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- Action Girl: Probably the most capable fighter in the series. Justified since her military dad taught her.
- Birds of a Feather: A platonic version of this with Officer Petey.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Emma's blonde & Zuri's brunette. Jessie is not a natural redhead, but she does act like one.
- Book Dumb: Depending on the episode. Jessie just graduated high school before the pilot, but doesn't know the answer to a simple fraction problem that Luke had to do. In another episode, she also didn't know if a fraction with a denominator of zero would be undefined.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jessie is arguably the goofiest of them all, but is crazy-skilled, including singing, stripping a gun, survival training, hand-to-hand combat skills and being able to fly aircraft. It was also revealed in the pilot that she's a straight-A student. It's implied her dad is just as ditzy and skilled. Subverted since her military skills don't help her with her job as a nanny and the fact that her goofiness is a reason why she's arguably not the most competent nanny. Even although the kids love her, because she's like a Cool Big Sis to them, most of the time they don't show it they treat her like crap, step over her and don't pay respect to her and she can't help it.
- Butt-Monkey: She finds herself in this role more often than any character besides Bertram, but it's usually Played for Laughs.
- Cain and Abel: Abel to her stepsister Darla's Cain. Darla is shown to be disrespectful and Jessie doesn't like her at all.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Especially in G.I. Jessie, where she says a lot of foul language regarding Darla. Thankfully, Bertram runs a blender over the words every time she is about to say them.
- Country Mouse: She's originally from Fort Hood, a small town in Texas, and is still adjusting to life in New York.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as a surrogate protective older sister to the Ross Kids.
- Cute Bruiser: Jessie knows a few military moves that she shows when she subdues Emma's punk boyfriend.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Likely unintentional, but suffers a lot of slapstick.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She can be very unreasonable to the kids at times.
- Of Bailey, to the point where most fans consider them the exact same character.
- Of Fran from The Nanny.
- Fiery Redhead: She can be aggressive, and threatening, when others push her to her limits.
- Forgotten Anniversary: She initially thought that Tony had forgotten their one-year anniversary, but she was the one who actually had the date wrong.
- The writers seem to have become stuck on her having bad relationships with guys and as Season 1 progressed she seemed more and more like a relationship chaser (possibly a Disneyfied Good Bad Girl or Ethical Slut) than a girl with just enough bad experiences to make her play it safe with Tony. As many relationship stories as she's mentioned, it seems like she dated every single guy in her hometown at least once. The stories are becoming more outlandish as well.
- The whole Failure Is the Only Option angle. Jessie started the show being able to fly helicopters and bragging about winning talent shows; in Season 2 she comes off as being lucky if she manages walk down the hallway without being run over.
- Girly Bruiser: She's pretty feminine, but thanks to her military upbringing, she can easily defend herself or the kids with some well-placed punches.
- Identical Stranger: She's on the receiving end of this in Karate Kid-tastrophe, where Jessie ran into Mr. Moseby himself. After Jessie leaves, Mr. Moseby called Cody on the phone to tell him about her uncanny resemblance to Bailey.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Jessie is capable of flying a helicopter, as evidenced by the pilot. In a later episode, "We Are So Grounded", she crash-lands a jet in an emergency. She calmly prefaces her aerial antics with "my father taught me how to fly!" She flies a helicopter again in the Austin & Ally Crossover.
- Magical Nanny: A mix of Type I and II. She brings the whole family together, but she also handles the kids whenever they're rambunctious.
- Mama Bear: Don't mess with Jessie's kids. This comes in full force in "We Are So Grounded".
Jessie: How dare you scare my kids!
- Military Brat: Her father is in the Marine Corps.
- Ms. Fanservice: It's not hard to see how.
- Not So Different: In "Where's Zuri?" Jessie meets Stuart's "manny" Hudson, the two have completely different methods of how they nanny, but when both Zuri & Stuart go missing, Jessie learns they have nearly the same backstory, even lampshaded.
