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    Miley Stewart / Hannah Montana
Played by: Miley Cyrus
Voiced by: Samantha Dominguez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Ryōko Shiraishi (Japanese dub)
Miley Stewart is the 14-year old (as of Season 1) daughter of former country music star Robbie Ray Stewart, and a native of the one-horse town of Crowley Corners, Tennessee. Transplanted with her family to Malibu, she leads the life of a fairly typical upper-middle-class SoCal girl. Unbeknown to all but her inner circle, however, she's also the chart-topping, award-winning, multi-platinum-selling teen pop sensation Hannah Montana. Much of the show's humor and drama revolves around her attempts to keep her lives separate and her identity a secret.

Miley/Hannah provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Jackson often finds her annoying because she gets all the attention and he's often forced to do things for her.
  • Athletically Challenged: Unlike her friend Lilly, she's generally bad at sports, and unable to do things like catch a ball without using her face.
    Miley: I hate flag football! It's just one more sport where I get Picked Last, and you wanna know why?!
    Lilly: 'Cause you stink? [Miley glares at her] Or 'cause you're pretty and all the other girls are jealous?
    Miley: Nice save.
  • Big Little Brother: Or in this case, sister. She's significantly taller than Jackson, despite being two years younger than him.
  • Book Smart: She's a very good student. The only problem is her lack of extracurricular activities, due to her being busy with her Idol Singer career.
  • Brainy Brunette: She gets good grades and has brown hair.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets her fair share of unfair moments.
  • Catchphrase: Miley has a ton of 'em.
    • The following she shares with her family and others:
      • "Sweet niblets!"
      • "Dang flabbit!"
    • The following are uniquely Miley's:
      • "TVTropeseditorsaywhat?": Replace everything before the "what?" with a description of the person and/or context of the moment, said in a single breath.
      • "Mud crunkies!"
      • "Ya think?": Occasionally used by other characters, but usually when talking to Miley.
  • The Chew Toy: Miley gets her fair share of slapstick.
  • Clark Kenting: All Miley has to do to be Hannah is put on a wig. This was even lampshaded by Jackson in one episode while watching Superman.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Not as much as Lilly, but she has her clumsy moments. She also describes herself as such in the second episode.
    Miley: What about the time I tripped in the biology lab and spilled frog juice all over you?
    Oliver: Oh Right, mum made me take off my pants in the school parking lot.
    Miley: Or when we were at Andrew's birthday party and you accidentally knocked me into the pool in your one-man stampede for the cake?
  • Deadpan Snarker: In practically every episode — especially after the first season. She's cute, she's funny, she can be downright obnoxious. It's why the audience can comfortably laugh at her when the Zany Scheme invariably backfires.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Miley fails her driving test and doesn't want to wait for two weeks as required by DMV regulations before retaking the test so she takes it as her alter ego. It doesn't occur to her that "Miley" can't use "Hannah's" license until she has to show it to a cop.
  • Easily Forgiven: The girl can't seem to get into any kind of trouble that lasts beyond the end of the episode.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Much of the show's success can be attributed to Miley Cyrus' bright and energetic personality combined with her goofy mannerisms and a total willingness to look foolish on camera.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Jackson's Foolish. She has her foolish moments, but has a successful career in contrast to Jackson who is a slobby Book Dumb slacker.
