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John Johnson

  • Academic Athlete: Depending on the players choices, he can have a high GPA while still being one of the top players in the school football team.
  • The Ace: If the player succeeds, characters will express their respect for John whether it's for his athletic ability, intelligence, or popularity.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: If you choose to date Beth.
  • Best Friend: With Howard in Football season.
  • Big Man on Campus: If you play your cards right, John will have won the Big Game playing as quarterback making him a star athlete, won homecoming king, and gotten a brand new sports car thanks to acing his test. The story title of their first day at College is in reference to the trope.
  • The Charmer: He'll occasionally break out the charms when it comes to the ladies, or if he's working as another friend's Romantic Wingman.
  • Chick Magnet: Judging by the fact that he manages to capture the attention of two girls on just his first day, he definitely qualifies as this. Other girls in school such as Taylor, Amanda and Paula.
  • Cool Loser: He starts off as this but can climb his way up the social ladder.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Adam, who is initially presented as his Arch-Enemy. However, if you make the right choices, you can become bury the hatchet with Adam and even call him a friend by the end of the school year.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Players are given the choice of what to name him but the default name provided is John.

Linda Carter

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Linda dated Kenji for a while.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She was the gentle girl to Kenji’s brooding boy.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Despite her feelings for both Kenji and Howard, neither guy is interested in dating her anymore.
  • The Ditherer: She can't make a consistent decision no matter what and it actually becomes a factor in her breakups.
  • First Girl Wins: Subverted. When Howard becomes torn between her and Zoe, he chooses Zoe due to having already experienced what it's like to be in a relationship with Linda.
  • Girl Next Door: Literally too. She was Howard's next door neighbor.

Zoe Davis

  • The Ace: She was always a stellar student and athlete but it especially comes into focus during the latter half of The New Girl where everyone is highly aware of how well liked she is.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Paige's Veronica and Owen's Archie.
  • Broken Ace: After Jessica frames Zoe for being the one to try and overthrow Taylor, the whole school begins to hate her and she loses her popularity. She gains it back though.
  • The Cheerleader: Yes, Zoe was a cheerleader but she actually defies expectations by being nice and intelligent.
  • The Confidant: To Sam.
  • The Cutie: Most characters can’t help but love Zoe for her innocence and kindness.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Zoe has several strands of hair covering over one of her eyes, which is replaced by a head band and both eyes being seen at the start of the "A New Start" reboot.
  • Extreme Doormat: One of her most prominent features. It goes away by the time of A New Start.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is renowned at Twin Branches High for her amazing cupcakes.
  • Flanderization: Not necessarily a bad thing in this case. Zoe initially started off as an all around likable girl who was nice but generally lacked flaws or development until homecoming took her niceness Up to Eleven and made her extremely kind to the point that she made herself an easy target for being taken advantage of.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: As an American student at her international school in France.
  • Has a Type: Given her attraction to Howard, Matteo, Owen, and Nate, Zoe definitely has a thing for football players.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You're given the option to either pick your own name or stick with Zoe.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Her and Howard are the first characters to be engaged.
  • The Idealist: She sees the best in people and every situation which can be a benefit and disadvantage for her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Despite no longer being the "New Girl", people still refer to her as this.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light to Taylor's dark.
  • Mary Sue: Though she was called one in The New Girl as well, she becomes a very obvious one by A New Start when she is no longer naive and shy. This was pointed out by the fans and Zoe even imagines Owen calling her a Mary Sue in-game.
  • New Transfer Student: First at Twin Branches and then again at her school in France.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Sam and Zoe take turns between being red and blue. Zoe occasionally gets too overwhelmed with enthusiasm or is overcame with emotion and Sam is the one that puts her in check or Sam starts to lose her temper and Zoe is the one that has to try and calm her down.
      • Her and Taylor have developed this same dynamic.
  • School Idol: Made abundantly clear in The New Girl when Keith told her that people will worship her word.
  • Secret Keeper: Zoe, along with Sam, is the only one who knows that Nick and Sara are dating.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Although her and Sam are only cousins, their bond is as close as siblings (given that they do live together and have known each other since they were young). But despite their close bond, their practically opposites.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Averted and Lampshaded with Sam and Zoe who, despite being cousins with oddly identical mothers, look nothing alike.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: She is nicknamed 'Captain Optimistic'.
  • Supreme Chef: Zoe's pastries are so loved by the students at Twin Branches High, Nate even pays for all of her cookies in advance.
  • Tender Tears: Zoe is much more sensitive and prone to crying than other characters.
  • Tomboy: She was initially one but quickly grew out of it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the beginning, she was the tomboy to Sam's girly girl until half way through the New Girl where Sam became more of a tomboy, and Zoe became more girly.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cupcakes are her signature treat.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Zoe was completely under the impression that Jessica was trying to help her impeach Taylor so that Sam can join the squad but it turns out that Jessica was only using her to impeach Taylor so that she could become captain.

