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    Peter Maldonado 
Portrayed by: Tyler Alvarez

Co-anchor of Hanover High's Morning Show, and the writer and director of true-crime documentary American Vandal.

  • Amateur Sleuth: His reasoning and detective work allows Dylan to be proved innocent, and later Kevin innocent of being The Turd Burglar, if not of causing the Brownout.
  • Attention Whore: The opinion of Mackenzie, as well as several others, who claim that he is only using the documentary as a way to gain notoriety in the school.
    • On the other hand, all these people, especially Mackenzie had their sketchy behaviour revealed by the documentary, and Sara's slut-shaming was probably the only case where the consequences were undeserved.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Sports a pretty thick pair.
  • Character Development: Initially, he's pretty much only concerned with finding the truth and has no qualms about exposing a person's deepest secrets to further his case, but his experience documenting the case slowly changes him, and he ultimately becomes more empathetic by the end.
    • This is especially true with Sara Pearson; he leaves her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him in the documentary, and admits in his voiceover that she was right to give it to him. It's his way of owning his callous behaviour.
  • The Comically Serious: Much of the show's humor comes from how seriously he takes his investigation into who spray-painted a bunch of dicks.
  • Cool Loser: He and Sam are the only two people who aren't invited to Christa's party, but he's a good journalist.
  • Dark Secret: He apparently masturbates to American Apparel models. Huh.
  • Determinator: He will not stop until he uncovers the truth.
  • For Great Justice: His stated motivation. Just about everyone, especially Mackenzie and Sara, suspect otherwise.
  • Graceful Loser: Although he can be kind of a dick, he leaves Mackenzie and Sara's attacks at him in the documentary, and he genuinely seems like he wouldn't have minded if Sam had been harsher on him.
  • Hidden Depths: sort of. Peter and Sam actually show some very good investigative reporting and deductive skills at times during the show, especially in the latter half.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Short, skinny, bespectacled, good with tech, unpopular. Subverted later on in the series as his documentary series gains him a fair amount of popularity. Then possibly doubly subverted with Mackenzie's "Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Intrepid Reporter: He's determined to uncover the truth of who spray-painted the dicks on the teachers' cars.
  • Kid Detective: Along with Sam.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears these.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Sam. It only takes a hit when Peter suggests Sam might be the dick-drawer and brings his crush with Gabi into it.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The "rude hero" - although a downplayed example, Peter is abrasive, unpopular, and self-absorbed - to Sam's "nice sidekick".
  • Serious Business: Everything is this to him, but especially anything investigation-related.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Played with. Peter is often pretty accurate about what they're dealing with, but he behaves like a real detective or documentarian.

    Sam Ecklund 
Portrayed by: Griffin Gluck

Peter's closest friend and co-producer of American Vandal.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: A one-sided variant with Gabi Granger.
  • Cool Loser: Sam wasn't invited to Nana's party, although he's nice to everyone and actually seems like decent friends with some of them.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Peter portrays him as one of these in building a case against him. Sam is not amused.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Provides a lot of comic foil to Peter's seriousness.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Gabi as Sam and Peter's viewers notice. While Sam is a genuine Nice Guy, unlike most examples of this trope, he gets called out for thinking he could throw her boyfriend's cheating in her face as a way of saving her, and he genuinely accepts he was wrong.
  • Everyone Can See It: Numerous fans of American Vandal comment on how he and Gabi should get together. Even Mr. Rafferty gets in on it.
  • Girl Friday: A Rare Male Example to Peter, although they are co-producers, due to Sam being Closer to Earth.
  • Hidden Depths: sort of. Peter and Sam actually show some very good investigative reporting and deductive skills at times during the show, especially in the latter half.
  • Kid Detective: With Peter.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Peter. It only takes a hit when Peter suggests he might be the dick-drawer and brings his crush with Gabi into it.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The "nice sidekick" to Peter's "rude hero", Sam is genuinely kind to everyone and only snaps at Peter once he exposes his crush with Gabi and makes him look like a stalker.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: He views himself as being this, though it's heavily implied he would've been on much stronger ground if he hadn't mocked Gabi's boyfriend.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Somewhat. Gabi forgives him for his insensitive comments, but it's made clear from her body language that she still regards him as just a friend. Poor Sam.
  • The Watson: To Peter. He's much more levelheaded and calm, unless Gabi is involved.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Peter one of these after Peter exposes his crush on Gabi.
  • Your Mom: Makes a number of jokes about Peter's mom.

