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    Olivia "Liv" Rooney
Liv Rooney, the former star of "Sing It Loud!"
Portrayed by Dove Cameron

Liv is the oldest kid of the four in the family, being the older one of the twins. She is a peppy, girly girl. Used to star in Sing It Loud, she is trying to adapt to a normal life.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Gets really close with Fang when she comes to help Liv with a role. They even lick each other's faces.
  • Attention Whore: Downplayed, Liv doesn't mind others having their moments in the spotlight, she just really loves fame and attention.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Valley Girl speech? Check! Fashion-obsessed ? Check! Boy-crazy? Check! Sometimes seen as a little... exhausting by the rest of the family? Super-Check!
  • Chekhov's Skill: That time she spent using power tools with Andie? It becomes really important later on in "Roll Model-A-Rooney" to prove that girls can be into things boys are into.
  • Cool Big Sis: Liv tries her best to do so to Parker in "Sleep-A-Rooney" but has trouble being one (due to her being away from him since he was 6) and later succeeds.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: The cool to Joey's loser, while Maddie is somewhere in between.
  • Ditzy Genius: Despite being bubbly, perky, and fashion-obsessed, Liv is also very smart as revealed in the episode "Brain-A-Rooney".
  • Dumb Blonde: While Liv played one on television, Liv herself admits she's neither this nor an Einstein.
  • The Fashionista: Maddie even directly called her that. Liv seems to get it from her mother.
  • Former Child Star: More like semi-retired, as she's trying to get a role in a movie while living at home. She completely retired her acting career in Season 2 in favor of a singing career. However, her acting career only grows from there, and no matter what, Hollywood will never leave Liv. Although in "End-A-Rooney" she does leave Hollywood to do a Broadway musical for three months while Sing It Louder!! is on hiatus.
  • Genki Girl: Liv has an outgoing personality and she's usually very enthusiastic and talkative.
  • Girly Girl: Fashion obsessed and boy crazy, she's girly and proud, in contrast to her sister
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: In one episode, in order to play the lead role in a basketball movie, she learns to play basketball and, after some training, she becomes very good at it, possibly good enough to rival Maddie. Downplayed since, even after that, she's not interested in playing basketball with Maddie and still prefers shopping.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is sweet, graceful, and often sees the good in everyone.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With her sister, Maddie. They are twin sisters and best friends. Like most siblings, they fight and argue at times, but they always get over it and make up in the end. In 2nd grade, they made an art project together. On the art project, were the words: Sisters by chance. Friends by choice.
  • Hidden Depths: She may act like a Valley Girl most of the time, but she's much more intelligent and athletic than she appears.
  • It's All About Me: Sometimes. "Would it make you feel better about your injury if you heard about my horrible day?"
  • Meaning Ful Name: Liv means "life" in Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian; "color" in Breton, and is also similar to the Russian word "livi", which means "happy".
  • Rousing Speech: Liv delivers one online in Rate-A-Rooney, and follows it with Music for Courage.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: She's a bubbly Genki Girl while Holden is calm and more relaxed.
  • She's Got Legs: Maddie too, obviously, but Liv is more prone to showing them off.
  • Shipper on Deck: She was very overjoyed to learn that Josh liked Maddie, and tried her best to keep it to herself. She also happily ships Diggie and Maddie, as well as Parker and Val.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Liv is a Genki Girl Fashionista while Maddie is a Deadpan Snarker Tomboy.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As seen in Ditzy Genius above, the episode "Brain-A-Rooney" shows that although Liv is no doctor, she is different from the Brainless Beauty character she plays on TV and is much smarter than people think she is, by helping Joey and Artie win the Brain Olympics. She even planed a complex birthday scheme for Maddie.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Maddie. Last to her band-mates Andie and Willow.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Maddie explained to Liv about how she has a crush on Diggie and wanted him to go to the dance with her, but told Liv not to do anything to help her, Liv ignored her. She wanted to help Maddie out, so she pretended to be her and asked Diggie out for her. Maddie got very angry with Liv but luckily for them, the art project they made together made them remember why they were best friends.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice tends to get high-pitched from mid Season 1 onward.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Often in the early episodes, Liv (being an actress herself) would treat high school problems as if they could easily be solved using ideas from her TV shows and movies. Naturally, they often backfire with Liv not understanding that real teens don't act the same way as on TV.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Ever since Holden came back in her life, she developed feelings for him, but she gets prevented from having a relationship with him at every turn, or something unfortunate happens. In Prom-A-Rooney, Andie went to prom with Holden and started a relationship with him. In Triangle-A-Rooney, Holden broke up with Andie on television and confessed his feelings for Liv. It seemed Holden was within reach, only for Liv to realize she can't date Holden because due to circumstance (and because of the Girl Code), doing so would only hurt Andie more.
    • Andie and Dump Truck seem to be developing a relationship, so Liv might actually get a chance with Holden soon enough. Then, Andie finally gives Liv permission to seek Holden, and Liv asks Holden out. Then, Liv's chances are screwed over again because of a slew of problems: A sudden fan meet and greet (with a boy asking trivial questions regarding specifics on Voltage), then Parker asks Liv to place her hands in casting, but he paid no attention to the wait time (it was plaster that took 5 hours to dry, not minutes). But thankfully, Holden comes and at least he's convinced Liv wasn't trying to blow him off, and the date goes better than Liv imagined.

