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The Bones of Wrath

    Rodney Rathbone 

First appearance: “Isaac the Courageous”
Last appearance: “Buddy Guard”
Voiced by: Steve Burns, Matt Hurwitz (“Like Father, Like Son”)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Donna in “Aloha Oy!” and Connie in “Green Eyes and Yellow Tulips”.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Amusing Injuries: Suffers a number of self-inflicted ones in “Aloha Oy!” as he tries to make Donna Barclay fall for him.
  • At Least I Admit It: Claims in “Broken Window” that while he may do some “slightly illegal” things, he always admits it…when he gets caught, anyway.
  • Book Dumb: He doesn’t know that “electric” only has one “l” and that “week” isn't spelled “weck”.
  • The Bully
  • Characterization Marches On: Much more likely to have humanizing moments in his earlier appearances; later on he became more two-dimensional and cruel.
  • Crying Wolf: In “No, Honestly!”, he desperately tries to expose a con artist, but no one will believe him because of his pranking, scheming, bullying reputation. Even Whit has to be talked into giving him a chance.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Has a repertoire of creative threats in his arsenal; he threatens to make Trent “suck pudding through a straw for the rest of his life” and to “separate Grady from his tonsils”
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In “An Act of Mercy”, he pushes a kid around and shoves a trash can at him for…a debt of $1.00.
  • Dreadful Musician: The end of “You Gotta Be Wise” shows that he can’t play the accordion to save his life.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Highlighted in “Changing Rodney”, where his poor performance in a high school math course that middle schooler Mandy Straussberg is acing sets up part of the conflict of the episode.
  • Exact Words: In "A Rathbone of Contention", he tells Lucy that he’ll pay her for fliers for the newly-opening Electric Palace if he’s satisfied with the fliers; he claims that he’s not satisfied with them, and therefore he doesn’t have to pay her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He repeatedly expresses his bitterness over having to submit to Jellyfish's leadership during Darkness Before Dawn, but what finally sets him over the edge is when the Bones vandalize his dad's store.
  • Evil Redhead: His official art gives him red hair.
  • Gang of Bullies: Leads one, the Bones of Wrath.
  • Glory Seeker: In “No, Honestly!” when he demands to be given praise and adulation for helping catch conman Mark Reed.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Has been known to participate in some of the Whit’s End shenanigans; his family went on vacation with the Barclays in “Aloha Oy!”, and he was one of the parties in the Whit’s End-tried court case of who broke the window in “Broken Window”. (He didn’t, incidentally.)
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: It’s clear in “You Gotta Be Wise” that Rodney and good music are on two different sides of the planet on a good day, even without taking the poorly-written lyrics into account.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Donna explains why she could never get together with Rodney in “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1”:
    Donna: Because you’re a rude, obnoxious, unromantic, unappealing bully!
    Rodney: Who’s unromantic?
  • I Want My Mommy!: Shouts this in “Aloha, Oy!, Part 2” while parasailing.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: In “Hard Losses”, Bart wakes him up from a dream where he’s about to get a kiss.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When Bart asks Whit if he’s there to shop or to gloat in “The Living Nativity” and Whit replies that he’s there to shop, Rodney quips that “all the gloats are in the nativity scene with the sheep”.
  • Jerkass: By the end of his run on the show, he was little more than a two-dimensional bully. He especially crosses the line in "The Other Woman", when he crows that Tom Riley isn't seeking reelection while his parents feel horrible for feeding false info to the press that Tom was having an affair with a woman who turned out to be his mentally ill wife.
  • Lack of Empathy: Well, you sort of have to have one to be an effective bully and gang leader, but in "The Other Woman", he can't wrap his head around why his parents are so upset that they made Tom reveal to the public that his wife is debilitatingly mentally ill; all Rodney cares about is that Tom isn't running for re-election, while Bart and Doris are very shaken.
  • Last-Name Basis: Refers to almost everyone except those in his gang by their surname.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, he’s sneaky, conniving, and perfectly okay with doing illegal things to get his way.
    Rodney: How d’you know I’m cheatin’, Pop? You taught me how to play!
    Bart: That’s how I know!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Surprisingly, he pulls this off on Mandy in "Changing Rodney". She keeps on attempting to change him from a bully to a nice person; it seems like it's working, to the point where he claims to need her to vouch for him when he returns test answers to their math teacher, only for him to blame her for the theft. The teacher believes him and is furious with Mandy, who gets into a lot of trouble.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: Shouts this at the main character of a Rocky spoof while at the movies in “Gathering Thunder”.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Come on—Rathbone? “Wrath-bone”?
  • Noodle Incident: Mentions having put a hamster in a hitherto unidentified location for undisclosed reasons in “A Cheater Cheated”.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Tormented kids from Jimmy Barclay down to Grady McKay and fluctuated between middle and high school the whole time.
  • Not Me This Time: Even though he had the motive, the means, and the criminal record, he's really telling the truth—he isn’t the person who broke the window at Whit’s End in “Broken Window”.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Usually, the worst he ever does is pick on a kid and maybe push them around a little bit, but in the Darkness Before Dawn saga, he helps lead the Bones of Wrath in efforts to vandalize the town and manufacture a crime wave to help discredit Tom Riley.
  • Phrase Catcher: To Bart’s “Don’t call me Pop!”.
  • Put on a Bus: Sent away to juvenile detention after his actions in Darkness Before Dawn; he returns in “The Other Woman”.
  • The Rock Star: Has an overinflated rock tape (that largely becomes popular due to its controversy) in “You Gotta Be Wise”.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Implied by the raunchy lyrics on the Bones of Wrath tape in “You Gotta Be Wise”.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Is this to most of the kids in town, but especially Jimmy Barclay, Sam Johnson, and Isaac Morton.
  • Skewed Priorities: Reacts to a tree falling through his room in “Tornado!” with worry over whether or not his stereo survived.
  • Springtime for Hitler: In “Family Values”, when he writes an essay for a family-of-the-year contest that’s full of saccharine nonsense about the Rathbones and they end up as finalists.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In “No, Honestly!”, naturally.
  • Verbal Tic: Constantly calls his dad “Pop”.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice gets much more nasally and whiny after his first few appearances.
  • Vote Early, Vote Often: Bart suggests voter fraud during the election in "The One About Trust, Part 2" and demands a thorough investigation...up until someone tells him that Rodney did it.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Feels this way about his dad in “Missing Person”; Rodney hates baseball, but his dad makes him play. It’s resolved by the end of the episode, where Bart realizes that his son is more important than sports.
  • What an Idiot!: He's repeatedly called out on his rookie mistakes in "Gathering Thunder"—not bothering to scout out the area around the war memorial the Bones were vandalizing (a civilian was nearby and reported the whole story), not cluing in to the possibility that the Bones have a spy and that it might be the one person who has a connection with a goody-two-shoes kid and has wavered in his loyalty before (Butch was the spy who helped the Israelites undo the Bones' vandalism), and going out and showing his face to a hardware store clerk to buy spray paint for a hit that would surely be reported in the paper the next day (Jellyfish irritably points out that the clerk might get suspicious and be able to identify the culprit).
  • What Are You in For?: Asks Trent why he’s in detention this way in “A Glass Darkly”.
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    Rusty Gordon 

'''First appearance: “Our Father”
Last appearance: “Another Chance”
Voiced by: Shawn Svoboda

  • The Corrupter: To Lawrence Hodges in “Our Father” and Sam Johnson in “When Bad Isn’t So Good”.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Threatens to make Isaac Morton “breathe out of his eyelids” in “The Power”.
  • Disappeared Dad: According to “Our Father”, his dad doesn’t have a lot of time for him because he works a lot (he states in “When Bad Isn’t So Good” that his father is a city worker).
  • The Ghost: His name is mentioned constantly in albums 45-50, as he is the one who wrote the defamatory book about Odyssey, but he never actually makes an appearance.
  • Hidden Depths: Shows a surprising degree of poetic insight in “Poetry in Slow Motion”.
  • High School Hustler: Can be found selling schoolwork to people in episodes like “Poetry in Slow Motion” (though he might have done better not to sell a poem off a greeting card).
    "Ah, I love the sound of desperate children willing to sell their very lives to me."
  • Irony: Remarks in “Angels Unaware” that he doesn’t like to badmouth people, yet the book he becomes infamous for, Tales of a Small-Town Thug, is built entirely around making nasty remarks about the people of Odyssey.
  • Jerk Jock: He’s a talented basketball player, per “The Fundamentals”.
  • Orphaned Punchline: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Butch":
    "And the traveling salesman says: 'But I wanted all three'!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Enough that Whit banks on it in “Accidental Dilemma”; he takes the bait of the revelation that Jason used to work as an agent for the NSA and immediately blabs it on his website, apparently not taking into account the inherent sensitivity of the information or that the government would have a vested interest in protecting secrets like that.

    Brian “Butch” Evans 

First appearance: “The Good, the Bad, and the Butch”
Last appearance: “Easy Money”
Voiced by: John Burdick

  • The Atoner: Part of the reason why he decides to spy on the Bones of Wrath for the Israelites is to make up for the fact that he hasn’t been doing good deeds very often.
  • Becoming the Mask: In “The Good, the Bad, and the Butch”, when he tries to get tickets from Sam Johnson to a banquet so the Bones can pull a prank and ends up actually enjoying himself being friends with Sam again.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Sam: The Bones beat you up?
    Butch: No, the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
  • Evil Former Friend: He used to be best friends with Sam Johnson, but Butch’s choice to become a troublemaker and join the Bones ended it. They reconcile in Darkness Before Dawn.
  • The Gambling Addict: In “Easy Money”.
  • Gambler's Fallacy: Believes he’s got a streak that can’t be beat in “Easy Money”.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Rodney tells him in “The Good, the Bad, and the Butch” that if he wants to prove himself as a Bone, he has to bring Sam Johnson to the next meeting of the Bones of Wrath.
  • Idiot Ball: Holds it in “Gathering Thunder” after Jellyfish takes over the Bones, making himself increasingly conspicuous in front of what he knows is a more competent leader than Rodney. He repeatedly questions Jellyfish about his plans, then tries to call Whit’s End to inform them about a change of plans while the Bones are all at a movie theatre, and then goes out to find the Israelites—doing so by walking alone in the middle of the woods.
  • The Mole: For the Israelites within the Bones of Wrath.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tells the Israelites that after stealing Sam and Lucy’s bikes in “Small Fires, Little Pools”, he just sat down and asked himself what in the world he thought he was doing as a gang member.
  • That Man Is Dead: Informs Sam that “Brian’s gone” at the end of “The Good, the Bad, and the Butch”.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: In “Easy Money”.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Sam Johnson.

