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    Nick 

Nicholas "Nick" Birch

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"My dick is... maybe not everything it could be."
Voiced By: Nick Kroll

"Everything is embarrassing!"

The main character. Nick is the youngest member of the group and still hasn't reached puberty, feeling somewhat left out a bit. He is level headed, intelligent and witty, however, he does has a tendency to be a jerk sometimes, especially in relation to Andrew.


  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Nick struggles with being the only one in his group who hasn't reached puberty, and feels like a little kid compared to them.
  • All for Nothing: In the first season finale, he finally learns that he will grow and get to puberty when the time comes, and that he shouldn't push himself to grow up. By the end of the episode however, he has entered puberty, very much against his will.
  • Amicable Exes: With Jessi. They dated mostly for peer pressure, rather than because they wanted to date. They had a fight and broke up, but ultimately, they apologized and are now this.
  • Author Avatar: Nick is not only based on Kroll's own childhood and pubescent years, but is even voiced by him.
  • Better as Friends: What he and Jessi ultimately decide on, although they did have a bit of a major falling out before burying the hatchet.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While he is at first attracted to Gina because of her boobs, he eventually learns that it's fine to admire the female body so long as he respects the person that body belongs to. Nick then spends time getting to know Gina, and admits that despite the obvious physical attraction, he also genuinely enjoys her company.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: His peers' main goal is to pressure him into engaging in risky behavior in order to toughen him up, often in deceivingly childlike ways like forcing him to consume drugs disguised as gummy bears.
  • Double Standard: Nick touches Gina's boobs when they make out at one point. While Nick receives praise from all the men in their class, Gina is slut shamed for letting a guy touch her boob. Gina calls him out on it.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Andrew has a brief crush on him while questioning his sexuality. After Nick makes a reading of Gustavo's monologue at the end of "Girls Feel Horny Too", Andrew is seen as infatuated as all the girls by him. Matthew admits Nick has his charms too.
  • Fatal Flaw: The necessity to prove himself to others. He constantly tries to find ways to compensate for his little dick by doing manly things or bragging about things, which in the show's words makes him feel like a Big Dick Kid. This causes his relationship with Gina to fall out as well as him to try drugs with Jessi.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Andrew since elementary school.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Resembles a 13-year-old Nick Kroll.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. He is somewhat self-centered and thinks of himself as the leader/superior (at one point, he refers to himself as an Alpha and to Andrew and Missy as Betas) and he can put his own wants in front of others' very easily, but most of that due more to immaturity and he sticks by his friends no matter what.
  • Kidanova: Despite his awkwardness and being a late bloomer, he's still attracted a few girls, including Jessi (with whom he dated for peer pressure), Roland (who called him out for New York), and Tellulah (an older girl who got interested in him). At one point, Andrew also thinks that Nick would be the perfect man for him and thinks to have fallen for him. Matthew admits that Nick is cute and funny, so there's likely this to factor in.
  • Never My Fault: Defied by Gina. He doesn't take responsibility for talking about him touching her boobs, mostly because it was Jessi that told Devin, who then proceeded to slut shame Gina. Gina calls him out on it, and states that he shouldn't have told anyone in the first place.
  • No Indoor Voice: He couldn't keep his mouth shut while he was ogling Gina's breasts. She heard him and it made her feel insecure about herself.
  • Older Than They Look: Nick is 13, but by looking at the picture above, he passes for a 3-year-old, with the only distinguishing grown-up trait of his being his deep voice. Justified by him being a late bloomer.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's rarely called by his real name, "Nicholas".
  • Overwhelming Exception: Connie is assigned as his personal hormone monster. Despite being the opposite sex.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Jessi. While the two of them did briefly date, they eventually decided they were better off as friends and managed to successfully patch things up.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Nick's first hormone monster is totally incompetent, his second is self-centered and objectifies girls and his third is Connie, who helps him get In Touch with His Feminine Side. While Nick may be the slowest of the boys to physically develop, it seems he may be the fastest to emotionally develop.
  • Teeny Weenie: His junk is pretty small, though he's still a kid. He is very insecure about it.
  • Title Drop: More than once refers to his own Big Mouth.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In a moment of Condescending Compassion, Nick advises Andrew to pursue Missy because, in his opinion, Andrew is not going to have many girls willing to go out with him. Andrew becomes obsessed with Missy to a terrifying degree.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has a very deep voice, which is especially unusual as he's meant to be a late bloomer.
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    Andrew 

Andrew Glouberman

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"What the hell is wrong with me?"
Voiced By: John Mulaney

"The uterus? I thought girls had vaginas."

