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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Andrew, Jay and Missy regularly engage in masturbation to the point of compulsion. Nick and Jessi struggle at first, but eventually get the swing of it.
  • Adorkable: Each of them has a moment since they're all still young and fairly dorky but also strangely endearing in their own quirky ways. Most of the time at least...
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: They're 13 and puberty is hitting them in different ways, which leads to feelings of isolation.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: At the start of Season 1, they're a closely-knit group of friends. By the end of Season 3, they've all gone though a lot of strife and part ways.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Nick is Blue
    • Andrew is Green
    • Jessi is Red
    • Jay is Black
    • Missy is Yellow
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first 3 minutes of the first episode showcases all of their most apparent traits as they're all watching a video about human anatomy and puberty in class.
    • Andrew is utterly confused upon seeing how the female body works as he remarks that he thought girls only had vaginas, thus showing his cluelessness and then he is visited very soon by Maury and urging him to go jerk off, which also shows that he's going through puberty, and thus is riddled with hormones that he can't control.
    • Nick is just as confused as Andrew is over the female anatomy but nonetheless absorbs the new information a lot easier which highlights that he's less of a wreck than Andrew is but has the same curiosities.
    • Jessi's awareness and feminism is the first thing about her that shows as she remarks on the Double Standard in regards to male and female puberty with how for boys it's portrayed as awesome, but for girls it's portrayed as painful and unpleasant, while also saying women need equal pay.
    • Jay responds to Jessi's statement by repeating what his sexist, corrupt father told him about women and maternity leave, which shows how he's a product of his environment and made him something of a misogynist.
    • As Andrew gets up to leave to the bathroom, Missy kindly offers to take notes for him while he's away, showcasing her as a Nice Girl.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Jessi is the Cynic, Missy is the Optimist, Nick is the Realist, Jay is Apathetic and Andrew is Conflicted.
  • Freudian Trio: The three boys, Jay (id), Nick (ego), and Andrew (superego).
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: All of them. Justified and fairly realistically portrayed as they're all growing out of their preteens and into their teens as they struggle with keeping their urges in control, feel a lot of new, embarrassing feelings about themselves, their classmates and other things that they don't understand but can't ignore and growing awareness and curiosities of their changing bodies and even their sexualities as their hormone monsters guide them through all of these things. Going through changes indeed.
  • Kids Are Cruel: They've all had their nasty moments and are prone to lashing out at people and even their parents (whether they deserve it or not) since they are currently quite hormonal and going through puberty, although Missy is indefinitely the nicest one who hasn't really lashed out at anyone who doesn't deserve it.
  • Red Oni,Blue Oni: Nick and Andrew are definitely the Blue Oni's to Jay's Red Oni, although together it's often Nick who can play the Red Oni to Andrew's Blue Oni. Whereas Missy is definitely the Blue Oni to Jessi's Red Oni.
  • True Companions: Subverted to a realistic degree. They're all friends and get along pretty well with each other but they're not immune to drama and getting into real arguments that can strain their friendship. However, they do always find a way to forgive each other and find an understanding to get back in each other's good graces. At least until "Super Mouth" where all the drama puts far too much strain on each of them that they all part on less than good terms.
  • Odd Friendship´: Between Missy and Jay. Missy is a nerdy nice girl that is still shy about sex, while Jay is a overactive Dirty Kid with bad grades. Despite this, the two find a shared interest in writing fanfiction and become close friends, and Missy is the first person Jay comes out to.
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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.
    • Kissing Missy. Not only do they end up not having anything because of incompatibility, but he loses Andrew's friendship.
  • 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.
    • A more minor example with Gina. While they certainly ended things on a bad note, they at least manage to exchange a "happy Valentine's day" during the Valentine's Day special.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Both Judd and Leah appear to see him as this to some degree, though the latter is kind to him upon occasion.
