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This page is for the characters that are (or formerly were) members of the cheerleading squad of Overland Park High School.

NOTE: Since this is an ongoing series, the original line-ups for the groups on the separate pages have been used for the character pages to avoid confusion for newcomers.

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In general:

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The main three.

  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Trisha (Beauty), Mackenzie (Brains), and Brittnay (Brawn).
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Brittnay, Mackenzie, and Trisha respectively.
  • The Cheerleader
  • Dwindling Party: See below, due to the various factors that lead to all the Screw This, I'm Outta Here! announcements. Lampshaded, like everything else.
    Mackenzie: Jesus, this squad gets smaller every day!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all their flaws and horrible actions, they are anything but bigots.
    • Trisha is happily dating the black and genitaless Matthew Derringer (and it's implied this is in some defiance to her dad who apparently has some issue with Matthew).
    • They don't mind that Tanner is gay, and Brittnay is good friends with his boyfriend. Brittnay also catches on pretty quick that Than is gay, and is mostly just annoyed he won't admit it.
    • They have no problem with Deandra being an amputee, and invite her to be on their cheerleading/modelling team even after she gets prosthetic arms. They were also as horrified as the Van Burens when they accidentally ripped her arms off in the first place.
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    • When Deandra explains why she left Atchison, Brittnay and Mackenzie, while understandably quite revolted at the details, don't mock or tease Deandra, and in fact assist in telling Tanya to fuck off when she tries to use it as blackmail.
    • When Trisha innocently declares "America first!" during their first meet up with the French models in season 5, Mackenzie and Brittnay quickly inform Trisha they are not going down that route.
    • They, along with Deandra and the football team, react with disgust when Cameron makes a tasteless joke about a guy with cerebral palsy.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Football Team. The cheerleaders are cruel, bitchy, and constantly engaged in some kind of conflict, either with an enemy or with each other. They also once ripped a girl's arms off in their relentless pursuit of popularity. The equally popular football team, however, are basically nice to everyone (except Than), and support each other at all times. In season 3, Tanner even gives a speech about how much he values his teammates, which is something we've never really seen Mackenzie do.
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  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Parodied, and occasionally played straight.
    Mackenzie: (to Cameron) I'm sorry, does anyone else think it's a conflict of interest to have a Van Buren announcing the winners—
    Brittnay: When a Van Buren is one of the finalists?
    Mackenzie: (who is already in a pissy mood that evening, to Brittnay) Don't you ever. Fucking. Cut me off again, do you understand me?
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: We have Trisha, Ashley, Trisha 2, and Saison (Nice), Brittnay, Mackenzie, Shay, and Jenna Darabond (Mean), and Jenna Dapananian (In-Between).
  • Speak in Unison: Mackenzie and Brittnay, when they're pissed. ("SHUT THE FUCK UP ASHLEY KATCHADOURIAN!!") The Trishas also do this, albeit much cheerier.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The team has been cut in half by Season 3. Ashley Katchadourian quit because she was The Chew Toy, Jenna Darabond quit because of her evil schemes, and Jenna Dapananian finally quit because she was tired of being Locked Out of the Loop.
    • It happens again in Season 4. Brittnay quits because of Mackenzie blowing up her car, Saison quits because she wants to help Brittnay, and Shay quits from a mixture of annoyance at all the work she has to do and wanting nothing to do with Brittnay's psychotic rampage. This leaves Mackenzie as head cheerleader again, but with a squad containing her and the two Trishas.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Mackenzie (Wife), Brittnay (Seductress), and Trisha (Child).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: They're the Tomboys to the Van Buren's Girly Girls.
  • Town Girls: Brittnay (Butch), Mackenzie (Neither), and Trisha (Femme).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite the constant bickering between various pairs, they still genuinely care for each other.

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    Mackenzie Zales 
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"Who the fuck are you?"

Voiced by: Marian Bruno (episodes 1 and 3 only), Kate Frisbee

Head cheerleader, homecoming queen, part-time model. Current head cheerleader of the Overland Park Cheer Squad, Mackenzie is the definition of Alpha Bitch. Her actions early on in the series start the Cheerleader-Van Buren war.

Her twitter account can be found here.