Nick's best friend, a nerdy kid who's just hit puberty and exploring himself, with the often unwanted assistance of his Hormone Monster.


  • Adorkable: Comes together hand in hand with his awkward demeanor and being Jewish and Nerdy.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Maurice tends to call him "sweetheart". This however, tends to leave Andrew uncomfortable.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Is both attracted to The Rock and Missy. He's not worried about it though when he learned sexuality is just a spectrum. There are subtle hints he feels a certain level of attraction towards Nick, though they solve that issue in "Am I Gay?".
  • Amicable Exes: Downplayed. While Missy still tries to remain friends with him, Andrew is clearly not over her yet. Subverted on Valentine's Day when Andrew's possessiveness well and truly pushes Missy away.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Andrew is a genuinely nice guy and kind of a pushover, when he gets angry, he gets really angry.
  • Butt-Monkey: While all the kids go through at least one embarrassing thing per episode, Andrew suffers the most.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Andrew is extremely possessive of Missy, which she is not at all comfortable with. She breaks off their relationship when he starts talking about marriage and children (keeping in mind that they are in the seventh grade). He later tries to rekindle things on Valentine's Day, only to go completely berserk when he thinks that Missy and Lars are together.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Very often, as any guy who has reached puberty.
  • Deuteragonist: As Nick's best friend and Foil, Andrew is second only to him in terms of most prominence.
  • Foil: To Nick. While Nick is a late bloomer with puberty, Andrew is an early bloomer, having already started some eighteen months ago, roughly around the start of sixth grade.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Missy breaks up with him, Andrew is left miserable and depressed, which eventually leads to his porn addiction in the Season 1 finale.
  • Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: At the end of the season, he is the main suspect of being a serial killer, he gets freed when a video proves he has nothing to do with it. However, the video is of him getting rid of several jizz filled socks, after poking his nose and falling on the ground with his pants falling. The video becomes a viral humiliation but is almost never mentioned again and Andrew's life seems completely unchanged. Most likely because stuff like this happens to him on a regular basis.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Played absolutely straight, with the nerdy part increasing his appeal to Missy. Sometimes combined with Jewish Complaining, but not to anywhere near the extent that his father reaches.
  • Megane: Andrew is an Adorkable kid who wears glasses and is at the crossroads of a boy and a man.
  • Nerd Glasses: They fit his typical nerdy looks and personality.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Along with Missy, he's one of the sweeter characters. This trait begins to tarnish over the course of Valentine's Day.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After his father forcibly waxes off his mustache and starts insulting him during the middle of a big basketball game, Andrew finally snaps and tries to attack him.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek: Andrew apparently suffers from eczema, hemorrhoids, plantar fasciitis and a number of obscure allergies. Colophony in particular triggers a very bad allergic reaction. His Kangol hat causes him to suffer from blisters that literally sizzle and ultimately causes his skin to bond with the hat, so that when it is ripped off his hair goes with it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After finding out that Missy still has feelings for him, Andrew gets overconfident and goes through several misguided attempts at courtship. When they don't work, he gets frustrated and angrily tells Missy that they belong together, which only pushes Missy away and makes Andrew double-down in his anger.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Missy. While the two try to remain on good terms, Andrew is clearly still heartbroken from the breakup.

    Jessi 

Jessi Glaser

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"You have no idea what I want, you fucknut shitbag!!"
Voiced By: Jessi Klein

"If you're here to tell me how awful it is to be a woman, the Statue of Liberty and my mom already covered it."

Andrew and Nick's old time friend. She is a snarky, intelligent girl who recently reached puberty. She is having a hard time adapting herself to womanhood and her difficult home life with her parents always fighting.


