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    Randall Weems 
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Debut: "The Break In"

Voiced by: Ryan O'Donohue

Randall J. Weems is the snitch of Third Street Elementary School.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: A rare justified example where the perpetrators are right to inflict this trope on the victim. Because he's The Stool Pigeon, Randall is a social outcast.
  • Animal Motifs: Depending on who you ask, his appearance looks similar to that of weasel or a lizard, neither of which tend to be associated with anything good and tend to be less liked, fitting if you consider his personality and what he does.
  • Blackmail: He sometimes uses the threat of snitching to coerce others into getting what he wants.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Of the rare Lawful Evil type.
  • Butt-Monkey: Due to almost everyone disliking him.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "MISS FINSTER! MISS FINSTER!"
    • "Moist" whenever he's got dirt on any of the other kids.
  • Consummate Liar: While Randall loves to share unpleasant truths about other kids, he is not above occasional dishonesty. For example:
    • He once tried to hide his responsibility for starting a food fight.
    • He wrote a fake report that got T.J. in trouble for something he didn't do.
    • He also fooled his dad into believing that he was friends with T.J. and his crew (while inventing false facts about them).
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Randall's Reform", "Stand Up Randall", "Randall's Friends", "Prince Randall", and "League of Randalls".
  • The Dragon: He is Miss Finster's right-hand boy.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In "The Trial," this is revealed as his motivation for faking his claims of Spinelli hitting him with a rock during a dirt clod war: she had just rescued Ms. Finster's cat from a tree, and the teacher thanked her effusively, saying "I owe you one." Randall complains that he's been working as Miss Finster's snitch for years, and never once got that kind of response to his tattling.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: He had a lisp as a kindergartener.
  • Evil Laugh: Sometimes "Heh heh heh," sometimes "Hee hee hee."
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he's not 'evil' per say, Randall has a loving relationship with his parents, despite them being nosy snitches as well. His father in particular dotes on him, cooking his favorite breakfast on his birthday and getting Randall the night vision goggles he asked for.
    • Randall also has a genuine respect and affection for Miss Finster, to the point where he considers her his best friend. On numerous occasions, he was willing to stand by Muriel even when no one else did.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Randall is hated by the other students for being a snitch, but there are some kids who have a high authority level, like King Bob, who he would never snitch on because he believes that's naughty. In the theatrical film, he calls out one of Benedict's followers for offering to turn in the state's evidence of the illegal operation that he himself was involved in so that he can weasel out of punishment.
  • Friendly Enemy: When the plot calls for it.
  • Freudian Excuse: In The Breakup, he implies his previous "friends" did nothing but bully him.
  • Generation Xerox: Randall inherited his appearance and learned his personality from his father, who was also a big snitch when he was a kid (and he still is one).
  • Gonk: He resembles a human/lizard hybrid.
  • Hypocrite: In "Tattletale Heart", when he, the biggest snitch in the school, is outed as the one who started the food fight, he believes Gus tattled to Miss Finster and lashes out at him for doing so.
  • I Just Want to Be You: In "Randall's Reform", Randall admits to T.J. that despite his flaws, he wants to be just like him due to his popularity.
    Randall: "You're fat, you're ugly, you wear that stupid jacket, but everyone wants to play with you!"
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In the episodes "Randall's Reform" and "Randall's Friends", he reveals a desire to befriend T.J.'s gang. But he remains their adversary in the end.
  • Insult Comic: In "Stand-Up Randall", he decides to do a stand-up comedy routine by making fat jokes at Mikey's expense.
    Randall: "How does Mikey spell 'refrigerator'? O-I-C-U-R-M-T!"
  • Intergenerational Friendship: His friendship with Ms. Finster is actually quite genuine, to the point that in "Randall's Reform" he gives up the chance to be popular so he can be friends with her again.
  • Jerkass: He tends to snitch on others more out of self-benefit, than caring about enforcing the rules. Plus his smug obnoxiousness while doing it.
  • Jerkass Realization: He's forced to take the blame when the Tylers, brothers of each member of the The Ashleys, stir up trouble around the playground after he trained them in the act of snitching.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A lot of times, he was shown as a Friendly Enemy of the Recess Gang, genuinely wanted to be friends with them, and especially T.J. in "Randall's Reform". And in "Randall's Friends", where he performed a plan that the likes of T.J. would, just to spring him out of a level four detention because of a phony note accusing T.J. of throwing flip-flops on the roof, which Randall had forged, and genuinely respected Ms. Finster and looked up to her and had some Even Evil Has Standards moments. While he may be a jerk and a snitch, he is not that bad deep down.
    • Even though that Randall's plan to spring T.J. out of his undeserved punishment had fallen flat on its face as Mr. Weems snitched on his son to Ms. Finster, it's this action of Randall's that proves his selflessness and that he can own up to his mistakes. Fortunately for Randall, he didn't get severely punished as 1) it was Randall's birthday that day, 2) this is the first time that Randall had ever tried to undermine Ms. Finster's authority, and 3) it could also have to do with that the two are very close.
    • He also helped the gang expose James Stone in "The Spy Who Came in From the Playground" despite gaining nothing from this. Though James did sort of try to frame his actions on Randall.
    • When Mikey defends him from his wrathful friends in Rumor Mill, Randall is sincerely grateful and immediately runs off to quash the prevalent rumor that Mikey was a short-tempered bully.
  • Not Me This Time: In both "The Spy Who Came in From the Playground" and "League of Randalls".
  • Pet the Dog: Randall may be a jerk and a snitch, but he is not that bad deep down and he has moments of kindness.
    • Played With in the Season 2 episode "The Breakup". Randall is only nice to TJ in this episode because he wants to write about him for the essay, since TJ is the most likable person in the school. He does show where the gang is, however, and does make a point by telling TJ that he has to do something.
    • In the Season 4 episode "Rumor Mill", there was a rumor of Mikey throwing a boy into the girls' bathroom. The Recess gang investigates the rumor and the clues start to lead to Randall. Randall claims he did not start the rumor but that a mysterious voice on a pay phone told him the rumor. The Recess gang does not believe him and angrily decides to throw him in the girls' bathroom. Mikey steps in (he was the one who started the rumor to get respect for himself), stops his friends and lets Randall go. Randall is so grateful that he tells everyone that Mikey is nice and repairs his reputation.
    • Randall's whole friendship with Miss Finster is this. He considers her his best friend and is willing to stand by her when no one else will. This was the basis of the best show in Season 4, "The Fuss Over Finster". When Miss Finster breaks her leg and is taken away in an ambulance, he begs to stay by her, saying he is all she has. The people in the ambulance let him come along.
  • Smug Snake: He's an arrogant little weasel who loves to mess with people.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Randall is one of the most iconic examples in western animation. He's even called this in one episode.
  • Teacher's Pet: Finster listens to him more than the other kids.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: There are moments where Randall gets a lucky break.
    • Season 1 episode "Randall's Reform". Randall temporarily becomes popular and is accepted by the other kids. While he enjoys his new popularity and acceptance, he misses his friendship with Miss Finster, so he chooses to go back to being a snitch.
    • In the Season 3 episode "Buried Treasure", Randall is one of the kids that is in on discovering the treasure. When the treasure is revealed to be a bunch of toys and the kids decide to play with them before burying them with their favorite toys, it is implied that Randall plays with the toys and other kids.
    • In the Season 3 episode "The Ratings Game", when The Ashleys start a rating system where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest, Randall gets a 1. Though, to be fair, Mikey also gets a 1 and Gus even gets a 0. At the end of the episode, where the Recess gang gives everyone 10 cards, Randall sits alone, implying he will be the only one not getting a 10 card, but then Mikey gives him a 10 card.
      Randall: *After Mikey has just given him a ten while he was depressed* But...how? Why?
      Mikey: Because you're really good at being you!
    • In the Season 4 episode "The Biggest Trouble Ever". Randall happily plays in a pile of leaves with other kids.
    • In the Season 4 episode "Some Friend". It is revealed that Randall is invited to Menlo's birthday party and he is seen enjoying himself with the other kids at the party.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the Season 2 episode "Bad Hair Day", TJ bribes Randall with a Señor Fusion issue #8 comic to say the haircut he give Mikey was good. Randall compliments Mikey's haircut by saying the famous rock band called Dog's Pajamas got the same haircut, causing all the kids on the playground want the same haircut. Then they learn the truth, that this haircut was bad and the members of the band have hair that goes all the way down to their butts, causing all the kids to be angry at Gus, T.J. and Vince. Gus manages to quickly escape, but T.J. and Vince are chased away by an angry mob of their clientele.
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    Guru Kid 
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Voiced by: Klee Bragger (Up until "Tattletale Heart"), Justin Jon Ross ("Don't Ask Me" to the end of the series), Ryan O'Donohue (Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade)