  • Genki Girl: Less so than Lilly, but she still has a very energetic attitude, including her pop-star persona.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lilly. In the series finale, neither appears fazed by leaving their boyfriends, but can't stand the thought of leaving each other. Their decision of where to go to college was heavily influenced by where the other would go.
  • Idol Singer: Both on the show and in Real Life.
  • Loved by All: As Hannah, she is implied to be loved by 99% of the planet, including a reclusive baseball player, a Caustic Critic played by Gilbert Gottfried, and an Obstructive Bureaucrat who rejected Arnold Schwarzenegger for being late by two minutes. In fact, whenever Miley encounters someone who admits to not liking Hannah, she feels shocked and hurt by it. On the other hand, she has a normal reputation whenever she's in the spotlight as Miley, with the occasional scandal.
  • Missing Mom: Miley and Jackson's mother died some time prior to the pilot. She does appear in a few episodes (played by Brooke Shields), in dream sequences.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Outside of her secret identity as Hannah, Miley is just a normal, relatable teenage girl.
  • Nice Girl: Can be either this or Jerk with a Heart of Gold depending on the episode, but in spite of her faults, she is overall well-meaning and compassionate.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Anything can happen in this world...
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Fooled the world for 6 YEARS by just putting on a wig. Her own two best friends didn't even find out until she revealed it to them herself.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She's very close to Oliver but their relationship is platonic. Oliver used to have a crush on her Secret Identity Hannah but gets over it after he finds out she's his old friend Miley.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Lilly and Oliver's red
  • Riches to Rags: In the final season after revealing her secret to the world.
  • Secret Identity: Some episodes of the show revolve around Miley trying to keep people from learning she is Hannah Montana. Example: Miley tried to get the money to buy a phone by taking a bad picture of herself as Hannah and sell it to a tabloid but realized that she was wearing her necklace emblazoned with the word "Miley" after giving away the picture and had to find a way to get it back. Lilly and Oliver adopted their own secret identities as well. Finally averted from "I'll Always Remember You" onward, crossed with Riches to Rags as seen above.
  • Secret Relationship: In what is no doubt a nod to the secret relationship in Star Wars, when Jake and Miley are secretly dating they use the code-names Anakin and Queen Amidala.
  • Sibling Rivalry: She frequently tends to make fun of or be mean to Jackson, even when unprovoked.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Lilly's tomboy in the first two seasons. Lilly is a skateboarder, loves sports (Miley hates them), and doesn't like dressing girly in school. In the episode "You Are So Sue-able to Me", Miley gets annoyed with Lilly's tomboy behavior, and decides to get her to dress and act like the typical Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Towards Jake Ryan. When they first meet, she treats him with disdain, calling his antics "disgusting" and turning him down three times when he asks her to a dance. It isn't until Hannah guest stars on Jake's TV show and they almost kiss during a scene that she realizes - or admits to herself - that she actually likes him. Some could argue that she feels the same about Mikayla but it was never canonized.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She and her cousin Luann. Luann uses it to her advantage and tries to expose Miley’s secret.