     Dylan Maxwell 
Portrayed by: Jimmy Tatro

The primary suspect in the case, Dylan has already been expelled for drawing twenty-seven dicks on twenty-seven staff members' cars at the outset of the series. Peter creates American Vandal in a quest to prove his innocence.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: He maintains he didn't spray-paint the dicks, but he won't deny that it was funny.
  • Bad Liar: How his mother claims she knows he's innocent. He lies to her all the time, but she can always tell.
  • Book Dumb: He freely admits he's not book-smart. Or street-smart.
  • Break the Haughty: Although somewhat less serious than other examples, he's really incredibly dumb, impulsive, and immature. He matures a lot over the course of Season 1, which leaves him a much sadder, more introspective character.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Subverted. He most-likely didn't spray-paint the dicks, but the way he keeps saying how funny it was sure makes him look guilty.
  • Consummate Liar: Dylan lies and manipulates all the time, which only makes him look even more guilty.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: Dylan gets expelled mostly because everyone assumes he did it.
  • Class Clown: But not a particularly funny one.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: His rudeness to Mrs Shapiro and his insistence that the dick drawing was super funny does this for him.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: By his own admission; he argues that he's too stupid to have possibly deleted footage from the server. Sam and Peter, who work with him, admit that this is actually very good evidence of his innocence.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: To his long-suffering parents, especially his stepfather, who just seems to want the best for him, but it doesn't stop Dylan being an asshole to them.
  • Jerkass: Guilty or not, he isn't the most pleasant guy. Especially to Ms. Shapiro.
  • Love Martyr: He just keeps going back to Mackenzie, no matter how many times she dumps and manipulates him. It's implied he would have gone back to her even after finding out that she cheated on him and withheld evidence that could exonerate him, if she hadn't broken it off herself.
  • The Prankster: He and the Wayback Boys make terrible prank videos for YouTube.
  • Sad Clown: He's a goofy, laid-back guy, but by the end of the series he's hiding a lot of sadness.
  • The Slacker: Hard work isn't really Dylan's thing.
  • The Stoner: Smokes a lot of weed.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: He didn't spray-paint the dicks on the faculty's cars, but in the final episode he does spray-paint a dick on Ms. Shapiro's driveway after she refuses to apologize to him. His rationale is that he might as well be what everyone thinks he is.
  • Too Dumb to Live: As everyone points out. Even Peter can see it.

    Christa Carlyle 
Portrayed by: Genevieve Hannelius

Student Body President and a member of the Morning Show, as well as numerous other school clubs and teams. Known for her good grades and political activism. Was receiving a CPR certification at the time of the incident, and also on crutches from a broken foot.

  • The Ace: Smart, athletic, kind, pretty, part of a ton of school clubs, and one of the most popular girls in school. She even makes the football team, though she quits before the season begins.
    • Given that she made the team even with Coach Rafferty's attitude to and resulting treatment of her, she must have put in a fantastic performance.
  • Ambiguously Evil: May have been responsible for the dicks, with her boyfriend Van Delorey.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: If she drew the dicks with Van Deloney, they would be this.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Was receiving a CPR certification at the time of the incident. Except she wasn't. She doesn't even know CPR.
    • though, as has been pointed out elsewhere, you can have CPR certification and freeze, panic, or be too unsure in your skill to come forward in an emergency, especially if you're, say, at a party and had too much to drink. Having a certificate in something doesn't mean you have the skill.
  • Expy: Shares a lot of traits with Tracy Flick, including possibly being more sinister than she seems.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Which goes along with being a Tracy Flick variant, as indicated above.
  • Granola Girl: A vegan, and once attempted to force the school to change its mascot from humpback whales, on the grounds that humpbacks are endangered.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Coach Rafferty might consider her a jerk for contributing to the football team's loss (of one game), but Christa is absolutely correct in her main point: religious and gender equality is more important than high school football.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: pre-series. In one of her protests, Christa pours laundry detergent down the stairs to illustrate the corruption in the school system note . She slips on the detergent herself, and breaks her foot. She's on crutches during the 'incident', and during her early interviews for the show.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: One of the most popular girls in school, but not unpleasant at all.
  • Nice Girl: Generally kind to all and liked by all in return. Even if she was responsible for the dicks, she still led the campaign to have Dylan exonerated, rather than let him take the rap for her actions.
  • Student Council President: Part of the reason that the case against her is quickly discounted.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Constantly interrupts school to make political statements. When American Vandal goes viral, she leads the campaign to have Dylan returned to school.
  • The Strategist: She's a member of the Strategy Club, though no one has any idea what that is.
    • Also: her boyfriend Van Delorey is with her at Nana's party, but doesn't appear in any prom photos (the only one of Christa is in a limo with several friends) or the after-party. Van might not be at the prom because he's not a Hanover student, and he might just have a commitment elsewhere during the party. But it's more likely that Christa decided not to take Van to anymore school events, in case someone noticed how easy it was to mistake him for Dylan from behind.
  • Straw Feminist: Deconstructed. Everyone is annoyed at her Soapbox Sadie ways, and her attempt to get on the football team is played as this. But it gets a whole darker and more sympathetic look once we find out that Rafferty bullied, humiliated, and physically injured her just to punish her, even though she is also a very good sportswoman.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: If she was responsible for the dicks, then she's definitely this.

    Madison Kaplan 
Portrayed by: Aylan Bayramoglu

Co-anchor on the Morning Show. Was shopping with her mom at the time of the incident.