  • A-Cup Angst: In "Girls Feel Horny Too", she feels jealous of Fatima's large bosom, especially compared to her unflattering bra. She's also visibly jealous of Gina's bust as she makes several snide comments about it.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • "Jellybean" by her father.
    • Connie has a plethora of these for her, mostly being ethnic food, "Raviolli", "Gyoza" and "Pupusa" are some of them.
  • Amicable Exes: With Nick. They dated mostly for peer pressure, rather because they wanted to date. They had a fight and broke up, but ultimately, they apologized and are now this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She has some of this with Jay as he makes frequent advances towards her that she frequently pushes off, and she calls him 'gross' and states that he 'doesn't know what she wants', and at the end of Season 1 they do get together. However, this is quickly deconstructed in the opener of Season 2 as they break up shortly after running away when Jessi realizes that Jay's attitude is too much for her to handle and tolerate, and Jay dislikes the way she constantly criticizes him.
  • Berserk Button: Jay's unwelcome advances are quick to piss her off. At one point, after offering to touch her boobs, she grabs him by the neck, lifts him from the floor, and chokes him against a locker.
  • Color Motif: After she had her first period, she started wearing red. She also wears red shorts and a red bra, plus her hair is red.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: At the end of "Girls Feel Horny Too", she learns about her own body as well as the fact that she can masturbate, implying that she is doing this after the episode.
  • D-Cup Distress: Following the purchase of a provocative and voluptuous red bra, Jessi manages to make her boobs look bigger. However, she soon feels overwhelmed by the attention received (including by one of her teachers), Jay throwing himself at her and begging to give her money while Devin calls her trashy and Lola gets aggressive against her. The song "Sexy Red Bra" that plays over it even mentions that she will become "an object of envy and awe".
  • Daddy's Girl: While she does get along with her mother Shannon (at least when not under the influence of Connie), scenes show that she's somewhat closer to her father Greg, and she feels much more sympathy towards him especially when she finds out that her mom is cheating on him. Played even more straight in Season 2 where she fervently takes her dad's side by spending much more time with him over her mom, whom she starts rebelling against in revenge for having cheated on her dad.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is prone to sarcastic, strong jabs towards people around her, specially when she doesn't like them. Her snarky tendencies are ramped up when she is with Matthew, who shares her witty and sarcastic sense of humor. After they make fun of Jay together, she says she feels like her most genuine self with Matthew.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even before she hit puberty and started following Connie's influence, Jessi's always been a feisty, quick-tempered girl.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Does this to her mom sometimes, specially when she is under Connie's influence.
  • Five Stages of Grief: It's subtle, but Jessi goes through these in Season 2 about her parent's divorce. She first runs away because she can't handle the new reality, then her anger builds up into causing her to act out by using her father's drugs and shoplifting, when that is gone, she starts blaming herself for everything and is later afflicted by the Depression Kitty. She ends the season agreeing to seek therapy as ways to process things in a more healthy manner.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a pink ponytail.
  • Hypocrite: Jessi comes to realize this about herself at the Shame Wizard's prompting. Although she loves to preach feminism, Jessi does not get along well with other girls (Missy is seemingly her only female friend) and she can be just as hostile towards girls she feels threatened by (such as Gina) as Devin. This self-realization feeds Jessi's depression.
  • It's All My Fault: At the end of an episode where Jessi tries her father's edible drugs, she is struck hard with this, blaming the divorce of her parents on herself, as well as the fact that his mother kicked her father out of the house. That's when the Shame Wizard takes her too, managing to even add an extra layer of guilt when he makes her blame herself for Trump's election because she wasn't more aggressive when volunteering for Hillary's campaign.
  • Jailbait: Despite just hitting puberty, she manages to attract the occasional bit of unwanted attention.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Temper and snarky remarks aside, Jessi is an overall friendly girl and a good friend who will do favors for her friends, just so long as they aren't stupid ones.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy. A platonic example with Matthew. Jessi is portrayed as a Tomboy while Matthew is portrayed as a Camp Gay.
  • Must Make Amends: By "My Furry Valentine", she has considerably mellowed out and after receiving some support from Matthew, she apologizes to her mother for how much of a pain she has been to her and her new girlfriend.
  • No Periods, Period: Defied. Jessi gets her period while on a school trip to the Statue of Liberty. In white shorts, no less! She starts wearing pads and at the end of the episode, she meets the Hormone Monstress.
  • Oedipus Complex: Starting with season 2, she hates her mother for her family's downfall, but she still loves her father, and also out of pity, because she feels he was the one screwed over by her mother.
  • Pet the Dog: Together with Matthew, they throw Jay a bone after they deeply hurt his feelings by using him for laughs during their science project and turning him into their project.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Matthew.
  • The Runaway: Alongside Jay at the end of season 1, she feels overwhelmed by her parents divorce and her new relationship with Jay, so they decide to run away together.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Downplayed, she wore a red bra to school at The Hormone Monstress' urging. She wasn't prepared for the mass Male Gaze, comments and hostility from Lola. After Lola hurts her, Jessi fled to the bathroom to remove it. While she felt overwhelmed by the attention, she still liked the bra.
  • Tomboy: Most of Jessi's close friends are boys and she shows more interest in things like sports than she does in hair and makeup. She usually just pulls her hair back into a ponytail rather than style it and she only wears dresses on special occasions, preferring shorts or pants. She is stunned by how good she looks when Devin gives her a makeover. But she does not show any interest in maintaining her new look and goes back to her normal style immediately.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Jessi wears a ponytail that complements her masculine nature.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During season 2, her parent's divorce causes her to act out violently, which includes using her father's drugs and shoplifting from a local pharmacy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By "My Furry Valentine", she has come back from her step up in jerkassery in season 2 to her original degree of being a relatively nice person who is also a snarker. She even apologizes to her mom.
  • Tsundere: She's pretty chummy and chill with her friends, but she gets much more aggressive with Nick when he lies about him breaking up with her and after chewing him out in school she avoids him, but mellows out back to normal when they decide to go back to being friends. And she later acts the same with Jay when he starts hitting on her, and even when they do officially get together, she enjoys kissing him and relates to him over family issues, but his magic tricks and quoting his Dad's commercials still annoy her.
  • Women Are Wiser: Mostly played straight, but she isn't that much smarter when she lets Connie make decisions for her.