Debut: "The Break In"

Jimmy "Guru Kid" is a Third Street student who dispenses advice to the children of Third Street.


  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin is light brown, and he might be Indian.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Don't Ask Me," when Spinelli takes over his job.
  • Catchphrase: His usual response to his clients, "What is to be or not to be?"
  • Hermit Guru: Parodied, he sits in a meditative trance while wearing his shirt as a turban, offering vague advice.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: When Spinelli takes his job, he's blasé about it decides to spend the recess playing games like paddleball and catch.
  • Not So Above After All: When Randall triggered a food fight, Guru Kid insisted that Gus not say anything about what he witnessed or else he'd be branded a tattletale; doing so would be considered a violation of the "kids' unwritten code of honor". Being the only other kid to witness this however, he ended up blabbing the truth to every other student individually, who were all quick to turn Randall in when Gus didn't for the sake of keeping recess.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Jimmy.
  • Talks Like a Simile: Which often confuses the other kids.
    Guru Kid: Consider the bumblebee. Alone, he is worth nothing, but with his fellow bees, he becomes a swarm and enjoys bountiful quantities of honey.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Since he wears his shirt on his head (like a turban)
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: While his advice can be vague at times, he is a very intuitive and savvy child. In "Don't Ask Me", he's unconcerned about Spinelli taking his job because he knows most of her advice is short-sighted and the other kids will eventually turn on her (which is exactly what happens). Then he easily diffuses the situation by telling they can't be mad at Spinelli for giving advice they asked for when they were not forced to follow it.