    Madison "Maddie" Rooney
Maddie Rooney, Captain of the Ridgewood High girls basketball team.
Portrayed by Dove Cameron

Maddie is the 2nd kid of the family, being the younger one of the twins. She is an athletic Tomboy that likes to play basketball.

  • Academic Athlete: Straight A student and basketball star.
  • Adorkable: Sure she's usually tough and confident, but put her in a social situation (such as talking to her crush) and watch her flounder.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Despite being a tomboy she slips into this once, brought out her Liv mode. It gets deconstructed because a specific pair of shoes were starting to take over her life.
  • Badass Bookworm: In her case, it comes with being an Academic Athlete.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Maddie cannot see well without her glasses, meanwhile Liv inverts it by not seeing well with Maddie's glasses. Maddie, however, had far fewer problems compared to Liv's situation.
  • Catchphrase: ''BAM! WHAT?!'' There are situations that the catchphrase go defensive or flat (BAM! What have I done?) but in most cases, it is big.
  • Character Tic: She snorts when she's laughing. It's really cute, though.
  • Competition Freak: Seriously feels the need to constantly one up people, can not stand being beaten and is severely overly competitive.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Parker.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: The loser to Liv's cool. Downplayed since she's cool in a special way, and became a state champion.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is very close to her father, due to them both sharing traits and interests. They often work together on matters, particularly sports related ones.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Willow's fat.
  • Genius Bruiser: Maddie may not be as nerdy as Joey or as ridiculously smart as Parker, but she is a straight A student. As for the bruiser part, Maddie is very capable of intimidating Joey, Liv, and others, she's a very skilled contact sports player (Basketball and Softball), and she substituted as the teacher of Parker's karate class while the teacher was out.
  • Girliness Upgrade: As of Bro Cave-a-Rooney Maddie is under way Girliness Upgrade shifting from a more traditional tomboy look to a more feminine one. Obviously sharing a roof with the girly fashionista Liv Rooney made her taste of fashion rub off on her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Liv, she's usually kind and well-meaning.
  • Hidden Depths: Maddie has a journal in which she writes poetry. Literally hidden as only Liv knows where the journal is located.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Diggie: there is at least a foot between them.
  • Informed Ability: Maddie is supposedly the best player on her basketball team to the point that her being off the team because of an injury caused them to completely lose out on the championship. However in three seasons she or her team are never shown actually playing basketball, and everything involving the team - such as them actually winning winning the championship in Season 3 happens offscreen. Despite this, we do see that when she's casually shooting hoops, she almost never misses.
  • The Lad-ette: Maddie has her moments showing off the Ladette vibe, sans drinking and sex.
  • Lovable Jock: Female example.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Maddie's Masculine Boy and Joey's Feminine Boy
  • Meganekko: She's a cute sporty girl who can't see without her glasses.
  • Never My Fault: She says she can't get a driver's license because the driving school discriminates against people who can't turn left.
  • Official Couple: With Diggie until they break up in "Fluggleball-A-Rooney".
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She loves basketball and even considers herself a jock.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She can be just as stunning as, if not more than Liv. Granted as they share an actress.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Maddie has shown to be a lot smarter than she's made out to be. In "Frame-A-Rooney", she was shown to have Sherlock Holmes-like deduction when she correctly guessed how Parker and Reggie got their butts stuck to a chair. Needless to say, they were surprised.
  • Sore Loser: Okay, she barely looses. But she doesn't take being beaten well.
  • Tomboy: She's a jock, tough, over competitive and unbeatable at refigerator roulette. (Parker cheated, okay?!) Also, she's more manly than her nerdy brother and Josh, in contrast to her twin sister. Though, she has a girly streak.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her standard hairstyle.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Liv.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has a hidden Liv mode, which Liv herself lampshades, complete with wild wacky fashion sense, once brought out by Liv with a pair of sparkly high heels. However, it became a problem similar to a drug addiction.

    Joseph "Joey" Gilligan Rooney
Joey Rooney, the misunderstood ladies man, according to him.
Portrayed by Joey Bragg

Being the 3rd child of the family, Joey is a classical nerd. He has various nerdy interests and keeps his grades high. However he is socially awkward and is looked over even by his own family from time to time.