Hudson: I came to New York to become a famous novelist, but then I fell out of a cab and wound up Stuart's nanny, but you wouldn't understand.
Jessie: Are you kidding? You're basically me with man hands.
- Also with Mrs. Chesterfield. Both are Fiery Redhead who are mistreated by the kids and have a disturbing history of failed relationships
- Official Couple: With Tony... until they broke up in "Break Up and Shape Up".
- One of the Kids: She's by far the most mature, by age and personality, but she definitely has her moments.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-Universe, Jessie will occasionally slip into a Texas drawl (the character is actually Texan).
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- She lays a pretty good one on Brody in "The Princess and the Pea Brain".
- To "McD" in "Jessie's Big Break" and Simon in "Toy Con". Pretty much expect one of these if there's a sleaze bag trying to pull a fast one on Jessie or her kids.
- Rejected Apology: In the season 2 final, Jessie had enough of the children not obeying her and accuses them about not caring about her needs or happiness as she quits being their nanny. However, three of the kids attempted to change Jessie's mind and apologies but she refuses. After hearing that Emma ran away and a talk with her, Jessie not only realized that she made a mistake in quitting but also that she doing the same thing as the kids are doing about not caring about others needs or happiness. Seeing the rest of the children save her from trouble, Jessie goes back to being the Ross nanny and forgives them.
- Retcon: In seasons 1 and 2, she knew a lot about Harry Potter (at least enough to know that Voldemort doesn't have a nose), but in season 3 she doesn't even know what Quidditch is.
- Series Goal: To become an actress.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Jessie takes as much of a beating, possibly more, than Luke and Ravi do.
- Smarter Than You Look: Jessie usually acts like she needs instructions on how to breathe, yet she came straight from Texas as a Straight-A student and can fly a helicopter (among other things).
- Southern-Fried Genius: She was a straight-A student in school.
- Team Mom: To the Ross Kids.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Jessie has become stupider over the seasons. In the first season, she mentions that she was a straight-A student in high school, and yet, in the fourth season episode "What a Steal," when she's trying to pretend to be a genius to date a good-looking genius guy, she's not able to figure out if any fraction with a denominator of 0 would be undefined.
- Ungrateful Bitch: In "We Are So Grounded," she isn't exactly grateful to Emma for draining the venom out of the bug bite she received with a spork, which had caused her temporary Sanity Slippage; the most she gives Emma for "sporking" her back to health is a deadpan "thank you" and a threat to "do the same" to her someday. Of course, it becomes somewhat more justified when one recalls that Emma's refusal to heed Jessie's and the pilot's warnings to turn off her electronics is exactly what caused their plane to crash in the first place.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Bunk'd we get no information as to whether she has succeeded in her Hollywood career or whether she and the Ross family keep in touch. The only information we get is in the first episode of Season 2 when we see that Bertram is still with the Ross family, meaning that Jessie is not yet famous yet.
- All Women Love Shoes: Orders forty pairs of shoes in "Green-Eyed Monsters", to name one of the better examples.
- Big Sister Instinct: To Ravi and Zuri. Not so much with Luke.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Zuri's brunette & Jessie's redhead.
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted. She may act ditzy at times, but is a straight A student.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Downplayed. While she's snarky to Jessie, she's still a sweet girl usually easy to get along with. In Karate Kid-tastrophe, this is completely exaggerated.
- Catchphrase: "Idiot", often directed at Luke.
- Character Development: She's shown the most development out of any character in the whole series. She started out as a shallow, snarky, somewhat conceited, but still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Over the course of the series, she's learned from her mistakes and has grown up into a hardworking, compassionate, forgiving, borderline Nice Girl. She's easily the nicest character to Bertram and Jessie and tries to help the other characters with their problems. She's even now seeing it's inside that matters as shown with her friendship with Maybelle and how in "Morning Rush" she was going to go out with a nice geeky boy over a self centered guy who was really attractive, during the whole episode she couldn't decide to go out with.