First Era (Albums 1-28)

    Lucille “Lucy” Cunningham-Schultz 

First appearance: “Rumor Has It”
Last appearance: “The Triangled Web, Part 2” (on-air), “B-TV: Live” (overall)
Voiced by: Genni Long

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Implicitly some of the allure of Richard Maxwell to her.
  • All-Loving Hero: She’s friends with everyone she meets and she’s widely reputed for her good nature.
  • Big "NO!": Lets out a few when she thinks Regis Blackgaard has come back to town in “Double Trouble”.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Zachary Sellars in “The Truth About Zachary”—both of their fathers died in car accidents, and they bond over sharing memories.
  • Break the Cutie: In “The Battle”, when she finds out that Richard Maxwell was using her and then gets hurt in the Imagination Station when the power surges.
  • Cute Bookworm: Curt recalls that the first time he met her was in the Odyssey Elementary School cafeteria, where she was reading a copy of Little House on the Prairie (that had very few pictures in it).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often in response to Curt:
    Curt: Hi, Lucy! Glad you could make it!
    Lucy: Why not? I cover all the accidents around school.

    Curt: Somebody needs to hold the office, and I’m just as good as the next person.
    Lucy: As long as the next person is Jack the Ripper.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Comments in “The Curse” that she hates listening to her voice on tape.
  • Dude Magnet: In “The Triangled Web”, when she’s the object of Jack’s, Curt’s, and Jimmy’s affections.
  • First Girl Wins: She’s the first girl Jack interacts with on the show.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: She lets herself be drawn into rebellious behavior in “Connie Goes to Camp” and holds a grudge against Connie for sending her home as punishment when she breaks the rules one time too many; in “The Battle”, Lucy finally breaks down and admits that she was tired of being known as a “sweet little girl” and just wanted to break out of the pigeonhole for a change.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though it makes perfect sense to attack Curt for the numerous schemes he’s pulled in order to discredit him as a candidate for student council president in “It Takes Integrity”, she doesn’t because she thinks it’s self-defeating to run a campaign on integrity and then try to boost her own credibility by tearing down someone else’s.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Connie and Richard.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Deconstructed in “Muckraker”; she thinks she’s written a great story about a company that’s been using illegal ingredients in its hair products, but it turns out her informant was a former employee who was fired for cheating on her time cards and just wanted to smear the company. As a result, Lucy has to redact the article and learns an important lesson about the power of the printed word.
    • It actually comes back to bite her in “It Takes Integrity”, when she runs for student council president on a campaign of integrity (as opposed to Curt’s dishonesty and overwrought campaign promises) and he promptly digs up the events of “Muckraker” to discredit her.
  • Literal-Minded: Not usually, but in “Thy Will Be Done”, she responds to a remark that she’s been writing bubblegum articles with a defense of her choice to write about the dangers of gum-chewing.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Finds herself at the center of one in the two-part "The Triangled Web" episode between Jimmy Barclaynote , Curt Stevens and Jack Davis. In the end; she accepts Jack's proposalnote .
  • Malicious Slander: Averted; she even says in “An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper” that she doesn’t like to say mean things about people (even if in that case she would have been right).
  • Nerd Glasses: Sports a pair of round ones, per her official artwork.
  • Nice Girl
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Delivers one in “Not One of Us” to officials of Sloughburgh, a city that discriminates against city people. It doesn’t work; she and Connie end up scrubbing floors to pay for a parking ticket they didn’t deserve.
  • Precocious Crush: On Richard Maxwell.
  • Relative Error: Mistaken for her cousin’s date at the beginning of “Cousin Albert”.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Right Way half with pretty much everyone.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Subverted in “Have You No Selpurcs?”, where she’s called on the fact that while she usually does have pretty solid morals, her pride about it is where she falls short.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: As a reporter for the Odyssey Owl; many of her appearances revolve around her needing to find a story that ties into the theme of the episode.
  • Snooping Little Kid: In “The Battle”, where she eavesdrops on Richard Maxwell and Dr. Blackgaard.
  • Student Council President: Runs for the position and wins in “It Takes Integrity”.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: She actually dated Curt in high school, although they broke up and she eventually marries Jack.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A spokesperson for the Calvin Bloom company calls her to account in "Muckraker" for publishing an article in the Odyssey Owl that accused them of including a rash-inducing ingredient in one of their products, admonishing her for not bothering to check whether or not the source was legitimate and explaining to her that even if she publishes a retraction, the company's reputation is still going to be damaged.

    Jimmy Barclay 

First appearance: “Family Vacation, Part 1”
Last appearance: “B-TV: Live”
Voiced by: David Griffin

  • Acting Unnatural: When trying to help cover up kidnapping his dad in “George Under Pressure”.
  • Adventures in Comaland: In “Someone to Watch Over Me”, he goes through a series of adventures where he keeps being protected from harm by someone named Nagle, who is fighting against a villain named Grim. This is actually a coma dream, and it’s revealed that this was actually a representation of an angel fighting for Jimmy’s life after he fell from the Wonderworld treehouse and slipped into a coma.
  • The All-American Boy: More of a mischievous variant than the golden-boy prototype, but he’s pretty clearly intended to be a representative of young boys everywhere.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Asks one of Connie, who recently broke up with Mitch and has been trying to help him get his life back in order while they're both in D.C., in "Living in the Gray, Part 2":
    Jimmy: What are you doing here, Connie? Why are you still here and not back to Odyssey?
    Connie: I wanted to see the sights.
    Jimmy: Yeah, sure. You just want to avoid the questions about Mitch.
  • Asleep in Class: Recounts doing this at least once in “A Prayer for George Barclay”:
    Whit: That’s not good!
    Jimmy: Yeah, you’re telling me. My mouth was open and I drooled on my math homework.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Tries to play this role for Lawrence, until he decides that he likes being a zany, imaginative kid just like Lawrence does.
  • Cool Big Bro: Tries to be this for Stewart, as well as a surrogate one for Lawrence.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics
  • Fanboy: Of Zapazoids, to the point where even Whit has called him on it.
  • Girls Have Cooties: In his younger years, naturally; he’s either in this phase or rolling his eyes at the idea that a girl can be good at anything.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Believes it in “Coming of Age”, where he finds himself more intensely irritated at his sister, embarrassed by his parents, his face broken out, and his voice cracking all over the place.
  • Glory Seeker: In “And the Glory”, when he keeps trying to get attention as the announcer for the Odyssey Coyotes baseball games.
  • Insufferable Genius: He keeps rattling off little-known information about Biblical passages (like the meaning of certain words in the original Greek and Hebrew) during Bible study sessions in “The Fundamentals”, even when they have nothing to do with the passage. Eventually, he wises up and understands that a person can have all the knowledge in the world, but it’s useless if they can’t apply it.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: Throughout “Coming of Age”, which his friends make fun of him for—it gets really bad when he’s trying to recite a Shakespearean monologue for a play rehearsal.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Lawrence (who is young enough for him to babysit) and Connie (who tries to set him up with Lucy in “The Triangled Web”).
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: How he knows there can’t have been a real alien invasion in “Terror From the Skies”—there’s not enough commotion.
  • Just One More Level: Has an addiction to Zapazoids.
  • Lame Comeback: To a trash-talking Rusty Gordon in “The Fundamentals”.
    Phil McFarland: I could beat you if I was sitting in a chair!
    Rusty: I could beat you if I was sittin’ in a chair and playing the cello!
    Jimmy: Oh, yeah? Well, he could beat you if you were laying on a—on a refrigerator, and—a-and juggling, and…
  • Men Can't Keep House: Has been known to leave old pizza in his closet.
  • Preacher's Kid: In a subconscious response to his father’s call to ministry, he decides that he too is called to the pastorate in “A Call for Reverend Jimmy”.
  • Precocious Crush: Is horrified to find that he has one on Connie in “Coming of Age”.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In "Terror From the Skies".
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Donna.
  • Skewed Priorities: In “A Prayer for George Barclay”.
    “What if God wants you to go to deepest, darkest Africa? Or—oh, man—somewhere in Connellsville?”
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight Man to Lawrence's Wise Guy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Lawrence can sometimes segue into this.
  • Vocal Evolution: His is probably the most famous example on the show. His voice actor David Griffin’s voice broke while in the middle of recording, to which all of the writers and directors in the room were stunned into silence. Not wanting to lose Griffin as Jimmy, they kept him on and wrote the episode "Coming of Age", centering around Jimmy going through puberty.
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    Donna Barclay 

First appearance: “Family Vacation, Part 1”
Last appearance: “It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Part 2”
Voiced by: Azure Janosky

  • Acting Unnatural: When trying to cover up kidnapping her dad in “George Under Pressure”.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter
  • Brutal Honesty: Goes on a tirade about why she’d never date Rodney in “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1”.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Fangirl: Of the soap opera Young Hearts Turning.
  • The Fashionista: She’s obsessed with clothes, makeup, and her hair; she has a hard time letting go of them in “Connie Goes to Camp”.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Grows into being the Responsible to Jimmy’s Foolish.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Official art of her depicts her in purple.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Immediately corrects the flight attendant who assumes that she and Rodney are together in “Aloha, Oy!, Part 1”.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She immediately falls in love with a rascally dog who digs through the Whit’s End trash in “Pet Peeves”, and she takes him in and names him “Normal”.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Mrs. Hooper in “An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper”.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She loves her cat Ferguson, a cat given to her by her friend Karen before she died, although she also gets excited about getting a dog in “Pet Peeves”.
  • The Leader: Headstrong variant, according to “Peacemaker”.
  • Lethal Chef: Downplayed; it’s mentioned in “A Call for Reverend Jimmy” that she once made brownies that resulted in her family having to get their stomachs pumped, but she was also eight years old at the time.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: So much so that she once asked her parents for her own phone line.
  • Preacher's Kid: Deals with the increased scrutiny of her behavior that comes with being a pastor’s daughter in “Preacher’s Kid”.
    • She also has to put up with being used as an illustration in her father’s sermons in “A Call for Reverend Jimmy”.
  • Ship Tease: With Jack Davis. It never ends up anywhere; he ends up married to Lucy.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Jimmy.