    Lillian "Lilly" Truscott
Played by: Emily Osment

Lilly Truscott has been Miley's best friend since the fifth grade. She began the series as a tomboyish skater girl who showed some signs of becoming more traditionally feminine. As the series progressed, she eventually outgrew her skater persona, and became progressively more girly.

Lilly accidentally discovers Miley's secret in the pilot episode, and thus later adopts her own alter-ego, viz: Lola Luftnagle, International Jet-Setter, so she could accompany Hannah to concerts and events.

Lilly has been best friends with Oliver Oken since preschool, when she held his hand because he had the 64-pack of crayons with the sharpener. Halfway through Season 3, they became a couple.

Lilly provides example of the following tropes:

  • Academic Athlete: A Passionate Sports Girl who was on the volleyball team, the skateboard club, and the surf club, but also a good student who gets a scholarship to a prestigious university.
  • Anime Hair: Usually when she's in her Lola disguise. This was lampshaded twice.
  • Big Eater: Skinny as she is, one wonders where she puts it all.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Lilly can't tell a person from a post without her contacts.
  • Book Smart: Like Miley, Lilly gets very good grades. She eventually gets a scholarship to a prestigious university.
  • Catchphrase: Distinctive more in the way she says them than in the words themselves:
    • "Eep!"
    • "Aw, man!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Oliver. They have been friends since kindergarten and start dating in later seasons.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's a bit spacey in a Genki Girl way.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's even more clumsy than Miley, despite being very athletic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lilly tends to fall into this role, and in fact in some episodes (such as the one where Miley and Jackson were thought to be dating) basically spends the entire episode making snarky comments.
  • Dumb Blonde: Definitely ditzier than Miley. Subverted in that she and Miley have just about the same grades and Lilly did a little bit better on the SAT. Lilly might have her ditzy moments, but academically is at least as smart as Miley.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Lilly was desperate enough at one point to pretend to be Rico's girlfriend in order to get tutoring.
  • Fangirl: Of Hannah Montana, until she learned that Hannah is actually Miley's alter-ego.
  • Genki Girl: Especially in her early tomboy days, she is extremely extroverted and excitable.
  • Girliness Upgrade: When she first showed up, she was a skateboard riding tomboy and by the end she's as girly as Hannah.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miley. In the series finale, neither appears fazed by leaving their boyfriends, but can't stand the thought of leaving each other. Their decision of where to go to college was heavily influenced by where the other would go.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Emily Osment is a talented singer pursuing a music career of her own. Lilly Truscott, on the other hand, has absolutely zero sense of pitch or volume control, or rhythm.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's very lively and impulsive.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She is all about this trope when she cries.
  • Large Ham: Probably the hammiest character on the show, although she's only marginally worse than the others.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Oliver's Feminine Boy. She's a sporty tomboy, he's socially awkward and nerdy.
  • Medium Awareness: Lilly seems to be developing this in Season 3, to the point where she could not only predict a daydream, but can point out to Miley where on screen it will be appearing.
  • Morality Chain: Often, Lilly is the only thing reining in Miley's diva-ness.
  • No Indoor Voice: She's the shoutiest out of all the other characters.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Garish outfits and candy-colored wigs practically guaranteed to draw attention to the fact that she's wearing what amounts to a costume. Though it doesn't make it any easier for people to tell who she is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red (one of two) to Miley's blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Lilly and Oliver became a couple in mid-Season 3.
  • Secret Identity: Lola Luftnagle, International Jet-Setter, complete with high-improbable backstory, including being the daughter of an oil baron and home-schooled in Canada ("where the moose are!").
  • Secret Relationship: Subverted. Lilly and Oliver thought Miley would wig out at the news of their relationship, so they decided to ease her into it. They managed to keep it secret for all of about five minutes.
  • Series Continuity Error: Two of the most egregious examples pertain directly to Lilly:
    • Lilly's birthday, which was implied in The Movie to be in the summer, but came around again just seven months later in "Can't Get Home to You Girl".
    • In one episode, Lilly spectacularly butchers the pronunciation of "empanada" (so as to rhyme with "Canada") but in another episode, is taking AP Spanish, and able to tutor another girl in exchange for her math tutoring services.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Both played straight and subverted in the episode, "You Are So Sue-able To Me". When Lilly's crush Matt asks her to the school dance, Miley convinces Lilly to get a Girliness Upgrade to impress him. When Lilly later shows up at school with her new look, she has quite a few guys drooling over her, but then she gets stood up by Matt. It turns out he preferred her tomboy look.
  • Sidekick: At one point Lilly refers to herself as such saying that she's just a sidekick who needs to learn to say no. She almost never does.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lilly's got it bad for Orlando Bloom, and takes her stalking to near-pathological levels in her Lola persona.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Before her Girliness Upgrade she was the tomboy to Miley's girly girl. Lilly is a skateboarder, loves sports (Miley hates them), and doesn't like dressing girly in school. In the episode "You Are So Sue-able to Me", Miley gets annoyed with Lilly's tomboy behavior, and decides to get her to dress and act like the typical Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Often wears caps before her Girliness Upgrade. She stops using them in later seasons.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being somewhat of a tomboy, Lilly is also seen to be very concerned about her appearance.

    Oliver Oscar Oken
Played by: Mitchel Musso

Oliver Oken has been Miley's best guy friend since the fifth grade, and Lilly's since preschool. He endures a fair amount of verbal and physical abuse from both girls, but they are shown to really care about each other in spite of that. Oliver fancies himself a smooth operator, and suffers frequent blows to his ego. As of mid-Season 3, he is dating Lilly, and is well on his way to a music career of his own.

(Tropes pertaining to Oliver's relationship with Lilly can be found under her character entry, and will not be repeated).