  • Always Someone Better: Peter admits she's much better at the anchor job than he is.
  • The Generic Girl: Described by Mr. Kraz as "super, super boring."
  • Male Gaze: Dylan earns her ire by zooming in on her boobs whenever he's filming her for the Morning Show.
  • Put on a Bus: Or, rather, most of the other protagonists go on the bus to the other school, and she doesn't.

    Ming Zhang 
Portrayed by: Cody Wai-Ho Lee

The only member of the Morning Show to have no alibi for the day of the incident.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone loves Ming. The only person who ever seriously questions his innocence is Dylan, and it's on purely racist grounds.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Textbook case, though he's actually extremely popular.
  • Beneath Suspicion: The case against him is easily dismissed with "Dude, it's Ming." He's just too lovable to be the culprit.
  • Canada, Eh?: Despite Dylan believing him to be Chinese, he's actually from Toronto. Explains why he's so nice.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe. Comments on American Vandal have a lot of love for Ming after his short appearance in Episode Four.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: From Canada.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Guy: He goes absolutely nuts at both Nana's party and the post-graduation party.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: Dylan tries to bring this up to cast suspicion on him. Not only is it racist, it's not even accurate, as Ming's from Canada.
  • Nice Guy: His defining characteristic.

    Randall Snyder and Phil Huang 
Randall portrayed by: Tucker Albrizzi
Two members of the Morning Show who are ruled out as suspects due to both being hospitalized at the time. Randall is also credited with "Additional Photography" for American Vandal.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sam notes how unusual it is for them both to have been hospitalized with Mono, aka "the kissing disease" as the same time.
  • Bit Character: Neither of them receive much characterization.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Randall never speaks a line, but it's revealed in Episode Four that he has been the cameraman whenever Peter and Sam are both on screen.

    Emily Hershey 
A member of the Morning Show who is quickly ruled out as a suspect, as she was in Pheonix at the time of the incident.
  • Bit Character: The only one of the Morning Show 9 to receive no characterization at all.

Other Hanover High School Students

    Gabi Granger 
Portrayed by: Camille Hyde

A childhood friend of Sam Ecklund's, she gets credit as a co-producer on American Vandal because she knows a lot of the seniors, and is credited as 'Transpo Captain' because she has a car.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Sam, at the end.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: She does not appreciate Sam making light of Brandon cheating on her.
  • Nice Girl: Comes off as an extremely likable person.
  • The Driver: played with. Gabi seems to be driving Pete and Sam everywhere in the investigation except for school, but subverts the trope by being a fully realized character
  • Twofer Token Minority: At times the most prominent female member of the team, while also being black.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Both in- and out-universe. Sam is not the only person to wonder this about Gabi and Brandon even before it's revealed he cheated on her with Sara Pearson. Many of the viewers did, too.

    Mackenzie Wagner 
Portrayed by: Camille Ramsey

Dylan's on-again, off-again girlfriend, who claims he was at her house at the time of the incident.

  • All Take and No Give: Her relationship with Dylan, in a nutshell.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Towards Dylan in general, and more specifically when it turns out she had a good reason to trash the gym teacher's.
  • Attention Whore: She craves attention from Dylan, and stages break-ups with him so that he'll do elaborate things to win her back.
  • Berserk Button: She's known to go nuts whenever her parents are having problems.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She stood by and let her boyfriend of four years be expelled from school, have his future plans (including college applications) ruined and be left open to felony criminal charges and possible jail time, as well as incurring possibly ruinous debt for his low-income family, rather than admit to cheating on him. Or, you know, edit the footage to only show the part that proved Dylan's alibi and not her cheating.
  • Cold Sniper: Her preferred style of gaming.
  • Dark Action Girl: Although she did trash the Coach's office, she prefers to demonstrate it via video games.
  • Femme Fatale: A downplayed and realistic example, but she plays on this trope, being Dylan's girlfriend who he can't resist.]]
  • Gamer Chick: Has a popular Twitch stream.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She let Dylan potentially go to prison, but she's got a point when she tells Peter he's acting out of petty jealousy towards people more popular than him.
  • Idiot Ball: Mackenzie has time-stamped video evidence of Dylan's alibi, but doesn't use it because it reveals that she's cheating on him. It never occurs to her to edit the footage so it starts when she's walking to the bedroom door? All she needs is twenty seconds of time-stamped footage that clearly identifies her, Dylan, and her bedroom as the location. If she didn't already have the skills to edit the footage (unlikely), she could have just asked the Twitch helpdesk, or looked up instruction videos on YouTube, and where to find free software she could use to do editing. If someone asks her why she's topless from the back? She's already telling Dylan she was changing - just say that she spilled her between-rounds drink on her top, and she intended to change out of view of the camera.
  • The Lad-ette: She has elements of this, like her love of gaming and more masculine way of dressing, but this borders on being an Informed Attribute.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Peter in Episode Seven. Her righteous indignation is considerably undermined by the fact that her speech is triggered by her realising that she's going to have to come clean about cheating on Dylan to prove her own innocence, and that everything he's suffered is because she was too cowardly to come forward with the proof rather than admit to it.
  • Red Herring: The biggest one in the series. Episode Seven makes a solid case that she and Dylan worked together to spray-paint the dicks as a way to get back at Mr. Rafferty. But her Twitch stream exonerates her. And Dylan.
  • Yoko Ohno: How the Wayback Boys perceive her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She's having an online affair with someone who watches her Twitch stream.