    Curt Stevens 

First appearance: “Front Page News”
Last appearance: “The Triangled Web, Part 2”
Voiced by: Fabio Stephens

  • Class Representative: Runs for it in "By Any Other Name".
  • Commitment Issues: He stood up Lucy for the senior dinner, according to “The Triangled Web”, because he was scared that she’d start talking about their future together.
  • Imagine Spot: Almost all of “Mayor For A Day” is one, where he imagines that he’s been chosen to be mayor of Odyssey for one day as part of a contest and chaos ensues.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s pretty well-known for pulling underhanded, selfish schemes, but in the end, he’ll do the right thing and he’s not truly malicious.
  • Missing Mom: His mother walked out on the family when he was very young.
  • Nested Story Reveal: “Mayor For A Day”, where he imagines himself as mayor for one day and dreams up all manner of chaos.
  • Opposites Attract: He and Lucy were often at odds, but ended up dating in high school.
  • Parental Neglect: His father is an alcoholic, which has taken a serious toll on their relationship.
  • The Prankster: Pulls a series of practical jokes in “Pranks for the Memories”.
  • Properly Paranoid: Subverted in “Pranks for the Memories”, where he’s convinced that he’s going to be pranked out at Tom Riley's barn, but it’s actually a plan for a surprise party and he ends up having worn himself out trying to pull a counter-prank.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Wrong Way half with Lucy, especially in episodes like “It Takes Integrity” and “Have You No Selpurcs?”.
  • Student Council President: Runs for the position in “It Takes Integrity”, naturally built on him making increasingly ridiculous campaign promises. He ends up trying to run a smear campaign against Lucy, then, when called out by Whit, cedes the race to her when he realizes how wrong he was.
  • Tar and Feathers: It’s actually molasses and feathers, but he ends up doing this to himself when trying to prank someone else in “Pranks for the Memories”.
  • Totally Radical: Actually uses the word “radical” a lot in "By Dawn’s Early Light", and a couple of times in other episodes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In “It Takes Integrity”, Whit has had enough with Curt using a mistake Lucy made in her reporting to smear her student council president campaign, and informs Curt that he’ll reveal to the Odyssey Owl that Curt’s father is an alcoholic. When Curt panics and begs him not to, citing Whit’s own promise that he wouldn’t tell, Whit agrees that it would be wrong…which is why Lucy, the only other person who knows, has never even considered using it or dragging Curt through the mud for the other stunts he’s pulled. Curt is ashamed enough to drop out of the race and concede it to Lucy.
  • Zany Scheme: Has tried to pull several to get out of mundane tasks, many of which are more complicated and require more effort than actually doing what he was originally supposed to be doing.

    Jack Davis 

First appearance: “Rumor Has It”
Last appearance: “The Triangled Web, Part 2” (on-air) “B-TV: Live” (overall)
Voiced by: Donald Long

  • The Ace: He's a popular, charismatic kid and a star athlete; Isaac Morton spends all of "Isaac the Insecure" feeling jealous and inadequate compared to him.
  • Always Someone Better: Feels this way about Isaac Morton; in "Isaac the Insecure", he reveals that while he may be athletic and popular, he feels vastly inferior to Isaac's giftedness in academia.
  • Big Man on Campus: He's athletic, charming, and very popular.
  • Commitment Issues: The reason why he and Lucy are on-again/off-again as of the beginning of “The Triangled Web” is that he’s having trouble coming to terms with either moving their relationship forward or breaking it off.
  • First Guy Wins: He’s the first boy Lucy ever interacts with on the show.
  • Hidden Depths: He’s very interested in acting.
  • Malicious Slander: Helps to spread some in “Rumor Has It”.
  • The Nicknamer: Mostly for Robyn, to whom he refers with names like as "Robyn Rotor", "Greensleeves", and "Dollface".
  • Private Eye Monologue: In “Heatwave”.
  • Ship Tease: With Donna Barclay. Naturally, it doesn’t go anywhere, as he ends up married to Lucy.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Lucy’s.

    Robyn Jacobs 

'''First appearance: “A Worker Approved”
Last appearance: “Pen Pal” (on-air), “B-TV: Live!” (overall)
Voiced by: Sage Bolte

  • Affectionate Nickname: Always calls her sister “Mel”.
  • Agent Scully: Refuses to believe that she’ll be afflicted by bad luck if she throws away a chain letter in “Bad Luck”; even though she gives in and starts believing in it, her initial inclinations were correct, as her father explains to her that all of the things that she thought were bad luck were just normal things that happen to people and she only thinks that it’s because of the letter because that’s when she became aware of it.
  • Anxiety Dreams: She dreams that Jessie and her father try to convince her of the truthfulness of superstitions in “Bad Luck”.
  • Chain Letter: Thinks she has bad luck after she throws one away in “Bad Luck”.
  • The Chew Toy: In “Better Late Than Never”, she does her level best to get to her volleyball game, even though her parents have overslept, their car won’t start, her bike gets a flat, she’s chased through the woods by a neighbor’s yard, she falls into a creek, and Whit’s car dies when she gets into it.
  • Crippling the Competition: Has this happen to her in “The Winning Edge”, where a member of the opposing softball team slides into her and injures her.
  • Daddy's Girl: So much so that she’s actually in tears after she and her dad have a fight in “You Gotta Be Wise”.
  • Determinator: In spite of the above Chew Toy incident, she still gets to her volleyball game on time.
  • Dumpster Dive: In "Bad Luck", she takes a leap into the dumpster behind Whit's End to try to find a chain letter because she thinks she got bad luck from not mailing it forward.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: She doesn’t put up with much; she gets increasingly irritated with Jessie’s superstitions in “Bad Luck”, and frequently puts boys around town in their place.
    Jack: Hiya, dollface; what’s the latest news?
    Robyn: The report of your damaged body if you don’t call me by my real name.
  • Eureka Moment: Has one in “The Treasure of LeMonde!”; while going over the notes of her piano recital piece in her head, she realizes that the clue about “A deaf cabbage” is referring to musical notes.
  • The Fashionista: She pays pretty close attention to her hair and clothes, per "Connie Goes to Camp".
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Melanie’s Responsible in “A Test For Robyn”, where Melanie has started studying for a test several days in advance and Robyn decides to cram the night before.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: In “Melanie’s Diary”, when Robyn reads excerpts from Melanie’s diary and Melanie pulls a series of pranks on Robyn in return.
  • Gold Fever: Finds herself swept up in it in “The Treasure of LeMonde!”; the trait is quickly defied when she immediately recognizes that greed is wrong and prays that God will help her replace those thoughts with good things. She retains her excitement about the treasure hunt, but it’s more for curiosity’s sake than for money.
  • Good Lawyers, Good Clients: It’s revealed in a deleted scene from “The Triangled Web” that she’s a lawyer working pro bono out in California.
  • Hidden Depths: According to “The Treasure of LeMonde!”, she plays piano, and it’s established in “The Winning Edge” that she’s a powerhouse softball player.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Given one by Jessie in “Bad Luck” to stave off what they think is bad luck from her throwing away a chain letter.
  • No Indoor Voice: She’s not exactly the quiet one in “The Treasure of LeMonde!”.
  • Neat Freak: She freaks out at the possibility of mud on her clothes in “Connie Goes to Camp, Part 2”.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Inverted in “Better Late Than Never”, when she’s trying to kick a habit of being habitually late.
  • Tears of Remorse: She breaks into tears after she cheats on a history test in “A Test for Robyn”.

    Isaac Morton 

First appearance: “Isaac the Insecure”
Last appearance: “A Look Back, Part 1”
Voiced by: Justin Morgan

  • Cassandra Truth: In “The Power”, when he tries to convince the principal that Nicky Adamsworth is changing around student records…after Nicky has already accessed Isaac’s files and changed them to show that Isaac has apparently gotten into fights and has a history of lying. The principal, being new, cannot vouch for him.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode in which he learns how to live out a certain virtue is formatted “Isaac the [theme of the episode]”.
  • Inspector Javert: He’s determined to catch Nicky Adamsworth and Rusty Gordon’s computer-file-altering scheme in “The Power”.
  • Not So Different: Draws parallels between Rodney and himself in “Missing Person”, as both of them felt the need to run away under pressure from unwitting fathers.
  • Precocious Crush: On Connie in “The Scales of Justice”.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: In “Isaac the Procrastinator”.
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    Sam Johnson 

First appearance: “Isaac the True Friend”
Last appearance: “It’s A Wrap!”
Voiced by: Kyle Ellison

  • Bad Liar: Lucy catches on unsurprisingly quickly to his increasingly suspicious and evasive behavior in "Angels Unaware".
  • Cowardly Lion: He tends to get very nervous in the face of danger, but he can always be counted on to do the right thing in the end.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: It's lampshaded in "Family Values" when Bart Rathbone is incredulous that apparently, the entire Johnson family is like this.
    • Downplayed, actually, in “Isaac the Pure”, where Isaac Morton goes overboard on being “pure” by getting rid of anything and everything that might be potentially problematic and Sam face-palms his way through most of the episode.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Butch.
  • The Workaholic: In “Easy Money”.

    Lawrence Hodges 

First appearance: “Wonderworld”
Last appearance: “The Triangled Web, Part 1”
Voiced by: Gabriel Encarnacion

  • Being Evil Sucks: Finds out in “Our Father” that the only thing that comes of him being in the Bones of Wrath is hurting people who actually care about him.
  • Book Dumb: He’s not very academically adept, and he continuously has trouble pronouncing some of the words he reads and hears.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Gets some in “Subject Yourself”. They’re actually not quite as drastic as the trope usually implies, but he does have to wear headgear to bed.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Crying Wolf: In “The Boy Who Cried Destructo!”, he has trouble getting people to believe that Harlow Doyle and then Whit have been kidnapped because of his wild imagination.
  • Disappeared Dad: Justified; his father is in the military.
  • Epic Fail: He was kicked out of NASA for crashing a flight simulator.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Has in Imagine Spot where he’s journeying through the President’s body in order to stop an “atom-sized protein-blaster” from detonating on his lung.
  • Imagine Spot: All throughout episodes like “Wonderworld” and “Our Father”.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Not quite as much as a generation, but he’s young enough for Jimmy to be babysitting him.
  • Military Brat
  • Mr. Imagination: His main schtick.
  • Parental Substitute: George Barclay is his.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Wise Guy to Jimmy’s Straight Man.
  • Too Dumb to Live: An impatient Lawrence once painted his own braces with acrylic paints from model vehicles. The normally mellow Jack is quick to call this an incredibly stupid move.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Adopts a bizarre mangling of what’s apparently supposed to be a Brooklyn/Bronx in “Our Father”.