Oliver provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Though no stranger to the occasional bout of egocentrism, Oliver takes it to Jerkass levels after appearing on America's Top Talent, acquiring his own Groupie Brigade, and very nearly scuttling his relationship with Lilly. Thankfully, Miley sets him straight.
  • Alliterative Name: Oliver Oken. His middle name is Oscar.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call Lilly stupid within earshot of Oliver!
  • Butt-Monkey: Similarly to Jackson, he's often picked on or made fun of.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Oliver was turned down by the entire girls' softball team (who even hired a skywriter to drive the point home). That said, he's dated hotties such as Becca Weller, Joannie Palumbo, and of course, Lilly.
  • Catchphrase: "Frickyfrickyfresh." and "Wickywickyword. Respect!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Lilly. They have been friends since kindergarten and start dating in later seasons.
  • Demoted to Extra: Gets less screentime in Season 4 compared to the previous seasons.
  • Egg Sitting: Oliver and Sarah do this in "My Boyfriend's Jackson and There's Gonna be Trouble".
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: It's pointed out several times that Oliver's mom is not exactly the most caring parent like when she harshly told him to get over it after his goldfish died. This is all played for laughs.
  • Idol Singer: By the end of Season 3, Oliver has been on national TV and is ready to go on a concert tour.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Lilly's Masculine Girl. She's a sporty tomboy, he's socially awkward and nerdy.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Oliver's consists of a fake goatee and some hip-hop clothes.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Miley, and with Lilly before their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Oliver tries to incorporate far too much hip-hop culture into his persona.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red (one of two) to Miley's blue.
  • Secret Identity: Mic Stand... Mic Stan... ley... The 3rd. Oh, I mean Mike Stanley III, a moniker he came up with very much off-the-cuff.
  • Secret Relationship:
    • Subverted. Lilly and Oliver thought Miley would wig out at the news of their relationship, so they decided to ease her into it. They managed to keep it secret for all of about five minutes.
    • Also subverted when the school nurse has a conversation with Lilly and Miley that makes it sound like she's having an affair with Oliver, though it turns out she's actually talking about him having diabetes. The girls are appropriately horrified, though they'd have a harder time getting away with this joke had the genders been reversed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's often overconfident, especially when it comes to flirting.
  • Soap Opera Disease: He has Type I diabetes, mentioned in exactly one episode.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Oliver was one to Hannah until he found out who she really was.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Oliver seems to have this sort of relationship with most of his friends.

    Jackson Rod Stewart
Played by: Jason Earles

Jackson Stewart is Miley's two-years-older brother. He's shown to be greedy, selfish, irresponsible, lazy, socially-awkward, and unhygienic. However, he's also genuinely kind and compassionate, and stands by his friends and family when it really counts.

Jackson has had a number of best friends over the years, some of whom have disappeared without explanation or further mention. He seems to have something of a best friend relationship with Oliver, and a frenemy relationship with his boss' son, Rico.

