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Characters / Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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    Romy White 

The brains of the duo (as much brains as they can have, anyway), Romy still regrets not being cool enough in high school and is determined to go back to the reunion to impress people.

    Michele Weinberger 

Michele is easygoing and the ditzier of the two and generally good to sit back and let Romy come up with the schemes.

  • The Cutie: Very bubbly and girly.
  • Dumb Blonde: Even more so than Romy.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: When she and Romy are packing the car to drive to the reunion, she can be seen wearing mismatched heels: one green and one pink.
  • The Fashionista: They both design some of their own clothes.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Gets with Sandy, admittedly after he'd made his fortune and outgrown his teenage awkwardness.
  • Gold Digger: She did only consider dating Sandy after he became a success.
  • Hidden Depths: While Romy is the more determined and (marginally) smarter of the two, she's also the one who breaks down at the reunion, and it's Michele who snaps her out of it with a Rousing Speech full of Tough Love.
    • Even if it was just a dreamShe also memorably recited and created a recipe for glue, which was scientifically accurate.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Her prom dress was based on one of Madonna's outfits.
  • The Lancer: She'll back Romy up every time, but will call her out if she really needs it.
  • Only Friend: A big reason these two are so close- they were unpopular in high school.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears a bubblegum pink minidress in the climactic scene.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Romy's and Heather's Tomboy. Michele is more passive and easygoing, likes pink and wears a much frillier dress when the two wear their own designs in the confrontation scene.

    Heather Mooney 

Heather was a chain-smoking loner in high school who eventually became a success for designing a type of paper used in cigarettes that makes them burn faster.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Was "very much in love" with Sandy, who only had eyes for Michele. Part of the reason why she didn't get along with her or Romy in high school.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With the cowboy.
  • Catchphrase: "Fuck off!", mostly directed at Toby.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "I'd rather put this (cigarette) out in my ass!"
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards the end of the reunion she mellows out considerably, acting mildly more friendly towards Romy, Michele and Toby, getting over Sandy and making out with the cowboy.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Her smoking habit meant that she was always disappearing between classes.
  • Misery Poker: Averted. She was only bitchy towards Romy and Michele because they seemed so much better off than herself. Knowing that they had their own crap to deal with actually humanised them in Heather's eyes and made her like them.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: For Sandy. She outgrows this with hilarious speed the minute she actually sees him at the reunion.
    Heather: That's Sandy Frink? What the hell was I thinking?
  • Tying Up Romantic Loose Ends: Gets with the cowboy after having an off-screen chat with him.

    Sandy Frink 

The class nerd. He's madly infatuated with Michele despite her uninterest in him, and barely notices Heather's existence.

     Christy Masters 

The leader of the A-group in high school and the arch-nemesis to Romy and Michele.

  • Alliterative Name: Christy Christianson, just to go that extra mile.
  • Alpha Bitch: Every scene she's in she's looking down on somebody else.
  • Babies Ever After: Is pregnant with her third child. Apparently she's trying to make a fad out of it as her friends are also pregnant.
  • The Bully: Stole Romy's lunch and stuck fridge magnets to Michele's back-brace.
  • For the Evulz: She torments people just out of sadistic fun.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite being the A-group leader, it's implied that her clique only hang out with her because she's popular.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Christy dresses in lilac during her high school years and then again at the reunion.
  • Happily Married: Or so she says. It turns out that she got married immediately after high school, failed in her ambitions to become an anchorwoman and can only find validation in having babies.
  • Hypocrite: Makes fun of Romy and Michele for not achieving anything noteworthy, when she herself hasn't done much outside of getting married and having kids.
  • Panty Shot: An updraft of wind shows her unflattering underwear.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets a big one from Romy, before getting a more subtle one from Lisa. It then turns out she sucks more than Romy knew.
  • Smug Snake: Manages to act high and mighty about everything she does.
  • Womanchild: Never matured beyond high school.

     Billy Christianson 

The school jock and Christy's boyfriend. Romy has a crush on him.

  • The Alcoholic: By the time he reappears in the present, he's thoroughly sloshed and hates his life.
  • Betty and Veronica: With Romy as Betty and Christy as Veronica. Inverted in the end when he's married to Christy and propositions Romy.
  • False Soulmate: Until the film's climax, it's left up in the air whether or not he and Romy should get together. While he stood up Romy, it was Christy's idea to do so. Once we see him in the present, it's clear that he's not good for her.
  • Foil: To Sandy. While Sandy was a shy but lovable nerd who became a success later in life, Billy was a shallow jock who never amounted to anything. Sandy was completely devoted to Michele, while Billy's relationship with Christy took a downturn after high school.
  • Jerk Jock: Sleazy as hell.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Appears topless and glistening in his first appearance.
    • Fan Disservice: He's absolutely repulsive when he's drunk, sporting a visible beer gut and covered in sweat and spittle.
  • The Tease: During prom night he left Romy waiting all night for a dance.

     Toby Walters 

A nice gal who Heather finds irritating.

  • Butt-Monkey: Seemingly exists so that Heather can be bitchy at someone.
  • Fat Best Friend: She is hinted to be friendly with Sandy in high school and is chunky, unlike the usual trope, no one makes a note of her weight.
  • Hidden Depths: It's hinted that she immediately knew that the "Post-Its" story was a lie.
  • Lovable Nerd: Doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Fuck off, Toby!"
  • The Pollyanna: Very upbeat.
  • Straw Loser: Apparently the school's hierarchy went as such: The A-group, Romy and Michele, Heather and then Toby.


     Lisa Luder 

A former member of the A-group and currently a fashion designer for Vogue magazine.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Goes from having a wavy locks to a shorter, metropolitan style.
  • Hidden Depths: Has always secretly admired Romy and Michele's bold fashion sense.
  • Old Maid: According to Christy, Lisa is 28 years old and she points out that Christy isn't happily married.
  • Token Good Teammate: While she helps Christy pull pranks on Romy and Michelle, she was the only member of the A-group to express an opinion of her own, even if she took it back to save face.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Is much nicer at the reunion, even delivering a cool insult to Christy without coming across as bitchy.


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