  • Adorkable: His social awkwardness and nerdiness makes him the most eccentric and clumsiest person in the family. He is not good at interacting with girls but despite this, he has a Stalker with a Crush who is crazy about him.
  • Ambiguously Bi: One wonders, when you look at the way he acts around both of the Smalls brothers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Not touched upon to often, but Joey is quite protective of his little brother. He really didn't take it well when he found out that a local jock was just using him to get girls attention and as Falcon, spares him from more humiliation and while Parker was irritated that Joey was now cooler than him, he's was happy that Joey would still have his back.
  • Big Little Brother: Joey is significantly taller than Liv and Maddie despite being younger than them.
  • Bratty Teenage Son: Surprisingly, Joey shares many traits with this trope, being immature, whiny and self-involved, boy crazy (his crush on Diggie), a Drama Queen, and hating nature, camping etc. To his credit, he's not that bratty as he comes across more as the weird, geeky momma's boy.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's very often the butt of the jokes.
  • Catch Phrase: "What. Is. Happening?"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Being the goofball of the family, his quirks get more and more exaggerated and over-the-top.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Joey had to go to the girls' locker room to find Dump Truck's rabbit. Because of the reaction he'd get being guy going into a girls' locker room, he covers his eyes with his hand and shouts as loud as he can when he enters, that he's only looking for the rabbit. Said misunderstandings end up becoming the least of his concerns, and causes bigger problems for himself and Maddie. Likewise after ruining Maddie's chances of saying goodbye to Diggie, his first response is to put on body armour and not take it off till he was sure she had calmed down.
  • Ditzy Genius: While known to excel at math and science and other things people would find nerdy, other than that he's pretty much The Ditz of the family. (Actually thought that chicken and FRIED chicken were totally different and destroyed the house by using a exercise ball to hold the house with hedge clippers as support.) In general, his intelligence lacks common sense. He even has a disgusting habit of eating Liv’s vomit or her purchased orangutan feces without problems.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Okay, Joey knows that he's a nerd but especially in later seasons he tries to be cool so hard (and is convinced that he is) that he counts as this.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It's clear he's very disliked within his social circle because of his eccentricities, immaturity, naivety, awkwardness and clumsiness. He can even be a tad impulsive, selfish and overconfident at times. Even Diggie at times reminds Joey that he cannot take him seriously because of this reputation.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: On one occasion when his mother got him a smart suit to wear, his in-universe level of attraction dramatically increased.
  • Hidden Depths: He turns out to be a pretty good stand-up comedian.
  • Hollywood Nerd: It's even acknowledged on occasion he's not that bad looking. In "Repeat-A-Rooney" while helping pretend to be a Jock, Maddie's impressed to discover he's actually got reasonable toned muscles in his arms (which he attributes to having to carry all his fake medals on his role play uniform)
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the Basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: When Pete was in highschool, he was the Big Man on Campus, a popular basketball player while Joey is horrible at sports and an awkward and clumsy geek.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Maddie's and Willow's Masculine Girl and Joey's Feminine Boy. The two girls are into sports, while Joey is into things like cat T-shirts.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Joey shows signs of this on occasion, feeling ignored compared to his older and younger siblings. See The Un-Favourite.
  • Moment Killer: if there's a time that Diggie and Maddie wanted to be alone, Joey's right there to push his way in-between them - almost to the point of wondering if Joey's Ambiguously Bi. Diggie finally gets him back in Sky Volt-A-Rooney.
  • Momma's Boy: Touched upon occasionally. Joey seems to be the closest of the Rooney children to their mother. Is generally portrayed as a positive and sweet thing.
  • Nerd: Classic case: Joey is socially awkward, quirky, really bad at flirting and being athletic, video game and comic-book obsessed, academically intelligent and has a weird taste in fashion (look at his cat shirts). Of course he wears a pair of Nerd Glasses.
  • Nerd Glasses: Common among Hollywood Nerds
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Joey going into the girls' locker room and avoiding looking like a "sneaky peaker" while searching for Dump Truck's rabbit, but loses control after he got startled and clumsily topples two sets of lockers blocking the exit doors and preventing Maddie from getting to Diggie on time.
  • Odd Friendship: With Diggie, though it's clear Joey does like Diggie more than he likes him and despite having practically nothing in common, the two do get along incredibly well. Joey especially likes Diggie and even goes as far as Man Hug him on several occasions.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Joey's main role of his family and the show in the general is to bring the humor of the show. He's such a comedian that he ends up being one in Season 4.
  • The Peeping Tom: In "Champ-A-Rooney", Joey needed to enter the girls' locker retrieve Dump Truck's giant rabbit. As a result, Joey defies this trope by covering his eyes and shouting out loud as he enters. Turns out the only girl in the room was his sister Maddie, who ends up startling him and causes another chain of problems.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Parker's Manly Man.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Gender-Inverted. Joey began to fall for Willow when she decided to "not-go" to prom with him, giving up her prom night to be with him. He later realizes his feelings for Willow once he steps back and realizes that Willow only ever wanted to make him happy.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Is a member of the schools robotics club.
  • TV Genius: Lampshaded by Karen when she says that Joey is smart with math and science, but is incapable with everything else, particularly common sense.
  • The Un-Favourite: Joey sometimes feels this way, being a nerd with one sister being a basketball state champion and the other sister being a Hollywood star. Sometimes, Joey uses this status to his advantage to get away with his antics.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He's this in season 4, due to his Falcon persona making him popular. In "Sing-It-Louder-A-Rooney," he's actually the one who comes out on top, something that we never see in past seasons.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Joey is terrified of squirrels.