  • Alpha Bitch: After all, she is one of the most popular girls in school. Interestingly, she was formerly Beta Bitch to Shay Van Buren.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Is the All Work to Shay's All Play.
  • Asian Airhead: Subverted. Despite being a Type One of this tropenote , she's one of the sanest and smartest characters in the entire show.
  • Asian Rudeness: Though certainly not to the extent of her mother's, despite being the Alpha Bitch at her school.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She does seem to have a decent amount of concern when Mikayla threatens to tell everyone at their school that her little sister has cooties.
  • But Not Too Foreign: At the very least, she has some Asian descent (implied to be Korean), but, unlike her mother, hints of her Asian side only pop up just a few times throughout the series.
  • Cassandra Truth: None of the adults believe Jenna Darabond is capable of destroying public property, let alone an entire mall, so Mackenzie's statements regarding her actions tend to fall on deaf ears.
  • Catchphrase: "Mackenzie Zales. Head cheerleader, homecoming queen, part time model." Doubles as a Phrase Catcher.
  • Characterization Marches On: Began as a stereotypical, shallow Alpha Bitch, but gradually took many, many levels in intelligence.
  • The Chessmaster: Orchestrated the entire parent-teacher conference by blowing up Brittnay's car, knowing Brittnay would punch Jenna in the face. She also called Jenna's dad and Cameron for the parent-teacher so they would have an affair, causing him to resign from office. Finally, she recorded Jenna admitting to burning down the Atchison mall and gave it to the police as proof so Jenna could be arrested for arson. Goddayum!
  • Childhood Friends: With Brittnay, (formerly) Rachel, and (formerly) Shay.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Nearly breaks down crying in Episode 28 when it seems like all hope is lost for her Cheer Squad.
    • She's moved to tears by Trisha's heartwarming speech to her in Episode 62.
    • Also, in Episode 68, her voice cracks a bit as she says this line, quite worried:
      "If something happened [to Brittnay], I'll never forgive myself."
  • Disappeared Dad: Episode 65 reveals that Jack, Mrs. Zales' husband, is actually Mackenzie's stepfather. Since she's never really mentioned her dad, it does raise the question of, where is Mackenzie's biological father?
  • Ditzy Genius: Occasionally slips into this; up until Episode 18, she thought you couldn't be at any potential risk to ever get pregnant in water, and therefore wouldn't need to wear a condom in the pool.
  • Ethical Slut: She's surprisingly promiscuous and perverted by Only Sane Man standards, though she doesn't have sex as much as Brittnay or Cameron do.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is visibly horrified learning that Jenna Darabond burned down the Atchison Cheer Squad's mall.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Episode 65 reveals that she's willing to sleep with the main Twilight boys. And not just that; with their faces on balloons. Guess how she pops one of the said balloons.
    Mackenzie: (in her video, to a balloon with Edward Cullen's face on it) Oh I can't wait to be a vampire so we can finally make loove. Oh, can't we do it now, I can't wait! I want your glistening vampire penis inside of my human vagina! Edward, I'm not afraid.
    Shay: (to Brittnay) Oh God, she's gonna fuck those balloons.
  • Fangirl: Of Jeannie Halverstad.
  • Fetish: Episode 65 implies that she gets off to Roleplay and Interspecies Romance.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Whenever Brittnay gets into more trouble than usual, Mackenzie will resort to calling her like this.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible Sibling to Katelynn's Foolish Sibling.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's a bitch, to be sure, but with a mother and family life like hers, would you be the most pleasant person in the world?
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's quite easy to piss her off, though not to the same degree as Brittnay or her (Mackenzie's) mother.
  • Heroic Heelization Speech: At prom, she and Shay realize they actually should be working on maintaining friendships and being kind, before rejecting the idea and deciding that they now have a common goal of destroying Rachel Tice.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Despite clearly witnessing Jeannie Halverstad being an incredibly foul-mouthed and nasty Bad Boss, Mackenzie still thinks that she's cool. At least until Episode 78, that is.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She gives this reasoning to Brittnay when she explains that she blew up Brittnay's car.
  • I Gave My Word: Back in the 3rd Grade, Mackenzie promised Brittnay that so long as they were friends she wouldn't get screwed over, and now Brittnay is justifying her rampage because Mackenzie went back on it.
  • It's All About Me: Yeah, she's very selfish and self-centered.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The heart of gold is hidden under nine layers of bitch, of course, but she seems to care about her team (in her own way), and genuinely loves and is protective of her sister... a bit like Shay, really.
  • Klingon Promotion: She got to be head cheerleader only because Shay was hit by a hacky sack and rendered incapacitated at the day of the auditions. Granted, she didn't kill Shay, so it's not a strict example of this trope.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: To Mrs. Zales, most of the time. Her mother is as loud and foul-mouthed as Brittnay (if not more), just to give you an idea.
  • The Millstone: Mackenzie's selfishness has frequently proven to be the biggest detriment to the squad even more so than Brittnay's rage and Trisha's ditziness. To wit, Mackenzie's lack of forethought unless it involves making herself look good has cost the squad multiple members, including Jenna Darabond (who felt betrayed by Mackenzie), Jenna Dapananian (who got sick of being Locked Out of the Loop), Ashley Katchadourian (whose victimization was started by Jenna Darabond because of what Mackenzie did to Jenna), Brittnay (who does come back, but quit because Mackenzie blew up her car and manipulated her), Saison Marguerite (who quit because Brittnay quit), and Shay Van Buren (who quit because she was sick of all the work and because of Brittnay's rampage that Mackenzie sparked).
