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The Duncan Family (in order of billing):

     Teddy Duncan
Portrayed by: Bridgit Mendler
A 15-year old high school sophomore and, until the new arrival, the middle child of the family. She records a series of video diaries for her baby sister for when she's older, which form a substantial portion of the show's narrative (and where the title comes from). She cares a great deal for her family, even if she isn't great at expressing her affection for some of them, and has a special attachment to her baby sister, Charlie. So far, she appears to be a good student, and is obsessed with most of the things typical of girls her age, preeminently boys.

  • Aloof Big Sister: Most of the times, she's not very close to Gabe, though they have their bonding moments.
  • The B Grade: In the episode "Teddy's Little Helper", Teddy uses Charlie to help her get out of the abomination of getting a B in English class on her progress report. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Being Good Sucks: At least, that's how she feels in regards to her reputation as a "goody-goody."
  • Butt-Monkey: Often gets this role from time to time.
  • Catchphrase: "Good luck, Charlie", though it's frequently borrowed. Lampshaded in "Future Drama":
    Future Charlie: (after her attempt at following Teddy's advice has failed) I really have to watch these things to the very end. It's not over until she says...
    Teddy: (on the computer screen) Good luck, Charlie.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Charlie, to the point she makes a video diary just for her.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: At least, she's clumsy when she tries to play volleyball.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Teddy's middle initial is R. It hasn't been stated what the R stands for.
  • Nice Girl: While her In-Universe reputation as a "goody-goody" is definitely a stretch (seriously, she can be quite rebellious and defiant when the script calls for it), she's proven to be the 2nd nicest character in the show (after PJ), and is always there for her friends and family, even if it means self-sacrifice
  • Official Couple:
    • With Spencer, as of "Charlie Goes Viral", and up until "Girl Bites Dog". Restarted in "Can You Keep a Secret?", up until "All Fall Down"
    • With Beau as of "Teddy's New Beau", until "Bob's Beau-Be-Gone".
  • Tomboyish Name: She has a boyish name like her sister Charlie.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to both her brothers, she's wiser and more responsible than the childish PJ and the rebellious Gabe.

     Amy Duncan
Portrayed by: Leigh Allyn Baker
The 30-something mother of the Duncan family, who works as a nurse at a hospital. The main source of the show's humor and drama is the rest of the family's often-misguided attempts to help take care of the baby as Amy returns to work. She seems like the Only Sane Man but her ego and Spotlight-Stealing Squad mentality keeps her from this.

  • Attention Whore: Loves being in the spotlight. She once hired a fake family to perform a musical number with her onstage because her real family lacked the finesse (and dedication).
  • Catchphrase: "Ba-Bam!"
  • Competition Freak: Often getting overly competitive, even over trivial things.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Amy likes to think that she's the best at everything she does, and seems to believe that she's a big time star just waiting to be discovered; she once replaced her family (except Charlie) with professionals for a group talent show, which she didn't technically apologize for.

     Gabriel P. "Gabe" Duncan
Portrayed by: Bradley Steven Perry
The sarcastic, often dour 10-year old son, who resents Charlie for having usurped his position as the baby of the family, and thus drawing a good deal of attention away from him. His perceptions seem somewhat justified. Continues the proud Danny Bonaduce tradition of looking nothing like the rest of the family.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Charlie. Initially he's not too fond of Charlie because of Infant Sibling Jealousy but eventually warms up to her, sort of.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To PJ and Teddy. He often insults and bothers both his older siblings.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's very smart and clever, but his main interest is pranking and causing troubles.
  • Butt-Monkey
    PJ: We used to do all kinds of fun stuff.
    Gabe: When did that stop?
    Teddy: Let's see... how old are you?
  • Character Development: While his trademark sarcasm never leaves, he does noticeably mature as the series goes on and grows more empathetic towards his family, especially towards Charlie and Toby.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's constantly sarcastic.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Almost every adult he's ever met is aware of his infamous reputation as a prankster and their reactions often range from mild annoyance to utter terror.
  • The Unfavorite: Things are so hectic in the series premiere that the rest of the family forgets to feed him.

     Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan
Portrayed by: Mia Talerico, Ava Sambora (Future Charlie in "Futuredrama")
The 9-month old (as of the series premiere, currently 4 years old) newest addition to the Duncan family. She begins the series as an infant, not doing much except make noise, pooping and spitting up. Nonetheless, she's extremely cute, and quickly progresses to new milestones, such as making her first attempts at real English words, and taking her first steps. She is whom the series' title comes from.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To some extent, to the point of sometimes being nosy.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Guys and Dolls", Amy tried to help Charlie with her jealousy of Toby, which seemingly worked. Amy pretended to make Toby talk and say that Charlie is his favorite sister. Come Doppel Date however, Charlie wanted Toby to stay in the hotel. Justified in that she's still a toddler, but "Futuredrama" indicates their dynamic hasn't changed since.
  • Birthday Buddies: She and Toby share the same birthday, but she is three years older. To call them buddies would be pushing it, as in The Stinger of "Charlie 4, Toby 1", her birthday wish is for him to disappear.
  • Character Development:
    • She gets a lot more characterization in seasons 3 and 4. As she grows up, she seems to take after Gabe, who was jealous of her, whereas now Charlie is jealous of Toby. She also appears to be shaping up to be a troublemaker, like Gabe. She's also inherited her mother's ego which has lead Amy and Bob to say she's her mother's daughter.
    • In "Duncan Dream House", for the first time, Charlie was actually right about keeping their old home, and even had her own scene where she talks to her imaginary circle.
    • If "Futuredrama" is any indication, she grows up to be more like Teddy.
  • The Cutie: Charlie attracts an "Aww" from the studio audience nearly every time she's on camera.
  • Deuteragonist: From Season 3 onward, Charlie is given a lot more character focus, mostly due to her growing up.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: In "Girl Bites Dog", Charlie bites Spencer because she somehow knows he's cheating on Teddy.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Charlie.
  • Genre Blindness: Her future self learns this the hard way after getting beat up by 11-year old Toby, since she forgot to wait for the ending tagline of the video diary, "Good luck Charlie!"
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: Since Toby was born, she constantly asked that he be left somewhere, thrown away, or ignored him as much as she could get away with. It ran in the family, as Gabe felt the same way about her, and each older sibling of the Duncan household felt the same way about their immediate younger sibling.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She's shaping up to be this in Season 3. This became evident when she picked up the phrase "aw nuts" from Amy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Charlie's real name is Charlotte.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Charlie often appears really smart for a baby (her cognitive abilities and understanding of language would make Jean Piaget turn in his grave), but she'll be the Spanner in the Works if the plot calls for it.
  • Plot Device: Being about 9 months old, she starts out as such. However, thanks to Character Development due to her growing up, there are some episodes where she gets a subplot of her own.
  • Secondary Character Title: The main character is Teddy, who is making a series of video diaries for Charlie to watch in the future, all of which end with Teddy telling her "Good luck, Charlie".
  • She's All Grown Up: Her future self. The present Charlie even lampshades this during the Credits Gag of "Futuredrama".
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied to be this towards Teddy and Spencer.
  • Tomboyish Name: She has a boyish name, just like her sister Teddy.

     Bob Duncan
Portrayed by: Eric Allan Kramer
The 40-something man of the house. Bob runs his own business as an exterminator. He seems rather absent-minded (not being able to recall Gabe's birthday or where he goes to school), and can be quite clumsy at times. He's also quite fond of his daughter Teddy, and can thus be overprotective of her.

  • And Starring: "With Eric Allen Kramer"
  • Berserk Button: This cannot be stressed enough: Do not call Amy "crazy" or "a pest" in front of Bob - unless you're family... or Amy. Yes Mr. Piper, we're talking to you.
  • Big Eater: Often becomes the butt of the jokes due to this.
  • Bumbling Dad: Mostly averted. Although he has plenty of his own quirks, he's a very competent father and often plays Only Sane Man when someone else, especially Amy, creates a scheme.
  • The Conscience: Or at least when his wife goes off the deep end.

     Potty John "PJ" Duncan
Portrayed by: Jason Dolley
The 17-year old eldest child of the family. He's a phenomenal airhead and a horrible student. His passion seems to be playing rock and roll, even though he's not very good at it. He cares a good deal about his family and wants earnestly to do his part in helping raise his baby sister, but his absentmindedness makes this difficult.