  • Author Avatar: Nick is not only based on Kroll's own childhood and pubescent years, but is even voiced by him.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Nick is twelve, while the rest of the main characters are all stated to be thirteen. This is accentuated by his short stature, which often makes him look far younger than his peers regardless of age group.
  • 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.
  • Companion Cube: In early season three, Nick's new smartphone "Cellsea". "She" seems as real to him as the Hormone Monsters and speaks to him as if she were his girlfriend. A toxic girlfriend!
  • 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.
  • The Cutie: Nick's short stature and innocent looking face give him this vibe.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Nicholas Arsenio Birch.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He doesn't seem to like it when his mother calls him "Nickie" in front of his friends.
  • 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.
    • His arrogance and Self-centredness. This costs him his best friend.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Andrew since elementary school. Even though they can get into fights, they always end up burying the hatchet. Sadly their latest fight in the Season 3 finale ends their friendship.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Resembles a 13-year-old Nick Kroll.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Somewhat downplayed, especially compared to his father. He's definitely not feminine despite being made fun of for having 'boobs' in "My Furry Valentine" due to his nipples being oddly sore, but Nick is far more sensitive compared to Andrew and Jay, and isn't above actually spending time with women and listening to what they have to say. While he still makes mistakes with girls like most boys his age, he still knows how to talk to them. He also lacks aggression unlike Andrew and Jay, and is much more emotionally mature than they are by a landslide. However, he seems to be trying to stray away from this in an attempt to feel like a 'big dick boi'.
  • It's All About Me: He can become like this in his worst moments, being ignorant about other's feelings and putting himself first. But he does come out of it and apologize (With Gina does not work because he does not take responsibility. With Jay does, because he is genuinely sorry. He does take responsibility with Andrew, but it is just not enough for Andrew to forgive him)
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Nick tries to apologize to Andrew for kissing Missy, he's shocked to learn that not only is Andrew not going to summer camp with him, but also no longer considers him his best friend.
    • Also, he does feel awful for being rude and cruel with Jay while he was staying with him, and apologizes.
  • The Napoleon: Nick is self-conscious about his height and regularly tries to prove himself at pretty much anything. His "Big Dick Boi" super alter-ego plays on this.
  • Never My Fault: Defied by Gina. He doesn't take responsibility for bragging about touching her boobs, mostly because it was Jessi telling 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 toddler, 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".
  • 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.
  • Sizeshifter: His superpower in "Super Mouth" is changing size as "Big Dick Boy".
  • 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.
    Nick: Me and my big mouth. [belches] Big mouth, that's the show. That's the show.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lampshaded by his mother who states he's becoming an 'asshole'. While Nick wasn't exactly a saint before, in Season 3 as he's progressing slowly through puberty he's done somewhat nastier things as he lashed out at his parents for the first time, developed an obsession with his new phone that detaches him from reality and caused him to ignore Andrew and his parents and even went behind their backs to get said phone back, uploaded a humiliating video of his father on Youtube, coerced Andrew to drive him to Montauk and spectacularly failed at that, also lashed out at Jay and insulted him frequently during his stay at his house.
  • Undying Loyalty: The end of the first season shows that, for all the faults he might have, he is loyal to his friends to the end, specially to Andrew. He was willing to stay with Andrew in the pornscape forever, throwing away his life and being potentially molested just to try to make Andrew snap out of his addiction. He had already shown features of this in the first episode, when he gives Andrew his pants, or when they go to New York, and despite all of Andrew issues, he always ends up sticking with him. And even in season 3, when they friendship reaches it's lowest point, it is Nick who apologizes and tries to amend things.
  • 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.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Nick's friendship with Andrew starts to shatter in "Super Mouth" when Nick kisses Missy, ending with Nick and Andrew parting on bitter terms.

    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.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Given how he's still going through puberty, his hormones are all over the place.
  • 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: Double Subverted. While Missy still tries to remain friends with him, Andrew is clearly not over her yet, and fully pushes her away on Valentine's Day. It isn't until halfway through Season 3 that the two of them finally sort things out.
