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This is the cast of characters from the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.

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Main Characters (in order of billing)

    Austin Moon
Portrayed by: Ross Lynch

  • Goofy Print Underwear: Austin is seen twice wearing boxers with trucks on them.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's sweet, a little naive and a genuinely Nice Guy.
  • Hates Being Alone: When the 4th season starts, Austin doesn't take the news that Ally, Trish, and Dez aren't going to be with him in their senior year of high school. However, they decide that their business can wait.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dez, they have been best friends forever since they were little.
  • Hurting Hero: Downplayed. His legal inability to perform in season 4 is really getting to him.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Double Subverted. They were revealed to have broken up for four years after high school when Austin realized what was supposed to be a break became longer and circumstances during that time kept driving them apart. At the end of it, they do reflect on it and decide to give their relationship one more chance, and they do end up married for almost a decade after.
  • It's All About Me: All the time, even though he will figure out his mistake and right the wrong by the end of the episodes.
  • Keet: "I'm Austin, and I like pancakes!"
  • Nice Guy: Even if he screws up sometimes, he is nice to a fault. He's sweet, gentle and when he comes to understanding the feelings of others if he has hurt them, he will try his hardest to make up for it. Go look at the Heartwarming page for examples.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He falls into this a couple of times:
    • In one episode, he borrows a guitar from the store to get it autographed by Bruno Mars for Ally, as a way of making up for the fact that he'd been late to rehearsal. Unfortunately, he gets caught on the security camera in Sonic Boom, making people think that he's the person responsible for the string of thefts in the mall.
    • Another episode features him being grounded because his grades are slipping. He sneaks out of the house in order to keep his promise to Ally to perform at her fundraiser. As you might expect, his parents find out and force him to do nothing but come home and study as punishment.
  • Obliviously Evil: For a given value of "evil" in "Rockers & Writers". Stealing Ally's song was a pretty horrible thing to do, but in his defense, he didn't even realize he'd done it. He seriously believed the song was something he'd created. Even T-Fame even points this out to Austin, the former of whom ends up doing the same thing to him (though with full knowledge of what he was doing).
  • Official Couple: With Ally, as if that wasn't gonna be obvious.
  • One Head Taller: Austin is one head taller than Ally.
  • Teens Are Short: Averted, at the start of the series he's a 6 foot tall 15-year old, and he eventually catches up to Dez's height.

    Ally Dawson
Portrayed by: Laura Marano

The other central protagonist of the story, Ally is a nerdy, Shrinking Violet singer-songwriter who tends to be the Straight Man to the constant shenanigans surrounding her. Ally is the brains behind Team Austin, and is responsible for writing Austin's songs and taking care of the Sonic Boom music store owned by her father.