Jackson provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He spent an entire episode trying to lose the affections of "Saint" Sarah.
  • Allegedly Dateless: Jackson is portrayed as an uncouth, socially-awkward loser who couldn't get a date if his life depended on it. This in spite of the fact that he takes a different girl out every third episode, and has even had a few random women come on to him (usually when he's not trying to be charming). He even has a long-term relationship with a bikini model in the fourth season.
  • Book Dumb: He's obviously not stupid, but he gets horrible grades.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often the butt of the jokes.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Frequently disproportionately punished for infractions that would rate, at most, a stern talking-to for Miley.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Jackson tries every cheesy pickup line and crazy scheme in the book to get girls.
  • Childish Older Sibling: He's lazier and more irresponsible than his younger sister Miley, which makes him The Unfavorite.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: He comes off as this frequently, though he's more Book Dumb than anything.
  • Easy Amnesia: Given to Jackson by a bump on the head from a fight with Miley. Subverted when said amnesia turns out to be fake, a joke played on Miley by Jackson and Robbie Ray to teach her a lesson about fighting with her brother (Jackson is promised a car for playing along).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Miley's Responsible. She has her foolish moments, but has a successful career in contrast to Jackson who is a slobby Book Dumb slacker.
  • G-Rated Drug: In “O Say, Can You Remember the Words?”, Jackson developed a candy addiction while attempting to break Rico of his.
  • Hidden Depths: Jackson will loudly proclaim at every opportunity how disappointed he is that Robbie Ray had a second child, or how much he resents Hannah Montana taking precedence over any of his own plans — especially because Miley never lets him forget it. However, when push comes to shove and Miley really needs his support, Jackson will sacrifice anything — even his own happiness — to protect his sister's hopes and dreams. Perhaps the best example of this can be seen in "I Want You to Want Me... to Go to Florida". Miley wants to go to a charity concert to beat her rival Mikayla but Robby refuses to let her go because "she isn't ready". In reality, Robby was simply frightened by how much Miley was becoming more independent. It is Jackson who calls him out on this and tells Robby that Miley was simply following her dreams as their father had always pushed her to do.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He cares for Miley deep down.
  • Master of Disguise: Jackson posed as a health inspector to get Mamaw Stewart fired as the school lunch lady. His cover was only blown when his wax nose melted.
  • Missing Mom: Miley and Jackson's mother died some time prior to the pilot. She does appear in a few episodes (played by Brooke Shields), in dream sequences.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: In one episode, Hannah has found that kids will emulate just about everything she does, and is afraid to ever express her opinions or preferences on television. As such, Robbie Ray enlists Jackson to school her in the fine art of obfuscation. Of course, it backfires horribly, and Hannah ends up delivering the episode's Aesop about being yourself instead.
  • The Pig-Pen: He's very messy and sometimes disgusting.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's often the comic relief of the series, making jokes, making people get hurt, and dancing silly.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Robbie and Rico's blue
  • Start My Own: In one episode, he gets fed up with the greedy practices at Rico's Surf Shop, and quits his job there so he can open a rival beachfront establishment.
  • Stylistic Suck: Jackson puts on his A-game when he appears on America's Top Talent as "Bucky Kentucky".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After his failed relationships with other girls throughout the series, Jackson finally gets a long term girlfriend in season 4, a bikini model named Siena.
  • The Unfavorite: Lampshaded with gusto by Mamaw Stewart, who overcompensates by spoiling Jackson and ignoring Miley. Subverted late in the series by Jackson revealing that he's intentionally made himself this, since he finds that his life gets easier the less Robbie Ray want anything to do with him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jackson has this sort of relationship with Rico.

    Robbie Ray Stewart
Played by: Billy Ray Cyrus

Robbie Ray Stewart is the father of Miley and Jackson. Once a chart-topping country music sensation himself, Robbie Ray has shifted his career toward writing songs for and the full-time management of Hannah Montana. He's a colorful hillbilly (though not as colorful as his relatives, some of whom have been seen, but most only referred to) who's been softened quite a bit by his luxurious life in Southern California. He tries to be an overall responsible and caring parent, but can't seem to help showing at least some favoritism toward Miley.

Robbie Ray provides examples of the following tropes:

  • '80s Hair: He wants his mullet back!
  • Adam Westing: Robbie plays his own Captain Ersatz.
  • Always Identical Twins: Has a brother named Bobby.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have played a role in Céline Dion's rise to fame by convincing her to shorten her name from "Dionawitz".
  • Big Eater: Leading to some people, including the President, teasing him about his waistline. He does mention being a chubby child.
  • Catchphrase: He shares most of his with his kids, with the exception of "What in the Sam Heck?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, particularly with Dontzig or when his kids get out of line or he has to play Papa Wolf.
  • Easy Amnesia: Robbie Ray was in on the plot to fool Miley into thinking Jackson had amnesia.
  • Formerly Fat: He used to be a lot chubbier, something for which his mother gives him no end of grief.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue (one of two) to Jackson's red
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Robbie's consists of a mustache and a hat.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Miley naturally. The show does make it clear that he loves Jackson too, he just gets along with Miley better.
  • Porn Stache: Robbie dons one in his stage persona.
  • Pungeon Master: Robbie Ray constantly makes puns.
  • The Scrooge: Despite being filthy-stinkin'-rich from both his own and his daughter's record sales, Robbie Ray is notoriously, if a bit selectively, tight with a penny.
  • Secret Identity: When on Hannah business, Robbie resumes his stage persona of Robbie Ray (real imaginative).
  • Selective Enforcement: Robbie's scales of justice are clearly tipped in favor of Miley. However, he's not above inflicting a Cool and Unusual Punishment on Miley whenever she goes too far. One time in particular, Miley used her Hannah Montana persona to get her driver's license to be able to drive to a party, which resulted in her getting arrested. Robbie punished her by driving to the party anyway, and then announcing with a megaphone that "Hey everybody, this is Miley Stewart's daddy dropping her off at the party because she didn't get her driver's license". Punishments don't get much more cool and unusual than that.