- Cool Big Sis: To Ravi and Zuri. Less so to Luke, since they fight and argue a lot.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Though not to the same extent of Big Bad Mrs. Chesterfield, Emma acts this way from time to time and more than the others, especially in the crossover episode. In fact, if she wasn't rich and pretty, it would've just been super creepy for Austin and friends to stay the night, not to mention dangerous. But since the Ross family is rich, they all but begged to stay in the penthouse.
- She's Got Legs: She has moments of this, particularly in "Take the A-Train, I Think?", "Teacher's Pest" and "Toy Con."
- Shipper on Deck: She supports Jessie and Tony.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Luke. They argue like the typical brother and sister.
- Techno Wizard: She's pretty tech savvy, being able to repair a broken apart cell phone or airplane radio, which are fairly complicated devices that need to be assembled by precise machines or very skilled technicians.
- Token White: Among her siblings (even if excluding Luke is a stretch).
- Took a Level in Kindness: Emma is much kinder in Bunk'd, as she does make an honest effort to do nice things to others, even if they up causing disaster.
- Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, he's pretty good at this. For example:
- Funny Foreigner: Actually avoided, while Ravi does act foreign, most of his jokes aren't ethnicity based, although Zuri does call him Mowgli in the Christmas episode.
- Happily Adopted: An Indian boy adopted by the Ross family.
- Insufferable Genius: Has his moments.
Jessie: I found this group you might like. It's called the Intelligency.
Ravi: Oh, I know what Intelligency is. It's a group of kids with genius IQs who do not wish to associate themselves with numbskulls.
Jessie: Hey, just 'cuz someone isn't a genius doesn't make them a numbskull!
Ravi: Actually, according to theories in phrenology, diminished cranial sensitivity is directly related to stupidity.
Jessie: Yeah, you're gonna fit right in.
- Karmic Trickster: Whenever Luke goes too far. This is shown when Ravi tries to get revenge on Luke for playing constant practical jokes on him.
- Naïve Newcomer: Hes the new kid in the family and according to Jessie, the others haven't corrupted him yet.
- Nice Guy: Usually very polite and friendly.
- Overprotective Dad: To Mrs. Kipling's hatchlings.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Zuri's Energetic Girl.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Luke's Manly Man.
- Stereotypical South Asian English: His accent is exaggerated, he uses Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, and he mentions Hindu gods.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He begins mocking everyone's intelligence post-season 2.
- Unaffected by Spice: Because of his background, he's accustomed to eating extremely hot foods. In "Are You Cooler Than a Fifth Grader?", Ravi is able to get rid of a bully by letting him steal and eat his lunch: a sandwich with Indian dragonfire peppers. The bully screams and runs away in agony, while Ravi eats a whole pepper without even flinching.
Luke: How do you do that without screaming in pain?
Ravi: Where I come from, people sleep on beds of nails and walk on hot coals. This is nothing!
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Smart enough to even teach his own yoga class.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Mostly to Luke, but she also annoys Emma or Ravi on occasion.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Emma's blonde & Jessie's redhead.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Moreso in later seasons.
- Cheerful Child: A very playful little girl.
- Child Prodigy: She's really, really good at chess. She nearly beat a local champion, but she threw the match so he could win the prize. (A trip to Paris to see his family.)
- Cloudcuckoolander: Initially a Ms. Imagination who has a hard time separating fact from fiction, brought to light by her array of imaginary friends and pets.
- Cute Bruiser: Zuri once took down both Jessie and Luke in about as many seconds. Took down Ravi by technicality when he surrendered himself to the floor.
- Grumpy Bear: Often seen whining, complaining, and showing indifference.
- Hidden Depths: He loves opera and he can sure belt out a tune as seen in the Christmas episode.
- Fat Bastard: An overweight man who tends to be grumpy and doesn't seem to like children.