  • The Atoner: He tries to make amends with Lars and Missy during the third season after what happened on Valentine's Day and it's only until the later half of the season is he on amicable terms with them.
  • 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.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: He's shown to be... quite hopeless when he's trying to impress girls, particularly when the girl in question is Missy.
  • 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. When he sees Nick kissing Missy, he completely ends their friendship.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Very often, as any guy who has reached puberty.
  • Descent into Addiction: When Missy breaks up with him, Andrew starts to descend into an unhealthy porn addiction.
  • Deuteragonist: As Nick's best friend and Foil, Andrew is second only to him in terms of most prominence.
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite showing some self-awareness about it, Andrew's fatal flaw is his tendency towards It's All About Me, being somewhat self-absorbed and not being entirely aware of how his actions affect others, being more concerned with how circumstances affect him or make him look to others. In Season 2, he was more worried about looking like a pervert rather than the girl's feelings when Gina developed her breasts, and when he masturbated to Leah, he cared more about how embarrassed he felt rather than how Leah must have felt. And then comes Season 3 where he tries to act like the incident in "My Furry Valentine" where he pulled Lars out of his wheelchair didn't happen but nobody lets him forget about what he did.
    • His lack of self-esteem and obsessive/possessive behavior as well. He seems sort of desperate for love, being why he becomes so attached to Missy, which pushes her away from him. This also causes him to become arrogant in situations. This behavior ended up with him pushing Lars out of the wheelchair.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Played Straight. Much like every kid with their first crush, Andrew is devastated when Missy breaks up with him and is left with heavy emotional baggage that sticks with him throughout Season 2 and 3.
  • 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. Nick has a supportive family and high self-esteem, while Andrew comes from a barely-functional family and is a pushover.
  • Gasshole: Has a tendency to fart whenever he falls down. Or whenever he lies. In "Super Mouth", he farts on command to turn himself invisible and visible.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nick. The two have been close friends since Elementary School, and no matter how many arguments they get into, they almost always apologize and make up for it. It isn't until Season 3 that their friendship finally reaches it's breaking point.
  • I Don't Like You and You Don't Like Me: He does not like Caleb. At ALL.
    • The antipathy likely started in "What Is It About Boobs?" when Andrew started dry humping Caleb's backpack in the cafeteria and Caleb responded by giving Andrew a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • Caleb knows this and gives him a Blessed with Suck superpower in Super Mouth compared to everyone else.
  • 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 picking 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.
  • Invisibility: His superpower in "Super Mouth" is turning invisible, but it only works when he farts, and is only effective if he's nude.
  • Jerkass: Really seems to stick through all of season 3, though if what he says to Nick during "Florida" is any indication, he really gets off on seeing him as miserable, if not more, than what he usually is himself. His Enemy Mine with Lars after seeing Missy kiss Nick does NOT help.
    • Jerkass Ball: During "My Furry Valentine", and a severe case at that. 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.
    • Andrew is still obsessed with Missy months after their 5-day relationship ended, despite her bluntly telling him to get over it, and he continues to exhibit a sense of ownership over her. He basically ends his friendship with Nick because Nick and Missy shared a consensual kiss. But Andrew did not consider himself to be "cheating" on Missy while he was romantically pursuing his first cousin Cheryl.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Frustrated and confused by his failed attempts at wooing Missy, and increasing jealousy over her friendship with Lars, Andrew angrily confronts the two of them and pulls Lars out of his wheelchair and onto the floor in front of everyone at a party.
    • Andrew is also the only kid in school who is openly mean to Caleb. Special mention goes to when Caleb asks him to sign his yearbook but Andrew rudely refuses.
  • Kissing Cousins: Invoked by name by Andrew himself when Nick raises the incest issue of Andrew's open interest in getting it on with his first cousin Cherry.
