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    Riley Matthews
Played by: Rowan Blanchard, Lindsey Lamer (As "Little Riley" in "Girl Meets the Bay Window", "Girl Meets Bear" and "Girl Meets World of Terror 3")

The titular "Girl" looking to make her way in the world. Riley is the eldest child and only daughter of Cory and Topanga, the main characters from Boy Meets World. She has several similarities to her father, from his compassion to his occasional neurotic tendencies.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She has two, actually. "Riles" and "Little Zippy". The latter, however, was given to her by Harley Keiner - the same guy who bullied her dad as a kid!
  • All-Loving Hero: Appears to be one in training as of "Girl Meets Flaws." Not only is she the first one to confront Farkle after he stops coming to class, but her response when he tells her why is to hug him. She also comes up with the idea of everyone writing their flaws on their foreheads, and despite her own flaw of insecurity, she's not afraid to throw herself into a situation and try to fix it. It's no surprise she won the "Spirit" award.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Not intentionally, but Auggie often wishes she would spend more with him than Maya.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Betty to Maya's Veronica and Lucas' Archie. Riley wins.
    • In "Girl Meets Sneak Attack", she is the Betty (again) to Missy's Veronica and Lucas' Archie. Riley wins again.
    • The Betty (again), to Maya's Veronica (again), Smackle's Cheryl Blossom to Farkle's Archie. Smackle wins.
    • The Archie to Farkle's Betty, Lucas' Veronica and Charlie Gardner's Cheryl Blossom. Lucas wins. Charlie and Farkle are okay with it as they display the I Want My Beloved to Be Happy trope.
  • Book Smart: It's shown in one episode that she rivals Farkle for the highest grades.
  • Brainy Brunette: Riley has brown hair and is a straight A student.
  • Break the Cutie: Big time in "Girl Meets Rileytown". Thankfully, she's on her way to being mended by the end of the episode.
  • Catchphrase: An overly enthusiastic "YAY!", which seems to have been inherited from her father.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Displays some of this in Season 2.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like when Lucas says Maya is beautiful and even demands him to calme down directly.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Auggie.
  • Control Freak: According to Maya, Riley has an "uncontrollable need to fix people's lives." She inherits this from her father, who displayed such tendencies in the original Boy Meets World.
  • The Cutie: She brings this Up to Eleven with everything she does. The episode "Girl Meets Popular" is one big showing of her cuteness.
  • Daddy's Girl: She has a lot in common with her father and they have a good relationship.
  • Ditzy Genius: Not a blatant example, but while she gets straight A's, she tends to exhibit some ditzy qualities which mostly combined with her Genki Girl qualities with a little Cloudcookoolander mixed in. She does seem to be quite knowledgeable about the New York Knicks.
    • Much more prevalent in Season 2, especially in "Girl Meets Pluto" when she, her parents, Maya, and Shawn are digging for the time capsule in Mr. Feeny's yard.
      Riley: I was digging for an hour and all I found was this metal box.
    • She mistakes Groucho Marx and John Lennon for Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.
  • Expy: She's a Distaff Counterpart of Cory (her dad) from the original series. Even described in-universe as "Cory with Topanga's hair".
  • Fangirl: of the New York Knicks. See Hidden Depths below.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Riley is Sanguine.
  • Friend to All Children: She gets on well with Auggie and his friends.
  • Generation Xerox: Riley is essentially a gender-flipped version of Cory, down to having a best friend very similar to her father's. Shawn even describes her as "Cory with Topanga's hair." He calls her "Baby Cory" in a season 3 episode, too.
  • Genki Girl: Always has a happy, bubbly attitude.
  • Goth: Her depressed persona, Morotia M. Black, as seen in "Girl Meets Yearbook."
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers from quite a few:
    • Played for Laughs in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack" when she saw Missy flirt with Lucas.