    Rico Suave
Played by: Moises Arias

Rico is the owner's son, and de facto manager, of Rico's Surf Shop, a beachfront establishment that sells mediocre, overpriced food and merchandise. Rico is a bona fide genius, particularly in math and science, and isn't shy about it. He's in the same class as Miley, Lilly and Oliver, despite being several years younger. He has, at various times, been both a frenemy and employer to both Jackson and Oliver.

Rico provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He's known to hit on various girls, but tends to find himself fancying Miley very often. She's not fond of him, not just because he's younger, but because he's a massive pain. The fact that his First Kiss was a Forceful Kiss he stole from Miley when she tried to kiss him on the cheek didn't endear him to her in the slightest.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appears in a few episodes of Season 1, but becomes a major character in later seasons.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A snarky 11 year old jerk.
  • Catchphrase: Rico has quite a few:
    • "''Rrrrrrrr'ico!"
    • "Muahahahaha!"
    • "Hey-O!" his standard greeting, as well as his response to a good burn.
    • "Hiya, toots!"
  • Child Prodigy: He starts out as one, eventually aging into a Teen Genius. He is in the same class as Miley and Lilly, despite being three years younger.
  • Creepy Child: He's disturbingly twisted and manipulative for someone his age.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being a condescending and bratty Mouthy Kid, this trope is pretty much obvious.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: He owns his Evil Laugh and has the exclusive North American rights to his "Hey-O!"
  • Evil Laugh: Even when texting!
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: You'd think he'd be dizzy by now.
  • Friendless Background: We find out in multiple episodes that his manipulative personality and his arrogance leave him without friends and that no one likes him.
  • Good with Numbers: He can do complex equations in his head.
  • Insufferable Genius: He skipped three grade levels, has an eidetic memory, at one point even realized Miley is Hannah Montana (and promptly dismissed the idea), and is a Jerkass who believes anyone less intelligent than he (read: everyone) is his to manipulate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Rico has a bratty and obnoxious personality, and is also rather manipulative. He additionally has been known to do right by people, but usually only when it serves his own interests.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Rico uses his money, brains and/or influence to put other people down, or blackmail them into doing something they do not want to do.
  • Mouthy Kid: He wouldn't be Rico without his smart-ass comments.
  • Pet the Dog: Rico does manage, on rare occasions, to do something truly altruistic.
  • Playing Cyrano: When Lilly and Oliver's relationship is on the rocks, Rico finds that Oliver's moping is bad for business. In order to shut him up and bring the customers back, Rico helps mend their relationship by sending Lilly a love letter in Oliver's name.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Moises Arias, as of Season 2.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue (one of two) to Jackson's red
  • Token Evil Teammate: The nastiest in the main cast.
  • Token Minority: Rico is the only Latino in an otherwise monochrome cast, but he subverts the TV stereotype of Latinos by being intelligent, wealthy, and motivated.
  • Villainous BSoD: Has two during the series. One when Jackson made him realize that baldness is hereditary in his family, and again when he questions his genius over not being able to realize that Miley was Hannah Montana before she revealed it (and to a lesser extent that Lily was Lola).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jackson. They are usually at odds with each other, but in a later episode they both reluctantly admit that they consider each other friends.
  • Young Entrepreneur: Rico's dad gave him the business, but Rico knows how to keep it profitable.

Recurring Characters

    Susan Stewart 
Miley's deceased mother. She is mentioned throughout the series and appears in flashbacks.
  • Alliterative Name: Susan Stewart
  • Posthumous Character: Died before the events of the show, though we see her in ways like home videos and, in one case, Miley dreaming about her before a major surgery.