Second Era (Albums 29-50)

    Jared DeWhite 

First appearance: “The Pushover”
Last appearance: “The Triangled Web, Part 1”
Voiced by: Brandon Gilberstadt

  • Aesop Amnesia: He learns in “A Case of Revenge” not to make wild accusations about people without having all the facts...which is exactly what he continues to do (largely Played for Laughs) in later appearances due to his role as the resident conspiracy theorist.
  • Another Story for Another Time: He states that he believes that the moon landing was faked in “Best Face Forward”, then sheepishly says the trope name.
  • Book Dumb: He’s not known for his stellar academic performance. Mandy once got irritated with him because he claimed that whether or not JFK shot Lincoln was “a matter of opinion”.
  • Break the Haughty: In "The Pushover", he stubbornly plows on with what he thinks is the right way to go toward Tom Riley's farm for a delivery and ends up twisting his ankle, while Cody Carper—who followed the map, something Jared admits he's not good at—wound up fine.
  • Brutal Honesty: Apparently once told a teacher that she resembled an ostrich. One-shot character Cassidy sums up in "Something Cliqued Between Us" that he says whatever’s on his mind at all hours of the day no matter how offensive or annoying.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: While Liz exults in the glory of a prank she doesn't know Jared pulled on Rodney, Jared remarks that "Prank Man" must have been pretty smart.
  • Cassandra Truth: Given all his conspiracy theories and paranoia, Sarah and Mandy have a difficult time believing his claims in “Strange Boy in a Strange Land” that his family is in the Witness Protection Program because his dad uncovered a secret about a company called Andromeda.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Conspiracy Theorist
  • Control Freak: Has a tendency to try to micromanage people, once getting irrationally upset because his almost-two-year-old brother wasn’t coloring inside the lines properly.
  • Crying Wolf: Jared has made so many proclamations that have turned out to be wildly incorrect that it’s small wonder that Mandy and Sarah don’t initially believe his story about being in the Witness Protection Program in “Strange Boy in a Strange Land”.
  • Drama Queen: Has a tendency to freak out over every little thing.
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: As part of the Witness Protection Program, his family has been relocated to a new house in the middle of the woods and given new identities; he sneaks out to go running around in the woods in "Strange Boy in a Strange Land", which is where he finds Mandy and Sarah and gives them information about Andromeda. He's found out by, presumably, one of the U.S. Marshals who guards his family, and the DeWhites are forced to move again.
  • El Spanish "-o": Tries to tell Mandy that “Jared’s run away to Mehico!” in “Something Cliqued Between Us” before she nearly beats down his door for being Miss Friendship.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Cody strike up a friendship after their adventure through the woods in "The Pushover".
  • Five Stages of Grief/Inkblot Test: Tries to push Connie through these in "Eggshells" in the fallout of her breakup with Mitch; in the case of the inkblots, he actually drew them himself in order to enforce her "need" for therapy.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Trent’s Responsible.
  • Glory Seeker: In “It’s All About Me”, when Trent gets the credit for a prank Jared pulled and Jared deliberately exposes himself.
  • Hypocrite/Hypocritical Humor: Snidely refers to his brother as weird and a geek for being interested in biology when he himself walks around narrating his life into walkie-talkies and accusing elderly women of being kidnappers in disguise.
    • Claims that kids used to be "suspectible" to buying products just because they were sponsored by their favorite superheroes, then gets really excited when he finds out that a cereal called Toasty Oaties had superhero spy equipment in its boxes.
    • Rolls his eyes at Trent for "watching too much TV" in "Eggshells" and thinking that Connie's on the verge of a psychotic rampage after her breakup with Mitch, while at the same time being perfectly happy to try psychoanalyzing her with skills he picked up in a middle school health class.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: Experiences a day as one-shot bully Brock Blakley in "Another Man's Shoes" through the also-one-shot Transmuter, and realizes that Brock has a pretty terrible home life.
  • It's All About Me: In the episode of the same title, he does his level best to make sure he gets credit for a prank without making it look like he wants the attention, so not only can he be admired for the prank, but he can also pass himself off as a Humble Hero.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He goes off the path set by Whit’s map in “The Pushover”, assuming he knows the way to Tom’s farm, and ends up getting injured; Cody Carper, whom Jared has been pushing around a bit, insists on following the map and comes through unscathed.
  • The Leader: Headstrong variant.
  • Malaproper: Often mixes up or mispronounces words, like claiming that kids used to be "suspectible" to product sponsorship, asking Mr. Whittaker whether or not he asked the mayor to pass a new "puberty tax", and misquoting a Bible verse as saying "Why do you look at the spam in your brother's eye when you have a hog in your own?".
  • Mr. Imagination: When he’s not being paranoid over every little thing and theorizing ways that everyone’s out to get him, he’s running around playing and conjuring up imaginary scenarios like any boy his age.
  • No Social Skills: Whit points out in "Something Cliqued Between Us" that it’s rather hypocritical for Jared to be giving people anonymous friendship advice because Jared himself has difficulties in getting along with other people.
  • The Paranoiac
  • Properly Paranoid: Zig-zagged; most of the time he blows mundane things completely out of proportion, but he’s completely right about Andromeda in “Strange Boy in a Strange Land”; he comes back to Odyssey and is up to his usual zaniness, but the last we hear of him, he’s working for the CIA, which means he’s also seen some secret plots legitimized.
  • Put on a Bus: Brandon Gilberstadt had to leave to film One Hundred Deeds For Eddie Mcdowd, and his absence was explained by Jared and his family moving away very suddenly; when Gilberstadt was available to take on the role again, Jared was brought back and the sudden move was explained by his father discovering incriminating information about Andromeda and the family being placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Dwayne’s and Cody's Blue.
  • Run for the Border: Desperately tries to claim that he did in the face of Mandy’s wrath in “Something Cliqued Between Us”.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Trent; while Jared doesn’t care about academics and his thought processes are very rarely rooted in rationality, Trent is a star student and gets very impatient with Jared’s brand of zaniness.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Wise Guy to Dwayne’s Straight Man.
  • Take Over the World: A goal of his.
  • Talking to Themself: He can often be found doing this, and as of “It’s All About Me” can be found speaking into a handheld recorder.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sarah.
  • Vocal Evolution: Brandon Gilberstadt is one of the few child actors who was kept on after his voice changed.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In “Something Cliqued Between Us”, Mandy calls him out on his willingness to anonymously give people friendship advice by learning things about them that they’d never reveal if they knew it was him; Whit observes that Jared, who has a history of difficulty socializing, has no business advising people about their personal relationships.
    • Liz brings him up short in “It’s All About Me” for claiming that he didn’t really want the credit for pranking Rodney Rathbone when in fact he was the person who planted the evidence in Liz’s locker for her to report in the first place.
  • You Watch Too Much X: Tells Trent that he watches too much TV in "Eggshells" when Trent suggests that Connie might start throwing things out of anger over her breakup with Mitch.

    Sarah Pratchett 

First appearance: “The Pushover”
Last appearance: “Grand Opening, Part 2”
Voiced by: Scarlet Pomers

  • Agent Scully: Her past experiences with Jared and mundane events being blown out of proportion have made her understandably wary of Jared’s claims about Andromeda in “Strange Boy in a Strange Land”.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She first comes across as irritable and haughty to the boys in town, but she warms up to them.
  • Hidden Depths: She's really into juggling.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may hold people like Jared in disdain for their immaturity, but she does care for them and consider them friends.
    • While outwardly she may seem selfish and world-weary, she leads a local girls’ club in an effort to raise money for the Connellsville Orphans’ Home in “The Spy Who Bugged Me”, she supports Alex’s efforts to become a missionary in “Missionary: Impossible”, and she comforts Mandy in "The Worst Day Ever".
  • Little Miss Snarker/The Snark Knight
  • Not So Above It All: For all her world-weariness, she also gets pulled into Nathaniel Graham’s conspiracy theory in “The Y.A.K. Problem”, and she teases Connie about her relationship with Mitch in "Broken Window".
  • Odd Friendship: With Mandy, who is sweet, gentle, and friendly.
  • Overprotective Dad: Uses hers to her advantage, reminding Jared about her dad's opinion of people who go snooping through their yard and that he was apparently a college linebacker.
  • Precocious Crush: On Jason in “Missionary: Impossible”.
  • Pun: In "Grand Opening", in response to Alex Jefferson's suggestion that AREM is an anagram of "re mi" on the solfege scale:
    "Do re mi fa...sol what?"
  • The Rival: To Jared, initially.
  • Scare Dare: Gives one to Liz in “Slumber Party”: she has to walk all the way down Mandy’s creepy driveway, place a pizza crust in the mailbox, then walk back.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: In “Natural Born Leader”.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Jared and Liz.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed, but she's a bit more levelheaded than Alex and Cal during their investigation into AREM's identity in the "Grand Opening" two-parter; while they come up with increasingly complicated Epileptic Trees about what the name could mean, Sarah suggests that it might be Jared because it actually sounds like the sort of thing he would do. She's wrong, but it's not a bad guess.

    Dwayne Oswald 

First appearance: “Chores No More”
Last appearance: “Gloobers!”
Voiced by: Kris Kachurak

  • Butt-Monkey: If there’s a mishap to befall someone or a degrading task to be done, odds are Dwayne’s the hapless victim.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He actually has a pretty dry sense of humor, but he’s terrible at actual comic routines, as demonstrated in “The Joke’s on You”.
  • Disguised in Drag: Jared convinces him to dress up like a girl in order to infiltrate Sarah Prachett’s Super-Secret Sisters Club in “The Spy Who Bugged Me”. It...goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: He has a pretty good head for trivia, according to "Not-So-Trivial Pursuits".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jared's Red; while Jared is impulsive, reckless, and take-charge, Dwayne is thoughtful, timid, and reserved.

    Mandy Straussberg 

First appearance: “When in Doubt…Pray!”
Last appearance: “A Class Reenactment” (on-air), “B-TV: Live” (overall)
Voiced by: Aria Curzon, Jean Gillespie (elderly woman, “The Present Long Ago”)

