both Spicy Latinas, they aren't that similar.
    • After Nicole is Put on a Bus in season 3, Lola's character assumes more traits of a boy-crazy ditz, becoming more similar to Nicole than to her original character in season 2.

James Garrett

Portrayed by: Austin Butler

  • Chick Magnet: In his first appearance he manages to attract all the female students at PCA, including Zoey, Lola, and Quinn.
  • The Generic Guy: Other than being a nice pretty boy, he's not that interesting, especially compared to Chase.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He truly loves Zoey and proved it the series finale. Not only did he give her a gold necklace confessing his love for her, but he let her keep it after they broke up. He even gave her one final kiss before he left her dorm.
  • New Transfer Student: In season 4.
  • Nice Guy: Friendly to the group, and a nice boyfriend to Zoey.
  • Only Sane Man: Much like Chase, as he appears to be the sane one out of the three male characters.
  • Pretty Boy: A blonde, blue-eyed pretty boy.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Zoey, in season 4. Until Chase comes back, obviously.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Chase.
  • You Look Familiar: Austin Butler, before being cast as James, portrayed Stacey's boyfriend Danifer in the episode "Quarantine".

     Other students 

Mark Del Figgalo

Portrayed by: Jack Salvatore Jr.

  • Butt Monkey: Sometimes, though not as much as Stacey.
  • Collector of the Strange: He collects rocks and antique calendars.
  • Kavorka Man: To some extent. He dated more girls than everyone else (including Quinn, Courtney, Brooke and Stacey), despite being an overweight, unattractive, emotionless guy with no personality.
  • Last Name Basis: Quinn is usually the only one who calls him Mark. He's usually referred to as "Del Figgalo" by everyone else.
  • Pair the Spares: With Stacey in the last episode.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Lampshaded. Most of the time he seems unable to smile.
  • Recurring Character: Who appears in every season.
  • Romantic False Lead: He and Quinn date for most of the series, but they broke up in the final season. The cause of it is Mark falling for another girl and Quinn realizing her feelings for Logan.
  • Satellite Love Interest: To Quinn, for most of the show.
  • The Stoic: Because he has no emotions.

Stacey Dillsen

Portrayed by: Abbie Wilde

Rebecca Martin

Portrayed by: Daniella Monet

Jeremiah Trottman

Portrayed by: Creagen Dow

  • Kid-anova: he's frequently seen impressing girls with his journalism prospects. And he was ready to dump his date for Zoey in the series finale.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: subverted as he's not in it for the hard-hitting journalism, but to become a well-paid anchorman

Vincent "Vince" Blake

Portrayed by: Brando Eaton

Lisa Perkins

Portrayed by: Lisa Tucker

Wayne "Firewire" Gilbert

Portrayed by: Allen Evangelista

Gretchen

Portrayed by: Mariah Sussman

     Adults 

Coco Wexler

Portrayed by: Jessica Chaffin

Dean Charles Rivers

Portrayed by: Christopher Murray

Ms. Burvich

Portrayed by: Suzanne Krull

Mr. David Bender

Portrayed by: Michael Blieden

Coach Keller

  • Its Pronounced Tropay: He pronounces sushi as sush-ee (rhymes with slushie).
  • Jerkass: Oh so much. Not only does he push students to exhaustion in his gym class, but he made Chase and Michael's lives Hell when Sushi Rox burned down, despite it not being their fault.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is always yelling, even on the rare occasion that he's happy.