    The Wayback Boys 
Spencer portrayed by: Eduardo Franco
Lucas portrayed by: Lou Wilson
Brianna portrayed by: Jessica Juarez

Comprised of Spencer Diaz, Lucas Wiley, and Brianna "Ganj" Gagne, the Wayback Boys are Dylan Maxwell's closest friends, so named because they go "way back". They have an unpopular YouTube channel where they make unfunny prank videos.

    Alex Trimboli 
Portrayed by: Calum Worthy

The only witness to the crime, who insists that he saw Dylan spray-painting the dicks.

  • Character Tics: He says "One hundred percent" when he is lying through his teeth.
  • The Conspiracy: May have been part of one with Ms. Shapiro to frame Dylan.
  • Consummate Liar: He claimed to be best friends with a dead student (he wasn't). He claimed he drank eleven beers at Nana's party (he drank one). He claimed Sarah Pearson gave him a handjob (she didn't). And he claimed he saw Dylan Maxwell spray-painting the dicks on the faculty cars (he didn't, but this may have been a genuine mistake and later misinterpretation, instead of an outright lie).
  • Glory Hound: It's implied that he may have lied about seeing Dylan so he could take the credit for saving lunch.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: He totally got a handjob from Sarah Pearson. He didn't.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite Dylan constantly saying that he's going to kick Alex's ass the next time he sees him, the worst he actually does is shake up Alex's soda and drop his pizza on the ground. It's intentional, to show Dylan's Character Development and how he's actively trying to make a better name for himself.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Tells the school board that he saw Dylan Maxwell spray-painting the dicks.

    Sara Pearson 
Portrayed by: Saxon Sharbino

One of the hottest girls in school. Whether or not she gave Alex Trimboli a handjob somehow becomes crucial to proving Dylan's innocence.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: After being rejected by Van Delorey for Christa, she consoles herself with Gabi's boyfriend Brandon.
  • Alpha Bitch: Subverted. She comes off this way at first, but proves herself a decent person.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Ming with CPR at the graduation party.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Uses an egregious version of this to save Ming at the graduation party. It doesn't even look like she's touching him.
  • Head-Turning Beauty : Mr. Kraz describes her as "distracting."
  • Hidden Depths: She knows CPR.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: How else do you explain her hooking up with Pat Micklewaite?
  • Really Gets Around: Has hooked up with Scott Winter, Pat Micklewaite, Brandon Galloway, and numerous others. But not Alex Trimboli.
  • Slut-Shaming: Implied to have been a victim of this after American Vandal reveals her hookup list.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a well-deserved one to Peter in the final episode.

    Brandon Galloway 
Portrayed by: Lukas Gage

Captain of the football team, and Gabi's boyfriend.

  • Bastard Boyfriend: Even before we find out he's cheating on Gabi, he comes off as this. He forgets how to spell her name at one point, and his idea of a romantic prom proposal is shoving her in a pool.
  • Jerk Jock: Fits to a T.
  • Reality Ensues: during the scene at the prom after-party when Sam and Gabi make up, it pans past Brandon and his date - who isn't Gabi. She dumped his ass for cheating.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He's cheated on Gabi with Sara Pearson.

    Pat Micklewaite 
Portrayed by: Jacob Houston

An inexplicably popular student, who Peter views as a rival.

  • Gonk: How Peter perceives him.
  • Kavorka Man: He's not conventionally attractive by any means, but somehow he's hooked up with two beautiful girls.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Peter, who is consistently baffled as to how Pat is more popular than he is.
  • The Strategist: He's the only other member of the Strategy Club with Christa. Not that anyone knows what the Strategy Club is.

Hanover High School Faculty

    Vice Principal Keene 
Portrayed by: Matt Miller

Hanover High's vice principal.

  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: If Mr. Kraz can be trusted, then he plays the Bad Cop to Ms. Shapiro's Good Cop when he cancels off-campus lunch.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Tries to hamper Peter's investigation, when Peter gets too close to the faculty complaint records.
  • Turn in Your Badge: A non-police version of this, when he bans Peter from filming American Vandal on school property.

