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    Principal Brian Lewis
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson

The principal of Steve’s High School.

  • Apathetic Teacher: Steve lampshades this by admitting to his face that he can't believe he's an educator.
  • Ascended Extra: Moved from being an incidental character to playing some part in the plots for half the episodes of Seasons 6 - 8, even being the main focus for two consecutive episodes of Season 7. This ultimately came full circle after Season 8 when he went back to being an extra.
    • Demoted to Extra: After Season 8, he essentially went back to the incidental character he was back in the early seasons possibly due to fans complaining about his non-stop oversaturation for three consecutive seasons. In the 2019 season, he rarely appears, though starting with "The Hall Monitor & the Lunch Lady," he appears more.
  • Ax-Crazy: How the man got a job teaching children is an absolute mystery, he is incredibly unstable.
  • Badass Teacher: Discovered Steve had just punched an Indian exchange student (a twelve year old girl) in the face, then shattered a hot pot of coffee in Steve's face.
  • Been There, Shaped History: His life was the basis for Diff'rent Strokes, meaning that the bike shop incident did happen to him and his friend Dudley was messed up because of it.
  • Bi the Way: Turns out that while he was in prison he got "prison married" to another male inmate.
  • Blaxploitation Parody: Taken Up to Eleven.
  • The Cartel: He used to run drugs out of Peru, and was "set" with a depraved, hedonistic lifestyle after he killed for his ruthless boss. He still not-so-secretly deals drugs and kills people as part of his trade and may be a fairly major player in the Langley underworld.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Several people claim that Lewis has a strong resemblance to rapper Rick Ross.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A result of Flanderization as his eccentric tendencies gradually became more and more pronounced the more he appeared.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Was "prison married" for a few years, yet doesn't necessarily admit he's solely heterosexual.
  • Ephebophile: Has professed fond memories of his time pushing cocaine and being given the pick of "girls, not women, girls" by his boss, and expresses attraction to his female students.
  • Fat Bastard: Crosses into this territory from time to time.
  • Flanderization: Went from a confident principal with a somewhat questionable past to a completely irresponsible psychopath that the show often lampshades should not be in the position that he's in.
  • Flat Character: Similar to what happened to Bullock post-Flanderization, he went from being an actual character to a one-note joke of "Wouldn't it be hilarious if we got Kevin Michael Richardson to say this insane crap?!".
  • The Hedonist: Almost manages to outshine Roger in this regard. He drinks, does drugs, sells drugs, gambles, enjoys all manners of depraved sex acts, and thats not even touching on his violent tendencies.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Compare with Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Moral Myopia: See Papa Wolf. Said revenge was a case of Disproportionate Retribution, especially since they were no better in the first place, and it was all because of a case of Misplaced Retribution on Steve's part. Steve even explained it was his friends' fault, and they still wanted Steve as well, making it a case of Misplaced Retribution on their part as well.
  • Odd Friendship: Steve thinks he has this with Brian after he begins handling his paperwork. Even before then Steve had a tendency to refer to him by his first name. Then Brian sets him straight just before he plans on killing the two of them by explaining Steve was only his accountant.
  • Out of Focus: Has made a lot less appearances ever since Season 8.
  • Papa Wolf: Had the entire school go after Steve and his friends due to Steve's revenge on the resident Alpha Bitch and her friends ended up humiliating his daughter, whom he admits to not liking that much, but she IS his daughter and no one messes with her.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Is deeply ashamed of his daughter Janet, for "more reasons than you can imagine".

    Superintendant Ellen Riggs 
The superintendant of Pearl Bailey.
  • Jerkass: In her second appearance she almost married Lewis not out of love but so she could be city comptroller.
  • Out of Focus: She appeared in two Season 8 episodes in a row and then disappeared.

    Coach Keegan 
A coach who is hinted as being a pedophile.
  • Fat Bastard: He is hinted as being a pedophile, but he’s more bulky than fat.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In one episode, his face was ripped off, and he is hinted as being a pedophile.
  • Out of Focus: His latest appearance was a cameo in “The Two Hundred”.

    Coach Patterson 
Donnie Patterson’s father who abuses him.