    Jay 

Jay Bilzerian

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"You're thinking it and we're talking about it."
Voiced By: Jason Mantzoukas

"Magic is not gay! It transcends sexuality!"

A friend of the group, who has a father with infamous quotable commercials. He seeks to be a magician and is eager to bond with his friends due to a troublesome home life. He is also known by his friends as a sex deviant.


  • Abusive Parents: His alcoholic mother is so neglectful she didn't notice he ran away from home for an entire week. She also forgot how old he is and served him toxic alcohol as a reward. His father is a corrupt divorce lawyer who openly mocks his hobbies in his commercials and treats him like a manservant versus his son. His brothers bully him relentlessly as well and force him to eat their jizz.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His nationality or race are never clearly defined, and his skin is tanner than the Caucasian and Jewish characters. He's been called Mediterranean once by Brad the couch cushion, and he also brings up a Greek food, possibly making him specifically part Greek (like his voice actor). His surname is of Armenian origin.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He has some of this with Jessi as he makes frequent advances towards her that she frequently pushes off, and she calls him 'gross' and states that he 'doesn't know what she wants', and at the end of Season 1 they do get together, however, they break up soon after running away when Jessi realizes that Jay's attitude is too much for her to handle and Jay dislikes the way she constantly criticizes him. In Season 2, he ends up gaining a little bit of this with Matthew of all people near the end as Matthew frequently pokes fun of him and Jay often quickly retorts in annoyance even when Matthew tries to offer some friendship to him, and when Jay rejects him Matthew responds with his typical name-calling. But during the slumber party they end up making out after the Smooch or Share game led to their first kiss (Matthew's at least and Jay's first boy kiss). And although Matthew brushes him off the next day, it's highly implied that Jay is still attracted him.
  • Bi the Way: After he makes out with Matthew during the slumber party, Jay comes to the conclusion that he is in fact attracted to guys and girls. He ends season 2 by having a threeway with a male and a female pillow.
  • Cargo Ship: In-Universe, he's gotten it on with a pillow and a bathmat. The pillow even gets pregnant!
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Sometimes he is considered an annoyance to his own friends due to his annoying opinions and ideas, to the point he is often singled out from Andrew and Nick's friendship. At most, Jessi seems to find him an amusement rather than a friend and he never interacts with Missy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a habit of screaming at undeserving targets over very minor annoyances. Given his home life, it's little wonder he has anger issues.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In a Crosses the Line Twice sort of way.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He is well aware that he is The Friend Nobody Likes and is somewhat desperate to subvert this. When Nick and Andrew have a fallout, he desperately tries to become Andrew's new best friend and implies he is able to track them down when Andrew refuses to have him with them when they go to a camping trip. He outright mentions he craves affection in the finale.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Pretty much anytime he talks to Jessi, he manages to say just the right thing to piss her off.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jay and Coach Steve bond and become friends, which works since they've both led (and continue to lead) desperately sad lives and are stuffed full of delusion. Also Steve has the maturity of a child Jay's age.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his numerous personality flaws, Jay does seem to be a genuinely friendly guy.
  • Love Hungry: He is desperate for some sort of connection. He attempts to usurp Nick's place as his mother's son when he notices their fallout and how much better she is at being a mom than his own and desperately wants Jessi to be his girlfriend while admitting his neediness.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Stop quoting your dad's commercials!"
  • Pretty Boy: A downplayed example due to the series artwork, but he doesn't have many awkward physical features other than his partial unibrow, and he could qualify for a younger version of Tall, Dark, and Handsome if only he wasn't so annoying.
  • The Runaway: Alongside Jessi at the end of season 1, already unsatisfied with his family life and years of hatred towards his neglectful parents and abusive brothers, but now with a new relationship with Jessi, they decide to run away together.
  • Running Gag: His tendency to quote his father's infamous divorce lawyer commercials, which is immediately followed by someone asking him to stop quoting them.
  • Stage Magician: Or more, that's what he'd like to be. Reactions to this vary from person to person, but he seems to have some real talent.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: According to Maury, the reason Jay doesn't have a hormone monster and apparently can't see any of them is that he's so knowledgeable about sex and his libido is so high that he basically is his own hormone monster. Some comments from Maury even imply that Jay knows things about sex that Maury, a 75-million year old anthropomorphic incarnation of raw sexual urges, doesn't know.