    • Another one, but is not Played for Laughs like in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack" in "Girl Meets Rileytown", she suffers from one when she was being bullied:
    Riley: (quoting the message from the bully): "You exist. You exist, and you're weird, and you get in the way of where I'm looking, so stop being weird and stop being happy. Nobody should be as happy as you. [cries]'' Stop being who you are... or I'm gonna put my foot in your weird, stupid face."
    • Another one which is also not Played for Laughs, in "Girl Meets Texas Part 3" when she was emotionally devastated on her choice to back off from Lucas so that Maya could explore her own feelings about him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Established in "Girl Meets the Forgotten" and seen most prominently in "Girl Meets I Do", where Maya does a Colin Mochrie impression maneuvering Riley's sleeping body to the bay window.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Maya.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Girl Meets the New World," she goes off on a rant about the New York Knicks that wouldn't be out of place on ESPN.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She hasn't found her talent outside of friendship, which makes her feel unimportant compared to her talented friends and loved ones.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She displays this attitude towards Lucas and Maya in "Girl Meets Texas" when she tries to force herself to get over Lucas so Maya can explore her feelings for him. Only Farkle knows she's having a hard go of it.
  • It's All About Me: She and Maya both fall into this in "Girl Meets Gravity," thinking the world revolves around them and learning otherwise when they step outside Cory's classroom.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: She has her father's personality and her mother's intelligence and good grades.
  • Nice Girl: She's a very caring and loyal person, much like her father.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: To everyone else's irritation, Riley only likes to make paintings of purple cats, as discussed in "Girl Meets Creativity". Cory even tells her that if she puts one more purple-cat-painting on the fridge, he's "moving to Brooklyn".
  • Paste Eater: From "Girl Meets Permanent Record", after she learns that only her high school grades matter.
    Riley: Wait, so nobody cares about all the good grades I got when I was a kid?
    Zay: They only care that ya didn't eat paste.
    Riley: [nervously] Um... how long does that stay in ya...?
  • Poke the Poodle: Riley considers herself to be a rebellious bad girl when she breaks curfew by seven minutes and buys a large grey t-shirt with the word "Bleh!" on it. Neither Cory nor Topanga can take her seriously.
  • Princess Phase: In Girl Meets Friendship, Riley says she's always wanted to be a princess, and felt she's at the point where that window is closing, so in the school election campaign, she uses the opportunity to attempt to see it come to fruition.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Maya are, arguably, as close as Cory and Shawn. Not only do they act Like an Old Married Couple but they address each other in terms endearment like "pumpkin", "honey", "cupcake", and "peaches" in casual conversation, and naturally act like a couple of cuddle bugs when they're alone.
  • Spin Off Spring: The daughter of Cory and Topanga, the Official Couple from Boy Meets World.
  • Team Mom: Is concerned for her friends and the struggles they have, Zay and his coffee obsession to hide his inner turmoil and hope for Smackle to enjoy life, even when they were fighting
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Many times, Riley has an idealized view of romance and love, especially with how she wants to end up with Lucas. This is especially the case in "Girl Meets Semi Formal", where while seeing an old-timey film about a boy asking a girl out to semi formal, Riley just wishes it were that easy for her. This gets deconstructed throughout Season 2.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Riley is the Girly Girl to Maya's Tomboy.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Averted, In-Universe. Riley comes to the conclusion that the reason she's a horrible artist is that she's happy all the time.