Emily Kessler

  • Broken Pedestal: Emily idolized Sara before entering high school. However, after she died she realized that Sara wasn't as perfect as she seemed.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Just like her sister, she’s passionate about swimming.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her and Sara share a very strong resemblance to one another.

Owen Harris

Kimi Chen

  • Asian Airhead: To an extent. She is more focused on fashion and popularity than education and occasionally has her Asian Airhead moments, but is conscious and insecure about the talents, relationships, aspirations and physicality she possesses—or the lack thereof.
  • Fangirl: Definitely.
  • Genki Girl: Oh. So. Much.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between her and her sister, Lily.

Allison Applebee


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Amanda Applebee

Ben Kale

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: He was in a relationship with Jessica.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Colt's Veronica for Denni's Archie.
  • Big Man on Campus: In the novel.
  • Chick Magnet: After his third transformation, he starts to attract a lot of female attention.
  • The Cutie: Especially prior to the ''A New Start'’ reboot where he was very naive, sensitive, and adorable.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His second appearance is meant to usher a change in characterization.
  • I Am Not My Father: He avoids repeating his dad's mistakes after seeing that they did more harm than good.
  • Important Haircut:
    • His second face was supposed to foreshadow his rise to popularity.
    • His third transformation is supposed to trigger his complete transition to popularity.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Subverted. Ben initially strived to be like his dad until he realized that his dad's behavior wrecked his marriage. Afterwards, he starts to break out of his shell a bit more.
  • Nerd: Until he becomes popular. He's still enthusiastic about science and grades though.
  • Parental Neglect: His dad didn't even remember his birthday.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Averted. Ben remains a straight A student even after he becomes popular.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ben is usually much more level headed compared to Spencer who is very aggressive although there have been times where Spencer acts as the more rational one to Ben when he is overly enthusiastic/emotional about something.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • The sensitive guy to Spencer's manly man.
    • Also the case for him and Colt.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Averted. Most likely since he was meant to become popular and more attractive.

Beth Morgan

Brendan Berg

Cameron Clark

  • Alliterative Name: Cameron Clark.
  • Big Man on Campus: He became this in Troublemakers.
  • The Charmer: He's quite charming and flirtatious.
  • Chick Magnet: Multiple girls had crushes on him.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Multiple girls around the school considered him to be good-looking.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He's quite shallow and vain but he does have a sweet side deep down.
  • It's All About Me: His ego is a part of his charm.
  • Kidanova: Several characters have referred to him as a womanizer.
  • Jerkass: Cameron was a cocky womanizer but his personality didn’t fully develop into this trope until he kissed Allison and then ditches her after realizing her age and lack of experience.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Even though he's mentioned to have dated a ton of girls, he falls for Sara.
  • Pride: Cameron’s flaws include his arrogance.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: While competing for Sara, Cameron was the manly man to Nick’s sensitive guy.

