Stuck, a novel in three episodes by Lyle Terry (aka Tre), has quite a few characters. Here's all the important ones.
The protagonist of the book, Tre Listman is a junior high student with a slight lack of common sense and a tendency to land himself in odd situations. Despite this, he somehow always manages to come up with way to work himself out of them, even if it takes him a few times to get it right.
He's not aware of the fact that he's a fictional version of Lyle Terry at first, but it gets clearer to him eventually.
- Action Survivor (until Episode 3, anyway)
- Author Avatar: Carries enough traits shared by Lyle Terry to count as one, but he doesn't get any kind of mercy as a result of it.
- Audience Surrogate
- Beware the Nice Ones: After he finds out who The Messenger is.
- Butt-Monkey: Oh, lord, for an Author Avatar Lyle puts himself through a lot of flak. The frakking book starts off with Tre getting embarassed for laughs at a school dance and then it just goes on and on and on and on...
- Classical Antihero / Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He's snarky enough to count as the latter, but isn't terribly unsympathetic most of the time, so he's in the middle.
- Cock Fight: With Todd over Nora during the second episode.
- Ditzy Genius: Very much so.
- Deadpan Snarker: Subverted at most points, as he's pretty bad at not laughing at what he says.
- Geek Physique: The skinny type.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In Stuck at the Galleria and Sparks.
- Le Parkour: His preferred method of getting around later in the book.
- Meta Guy: Becomes very versed in knowledge about his universe and its not being real by the end of the book.
- Ordinary Junior High School Student
- The Slacker: A semi-teen example.
- Took a Level in Badass: He starts off rather timid in the beginning of Episode One. By the middle of that book he's blowing up robots and defending himself and Nora fairly well, and he stays on that level up until Episode Three, which significantly cranks up the amount of his awesomeness.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Nora dumps him. He got better.
- Where Da White Women At?: He's black. Nora's white.
The second lead of our story, Nora is the de facto leader of the group, and a very snarky young female. She may seem hard on the outside, but she's really a smart, if slightly nerdy girl that's just trying to figure out who she is. Until then, though, she deals with the weird world of Greyson City by secretly tearing its logic apart via snide comments (not all of which are mean-spirited).
Oh, and she's Tre's girlfriend too, but things get a bit complicated on that front.
- Action Girl
- Cool Loser: The "loser" part is nebulous (generally, she seems to be in the middle of the "food chain"), but she's definitely cool.
- Deadpan Snarker: Stuck's largest and most notable example.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She grows to be less irritable as the book goes on, though the snark is always to be found.
- Knight In Sour Armor
- Like Brother and Sister: With Grassy.Not just a cool loser. The Cool Loser.
- Little Miss Badass: Not very little, but she still counts.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Meta Girl
- Stepford Snarker: To a T.
- The Snark Knight
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type two with Grassy.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Not a huge example, but if you try to hurt Tre in front of her, she will flip her lid.
- Where Da White Women At?: She's white. Tre's black.
Gordon "Grassy" Scott
The Smart Guy of the main group, Grassy is a guy who's sort of in between Nora and Tre in terms of snarkiness. Nora's best friend and confidante, he seems to know at least a little about almost everything, and the Crew use this to their advantage. In addition, he's also quite talented with a QWERTY and a terminal, and he occasionally dabbles into making stuff himself (though they usually last all of ten minutes).
- Brilliant, but Lazy, but when he gets down to business it's probably a good idea to run. Or duck and cover.
- Beware the Nice OnesGrassy: Just because I'm a lover doesn't mean I can't fight.
- Cool Loser
- Extraverted NerdNora: Bushy hair, thick glasses and yellow flannel? No wonder you know everything.
- Genius Bruiser: He's the biggest member of The Crew in terms of size, but he hates fighting, unless he gets the chance to knock Crow teeth in while Allison's around.
- Hollywood HackerGrassy: If I did any real hacking, there'd be problems on a whole 'nother level.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Nora.
- Limited Wardrobe: He really likes yellow flannel.
- Medium Aware
- Non-Action Guy: That is, until the finale.
- Playful Hacker
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type two with both Nora and Max, Nora moreso.
Maximilian P. "Max" Cromwell
The ying to Grassy's yang, Max is, for lack of a better term, loud. Unafraid and boisterous, Max seems like he's the kind of guy who's really just trying to make himself look good, but when things get serious, so does he. Mass awesomeness ensues.
He's also a huge softie, but don't tell him that.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Berserk Button: Don't mess with Piper if you wish to keep your teeth.
- The Big Guy
- Combat Pragmatist
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets shades of this during Episode Three.
- Genre SavvyMax: I've seen enough movies like this to know how this ends. Badly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The jerk part is how he presents himself, but he's ready and willing to help and fight for his friends (especially Piper) when they need him to.
- Knight In Sour Armor: EVEN MORESO THAN NORA.
- Large Ham: At times.
- Not So Stoic: He's really nice to Pip and probably opens up the most to her, though both of them know it's just a friend thing and nothing more.Tre: As it turns out, Cromwell actually has feelings!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type two with Grassy.
Cari "Cici" Benz
Appears in all three episodes.
She was rich, popular and had a life every teen dreams of... and she hated it. So Cici, a girl branded as a jerk by her peers because of some of her past actions, is on a mission to redeem herself by giving up her past and trying to start over. The question is, will she be able to?
- Rich Bitch: Apparently she was this before she escaped to the Galleria.
- Spoiled Sweet: By Episode Three she really softens up and becomes this.