    Amber and Ashley 
Two mean popular girls who are classmates and rivals to Miley and Lilly.
  • Alliterative Name: Amber Addison
  • Alpha Bitch: Both are typical school divas. Amber appears to be the dominant mean girl, while Ashley is her sidekick.
  • Asian Airhead: Ashley fits the stereotype. (Amber on the other hand is black, and a little smarter.)
  • Beta Bitch: Ashley to Amber.
  • Brainless Beauty: Both are beautiful, superficial, and not smart at all. Ashley seems to be the dumber one of the two.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ashley can be this depending on the episode.
  • Catchphrase: (in unison) "Oooh! Tsss!"
  • Evil Counterpart: To Miley and Lilly. Amber is popular and good at singing (like Miley/Hannah), while Ashley is her ditzy sidekick (like Lilly to Miley). However, Amber and Ashley are much meaner and like to bully other students.
  • Freudian Excuse: In one episode it's revealed that Amber used to be a nerdy girl with glasses who was bullied all the time as a kid.
  • Hidden Depths: Amber's singing talent and secret insecurities, both revealed in "The Idol Side of Me".
  • Token Minority: Amber is black, Ashley is an Asian Airhead. The main cast is mostly white.

    Leslie "Jake" Ryan 
Miley's on again, off again boyfriend. One of her most notable boyfriends. He is a teen actor who represents the celebrity life Miley lives through Hannah. He is prone to breaking up with Miley, and making up with her. They break up for good when he flat out cheats on Miley.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Is a heartthrob for many girls due to his action show "Zombie High"
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He and Miley's relationship is constantly on the rocks, with them breaking up for multiple reasons then getting back together.
  • Derailing Love Interests: He abruptly cheats on Miley after she chose him in the Love Triangle between him, her, and Jesse. It came completely out of the left field, and the sequence of events that led to this suggests the writers were always planning on breaking them up and were looking for an excuse to do it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's incredibly self-absorbed, but he's seriously offended when Miley insinuates that he would use her Secret Identity to blackmail her into a relationship.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's the stereotypical "full of himself" Hollywood star, but he's still a nice guy most of the time.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Miley finds herself in a romantic triangle with Jake and Jesse, after some thinking, she picks Jake, and how does he repay her ? He cheats on her. Of course, she goes back to Jesse.

Miley's final love interest in the series. At first he isn't aware of her secret, but finds out eventually. At one point, Miley finds herself in a love triangle with him and Jake Ryan. She picks Jake, but after he cheats on her, and some thinking, she gets back together with Jesse around the end of the series.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father is currently serving in Afghanistan.
  • Military Brat: As stated above, his father is in the military.
  • The Scapegoat: After he found out Miley's secret, there was a point where he kisses Miley on stage, with her Hannah wig on. He is accused of two timing Miley, until she reveals her secret to the world on the Jay Leno show.

Jackson's bikini model girlfriend (something he is proud of) in season 4. They start out as friends but they grow close over a short time. She also finds out Miley's secret.
  • Innocently Insensitive:Although she often gives fashion advice, she doesn't realize that openly telling Milley that she dresses horrible is a very rude thing to do.

    Albert Dontzig 
The Stewarts rich neighbor. He has an ongoing rivalry with Robbie and Jackson. He is not above taking advantage of people's generosity and is a very competitive man.
  • Fat Bastard: He's an overweight and very rude man who takes every opportunity to complain to Robby Ray about some petty thing like the Stewarts' leaves falling into his pool.
  • Jerkass: Decidedly unpleasant. His niece visiting in one episode shows that it apparently runs in the family.

    Roxy Roker 
Miley's bodyguard when she's in the role of Hannah Montana. An ex-Marine, she is known to be extremely protective of Miley, to the point of ludicrousness.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Miley lies to her that Robby said it was okay that the two of them travel together to a concert without him. When Robby arrives and reveals that was not the case, Roxy is hurt that Miley lied to her and used her to disobey her father.
  • Mundane Solution: When Miley complains about a new bully at school, Roxy seems like she's ready to show her some karate moves....then just tells her to go get a teacher.
  • Parental Substitute: Downplayed, but due to her being excellent at her job she is trusted like an extended family member by the Stewart’s. On one occasion, a sick Robby was unwilling to let Miley fly alone to an event until she produced Roxy as her chaperone, accepting her without a word.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's around as tall as Miley despite being a fully-grown adult, but was a former Marine and doesn't take any lip from anybody.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Like most of the characters she has her Deadpan Snarker moments.