Colt Warren

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: He dated Sam while she was a cheerleader.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ben's Betty for Denni's Archie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To his sister Madeline.
  • Book Dumb: Colt isn’t necessarily the brightest but he definitely has his street smarts.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: There are times where he has actually proven to be a competent student when he tries.
  • The Charmer: His charm earned him the attention of many girls at school.
  • Chick Magnet: He is the center of female attention when he first arrives.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arguably the most snarkiest of them all.
  • Fearless Fool: His reckless and impulsive behavior actually starts to cause problems in his relationships.
  • Hunk
  • Instant Fan Club: When he arrived at Centerscore, he had a group of admirers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Colt can be insensitive, obnoxious, and immature but he actively seeks to be a better and more caring person.
  • Jerkass Realization: After realizing how much pain he has caused Denni and Sam, he starts to change his ways and be more considerate of others.
  • Kidanova: It's mentioned that he's dated many girls.
  • The Nicknamer: Very fond of giving people nicknames.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is usually the reckless red oni to Denni who is usually trying to rationalize with him.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: After Denni chooses Ben over him during Halloween. He eventually starts dating Denni after her and Ben break up though.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Ben fill these roles with the sensitive guy being Ben, and Colt being the manly man.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's tall, has dark hair, and frequently mentioned to be handsome.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's also full of many snarky and snide remarks.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He was definitely a bad influence on Sam, and was partially to blame on her getting expelled.
  • Troubled, but Cute: As the resident bad boy of Twin Branches, Colt is subjected to this trope.

Denni Fallon

Dinah Nightingale

  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: For her gothic appearance.
  • Emo Teen: She even writes about how emo she is in her diary.
  • Gamer Chick: Her relationship with Brendan was actually formed through War Screwdriver: Online.
  • Goth
  • Missing Mom: It's revealed in The Concert that Dinah's mother died in a tragic car accident when she was young.
    • Good Parents: However, her father, who she now lives with, appears to be very supportive of her choices to become a Goth, as she mentions that he told her to just be herself.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like Raven, she also fits this description.
  • Shrinking Violet: The episode ''The Outcast'’ revolves around her status as a wallflower.

Erik Erickson

Hector Alonzo

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: He is in a relationship with Amanda.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Amanda calls him "Hecky-Wecky".
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Zach's Veronica for Amanda's Archie.
  • The Charmer: He's very lucky with women.
  • Chick Magnet: He was able to get any girl he wanted back in the Classics.
  • Frat Bro: To an age appropriate degree. He just wanted to party and make out with girls.
    • However, since he's begun dating with Amanda, he's started to settle down but he still likes to party.
  • Freudian Trio: Between him, Howard, and Brendan.
  • Kidanova: Since this is a kid's game, he was mostly depicted dating and kissing girls rather than sleeping with them.
    • He stops being this when he begins to date Amanda though.
  • The Kirk/TheSpockThe McCoy: His position varies based off of which perspective you're playing from.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He was a serial dater and had never fallen in love with anyone until Amanda.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish male to Howard's noble male.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hector and Howard tend to switch between this based on who’s perspective you’re playing from.
    • Same goes for him and Brendan.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He fits this description.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Helping Spud convince Kat to cheat on Brendan.

Howard DeGeest

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: He is with Zoe who was a cheerleader for a while.
  • Bestfriend: To John in Football Season.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Kay and Kel.
  • Dad the Veteran: His dad is a retired member of the army.
  • Did Not Get the Girl:
    • Subverted. Despite hinting that they would end up together, Howard doesn't end up with Linda in the end.
    • Averted with Zoe.
  • First Girl Wins:
    • Zoe chooses him, her first love, over Matteo twice.
    • Even when she was in a love triangle between Owen and Nate, Howard who was the Third-Option Love Interest still won.
  • Freudian Trio: With him, Brendan, and Hector.
  • Hidden Depths: It seemed as if his one and only interest is football, but he actually reveals that he's highly interested in Biology.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Him and Zoe are engaged in the finale.
  • The Kirk/TheSpockThe McCoy: He rotates between positions with Brendan and Howard.
  • The Leader: Howard, as the captain of the football team.
  • Limited Wardrobe: An interesting take on this trope. Despite, the characters appearing in the same clothes in their icons, it's greatly implied that they do wear a different set of clothing everyday. However, it's actually stated that Howard wears the same clothes everyday.
  • Lovable Jock: Howard is among the nicer jocks at the school and doesn't care about popularity as much.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Noble male to Hector's roguish.
  • Nice Guy: Probably the best example in the entire game. He's actually criticized for this by Colt.
  • The Prankster: It tends to run in his family.
  • The Quarterback: While it's disputed whether he is the wide receiver or quarterback, Howard fits the traits of this trope, given that he is captain of the team, popular, and generally kind to everyone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Varies with Brendan and Hector based off the perspective you're playing from.
  • Sidekick: He felt like he was this to John but he starts to break out of his shell.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He strongly resembles his father and sisters.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Howard shares all of these traits.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Howard is a cheesy hopeless romantic who likes pulling off big romantic gestures.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: To Zoe in A New Start.