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She develops a crush on Seth Young in “Seeing Red”, who is Married to the Job and barely knows who she is.
  • All-Loving Hero: She’s friends with almost everyone, hates when her friends fight, and gives generously to people whenever she can.
  • Always Someone Better: Unintentionally this to Tamika, who feels outshone by Mandy’s accomplishments and the Washingtons’ celebration of them in “The Family Next Door”.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Reveals her identity to her grandson this way in “The Present Long Ago”, as she explains that she was the one given a special valentine.
    Brandon: You were Mandy?
    Old!Mandy: I am Mandy, sweetheart. That’s my name.
  • The B Grade: In “Teacher’s Pest”, Max sneers that she’s probably one of those kids who freaks out when she gets a B. Mandy admits that she wouldn’t know—she’s never gotten one.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Trent. Both are top students, kind and friendly people, and the more rational foils to their obstinate best friends.
  • Break the Cutie: Her parents’ separation did this to her; thankfully, they got back together.
  • Character Development: While her parents are separated, she tries to pretend like nothing’s wrong, then to force them back together, then to bargain with God to make them reconcile, then to ignore her grief and try to get away; she finally breaks down and lets everything out before she comes to a place where she accepts what God intends to do.
  • Cheerful Child: In her younger years.
  • The Chew Toy / Humiliation Conga: She really gets put through the mill in “Worst Day Ever”: she crashes into Sarah in the hallway and is late for class, during which she also mixes up a book report that’s due in that same class; she gets a fat lip, causes chaos when the ice machine gives her too much ice, and gets yelled at by a cafeteria worker; she flubs her band audition due to the lip injury; she gets ice cream all over her favorite sweater and an ice show she was looking forward to is canceled; she gets attacked by a dog whose owner blames her, and some unexplained thing happens to her cat.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: Downplayed; while she’s able to take a high school math course while still in middle school and performs quite well, and she’s written a number of plays that have been performed at Whit’s End and on KYDS Radio, she otherwise hasn’t been portrayed as intellectually off the charts.
  • The Cutie: Her primary role in earlier episodes was to be sweet, kind, and polite.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets in her fair share.
    Liz: How’s this for my opening line: “March 1st, 10:32 AM. A teeming mass of humanity waits for a glimmer of hope—a hope that will soon be dashed to smithereens upon the rocks of deception!”
    Mandy: Sounds like the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Determinator: She does everything she can to get David to stop his rebellious attitude in “Out of Our Hands”, even as he resists her every effort.
  • The Drag-Along: Sometimes with Liz.
  • Drama Queen: She’s gifted in theatre and prone to highly emotional reactions to fairly insignificant things (“A Class Reenactment” being a prime example).
  • Dude Magnet: Both Max Hampton and Trent DeWhite develop feelings for her.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible to David's Foolish, in episodes like "Chain Reaction" and "A Matter of Manners".
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: She and Marvin live next door to each other and get along well, but they never actually hold a one-on-one conversation; “The Family Next Door” has her and Marvin interact, but revolves instead around the conflict she unintentionally creates between herself and Tamika.
  • Go-Getter Girl: She’s highly competent at academics and the arts, she’s won writing competitions and written a few plays, and she even has a “map of the future” charting out her entire high school career and what college she’s going to.
  • Good Feels Good: Only once—when she’s under a considerable amount of stress to begin with—does she do a good deed for any reason other than simply wanting to be kind and do the right thing.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: As a little girl, she sold her beloved doll to J and J Antiques for money to give to the Rathbones after their house was destroyed by a tornado, even though she freely admits that she isn't very fond of the Rathbones in and of themselves.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She’s usually drawn with blonde hair and is incredibly kind and generous.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She grows increasingly irritated at the people teasing her about her and Trent being a couple in "A Class Reenactment".
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one in “Life, in the Third Person”.
  • I Can Change My Bully: It’s completely non-romantic (in contrast to the actual trope name), but “Changing Rodney” is devoted to her attempts to make Rodney Rathbone a better person. She thinks it’s working, up until he gets ahold of test answers, asks her to help return them, and then blames her for stealing them. Her lesson was summed up nicely by Rodney himself:
    “Next time you wanna change somebody, maybe you should ask them first!”
  • Informed Flaw: Liz repeatedly indicates that she and Mandy are unattractive in “Lost By A Nose”, but Nick remarks that he finds Liz to be good-looking, implying that Mandy’s also probably at least fairly pretty as well.
  • Just Friends: Name-drops the trope in "A Class Reenactment" about Trent (with which he agrees).
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Had a cat named Fluffyface.
  • The Klutz: Not the best at poise, as her tryout for a hair commercial in “Split Ends” demonstrates.
  • Married in the Future / Official Couple: She eventually marries Trent, citing him as someone “very dear” to her as an old woman.
  • Neat Freak: She’s very good at organization, even helping the Washingtons reorganize their garage in “The Family Next Door”. (She mentions with a certain amount of glee in the same episode that she has a label-maker.)
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: She’s taking a high school math course in “Changing Rodney”, and Liz remarks in “Tales of a Small-Town Thug” that she’s very keen on extra credit projects.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not Herself: Liz starts spotting threads in her behavior almost immediately—she’s tired, grumpy, and increasingly distant—and soon discovers that all of these are results of her parents’ rising tensions and her brother’s rebellious attitude.
    • Connie is almost appalled that Mandy put off writing a paper until the day before it’s due, which Mandy guiltily attributes to the stress she’s been feeling at home.
  • Oblivious to Love: In “Mum’s the Word”, Trent invites her to sit with him at lunch, offers to pull out a chair for her that’s actually a bench stuck to a wall, goes to the trouble of pressing and drying flowers for her for their biology project, and attempts to give her an onion ring as a sign of regard; she also believes he sent her a valentine at one point. Despite all of this, she’s surprised to learn at the end that he has a crush on her.
    • To be fair, by this point she has been very stressed lately over her home situation, but these are hardly subtle hints he’s been dropping.
  • Odd Friendship: With the snarky, world-weary Sarah, the completely off-the-wall conspiracy theorist Jared, the ambitious and fiery Liz, and the nigh-suicidally reckless Cal.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only time her full first name, “Amanda”, is used is when she’s introducing herself to Jack Allen in “Tornado!”, and she was very young at the time; even more formal characters like Eugene and Edwin refer to her as “Mandy”.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Liz is quick to get to the bottom of the matter that Mandy has become withdrawn and gloomy in “Tales of a Small-Town Thug” and “Now More Than Ever”.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: With Trent.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Summed up best in “The Unraveling”, when Mandy takes note of the birdhouse Rodney’s stealing:
    Cal: How can you tell?
    Alex (deadpan): It’s pink.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Finally succumbs to it in “Life, in the Third Person”.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her world-weary, rebellious, emotionally insensitive brother David.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She’s naturally very sweet to people, but she’s not a bit afraid to fight her own battles; she has very clear boundaries that she makes sure Liz knows she’s crossed in “Seeing Red”, and she goes to stop David from killing his teacher’s rose plants in “Out of Our Hands” despite the fact that he’s with a delinquent kid at 9:00 at night.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The basis of her crush on Seth Young in “Seeing Red” (he’s a Super Christian and she and Liz both agree that he’s good-looking). She also eventually falls in love with Trent, who is just as kind and compassionate as she is.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Mandy's age is frequently whatever suits the writers' purposes; hers is the vaguest of all of the ages in the child cast. (Oddly enough, she's one of the few to have her age specified, and it's still contradictory; she goes from being fourteen in "True Calling" to being eight months removed from her twelfth birthday in "Out of Our Hands".)
  • Stepford Smiler: While at the beginning of her parents’ marital strife she was noticeably out of sorts, she also tried to put on a happy face for the people around town to keep them—even her closest friends—from seeing that something was wrong.
  • Straight Man: If she’s a secondary character, she’s probably reacting to what other people are doing and saying.
  • Stubborn Mule: She’s the one who is more stubborn and resentful toward Liz during their feud over Seth Young.
  • Sweet Tooth: Liz remarks in “Now More Than Ever” that Mandy’s never refused ice cream in her life, she and Liz have been known to engage in milkshake-drinking contests, and her favorite dessert is chocolate fudge ice cream cake.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Technician to Max’s Performer in “Teacher’s Pest”; he likes to goof off and play to the crowd, while she prefers traditional, informative presentation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Connie is sympathetic to her plight as her parents look like they might divorce, but she still calls her on trying to force them back together and on shutting out David’s different-but-no-less-real hurt; Connie also brings her up short on plagiarizing Connie’s story for an English assignment that Mandy didn’t have time to complete in “Mum’s the Word”.
  • When She Smiles: Trent comments in “Mum’s the Word” that she has a nice smile.
  • Women Are Wiser

    David Straussberg 

First appearance: “Tornado!”
Last appearance: “Life, in the Third Person, Part 2”
Voiced by: Jeff Ellison (“Tornado!”-“Slumber Party”), Robbie Rist (“Now More Than Ever”-“Life, in the Third Person, Part 2”)

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Mandy. He may find her optimism grating and unrealistic, but he clearly still cares about her and respects her.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Becomes this when his parents separate; while Mandy internalizes and broods, David distances himself from his family, stops attending church and hanging out with his old friends, and becomes more rebellious and apathetic.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As soon as Cameron threatens to drag Mandy down with them in an attempt to kill Dr. Hawthorne’s prize roses in “Out of Our Hands”, David immediately jumps to her defense and refuses to go through with it.
    Cameron: So what? She shouldn’t have been here in the first place!
    David: She’s my little sister! I’m supposed to look after her!
  • Big Eater: Ate an entire pizza and had ice cream to wash it down in "Now More than Ever".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does so on invitation in “Life, in the Third Person, Part 2”; his father asks him if he thinks that separation between two parents is wrong, and David replies bluntly that he believes it is—not only because it goes against the biblical sacrament of marriage and principles of sacrifice, but also because of the way it has affected him and his sister.
    • He does so more subtly in the beginning of the two-parter, giving his dad the side-eye when the real estate agent helping them find a new home in Chicago casually remarks that Christians getting divorced makes them just like everybody else.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much more prone to it than the usually straightforward and cheerful Mandy.
    (to Liz) "Do you ever use sentences that don't end in question marks?"
  • Etiquette Nazi: He and Alex become this in “A Matter of Manners”.
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Nausea Fuel: At Alex’s command, he stuffs three scoops of ice cream into his mouth at once for an audience at Whit’s End. (Whit appropriately kicks them out, as it’s the third time he’s had to reprimand them for disgusting behavior.)
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He’s surly, pessimistic and world-weary; Mandy is hopeful, optimistic, and friendly.
  • Those Two Guys: With Alex, until David was temporarily dropped and Cal took over the role.

    Liz Horton 

First appearance: “Not-So-Trivial Pursuits”
Last appearance: “Hear Me, Hear Me”
Voiced by: Lauren Schaffel