Played by: Selena Gomez (actor), Julie Griffin (singing voice)
A rival of Hannah Montana, who is famous for the One-Hit Wonder "If Cupid Had A Heart". She is jealous of Hannah Montana's success and despises her as a result.

    Traci Van Horn 
Played by: Romi Dames

A friend of Hannah Montana, who speaks with a nasally voice and always has access to elite Hollywood parties.

  • Catchphrase: "It's a nasal condition!"
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: She is not "evil" by any means (although a bit snobby), but she is known for her high-pitched, nasally voice.
  • Rich Bitch: She is nice to Hannah, but rude to Lola, as she feels she is not "cool" enough.
  • Shock Value Relationship: Pretends to be engaged to Jake Ryan in Las Vegas, only for it to turn out to all be part of a prank show.
  • Socialite: Her father is a record producer, she attends many Hollywood parties, hosts charity events, and always sports the latest fashions and has the newest phones.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after Season 3, and is not shown when Miley revealed her secret to the world.

Played by: Lisa Arch

A snooty photographer and director that Hannah has to work with from time to time.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: By the end of her first appearance, she's become rather smitten with Robbie Ray and seeks any opportunity to flirt with him. Robbie is more than willing to get stuck climbing out of the bathroom window than to spend any time around her.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After her third appearance, in season 3, she's faded out of the show entirely, not seeing when Miley reveals her secret to the world.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: While's she's not exactly a villain, she's conceited and rude while she wears glasses.
  • Jerkass: She's not the nicest person to work with, not caring about a person's discomfort if it gets in the way of her job.

    Earl Stewart 
Played by: David Koechner

Robbie’s brother and Miley’s uncle, known for his heavyset frame.

  • Big Eater: As evidenced by his large size.
  • Comfort Food: He says that when he felt happy about the opportunity to perform with his niece, he stopped wanting to eat, suggesting he uses food as an emotional crutch for some emptiness in his life.
  • Informed Deformity: The cast always speaks of him as if he was a morbidly obese blob, but when he finally appears, while he’s heavyset, he is nowhere near as large as the jokes indicated.
  • Unseen No More: Mentioned as the butt of fat jokes for a few seasons before he puts in an actual appearance.
  • You Are Fat: As noted above if he is mentioned it’s part of an offhand joke about his weight.

Movie Characters

    Travis Brody 
Played by: Lucas Till
Voiced by: Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mamoru Miyano (Japanese dub)
Miley's love interest and childhood friend. He doesn't know that Miley is Hannah. He finds out her secret and sees her as a liar, but he later accepts she's the same Miley he fell in love with. Naturally, their relationship doesn't last beyond the end of the movie.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't appear or is mentioned in the show. Justified, he lives in Crowley Corners and Miley lives in L.A
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Has had a crush on Miley since they were little, but doesn't appear again after the movie and Jesse and Miley hook up.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Miley a liar after he finds out her secret.

    Oswald Granger 
The Paparazzo who works for Bon Chic, he is the one following Miley around on the tip that Hannah Montana's home town is Crowley Corners.
  • Heel Realization : He decides it's best not to be a paparazzo if his job hurts people.

Robbie's own love interest. She seems pretty connected to the towns chamber of calmers, because she could set anyone up with a meeting with the Mayor. She and Robbie break up when he had to tend to his daughters depresion.

Played by: Jane Carr
The editor of Bon Chic, and Oswald's boss. Her main goal is to find out whatever secret Hannah Montana has at any cost. She doesn't even meet Miley face to face.
  • Big Bad: She is the true antagonist in Hannah Montana: The Movie.
  • Karma Houdini: She really isn't punished for sending Oswald onto Miley, but she still gets called out for it and fails to obtain the secret.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: She doesn't get Miley's secret, but Miley herself does so in the third to last episode of the series.

    Mr. Bradley 
Played by: Barry Bostwick
A land developer who is trying to build a mall on the site of Crowley Corners. The project isn't really reacted well with the towns people, irregardless, argument with him and the people of Crowley Corners is what drives much of the plot.