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Phil Diffy
Played by: Raviv "Ricky" Ullman

Born in 2107, he is the main character in the series. He was a 9th Grader in Season 1 and a 10th grader in Season 2 at H.G. Wells Junior/Senior High School. He seems to be the most in tune with how things work in this 21st century. Phil frequently has to make up excuses to hide the fact that he is from the future. He's the best friend of Keely Teslow and eventually her boyfriend. Phil is two years older than Pim.

Tropes Associated With Phil:

  • Trapped in the Past: His family from the future gets stranded in the 21st century when their time machine breaks down.
Pim Diffy
Played by: Amy Bruckner

Born 2109, is Phil's younger sister. She was a 7th Grader in Season 1 and a 8th grader in Season 2 at H.G. Wells Junior/Senior High. Pim is a mischievous girl who is constantly up to no good. Pim is known for liking to pull pranks on people, mainly on Phil, Debbie Berwick and Vice Principal Hackett. Pim tries to make Phil miserable whenever she can. Repeatedly in the show, she looks for ways to dominate the world, and universe. Pim is two years younger than Phil.

Tropes Associated With Pim:

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though Pim often causes trouble for Phil and has a tough attitude, she cares about her brother, but keeps it hidden most of the time.
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  • Little Miss Badass: She's more manipulative and dangerous than she looks.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Phil's little sister is easily the snarkiest one in the family.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Pim is this for the Diffy family.
Lloyd Diffy
Played by: Craig Anton

Born in 2074, is Phil and Pim's goofy dad, who was working on repairing the time machine. He was an engineer in 2121, and loves older music. He is paranoid about the government and Vice Principal Neil Hackett figuring out he and his family are from the future.

Tropes Associated With Lloyd:

  • Bumbling Dad: Phil and Pim's goofy dad.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Lloyd purposefully procrastinated/sabotaged the systems because the family enjoyed the 21st century so much. He really could've just fixed it at any time.
Barb Diffy
Played by: Lise Simms

Born 2076, is Phil and Pim's mom. She is very interested in how things work in the 21st century. Unlike other mothers, though, Barbara seems to let her kids figure things out on their own. She loves to cook the old fashioned way. Barb is two years younger than Lloyd.

Tropes Associated With Barb:

  • Lethal Chef: She loves to cook the old fashioned way; however, her food usually ends up with something being wrong, because in 2121 they spray food out of a can.
Curtis, the Caveman
Played by: JP Manoux

Born circa 30,000 B.C., is a caveman (Cro-Magnon) who stowed away in the Diffy's time machine when they went back to visit the Stone Age. The Diffys struggle to make Curtis seem like a normal person, and often pretend he is Phil's uncle. Throughout the episodes, he learns more English.

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Keely Teslow
Played by: Alyson Michalka

Born March 1990, is the best friend of Phil Diffy and eventually his girlfriend. She is the only person who knows Phil and his family are from the future. Keely Teslow is an energetic and bubbly girl who aspires to be a reporter. She starts to harbor romantic feelings for Phil during Season 2. She is notable on the show for her numerous hairstyles and colorful clothes. In the later episodes of the show, she hosts her own daily news program on the school's closed-circuit television broadcasting system.

Tropes Associated With Keely:

  • First Kiss: With Phil in Back To The Future (Not The Movie).
Vice Principal Neil Hackett
Played by: JP Manoux

Born 1969, is the Vice Principal at Phil, Keely and Pim's school, H.G. Wells Junior/Senior High School. He is also Phil's teacher in science and Pim's teacher in history. He is often found snooping around the Diffy's house as he tries to figure out where they are really from. He moves in next door to the Diffy's in Season 2.

Tropes Associated With Vice Principal Neil Hackett:
Debbie Berwick
Played by: Kay Panabaker

Debbie is the complete opposite of Pim and she has a very happy attitude towards life. She hardly ever gets mad and is very nice. Debbie also considers Pim to be her best friend. Debbie also teaches a yoga class. Debbie enjoys singing and is in the school band.

Tropes Associated With Debbie Berwick:

  • Killed Off for Real: Seriously. It helps that she was actually an evil cyborg. No, this is never really explained.
Seth Wosmer
Played by: Evan Peters

Seth is the nerdy friend of Phil, Keely and Tia.

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Played by: Brenda Song

Keely's best friend. She is pretty, popular and friendly.

Tropes Associated With Tia:

  • Put on a Bus: Sometime in Season 1. Mentioned that she moved away in "Tia, Via, Or Me ... Uh".
Bradley Benjamin Farmer
Played by: Rory Thost

Pim's rival season 1. He is made fun of his short height. He dated Debbie but Pim broke them up and he became infatuated with Pim.

Tropes Associated With Bradley Benjamin Farmer:
Lil Danny Dawkins
Played by: Brandon Smith

He has a crush on Pim and always gets involved with her antics.

Tropes Associated With Lil Danny Dawkins:
Played by: Spencer Locke

The leader of the fashion zombies.

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Mr. Joel Messerschmit
Played by: Joel Brooks

Phil and Keeley's teacher who has the certain pleasure for giving extremely difficult assignments for most students to actually fail. He has a sister named Bettina and a nephew, Nathan.

Tropes Associated With Mr. Joel Messerschmit:

  • Sadist Teacher: He takes pleasure in giving extremely difficult assignments that most students fail.
Olivia (Via)
Played by: Juliet Holland Rose

Via is a girl from England, transferred because her father's in the military. She became friends with Keely.

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Played by: Michael Mitchell

Phil's friend. He is not that smart and is laid-back, and is also constantly trying to hit on girls (though he never succeeds).

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