  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls her brother Mark “Red”, and he in turn calls her “Carrot”.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She has crushes on both Alex Jefferson and (at one point) Seth Young, neither of whom return her affections.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Averted; her desires for political achievement and talent for leadership come to prominence after she becomes nicer, and her take-charge tendencies are considered to be a God-given talent that she can (and often does) use for good.
  • Batman Gambit: In "It's All About Me", she tells Jared that she's going to have Mitch fingerprint a note and a tape found in her locker telling her that Jared was the one who really pulled a prank on Rodney Rathbone, knowing that Jared will go to her locker and open it to try to get the tape so that she can expose him for intentionally revealing himself and then trying to play it off like a Humble Hero.
  • Big Brother Worship: She’s really close to her brother Mark and looks up to him a lot, which is why it’s hard for her when he comes back with a fiancée she didn’t even know about.
  • Big Eater: Eats her way through about half a pizza and claims another slice for later in “Slumber Party”.
  • Brutal Honesty: She’s not afraid to tell people hard truths when they need to hear them; she tells Mandy directly to her face that she’s being selfish for going back on her word that she’d help with an extra credit project, and she reads Trent the riot act for not only not listening to what she has to say, but for disrespecting their friendship.
  • Characterization Marches On: Her initial appearances portrayed her as insensitive but ultimately well-meaning; "You Win Some, You Lose Some" shows her as a full-on bratty and obnoxious Alpha Bitch. All episodes after this show her being much more sympathetic and likable.
  • The Confidant: For Mandy during her parents’ separation.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: In “Lost By A Nose”, she basically calls Gwen Kablonski ugly to her face and tries unsuccessfully to hem and haw her way out of it.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Downplayed, but she calls Trent out in “Hear Me, Hear Me” for not listening to her instructions—not just because their science project is at stake, but also because she’s hurt that her friend doesn’t seem to care about what she has to say.
  • Evil Redhead: In some of her earliest episodes, where she’s a catty, snobby prankster.
  • Fiery Redhead: Much is made of the fact that she has red hair.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Takes part in student government and has political ambitions.
  • Gold Digger: A G-rated, Played for Laughs version in "Life Trials of the Rich and Famous", when she finds out that Nathaniel Graham's dad has made a lot of money on a website and decides to try to be his girlfriend.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She feels that her brother Mark’s fiancée Natalie is trying to steal his attention from her in “Room Enough for Two”.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: She goes on a Room of Consequence adventure in “The Eternal Birthday” that allowed her to experience her birthday over and over again in order to show her that one should be careful what one wishes for.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In "Lost By A Nose", she doesn't realize until Mandy points it out to her that in her efforts to try to expose the Young Miss Odyssey modeling contest for judging solely based on looks, she ended up getting swept up in the hype and narrowly-focused on outer beauty herself.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Shown during her auditions for the school choir in “For Trying Out Loud”, although it probably doesn’t help that the song she chose was “I’m a Little Teapot”.
  • Hypocrite: Her opinions about American culture's obsession with outward beauty are her entire motivation in "Lost By A Nose", yet she also constantly refers to the "beautiful people" like Brenda Frazier versus "non-gorgeous girls" like her and Mandy versus "extremely unstunning" girls like Gwen Kablonski. It's an indicator that her perceptions about beauty are more ingrained than she thinks they are, but only her fixation on her own appearance is addressed by the end.
  • I Am Big Boned: Says this verbatim in “Slumber Party” when Sarah makes fun of her for how much pizza she ate.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: In "The W.E.", Nathaniel tries to claim that he's on his way out of the Novacom Kids' Center (a competitor to Whit's End) while Whit and Nick are checking out the place...and Liz promptly walks in and asks him how many game tokens he wanted.
  • Informed Flaw: She repeatedly emphasizes that she’s not one of “the beautiful people” in “Lost By A Nose” and Brenda Frazier scoffs at the idea of her being a contestant in the Young Miss Odyssey contest, but she still makes it to the finals and Nick Mulligan mentions that she’s actually fairly good-looking.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Throughout “Lost By A Nose”, she constantly refers to the looks of the people around her, calling Gwen Kablonski ugly almost directly to her face and casually remarking that she and Mandy (her best friend) are unattractive.
  • Intrepid Reporter: First becomes a reporter for the Odyssey Owl in “For Trying Out Loud”, where she investigates whether or not the judging for pep squad tryouts was rigged and discovers that Brenda Frazier, who had a really bad tryout, had the ballot box stuffed. She continues to do a lot of investigative reporting during the rest of her run on the show, including trying to enter the Young Miss Odyssey contest to expose it for only really judging based on physical beauty.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She’s prone to trying to expose the truth, sometimes at the expense of gentleness and compassion. In “Lost By A Nose”, she enters the Young Miss Odyssey Modeling Contest with intent to expose its discriminatory practices against homely girls, and in “It’s All About Me”, she tells Jared that “our readers have a right to know” that he deliberately planted evidence that he pulled a hilarious prank on Rodney in spite of his statements that he didn’t want anyone to know about it.
  • Kids Are Cruel: She used to be quite the bully.
  • The Klutz: Apparently during a cheerleading tryout, she managed to crash into the coach.
  • The Leader: One of her defining personality traits is her boldness and leadership skills; she seems to be of the Headstrong type, as she is usually seen volunteering for leadership roles and is shown motivating people to do their jobs to the fullest.
  • Ms. Vice Gal: She tends to get wrapped up in popularity and the opinions of others, per episodes like "Something Cliqued Between Us", "What Do You Think?", and "Tales of a Small-Town Thug".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Shows some signs of it in “Slumber Party”, where she’s excited to watch a zombie movie and gleefully recounts a scene where a zombie gets its leg stuck in a dishwasher.
  • Not So Different: Mandy draws a pointed comparison between Brenda Frazier, whom Liz held in disdain because she pitched a fit over a tiny stain on her dress during the Young Miss Odyssey Contest, and Liz, who outright quit the competition because of a zit on her nose.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name, "Elizabeth", is rarely used, even by Eugene.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She marches over to Gwen Kablonski, curious as to why the latter is entering a beauty contest when she is considered by many to be "un-stunning", and promptly bungles the entire exchange and tries to hem and haw her way out when Gwen catches on to what she’s implying.
  • The Prankster: She can be very mischievous when she wants to be; she pulls a number of practical jokes in “You Win Some, You Lose Some”, and she and her brother’s fiancée bond by tricking Whit into thinking that they bitterly loathe one another in “Room Enough for Two”.
  • Pride: Has a stubborn streak a mile wide and gets easily swept up in the pomp and circumstance of things she does.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Mandy’s Blue.
  • Rise of Zitboy: In “Lost By A Nose”, she gets her first zit square in the middle of her nose right before she has to appear as a finalist in a beauty contest.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: When she's not doing investigative reports, she's simply writing articles for the Owl.
  • Spotting the Thread: She’s good at taking note of suspicious behavior, which is why she makes such a good investigative reporter.
  • Student Council President: Is running for the position in “Hindsight”; it’s never stated whether she wins or not.
  • Sweet Tooth: It’s firmly established in “The Eternal Birthday” that her favorite dessert is choca-mocha chocolate fudge cake with chocolate-chocolate chunk ice cream.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Earlier episodes portray her as catty, self-absorbed, and obnoxious; later on she becomes much more sympathetic—she’s got some hard edges and isn’t always as nice as she could be, but she is still more empathetic to people. She turns her bossiness and ability to work a crowd into being a good leader, and she turns her nosiness into journalistic investigative skills.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mandy calls her out in “Lost By A Nose” for quitting a beauty contest because of a zit on her nose, pointing out that Liz had entered the contest in the first place to do an exposé on people’s obsession with physical beauty, and at least Brenda, whom Liz looked down on for freaking out over a nail polish stain, wanted to win the contest from the beginning.

    Alex Jefferson 

First appearance: “The Eternal Birthday”
Last appearance: “B-TV: Behind the Scenes”
Voiced by: Travis Tedford

  • Adorkable: Him dancing around his room in celebration of a snow day.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Has a little brother, according to his blog in the Clubhouse Magazine.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: His very first appearance, “The Eternal Birthday”, has him telling Liz a really bad joke for her birthday, and he recounts in one of his Clubhouse blogs that a friend of his laughs at his jokes to make him feel better.
  • Constantly Curious: His parents observe this in “Red Herring”, that he loves to constantly learn new things and investigate the facts, but that he has to learn to curb this when appropriate. By the end of the episode, he’s learned his lesson.
    Cal: Aw, c’mon! Aren’t you even curious?
    Alex: Sure I am! But this time, I’m making a choice.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: Refuses to let Rodney Rathbone, Gumper’s Hill, or the fact that only three cookies remain in the tin stop him from delivering what he can of his mother’s chocolate-chip-macadamia-nut cookies to his grandmother’s house in “Snow Day”.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Tries to convince Cal not to climb up the Novacom tower to yank out the wires by calling it "one of those 'kids, don't try this at home' moments".
  • The Drag-Along: With Cal’s schemes.
  • Etiquette Nazi: Becomes one in “A Matter of Manners”.
  • Fanboy: Of the PowerBoy comics, per “Welcoming Wooton”.
  • Freak Out!: Goes absolutely ballistic on Nick in “The Black Veil, Part 1”…for putting nuts on his sundae when he’s repeatedly requested for him not to. Being that this is so out-of-character, it’s one of the first things that tips Whit off to the fact that something’s wrong around town.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Really good with computers.
  • The Ghost: After Travis Tedford moved to Texas, Alex’s character was removed from the show, but he was still referred to by other characters and ran a “blog” that was recorded in Clubhouse, the tie-in magazine.
  • Grammar Nazi: Connie recalls in “The Black Veil, Part 1” that he yelled at Sarah for using the word “literally” incorrectly.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gets jealous of Mandy when she breaks a mini-golf record that he broke only that morning in “Fifteen Minutes”.
  • Hidden Depths: He’s really good at mini-golf, and he tells Whit at the end of “Exit” that he wants to try out for the swim team.
  • Lemony Narrator: In “Snow Day”.
  • Mattress Tag Gag: Asks Mandy if her bad day in “Worst Day Ever” might be the result of one of these.
  • Not Himself: His temper tantrum about the presence of nuts on his sundae in “The Black Veil, Part 1” is an indicator to Whit that something’s going wrong around town; it turns out Alex is a victim of the “Odenton Bug”, a behavior alteration among a nearby town’s citizens as a result of a failed test by Novacom of its technology. (Alex had stayed over at a friend’s house in Odenton the previous week.)
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Lampshaded in “Worst Day Ever”; he says that an ice show is the most exciting thing that’s happened around Odyssey Middle School since the basketball playoffs, which Mandy points out had happened the day before.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in his case; he shares his full name with a basketball player who helps coach at a camp in “The Fundamentals”.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Cal’s Red.
  • Snooping Little Kid: Gets into various hijinks while investigating Novacom, though he consistently puts on a more reluctant front about the whole thing.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight Man to Cal’s Wise Guy.
  • Techno Wizard: Downplayed, but he knows his way around a computer.

    Cal Jordan 

First appearance: “Red Herring”
Last appearance: “Exactly as Planned”
Voiced by: Adam Pavlokovich

  • Book Dumb: Suggests that George Washington crossed “the British” in “Red Herring”, and fails to realize in “Grand Opening, Part 1” that M-A-R-E is not the spelling for the political office.
  • Determinator: Once he sets his mind to something, he makes it happen. Whether that involves at least flirting with flagrant lawbreaking sort of depends on what exactly “something” entails.
  • Fanboy: Of the PowerBoy comics, per “Welcoming Wooton”.
  • Fearless Fool: He climbs up a radio tower in order to yank out its wires in “Expect the Worst”. Tom sums it up nicely:
    Tom: He is a brave boy, y’know? Foolish—but brave!
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Impatiently tells Alex in "The Black Veil, Part 2" that he’s an electronics whiz who has fixed his VCR dozens of times.
  • Just a Kid: When Alex tries to give this as a rationale for why Cal shouldn’t climb up the Novacom Tower and yank out the wires, Cal replies with a simple “Big deal”.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Alex’s Blue.
  • Snooping Little Kid: More of a go-getter about investigating Novacom than Alex.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Wise Guy to Alex's Straight Man.