  • Childish Older Sibling: He's much more immature and careless than his younger sister, Teddy.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Charlie, he's probably closer to her than he is to his other siblings.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, most notably in "Name That Baby".
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: A good example would be his boss putting him on the case to find out whose been stealing chicken from the restaurant. It was the boss himself, and he put PJ on the case because he figured he was too stupid to work it out.
  • Dumb Blonde: PJ is the family Ditz and has blonde hair.
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to his birth certificate, PJ's name is revealed to be "Potty John". Bob tries to get it corrected, but PJ's name is now "PP" Duncan.
  • Expy:
    • PJ is a grungier, working-class version of Newt Livingston. This is made even more pronounced by the fact that the same actor plays both characters. PJ is probably smarter than Newt, but the characters on this show are smarter too, so it balances out.
    • Older viewers might notice a few striking resemblances to Jeff Spicoli. Take away the surfer accent, the Brilliant, but Lazy facets of Spicoli and the fact that Disney can't feature the main trait that everyone remembers Spicoli for, and you have PJ.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Bob states that he'd like PJ to join him in pest control, and he'd rename the company to "Duncan & Son" if he did. PJ immediately decides to go study.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He and Gabe are the Foolish to Teddy's Responsible. He is far more immature and airheaded than Teddy is, and while he is much less of a troublemaker than Gabe, he is far more careless than them both.
  • Genius Ditz: It's been stated and proven that he's the best cook in the house.
  • Kiddie Kid: In spades. The most visible example being how his favorite show is The Gurgles, a Teletubbies Expy starring singing, dancing shapes that even Charlie has outgrown.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Easygoing and friendly but definetely not the brightest
  • Momma's Boy: Of all the Duncan kids, PJ is undoubtedly the one closest to Amy. Amy in turn acknowledges that he is her favourite. Generally portrayed in a positive and often sweet light.
  • Nice Guy: Bob views PJ as the nicest of his children.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: PJ is supposed to be short for Patrick John. Due to Bob's poor penmanship on the birth certificate, it actually stands for Potty John.
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: His eventual girlfriend Skyler is an even bigger ditz than him.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Hinted at, as when he's focused, he's surprisingly on the ball. Mrs. Dabney even lampshades it: "Sometimes youre smart, sometimes you're dumb. Hard to keep up."
  • Supreme Chef: He's not the brightest bulb in the box, but he's one heck of a cook (at least in comparison to Amy).
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: A video of Bob from his high school basketball days shows that he looked exactly like his son PJ does today, only with longer hair.
  • Unfortunate Names: PJ's name was supposed to be Patty John, after his grandfather Patrick John, but Bob was so frazzled when signing the birth certificate, that he wrote "Potty John" instead. This is fixed by the end of the episode though. But now it instead reads "PP".

     Toby Wan Kenobi Duncan
Portrayed by: Jake Cinoa & Logan Moreau (not credited in opening titles)
The newest addition, he shares a birthday with Charlie.

  • Audience Participation: The name and gender of the baby was determined by an online poll.
  • Birthday Buddies: He and Charlie share the same birthday, though she is three years older than he is. To call them buddies would be pushing it, as in The Stinger of "Charlie 4, Toby 1", Charlie's birthday wish is for him to disappear.
  • Punny Name: His full name is Toby Wan Kenobi Duncan.

Recurring Characters

     Ivy Wentz 
Portrayed by: Raven Goodwin
Teddy's best friend. She hopes some of Teddy's popularity will rub off on her, and she thinks the Duncan family is incredibly strange but more entertaining than her own family. She's also a horrible student who rejoices over receiving her first B.

  • Big Beautiful Woman: Ivy might be overweight but her hair and make-up are always nicely done and she wears fashionable clothes. Justified since she's very concerned about her appearance.
  • Book Dumb: Ivy waited until her sophomore year in high school to get her highest grade ever: a B.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often expresses her disdain for other people with snarky remarks.
  • The Fashionista: She loves fashion and shopping.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Known for being a little boy-crazy.
  • Fat Best Friend: Of the brash, outgoing type, to Teddy.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She and her mother are both Sassy Black Women, though Ivy has a bit of an edge on her mother since Mary Lou likes jigsaw puzzles and likes to sing "Row Row Row Your Boat" in German.