    Parker Rooney
He's quite the genius.
Portrayed by Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Energetic little bro of the family, Parker is the resident prankster and troublemaker. He avoids chores, break rules and causes chaos.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Usually likes seeing Joey fail or be humiliated.
  • Bungling Inventor: His inventions usually end up backfiring.
    • He created a strong glue to fix his bike and other things when they break, it worked very well but only last for a few hours. Thankfully Parker fixed that flaw, but it got him and his friend stuck to the chair he was trying to fix.
    • He mixed up his own copy of the beauty products his mother uses, the stuff worked just as well as the stuff Karen buys but has the strong side-effect of horrid hair growth wherever the mixture is applied.
  • Child Prodigy: He's good in robotics and apparently teaches three classes in middle school and has officially skipped grades to be in the same high school as his siblings.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Although not revealed to the audience, his middle name is so bad that it caused his best friend to start laughing at him, and he specifically made sure the audience never heard it. The Logo Joke on the credits for "Dream-a-Rooney" has a nice Continuity Nod to this:
    ''The Beef McGravy's Corporation Of North America condemns the unsportsmanlike conduct of participants in the Ridgewood High School "Paws On A Porcupine"contest. Beef McGravy's hereby bans constestants Artemus Guadeloupe Smalls, Joseph Gilligan Rooney, and Parker [Middle Name Redacted] Rooney for life from all Beef McGravy's franchises and their subsidiaries. As a company, we extend our deepest apologies to anyone offended by unscrupulous behavior which took place during the contest. We wish to state publicly that this is not in keeping with our stated corporate mission to preserve truth, justice, beef and gravy.
  • Flanderization: His inventions were originally meant as Characterization Marches On. Later, being a teenage inventor became his defining trait as the things he created became more and more impressive. Also, he went from a quick-witted kid to a Grade Skipper who attends high school at like age 12. (he's a freshman and skipped 3 grades)
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Started off as an Bungling Inventor, but later, his inventions often work.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. He is shown to be one of the best in his karate class and repeatedly created robots on his own. One episode have him moved up to be in the same Robotic Science class as his brother, Joey. He starts getting better at sports.
  • Grade Skipper: He skipped 3 grades and attends the same high school as his siblings now.
  • Guilty Pleasure: He likes Linda and Heather, even though it's a girls show. He didn't want anyone to know but it turns out two of his friends like the show. By the Season 2 finale, it's pretty much become an Open Secret among his family.
  • Jerk Witha Heart Of Gold: He's a cheeky and sarcastic prankster that likes teasing his family members, mainly Joey but he does still love his family.
  • Mouthy Kid: Well, at least he used to be. Before his Flanderization into a Teen Genius, he was the mischievous, cheeky and snarky little bro who is common among Disney Kid Coms.
  • The Pig-Pen: Doesn't close the door when he poops and casually mentions it. Shares this trait with Maddie who is also not the most hygienic person around, to say the least.
  • The Prankster: The resident troublemaker.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Joey's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Of the cast he is the smallest, and he puts a lot of effort into his inventions, though they always go awry.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Apparently Parker has somehow stolen Joey's robotics talent as it's mentioned nearly Once an Episode.
  • The Smart Guy: While's he's shown to be lazy and immature, his intelligence grows from season to season. To the point that he's constantly credited for his genius, a love for science and an innovative personality, he's even smarter than Joey who literally the NERD of the house.
  • Take Our Word for It: His middle name is just too embarrassing for the audience to hear.
  • Too Clever by Half: Parker is always confident he can makes good inventions, but they end up failing terribly.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even though Joey, aka Falcon saved his reputation at the laser fair, Parker wants to destroy his Falcon persona so he'll be the coolest kid at BOOMS.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice got lower during mid Season 2 because of Tenzing going through puberty. His voice cracking was pretty noticeable.

    Karen Rooney
Karen Rooney, licensed therapist, and Vice Principal of Ridgewood High School
Portrayed by Kali Rocha

    Pete Rooney
"Coach Dad," as Maddie once called him.
Portrayed by Benjamin King

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Less so than his wife.
  • Big Man on Campus: Was this when he was in high school, and is still very popular with his peers, as shown when he attended a his high school reunion.
  • Demoted to Extra: He doesn't appear much in Season 3 and has a more diminished role, due to a job as a college basketball coach. In the latter half of Season 3, he appears in person less, and is usually absent or appears in video chats. He eventually vanishes from the main cast in Season 4, and was replaced by Aunt Dena's daughter Ruby.
  • Happily Married
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Pete and Joey, Pete was captain of the Basketball team while in school and hopes his son will on day aspire to sports, while Joey's set against it.
  • Over Protective Dad: Especially towards Maddie. Diggie is near-terrified of him.
  • Put on a Bus: He leaves the main cast in Season 4. That season establishes that Pete opted to go back to Wisconsin to continue his coaching job in Beloit and oversee his house's reconstruction. Replacing him is Ruby.
  • The Quiet One: Compared to the other members of the family, he speaks less.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Well, it *is* the upper Midwest. He has a near passion for barbecuing, and it's implied he doesn't think very much of vegetarians. On one occasion when forced to go on a meat free diet, he resorted to secretly eating massive amounts of take out then burying the bones so his wife wouldn't find out.
  • Running Gag: Pete mentally blanking out due to stage fright whenever he is interviewed for television broadcasts.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: With Karen.