    • Her backstabbing Shay Van Buren to become captain of the squad made them all hated enemies of the Van Buren Family.
    • The events of the first and second season can all be traced back to how Mackenzie made out with Justin Michaelson, in clear view of Jenna Darabond. This was all despite knowing how much Jenna was angsting over her unrequited feelings for Justin and the guilt of wanting him even though he was Ashley Katchadourian's boyfriend. Oh, and after Mackenzie just guilt tripped Jenna saying going after Justin would make Jenna the worst type of whore imaginable. To rub salt in the wound, right after she finished making out with Justin, Mackenzie cheerfully told Jenna this was their little secret. This is what made Jenna snap and implement her plans to destroy the squad and get Justin for herself, letting Deandra into the girls room by telling her she was Ashley, telling Shay about Mackenzie's infidelity, and burning down the Atchison mall.
    • In the fourth season, Brittnay's Roaring Rampage of Revenge was sparked when Mackenzie blew up her car and lied about it so Brittnay would punch Jenna Darabond. Even though Brittnay would've gladly punched Jenna of her own accord, Mackenzie wanted the sense of accomplishment from setting up such a complicated gambit and getting to gloat about it when she got Jenna arrested. Shay even calls Mackenzie out on this, saying she just had to fuck over Brittnay for the sake of making herself look good.
  • Miss Exposition: To the point where Mark and Carlo say that she's actually the hardest character for them to write for; less jokes and more plot heaviness.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the Season 4 opener, Mackenzie has this reaction when she realizes Brittnay is the one who destroyed the lockers and is going to do a lot more worse. It seems that by destroying Brittnay's car, Mackenzie went back on the promise she made in the 3rd Grade that Brittnay wouldn't be screwed over if they were friends.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: As one of the three characters who debuted in the first episode, she's a knockoff doll from the dollar store instead of a Barbie or Disney Princess. Starting from when she first appeared in her cheer uniform, this now only applies to her head.
  • Not So Above It All: Once got drunk at a Viewer Mail panel. And yes, Alcohol-Induced Idiocy came into play.
    Brittnay: (knocks her drink out of her hand) It's 10 am! Goddammit!
  • Only Sane Woman: At least as close as it can get in her squad or Team USA; for the first, she isn't a ditz or a mentally unstable bitchy Tsundere, and for the second, she's fully aware that drinking and partying a lot will come back to bite you in the ass the next day.
  • Prematurely Bald: Her main issue throughout Season 2; every time she curses, she loses some hair. She overcomes this by the start of Season 3, however.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Towards her idol, Jeannie Halverstad.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Brittnay's, and her rival Shay's Reds.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She just loves revenge way too much.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Brittnay, to the point of being capable of moving and speaking in perfect unison with her.
  • Serious Business:
    • Being prom queen.
    • Controlling the girls' bathroom.
    • Her idol, Jeannie Halverstad, and thus Mackenzie takes the LIJMT the most seriously among Team USA.
  • Sitcom Arch Enemy: To Shay Van Buren, being her rival and all and starting this whole mess.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: To quote Shay in Episode 60: "You just had to screw [Brittnay] over the same way you screw over anyone who dares get in the way of the great and glorious Mackenzie Zales!"
  • Smug Snake: She loves rubbing it into Brittnay's face that she's only "co-head vice captain of the cheer squad."
  • The Smart Girl: For example, in Season 3, she's the only one most worried about finding a good revenge plan against Jenna Darabond.
  • The Spock: Well, for the most part, being the only one to try to stay focused on a plan.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Is rather prone to this.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Comedy-wise, the show also puts great focus on her friends in her squad, too.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: In her cheer squad, and in Team USA.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Out of the three Cheer Squad members, Mackenzie has the least amount of redeeming qualities and is the one most likely to turn on her friends if the opportunity is worthwhile. While Brittnay will at least hold back her rage to the people she genuinely cares about, Mackenzie will be more blinded by her goals and be more unconcerned about how her actions negatively affect others, regardless of who they are and how close they are to her.
  • Tsundere: Is prominently a Type B around Jeannie Halverstad, but is a Type A to pretty much everyone else.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Jeannie Halverstad in Season 5.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Bitchy? Check. Subject to being Prematurely Bald? Check. Constantly suffers from crap inflicted on her by Brittnay and Shay? Definitely.
  • Verbal Tic: She tends to start sentences in a ridiculously high pitched voice before lowering it. Also, she tends to stretch out "Fuck" into "Ffffffuck".
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • When she has to wait for the prom queen announcement, she goes on a loud, angry rant on how ridiculous this night has been.
    • In Episode 77, she has one after Team USA's televised Humiliation Conga.
  • Villain Protagonist: Or rather, a bitchy cheerleader protagonist.