    Missy 

Missy Foreman-Greenwald

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"Hi, Andrew!"
Voiced by: Jenny Slate

"I found out that being alone is sort of a gift. It prepares you for how life is going to be."

A shy and nerdy girl from school. Missy is sweet and kind to everybody and very interested in her studies. She also has a condition that makes her over active if she consumes sugar. During Season 1, she and Andrew both crushed on each other, only to break it off later in the season.


  • Adorkable: A shy, meek and somewhat awkward girl trying to deal with puberty and her crush on a boy.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She sports a notable Motor Mouth and becomes easily over-active when having even a bit of sugar (a single coke is hallucination inducing to her).
  • Amicable Exes: Downplayed with Andrew. While the two still interact with eachother, Andrew is clearly still hung up on her. This is eventually subverted on Valentine's Day when Andrew's possessiveness well and truly pushes Missy away.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Andrew. Both of them are some of the nerdiest characters in the whole show. Sadly, their relationship doesn't last very long.
  • Black and Nerdy: She is the nerdiest character in the show, even surpassing Andrew due to her love of science and history and she is also the darkest skinned main character.
  • But Not Too Black: Technically literal. She's bi-racial, with a white mother and black father.
  • Celebrity Crush: For Nathan Fillion, whom she describes a Hunk. This seems to come from a love of Firefly and Castle, both of which he plays the main character.
  • The Cutie: She's very sweet and endearing, despite being affected by the misfortunes of puberty.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Starting in Season 2, she's shown to have a habit of masturbating using a worm plush she has in her room. After feeling embarrassed about it, in the season finale she embraces this and starts embracing her sexuality.
  • Fangirl: For both Castle and Firefly, which star her Celebrity Crush.
  • G-Rated Drug: Sugar (in a particular case, coke), causes her to see things that aren't there, become overactive and become even aggressive for no particular reason.
  • Motor Mouth: She likes to talk a lot.
  • Nice Girl: One of the kindest and sweetest characters in this whole series.
  • Older Than They Look: Her braces, colorful fashion sense, shared Puppy-Dog Eyes, and overalls give the definite sense of a much younger child.
  • The One That Got Away: To Andrew. While the two of them start dating halfway through Season 1, Missy started to feel overwhelmed by Andrew's affections.
    Missy: "Andrew, you're like sugar to me. I like you, but every time I have you, I lose control, and I — I hate to say it, but I end up regretting it."
  • Parental Substitute: Like Jessi, she shares Connie as her Hormone Monstress, but the two very rarely interact with each other. Instead, Missy's imaginary version of Nathan Fillion tends to represent her sexual urges instead.
  • Pubescent Braces: She wears braces to portray her in that awkward youth phase.
  • Self-Deprecation: In season 2, she starts having severe body image issues and starts to try to hide her body with baggy clothes and is pestered by an evil version of herself that keeps shaming her.
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