    Ms. Shapiro 
Portrayed by: Karly Rothenburg

Dylan Maxwell's Spanish teacher, and the presumed target of the vandalism.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Dylan and Mr. Kraz certainly think so, but neither are entirely trustworthy.
  • The Chessmaster: According to Mr. Kraz, who compares her to Lord Varys from Game of Thrones.
  • The Conspiracy: May have been part of one with Alex Trimboli to frame Dylan. It's never made clear.
  • Cool Teacher: Most students view her as this. It's only Dylan and his friends who see her as an:
  • Evil Teacher: To Dylan, and possibly to other students she dislikes.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Possibly what she believes she is doing by framing Dylan, as well as strong-arming a student into claiming another student cheated on a test.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: According to Mr. Kraz, she plays the Good Cop to Vice Principal Keene's Bad Cop in the plot to expose the culprit behind the vandalism. She came up with the plan to cancel off-campus lunch, then he carried it out, and she promised to intercede with him if a student came forward with the vandal's identity. That is, if anything Kraz says can be trusted.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: for a debatable value of 'jerkass'. Dylan's own (and other) social media footage proves that his bad reputation, particularly in Ms Shapiro's class, was thoroughly earned. Peter points out in the first episode that Dylan's past behaviour, which has been properly documented, is one of the factors in the strong case against him. Dylan admits to acting out in her class "like, 4 times a week, maybe?"
  • Never My Fault: After Dylan's innocence is proven and he is reinstated at school, she admits she was wrong about him spraying the cars, but flatly refuses to accept responsibility for her mistake, instead claiming that Dylan's own actions made him look guilty.
  • Stern Teacher: The most generous interpretation of her behavior.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: It's a matter of debate how "villainous" she is, but she does attempt to frame Dylan for slashing her tire. Nonetheless, she is well-loved by most of the school.

    Mr. Rafferty 
Portrayed by: Sean Carrigan

Coach of the football team at Hanover High, and 2016 Teacher of the Year.

  • Ambiguously Evil: There's something off about Mr. Rafferty. Kraz claims "he's roofied people," he has a suspicious complaint on file for "inappropriate conduct with a student," and he definitely did something to make someone angry enough to trash his office. He also possibly put Christa in a position where she would be injured as revenge for her ruining his pep rally. Then there's the matter of what he whispered to her when she was on the ground. It's never really answered.
  • Cool Teacher: How most students see him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Christa ruined one game for the team, and he set her up to be potentially seriously injured.
  • Evil Teacher: At the very least, he set Christa up to be injured just for a stunt, but it's further implied that he's had sex with some students.
  • Hot Teacher: How some students see him.
    • Silver Fox: His age is apparently not a detriment.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He immediately catches on to Peter's secret camera.
  • Karma Houdini: the footage of Christa's kicker tryout proves a case of teacher bullying at least (there was no reason whatsoever for another player to tackle her-kicker's don't get tackled on the field-and she clearly wasn't warned it was coming, so she didn't brace herself. Not to mention that whatever he said to her while she was recovering from that was bad enough that she made a formal complaint), and not only does the complaint (of 'inappropriate conduct with a student ') get swept under the rug, but he wins Teacher of the Year.
  • Never My Fault: when you look back, it's clear he blames Christa and her Rosh Hashana protest for the football team losing a big game. Her protest disrupted a pep rally, which led to one of the football team's key players being made ineligible to play that game for joining her walkout. First off, as Coach he should have made sure that every player on the team knew the consequences for walking out of school (it's not like this is the first time Christa's done something like this), secondly also as Coach, he should be able to adjust his strategy to cover one missing player.
  • Really Gets Around: Described as a "serial-dater", usually with moms.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Comes off this way much of the time. He's extremely forthcoming and helpful in interviews, he chooses not to get Peter in trouble for violating Keene's ban, and he seeks out Peter and Sam in order to answer their questions when it seems as though they suspect him of something. He still seems like he's hiding something.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What did he say to Christa Carlyle after she got knocked on her back? If she did plan the dick drawings in revenge for him getting away with, even rewarded, for his behavior towards her, asPeter and Sam point out it must have been something really bad for her to be pushed to such extremes.
  • Sadistic Teacher: He set Christa up for a tackle drill unnecessarily, likely just to get back at her for her Rosh Hashana stunt.
  • Smug Snake: Especially to Christa.
  • Teacher/Parent Romance: Has a thing for moms. Including Mackenzie's mother.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Hinted at, but never confirmed.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Maybe. It's implied that something was covered up by the school, but we never know what.
  • Wicked Stepfather: Although they aren't actually married, Mackenzie views him as this, and that's why she trashes his office.

    Mr. Krazinski 
Portrayed by: Ryan O'Flanagan

History teacher at Hanover High. Likes to be called "Kraz."