    Brittnay Matthews 
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"I swear to God, if this blows up in your face, you had better believe that I will take this megaphone and shove it up your ass!!"

Voiced by: Lily Vonnegut

The co-head vice captain of the cheer squad with some anger issues.

Her Facebook page can be found here.


  • Action Girl: Almost never the one on the receiving end of physical pain. The crowning example of this trope takes place in Episode 67.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Season 4's main plot seems to be Brittnay doing this to Mackenzie. After 8-and-a-half years, she's had enough of her. They reconcile in the end.
  • Batter Up!: Her Weapon of Choice is a metal baseball bat.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Saison in general, but especially her Verbal Tic of "How do you say...?"
      "Really? Did you really just ask how to say 'menage a trois'? IT'S A FUCKING FRENCH WORD, YOU LITTLE BITCH."
    • Lying about your origin.
    • Going back on your word.
  • Beta Bitch: Being the Co-Head Vice Captain of the Cheer Squad to Mackenzie's Head Cheerleader and all.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: A stereotypical example for the most part, especially when around her mother.
  • Breakout Character: Becomes the most featured character from mid-Season 3 onward.
  • Brutal Honesty: Will (usually) tell it like it is.
  • Characterization Marches On: Brittnay started out as a stereotypical Dumb Blonde whose only qualities were anger and vapidness, but she had gradually evolved into, in the creators' words, a lot smarter, more independent "hardened diamond of hell".
  • Childhood Friends: With Mackenzie, (formerly) Rachel, and (formerly) Shay.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Surprisingly, if some of her blogs on the MPGIS app are to go by any indication.
    (next to a doodle) Me as a duck feeding this dirtbag teacher some poison.
    I'm genetically engineered to be compatible with plastics.
    • She attempts to bring bacon with her to France because she wanted to "fuck with the bomb dogs", nine needles filled with Botox because she thinks that "the toxins in the French air will ruin her fucking pores", and a shuriken and a human skull because she claimed that they were part of her ex-mercenary cheerleader uniform. The TSA is understandably puzzled.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Tears up at Amberlynn's speech in Episode 13.
    • Her voice becomes shaky as she talks when when she learns that Mackenzie was the one who blew up her car, in Episode 58.
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied during a phone call with her Mom in Episode 25, and an episode of The Trisha Show. After all, Brittnay says that she (Brittnay) is "his fucking lovely daughter".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first season, she shares this role with Shay, but since then, she's been the second most prominent character. In Season 4 only, the roles with her and Mackenzie are switched.
  • Dumbass No More: Becomes smarter and more independent after her debut in Episode 2.
  • Dumb Blonde: A tad, and is especially prominent in Episode 2.
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: In Episode 50, her mother mentions that she still used to wet the bed at the age of three; Brittnay immediately stops her mother from revealing any more of the childhood story.
  • Enfant Terrible: When she was a little kid. After befriending the group in the Third Grade, however, she got better. Well, a little.
    Kid Shay: Do you think anyone will notice I'm bald?
    Kid Mackenzie: Mmm...no.
    Kid Rachel: Not at all.
    Kid Mackenzie: Brittnay! Jesus Christ.
  • Ethical Slut: She gives out hand jobs and anal sex, but she's saving her "vag-inity" for someone special. Technically fits the description of virginity.
  • Fag Hag: Seems to be becoming one for Tristan. However, there have been some hints that she may not be entirely straight, non-canon or not.