Kat McGee

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sure, Brendan spends a lot of time with Dinah, but the way Kat responds to this is way over the line. In case there was any debate, in Spud the Stud, she's actually looking into fitting him with a ''tracking device’'.
  • Maganekko: She is a cute girl who wears glasses. But this trait starts to wear off when she becomes more possessive of Brendan.
  • Nerd
  • Nerd Glasses: Part of her nerd look.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: As a nerd, this is practically required.
  • Yandere: She eventually becomes so obsessed with ensuring that Brendan doesn't cheat with her that it leads to Hector wanting to break them up (and eventually doing so successfully).

Kenji Black

Lisa Greene

Nick Brown

Paige Lenx

Raven Fallon

Sam Davis

  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Colt's nickname for her was "Sammy".
    • Spencer would refer to her as "Samface."
    • Nick calls her "Hot Sammy Snowflake."
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She was in a relationship with Centerscore's resident bad boy Colt.
  • Always Second Best: Part of the reason why Sam was cold to Zoe in The New Girl: Cheerleading Crush is because Zoe was constantly better than Sam at whatever they competed for. This rings true throughout the series too.
  • Bestfriend: She is this to Zoe.
  • Brutally Honest: Sam believes that its better to be honest than nice.
  • The Cheerleader: That is until she quits the squad.
  • The Confidant: For Zoe.
  • Cool Loser: Sam was automatically deemed unpopular while at Monarch Prep for being on scholarship. This changes after she actively seeks popularity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the snarkiest.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: While at Monarch Prep, Paige nicknames her "Charity Case", "Bargain Bin", "Hand-Over", and "Freebie".
  • Fish out of Water: At Monarch Prep.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad:
    • When she starts dating Colt while at Monarch Prep, she begins to start breaking more rules which leads to her getting expelled.
    • Happens again after she finds out Colt cheated on her and becomes an Ice Queen.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She's a good person at heart but certainly not nice.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She is very temperamental.
  • Hotblooded: Especially in competitions.
  • Ice Queen: She acts coldly towards all of her classmates when news breaks that Colt cheated on her.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Nick.
  • New Transfer Student: First while at Monarch Prep and then again at Twin Branches.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Strictly referred to by her nickname "Sam".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Sam and Zoe take turns between being red and blue. Zoe occasionally gets too overwhelmed with enthusiasm or is overcame with emotion and Sam is the one that puts her in check or Sam starts to lose her temper and Zoe is the one that has to try and calm her down.
    • Sam is fierce, temperamental, and hostile while Nick is much more calmer, level headed, and rational.
  • Scholarship Student: During her time at Monarch Prep.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Although her and Zoe are only cousins, their bond is as close as siblings (given that they do live together and have known each other since they were young). But despite their close bond, their practically opposites.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: After being cheated on twice, Sam's hard exterior is largely made up of just anger and rudeness to hide all the hurt she has in the inside.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Averted and Lampshaded with her and Zoe. Even though their cousins and have identical mothers, they look nothing alike.
  • Tomboy: She doesn't hate all girly things but has a preference for meat lovers pizza, zombie movies, and sports.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is initially the the girly girl to Zoe's tomboy but the roles eventually reverse.
  • Tomboyish Name: A classic example of the name Samantha.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She starts to become more hostile towards everyone after she finds out Colt kissed Denni.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat lovers pizza.

Sara Kessler

Scott Delveccio

Spencer Cooper

  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with his shoes.
  • Blood Knight: This is the guy who wanted to make a club solely for fighting called ''Fist Club’’.
  • The Bully: He was introduced as a bully but eventually reformed himself.
  • Dumb Jock: He's a talented football player but not very bright.
  • Fearless Fool: Spencer doesn't really put much thought into any of the decisions he makes.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's extremely quick-tempered.
  • HotBlooded: He's very passionate when it comes to just about anything.
  • Jerk Jock: At times, he can be a real jerk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually incredibly hostile but will occasionally reveal his nice side.
  • Popular Is Dumb: He can be pretty dense sometimes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Ben. Ben is usually much more level headed compared to Spencer who is very aggressive although there have been times where Spencer acts as the more rational one to Ben when he is overly enthusiastic/emotional about something.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Ben's sensitive guy.