- Fat Comic Relief: He can be humorous and also incredibly comical to some, his comic-relief moments do show this in him at times, especially when he's acting immature.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Even though he's aloof and doesn't show that he cares for the kids, there are times he rightfully calls out the kids for not caring for her happiness, or when he steps up and becomes the adult.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though he usually doesn't show it, he actually cares for Jessie and the kids. This was better emphasized by Kevin Chamberlin himself in his interview expressing that Bertram is not a fan of kids and secretly loves them with a notation of this that Bertram is "a teddy bear at heart".
- Lazy Bum: He really doesn't like doing housework. Turns out Christina knew all along. She and the kids happen to find his laziness entertaining.
- Manchild: He can be just as immature as the kids.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Whenever he does work, it usually means that Morgan or Christina are home.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: He shills Morgan and Christina like you wouldn't know.
- Running Gag: Wanting to do something, but not doing it because the object he is reaching for is too far. Once he wanted to sign a note, but since the pen on the nearby coffee table wasn't within arm's reach, he was too lazy to get it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, to the point where he is a specialist on identifying rare brands of cheese.
- Ultimate Job Security: Played with—he hardly does his job, could've been fired a long time ago and knows it, but Christina found out a long time ago but never fired him. Why? Because the kids are fond of him and she doesn't want to upset them by firing him, and she's not upset when she tells him.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: A downplayed version, but "Green-Eyed Monsters" shows that he gets easily jealous over Jessie being friends with Officer Petey.
- The Ditz: Tony is a slight airhead, but still really funny.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Tony has been helping Jessie in any way possible throughout the show.
- Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: In one episode, Zuri mentioned that "Tony knows a guy" with regards to bringing in a Porta-potty to her room to help Jessie overcome her fear.
- Love Interest: To Jessie. They ended the series as a couple.
- Official Couple: With Jessie... until they broke up in "Break Up and Shape Up". They get back together in Ghostest With The Mostest, when Jessie learns that Tony has a dream of his own.
- Satellite Love Interest: Though, he is greatly defined for also being The Reliable One to Jessie, especially helping out in certain situations, getting things that Jessie needs, etc.
Mrs. Rhoda Chesterfield
- Abhorrent Admirer: She has a crush on Bertram, although he is repulsed by her.
- Abusive Mom: Is implied to be somewhat abusive towards her daughter Cassandra, Played for Laughs of course.
- Arch-Enemy: The archenemy to Jessie. She has it out for Jessie for no reason, trying to put her down and get rid of her.
- Big Bad Ensemble: One of the recurring antagonists along with Nanny Agatha.
- Catchphrase: Mrs. Chesterfield always calls Zuri "strange little girl".
- Child Hater: She hates the Ross kids.
- Cruella to Animals: Implied but downplayed. She has no problems with her dog, Zeus, but she wanted to get rid of Mrs. Kipling out of spite. However, it was believed she was going to kill off the baby lizards, but she was simply just getting rid of them in a way that would not be cruel in the public's eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments of sarcasm.
- Dirty Old Woman: Has a habit of coming incredibly strongly towards younger, attractive or simply men she desires, to the point of outright sexual harassing them (and implies it happens so often she considers them suing her for it nothing more than playing hard to get).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her dog, though it's not clear as to the full extent of her care for her. Zeus, however, clearly does not return the sentiment.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She was clearly appalled by Jessie when she thought Jessie was framing the kids for something she did. She even points this out.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She was shocked that cutting her son off would't stop him from being with Jessie.
- Evil Redhead: Though a throwaway gag reveals that she's not a natural redhead.
- For the Evulz: When she destroys Luke's ball, Luke says it was mean, and her response? She just says "Thank You".
- Gold Digger: She married her first husband because he was rich and got all his money, and repeated that process over and over again.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Zuri and Emma spend a civil dinner with her just to see Jessie and Brooks squirm. The only reason she let them eat with her is because they all don't want Jessie to be with Brooks.
