The main protagonist of the series. A feisty Book Dumb girl with Girlish Pigtails and the gift of Super Strength (apparently not inherited from her father though).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pippi is very sweet and nice, if a little strange, but if her Berserk Button is pressed, she makes GOOD use of her Super Strength.
- Blithe Spirit: Pippi is this to the people of the town in general, but particularly Tommy and Annika.
- Book Dumb: Pippi can't spell and thinks math is a waste of time, but she's smart enough to know how to cook her own meals and frequently outsmarts adults who should know better. She also has a good grasp of geography, having sailed the seven seas with her father and visited several countries.
- Bully Hunter: Any bully child or adult running afoul of Pippi will be subject to her phenomenal strength, usually with a heavy dose of humiliation added to the mix.
- Cute Bruiser: Pippi has not only defeated bullies, police officers, robbers, and dangerous animals, but in one of the movies she took down an entire gang of fully armed pirates!
- Extreme Omnivore: She often eats iron nails in the 1969 TV series.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Pippi's long stocking never match.
- Fish out of Water: Due to her growing up sailing the seven seas with her father, she doesn't quite fit in with the villagers near Villa Villekulla, at least initially.
- The Gadfly: Occasionally she'll annoy random people for seemingly no other reason than that it's funny. For the most part, tough, her worst insults and most annoying behavior are directed towards overly-strict or pompous authority figures, bullies and villains.
- Genki Girl: A perky, free-spirited girl who likes to have fun and is very excitable.
- Girlish Pigtails: She ties her red hair into two pigtails.
- Growing Up Sucks: Like Peter Pan, she does not want to grow up and wants to be a free-spirited girl.
- The Hedonist: Pippi shows traces of this - however, she's not portrayed as a strawman, she's just a standard kid who naturally does whatever makes them happy
- Improbable Hair Style: People trying to cosplay as Pippi inevitably have trouble with her gravity-defying red braids. The actress in the original Pippi TV adaptation had wire braided into her hair to keep it in place. Now that's an Improbable Hair Style.
- Little Miss Badass: Nine years old like Pippi has been described as "the strongest girl in the world".
- Little Miss Snarker: She combines snarkiness with being a Genki Girl and Cloudcuckoolander. Her snarky moments are most frequent in the original books, but she has her moments in most of the adaptations as well.
- Minor Living Alone: Pippi lives alone with a horse and a monkey. At times, the adults in the town want to help or assist her, but she prefers to take care of herself most of the time.
- Motor Mouth: Pippi routinely lapses into longwinded, nonsensical speech, especially when she's telling lies or dealing with a stuffy adult.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Adolf, a very large and muscular circus strongman, has no trouble bending iron bars in half but he can't beat Pippi in a wrestling match.
- Overly Long Name: Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking
- Panty Shot: Occasionally gets this in the 1969 TV series and movies, and in the 1997 movie.
- Super Strength: She inherited her father's strength. She's able to pick up heavy objects, including her horse, and wipe the floor with pirates and delinquents in seconds.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's a mischievous, tough, and adventurous Tomboy while Annika is a well-behaved and well-dressed Girly Girl.
- Tomboy Princess: After her father is made the king of Kurrekurredutt Island, Pippi becomes a princess by default. Doubles as Modest Royalty since she discourages her subjects from bowing to her and prefers to be treated as one of them.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is strong enough to carry a horse, will climb trees and houses like nobody's business and fight bad guys and pirates alike, but she also bakes gingerbread at home, arranges coffee parties with her friends and lovingly cares for anyone she likes including her horse and her monkey.
- Youthful Freckles: And proud of them, thank you very much!
- Zettai Ryouiki: They don't call her Pippi Longstocking for nothing!
Tommy & Annika Settergren
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Annika's hair gets turned black for the 1988 film.
- The Dividual: While they do have their individual character traits (most notably in the TV series), the books often treat them as one character, sharing many actions and even spoken lines.
- First-Person Peripheral Narrator: In the 1969 TV series, they serve as voice-over narrators, chiming in with extra exposition when it's needed, and occasionally even their on-camera personas break the fourth wall to directly address the audience.
- Foil: Both of them to Pippi, though the more anxious, prissy and careful Annika fits the role better than the more upbeat, laid-back and cheerful Tommy does.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: In the 1969 TV series, as part of their "Narrator" shtick, they seem aware that they have an audience.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Annika is a very sweet girl, and is usually portrayed with blonde hair.
- Straight Man: They both have a tendency to become this to Pippi, particularly Tommy.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Annika is the well-behaved and well-dressed Girly Girl to Pippi's mischievous, tough, and adventurous Tomboy.
- Big Fun: Particularly with Beppe Wolgers' portrayal of him in the 1969 TV series and its spin-off movies.
- Disappeared Dad: Pippi talks about her pirate father constantly throughout the original book, always confident that he'll return to her despite having been lost at sea. No one believes he exists ...until he turns up at the last minute with proof of his various adventures.
- Stout Strength: He may be fat, but he's strong enough to bend steel and pull trees out of the ground with his bare hands. Only Pippi can beat him in an arm-wrestling match.
Blom & Dunder-Karlsson
- Ascended Extra: Both only had one minor appearance in the first book but received far larger role in subsequent media adaptations, often to the point of them being the main antagonists of the adaptations (they're still pretty harmless, though).
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Particularly in the animated adaptation, where Dunder-Karlsson's big guy to Blom's little guy.
- Harmless Villain: They are absolutely no match for Pippi, and their schemes tend to fail spectacularly. Especially in the original book, where they are vagabonds who only appear in one chepter.
Kling & Klang
- Ascended Extra: Like Blom and Dunder-Karlsson, they only appeared in one chapter in the first book, but they were upgraded to recurring supporting characters in the 1969 TV series, and have played semi-large parts in all adaptations since then.
- The Dividual: To an even bigger degree than Tommy and Annika; they are never seen apart and seem to share a personality.
- Canon Immigrant: With a side-order of God-Created Canon Foreigner. She wasn't in the original books, but she was introduced in the 1969 TV series and has since been in every adaptation, except for the 1988 film that is, which has an Expy named Miss Bannister instead.
- Composite Character: She is essentially an amalgamation of all the "concerned women" who worried about Pippi and wanted her to be sent to an orphanage in the first book, given a name and a much bigger presence.