Appears in all three episodes.
Cici's partner in crime and one of the saner members of the group, Piper is a quiet but levelheaded girl, though when she does talk, the results are often either hilarious or awesome. Has a notably good friendship with Max, of all people.
Freddy and Marty Leighton-Yeval
A. K. A. "the twins", Freddy and Marty, despite looking somewhat similar, could not be any more different. While Freddy's a huge nerd, is kind of a killjoy sometimes, and has a larger IQ, Marty is a lazy, laid-back guy who lives by a mantra of "go with the flow". Despite this, the two share a close bond and have a tendency to finish each other's sentences.
Carl Ollins "Cow" WeisgerberAppears in all three episodes.
A somewhat recently hired security guard at the Westland Galleria Mall, Cow is literally the only person on their force to pose a threat to the seven kids "squatting" there (said kids being Nora, Grassy, Max, the twins, Cici, and Piper), and even then he's only somewhat effective in his job, mainly because the dude is pretty deluded. As a result of the kids' chaos getting him in trouble with his boss, he gets fired. Thirsting for revenge, as a result he joins the police and frames them for a million-dollar bank robbery.
Layla LuneAppears in all three episodes.
A girl who joins the group after an altercation she had with the security guards at "The Third Pillar", Layla is a goth-turned-hipster who constantly reinvents herself (about once a week or so). As a result, seeing her as a freaky demon chick one week and completely normal the next is a pretty normal sight for everyone.
Allison "Allie" SilverburghAppears in Episodes 1 and 3.
One of Tre's other friends along with Cale, Allison is a very loud, wild, slightly crazy and very outgoing girl who, despite being incredibly bombastic and hammy, has a good heart and loves to joke around. She also has a lot of common sense despite what her outside persona may suggest. She's also the physical form of The Messenger, while Cale is the technological.
Cale McMillenAppears in Episodes 1 and 3.
Another one of Tre's friends outside of the main group, Cale is a genius with an identity crisis. He has a tendency to inadvertently blather huge words into his normal conversations, much to his own chagrin, but he secretly, way-mega-superly deep down wants to embrace his nerdiness. His only problem is convincing the rest of himself that's a good idea.
Marceline "Marcy" Hughes
The daughter of one of Tre's teachers, Marcy is a little... cuckoo. A loose (VERY loose) cannon with no real clue as to what kind of personality she wants to adopt, she just plays with most of the ones she can pull off (most of which appear slightly insane on the surface but less so afterward). Most of the time she adopts a very cheerful and talkative manner, though she does pull off a couple of others.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Deliberately Cute Child: She is quite the schemer thanks to this.
- Genki Girl
- Little Miss Con Artist
- Motor Mouth: She is very hard to get quiet.
- Talkative Loon
- What Could Have Been: Orignally Tre's feelings of apathy toward her were mutual.
Todd Levesque /The ShadowAppears in Episodes 2 and 3.
A smooth, smug and slick young man, Todd is a tall, somewhat dark and snarky guy with one thing on his mind: making Nora Irving his girl. The only thing in his way is Tre, whom he dislikes as a result of an incident that happened in their 6th grade year involving crayons. As a result, he'll do anything to make Tre's girl his, and his lengths are pretty drastic... especially considering that he becomes The Shadow and tries to kill him. Multiple times.
- Big Bad
- Cock Fight: With Tre, over Nora.
- If I Can't Have You...: His main modus operandi after the events of Episode 2.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Evil: Oh, yes.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky
- The Trickster
- Romantic False Lead
Jake ListmanAppears in Episodes 1 and 3.
The (adopted) older brother of Tre, Jake is a guy who everybody sees as pretty near perfect. He's smart, funny, largely considered hot by Tre's friends... and pretty full of himself. As a result, his bro's got a problem living up to his shadow and thinks of himself as "not as great", but that might not stay that way...
Quanell "Q" CarverAppears in Episodes 2 and 3.A bully of Tre's during elementary school, Q hates Tre's guts, all because he thinks Tre's full of himself in terms of intelligence. As a result of this misconception he tries to make up for it by giving Tre heck, and boy, does it work...
Shaniqua PeirceAppears in Episodes 2 and 3.
Q's girlfriend and partner in crime, Shaniqua is, to be blunt, a jerk. More specifically, a jerk with a bit of a problem punching people in various places. Oh, and she's quite the manipulative type too, but soon enough she gets put into her place.
A former bully of Max's before he moved into the Galleria, Damon is rather irritating, to say the least. He becomes Q's lackey at the start of Episode 2. He's also Mal's ex-boyfriend.
Mallory "Mal" McFadden
One of the school's elite, Mal seems to be very narcissistic and selfish at first, but under that shell lies a very nice girl wondering how to let herself open up to the world. She also gains a fondness for Max after he asks her out in Episode 2.
Todd's best friend and second girlfriend, November is kind of silent about her motives, or anything for that matter. All that we really do figure out about her at first is that she HATES Nora. Eventually, though, everything she wants is revealed, and it might not be so great for the gang...
The ShadowA guy who helps Cow catch The Crew at the very end of episode two, and later tries to get rid of them, Tre in particular, during episode three. Nobody knows who he is or what he's up to, just that he's got some bad blood with The Crew.
Everything gets clearer about him later on, and eventually it is revealed that he's TODD.
- Black Knight: Very enigmatic. Not covered in armor, but still, everything he wears and does is black. Everything.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tre.
- The Faceless: Appears so because of his hoodie.
- The Men in Black: And we mean this literally.