    The Diggers (Sam and Dave) 
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Dave on the left, Sam on the right.
Debut: "The Break In"

Voiced by: Klee Bragger (Sam) and Ryan O'Donohue (Dave)

The Diggers are referred to as Diggers Dave and Sam who are seen always digging during Recess at Third Street School.


    Swinger Girl 
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Debut: "The Break In"

Voiced by: Francesca Smith

Swinger Girl is always seen swinging as it is her favorite and only hobby. Her ultimate goal is to swing so high that she loops the swing set bar.


    The Kindergarteners 

Debut: "The Break In" (Most of them), "The Break-up" (Tubby)

Voiced by: E.G. Daily (Captain Sticky, Spencer, and Hector (In "Dodgeball City" and "Call Me Guy")), Kath Soucie (Hector ("Wild Child" and direct-to-video movies, Cindy, and Gilbert), Jason Davis (Tubby), Francesca Smith (Emma), Pamela Segall-Adlon, and Christine Cavanaugh

A group of wild, ill-mannered kindergarteners who dress and behave like a tribe of Hollywood Natives.


  • Acrofatic: Tubby, who managed to win a foot race against the other kindergartners (albeit with some dumb luck).
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: They're kindergarteners after all. Especially seen in "Kindergarten Derby", when they get to the "Valley of Distraction", which is part of the field filled with shiny candy wrappers and toys.
  • Expy: In-universe, Captain Sticky is the kindergartener's expy of King Bob.
    • Tubby is one to Mikey. They even have the same voice actor!
  • Fan of Underdog: Hector looks up to Gus like a big brother, even calling him "Safety Man".
  • Friendly Enemy: Captain Sticky, Spencer, Emma, Zedd, Jake, Tubby, Hector, and Cindy are all on good terms with the other kids (for a good 75% of the time)
  • Hollywood Natives: They behave like a savage tribe.

    King Bob 
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Debut: "The Break In"

Voiced by: Toran Caudell

Robert "King Bob" is the unibrowed king of the Third Street School playground.


  • Big Good: He has his bad moments, but looks after the good of the student body. In episodes where someone either too inexperienced (Gus) or devious (Randall) become King of the Playground, it goes to hell very quickly.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: He has one, but it's not as big as Mundy's as it's better groomed.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Oftentimes his dialogue is this.
  • The Comically Serious: He's a sixth grade boy in a jersey who acts like a stereotypical king in total seriousness.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Pharaoh Bob", "The Big Prank", "The Madness of King Bob", and "Prince Randall".
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he maybe a Jerkass ruler, but at time he also has ordered others to stop harassing other students, especially the Main Six.
    • In “Telltale Heart”, near the end just Gus was about to be punished by the students for tattling, he orders it to stop because Finster got everyone else to do so, with the exception of Gus and the rest of the Main Six. It was thanks to Guru Kid, who was the only one that was told that it was started by Randall.
    • In “Mikey’s Pants”, at the end, King Bob orders the playground to stop mocking Mikey for having ripped pants after Vince, TJ, and Gus did the same thing, since he does respect those who are willing to spare others from public embarrassment.
    • He's also known for updating the rules of the playground whenever it deems needed, like just making kids use a coin to decide on whether a kickball in a dumpster is an out or home run.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: "The Madness of King Bob" shows he's jealous of the praise T.J., the new Prankster Prince, gets for his pranks because he never received such adulation when he held the title.
  • Hidden Depths: In one episode, it is shown he feels that people only like him because he's king and in another he's worried that no one at Third Street will remember him once he graduates.
  • Hot-Blooded: When he's not being a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Iconic Item: His crown and hockey stick.
  • Jerkass Ball / Out-of-Character Moment: In "Fort Tender," he refused to help TJ and his friends reclaim the eponymous fort from Lawson and his Gang of Bullies on the grounds of a "Finders Keepers" rule. Thanks, Bob.
  • Lonely at the Top: In "Officer Mikey", he tells the gang that he wishes he had friends who liked him for who he is and not just because he's king of the playground.
  • Lovable Jock: Though we never do see him play sports, his hockey stick scepter and jersey imply that he is one. He also looked pretty smug when TJ challenged him at kickball in one episode.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "Pharaoh Bob". After taking a HUGE level in jerkass, Bob realizes at the episode's end how much of a tyrant he's been and is more broken up over failing his subjects than over the melting of his mud pyramid.
  • Nice Hat: His most notable piece of clothing is his yellow crown shaped hockey or football helmet with a brown B on its front.
  • Not So Different: He and TJ, especially prominent in "The Madness of King Bob", such as when Bob is planning an elaborate prank to play on TJ, only to dismiss it as stupid. It then cuts to TJ's house where he's planning what's apparently the same thing.
  • Put on a Bus: Justified. In Taking the Fifth Grade, he leaves for middle school. Though he makes one more appearance to set the new king straight in one scene.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Not always, but quite a bit of the time. One notable example of him being this is "The Trial", where he refuses to let the other students take mob justice on Spinelli for supposedly hitting Randall with a rock and gives her a fair trial instead. Also even when he thinks Spinelli is guilty, he agrees with her assessment of Randall being a worm when he attacked during a ceasefire.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He doesn't swear, but he does mix a lot of slang and formal vocabulary.
  • Stage Magician: Pretends to be one in "The Madness of King Bob" in order to prank T.J., under the aliases of Yahoozi, a Dutch foreign exchange student.
  • Too Important to Walk: Most of the time, he'll have his guards carry him around the playground on a chair attatched to two wooden poles.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He especially does this is "Pharaoh Bob" until he and Gretchen have a meeting.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the first episode, his voice was higher-pitched due to Toran Caudell not going through puberty yet.
  • Younger Than They Look: He looks and sounds like a high school student, yet he's only eleven.
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    Cornchip Girl 
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Debut: "The Break In" (Unnamed), "Stand Up Randall"