    Maya Hart
Played by: Sabrina Carpenter, Ivy George (As "Little Maya" in "Girl Meets the Bay Window", "Girl Meets Bear" and "Girl Meets World of Terror 3")

Riley's best friend. Maya is wild and rebellious, showing it in her actions, such as protesting homework and almost lighting the class' homework on fire. She has a troubled past, but is socially adept, fiercely loyal, and street-smart.

  • Badass Adorable: Maya is pretty and can show a tough side.
  • Becoming the Mask: In "Girl Meets Yearbook," she dresses up as Riley because she believes the world needs a Riley. Later in the episode, she realizes that to be the best person she can be, she should be Riley. As the series goes on, she starts to act as, even dress up as her best friend. Lampshaded in "Girl Meets Triangle" and "Girl Meets Upstate".
  • Broken Bird: Willingly displays this as her flaw in "Girl Meets Flaws." "When I own it, it doesn't make me feel so bad." She's getting better, though.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Can be like this towards Joshua.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Auggie.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Subverted. In "Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project", Maya writes to her father, who then comes to New York to see her, and speaks to him in an attempt to forgive him for what he did. He explains that he left because he was afraid he was bad for Maya and her mother, since he was unable to provide for them. She thanks him for coming to see her and telling her his side of the story, but says that she can't accept what he did and is unable to forgive him. She tearfully apologizes to Cory for not completing his assignment, but he reassures her that it's okay to still be angry - the thing Maya needed to get out of seeing her father was not to forgive him, but to forgive herself after years of thinking it was her fault that he left.
    Maya: You found a job?
    Kermit: I did.
    Maya: Your job was to stay. Thank you for telling me your side. My teacher thinks if I forgive you, it'll bring me peace. And he's usually right about these things, but I don't see how he's right about this one. And I can't. Your job was to stay. You don't think I had it in me to allow my father to grow? I'm happy I wrote to you and heard what you had to say. And it makes me feel better knowing that I had nothing to do with what you did. I always thought that this was my fault somehow, but it's not. I didn't do anything.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often prone to sassy remarks.
  • Deliberate Under-Performance: In the Alternate Universe of "Girl Meets Scary World 3", Maya makes Riley do her homework. She threatens Riley with violence if she gives her any grade better than a C+, as she doesn't want teachers to pay attention to her or think she has potential.
  • Disappeared Dad: Maya's father has a new family, which has deeply affected her and her relationship with her mother.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Penelope
  • Expy: Of Shawn. Lampshaded repeatedly during Shawn's guest appearance in "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Maya is Choleric.
  • Friend to All Children: She gets along great with Auggie's friends.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Riley.
  • Height Angst: An entire episode is based around Maya's insecurity with her relatively short height.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Girl Meets Boy," Maya turns out to be a pretty talented artist, something that surprises both herself and Farkle. She's shown to be a talented pitcher in "Girl Meets World of Terror." Also in "Girl Meets Creativity" it's shown she can sing too.
  • It's All About Me: She and Riley in "Girl Meets Gravity," when they step outside Cory's classroom and realize the world is different.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Hart is an old-fashioned term for a deer, the common quarry of a hunter. Her original surname was Fox, making this reference more obvious; switching it to Hart appears to have been done to facilitate "you're all heart" or "you've got heart" puns.
    • Maya Hart = "my heart"; she's Riley's heart, her emotional core.
    • The H(e)art is a Lonely Hunter.
  • The Nicknamer: Affectionate pet names like "Pumpkin" and "Sweetie" for Riley, and monikers mocking his Southern heritage like "Ranger Rick" and "Huckleberry" for Lucas.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Riley are, arguably, as close as Cory and Shawn. Not only do they act Like an Old Married Couple but they address each other in terms endearment like "pumpkin", "honey", "cupcake", and "peaches" in casual conversation, and naturally act like a couple of cuddle bugs pretty much all the time.
  • Rules Lawyer: She's a master of Exact Words. Example: She promises not to call Lucas "Ranger Rick" for a week, but immediately starts calling him "Ranger Roy." She promises that she won't use any of his old nicknames, but immediately comes up with a new one.
  • Safety in Indifference: Her general attitude to life at the beginning, but one that is slowly chipped away at over the course of the show. She discovers there are some things she can't help but feel deeply about - Riley, Shawn, her art - and she learns that hoping doesn't always end in disappointment.
    Maya: I'm fine believing that nothing much is going to happen for me. Otherwise I'm full of hope. You hope for things, you get disappointed.
    Riley: What reason could your mom have for not showing up, Maya? You're right, I did expect her.
    Maya: And I didn't. See? Only one of us is disappointed.
  • Shipper on Deck: For her mother and Shawn, because she wants him as a father figure. They get married.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Has shown this attitude from time to time, but is starting to grow out of it. She especially cops this attitude when she worries about Riley trying to fix things beyond her control.
  • Slasher Smile: In "Girl meets Cory and Topanga," Farkle tries to throw a paper ball into a bin but misses horribly and it hits Maya instead; Maya then turns around with a huge smile on her face and Farkle asks why she is smiling so pretty, Maya responds "because I want the last thing you ever see to be nice" and then she tries to attack Farkle.
  • The Snark Knight: Normally towards Lucas.
  • Stepford Snarker: Implied due to her troubled background (including divorced parents and issues with her father ignoring her for his new family).
  • Street Smart: She's a lot like Shawn. Not academically focused but social and street-smart when it comes to the real world.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maya is the Tomboy to Riley's Girly Girl, personality-wise, but she dresses in a very feminine manner.
  • True Art Is Angsty: In-Universe, it's speculated her horrible home life is the reason why she's so great at art.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Maya's father, Kermit (the name is a tragedy in and of itself), left her and her mother when she was very young. Maya always secretly believed it was her fault, although her mother lied and told her that she (her mother) drove her father away. She also thinks her mother doesn't care about her, although they are able to work through that and improve their relationship.
    Riley: Oh, yeah! My troubled, misunderstood friend. People love your problems. You're a mess!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Maya is the recipient of quite a few of these speeches, mostly from Riley.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: She finds Lucas's ability to lift up the bed attractive.