Ruby almost steals the show from her co-star/cousin Liv.
Portrayed by Lauren Lindsey Donzis

The Rooneys' cousin who is an aspiring actress that Liv becomes a mentor to.

  • Convenient Replacement Character: During the Season 4 premiere, we find out Pete returned to Wisconsin to oversee their house being rebuilt, and in that same episode, Ruby is introduced, and then replaces Pete in the opening.
  • Cousin Oliver: Literally, since she's the Rooney's cousin and joined the main cast in season four after the youngest Rooney child, Parker has become a teenager.
  • The Slacker: It's heavily implied Ruby doesn't do as well at school. This is why her getting all A's is considered quite an achievement.

Recurring Characters

    Diggie Smalls
Just the guy for Maddie
Portrayed by Ryan McCartan

Diggie is no classical jock. He has a sense of humor and is down-to-earth lust like everybody else, and he is the perfect match for our Maddie.

  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Diggie is an all around cheerful and friendly guy, who more or less gets along with almost everyone and is quite even tempered. However if you push him too far (even as far as deceiving him) he'll push back, and he is big, strong and at the pinnacle of physical fitness (such that he's more than capable of giving wedgies to people). As Parker found out, you really don't want to get on his bad side.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Maddie are pretty similar. They are both nice jocks and have a tendency to act like frat bros.
  • Brainless Beauty: Downplayed; he's simply a handsome guy who isn't a complete idiot but still not the sharpest tool in the head.
  • The Ditz: There's plenty of things he doesn't understand. He can't understand even simple messages, such as in Shoe-A-Rooney, he went to the fro-yo store without Maddie, because he thought her text message about having to cancel wasn't simple or specific enough. In Flashback-A-Rooney, he had to ask Parker's help in changing the password of his phone. When he wanted to save Maddie from being blown by a fast rotating windmill, it didn't occur to him he could've just unplugged it. Worst of all, if someone mentions Maddie being involved, he'll easily believe it, which is how Parker was able to trick him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After so many attempts to kiss Maddie have been interrupted one too many times by Joey, he finally gets him back by interrupting Joey and Willow's kiss.
  • Dumb Jock: He is nice to get along with, but he's not very bright. Diggie is not stupid, but he easily gets words mixed up, he needs clarification even for simple messages, and he is gullible enough that he easily falls for "Maddie tricks". However, the only people who can't fool or deceive him are Liv and Maddie, because he knows them that well. When Parker tried to pull a fast one on him, it took Diggie a while to figure that out.
  • Foil: To Todd. They're both jocks, but Diggie is a lovable nice guy while Todd is a unpleasant jerk.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Maddie: he is at least a foot taller than she is.
  • Lovable Jock: A popular basketball player, but still likable. He's not a Jerk Jock, but he can be uptight if he entrusts Joey with something that his reputation depends on.
  • Nice Guy: Really Diggie's pretty sweet, the only people he doesn't get along with are those who are genuinely unpleasant and even then he normally keeps it to himself. However, he's brutally honest towards those he finds embarrassing, such as Artie's hobbies, or Joey when he knows he can't take him seriously.
  • Odd Friendship: With Joey. Despite lacking nearly any similarities Diggie and Joey do get along very well, and are good friends.
  • Official Couple: With Maddie Until they broke up in "Flugenball-A-Rooney".
  • Only One Name: Until "Frame-A-Rooney", which reveals that he's Artie's brother and thus his last name is Smalls.
  • One Head Taller: With Maddie.
  • Punny Name: His name is oddly close to Biggie Smalls.
  • Put on a Bus: Goes to Australia at the beginning of Season 3, but unexpectedly returns mid-to-late season, because of the news of "Liv" (whom he knew was really Maddie) dating Josh. To say it concerned him would be a rather huge understatement.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Happens to him after he gets back from Tundrabania, his experiences have changed him, and opened him up to the great big world around him. Meaning tiny Steven's Point no longer interests him as it once did. As such he decides to leave again soon after getting back. Unfortunately this leads to him not considering Maddie's feelings, and the two of them breaking up. When they reach an understanding Maddie lets him go to show she loves him, but spending time in Australia became less appealing without Maddie. After seeing a news article of Maddie-mistaken-for-Liv with Josh, it started to concern him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: That is, if Diggie is his real name.