Taylor Vale

  • 0% Approval Rating: By homecoming, just about everyone has had it with her.
  • Alpha Bitch: After overthrowing Paula, Taylor officially becomes the queen bee.
  • Attention Whore: She enjoys being at the center of attention judging by how she only made a throne for herself on the homecoming float.
  • Beta Bitch: To Paula.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Amanda's redhead and Paula's brunette.
  • Book Dumb: Taylor is quite vapid but she is shown to have a cunning mind.
  • The Cheerleader: Even becoming the head at one point.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her little brother Elmo.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After she's impeached as captain, she begins to warm up.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Being a popular blonde girl at one point makes her vulnerable to this trope.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She was initially supposed to be a much better head cheerleader to Paula but gradually became just as bad as her.
  • Fallen Princess: She becomes this after Jessica exposes her relationship with Brendan, making her lose her Alpha Bitch status.
  • Flanderization: The weekly episode completely revert Taylor's Character Development in "Football Star", turning her from a Nice Girl planning to rebel against Paula with the occasional tendency to be a bit silver tongued to a complete Alpha Bitch. Slowly she begins to progress to the former again, but it takes some time.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite her hostile demeanor, she is still good-hearted.
  • Ice Queen: She grows into this trope over time but starts to warm up after her impeachment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's no secret that Taylor can be vicious, but is not without a softer side.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark to Zoe's light.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Between her, Paula, and Amanda, Taylor was definitely the in-between.
  • Popular Is Dumb: As the Alpha Bitch, she often had her airhead moments.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Taylor and Paula when Taylor was the Beta Bitch to Paula’s Alpha Bitch. Taylor was significantly more rational, and tolerant compared to Paula who was openly hostile and intolerant.
    • Her and Zoe tend to reverse roles depending on the situation with occasionally Zoe being the over emotional and enthusiastic one with Taylor bringing her down to earth or Taylor is close to snapping and Zoe has to rationalize with her.
    • The headstrong and emotional red oni to Brendan’s intellectual, introverted, and collected blue oni.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: She’s the energetic girl to Brendan’s savvy guy.
  • Sore Loser: Safe to say that she does not take losing well.
  • Student Council President: She serves as school president during A New Start and Troublemakers after winning in The New Girl.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She started off as level headed and kinder especially in comparison to Ice Queen Paula, but progressively became meaner and more obnoxious as Alpha Bitch. This is taken Up to Eleven in homecoming where virtually no one can stand her.
  • Tsundere: She can seem pretty bitter on the outside and keeps her nice side reserved.


Adam Jay

  • Dark and Troubled Past: If living in the poorest part of town wasn't enough, there's also the fact that his brother was killed in a driving accident. Bryce has noted that Adam was significantly less of a jerk before the incident.
  • Dumb Jock: Adam was a stellar quarterback but struggled with academics.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he can be a jerk to John at times, he's quick to come to his defense when he's cornered by Wilson High students. Most likely due to Wilson High being Centerscore High's biggest rival.
  • Jerkass/Jerk Jock: His position as quarterback tends to make him act like a jerk. Throughout ‘’Football Star’’ he taunts John and constantly berates him after attacking him on his first day.
  • Popular Is Dumb: He is the school football star and has trouble in school.
  • The Rival: Starts off as this to John in Football Star but the player has the option to try and heal their relationship with Adam or make it worse.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Throughout the year in Football Star, Adam can become progressively nicer to John if you try to mend their relationship. In Big Man on Campus, Adam's revealed to have left the football team, instead opting to pursue poetry, and personally apologizes to John for being a jerk to him in the first place.