- Hate Sink: She's just so despicable and unsympathetic to the point of kicking the dog by insulting and making Zuri's, Ravi's and Luke's lives miserable for no particular reason. Furthermore, she goes out her way to do anything it takes to get Jessie fired, even when Jessie hardly does anything to her.
- Informed Flaw: Is commonly described by others as if she is ancient and hideous, while Carolyn Hennesy is a quite attractive gracefully aged woman.
- Jerkass: Generally cruel, mean, and unpleasant.
- Kick the Dog: She goes out of her way to antagonize Jessie and the kids for petty reasons. Comes full force in Between Swoon and New York City. She finds out her son Brooks is dating Jessie, and what does she do? Cuts him off, cancels his credit cards and watches Brooks and Jessie suffer as they can't find a way to pay.
- Lack of Empathy: She doesn't care for anything but herself.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She finally gets it in Four Broke Kids, Ravi found illegal deductions in her email, alerted the authorities, and lost her fortune. Chesterfield really had it coming.
- Malicious Misnaming: Refers to Jessie as "Bessie" and Emma as "Jemma". Probably does this on purpose.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Her son Brooks doesn't find her vicious, but she reveals that she did really terrible things to her ex-husbands when she did not get her way.
- Pet the Dog:
- Literally. She loves her dog more than anything.
- Putting Ravi's lizards in a lizard sanctuary, though according to her, she just did it for the good PR.
- She finally accepts her son's choice to marry Jessie.
- She's more pleasant towards Emma, her favorite of the Ross kids.
- Rich Bitch: A rich woman who lives directly under the Ross family's apartment.
- Serial Spouse: It's revealed she's been married six times.
Morgan and Christina Ross
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Only Christina returns home in the finale, and Morgan is nowhere to be seen after "Gotcha Day".
- Follow in My Footsteps: In Bunk'd, it's mentioned Christina sent Emma to camp Kikiwaka in the hopes that Emma will live up to be a great counselor like she was. In turn, Emma WANTS to make her proud, but doesn't feel she can live up to that dream.
- I Choose to Stay: In the series finale, Christina decides to become a stay-at-home mom so Jessie can star on her show.
- Invisible Parents: Semi-Averted. We do see them, but not very often. It ends up being lampshaded in the finale by Bertram, and when it became clear the kids would outgrow their nanny, Christina decides from now on, she needs to be there for them more.
- One of the Kids: Morgan, who's usually seen playing with the presents he brings for his kids.
Portrayed by: Jennifer Veal
- Big Bad Ensemble: One of the recurring antagonists along with Mrs. Chesterfield.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's a big-time bitch, yes, but even she finds her twin sister Angela despicable.
- Evil Brit: An ugly and arrogant British nanny.
- Evil Counterpart: To Jessie, where as Jessie is sweet and compassionate and doesn't try to compete with other Nannies, Agatha is cruel and always down for a competition.
- Expy: She resembles Nanny McPhee, but with none of her nice qualities.
- Gonk: She is shown to be ugly, what with her snaggletooth and huge wart.
- The Rival: A rival nanny to Jessie.
"Creepy" Connie Thompson
- And Now You Must Marry Me: In her third appearance, she tries to force Luke to marry her. Complete with Luke getting dragged to the "altar" while bound in a wheelbarrow lift.
- Ax-Crazy: While in her first appearance, she is much more creepy than crazy, she is full blown Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush in her next appearance. Connie turns it Up to Eleven in "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening" including hiring an actress in order to dupe Luke. In order to avoid paying said actress, Connie kidnaps her. Connie herself confirmed she's had at least one police line-up. And her uncle confirms her multiple(!) restraining orders in "Creepy Connie 3"
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She wants Luke all to herself and she sees Jessie as competition that she has to get rid of, even though Jessie has made clear she has no feelings for Luke.
- Creepy Child: She has no qualms with injuring people or tying people up to get what she wants. She's called "Creepy" Connie for a reason...