  • Loser Protagonist: Andrew is awkward, unpopular and doesn't appear to have much going for him in the way of self-esteem. Nonetheless, he's one of five protagonists of the show.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: In Season 3 this starts to become more prevalent, with Andrew even considering to use Lizer's insistence that "men are animals" as an excuse for all of his actions which includes his general lack of self-control and freaking out about Missy and Lars to the point of pulling the latter out of his wheelchair. This actually sticks as while Andrew is partially aware of how much of a loser he is in comparison to his friends, he doesn't take responsibility for some of his more unsavory actions, including how he teamed up with Lars with the intent of sabotaging Nick's date with Missy and forcing him to blurt out the fact that he actually doesn't like Missy. He also doesn't seem to understand why Missy broke up with him and instead vents about it so he could Nick even lampshades that Andrew is 'always playing the victim' rather than seeing how he screwed something up himself. Finally in the Season 3 finale, while Andrew isn't incorrect when he tells Nick that he's a jerk to him and a bad friend, he doesn't own up to the fact that he himself sabotaged Nick's date and his overall short-lived relationship with Missy purely out of spite, and ignores the fact that Andrew himself is not always a good friend to Nick either.
    • Andrew often blames his actions on Maury's influence. However, Maury is also Matthew's Hormone Monster and Matthew is better able to restrain both Maury and himself.
  • Nice Guy: In earlier seasons, but scathingly subverted. He tries to be this, but he officially goes off the rails near Season 3's end.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: In earlier seasons and at this point, subverted. He undergoes a serious case of Jerkass Ball in My Furry Valentine but tries to make up for it in Season 3, only to have his friendship with Nick derail horribly by his own hand at season's end, making his newfound rage and bitterness stick.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Has shades of this at times. Most evident in "Rankings". When Maurice points out Devin's beautiful hair, Andrew says he would like to cut it off and put it down his pants. This prompts Maury to honestly ask if Andrew is the Ponytail Killer. Later, while talking about Ali's smooth skin, Andrew wonders what it would be like if you could remove someone's skin and still have them be alive. Nick calls him Hannibal Lecter.
  • 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.
    • In general, his friendship with Nick reaches it's breaking point in the end of season 3. While he is furious about Nick kissing Missy, he gives Nick two opportunities to come straight and be honest with him, (first one after he kisses Missy, second one when he accepts it, but Nick discovers he does not really like Missy after Andrew gives him his blessing), and and it's the last one that truly pushes him away from Nick, having felt doubly betrayed and mistrated by Nick one too many times.
  • Rejected Apology: When Nick tries to apologize to him for kissing Missy, Andrew, while certainly not as angry about it as before, just can't bring himself to accept his apology and tells Nick that their friendship is over.
  • 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.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Averted in general due to him constantly making bad choices that result in humiliation for him. And outright defied when Maury tries to reassure him while he's stressing out during tests and tries to put this trope in effect by pointing out that he's the 'best in his grade' because he wears his 'schmuck glasses' only for Andrew to correct him and say that he's not the best in his grade and only wears his glasses because he has shitty eyes.
  • This Loser Is You: Andrew is a thirteen year old every-man who is pretty much average in everything. He is not as witty as Nick, as smart as Jessi or Missy, or as emotionally resilient as Jay. Most of his life involves dealing with his dysfunctional family, his inability to control his impulses, his lack of athleticism, and his mountain of neuroses and health issues. In short, he is every kid who does not stand out among their peers. Caleb even notices this and, in his comics, gives Andrew a Blessed with Suck super power compared to all the other kids.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: "My Furry Valentine" and the beginning of season 3. It does not get any better for him at the end of Season 3.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Andrew's friendship with Nick starts to shatter in "Super Mouth" when Andrew sees Nick kissing Missy which ends with Andrew parting with Nick on very bitter terms.

    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.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: She's not too eager about the idea at first, but she eventually gets the hang of it, and fantasizes about Judd as she does so.