Jessica Blaire

  • 0% Approval Rating: Once elections rolled around, nobody could stand Jessica.
  • Alpha Bitch: For the latter of The New Girl.
  • Attention Whore: She usually made her cheerleading routines all about herself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the outside, she seems like a caring friend but is actually vicious on the inside.
  • Book Dumb: Jessica can be a bit dimwitted but she sure is a clever schemer.
  • The Cheerleader: She was the ditzy captain of the cheerleading squad for a while.
  • The Chessmaster: Jessica is exceptionally impressive at manipulating events to further her plans.
  • Commuting on a Bus: She leaves after Nice Girl Unleashed but makes a few more appearances in A New Start.
  • Conflict Killer: By the start of season seven of The New Girl, in Zoe's perspective, Taylor is seemingly the antagonist after she loses to Zoe at Homecoming, yet still has her position as head cheerleader. So where it seems that Taylor was ready to make cheerleading practice hell (which she did for a while), Jessica is suddenly introduced as the plot antagonist after overthrowing Taylor from the position and having Zoe take the blame for how she did it.
  • Consummate Liar: She is a compulsive and very convincing liar.
  • Dude Magnet: She was notorious for dating multiple guys. At the same time.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She had a number of admirers.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She was introduced as just a promiscuous party girl until Cheerevolution, Part 1 where we see just how manipulative, vicious, and mean she can be.
  • False Friend: She completely masqueraded as being a helpful friend to Ben, Denni, and Zoe only to be plotting behind their backs.
  • Fille Fatale: Jessica was pretty good at getting what she wanted and would use her looks for it too.
  • Ice Queen: In every way.
  • Karma Houdini: She manages to expose Brendan and Taylor’s relationship, overthrow Taylor as captain, frame Zoe for it, and break up Ben and Denni all in one season and gets away with it. In season 11, it all finally comes to bite her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She managed to manipulate Zoe, Denni, Ben, Justin and the whole cheerleading squad into doing what she wanted.
  • Popular Is Dumb: She has her strengths but academics is definitely not one.
  • Really Gets Around: She was dating three guys at the same time at one point.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her brief appearance in Halloween: The Second Kiss, Part 2 where she informs Denni, Colt, and Ben about Taylor’s whereabouts foreshadows the events in ''Cheerevolution: Part 2’'.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • After becoming head cheerleader she definitely became much more meaner, unpleasant, and devious.
    • Arguably again, during the election when everyone noticed how she was acting even more uptight and ruder than usual.
  • Valley Girl: Her signature word being "totes".
  • Verbal Tic: "Totes."
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Due to her Alpha Bitch status and attempts to make herself seem more kind and sincere to earn peoples trust, Jessica had most of the school's approval. That is until class elections when just about everyone was getting sick of her.

Maria Gonzalez

  • Alpha Bitch: In How To Be A Star and the Troublemakers reboot, she fills this role.
  • The Cheerleader
  • Face–Heel Turn: She was originally a generally good-hearted cheerleader who was hopeful in becoming captain. By ''Troublemakers’’, she follows Taylor’s footsteps and begins to act antagonistically.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Maria was sweet and hinted at being a captain of the squad that wouldn’t let power get to their head but as soon as she became head cheerleader, she started acting ruder and bossier.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Due to her popularity.

Nate Crawford

  • The Ace: He's a highly respected student at the school.
  • Betty and Veronica: An interesting take on this trope. Although, his Jerkass tendencies would make him the Veronica, his charisma also makes him the Betty to Owen who could be the Veronica since he has a troubled past but also the Betty due to being the Nice Guy.
  • Big Man on Campus: Serves as this in A New Start.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Started off as this in A New Start and initially in Troublemakers, however, when the writers noticed that fans liked him as a potential love interest for Allison, they let his darker side gradually fade and even gave players the option to choose him as Allison's boyfriend in the series finale.
  • The Charmer: Nate managed to charm just about everyone at Twin Branches.
  • Chick Magnet: Multiple girls had a crush on him when he came to Centerscore.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His most prominent trait.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: A number of girls were attracted to Nate’s beauty.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His jealousy is his biggest flaw and often led him to make terrible decisions.
  • Pretty Boy
  • Princely Young Man: Nate’s status as the wealthy son of the mayor and the fact that he’s ridiculously handsome makes him a popular student among the student body.
  • Instant Fan Club: He managed to already have a group of admirers when he came to the school.
  • Jerkass:
    • In A New Start, he quickly established his role as the resident douchebag.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Arguably one of the best examples in the game besides Jessica.
  • Preppy Name: Nate Crawford is most likely a play on Gossip Girl's Nate Archibald played Chace Crawford.
  • School Idol: Practically, the whole school idolized him in A New Start.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As the School Idol, he earned this title.