  • Babies Ever After: It is revealed in the series finale that her and Austin end up having a son and a daughter together.
  • Bad Liar: While Dez is the worst and Austin is worse than her, Ally is still pretty terrible at lying.
  • Brainy Brunette: Involved in book clubs, cloud watching clubs and wanted to learn calculus on her summer holiday. Also brainy in musical terms as she gives lessons in different instruments as well as being a great songwriter.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Ally is shy, neurotic and suffers from stage fright so badly she'll wreck a television studio to get away from the camera, but she writes amazing songs.
  • Catchphrase: "Don't touch my book!"
  • Character Tics: Ally chews her hair when she's nervous.
  • Childhood Friends: With Trish.
  • Cool Big Sis: Shows signs of being this to Nelson.
  • Creative Sterility: Ally when she's being pressured to write a song.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's part of a book club, and she spends most of her time reading books.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Because of her shyness, she once wrecked a television studio to get away from the camera
  • The Cutie: A cute and shy girl with a sweet personality.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She got nervous during her one chance to get into a music school and hallucinated the piano chomping at her. She got stage fright because of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ally probably beats Trish out for the biggest snarker. Trish will often just get angry, thus losing the deadpan.
  • Deuteragonist: Despite Ally being the central character, the show revolves around for the purposes of the plot and comedy, Ally is the Deuteragonist to Austin's attempts to become famous because she hangs back and write the songs for him. It will likely remain unless she decides to step out from the song-writing shadow and becomes a performer in her own right.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: It is finally revealed in the series finale that Ally's middle name is Edgar.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ally is introduced reading her book, then tells Trish not to eat in the store.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Throughout Season 1, her hair was solid and dark, referring to her shyness and also to hint toward her stage fright. By the time Season 2 came around, her hair became brighter with blonde highlights, which hints she's coming out of her shell, and shows that she conquered her stage fright in "Chapters & Choices". When Season 3 came, her hair become paler but with brighter highlights, which shows her full progression to performing onstage once more.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she has stage fright is revealed in flashback in "Filmmaking & Fear Breaking" she was afraid of ruining her chance of getting into a music school (because of the strict headmaster) that she hallucinated the piano turning into a monster and the students laughing in return, and as a result, she ended up ruining her dream anyway. As a result, she refused to perform because she believed if she didn't perform, she wouldn't ruin her chances.
  • First Girl Wins: She was the first girl Austin met in the series (and the first girl introduced in the series alltogether), and they end up becoming a couple for the rest of the show's run. By series' end, they're Happily Married with two kids.
  • Geek Physiques: Ally is very short and skinny, but still manages to be somewhat lanky because She's Got Legs.
  • Genius Book Club: Ally's part of one. It comes up in the plot as why it takes her so long to complete songs for Austin.
  • Grammar Nazi: Being the smart girl of the group, Ally can dip into this every now and then. In Beauties & Bullies, she responds to a mean comment by correcting whoever misspelled beauty as "beautey". It wasn't supposed to be a Lame Comeback, she just did it out of habit.
  • Happy Dance: Ally has at least two endearing bursts of these in "Soups & Stars".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Trish, they have always been best friends.
  • Hollywood Nerd: She's supposed to be a dork, but she's actually quite lovely.
  • Humiliation Conga: Ally suffers a condensed one when she accidentally destroys a television studio.
  • I Can't Dance: She hurts Austin's ankle when he tries to teach her to dance in "Club Owners & Quinceaneras".
  • The Illegible: Ally's chicken-scratch leads to multiple misunderstandings in "Kangaroos & Chaos". Ally claims this is just due to being rushed, because she really went to calligraphy camp. Which if true would be an inversion.
  • Jerkass Ball: Ally, of all people, can be really bossy when she's not in Shrinking Violet mode. She is Surrounded by Idiots though.
  • Just Friends: With Austin. Not so much anymore, since in "Girlfriends & Girl Friends" she develops a crush on Austin.
  • The Lancer: As the foil to Austin and in some cases Trish by being The Chick and The Smart Girl to Austin's fun loving performer character, and to Trish's Spicy Latina character.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The meek and innocent Light Feminine to Trish's snarky Attention Whore Dark Feminine.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Ally's mother is also a Brainy Brunette who "loves love" and uses her catchphrase "Don't touch my book!"
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Ally is helped to become more open and extroverted by the three other characters.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase:
    Ally: There's no eating in X! - Once in "Rockers & Writers", four times in "Bloggers & Butterflies".
    Ally: Don't touch my X! - Usually it is her book. In one case it became "Don't boop my nose."
  • Meganekko: During the flashback to when she first developed her stage fright Ally is wearing glasses.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that caused Ally to develop terrible stage fright. Revealed to be because of Ally freaking out during an audition for a prestigious music school, which caused a fear of rejection.
  • Official Couple: With Austin. Subverted at first, eventually played straight.
  • Performance Anxiety: Had a huge case of this in Season 1. She gets over it early on in Season 2.
  • Shrinking Violet: Ally is this whenever she gets on stage. How bad is it? She accidentally destroys an entire TV studio while trying to get away when Austin gets her on a live TV show. Averted as of "Chapters & Choices" as she got over her fear.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pickles.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Ally clearly takes after her mom.
  • Waistcoat of Style: A major part of Ally's wardrobe.
  • Woman Scorned: After she finds out that Austin read her book.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to Austin... Dez... Trish... her father... well pretty much every other member of the cast. Even her song writing is wiser and more soulful that Austin, who is more extroverted and fun loving when he involves himself in the song writing process. Deconstructed in that these traits sometimes get in the way rather than helping. (For example, in "Songwriting and Starfish", Ally's wisdom and soulfulness prove to be decidedly less effective at writing a "Hot Summer Jam" than Austin's fun loving personality.)
  • Young and in Charge: Ally's the head of the mall association at age fifteen.

    Patricia "Trish" Maria De la Rosa
Portrayed by: Raini Rodriguez

Trish is a fashionista who becomes Austin's personal stylist and manager. She is also Ally's best friend since kindergarten.