  • Apathetic Teacher: One who cares far more about seeming cool than teaching history.
  • Cool Teacher: Tries so hard to be this, but his attempts to be cool just end up making him really bad at his job.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Yes, he apparently thought there would be no consequences to trashing teachers and students, describing underage girls as "hot", and accusing Rafferty of rape. Although he might be right about that last one.
  • Fired Teacher: But unlike most examples in fiction, he completely deserves it, and there's no student campaign to get him back.
  • Gossipy Hens: A Rare Male Example. He spouts all sorts of rumors about his fellow staff members.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's extremely jealous of Ms. Shapiro getting more insurance money to pay for her damaged car than him, and he can be seen storming off in a huff when Mr. Rafferty wins Teacher of the Year.
  • Never My Fault: He does admit that he probably wouldn't have said some of the stuff he did, but seems to hold Peter and Sam more responsible than himself.
  • Reality Ensues: Turns out that a teacher who trash talks his colleagues and comments on how hot his female students are in an attempt to seem cool won't be employed for very long.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Or rather, too dumb to work. Did he really think he could get away with saying what he did on video?
  • Totally Radical: His way of trying to come off as cool reeks of this.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's unclear if anything he says about the other teachers can be taken literally.

    Mr. Maeda 
Portrayed by: Aaron Takahashi

Physics teacher at Hanover High.

  • Stern Teacher: Has a reputation for this, as he confiscates students' electronics for the entire semester.
  • Red Herring: It's hinted that he might have been the target of the vandalism, but the investigation into him only serves to definitively prove that Sarah Pearson did not give Alex Trimboli a handjob.

    Mr. Baxter 
Portrayed by: P. L. Brown

Teacher in charge of the Morning Show. Credited as executive producer of American Vandal.

  • Apathetic Teacher: Shows very little interest in his job.
  • Red Herring: A number of fans suggest that he might be the vandal, but Peter dismisses these claims. He's too fat.

    Hector Montegro 
Portrayed by: Christopher Corbin

Hanover High's janitor. Generally considered "creepy AF."

  • Crusty Caretaker: For Hanover High.
  • Face of a Thug: Definitely looks creepy, but he isn't the vandal.
  • Red Herring: Some fans and students deduce that he must be the vandal, on the grounds that he is "creepy AF". He may be creepy, but he's not the vandal.

Other Characters

    Denise and Greg Kavanagh 
Denise portrayed by: Dendrie Taylor
Greg portrayed by: Larry Joe Campbell

Dylan Maxwell's mother and stepfather. Both convinced of his innocence.

    Mr. Janson 
Portrayed by: Frank Farmer

An elderly man who becomes a target for a prank by the Wayback Boys.

  • Conspiracy Theorist: Runs a conspiracy webpage. The Wayback Boys use this trait against him in their prank.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: He's not exactly all there.
  • Secret Keeper: He holds the only known evidence that could exonerate Dylan. His daughter destroys it out of anger.

    Van Delorey 
Portrayed by: Hunter Clowdus

The "hot" counselor at Camp Miniwacka. Boyfriend of Christa Carlyle, and unrequited crush of Sara Pearson.

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: It's strongly implied that he is this with Christa.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned only a few times in passing. The final episode strongly hints that he drew the dicks.

St. Bernardine's

    Kevin McClain 
Portrayed by: Travis Tope

A socially awkward bullied kid who becomes the prime suspect in the Turd Burglar case.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Kevin's awkward mannerisms, smug persona and elaborately anal-retentive methods of "properly" enjoying tea can all be indicators that he is on the autism spectrum somewhere, and it is discussed in-universe by one of his classmates, but dismissed just as quickly. Though said classmate doesn't know Kevin very well, and certainly isn't qualified to make or dismiss a diagnosis.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly getting mocked at school, even if he doesn't see the other kids' jokes as taunts.
  • Clear My Name: Chloe gets Peter and Sam to make American Vandal season 2 in order to revoke Kevin's expulsion and clear his name of being The Turd Burglar. He isn't. But he did cause the Brownout.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: mostly. While at the end of season 2 his expulsion and his house arrest for causing the Brownout stands, his charges drop from three counts to one, and given the circumstances and his age his record should be sealed when he turns 18. He sincerely talks about looking forward to a new start at public school next year, and most importantly he has Tanner and Chloe back in his life as close friends.
  • Expy: His tea review vlog series seems to make him one of Reviewbrah.
  • Foil: To Dylan. While Dylan is genuinely innocent of drawing the dicks, Kevin did the Brownout, as well as being pretentious to Dylan's dumb.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Kevin presents himself as an intellectual. However, he tries to insult Damarcus's poetry but completely blanks trying to think of a famous poet to compare him to.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Dubbed "Shit Stain McClain" since he was a kid for sitting on grass that made it look like he soiled himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Kevin had this reaction after the Brownout, not realising how many people drank the lemonade (he doesn't think it's very good) or understanding just how dramatic an effect the Malitol would have (it was provided by someone else). It's one of the reasons (besides his manipulation by the Dean of Students) that he confesses to the police.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: A variation. He embraced the embarrassing nicknames he received and cruel pranks so he could fit in.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: What comes to mind when watching a performance by Kevin's 'band' The Horsehead Collective. Honestly, it would probably be a huge hit on the avant-garde scene.

    DeMarcus Tillman 
Portrayed by: Melvin Gregg

St. Bernie's star basketball player and one of the Turd Burglar suspects.