Voiced by: Francesca Smith (First few appearances), Ashley Johnson ("Weekend at Muriel's"), Aria Noelle Curzon

Cornchip Girl (real name Teresa Laverne LeMaize) is a sweet, nice and loving Swiss-American girl who attends Third Street School.


  • The Cutie: Being so cute, kind, sweet, and innocent, she more than qualifies for this trope
  • Cute Bruiser: As seen in a few episodes, much to everyone's surprise. For example, after Spinelli taught her to stand up to Sue Bob Murphy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Army-Navy Games", and also in "The Terrifying Tales of Recess" (during the first segment, "Children of the Cornchip").
  • Dull Surprise: Sometimes it's used for comedy, other times it makes her kinda creepy. "Look, clean people."
  • Meaningful Name: Her real name is Theresa LaMaize.
  • Military Brat: Like Gus, she's the child of an officer (though her dad is a Navy guy).
  • Nice Girl: A sweet girl.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She has a slightly different character design than the other kids, giving her an appearance that wouldn't look out of place on Phineas and Ferb.
  • Ship Tease: Strongly implied with Gus.
  • Sixth Ranger: She's considered an unofficial member of the main six in the later episodes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Corn chips, hence her nickname.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her dress is a mix between two soft blues.
  • Vague Age: Cornchip Girl could either be in first or second grade, and in "One Stayed Clean", she's shown with the kindergarteners briefly (Though earlier on, she was running away from them, meaning that the scene she had with them could've been an animation error). Most fans place her around seven.

    Upside-Down Girl 

Debut: "The Break In" (Unspeaking), "Big Brother Chad"

Voiced by: Francesca Smith

The Upside-Down Girl is a fourth grader who is always seen hanging upside down from the monkey bars.


  • Artistic License – Biology: Let's just say that hanging upside down as long as she normally does would cause some serious medical side effects.
  • Berserk Button: Don't make her go rightside-up.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: She's called Upside Down for a reason... she likes to be upside-down.
  • Expy: Of Helga Pataki due to her pigtailed blond hair, pink dress, and aggressive attitude. The two even share a voice actress.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Always hanging upside down along with the rest of her.
  • Modesty Shorts: With her usual stance, she needs them.
  • No Name Given: Her real name has never been revealed
    • Lampshaded in "The Break Up", in which Ms. Grotke points out that it was nice of Gretchen to bond with her, but "best friends often do have first names."

    The Ashleys 
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From left: Ashley Q., Ashley B., Ashley A., and Ashley T.
Debut: "The New Kid" (Ashley T.; unnamed and not speaking), "The Experiment" (Ashleys A., B., and Q.)

Voiced by: Anndi McAfee (Ashley A.), Francesca Smith (Ashley B.), Rachel Crane (Ashley Q. and Ashley T. (First few episodes)), and Ashley Johnson (Ashley T.)

The Ashleys are a clique of four beautiful, fashionable, snobby and spoiled girls, and are always uttering the phrase "scandalous."