    Schmuley "Snot" Lonstein
Voiced by: Curtis Armstrong

Steve's best friend and frequent partner in crime.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Just like his best friend. In fact, whenever Steve incidentally does something gay, it usually involves Snot.
  • Ascended Extra: In a way. Out of all of Steve's friends, he appears the most and is the only one to have more than one or two episodes where he is somewhat of a main character.
  • Butt-Monkey: Frequently. Notably:
    • During a prank where Hayley and Klaus convinced Steve he was lucid dreaming, Hayley calls Snot and asks him out. At the end of the episode, he shows up for the date with a limo and tux, claiming that to pay for it he had to sell all of his toys. Cue Hayley slamming the door in his face.
    • Thought he had lost his virginity to his new girlfriend. It was actually Roger in disguise, and due to Roger lacking female sexual organs, he used a stress ball to "simulate" the experience.
    • His family life is a wreck. His father died and showed Snot had a strained relationship that made him not care about him. His mother is frequently doing weird stuff. And his uncle opted for suicide just because the boy band with potential he had lacked one more member over another band that had a member more than them (after Snot told her about her brother's suicide, Snot's mother replied with "Tooold yaaaaa!").
  • Clear My Name: After Steve pins a barmitzva heist on him in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle"
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad left him and his mom before he died. Before that he was abusive to them.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Schmuley.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: After Snot supposedly lost his virginity to "Jenny" (actually Roger) and usurped leadership from Steve, he started wearing better clothes and combing his hair. After Roger faked "Jenny's" death, he reverted back to his usual look.
  • Hidden Depths: One episode had Stan wear braces on his teeth which gave him a very awkward-sounding lisp. Upon finding this out, Snot has an exasperated reaction to this and loosens a screw in the braces with a conventional screwdriver while griping about why they're always screwed in so tight. This is enough to remove the lisp.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has had an unrequited crush on Hayley for apparently quite a long time.

    Barry Robinson
Voiced by: Eddie Kaye Thomas
Evil side voiced by: Craig Ferguson

Steve's mentally retarded friend. He's actually a criminal mastermind when off his meds.

  • Aborted Arc: His dark side. It hasn't been acknowledged since Season 6. FINALLY averted in Stan & Francine & Connie & Ted where his dark side finally makes his reappearance.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's not medicated. However, his true personality isn't completely held off by the meds. Even with his usual "simpleton" demeanor, he occasionally slips out a psychopathic thought or two.
    (At Roger's Spring Break party, some drunken college girls walk by)
    Steve: Oh yeah, I'm gonna hit that!
    Snot: I'm gonna tear that up!
    Barry: I'm gonna kill her with a bottle! (awkward silence)
  • The Big Guy: The bigger of the group.
  • Berserk Button: Don't deprive him of his candy. Last person who did it got shot. Then Barry jammed then twisted his finger in the wound for good measure.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: An odd example in that the friendly demeanor is genuine, but only because of the medication suppressing his evil urges.
  • Creepy Uncle: He has one of those who made "basement movies" with him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Normally, Barry takes drugs that retard his criminal mind. As a result, he is naive and slow, and struggles making moral choices.
  • Continuity Nod: To his evil side. Since the episode where his condition was revealed up through Season 6, he would semi-frequently say and do dark or disturbing things even when sedated. For example, he once got revenge on Lewis by letting him get shot and then twisting his finger in the wound. Another time, while he, Snot, and Toshi were beating Steve, he suddenly shouts his desire to kill his whole family.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Barry has a crush on Snot, and things get awkward when they're alone in a car in "Independent Movie."
  • Disability Superpower: Barry is shown to be impossibly good with numbers. Probably a side effect of his drugs not being entirely fool-proof.
  • Evil Brit: When off his medication, he talks with a British accent.
  • Evil Redhead: At least when off the meds.
  • Fat Bastard: When off his medication (even for a small amount of time), he tries to ruin Stan and Francine's marriage just to mess with Steve.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When off his meds.
  • Flanderization: His stupidity became much less played up in later seasons, with him acting normal but it still being funny because he is Barry. It's also essentially his only defining trait now since his dark nature hasn't been hinted at since at least Season 6. Heck, when his evil/smart side does come back, Steve remarks this is the same guy who bit his hand because he was holding cake.
  • Gentle Giant: Subverted. He's only like this under his medication, but otherwise...
  • Good Is Dumb: Looking into his history, he represents this well. He's also arguably the most docile of Steve and his friends and the dumbest ... with his meds anyway. Without them he's an evil genius.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In most episodes, Barry is not ashamed to point out that's he's overweight, apparently he does however have a problem with people who are obese and overweight.
  • It's All About Me: His untraquilized persona actually takes this to an even more psychotic level than Roger after gaining a bond with Stan, becoming intent on destroying anyone that pulls them apart.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: When he's medicated, Barry is friendly but not too bright. When the drugs wear off, he turns into a conniving criminal mastermind.
  • Manipulative Bastard: When not drugged Barry is shown to be very good at manipulating people emotionally with either words or actions. For example, when Steve tries to expose his evil side Barry begins to cry while possibly pretending to be his nice self saying he was hanging around Stan because he never had a good father. This disarms Steve who accepts a plate of food Barry made, one of Stan's commemorative plates, thereby setting him up for later.
  • Parental Neglect: Suggested off-screen. Though the fact that he's a calculating possessive psychopath when off his medication might explain why they want to keep their distance.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's amazing what only one episode can do for a character.