  • Attention Whore: She loves being in the spotlight.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Approximately half of Trish's jobs. Her headbands seem to be deliberate. She could just be quirky.
  • Big Sister Bully: Apparently, she's quite mean to her younger brother. Trish also seems to boss him around in Boy Songs & Badges.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Trish is shown to be lazy and irresponsible, but has gotten Austin a concert and interview and actually does a good job in her role. Perhaps because it's the only one she cares about. Ironically, when she lands several more clients besides Austin, she actually has trouble handling them no matter how hard she tried, but she at least puts in more effort.
  • Catchphrase: "Guess who got a job as/at the (insert name of job here)!" It even stems from her days in kindergarten. "Guess who got a job as the hall monitor!" This can be anything not concerning a job, but sometimes can be used to express an achievement (or disappointment) of some sort.
  • Character Development: By Season 4, Trish learns to act more responsibly, even putting more effort into her clients. More importantly, she learns to be more proactive in achieving her goals and does get kinder as the season progresses.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ally.
  • The Confidant: She's just not very good at it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's the second biggest snarker, after Ally.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Trish is first shown announcing her newest job.
  • The Fashionista: Fashion is one of the things she cares about the most.
  • Fat Best Friend: Type A, the brash and extroverted overweight friend to the thin and quiet Ally.
  • Tsundere: Type A with Dez. She bickers with him a lot but sometimes she can be nice to him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dez. Sure she's mean to him, but it's their thing. Even Dez tried to step up for her by identifying the girl who bullied Trish. It was the wrong approach, but it really shows how great his loyalty is.

    Dez Wade
Portrayed by: Calum Worthy

Dez is an aspiring director who films everything that he can. He filmed Austin singing Ally's song, "Double Take", and posted it online. Austin is his long time best friend.

  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • When Ally's friend from camp shows up, Dez goes "Hunk alert!"
    • In the episode "Glee Clubs and Glory", he acts more flamboyant than usual and sings "Finally Me" during the final mashup which sounds an awful lot like a coming out song.
    • He often remarks how attractive Austin is. But he finally gets a girlfriend, Carrie, in "Cupids & Cuties".
  • Bad Liar: Dez is the worst and will crack under the slightest bit of pressure.
  • Bag of Holding: Dez's backpack contains whatever's relevant to the gag.
  • Big Eater: Dez is known as "the guy who ate the twenty-pound hamburger".
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dez is completely random, but from what we saw of the first music video he made, awesome at directing.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He always says completely random things.
  • The Ditz: He thinks "BFF" stands for "Best Freckled Friend", he accidentally gave H8er Girl some advice on attacking Ally directly, nearly got them killed when he sank Shiny Money's boat, etc.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Dez once deep-fried several objects, which he probably ate. One of these objects was his own shoe.
  • Fiery Redhead: In the most innocent way possible.
  • Honor Before Reason: Dez is a man of his word.
    • When he leaves old, embarrassing pictures of Austin for H8r Girl to take as bait for a trap, he actually used real pictures because of this. If Dez wanted to continue keeping his word, it would've gone better had the gang acted sooner.
    • When he tried to get everyone to get out of line by telling everyone he'd hidden a horseshoe that could be redeemed for the MyTab the gang was standing in line for, it was also real and also resulted in them losing the MyTab. Since all employees of the store are bound by oath not to lie, Dez could've gotten away with lying, because he wasn't technically employed by the store that sold the MyTabs.
  • I Gave My Word: If Dez makes any promises, he will always make good on them, as long as he knows he can. Dez did promise H8r Girl embarrassing photos of Austin and a free MyTab because he actually hid a horseshoe, but that ended up costing the gang. A rather astounding example was when he promised Lily that Santa will bring her her dad for Christmas, and everyone thought he was being dumb as usual, because he was comforting her with false hope. Turns out Dez really meant it, and made every effort to make that possible.
  • Keet: He's even more energetic than Austin.
  • No Full Name Given: It was a Running Gag that people would be interrupted before saying his last name, until "Fanatics & Favors" revealed that it's Wade and yes, he's distantly related to Dwayne Wade.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "Directors & Divas", he actually loses it and chews out an extremely childish and bratty actress when she refuses to cooperate in the filming of a movie. His anger is enough to make the actress realize he's dead serious, and she promptly apologizes (though she doesn't completely give up her childish behavior).
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: He ends up with Brainless Beauty and equally strange Carrie. Their lack of intelligence causes them to go through a lengthy separation due to them both believing the other broke up with them. It requires a third party to explain they didn't.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He provides humor and funny moments with his stupidity.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: There's barely an episode where he isn't screaming at the top of his lungs.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Austin and Ally. He really thinks they should date.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Trish. As he told Trent, nobody gets to be mean to Trish but him.


Recurring Characters

Aww Nartz!
Portrayed by: Cole Sand

Nelson is an awkward young boy who takes music lessons from Ally. He tends to show up at the music store for one reason or another and turn out to have mixed up a word for a word that sounds alike, such as "oboe" and "hobo", resulting in him having done something difficult he didn't need to do.