    Marvin Washington 

First appearance: “The Toy Man”
Last appearance: “A Class Reenactment”
Voiced by: Kyle Massey (“The Toy Man”), Jordan Calloway (“The American Revelation, Part 1”-“Think on These Things”), Kendre Berry (“Sunday Morning Scramble”-“A Class Reenactment”)

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In “The Coolest Dog”.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Inverted; he’s less “wild” and more “wannabe soulful”.
  • All Up to You: He helps Whit, Eugene, and Jason create the Edu-link, an educational tool that an organization called Gospel For India wants to use for missions work, in "The Impossible". But when Whit is hospitalized due to overwork, Eugene is accidentally given too many sleeping pills when Connie tries to get him to take a nap, and Jason's flight is cancelled and he's stuck in Mumbai unable to present to the Indian Minister of Education, Marvin has to present the invention (and does a pretty bang-up job at it, too).
  • The Alleged Car: Marvin tries to give away his old bike (which he calls a “classic” and Trent calls a “junker”) to Grady to avoid giving away his brand-new one in “The Nudge”; when he leaves it at the curb in front of Grady’s apartment, the trash collectors assume that it’s garbage and toss it.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In “The Poor Rich Guy”, he intends to listen in on Tamika’s conversation with a secretary at the encyclopedia company Whit chairs so that they can find out his salary, but gets side-tracked by trying to test the secretary on her knowledge of the facts within the encyclopediae.
  • Big Brother Worship: He idolizes his cousin Xavier, especially in episodes like “The Defining Moment”.
  • Book Dumb: Hinted at in "Think on These Things", when he decides that his time would be better spent looking ahead at the answers than actually learning the material, and is subsequently completely unprepared when quizzed on the subject.
    • When Brenda tells him and Trent that her mother was the lead in Oklahoma!, he thinks that this means that she was the governor of Oklahoma.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Tamika, when he isn’t butting heads with her.
  • Characterization Marches On: He used to be more timid and level-headed; after the switch from Jordan Calloway to Kendre Berry, he became more of a reckless, thrill-seeking athlete and his reserved nature evolved into simply being more laid-back.
  • Class Clown
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Finds this out the hard way in “Think On These Things”, when he keeps looking ahead at the answers in his math book rather than actually doing the work and learning the material and subsequently gets in trouble for trying to convince Trent to let him cheat in real life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • Dreadful Musician: Played with; he sounds just fine on his own and is a competent drummer in his own right, but he clearly doesn't understand that simply plunking himself and Trent down next to each other and just having them play at the same time doesn’t make for legitimate songwriting.
  • Dumb and Drummer: Complains a bit about drummers being taken for granted in “The Coolest Dog”, where he points out that as the drummer, he’s the backbone of the band.
  • Fanboy: Of Zapazoids; he wants to buy a $40.00 DVD of the TV series in “Switch”.
    • He’s also apparently a PowerBoy fan too, if Grady’s offhand comment that he traded something to Marvin at a fan club is any indication).
  • Flat Character: Prior to "Sunday Morning Scramble" and the switch in voice actors, Marvin was mostly a character for things to happen to instead of someone who existed on his own. He was usually just a counterpoint for already defined characters like Trent, Tamika, or Xavier, and took on whatever personality traits the writers needed for him to have at the time (usually to align with the actual star of the episode). He soon developed a more outgoing and Lovable Jock-like personality, which helped him to develop on his own.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Tamika’s Responsible.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: He never gets a one-on-one conversation with Mandy, even though he lives next door to her and "A Class Reenactment" shows that they are friends. "The Family Next Door" is mostly about the tension Mandy unwittingly creates between herself and Tamika.
  • Give Me a Sign: Asks God for a sign that he should give his bike away to Grady McKay in “The Nudge”; thunder roars loudly overhead as Marvin pauses, and he decides to “take that as a ‘no’”.
    • He asks for one again at the end of the episode, to show him that he did the right thing in giving his bike away after all, and Grady immediately rides up and thanks him for the gift. Marvin then asks again for a sign…only to subvert it with a “just kidding!”.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Became very absorbed in his own ego in "The Coolest Dog"; however, he reveals at the end that his behavior stemmed from just wanting something of his own to be good at without his younger sister Tamika butting in and proving how much better she is than he at something.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "The Poor Rich Guy", Marvin tries to argue that he can be sensitive, to which Tamika responds that earlier that morning, he told their mother that the wrinkles on her face reminded him of their trip to the Grand Canyon. He protests that "The Grand Canyon's beautiful!".
  • Irony: In "Nothing But the Half-Truth", he wants to go to Trent's house, but can't go unless he's doing schoolwork. He tells Mr. Whittaker that he will be, only to ask Trent to give him one word to spell before they go play paintball. The word he asks Trent to give him? "Character".
  • It's All About Me: His selfishness and ego crop up on multiple occasions, "The Nudge" and "The Coolest Dog" being prime examples.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: He and Tamika go see a scary movie in "The Mailman Cometh" to try to prove to their mom that they can handle it just as much as their older cousin Xavier can; naturally, they end up scared stiff.
  • Lovable Coward: In his early episodes.
  • Lovable Jock: Takes on this characterization as he becomes more outgoing and interested in sports.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Well, it’s a bike, but either way, Marvin has a difficult time parting with the one he won in a fundraising contest in "The Nudge".
  • Private Eye Monologue: As detective “Marvelous Marvin” in “No Way Out/No Way In”.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tamika’s and Trent’s Blue.
  • The Rock Star: Tries to fit the archetype in “The Coolest Dog”.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Trent's Sensitive Guy; when Tamika plays her cutesy song for them in "The Coolest Dog", Marvin is revolted, while Trent eagerly suggests that it sounds like it could have a nice cello part.
  • Sibling Team: With Tamika.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Again, with Tamika.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Trent/Mandy, as of “A Class Reenactment”.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In “The Coolest Dog”.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Performer to Trent’s Technician in “The Coolest Dog”; while Marvin is constantly playing up their garage band for a documentary they’ve started without ever even playing a concert, Trent worries about the fact that “we have no rhythm and we’re playing two completely different beats!”.
  • Trash of the Titans: Has some under his bed, where Ed finds him hiding in "The Defining Moment".
  • Traumatic Haircut: Played for Laughs in “Sunday Morning Scramble”; he gets gum in his hair and his scissors-challenged father cuts it and then tries to even it out. Much is made of the fact that he apparently has a dent in his head.
    Marvin: I have a big hole in my head and I’m wearing dirty clothes!
  • Vague Age: A specific example because no one is really sure whether he or Tamika is the older sibling.
  • Verbal Tic: Used to shout “Oink!” when scared; this was quickly (and thankfully) dropped.
  • Vocal Evolution: He’s been voiced so far by three different actors—in other words, as many as present-day Whit—two of whose voices changed over the course of their run on the character.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: He doesn't think that fast-forwarding to the answers in his math textbook instead of actually learning how to do the work himself will go wrong at all...that is, of course, until they have a pop quiz.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Trent repeatedly snarks fairly good-naturedly about Marvin’s stinginess with his bike in “The Nudge”, but finally gets fed up when, after Marvin tries to give Grady his old bike and it gets taken by a trash collector because it’s so run-down, Marvin suggests that they give him Trent’s bike instead:
    Marvin: But I can’t give him mine! It’s a brand-new Stingray 21-Speed bike!
    Trent: Yes—that you won’t let anyone else ride, Marvin!

    Tamika Washington 

First appearance: “The Toy Man”
Last appearance: “A License to Deprive”
Voiced by: Courtney Brown

  • Academic Athlete: Marvin mentions that she’s good at sports, and she’s “about a month ahead of the world”.
  • The Ace: She’s a great singer, she excels at almost everything she does, she’s popular…the show deconstructs this from time to time, showing that she’s also high-strung and perfectionistic.
  • Always Someone Better: To Marvin, who complains that she’s better than him at everything in “The Coolest Dog”.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Marvin sometimes considers her to be this, as in “It’s All About Me” when he complains that she’s stealing his comic books.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Starts showing signs of this in "Bringing Up Dads", but she steers clear of fully falling into it.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Marvin, with whom she hangs out about as often (if not more so) than she does with her actual friends.
  • Brutal Honesty: She’s not afraid to tell people exactly what she thinks; in “And That’s the Truth”, she goes too far and starts being actively hurtful.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Her heart’s in the right place when she expresses a desire for an angel to help her neighbor, but the Aesop she learns in “The Girl in the Sink” is that whether God still sends angels or not doesn’t matter—humans are just as capable of being used by Him and helping others in need.
  • Constantly Curious: Bernard grouses about her never-ending questions in “The Girl in the Sink”.
  • Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed in “Bringing Up Dads”, which spotlights her and her father and the fact that her growing up means that she realistically won’t be into the same things she used to be and his goofy sense of humor isn't as funny or relatable to her anymore.
    • This is the reason she states she's a "cappuccino purist" in "The Mailman Cometh"; she's never had a cappuccino before and she doesn't know what she's talking about, but according to her, that's what her dad is and everyone says she takes after her dad.
  • Did You Die?: Asks this of Bernard in “The Girl in the Sink”.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Responsible to Marvin’s Foolish.
    • In “The Mailman Cometh”, she has some traces of being the Foolish to Marvin’s Responsible, as she’s the one who convinces him to try making coffee and go to a scary movie behind their mother’s back.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She’s into fashion and romance and the TV show Powder Puff Pamela, but she also jumps at the chance to investigate a murder mystery in “The Mystery at Tin Flat”, and Marvin mentions at one point that she’s good at sports.
  • Go-Getter Girl
  • Idol Singer: Aspires to be one in “Odyssey Sings!”.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: She and Marvin go see a scary movie in "The Mailman Cometh" to try to prove to their mom that they can handle it without getting nightmares; they both end up scared witless, and she begs her mom to let her keep her light on while going to bed.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Marvin’s Feminine Boy, prior to Marvin’s character retool.
  • Not So Above It All: She’s efficient, organized, and smart, but she also believes in the out-of-context reading of the “camel through the eye of a needle” verse such that she thinks the wealthy cannot get into heaven in “The Poor Rich Guy”, she dissolves into a water balloon fight with Kelly in her bedroom in “Best of Enemies”, and she's just as irresponsible about the money she and Marvin get when they swap roles with their parents in "Switch".
  • Playing Pictionary: Occurs during an actual game of Pictionary, where she attempts to draw a tank and Marvin keeps guessing that it's something to do with a fish.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Marvin’s and Kelly’s Red.
  • Sibling Team: With Marvin.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Marvin in the beginning is more cowardly in contrast to her energy and fascination with scary or disgusting things; later on, she’s gung-ho and responsible in contrast to his relaxed and snarky personality.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The song she starts to play in “The Coolest Dog” is entitled “The Rose Petal of Love”.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Kelly’s Tomboy (exemplified by the simple fact that Tamika’s air freshener is “Butter Cream Frosting”, while Kelly’s is “New Leather”).
  • Women Are Wiser
  • Zombie Advocate: Comes up only once in “My Favorite Thing”, when she is appalled to learn that lobsters at an upscale restaurant are boiled alive before being cooked and eventually releases a lobster from the tank.
    “I was saving its life! Think of its family!”