Paula Anderson

Tom Prince

     Background & Other 

Andrew Grant

  • Insufferable Genius: He’s definitely intelligent but way too smug.
  • Large Ham: As a member of the drama club, Andrew is known to be over the top, pretentious, and dramatic.
  • Jerkass: Andrew is unbelievably obnoxious, arrogant, rude and inconsiderate.
  • Nerd
  • Nerd Glasses: Seen in his icon.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: He can be narcissistic at times and even tried to take credit for making Sara look good during her interview.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Given that he is a nerd, this is practically mandatory.

Astrid Erickson

Autumn Brooks

Carson King

  • Chick Magnet: Or so it is said that he is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He’s full of snarky comments.
  • Frat Bro: Like Hector, he likes partying and girls.
  • Only Sane Man: Out of the Spartans, he seems to be the only one to notice how absurd things are.
  • Not So Different: Him and Hector were rivals for a while but realized that they had two things in common: they like to party and date girls.

Dexter Albright

  • Nerd: Fits this to a T.
  • Nerd Glasses: Given that he is a nerd, this is practically required.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Like the other nerds, Dexter’s glasses are an indicator of his level of intelligence.

Hannah Holmes

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She’s highly interested in bad boys like Colt.
  • Brutal Honesty: She really isn’t afraid to hurt someone’s feelings.
  • It's All About Me: Hannah can be pretty full of herself.
  • Jerkass: Hannah isn’t above using people, playing mean pranks, and making offensive comments.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Whenever the swim team is hanging out, she's usually the one that's getting them into trouble.

Hawk Gunner


  • All Work vs. All Play: Has this dynamic with Scott who he served as Vice President to for a while. Justin was the uptight, serious, and fiercely dedicated to the presidency while Scott is fun-loving, relaxed, and less devoted to being class president.
  • No Sense of Humor: He’s so unbelievably serious and tense that he has no time for jokes ever.
  • Student Council President: Justin desperately wanted to be class president and eventually became this for a period of time.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Even though him and Scott are polar opposites, they’re best friends.

Matteo Lombardi

  • The Charmer: His charisma had girls falling at their feet when he came to Twin Branches.
  • Chick Magnet: Basically every girl in France and Centerscore has a crush on him.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: First as an Italian in France and then again in Centerscore.
  • Instant Fan Club: There is actually a club dedicated to him at his school in France.
  • Romantic False Lead: He was Zoe’s love interest for a short time to wreck havoc in Zoe and Howard’s relationship.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Zoe chooses Howard over him twice.
  • Serial Romeo: Sam actually points out how Matteo falls madly in love with every girl he is interested in.

Nicole Blackwell

  • Beta Bitch: She's this somewhat to Jessica.
  • The Cheerleader: One of multiple.
  • Hidden Depths: On the surface it seems like she only dates guys so that she can just make out with them but she reveals to Ben that she only acts this way to hide her insecurities and loneliness.
  • Really Gets Around: It’s stated that she has been with multiple guys.

Prissy Lecroix

  • Beta Bitch:
    • To Paige.
    • To Jessica to during A New Start.
  • Closet Geek: She tries her hardest to hide the fact that she likes Space ‘Splosions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Prissy rarely shows her nice side but its there.
  • Rich Bitch: Like many Monarch Prep girls, she’s snobby, and rude.

Ryan Powell

  • The Bully: Along with Travis, he goes around picking on students.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He can’t a get a single girl to date him but that won’t mean he’ll stop trying.
  • Hidden Depths: Although he’s usually being a total Jerkass, he was really broken up about what happened to Twin Branches after the earthquake.
  • Jerkass: Just about every character is repulsed by him.
  • Slimeball: He’s a total sleaze and lacks morals.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He’s a pretty confident guy for someone that can’t get any girl to like him.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Him and Travis.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: His cousin Ryan Powell looks exactly like him but with red hair.



Zach Wells



    Ms. Rose 
The elderly owner of the bakery Kim works at, and Kim's best friend. She eventually dies of natural causes midway through Season 1, causing a huge Heroic BSoD for Kim, whom she passes the bakery onto.


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