    Willow Cruz
"I Heart Joey" — Mrs. Willow Rooney, Mrs. Willow Rooney, Mrs. Willow Rooney...
Portrayed by Jessica Marie Garcia

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Joey, who doesn't want anything to do with her whatsoever. As creepy as it was for Joey, Willow's advances ended up rubbing off on him. When it turned out she was about to leave, he didn't think he'd actually miss her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: One of the the biggest examples in the series.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Maddie.
  • The Lad-ette: A tough, big, aggressive girl who's part of the basketball team.
  • Large Ham: Especially when it comes to Joey.
    Willow: (shouting) This man is my property - I own Joey Rooney and I will crush anyone I catch looking at him!!
  • Lovable Jock: She has a soft side and is a good friend to Maddie.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Joey, especially when they become a couple. She's The Lad-ette while he's a nerdy wimp who acts pretty campy at times. Not to mention that she's physically stronger than he is.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Fell head over heels for Joey, probably the definitive Nice Guy of the show.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Joey, to the point it got creepy.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is boy crazy to Joey. Also if she is excited she squeals just like every other girly girl.

Pocket full of sunshine.
Portrayed by Cozi Zuehlsdorff


    Artie Smalls
He believes that he and Liv are meant to be together.
Portrayed by Jimmy Bellinger

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Liv, because he knew Maddie was dating his brother, so he figured he could have the other twin.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: A Rare Male Example. He always tries to be intellectually better than everyone.
  • Alpha Bitch: Again, a Rare Male Example. He has the characteristics befitting of one—huge ego, complete with a Boy Posse who worship him the same way a female Girl Posse would, and Artie thinks he's the most popular kid in school.
  • Always Someone Better: Is sometimes this to Joey.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Diggie is quite embarrassed to have Artie as a brother, because of Artie's annoying hobbies and habits.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He tries to attract his Liv with incredibly lame pick-up lines/puns, which really annoys her.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: This line very much says it all:
    Artie: How was I to know this school would respect honesty? It's disgusting!
  • Chekhov's Skill: Artie's excellent cooking, which was a point of competition for Maddie in "Cook-A-Rooney", becomes important again when Artie is asked to help Karen make a wonderful Christmas meal.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Artie is upset at Diggie going away too much. In Diggie's defense, it's because Artie's hobbies are quite embarrassing.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Joey, at times. They even have worked together on occasion.
  • It's All About Me: The source of his and Joey's rivalry, its revealed they were once in a band together, however Artie's ego kept causing him to self promote till Joey broke it up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can slip into this sometimes.
  • Lazy Bum: Artie is unrealistically lazy that he relies on his minions for almost everything, like his locker combination.
  • Nerdy Bully: He's a nerdy rival who constantly mocks and belittles Joey, and is always followed by a group of nerdy students he calls his "minions".
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Generally comes across as a comical rival to Joey, however on occasion Artie proves he really is quite bright, his display of supreme cunning even caused Liv to dub him an Evil Genius.
  • The Rival: To Joey, but it's implied he doesn't hate him as much as he claims.
  • Rivals Team Up: Sometimes, they will work together, because the one thing they have in common is their desire to win.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: For someone so smug and full of himself, he has a girl scream.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: He believes himself to be this to Liv, getting upset when seeing anyone trying to romantically pursue her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Joey. He's also this to Maddie because she didn't pick him in her dodge-ball team, and even blamed Maddie for breaking up with his brother.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks that he's incredibly handsome and popular. Well, the truth is less glamorous...
  • Supreme Chef: As revealed in "Cook-A-Rooney" he regularly gives Liv gourmet treats as a sign of affection and is top in his home economics class. He also helped Karen make a big Christmas meal in "Joy to-A-Rooney".
  • Stereotype Flip: While still a nerd, Artie acts much closer to a Gender Inverted Alpha Bitch, constantly mocking and belittling Joey, even complete with his own Boy Posse. He falls short of being a Jerk Jock, because he's very lazy and bad at sports.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He was Joey's best friend when they were younger, but their egos and selfishness drove them apart when they tried to start a band.

    Andie Bustamante
Portrayed by Victoria Moroles

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Andie has taken an interest in Dump Truck, the school's local troublemaker and vandal. She even wore Dump Truck's leather jacket in Ridgewood-A-Rooney.
  • The Blacksmith: Female example. Andie does a lot of metal and stoneworking as a hobby.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Dump Trucks leather jacket, to be exact. D'awwwww...
  • Innocently Insensitive: Andie just immediately dated Holden without consulting Liv, which became a source of drama for them.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Andie is the only girl in her family with five brothers.
  • Raised by Dudes: She has no idea that sibling relationships aren't about rough-housing and pranking.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: Tomboy to Liv's Girly Girl.