    Trent DeWhite 

First appearance: “It’s All About Me”
Last appearance: “A Class Reenactment”
Voiced by: Corey Padnos

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Mandy in “Mum’s the Word”, while she only sees them as friends and is apparently oblivious to his affections.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He’s a Christian who has himself not only dreamed up, but interacted with his own imaginary creations, yet he questions the importance and reality of Lester’s invisible dog and continually presses Lester to stop believing in it in “The Invisible Dog”.
  • The B Grade: In “Potential Possibilities”, Marvin suggests he pretend that he’s unintelligent to get out of the gifted class, and Trent starts hyperventilating at the prospect of getting answers...wrong.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Declares that he’ll have to wear one after the band’s performance in “The Coolest Dog”.
  • Brutal Honesty: He’s pretty upfront with Marvin about his behavior in “The Coolest Dog” and “The Nudge”, and he has no problem with attempting to convince Lester that his invisible dog isn’t real.
  • Cassandra Truth: He finds it quite difficult to get people to believe that he didn’t pull the prank on Rodney in “It’s All About Me”, and Dr. Hawthorne refuses to hear him out when he says he didn’t start a cafeteria food fight in “A Glass Darkly”.
  • Character Development: “Called On in Class” introduces a crippling fear of public speaking; “Tales of a Small-Town Thug” references that he’s still not as comfortable with it as he’d like; “Blood, Sweat, and Fears” has him finally confront that fear and give a live radio broadcast for the entire town. He ends up auditioning for and being a part of plays in his last two episodes.
  • The Chew Toy / Humiliation Conga: The poor kid can't catch a break in "A Glass Darkly". To wit: he gets Jell-O thrown at him, is blamed for the ensuing food fight, and gets two days of detention. He tries to remove a jar of bees Rodney Rathbone planted in Dr. Hawthorne's car and gets stung in the process, receiving detention again because Dr. Hawthorne thinks he was tampering with his car, and caps it all off by getting beaten up by Rodney for removing them. He misses a highly selective and prestigious audition for the Odyssey Chamber Music Society because of his detention and they won't let him make it up because they think he got it for legitimate reasons instead of misunderstandings on both counts and they won't hear him out. And to top it all off, no one can even remember what instrument he plays.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: Downplayed; he’s adept enough at school to understand complex mathematical equations and concepts when taught them properly, but he’s never been portrayed as absurdly smart the way Eugene has.
  • The Confidant: For Mandy, who tells him in “Mum’s the Word” that she appreciates that he’s candid with her and trusts him enough to (at least attempt to) tell him about her parents’ separation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually in response to Marvin.
    Marvin: Trent, you may very well be walking in the presence of the future fundraising champ of Odyssey Middle School!
    Trent: Wow. Y’know, I think I’m getting goosebumps.
  • Determinator: Even with Rodney threatening to beat him to a pulp (and making good on it later) and him already being in hot water with Dr. Hawthorne, he doesn’t hesitate to remove the bees Rodney planted in Dr. Hawthorne’s car.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics / Good with Numbers: He’s actually really good at math, as “Think on These Things”, “Potential Possibilities”, and “The Invisible Dog” demonstrate, but he finds it hard to enjoy it when Dr. Hawthorne is breathing down his neck.
  • Freak Out!: Played for Laughs; he has an absolutely glorious stress-based meltdown after trying to keep it together for Marvin’s documentary in “The Coolest Dog”.
    "This means we’re going to be humiliated beyond repair! This means I’m going to have to wear a paper bag over my head at school for the next seven years! And my children will have to change their names! And my children’s children! And my children’s children’s pets!"
  • Hidden Depths: He’s quite skilled at the cello, and he’s developed an interest in acting.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rolls his eyes at Jared for using a middle-school psychology education to try to help Connie through her grief over losing Mitch while simultaneously regarding her as a “ticking time bomb” of emotions that could go off at any time.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: He can't tell Mandy at the beginning of “Mum’s the Word” that he needs to go ask Max Hampton for permission to disclose to her who really gave her a special valentine, so instead he gets the brilliant brainwave to tell her that he has to go do “something...with someone”.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He repeatedly attempts to convince the mentally ill Lester that his invisible dog Ralph isn’t real in “The Invisible Dog”, but he really does mean well and he just genuinely doesn’t see how Ralph isn’t a roadblock to Lester’s needs.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation / I Just Want to Be Normal: He really wants to avoid the gifted class in “Potential Possibilities” because he doesn’t want to be separated from normal people.
  • Married in the Future / Official Couple: With Mandy.
  • Neat Freak: Max mentions in “The Present Long Ago” that Trent alphabetizes the books in his locker, and in “Mum’s the Word” remarks that he charged him by the hour for the use of his graphing calculator.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: He’s not only the one person in his geometry class to understand Eugene’s lectures on the history of the Pythagorean theorem, he’s also completely enthralled.
  • Nice Guy: Overall, he’s a very friendly and cheerful person.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: In his Imagine Spot in “Called on in Class”, one of the things he pictures happening while reading his oral report is that somehow he forgets to wear his pants.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Invoked in “Potential Possibilities”, where he fakes being unintelligent to get out of the gifted class. Highlights include pretending Afghanistan is a type of sweater and doing an oral report on mustard.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: He needs quite a few towels to deal with the stress of his Performance Anxiety in “Blood, Sweat, and Fears”.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: With Mandy.
  • Performance Anxiety: He has a pretty deep-seated fear of public speaking.
    "That’s the nerve-wracking part—other people listening. Critiquing every question I ask…every word I stumble over…laughing every time my voice squeaks!"
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Indulges in a bit in “A Glass Darkly”.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Marvin’s and Jared’s Red.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He guesses immediately and correctly in “Something Significant” that Whit sent him on the Imagination Station adventure to show him that the little things in God’s service are important, but the adventure is actually meant to show him that the smallest actions can have the largest impacts if we let God work through them.
  • Run for the Border: Starts making plans to do so when the valentine secret gets out in “Mum’s the Word”.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Marvin's Manly Man.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Comes up only once in “Potential Possibilities”, where it is immediately Lampshaded, and rarely if ever comes up again.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He’s studious and responsible; Jared is paranoid and rarely looks before he leaps.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: "A Glass Darkly" reveals that he wears them, although what type they are is never specified.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Technician to Marvin’s Performer in “The Coolest Dog”; Marvin spends most of his time on the window dressing of being in a band, while Trent is primarily concerned with working with music.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Mandy’s behavior toward him in “A Class Reenactment” is completely uncalled for, but there’s no indication that he’s even the slightest bit resentful about it, and he’s actually on her side on the matter of denying that they’re anything more than friends.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice finally dropped in his last few episodes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Whit sharply reprimands him for using the Imagination Station to rip apart a virtual version of Dr. Hawthorne, pointing out that what we put into our minds is what eventually comes out in our actions and that his behavior was incredibly disrespectful.
    • Liz doesn’t mince words with him in “Hear Me, Hear Me” when he’s so distracted by imaginative delusions of grandeur that he blows off what she has to say.

    Grady McKay 

First appearance: “A Lamb’s Tale”
Last appearance: “Accidental Dilemma, Part 2”
Voiced by: Jordan Orr

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Has traces of this, such as when he hands Whit a resumé listing the chores he's done around the house to try to get hired so he can buy an expensive clock radio for his mom.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his little sister Samantha.
  • Determinator: He absolutely refuses to give up on getting his sister Samantha's lamb back in "A Lamb's Tale", even if he has to climb a death trap of a tree in order to retrieve it.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father is a gambling addict who walked out on them to try to pay off his debts.
  • Exploding Closet: Inverted; in "The Highest Stakes, Part 1", his mom tries to clean out the Trash of the Titans that he's stuffed in there.
    Kristi McKay: Grady! There are dirty dishes in the closet!
    Grady: Closets aren't for dirty dishes, either? What good are they?
  • Fanboy: Of the PowerBoy comic books, which helps him easily connect with Wooton.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In "Buddy Guard", he enlists local strongman Big Phil to protect him from Rodney Rathbone, but then gets caught up in his newfound power and starts targeting Rodney for bullying without provocation. Whit sums up the trope nicely by explaining that it's not very effective to become so focused on victory or self-protection that you become the very thing you were trying to defeat.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "Wooing Wooton", he questions why Wooton can't just marry a non-Christian woman he likes, since if it doesn't work out, they can just break up because "everyone does it" and it doesn't matter...in front of Connie, whose parents' divorce tore her up emotionally and who is (at the time of that episode) the confidant for Mandy, whose own parents are going through a separation that's turned her into a shell of her former self.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: His relationship with Wooton oscillates between this and Parental Substitute.
  • Momma's Boy: Fittingly, he deeply cares about and loves his mother, and even questions whether or not he should become a Christian if it might mean straining their relationship.

    Kelly 

First appearance: “The Chosen One, Part 1”
Last appearance: “The Imagination Station, Part 2”
Voiced by: Rachel Fox

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother beats her and then throws her out of the house by the time she’s ten and has no place to go, and she ends up traveling an untold distance to get to Odyssey with a tangle of trust issues and heartbreak.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Tamika is disgusted to find her eating a tuna fish sandwich with pickle relish, onions, and sauerkraut in "Best of Enemies".
  • Broken Bird: Her dad left when she was seven; she always grew attached to her mother's many boyfriends, who all eventually left; her mother physically abused her; she was thrown out of multiple schools; even a church told her they didn't want to see her again.
  • Child Prodigy: Implied by her talent at playing piano by ear; she's playing a song on an organ at ten years old without any sheet music.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother abused her and her mother’s boyfriends weren’t much better.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Freaky Is Cool: She’s into dark music and edgy rock groups.
  • Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. From the time she was seven, she wandered all over the place and her mom never knew where she was (she protests that she never got into any "real" trouble), so she has no problem with simply leaving notes reading "I've gone out —Kelly" on the Washingtons' fridge; Elaine is naturally worried and looks all over the place trying to find her, scolding her for not telling anyone where she was specifically going and explaining that she could get hurt wandering off on her own.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In "The Chosen One, Part 1", Tamika catches her smoking in the Whit's End bathroom and is suitably appalled...particularly when Kelly threatens her into silence.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: In “Chip Off the Shoulder”, set when she and Connie are still feuding:
    Connie: In fact, I’ll interview the next person who walks through that door!
    Kelly: Hi, Mr. Whittaker!
    Whit: Oh, hi, Kelly!
    Connie: …I’ll interview the second person to walk through that door.
  • Power of Trust: She has major trust issues, which Mrs. Washington observes in “Chip Off the Shoulder” stem from constantly being betrayed by her mother and her mother’s boyfriends. The conflict between Kelly and Connie ends when they both decide that they’re going to put their differences aside and learn to trust each other.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Tamika’s Girly Girl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fudge marble ice cream. Ed figures out that she's the one who took the ice cream out of the freezer when he notices the flavor.
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