  • Alliterative Name: Ashley Armbruster.
  • Alpha Bitch: They're all stuck-up jerks, but Ashley A. takes the cake, her being the leader of the Ashleys.
  • Annoying Laugh: And usually finished off with their catchprase.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: Ashley A's last name is "Armbruster," which means "crossbow" in German.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ashley A. (blonde), Ashley B. and Ashley T. (brunettes), and Ashley Q. (redhead)
  • Break the Haughty: Ashley A. in "Outcast Ashley" when the other Ashleys kick her out of the group for forgetting to wear purple on "Purple Day"—the anniversary of the day they first met.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The way Ashley Q. approaches kickball is this. She is incredible at it (better than Vince, even), but she is also largely indifferent to it; she can kick the ball farther than anyone while casually talking on her phone and not even paying attention to what she is doing.
  • Catchphrase: "SCANDALOUS!"
  • The Cheerleader: Not at school, but the girls go to a cheerleading camp in the first movie.
  • Chubby Chaser: Slightly implied with Ashley Q. in Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade- after Gus puts on weight after eating too much, he says that she thinks the extra pounds make him look "distinguished".
  • Closet Geek: Ashley T., if "Chez Vince" is any indication.
  • Colour Coded Characters: Ashley A. (Pink), Ashley B. (Yellow), Ashley Q. (Blue), and Ashley T. (Green)
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ashley Q. is surprisingly really good at kickball.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Jinxed", "First Name Ashley", "Outcast Ashley", "The Beauty Contest", "The Ratings Game", "No Strings Attached", and "League of Randalls".
  • Dub Name Change: Their first names are changed to Patricia in the Portuguese dub, but their last names remain the same.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ashley T. was a nameless background character in "The New Kid" before being formally introduced in "Jinxed" (Or "The Experiment"- the Ashleys made their first appearance, but their final personalities weren't given yet, and the only time their name was mentioned was when they were offscreen. Presumably, "Jinxed" was produced before (but aired after) "The Experiment")
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're all named Ashley.
  • Expy: They're grade school parodies of the Heathers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While they may be alpha bitches, even for another Ashley, they were disgusted when each of their brother named Tyler became to snitch on everyone including King Bob. They're also disgusted by anyone who throws rocks in a dirt clod war.
  • Fiery Redhead: Ashley Q.
  • For the Evulz: The girls are at their absolute worst in "Jinxed".
  • Generation Xerox: The girls moms look and act exactly like them.
  • Giggling Villain: And they've got an Annoying Laugh to prove it!
  • Girl Posse: Ashley A. usually acts as the leader.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Despite being enemies with them, both Ashley A. and Ashley Q. have been shown playing kickball with the gang on a few occasions.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: They celebrate the anniversary of the day they first met as Purple Day.
  • Gratuitous French: They speak this way at times.
  • Hair Decorations: Ashley A. wears a pink headband and Ashley B. wears two yellow barrets.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Ashley Q. is very good at kickball.
    • Ashley T. likes Senior Fusion—she gives TJ one of her comics to bribe him into giving them a good table in "Chez Vince".
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: In "Outcast Ashley", Ashley B. rips off Ashley A.'s headband, the teddy bear head off her backpack, and her "A" necklace and stomps on it.
  • It's All About Me: Ashley A.'s general attitude, to the point she's shocked to hear that the earth revolves around the sun, instead apparently taking her Daddy's remark that "the universe revolves around me!" seriously.
  • Jerkass: All of them, but Ashley Q. is arguably the meanest of the Ashleys.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ashley A. on her good days.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Ashley A. shows hints of this sometimes, and on occasion they all can be this (like "The Great Can Drive" and "League of Randalls").
  • Off-Model: In some episodes, Ashley B's outfit switches from yellow to red, and then back again.
  • One Steve Limit: Completely averted (and Spinelli's also named Ashley, but she wants no association with them), as well as each one having a younger brother named Tyler and a younger sister named Britney.
    • King Bob even made a law, that inverts this trope completely: All children named Ashley must accept membership of the Ashleys if an Ashley invites them.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Ashley A.'s signature color is pink, and their clubhouse has pink wallpaper.
  • Pretty in Mink: Ashley A.'s "formal" outfit has fur trimming
  • The Quiet One: Ashley T. hardly gets any speaking lines on her own.
  • Rich Bitch / Spoiled Brat: They are all typical upper-class snobs.
  • Satellite Character: Every member of the clique besides Ashley A.
  • Token Good Teammate: Ashley T. Maybe not exactly "good," but she's arguably the least mean of the Ashleys.
  • True Blue Femininity: Ashley Q.'s signature color is blue.

    Hustler Kid 
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Debut: "The New Kid" (Unnamed and unspeaking), "First Name Ashley"

Voiced by: Michael Shulman

Francis "The Hustler Kid" is a student of Third Street School who acts as a hustler during recess.


    Butch 
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Debut: "The Experiement"

Voiced by: Kath Soucie

Butch is the bearer of bad news and the one who usually tells the scary stories from his older brother's school days, oftentimes as a warning against something the gang would be trying to do at the time.


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    Menlo 
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Debut: "Officer Mikey"

Voiced by: Blake Ewing

Menlo is Miss Lemon's assistant, or 'aide' as he likes to say.


  • Anti-Villain: Is this in "Tucked In Mikey". He teaches Mikey how to be more organized in preparation for his award ceremony out of genuine altruism. Once the rest of the gang shows him how it's sapped Mikey of his creativity, he realizes his error and works with them to set things right.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes he is featured in include "Partners in Crime", "Tucked in Mikey", "Some Friend", and "All the Principal's Men"
  • Brainwashed: "Principal for a Day" reveals that he used to be a serious troublemaker until Prickley and Finster decided to make him principal for a day and manipulate him into becoming a rule-abiding authoritarian, successfully warping him into his current personality.
  • Disguised in Drag: In "All the Principal's Men", he dresses up like a German lady as one of the "informants."
  • Friendly Enemy: At times, since he and the gang only really come into conflict when their desire for fun conflicts with Menlo's Super OCD and obedience to the rules. Other than that, there's no real personal animosity. It makes much more sense once it's revealed he and T.J. used to be close friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's prudish, but is usually well-meaning and wants to do the right thing for the school. In addition, he has helped the main six on numerous occasions.
  • Last-Name Basis: At least in the Spanish dub, where he's given the first name "Taylor". In most versions of the show, including the original English version, it has never been stated if "Menlo" is his first or last name (Though suggested more towards the latter).
  • Meaningful Name: Two, first his name is an anagram of Lemon, who he works for, and secondly his title, he is Lemons Aid.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair of big square lenses.
  • Paperworkaholic: Menlo is always seen filing paperwork in the school office.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Enjoys working with the faculty and won't hesitate to enforce the rules, but he's not a malicious kid and doesn't go out of his way to snitch on the others' rule breaking like Randall does.
  • Schedule Fanatic: He's obsessed with perfect punctuality.
  • Smug Snake: He's full of himself and often condescends to other characters, including the main six.
  • Super OCD: As well as keeping all his paperwork neatly organized.
  • Teacher's Pet: Much like Randall he's loyal to the faculty, though he's not as obnoxious about it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With T.J. However, even though they stopped hanging out, they still made an agreement that T.J. would come to Menlo's birthday party every year.
  • Wild Child: Yes, you read that right. It's revealed in "Principal for a Day" that shortly before the events of the series, he was so out of control that Principal Prickly himself had to intervene. After being principal for a day, Menlo became the guy he is now.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is lower in the final two Direct-to-Video movies.