- Cute and Psycho: She's a blonde cute girl but also insane and dangerous.
- Expy: She's got all of Olive's traits but in an evil way. Granted, they both share the same actress.
- Fangirl: Of Harry Potter.
- Knife Nut: She briefly mentions having a knife collection.
- Knight of Cerebus: She's way worse than Rhoda Chesterfield and Agatha combined.
- Mad Love: She loves Luke and she will do anything to be with him, including stalking and threatening and/or hurting him or anyone that gets in her way. Luke makes it clear several times that he only finds her creepy and tries to run away from her, but nothing he says or does will make Connie accept he isn't interested in her.
- Motive Decay: In her first appearance, her primary goal was to date Luke and moved on after she accepted she and him had nothing in common, her second appearance she was injuring her classmates solely to kiss Luke, by her third appearance her goal was to marry Luke.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: A non-lethal version, but close to it. Her second episode deals with her attempting to get the role of Luke's lover in the school play. How does she do this? By taking out her competition, of course! The first girl she pushes down a flight of stairs, putting her in a full body cast, she welds a wrench to the next girl's braces, and attempts to crush the final girl with a sandbag!
- Not Good with Rejection: She takes Luke's lack of interest very poorly, to say the least.
- Stalker with a Crush: She takes pictures of Luke and video-tapes him in class, sends him over forty text messages over the course of a day, breaks into his house and owns a Luke doll.
- Teen Genius: This was why Jessie had her tutor Luke.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Threatens Luke with a flamethrower, to name the best example.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show
- Yandere: To Luke. In her 2nd episode, "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call," she went apeshit over Luke in the play just so she can kiss him. On her 3rd time? She brings out a whole wedding for her and Luke (Luke of course, gets bound in a wheelbarrow lift on a rope), with those who tried to stop her also bound to their chairs TO WITNESS THEIR WEDDING!
Portrayed by: Joey Richter
Portrayed by: Kelly Gould
- Blatant Lies: She tells people she's Danish royalty. She doesn't even have a European accent. Her parents actually run a toilet paper empire.
- For the Evulz: Basically why Bryn was trying to turn Emma's friends against her.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous of Emma because of her status and popularity.
- HeelFace Turn: Subverted in "Diary of A Mad Newswoman": It was all an act to take over the school news broadcast.
- Manipulative Bitch: She can manipulate anyone without any faults.
- Redemption Rejection: When the truth is discovered about her, Emma offers to be her friend if she'll agree to start being nicer. Her response is to fling nachos at Emma.
- Rich Bitch: However, her parents run a toilet paper empire, which isn't saying much.
- Take That!: Far-right Americans were furious over the name of this character, thinking it was yet another attempt from the left to intentionally offend them, claiming the name Breitbart was taken directly from the late Conservative blogger, Andrew Breitbart.
- Unreliable Expositor: Her backstory is a lie just to gain the loyalty of Emma's friends.
Portrayed by: Josie Totahnote
- Abhorrent Admirer: For Zuri, until he proved himself not to be useless after all.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Zuri. He sends her flowers, asks her out on dates, and calls her by sweet nicknames.
- Spear Counterpart: Is basically Creepy Connie without the strength or Harry Potter references.
- Stalker with a Crush: He has a huge crush on Zuri. He briefly becomes this to Emma, when he pretends to fall in love with her in order to make Zuri jealous.
Portrayed by: Jennifer Veal
- Awesome Aussie: When she was a child, she played outside in the outback and used a live scorpion as a pacifier. As an adult, she wrestles crocodiles/monitor lizards for fun, can terrify Mrs Kipling by hissing and when the monitor lizard bites her, she bites back! She also knows how to make her breath toxic enough to render a person unconscious.
- Outnumbered Sibling: She has eight brothers.
- Raised by Dudes: Shaylee comments that she built up her strength to be just as formidable as her brothers.
Portrayed by: JoAnne Worley