    Lucas Friar
Played by: Peyton Meyer

Lucas is another one of Riley's friends, but also her love interest. He is originally from Austin, Texas.

  • Academic Athlete: In "Girl Meets Flaws" he wins the Scholar Athlete Award. In "Girl Meets Smackle" he shows himself to be a smart debater.
  • The Ace: Lucas is popular, charming, handsome, and athletic.
  • The Ageless: A one-off gag in "Girl Meets the Bay Window" suggests that he always looked like a teenager even when he and his friends were much younger.
    Lucas: Hey guys, something's seriously wrong.
  • Badass Boast: " the end, you're gonna be on the floor, and I'm gonna be the one that walks away."
  • Berserk Button: Bullying in general tends to set him off. Bullying that targets his friends, especially Riley, takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Riley's Betty and Maya's Veronica. In "Girl Meets Ski Lodge," he realizes he only liked a Betty-fied (or Riley-fied) version of Maya and truly liked Riley all along.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a Nice Guy, but don't mess with his friends or... well.
    • When his teammate calls Farkle "a nothing" in front of Lucas, he immediately responds by pinning the bully against a wall, willing to fight him, despite his earlier claim that intelligent people don't resort to violence.
    • A deeper punch of the button came in "Girl Meets the Secret of Life" where he confronted a bully who tormented one of his old friends from Texas. It made Maya quiver.
    • In "Girl Meets Rileytown", Farkle ties Lucas to a counter in the coffee shop before he tells Lucas Riley's being bullied. Lucas then proves he is the Hulk by ripping the mountings out of the counter. He tells them they used the wrong materials to hold him, and even then, nothing can hold him back if it's Riley's the one in trouble.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While the details haven't been revealed, his actions in "Girl Meets the Secret of Life" imply he was much more violent and headstrong back in Texas. We do know that he was expelled from his school in Texas and held back a year.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite his Nice Guy traits, he does drop an occasional snarky remark.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Lucas is Phlegmatic.
  • The Generic Guy: A frequent criticism. Surprisingly, the show itself starts playing with this trope pretty early on, leading to...
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In "Girl Meets Boy," Lucas talks about his love for animals, saying that he might want to become a veterinarian someday.
    • In "Girl Meets the Truth," Lucas is shown to have a belief in God.
    • In "Girl Meets Smackle," he shows himself to be a smart debater.
    • In "Girl Meets Flaws," he's willing to get into a fight to defend Farkle's honor.
    • In "Girl Meets Friendship," he's shown to have apprehensions about being forced to go to school in New York, and some degree of homesickness.
    • In "Girl Meets the Secret of Life," it's implied he got thrown out of his old school for fighting. Indications are he's something of a Bully Hunter, at least when it comes to those who bully his friends.
  • In-Series Nickname: Many, thanks to Maya, including "Huckleberry", "Hop-Along," "Sundance," "Ranger Rick," and "Bucky McBoingBoing."
  • Lovable Jock: He is on the baseball team.
  • Meaningful Name: The surname Friar makes a lot more sense when you remember a character from Romeo and Juliet named Friar Lawrence. He was originally to be named Tristan, a reference to Tristan and Iseult; these choices of name telegraph his role as the Love Interest, although since both of these great romances end tragically, it's easy to see why Tristan was changed to Lucas, retaining Friar only because it also works as a reference to Topanga's maiden name.
  • Nice Guy: Very well-mannered, and friendly to everyone.
  • Odd Friendship: With Farkle. They're best friends.
  • Only Sane Man: Amongst his group of friends, he's the most level-headed and adjusted. Most notable in "Girl Meets Yearbook" when Riley, Maya, and Farkle all have an identity crisis at the same time, and he's incredibly frustrated throughout the whole thing.
  • Pretty Boy: The typical cute, athletic, designated cool boy.
  • The Straight Man: What he eventually becomes as his friends' quirks become more pronounced.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: If there's anything that makes him angry, it's bullies. Bullies can bring out the beast from inside him.