  • Catchphrase: "Aww, nartz!" He usually follows this one up with "Do you know how hard it was to (insert strange thing here)?"
  • Dreadful Musician: He isn't really good at playing the instruments as shown when he hits notes in the wrong order and key.

    Lester Dawson 
Portrayed by: Andy Miller

Ally's father. He is the owner of the music store Sonic Boom, and is cheerfully disdainful of Ally's musical talents.

  • Adults Are Useless: Ally's father regularly leaves her alone with her friends to run the store...
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: ...he is also perhaps the only father in all of Disney to discourage his child from following her dream. However, by the beginning of Season 4, he leaves the store in her hands, allowing Ally and her friends to mentor a new generation of future performers.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Ally's dad often gives her the responsibility of taking care of the music store herself.
  • Jerkass Ball: It's probably not on purpose, but he's very insensitive at times. He wouldn't even let Ally donate any instruments to Nelson's music class because he's very tight-fisted.

Portrayed by: Noah Centineo

Ally's crush and a former employee at a cell phone accessories cart.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she found out Austin wanted to be at prom with Ally instead of her sister, Piper.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Carrie is very quirky as well and takes interest in quirky things.
  • The Ditz: She makes Dez seem smarter by comparison.
  • Dumb Blonde: She's very clueless and has blonde hair.
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: With Dez, who is idiotic and weird like her. Their lack of intelligence causes them to go through a lengthy separation due to them both believing the other broke up with them. It requires a third party to explain they didn't.
  • Sixth Ranger: In season 3. She has more appearances than her sister and Jace.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Although not actually brought up (partially cause Dez is very tall as well) Carrie is around the same height as Austin and Dez, and easily towers over every other female character on the show.

    Jimmy Starr
Portrayed by: Richard Whiten

Owner of Starr Records, and signs Austin to his record label in "Successes and Setbacks". He has formally banned Austin from performing for the remainder of his contract, due to Austin revealing his relationship with Ally. However, "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets" sees him bringing Austin back into the music industry.

  • Bad Boss: If his appearances in "Sports and Sprains" and "Relationships & Red Carpets" are any indication, it seems he couldn't care less about Austin's happiness. However, his concern in the former was quite legitimate.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jimmy practically kills Austin's career because of Austin revealing his love for Ally. He lampshades his overreaction when he unbans Austin from performing in "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jimmy may be antagonistic towards Austin, not to mention selfish, but in at least three instances he had a point:
    • In "Sports and Sprains" he tells Austin to quit basketball because he can't risk Austin getting injured. Unfortunately, Austin tempted fate and did get injured, and it was before he was assigned an important performance.
    • A dual example in "Austin and Alias": While Ronnie Ramone is his competition, Jimmy isn't wrong to acknowledge that Ronnie has every right to prevent Ally from writing songs for Austin.
    • In "Relationships and Red Carpets", he tells Austin that he wouldn't have gone far without him. No argument there, because Austin would not have become famous had it not been for Jimmy signing him to his label.
  • Jerkass Realization: He later admits to being at fault for taking away Austin's music career on the basis of his relationship with Ally.
  • Kick the Dog: He was about to let Austin perform again, but after finding out Austin was performing at a karaoke joint in secret, he tells Austin that he can forget about performing, and ignores Austin's pleas that he was only satisfying his passion for music.
  • Only in It for the Money: "Relationships & Red Carpets" implies this at least twice as being his attitude towards the music industry.
    • The first one is when he says that Austin can't have a girlfriend due to the fact that he has a lot of female fans. Ally asks Jimmy if making millions of dollars is better than Austin's happiness, and Jimmy says nothing, which Ally infers to mean "yes".
    • The second takes place at the end. Austin takes the stage, tells the world about his love for Ally, and then says that music would be nothing without love. Jimmy's scornful look after the declaration and subsequent barring Austin from any future performances for the next 10 years further implies his seeing the music industry as being a way to make a quick buck.
    • As of "Mini-Me's and Muffin Baskets", this is looking to be averted, as Jimmy says he overreacted about thinking that Austin having a girlfriend would flush his career down the toilet.
  • Pet the Dog: One episode after his Kick the Dog, Jimmy lifts his ban on Austin's performances admitting he overreacted, along with signing a new talent from the A&A Music Factory, and gives the music factory his full support. He even compliments one of their students, believing that he has potential in the future.

    Chuck McCoy 
Portrayed by: John Paul Green

Dez's rival, always wanting to prove that he is better than him.

  • Arch-Enemy: With Dez.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Considers himself a ladies' man, but he's really just a nerdy geek.
  • Catchphrase: "Not so fast, Red!"
  • Evil Is Petty: He competes with Dez over the pettiest reasons like finding out who is a better mall Santa or trying to win a chili cook-off.