  • 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.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In season three, she discovers that she's sexually attracted to Judd, Nick's trouble-making older brother.
  • 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.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Subverted. Jessi got a lacy red bra because it made her feel better about her insecurity over her breasts. She openly told her mother that she wanted something "voluptuous" and that this is about expressing her sexuality. While she enjoyed seeing the boys staring at her in awe, she was rightfully creeped out when Mr. Lizer openly flirted with her and reduced to tears when Lola snapped her bra strap. She kept the bra, but stopped wearing it.
  • 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.
    • Guys being perverts and any misogynistic remark or action is also quick to set her off.
  • Book Dumb: From season two onwards, her grades appear to be suffering as a result of her depression (to the detriment of her mother). But she's shown to be a smart girl nonetheless.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Downplayed, but she's noticeably hostile towards her mother, particularly when under the influence of Connie.
  • Color Motif: Red. Jessi is a redhead. After she had her first period, she started wearing red pants and also has an entire plot about wearing a red bra. In “Dark Side of the Boob” and “Smooch or Share,” Jessi wears red pajama bottoms. She wears a red dress during her duet with Matthew in “My Furry Valentine". and her costume in “Super Mouth” is completely red, as she gets the name "Scarlet Truther".
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her parents' divorce appears to trigger this for her, as she starts being more outwardly aggressive and later develops depression as a result of her tumultuous emotions.
  • 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.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: She gets high off her father's edibles in order to escape her depression and stressful home life.
  • Fag Hag: Jessi very much wants Matthew to make out with Aiden and then tell her all about it. She also seems to enjoy hanging around with Matthew even more than the rest of her boy friends.
  • 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.
  • First Period Panic: Shown in the first season... while wearing her white pants... at the Statue of Liberty.
  • Five-Finger Discount: In season two, Jessi shoplifts a bubblegum pink lipgloss at the instruction of Connie. This later turns into a full-blown shoplifting problem, but it seems to be mostly resolved after she was caught and had to face legitimate consequences for her actions.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's often snarky and closed-off, but she's a good person who cares deeply about her friends.
  • Honey Trap: A PG version of this. She flirtatiously touches Andrew's arm (while complimenting him on his "allyship to women") in an attempt to get him to tell her about the lists the other boys made ranking the girls in order of hotness. It works, but Jessi's not on any of them, which devastates her.
  • 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.
    • Likewise, she's jealous of Gina's developing endowment without considering how the attention is affecting her, even though she had a similarly uncomfortable moment with the push-up bra that gave her unwanted attention from both girls and boys.
  • 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 from at least two creepy adult males.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Temper and snarky remarks aside, Jessi can be a pretty friendly girl and is a good friend who will do favors for her other friends, just so long as they aren't stupid ones.
  • Joins to Fit In: She was prone to this in the early episodes, notably making fun of Missy in order to gain the respect of Lola and Devin. She gets better over the course of the series.
  • Living Lie Detector: Her superpower in "Super Mouth" is getting others to tell the truth just by touching them as "The Scarlet Truther". It ends up causing more harm than it does good because it happens whether or not she wants it.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy. A platonic example with Matthew. Jessi is portrayed as a Tomboy while Matthew is portrayed as a Camp Gay.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Her slut-walk celebrate a girl's right to dress however she wants, but points out to the boys that they dress for themselves rather than to give the boys something to lust over. Then Missy comes to school dressed modestly (because that's how she wants to dress) and Jessi snaps at her for not dressing in a way that would prompt a reaction from the boys.
  • Moral Myopia: Considers herself a paragon of feminism, yet she's not above saying and doing things that undermine other girls out of insecurity. First she told Lola that Gina let Nick feel her up. Then she yelled at Missy for not wearing provocative clothing during a slut-walk, completely missing the point of why feminists participate in slut-walks.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: She struggles with this in season two, when she finds herself perpetuating misogynistic ideologies simply because she's jealous of the attention Gina gets from boys. She does seem to work through it and become less hypocritical as of season three.