    Toshi Yoshida
Voiced by: Daisuke Suzuki

The fourth of Steve's circle of friends.

  • Arranged Marriage: In "Stan Knows Best", it was made known that he has an obedient woman waiting for him back home in Japan, even though later in "Of Ice and Men", Toshi gets another woman, Svetlana, the Russian mail order bride.
  • Asian and Nerdy: As part of Steve's nerdy gang.
  • Asian Rudeness: Not that people realizes it.
  • Badass Bookworm: In the Halloween episode "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" where he uses a katana to cut apart two serial killers.
  • Flat Character: Has no purpose for existing other than his gimmick of only talking in Japanese, and other characters many times assuming he said something completely unrelated.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Toshi only speaks (subtitled) Japanese. People assume several times that assumes he has said something completely unrelated to what he has actually said, often the exact opposite.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The disconnect between what Toshi is saying and what the other characters think he's saying is often played for humor.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: More that he refuses to speak English and insults people a lot.
  • Japanese Ranguage: During an argument, Snot shouts at him to learn English for once. He has this to say, EAT... MY... BOWLS!
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Mess with his sister, or even take her out on a date without his permission, and he will END you.
  • Out of Focus: His overall screentime is noticeably diminished when compared to Barry and Snot and speaks less often. This likely due to him having no purpose in the series outside of the aforementioned one note running gag of him speaking Japanese and being misunderstood by everyone else.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Toshi is shown to know that he knows about Roger being an alien by stating when introduced to Steve's "Uncle Roger", "Ah yes, the alien in the wig", making Toshi one of the few outside the Smith family and the CIA to know the truth about Roger.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: This is the reason he didn't want to wear a samurai Halloween costume.
    "I will not be a cliche!"
    • Once when the boys were playing Star Trek, Toshi complimented Steve's sensitivity for not automatically casting him as Sulu. That role fell to Barry, who did the "me Chinese" eyes, prompting Toshi to remark "Laugh while you can, the next century is ours."
  • The Unintelligible: He only speaks Japanese, but it's subtitled, so the audience can understand even though none of the other characters can. Inexplicably, his mother, father, and sister speak fluent English.
    • The same episode his mother and sister are introduced brings up that he chooses not to speak English out of national pride.
    • In another episode, it is discovered that he seems to be 'haunted' by Minamoto, a 12th century shogun whom he, ironically. cannot understand taking his phrases for something else like his friends do with him.
    • Lampshaded in "Spelling Bee my Baby" when his mother asks why he only uses Japanese when neither she nor anyone in the family speaks it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Doesn't seem to like Steve (much of his dialogue is insulting remarks toward Steve, which Steve can't understand), but continues to hang out with him.
    • It's implied other kids aren't as nice to him.

    Lisa Silver 
Voiced by: Carmen Electra (pilot), Elizabeth Banks

Lisa Silver is a senior girl at Pearl Bailey High. She is part of the popular crowd and is a cheerleader.

  • Alpha Bitch: Subverted. Lisa Silver appears willing to go out with the nerdy Steve and is surprisingly understanding when the show's antics keeps messing up the planned dates. In another episode, it looks like she and her Girl Posse did something terrible to Steve's unpopular girlfriend... but it turns out it is actually Steve's friends who are responsible, once again subverting what you'd expect from Alpha Bitch behavior.
  • Girl Posse: She has two close friends, Amy and Janet Lewis.
  • Living Prop: She basically becomes one after “Escape from Pearl Bailey”, minus one Season 8 episode where she says one word.
  • Out of Focus: She only makes background appearances in later seasons.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: In the pilot episode, she and Steve briefly dated because he is class president and she likes the perks; although Lisa wouldn't even kiss Steve as he is "repulsive".

    Debbie Hyman
Voiced by: Lizzy Caplan

Steve’s on-again, off-again Goth girlfriend.

  • Big Beautiful Woman: Steve even calls her "you big beautiful creature" at one point.
  • Big Eater: Despite sounding like an extremely reasonable young girl who has many good traits to even win Stan over, her voracious appetite is insane and treated like a normal thing that doesn't get much attention outside fat jokes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's pretty nice, despite being a Goth. Although she does shoot the eyes out of squirrels, which is pretty evil.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Her latest appearance to date was a brief cameo in the Season 14 episode "Railroaded" which was also her first appearance since "Bar Mitzvah Hustle" to not be in a milestone episode (her previous appearances prior to "Railroaded" were "100 A.D." and "The Two Hundred", and likely for the sake of having both episodes filled with as many recognizable characters as possible).
  • Demoted to Extra: Possibly so the writers could focus on the Steve and Akiko pairing (which was also eventually given up on). On top of that, Debbie broke up with Steve after the events of "Escape From Pearl Bailey" Then were back together in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle" and then Debbie left him for someone much more mature and it ends there.
    • A deleted scene for "Bar Mitzvah Hustle" (which can be found on the Volume 5 DVD set) shows that they would've rekindled once more at the end when she would dump Aton in favor for Steve when she realizes that the former's maturity was simply just egotism.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She is revealed to be a horrible person in one throwaway joke. She says she SHOOTS THE EYES OUT OF SQUIRRELS!!!
  • Flat Character: She wasn't really developed beyond being a Perky Goth with Hidden Depths and was often targeted for jokes regarding her weight or appetite.
  • Hidden Depths: Is quite knowledgeable about guns.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the entire show Debbie is possibly the most well-adjusted, rational, and emotionally mature character save for her interest in death.
  • Perky Goth: She seems to have an obsession with death and the dark side, but for the most part seems very friendly and well-adjusted.