    Farkle Minkus
Played by: Corey Fogelmanis

Farkle is a close friend of Riley and Maya, and also has crushes on both girls. In "Girl Meets Sneak Attack," it is shown that he cares for the two, and will do anything for them to be happy. He is smart and a big flirt, while also being quite unusual. He is shown to be the teacher's pet in many episodes. He is the son of Cory and Topanga's former classmate, Stuart Minkus, with whom he shares many similarities. His mother is another former classmate of theirs, Jennifer Bassett, a scary ex-girlfriend of Shawn's who appeared in two episodes of Boy Meets World.

  • Ambiguously Human: All of the Boy Meets World alumni who meet him are convinced that he's actually a clone or a robot. Adding credibility to this is that Farkle's never seen his birth certificate. At least, not until "Girl Meets I Am Farkle."
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In "Girl Meets I Am Farkle." We do know it's not Asperger Syndrome, though.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played straight then subverted. In "Girl Meets Yearbook", he changes into Donny Barnes, Regular Guy. At the end, however, he chooses to be both.
  • Beta Couple: Yes, with his former rival, Isadora Smackle.
  • Book Smart: He always gets high grades.
  • Break the Cutie: He goes through this in "Girl Meets Flaws."
  • Casanova Wannabe: He doesn't quite know what to do when girls actually respond to his flirting.
  • Catchphrase: He has a crap-load of them, including "Ladies," "Thank you. I am Farkle," and, in "Girl Meets Yearbook," "I'm Donny Barnes: Regular Guy."
  • Character Development: While he was always a decent kid, he's markedly less of a world domination-obsessed Insufferable Genius than he was in the beginning, and he's developed a keener understanding of his friends and isn't afraid to show it off. This growth also led to his giving Smackle another chance and the two of them starting a romantic relationship.
  • Cleans Up Nicely: As of "Girl Meets Yearbook," Farkle has worked on his appearance a little bit more.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In season 1, he's the most eccentric of his group of friends. He becomes more normal from season 2 onwards.
  • Control Freak: He has a tendency to let power get to his head quickly.
  • Cunning Linguist: He's shown to be multilingual, including English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Portuguese.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To both Maya and Riley.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: He is extremely active in non-athletic extracurricular activities, and has been a member of the Chess, Chemistry, and Drama clubs, and the JQA Spelling Bee and Debate teams.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Although he has a BSOD when a bully shoves his nerdness in his face. Season Two toned him down considerably.
  • Expy:
    • Of his father, Minkus. Shawn even thinks that he was cloned (and Farkle himself considers this a legitimate possibility).
    • After his Character Development, he's more similar to Topanga. Besides being both overachievers, they both go from very quirky Cloudcuckoolanders in the first season to more normal and mature characters afterwards. Also, they both have weird names.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: FARKLE MINKUS?!
  • Fake Guest Star: Initially. After the first few episodes, Fogelmanis gets a unique "Also Starring" credit immediately after the opening titles. He's appeared in more episodes than "real" cast members Peyton Meyer and August Maturo, and he was Promoted to Opening Titles for Season 2.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Farkle is Melancholic.
  • Generation Xerox: Farkle is a less dorky-looking Minkus, right down to having crushes on Riley & Maya that mirror his father's own crush on Topanga.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Girl Meets Smackle," he immediately catches on that Smackle's Unnecessary Makeover plot-line is actually just her doing debate research. He also has the ability to predict movies and applies that knowledge to his interactions with his friends.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Displays this surprisingly mature attitude in "Girl Meets Sneak Attack."
  • "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: In "Girl Meets Demolition," probably because his presence would create a Plot Hole; he's the son of multimillionaire Stuart Minkus and would gladly throw money at the girls just to see them happy.
  • Odd Friendship: With Lucas. Even Farkle is surprised when Lucas declares him to be his best friend.
  • Official Couple: With Smackle.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 2.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He considers himself irresistible.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Farkle is incredibly wealthy, but humble.
  • Spin Off Spring: The son of Stuart Minkus, a character from the first season of the original, and Jennifer Bassett, a girl who dated Shawn and previously disliked Cory.
  • Teen Genius: Openly said to be smarter than his teacher; the only reason he doesn't attend a private school is because he doesn't want to be away from his friends.
  • Third-Person Person: On occasion. Seems to come with the ego.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "Farkle?" Really?
    Lucas: Your name is Farkle Minkus?
    Farkle: Don't wear it out.
    Lucas: I don't know how you could.
    • The reason for this is that the character was originally envisioned as Shamus Farkle, similar to Minkus, but with no actual relation. When they decided to actually make him be the son of Minkus, Farkle (which is what he'd already been called) got made into his first name instead. Even though it's not really a name.
    • For anyone curious, there is a dice game named Farkle. Food for thought.