    Jordan and Jerome 
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Jordan (right) and Jerome (left).
Debut: "King Gus"

Voiced by: Patrick Renna (Jerome), Justin Shenkarow (Jordan), Erik Von Detten (Both in certain episodes)

King Bob's servants.

  • Fat and Skinny: With Jordan being fat and Jerome being skinny
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They are often seen together, even when not working for the King.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jordan has a much bigger temper and is prone to be ruled by it much more easily than the more professional Jerome.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The two do often sudden appear from nothing when they are talking to the gang.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The two tend to become Jerkasses whenever King Bob issues them with even a little more power.
  • Yes-Man: To King Bob. When Gus temporarily replaces him in "King Gus", they actively try to have the playground run the way they think it should. It backfires.

    Brandon the Singer Kid 

Debut: "The Voice"

Voiced by: Michael Shulman

    Gelman 
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Debut: Gus's Last Stand

Voiced by: Justin Shenkarow

  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone on the playground hid from him after his previous target moved away.
    • Lawson and his gang sometimes are shown to be friends with him though.
  • The Bully: He's feared and hated around the school for this. He targets one victim at a time; when his last victim moved away, he started picking on Gus.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: With Gus on a few occasions.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Gus' Last Stand" and "The Great State Fair"
  • Dumb Muscle: He doesn't seem to be the brightest kid on the playground.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His grandmother makes him cookies.
  • Fat Bastard: He looks like he weighs about 200 or so pounds.
  • Freudian Excuse: Implied in "The Great State Fair"; he continuously refuses to do the activities Finster provides by saying, "My old man don't believe in [x]." When Gus asks him why he's not at the fair, Gelman claims his father "don't believe in fairs."
  • Heel–Face Turn: In "A Great State Fair", he is no longer Gus' enemy.
  • Jerkass: Especially in his first appearance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "The Shiner," he gives TJ, thinking the latter's a hero, a batch of cookies his grandmother made him.
  • Last-Name Basis: What's his first name anyways?
  • Meaningful Name: "Gelman" is just one letter removed from "German". In his introductory episode, Gus' father compares Gelman's bullying to Germany pushing around smaller countries in World War I.
  • Status Quo Is God: Even after befriending Gus in "The Great State Fair", he goes back to being a bully for the remainder of the series.
  • Stout Strength: Much like Mikey. Once he hit a tetherball so hard it popped, and another time he was able to carry around a giant stump that the other kids couldn't budge.
  • Your Size May Vary: Though he's always one of the largest kids on the playground, sometimes he's about as large as Mikey, other times he's a few inches taller and much wider.

    Sue Bob Murphy 
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Debut: "The Girl Was Trouble"

Voiced by: Christine Cavanaugh ("The Girl was Trouble"), Kath Soucie (Remainder of series)

  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Girl Was Trouble".
  • Friendly Enemy: To Gretchen at least.
  • Full-Name Basis: Nearly everyone calls her by her full name, even her friend Kurst the Worst.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a troublemaker, but in "The Girl Was Trouble," after Gretchen tells her the story of how she tried to get her stolen hand-held computer back, she gives it back to her. She also genuinely cares about her friends: in "Kurst the Not So Bad," she Greg, Mundy and Lazy Kid steal some huckleberry cobbler from the school cafeteria to try and win back Kurst after the latter starts hanging out with Mikey.
  • Kick the Dog: She once stole Cornchip Girl's lunch and then ate it in front of her.
  • Lean and Mean: One of the skinniest kids in school. She's not very nice either.
  • Oral Fixation: Often chewing gum.
  • Tomboyish Name: The "Bob" part.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Implied to be this with Kurst the Worst.

    Lazy Kid 
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Debut: "The Girl Was Trouble"

Voiced by: Warren Sroka

  • Heavy Sleeper: He naps a lot.
  • Karma Houdini: He and his friends never get punished for convincing Gus to rob Kelso's.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. He's not as outwardly mean as the other members, but this is more due to laziness than niceness.