  • 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.
  • Parent with New Paramour: She's outwardly hostile towards Cantor Dina, though whether this is simply because she's dating Shannon or because the two had an adulterous affair is ambiguous.
  • 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, Nick and Andrew.
  • Precocious Crush: She's develops one on Judd, Nick's older brother, in Season 3 as she becomes extremely awkward and tongue-tied around him and even has a fantasy about him.
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: She goes above and beyond in season 3 to make sure that Matthew and Aiden get together, even posing as a sort of The Beard for Matthew.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Downplayed, she wore a red bra to school at Connie's 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.
  • Straw Feminist: Jessi strongly touts feminism as an ideology, and repeatedly emphasizes the importance of "listening to women". But she is also extremely judgmental of other girls, very few of whom actually live up to Jessi's overly-idealized expectations. Jessi is not above Slut-Shaming when she is feeling jealous of other girls who trigger her own insecurities about her appearance and development.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Jessi's more of a tomboy compared to the other girls, but still wears a pink shirt and a pink hair-tie, and isn't above doing somewhat girlier things such as shopping or wearing dresses. Also, her sexual fantasies about Judd depict him as a hyper-masculine Action Hero who is utterly unimpressed by her feminism and treats her like a damsel.
  • 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 troubled 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.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He's easily the biggest sex-fiend in the entire show. Although unlike Andrew, he feels absolutely no shame about it.
  • 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.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In "The ASSes", Jay is diagnosed with ADHD and is prescribed Adderall.
  • 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.
  • Book Dumb: Jay is shown to be performing very poorly in school, but when it comes to anything sex-related he's practically a genius to the point where he impress even Maurice with his knowledge. However, Jay isn't genuinely dumb, he just has a hard time paying attention and when he takes Adderall he's the first among his peers to complete the school test, suggesting that he can excel in academics if he sets his mind to it.
  • Cargo Ship: In-Universe, he's gotten it on with a pillow and a bathmat. The pillow even gets pregnant!
  • Elemental Powers: His superpower in "Super Power" is the ability to control and shapeshift jizz as "The Last Cumbender".
  • Flanderization: In season one, he has strategic means of fucking his pillow, which becomes a bit of a plot point, and later graduates to a bath mat and, further down the line, another pillow and a couch cusion. By season three, he apparently has sex with any inanimate(?) object he can get his hands on, even if it's less than convenient (Duke Ellington assumes his dick must be indestructible). This is slightly justified by him apparently not masturbating for a while due to his sexual identity crisis.
  • 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 doesn't interact with Missy nearly as much as he does with Jessi.
  • Happily Adopted: He lives with the Birches halfway through Season 3, which provides him a much more stable and loving environment than his old home life. He eventually decides to go back home and fixes his house himself.
  • 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.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Played to extreme lengths. Jay's hormones are all over the place to the point the guy can be considered "his own hormone monster".
  • 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. After finding Missy's fanfiction, he doesn't shame her or assume she's easy, but genuinely bonds with her over it.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The guy is a sexual deviant, no doubts there, but he genuinely means well.
  • 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.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Averted. He co-writes an erotic fanfiction with Missy (featuring Nathan Fillion and The Rock of Gibraltar's Gustavo) and is actually shown to enjoy it a great deal.
  • Odd Friendship: He bonds with Missy of all people over her erotic fanfiction featuring Nathan Filion and Gustavo and they even collaborate over said fanfiction and an official friendship between them is struck.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Stop quoting your dad's commercials!"
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He has a pretty bad view of women, but it's very clear he gets that thanks to his even more misogynistic father.
  • The Pollyanna: At times. Despite his rather terrible homelife and being aware of it, Jay's a pretty optimistic guy and often cheerfully talks about what kind of horrible things he lives through and endures. However, at times this can crack especially when he's being treated with genuine love and care from people who actually care for him.