  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end of season 2, Demarcus has had his blackmail photos released, been sentenced to community service, and probably lost several scholarship offers. However, Demarcus credits this as an impetus to change his life in positive ways; he's taken control of his life by ditching his Puppet Master sidekick and refusing to follow his father's dictates for college. For his community service he's started a free basketball clinic for the kids in his low-rent neighbourhood, which he loves and credits for helping him rediscover his love of the game. He's also chosen what seems to be a well-regarded college, evidently still on full scholarship. And since Demarcus seems to be on track for a future as a professional athlete, the catfishing and subsequent moral dilemma and scandal is quite possibly a harsh but needed lesson that will help him avoid much worse pitfalls later in life.
  • Book Dumb: Although it's not really his fault: Athletes get easier classes on purpose so they can focus on training. He gets Biology credits by taking Zoology (where you get points in a test by correctly naming a picture of a zebra). Still, he does show some interest and talent in English.
  • Break the Haughty: Although nowhere near as bad as some examples, DeMarcus can be somewhat dismissive and entitled as part of his Big Man on Campus role. It's revealed that he is deeply lonely and sad inside due to feeling like everyone only values him for sport.
  • Friend to All Children: At the end of Season 2, he is given community service for being an unwilling accomplice to the Turd Burglar. He is seen serving by coaching kids in basketball, claiming he enjoys it dearly.
  • Hidden Depths: He managed to write a decent poem, even if it got him mocked by students from rival schools when the poem was posted without his approval.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Every student at St. Bernie's loves DeMarcus, to the point where it's suggested that he can get away with murder.
  • It's All About Me: DeMarcus is a friendly guy who's never mean to anyone, but he's also extremely self-involved because of his fame and privileges. He openly takes phone calls during class and he is frequently condescending or passively insulting to the people around him.
  • Karma Houdini: The star of St. Bernie's decorated basketball team and easily the most popular student in school. He is known for toeing the line every now and then, going as far as answering his phone in class, because he knows he is that valuable to the school. As a matter of fact, his theorized motive as a suspect in the Turd Burglar case is pretty much "because he could get away with it". ultimately subverted: he was a part of the attacks, but only because he was being blackmailed by the true mastermind. In the end he gets community service for his role, and more importantly, his reputation is ruined.
  • Lonely at the Top: As king of the school and a future basketball superstar, he's extremely popular and friendly with everybody, but deep down he's incredibly lonely and suspects all his friends of being phony.
  • Lovable Jock: Everyone at school adores him and, to be fair, he's also presented as being a pretty nice guy, despite Peter and Sam's suspicions.
  • Nice Guy: He's fairly pleasant, even when being pressed about potentially being the Turd Burglar. He even apologizes to Peter for walking out of the interview.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: He is beloved by students and teachers alike for being a popular , yet kind and friendly student, but is he? Yes, yes he is. Zig-zagged in that he did commit one of the Turd Burglar attacks, but he was being blackmailed.

    Lou Carter 
Portrayed by: DeRon Horton

DeMarcus's right hand man who sees himself as DeMarcus's best friend, but everyone knows Lou is more like his personal assistant/butler.

  • Control Freak: A role he apparently shares with DeMarcus's dad.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Implied to be this to DeMarcus, and especially as he calls the police on his idol just to keep him in line.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Perry Coleman says he and [DeMarcus's father are this to DeMarcus, and his scenes with DeMarcus later in the season confirm this, though DeMarcus is able to get out from under his "best friend"'s thumb by the end of the season.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Obviously qualifies when it's revealed he is DeMarcus's co-puppetmaster, but keeping his "best friend" apart from his idol and calling the cops on Skip Day solidify him as this.
  • The Svengali: Played with. Lou clearly sees himself as this, but he's mostly DeMarcus's lackey, but they do have a similar relationship of Lou controlling DeMarcus, such as calling the police on his idol.

    Tanner Basset 
Portrayed by: Jay Lee

Kevin's best friend who suspects him of being the Turd Burglar.

  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Tanner reports Kevin to the police as the Turd Burglar, it's eventually implied that he did it because he resented Kevin for calling the police onto Skip Day. it was Lou Further investigation shows him and Chloe making out in the background... with the implication that he really held a grudge against Kevin for the cops interrupting that.
  • Nice Guy: Comes off as this.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He is right about Kevin doing The Brownout, but not for his suspicion that Kevin did it as an act of revenge for years of bullying.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Chloe's not-so subtle feelings for Kevin during her interviews make it seem like Tanner was this for her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Although quite why it broke up seems to be uncertain.
  • With Friends Like These...: He's Kevin's (mostly ex) friend, but he still reported him to the police.

    Chloe Lyman 
Portrayed by: Taylor Dearden

A close friend of Kevin and Tanner who thinks Kevin is innocent and suspects DeMarcus.