    Greg Skeens 
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Debut: "The Girl Was Trouble"

Voiced by: Matthew Bartilson ("The Girl was Trouble" and "The Ratings Game"), Danny Cooksey (Remainder of series)

    Conrad Mundy 
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Debut: "The Girl Was Trouble"

Voiced by: Warren Sroka

  • Big Ol' Unibrow: He has a big red unibrow.
  • Book Dumb: When Gretchen tries to explain the formula of viscosity, and Mundy is unfamiliar with it, Gretchen has to explain it in street terms: "A drop of liquid soap will make the bathroom look like a bat cave in no time."
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Gus and Misdemeanors" and "Mundy, Mundy".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As seen in "Mundy, Mundy".
  • Karma Houdini: He and his friends never get punished for convincing Gus to rob Kelso's.
  • Last-Name Basis: Much like Skeens, his first name is mentioned only once.
  • Vague Age: Similar to Cornchip Girl. In the episode "Dodgeball City" we briefly see him standing on Lawson's side right before the game starts (implying that he's a 5th grader), however we later see him standing with the out 4th graders after Hector gets hit with a dodgeball.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After the gang broke the statue, he walks over to them and congratulates them, and goes over to help them with their punishment. Naturally, they don't take this as a compliment.
    • Inverted when he later feels ashamed for his new reputation as a "good" guy around school.

    Kristen Kurst (Kurst The Worst) 
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Debut: "The Girl Was Trouble"

Voiced by: Mayim Bialik

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Her name. (Without the added "Worst")
  • Ax-Crazy: Is seen as this by the other students.
  • Big Eater: She can even eat more than Mikey, according to Menlo in "Lawson and His Crew".
  • Broken Bird: She actually doesn't take much pride in her mean acts and dislikes her nickname.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and is quick to anger.
  • Gasshole: She burps in most of her episode appearances.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As seen in "Kurst the Not So Bad".
    • Also, in the Valentine's Day episode, she angrily asks Vince, Mikey and Gus where TJ is after sending her a card. When they say they don't know, she says happily, "...he's such a dear!"
  • Last-Name Basis: Paired with the modifier "The Worst."
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The gruff and boorish Masculine Girl to her friend Mikey's poetic and sensitive Feminine Boy.
  • Tsundere: Type A. She loosens up a bit around Mikey.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Implied with Sue Bob.

    Erwin Lawson 
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Debut: "The Story of Whomps"

Voiced by: Erik von Detten

  • Annoying Laugh: He tends to punctuate his taunts with obnoxious laughter.
  • Book Dumb: Typical of a bully character, Lawson feels good about himself, but he can't even add.
  • The Bully: He loves throwing around insults and taunts and occasionally acts violent toward other kids.
  • Characterization Marches On: When Lawson made his first two appearances in season two (His debut episode "The Story of Whomps" and "Principal for a Day"), he was more competent and more of a threat, to the point where he almost beats up T.J. for saying he "whomped" (Before knowing what the word meant). Starting with season three, he became more of a ditz and resorted to calling the gang names and taunting them.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Soccer Boy" and "Lawson and His Crew".
  • Demoted to Extra: In The Movie, he only has a brief cameo and doesn't speak (however, he's still credited, hinting that he was going to have a speaking role, but his scene was cut)
  • Depending on the Writer: While he usually is a bully, the actual degree of his level of bullying changes depending on the episode. Sometimes he is merely the gang's sports rival, other times he torments them in non-violent ways such as taking their fort, spraying TJ with cheese on picture day, or not letting them play tetherball. Sometimes he is even shown to get violent with other kids such as TJ, Randall, or Brandon.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Lawson ALWAYS explains his bad jokes when taunting somebody.
  • Embarrassing First Name: He's always called Lawson for a reason.
  • Dirty Coward: After watching Gus roughly take out his cronies at dodgeball, he begs him not to throw one at him and offers him to just take all the marbles they were betting on. Gus gives him no such mercy.
  • The Ditz: He's definitely not very smart.
  • Evil Counterpart / The Rival: Usually towards T.J. and Vince. Lawson is Vince's arch-opponent when it comes to sports. He also desires to lead his own clique much like T.J., so he forms his own gang of counterparts to T.J.'s friends in "Lawson and His Crew".
  • Friendly Enemy: While he often bullies the main six, he stated once that he doesn't hate T.J. and considers him an OK guy.
  • Gang of Bullies: He has one in the form of Jocko, Buster, Cheay, Chucko, Koreo, and occasionally Gelman.
  • I Shall Taunt You: His favorite bullying tactic is calling TJ and his friends names based on Incredibly Lame Puns. For example, in "One Stayed Clean," he cracks cheese puns before throwing a can full of cheese dip at TJ.
  • Insult of Endearment: Dishes these out frequently, such as "LaStupid", "Dettwhiner", "Shrimpnelli", etc. He grudgingly calls TJ "Dettwinner" after he and the gang successfully steal their base back in "Fort Tender".
  • I Want My Mommy!: Cries out for his mother when running away in fear towards the end of Taking the Fifth Grade.
  • Pet the Dog: Allows Mikey to join his football team, and seems to see him as more than just a ticket to victory; even when his team has won and they don't need Mikey anymore, he still invites Mikey to celebrate with him.
    • He's also one of the many kids who gets Gretchen a new bike as thanks for her tutoring them.
    • Despite generally being antagonistic towards him, he once admitted that he likes T.J. and considers him an okay guy.
  • The Psycho Rangers: In the episode "Lawson and his Crew" (the last episode before the movie was released), he forms his own gang similar to the main six.
    • In fact, he contrasts T.J. in appearence and personality. Unlike T.J., Lawson is tall, lanky, wears his baseball hat with the visor in the front, and is mean.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With the Recess Gang, most notably with TJ and Vince. TJ once even referred to him as his archenemy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He genuinely thinks he's better than either TJ or Vince. The ten-year-old dweeb can't take a hint, can he?