Portrayed by: Micah Williams
PJ's somewhat dorky and eccentric best friend, and the drummer in his band and also a surprisingly good dancer. He has an incredibly obsessive crush on Teddy, which he's deluded himself into thinking is an actual relationship.

  • Nice Hat: Is usually seen wearing one.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Teddy. He's actually convinced himself that they're in a real relationship.

     Mrs. Estelle Dabney 
Portrayed by: Patricia Belcher
The Duncans' next-door neighbor. Mrs. Dabney is cranky, unfriendly, and at times, manipulative. Born in 1958 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she comes from a set of identical quintuplets, none of which are anything like her personality-wise.

  • Manipulative Bitch: She's quite cunning to the point that she's able to set a trap on Gabe.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: PJ and Gabe misinterpret her outburst at her soap operas, and her attempts to get rid of the smell of death and a large, heavy trunk as evidence that she murdered her husband.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Or rather Polar Opposite Quintuplets: Mrs. Dabney comes from a set of identical quintuplets, none of which are anything like her personality-wise.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Averted. However, this begins to show in The Unusual Suspects when she says "You're not the boss of me!" to Amy.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Mrs. Dabney apparently comes from a set of identical quintuplets.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Gabe, as she's just as cunning as him, and Gabe admits to enjoy their rivalry in one episode.

     Spencer Walsh 
Portrayed by: Shane Harper
Teddy's study buddy, love interest, and eventual boyfriend (and then eventual EX-boyfriend). After numerous botched attempts, he finally gives Teddy her first kiss. He comes from a wealthy family, about which he's quite modest, and enjoys hip-hop dancing... oh, yeah, and he's a two-timing jerk. Teddy recently decided to give him a second chance and they're back together.

  • Character Development: Spencer started out looking like a Satellite Love Interest, but later turned out to be pretty interesting. And then turns out to be a cheating Jerkass. To his credit, Spencer deeply regretted his actions, and has made up with Teddy. They're dating once more.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Sadly, in Teddy's Choice, he does not end up with her, this time through no fault of his own.
  • Dumb Jock: At least from Victor's point of view.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Subverted. Teddy thinks Spencer is cheating on her with Skyler, but then learns from Spencer that she's his cousin. He turns out to be lying. He is cheating on her with Skyler, who believes that Teddy is his cousin.

     Jo Keener 
Portrayed by: G. Hannelius
A female student in one of Gabe's classes, she constantly threatens and bullies him. It turns out a part of her motivation is being unable to express her crush on him. Not likely to be seen again since the actress has moved onto other projects, namely Dog with a Blog on the same network.

  • The Bully: She persistently bullies Gabe.
  • Cute Bruiser: She beats up Gabe on a regular basis.
  • Gamer Chick: She takes it very seriously. She ends up dislocating Gabe's shoulder when she thinks he's cheating at the game they're playing.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jo is not a very feminine name, which is why Teddy thought she was a boy when Gabe first told her about Jo.
  • Little Miss Badass: Much stronger than she looks.
  • Tomboyish Name: Only known as Jo.
  • Tsundere: She hurts and picks on Gabe, but reluctantly admits she likes him.

Portrayed by: Samantha Boscarino
The girl whom Spencer was cheating on Teddy with. Skyler and Teddy became friends afterward, then she became PJ's girlfriend.

  • The Ditz: So dumb that PJ looks like a genius by comparison.
  • Brainless Beauty: Lampshaded by her former boyfriend Brock.
    PJ: I know it stinks to get your heart broken, especially by someone as beautiful and smart as Skyler.
    Brock: Well, beautiful.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teddy—she sometimes took this role when Ivy is not around.
  • Official Couple: With PJ. They get back together in the Christmas special.
  • Pair the Dumb Ones: With PJ. She is an even bigger ditz than him.

     Mary Lou Wentz 
Portrayed by: Ellia English
Ivy's mother.

Portrayed by: Cyrina Fiallo
Friend of Teddy's since the episode "T-Wrecks."


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