    August "Auggie" Matthews 
Played by: August Maturo

Auggie is Riley's 5-year-old brother, and Cory and Topanga's son. When he grows up, he wants to be like his father.

  • Demoted to Extra: Just as was the case for Morgan in the second season of Boy Meets World, Auggie appears in fewer episodes and has less screen time in the second season than he did in the first.
  • Henpecked Husband: Spoofed with his relationship to Ava. In "Girl Meets First Date," where he eventually "marries" her (with Topanga's wedding ring).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is very good friends with the elderly Mrs. Svorski. It gets sadder after she dies; Auggie misses her greatly, and also worries she may be lonely in the afterlife.
  • Narrator: He narrates parts of the Girl Meets World: Of Terror episodes.
  • Spin Off Spring: The second child of Cory and Topanga, the Official Couple from Boy Meets World.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Auggie can speak AND sing in another language. Other times, he chooses not to care about things.

    Ava Morgenstern 
Played by: Ava Kolker

Auggie's "wife" from down the hall.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: She states how she likes that Auggie will do whatever she wants because she is a year older.
  • Incoming Ham: Though she usually saves it for after she's made her presence known, her operatic declaration of "I'M AVA MORGENSTEEEEEEERN!" definitely qualifies.
  • In the Blood: In "Girl Meets Flaws," it is revealed that Ava's mother always tells her husband what he's doing wrong, which isn't too different from how she treats Auggie. It's played very seriously in the third season premiere, when her parents' fighting gets so bad her father walks out on his family.
  • Meaningful Name: Morgenstern is a German surname meaning Morningstar.
  • Spoiled Brat: Implied in "Girl Meets Flaws."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Tries to do this in "Girl Meets the Rules" when she fears Auggie might dump her for another girl. It doesn't stick, but it becomes clear to Topanga that she's not as much of a brat as she lets on. However, her and Auggie's friendship does become a bit less dominantly one-sided as they get older.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • In her first appearance, she makes it clear that she only wants to be friends with Auggie so she can tell him what to do, claiming that she can do so since she's 6 and he's 5.
    • She has absolutely no issue calling Topanga by her first name.
    • Auggie and Ava together tend to fall into a routine where their dialogue resembles an old married couple's. Lampshades are usually hung on this by the other characters (especially Cory and/or Topanga).
    • May be Fridge Brilliance in that her behaviors are due to not only modeling her own mother's behavior, but also her acting out due to her home life, which mentions her parents' relationship being unbalanced and involves constant fighting.

    Katy Hart 
Played by: Cheryl Texiera

Maya's mom who worked as a waitress at the Nighthawk Diner and now works at Topanga's Bakery. She frequently fails to show up to any event that is of importance to Maya.

  • Beneath the Mask: Plays up the act of the neglectful mother because she'd rather have Maya despise her than hate the dad who walked out on her. Also, because she'd rather let Maya be associated with successful people like the Matthewses than with her. The facade is revealed in "Girl Meets Master Plan" and is abandoned entirely in Season 2.
  • Character Development: As described above, Katy's flaky act disappears after the first season, instead opening up more in her friendship with Topanga and her relationships with her daughter and with Shawn. She slowly grows a bit wiser and more observant (or shows it more, at the very least).
  • Expy: She's Chet Hunter if he were an attractive blond woman. However, she can be there for Maya even more now, thanks to her new job.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: In terms of episode count, Katy's relationship with Shawn is this trope: in the next episode in which they both appear after he first asks her on a date, he proposes. In terms of time within the universe of the story, however, several months elapse in which it is implied they have been seeing each other, averting this trope.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is her motivation for her Parental Abandonment of Maya: she really does want to be a good mother, but she's convinced herself that being a good mother means distancing herself so that she won't hold Maya back.
  • Second Love: Shawn is this to her and she is this to Shawn.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She becomes a lot happier after she begins working at the bakery and spends more time with Maya.