    Dump Truck/Marion Truckberg
Portrayed by Shak Ghacha

  • Affably Evil: He may be a troublemaker who is intimidating and has a fearsome reputation, but he's quite nice, sensitive and respectful to those who impress him, especially to Parker. Even when he threatens Joey, he's polite. He's also displayed a bit of a soft, romantic side in relation to Andie.
  • Archive Binge: invokedAfter becoming aware of Bits and Pieces, he binge-watches the entire show in a very short span of time.
    Joey: Are you... are you crying?
    Dump Truck: [wiping away tears] I just watched the episode of Bits and Pieces where Liv shows Todd Stetson what a girl is.
    Joey: Oh... oh, buddy, that is a tough one. Gets me every time.
  • Audience Surrogate: Functions as one in the series finale, up to and including becoming a fan of the show itself. Dump Truck even speaks for a majority of the fanbase when he becomes a Mosh shipper.
  • Berserk Button: Street magic, no questions asked. Also, don't lose his rabbit, because if you do, he can beat you up.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Played with. He has a pet rabbit, but it's a Flemish giant rabbit and he's very protective of it.
  • The Bully: Downplayed. The only person he ever bullies is Joey, and threatens to beat him up on a regular basis, but even his threats are polite.
  • Delinquent: Dump Truck gets in trouble with Kneebauer quite frequently. Dump Truck does try doing something legit in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney", by being a library book collector. By the end of Season 3, he's gotten into detention less.
  • The Dreaded: Affably Evil aside, he has a reputation of being such towards geeks, who run in terror when they see him. Joey is often afraid of getting on his bad side, and Josh was afraid of getting beat up by Dump Truck for getting his name wrong.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's all brute, street smart, but not book smart, and he doesn't understand physics terms.
  • Embarrassing First Name: His first name is "Marion". No wonder he game himself the nickname Dump Truck.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Believe it or not, he has strong standards and a code of honor. Dump Truck is a vandal, not a thief, and he wouldn't ride on someone's bike without their permission. It's also implied even he has misgivings towards Todd Stetson, as for him, Liv standing up to him with What a Girl Is was a Cartharsis Factor that really moved him.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Failed to notice that cameras have been following the Rooneys around for four years and filming their every move for the reality show Bits and Pieces, until the series finale where he walks into one of Joey's Confession Cam segments and wonders what the hell is going on. For that matter, this is the first time the audience is made aware of the reality show as well.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He was quite intimidating to Parker when they first met, but he came to respect Parker during detention, that he even went out of his way to invite Parker to an event of his.
  • Hidden Depths: Reveals in the series finale that he can speak fluent French.
    Joey: Whoa, Dump Truck, you speak French?
    Dump Truck: Bien sûr, we all have our secrets.
  • Insistent Terminology: Dump Truck takes political correctness seriously, that he considers himself a "Shady American" as opposed to a dirtbag, and refers to Girls' Basketball as Basketball played by young women.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The fact that he was unaware of Bits and Pieces means he's the only recurring character who's been unaware of everything that has been happening in the Rooney Family's life.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Him with the name "Dump Truck" is someone who's a no-good, which is why Andie's dad doesn't want her near him. Since his second appearance however, it's clear he doesn't completely live up to his name.
  • Not Me This Time: In "Frame-A-Rooney", Dump Truck admitted to lots past vandalism in the school, but he didn't vandalize the Bobby Butterstick mascot. However, he did take offense at the idea that he couldn't pull off something of that similar magnitude, so he keeps trying to prove Maddie wrong.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Dump Truck first introduced himself as such to Parker when he was given detention, but "Friend-A-Rooney" reveals his real name to be Marion Truckberg.
  • Scary Librarian: Well, scary library collector in "Ask Her More-A-Rooney", but close enough. He doesn't make the rules, but the fact that it's he warning people of the consequences of damaged or un-returned books makes him all the more scarier.
  • Second Love: Originally Andie dated Holden. Luckily, she developed feelings for the love substitute Dump Truck.
  • Shipper on Deck: After binge-watching Bits and Pieces, he becomes a Mosh shipper, and is suddenly very antagonistic towards Diggie for being the one to end up with Maddie in the end.
  • Street Smart: He might be Book Dumb but he's still smart and cunning, the opposite of the TV Genius Joey.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: From Season 3 onward, he becomes much nicer and commits delinquent actions much less. Perhaps dating Andie might have had something to do with it.

    Todd Stetson
Portrayed by Josh Swickard

  • Appropriated Appellation: The term "Jerktourage" was made up by Willow is an insult to Todd's crew for their sexist ranking of the girl at school by their hotness. Todd later refers to his crew as the Jerktourage when they present him with a cake for his "absiversary" (the anniversary of him developing his washboard abs), further showin that yes, he's quite proud of being a jerk.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Card carrying jerkass for that matter. Really, what did you expect from someone who calls his crew the "Jerktourage"?
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Diggie. They're both jocks, but Diggie is a likeable nice guy while Todd is an unpleasant jerk.
    • Also to Dump Truck. Both are tough, less-than-savory characters who shamelessly commit disreputable actions. Both are known to bully Joey and involve Parker in some kind of scheme. However, Dump Truck is more Affably Evil such that his respect for Parker and Joey is genuine. In fact, he becomes nicer over time. But Todd? Not so much; he constantly kicks the dog on Joey and only used Parker and doesn't care for him at all.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he acts nice to anyone, its simply cause he's using them for his own gain.
  • For the Evulz: He has no (mentioned) reason/excuse for being the sexist Jerkass he is.
  • Hate Sink: He's such an obnoxious Jerkass and hated by the entire cast. There's no way to like him. Or do you have a weakness for sixpacks?. Even Dump Truck is happy that Liv stood up to him.
  • It's All About Me: Is a vain egomaniac, who goes as far as throwing a party to celebrate his own abs.
  • Jerkass: At heart, Todd is honestly just a smug, unpleasant jerk.
  • Jerk Jock: Todd's really not a nice guy. He's just blatantly misogynistic against girls, and he even used Parker to impress other girls, and is completely full of himself. When Liv and a group of girls tried to stand up to him, he took it Up to Eleven by forcing Willow to conform, which ended up breaking the girls' spirits.
  • The Rival: Diggie makes it clear he absolutely hates Todd, stating that he annoys him (though it may have more to do with his personality than actual rivalry), but Diggie sounds as if Todd has been a thorn on his side for a long time.