    The Pale Kids 
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From left: Carl, Rodney, Frank, Steve
Debut: "Lord of the Nerds"

Voiced by: Eddie Deezen (Frank), Pamela Hayden (Steve), Kenny Blank (Rodney), and Kath Soucie (Carl)

  • Nerdy Nasalness: They're the kids who never go outside for recess and instead, stay indoors to read comic books or play an in-universe equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons, and they all speak with nasally voices.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: The gang really enjoy each other's company and have no shame about their nerdy interests.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: They play a D & D rip-off called "Daggers and Dragons" and their character names are just their regular names spelt backwards.
  • The Unintelligible: Carl always speaks in gibberish.

    Chucko Kowalski 

Debut: "Big Brother Chad"

Voiced by: Ross Malinger ("Big Brother Chad"), Ryan O'Donohue ("The Kid Came Back")
  • The Bully: Only in season one, really.
  • Demoted to Extra: Was set up to be a major bully in the first season, however, he only really starred in one episode and then became a background character, sometimes showing up as a member of Lawson's gang.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He's essentially a prototype of Lawson due to his Gang of Bullies, rivalry with Vince, and tendency to bully others.
  • Gang of Bullies: He hangs out with Jocko, Cheay, and Buster. Starting season 2, all of them (Chucko included) become part of Lawson's gang instead.

    Crier Kid 

Debut: "Teachers Lounge"

Voiced by: Micheal Shulman ("Teachers Lounge"), Justin Jon Ross (Other episodes)

  • Crocodile Tears: His main characterization, and is very good at it too.
  • Demoted to Extra: It seems like he should be another playground staple like Swinger Girl, Hustler Kid, Swinger Girl, etc, but he's only a background character after Season One.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Because "Teachers' Lounge" was produced very early in the show's run, Crier Kid was going to be the original Hustler Kid, as seen in his first appearance.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In "Teacher's Lounge", his name is revealed as Bradley.

    Gordy 

Debut: "The New Kid" (Unnamed), "Wild Child" (As Freddy), "Schoolworld" (As Gordy)
Voiced by: Malachi Pearson ("The New Kid"), Erik von Detten ("I Will Kick No More Forever"), Klee Bragger ("Bad Hair Day"), Sam Gifaldi (Most episodes)

    Phil 
Debut: "The New Kid" (Unspeaking), "Kids in the Mist"
Voiced by: Klee Bragger (All episodes san season four), Justin Jon Ross ("Kids in the Mist", season four and Recess: School's Out (Uncredited in the movie))

    Willy 

Debut: "The New Kid"

Voiced by: Erik von Detten ("The New Kid", "I Will Kick No More Forever" and "Copycat Kid"), Ryan O'Donohue ("Schoolworld" and "Bachelor Gus")

  • Bit Character: One of the most commonly seen extras.
  • Jerkass: Implied in "Mama's Girl", where he's the first one to make fun of T.J. for calling Miss Grotke "Mama" (To take heat off Spinelli who accidentally called her that earlier in the episode).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite that, he and the gang are often hang out together, and was even a member of Vince's soccer team in "Soccer Boy".
  • Those Two Guys: He often is paired with fellow Bit Character Gordy.

    Megan 

Debut: "The New Kid"

Voiced by: Pamela Adlon ("The New Kid"), Kath Soucie ("Call Me Guy"), Anndi McAfee ("The Candidates"), Danielle Judovits (Recess: School's Out)

    Tracey Logan 

Debut: "The New Kid" (Unnamed and unspeaking), "Jinxed" (Speaking), "The Challenge" (Named)
Voiced by: Justin Shenkarow ("Jinxed"), Anndi McAfee ("My Fair Gretchen" and "Dance Lessons"), Klee Bragger ("The Trial"), Ryan O'Donohue ("Stand Up Randall"), Kath Soucie ("The Shiner"), E.G. Daily ("Call Me Guy")

  • Ambiguous Gender: Often switches from male to female throughout episodes. To hit it home, he/she is named Tracey- which is gender neutral.
  • Gender Flip: In every other episode, Tracey is voiced by a boy or a girl, or even a woman.

    Douglas 

Debut: "First Name Ashley" (Mentioned), "Randall's Reform"

Voiced by: Blake Ewing

  • Demoted to Extra: It was hinted in "First Name Ashley" and confirmed in "Randall's Reform" that he was Randall's rival, but after those two episodes, he became a background character with no lines.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Apparently, he was the original Menlo (Menlo did appear before Douglas, though "Randall's Reform" was produced before Menlo's debut in "Officer Mikey")

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