    Isadora Smackle 
Played by: Cecilia Balagot

The debate team president from Einstein Academy. She's interested in Farkle and becomes friends with Riley and Maya.

  • Beta Couple: She and Farkle begin a relationship in "Girl Meets The New Year" and are a comically cute refresher during the Love Triangle arcs.
  • Brainy Brunette: Farkle's academic rival, and she has brown hair.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Seems to be this to Farkle. Even their names sound similarnote .
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears first in "Girl Meets Popular" at Farkle's party before being properly introduced in the appropriately-titled "Girl Meets Smackle."
  • Hates Being Touched: As part of her Asperger's Syndrome. She'll make an exception for Farkle though.
  • Last-Name Basis: So far, she has only been referred to by her last name.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her Asperger Syndrome makes it difficult for her to connect to other people. She's pleasantly surprised when Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Farkle want to be her friend.
  • Insufferable Genius: She looks down on John Quincy Adams Middle School, believing it to be "mediocre," until she observes one of Cory's classes. She then swallows her pride when she realizes there are some things that can't be taught in a textbook.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acted like this after her makeover in "Girl Meets Smackle" as part of research for the upcoming debate topic.
  • Official Couple: With Farkle, and the first true one.
  • The Rival: She's Farkle's debate team rival, though the rivalry is a friendly one, and by Season 2, they enter a relationship.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Briefly with Lucas, although it was just an act. Later, she assumes he's constantly trying to hit on her, much to his chagrin. In "Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen", Lucas confronts her about her remarks regarding him, and Smackle admits that it's an act she uses to protect herself from her feelings for Farkle because she's scared he doesn't like her as much he says he does.
    • With Farkle. In "Girl Meets I Am Farkle," it's clear they do have feelings for each other. It's made even more obvious in "Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen". They're not at "I love you" yet, but it's made very apparent that that's where they're headed.
  • The Sixth Ranger: In a sense. By "Girl Meets I Am Farkle," Farkle's friends decide to take her in, and after much time, Farkle and Smackle begin a relationship, and she appears as much as Zay in Season 3 where she joins the main cast in the same high school.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Eventually becomes this for Farkle, who previously only had eyes for Riley and Maya. They become an Official Couple sometime between the Texas trilogy and "Girl Meets The New Year".
  • Token Minority: She’s played by an actress of Southeast Asian heritage.
  • Valley Girl: Invoked this trope, complete with a Unnecessary Makeover to try to mask and disguise her intelligence, just to make the JQA debate team under-prepared.

    Isaiah "Zay" Babineaux 
Played by: Amir Mitchell-Townes

An old friend of Lucas from Texas who transferred into the class in Season 2.

  • Audience Surrogate: Being the new kid in Season 2, he fulfills this role, especially for new viewers. Zay often tries to understand what goes on with the main cast. Whenever he participates in the plot, his usual response is "I Don't Know", which is a common reaction by those unfamiliar with the show. This comes across strongly especially when he appears in more serious episodes; this allows characters to help him, and to a greater extent the audience, understand how serious the plot is.
  • Mouthy Kid: Hoo boy.
  • Not So Above It All: He gets dragged into his friend's antics despite trying to act like the Only Sane Man.
  • Only Sane Man: Tends to be the one who lampshades the weirder affectations of his friends, like how they climb into Riley's window without notice.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Openly tells people he takes ballet lessons (partly to meet pretty girls and partly because he likes it).
  • The Sixth Ranger: In episodes where he appears, he is functionally a main character that didn't get his name on the opening credits.
  • Token Minority: The only prominent African-American in the cast.

    Billy Ross 
Played by: Zachary Mitchell

  • The Atoner: After Riley makes him realize the error in his treatment of Farkle.
  • Jerk Jock: Turns out to have a nasty case of this in "Girl Meets Flaws"...
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He may have had a one-time appearance, but he ended up being instrumental in Farkle's evolution, which carried on into Season 2.


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