  • 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. Subverted as they both go back home in the pilot episode of Season 2.
  • 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.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Gender-flipped. Jay becomes a male example of one after reading some of Missy's slash fiction and soon starts collaborating with her on making it both more sexual and bi-oriented.

    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 each other, 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. They do get better throughout season 3 though.
  • Artists Are Attractive: Her love interests so far have been Andrew and Lars, which implies she has a thing for boys in jazz band.
    • When it comes to her fictional or unattainable crushes, she does seem to be attracted to celebrity Nathan Fillion's cultured side.
    • She also only notices Nick in a sexual way after the two of them are cast as co-stars in a play.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a sweet girl, but a couple of her more vindictive moments - say, her chewing out Mr. Lizer and essentially the entire school on their misogyny - prove she's not one to be messed with.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Missy is honestly a sweet girl who always prefers to settle things peacefully, but even she has her limits and can be quite forceful when she's pushed too far.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Andrew. Both of them are some of the nerdiest kids in their class and some of the nicer 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.
  • Brainy Brunette: In season three, it's revealed that she has the highest GPA in the class (and, in her own words, is the smartest kid in the year by "literally any other metric"). Doubles as a Badass Boast as it's one of the only times we see Missy brag about herself.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In her imagination (and - often - her sexual fantasies), she's the Gentle Girl to celebrity crush Nathan Fillion's Brooding Boy.
  • But Not Too Black: Technically literal. She's bi-racial, with a white (ethnically Jewish) 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.
  • Character Development: In Season 1 she's overwhelmed when Andrew tries to kiss her. By the end of Season 3 she's confident enough to kiss Nick onstage.
  • Covert Pervert: It's revealed mid-way through Season 1 that Missy is just as horny as Andrew and also struggles with keeping her hormones in check and is ashamed of herself. Nearing the end of Season 2, Missy starts to come to terms with her sexuality.
  • 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.
    • In Season 3 she gets her own Hormone Monstress who encourages her to pleasure herself with the detachable shower head.
  • Fangirl: For both Castle and Firefly, which star her Celebrity Crush.
  • Genki Girl: Missy is an energetic girl, and she's shown to be particularly hyper when she's excited. Often overlaps with Adorkable.
  • 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.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Missy almost never swears, usually sticking to g-rated replacements. However, during those few moments where she DOES swear, it's always a Precision F-Strike.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Played straight. Missy is a pretty (if awkward-looking) girl who undergoes a period of intense insecurity due to the sexual behavior of the boys. This is somewhat resolved when her mother takes her to a nude Korean spa, and she learns that there's more than one way to be a beautiful woman.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's biracial - her mother is white and her father is black.
  • 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: She's actually a few months older than Andrew, but her braces, colorful fashion sense, shared Puppy-Dog Eyes, and overalls give the definite sense of a much younger child. Out of the 5 main characters, she's apparently the last to hit puberty as she doesn't get her own Hormone Monstress until Season 3.
  • 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."
  • Precision F-Strike: Anytime she swears, it's always this.
  • 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.
  • Straw Feminist: Subverted. Contrary to Jessi, Missy's much less belligerent and aggressive in regards to her feminism. She's also more level-headed when approaching situations that are sexist towards girls and prefers to take a non-hostile approach and upholds her beliefs with much less hypocrisy and instead of expecting the boys to live up to certain expectations, she provides a concrete solution for both girls and boys to solve the sexist issue in the ending of "Girls Are Angry Too".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After being caught in the middle of a three-way feud between the boys, the girls and Mr. Lizer, Missy snaps under the pressure and gives everybody a severe, well-deserved dressing down.
  • Weather Manipulation: Her superpower in "Super Mouth" is manipulating thunderstorms, without much control of it, as "Her-ricane".
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She has been writing an extended piece of slash fiction featuring Nathan Fillion and Gustavo from the in-show erotic novel "The Rock of Gibraltar".
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