  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Wears a wire during her meeting with Drexler and pushes the conversation to implicate the teacher in any wrong doing.
  • Nice Girl: No subversion, no dark secret, Chloe really is just a nice person who wants to help her friend Kevin.

    Jenna Hawthorne 
Portrayed by: Kiah Stern

A popular girl at school who was the envy of most students due to her seemingly perfect life.

  • Broken Ace: First after the Kendall Jenner incident humiliated her from her "pretty, nice, and very wealthy" position at school, but especially once she gets catfished.
  • Fallen Princess: A petty example to the school when it turns out she lied about being friends with Kendall Jenner, and a more serious example once she turns out to be behind one of the Turd Burglar attacks.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's an attractive young woman who was said to have had a girlfriend.
  • Old Shame: She posted a picture jokingly stating that she was best friends with Kendall Jenner, but after it was revealed that she waited five hours in line just for an autograph and picture with Kendall, the other students turned on Jenna and labeled her a fraud. Even her girlfriend broke up with her as a result.

    Drew Pankratz 
Portrayed by: Jonathan Saks

A theater kid who has pictures of him in a diaper exposed to the school.

  • Camp Straight: He's a theater kid who has platonic friendships with all the theater girls. One guy lets Drew take his girlfriend to prom after getting grounded because he knows Drew wouldn't be a threat.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Diaper Drew" as a result of the pictures of him leaking.
  • Take Our Word for It: We never get to see exactly what is going on in the diaper video leaked during The Dump, but we do know that a) it was extremely graphic and humiliating, and b) it apparently involved some supposedly impossible feat of flexibility.
Paul: God did not design us to bend that way. Certainly not for that reason.

     Perry Coleman 

St. Bernie's star athlete in 2016. He is currently studying at UCLA on a sports scholarship.

  • Evil Counterpart: To DeMarcus, who is a Nice Guy with a few flaws and weaknesses, but not malicious, vs. the previous St. Bernie's sports star, who was an unrepentant sexist bully.
  • The Ghost: His exploits are much mentioned but he's never seen.
  • Jerk Jock: He was beloved by everyone, and he abused his popularity to get away with pranks and bullying.
  • Karma Houdini: Offscreen. When he was a senior at St. Bernie's, he stole the school's mascot costume, and when a girl complained about it, he used it to mock her over the internet for months. Nobody looked into it, and he ended up graduating and going to UCLA.

    Paul Schnorrenberg 
Portrayed by: Miles J. Harvey

An overly religious student who unknowingly broke open a pinata containing feces in front of his English class.

  • Holier Than Thou: Comes with being a High School kid obsessed with Catholicism. He gets in long, loud arguments with the English teacher over Kurt Vonnegut and his portrayal of sex in his works.
  • The Friend No One Likes: Seems to be this to most of St. Bernie's.
  • The Fundamentalist: He is heavily religious to the point where he argues with his English teacher's literary choices due to his belief that they go against God's word. Even the nuns think he could turn it down a notch.

    Grayson Wentz 
Portrayed by: Jeremy Culhane

A former student at St. Bernie's who was expelled for a prank that involved writing crude things through other students' twitter accounts.

  • Beneath Suspicion: Only brief seen working at the phone repair store.
  • Big Bad: For Season Two, as he is the mastermind behind the Turd Burglar pranks.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Just a guy that got kicked out of high school for a few mildly offensive tweets. He works at a phone repair kiosk, where he is perfectly willing to talk to Peter and Sam. He is mentioned sparingly and appears on camera once, until it's revealed he is the Turd Burglar, that is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He catfished a number of people, mostly students but at least one teacher as well, pretending to be a pretty girl who tricked these people into sending graphic photos and videos that he would later use to blackmail them into committing the poop crimes. What's worse is he still shares the photos and videos when he knows he's about to be exposed.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't actually commit any of the Turd Burglar acts himself, he just blackmails people who bring their phones to the repair kiosk.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While the Turd Burglar was never quite " harmless" and was always taken seriously, for most of the season he was supposedly only guilty of poop-related pranks that damaged a school's reputation, with the brownout standing out as his most damaging act. The season finale adds catfishing,privacy violations, identity theft, blackmail and online stalking to his list of crimes, and it earns him two years in a federal facility.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Turd Burglar attacks for him.

St. Bernardine Faculty

     Mrs. Drexler 

St. Bernardine Catholic's principal. Concerned about the high school's reputation above all else.

     "Hot Janitor" 

One of the janitors at St. Bernardine. He was allegedly a key witness to the last Turd Burglar attack, but he quit suddenly the day after.

  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even the teachers refer to him only as "Hot Janitor". Deconstructed, when Peter and Sam could not even get his name and had to reach him through someone who bought shrooms off of him.
  • Hidden Depths: during his interview, he reveals some pretty in-depth knowledge of local botany and methods of sustainable farming.
  • Kicked Upstairs: He didn't actually quit: He was quietly transferred to a sister school with better pay. Presumably, the best way to keep him quiet was to leave him content.
  • No Name Given: His actual name is never revealed.

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