    Josh Willcox
Portrayed by Lucas Adams

  • Adorkable: Especially when put into situations he's not familiar with, or when he's interacting with Maddie.
  • Audience Surrogate: In Season 3, Josh is one for the target audience, especially for those unfamiliar with what goes on in the show. In every episode he's appeared in, he's closest to those involved in the main plot, is usually clueless as to what's going on, and asks questions about what goes on as he bears witness to the events. He eventually grows out of this role in mid-Season 3 and gets promoted to a recurring character.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Josh gets thrown around and beaten a lot, but he can take it.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Josh is a new guy from Hollywood, who earned the part as Liv's costar, but he's quite unfamiliar with the oddness and quirkiness of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Then it's played with in that despite being from Hollywood, he's a newcomer within the actor/celebrity world. Josh has never been on the red carpet, nor is he familiar with what goes on there. He felt so unprepared to the point where he forgot to put on shoes.
  • The Watson: See Audience Surrogate above.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Josh is deathly acrophobic.

     Holden Dippledorf
Portrayed by Jordan Fisher

     Astrid "Stains" Stanislovski
Portrayed by Bridget Shergalis

  • Embarrassing Last Name: If you thought her nickname was embarrassing, her last name (where she gets "Stains" from) is even more embarrassing.
  • The Klutz: She's a bit clumsy, even when she plays basketball, the reason, why she always has to sit on the bench during games. But she's still likeable and accepted among her teammates.
  • Teens Are Short: Believe it or not: her actress Bridget Shergalis was born in 1989, so she was already about 23 years old when she played sophomore Stains during season one in 2013. But, because she's really short, she looks young enough—- or did you notice that Stains was about 6 years older than Liv and Maddie?

     Valarie Samantha Wishart
Portrayed by Chloe East

  • Ship Tease: It's She and Parker get this a lot, and it's implied they have feelings for each other due to spending more time together. Parker says they're friends-ish.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: At first, she seems like one to Alex, also being Parker's intellectual equal and science rival, but Parker feels there is something...special and different about Val.

     Gemma Nimbus
  • Ascended Fangirl: When she was a child, she was keenly interested in comic book superheroines. As an adult, she's still interested and is now producing the Voltage tv series.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When she wants Liv to make eye contact, they press their foreheads together. And she holds Liv by the arms while doing so.

One-Shot Characters

     Amy Becker 

Amy Becker

Actress: Marla Maples

"Oh, you must be Petey's wife! I'm Amy Becker! Oh, it's so nice to meet you!"

She is Pete's ex-girlfriend from high school, but they are still very close friends. Karen is very jealous of her relationship with Pete. After high school, Amy spent time as a model in an attempt to pay for medical school.


  • The Ace: She's very beautiful, popular and is a doctor. It's easy to see why Karen felt threatened by her.
  • Always Someone Better: Karen saw her as this right after she saw her, it got worse when she learned she's a former model and currently a doctor.
  • Amicable Exes: Even though she and Pete were only together in High School, they're very happy to see each other in their class reunion and act friendly to each other, even having a dance together. This is another reason of Karen's jealousy of her.
  • Dance of Romance: While there wasn't really romantic feelings between them anymore, she has a very romantic dance with Pete after they're crowned king and queen of their class reunion.
  • Dude Magnet: If you look closely, you'll see all the men in the room start staring at her in her introduction.
  • Flat Character: As expected from a one-shot character but aside from the scene described in The Prankster, she doesn't get much characterization besides being a Nice Girl and the scenes she's in are usually focused on someone else.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a doctor and a very attractive one at that.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and is not only very friendly to Pete, her former high school boyfriend, and Karen, his wife, but she's also totally oblivious to Karen's dislike of her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her Sexy Walk introduction scene, her dress really shows off her legs.
  • Nice Girl: She acts very friendly to Karen and was very happy to see Pete again, even complimenting his looks.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She's always smiling during her entire screentime.
  • The Prankster She was a part of her class' prank on the current class and she's laughing at their expanse after the prank works.
  • Sexy Walk: And a slow motion one at that! It's how she's introduced.
  • She's Got Legs: Something her small dress really shows.
  • Unknown Rival: She has no idea of Karen's jealousy of her and treats her with kindness in both their interactions.

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