     Lindsay Coolidge
Voiced by: Terri Lyn Rodriguez

A popular hot girl at Steve's school who he often tries to score with.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Even if it was just a brief cameo, her appearance in Season 12's "The Devil Wears a Lapel Pin" was the first time she's appeared on-screen since Season 7's "The Wrestler" nearly four years prior (and ironically, another brief background appearance).
  • Out of Focus: She started out as the girl that Steve tried to score with the most up until after the 4th season where she's been relegated to brief background appearances ever since. She also stopped have speaking appearances after Season 3's "Big Trouble in Little Langley".

    Akiko Yoshida
Left: Akiko as she first appeared in "American Dream Factory" Right: Akiko as she appeared starting in "Weiner of Our Discontent"
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle ("Weiner of Our Discontent" - "Shallow Vows"), Grace Park ("Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" onward)

Toshi’s sister, who often acts as a translator.

  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Steve in "Spelling Be My Baby".
  • Big Little Brother: Big Little Sister: Following her SORAS, she is taller than Toshi.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite her and Steve becoming a couple in "Spelling Be My Baby" she was never seen again and Steve went back to being single (because the Status Quo Is God). She finally reappeared for a non-speaking cameo about four and a half years later in "The Talented Mr. Dingleberry" where she (along with her father) can be spotted in the audience during the talent show.
  • Fanservice Costumes: Her Halloween costume was Chun-Li.
  • Flat Character: Just like with Debbie, she too wasn't developed much beyond being Toshi's translator and a girl that Steve had a crush on.
  • Just Friends: She and Steve spend Halloween bonding and becoming close, and Steve finally convinces Toshi to stop being so overprotective. Akiko thanks Steve since this means she's date Doug, a 9-year-old kid who appears out of nowhere.
    • "Spelling Bee My Baby" reversed this with she and Steve dating (until Akiko abruptly disappeared afterwards never to be seen again).
  • Satellite Character: So far, all of Akiko's major appearances have been influenced by the character(s) that she interacts with. All her scenes in her first two speaking appearances ("Weiner of Our Discontent" and "Shallow Vows") revolved around her being Toshi's translator, while most of her scenes in her latter two appearances ("Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" and "Spelling Bee My Baby") revolve around her being the newest girl that Steve has a crush on and tries to score with.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In her first appearance, she was approximately 12 years old; as of "Weiner of Our Discontent", she's only slightly younger than Steve and co, and is incredibly hot. This is never addressed either.


An ugly fat girl who Lindsay Coolidge is friends with.

    Vince Chung 

A popular bully who is bisexual. He has had girlfriends but was attracted to Steve when he had breasts and made out with Mertz after calling Steve and Snot gay.

  • The Bully: He is a bully.
  • Flat Character: He is incredibly boring compared to Mertz, who more or less replaced him and is way funnier.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was molested as a child.
  • Out of Focus: Makes only background appearances because Mertz is the bully character now.

A bully who made out with Vince Chung in the episode with future Steve and Snot.
  • The Bully: His main targets are Steve and Snot.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was adopted for the money, his adopted father beats him with a wrench.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a sex addiction that deeply troubles him, because of it he holds a deep respect for people that choose abstinence.


Another popular bully in Lisa’s gang.

  • Alpha Bitch: Like Janet.
  • Living Prop: Her design has been used in multiple episodes after Escape from Pearl Bailey.

    Donnie Patterson 
An bully of Steve whose father is Coach Patterson. His father abuses him, which is why he is a bully.

    Janet Lewis 
Brian Lewis’s daughter. She is one Lisa and Amy’s friends and is popular.
  • Alpha Bitch: Like Amy and Lisa.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After “Escape From Pearl Bailey” she is never seen again, even when her father was about to get married.
  • Disappeared Dad: She doesn’t live with her father, because his house has been seen a few times and she wasn’t there ever. She still sees her dad at school though.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a non-speaking appearance in the episode where Steve becomes younger where she sits with her friends.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: What Lewis thinks about her.


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