  • Fangirl: For Glee. However, this is eventually forgotten about as the years go on.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath; it comes back to bite her mid-Season 3.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: While obviously into traditionally girly things like fashion, the color pink, and men, she also enjoys fights, cursing, utilizing weapons, and chooses to drink beer at a party in Episode 76.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like you read about. Capable of violence against anyone and anything.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: To sound, as seen in Episode 77.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Her type of bitchiness is almost always Played for Laughs.
  • Hired Guns: "Brittnay Matthews: Mercenary Cheerleader", when she's a free agent in Season 4 after leaving the Cheer Squad.
  • Hot-Blooded: Once again, like you read about.
  • Insult of Endearment: She and Tristan playfully insult each other all the time, but are incredibly close friends.
  • Informed Deformity: A rare one involving gait instead of physical appearance, but Brittnay is apparently completely graceless: Jeannie compares her walk on the catwalk to "a baby giraffe trying to lick its own asshole", despite the fact that, thanks to the stop-motion nature of the series, Brittnay's "walk" looked just like everyone else's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The heart of gold is deep under her bitchy temper. Is good friends with those she sees as genuinely nice (Trisha, Amberlynn, and Tristan).
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Even more than everybody else, if you take count throughout the series thus far.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: To Veronica, most of the time; her mother is quite reserved, and Brittnay, well...
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Platonic version; the Masculine Girl to Tristan's Feminine Boy.
  • The McCoy: Prefers to act on her emotions.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • In-universe. Second-rate handjobs.
    • To her, Rachel Tice eating a roly-poly in the "goddamn third grade". She's always one to mention it directly at her face.
  • One-Woman Army: In episode 67, she outfights and kills an entire squad of mercenary cheerleaders that Mackenzie sent after to retrieve a video, out of self-defense.
  • Prank Call: Does one in "Judy & Red in the Morning" under the name of "Witney Matthews" along with a fake calm-sounding voice, until cussing them out shortly afterwards and abruptly hangs up.
  • Really Gets Around: So much so that when Trisha learns someone is pregnant, she immediately assumes it's Brittnay. Mackenzie also makes that conclusion.
  • Reckless Sidekick: To Mackenzie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Mackenzie's and Trisha's Blues, being the loudest and most Hot-Blooded of the three.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She just loves revenge way too much, to the point that she, unlike Mackenzie, will stop at nothing to achieve it the very INSTANT she wants it.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Mackenzie, to the point of being capable of moving and speaking in perfect unison with her.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Pulls this on the possibility of having her own TV show... under the condition that she couldn't curse and make references to sex.
  • Series Mascot: During and especially after Season 4, she has apparently become this for MPGiS as a whole.
  • Serious Business: Gossip Girl is not better than Glee!
  • Sitcom Arch Enemy: To Cameron Van Buren and Saison Marguerite, though the former is more argumentative than the latter ever will be.
  • Smug Snake: Maybe even morseo than Mackenzie.
  • Spoiled Brat: Yells at her mom about the Nissan Leaf she bought her after Mackenzie had blown up her previous car, and constantly tells her to buy things for her.
  • The Starscream: Though this has been downplayed, and then it's taken to an all-time low in Season 4.
  • Sweet Tooth: On her packing list to France, she puts Skittles as the only food item on there among her list of beauty products.
  • Technical Virgin: She's saving herself for the right man... by only giving (second-rate) handjobs and having anal sex.
  • Tsundere: An extreme Type A; she saves the Dere side for people she genuinely cares about.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Once she starts beating someone up, it's unlikely for her to stop anytime soon.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Bitchy? Hell yes. Surrounded by Idiots, just like Mackenzie? Yeah...
  • Villain Protagonist: Is handed this role in Season 4 only.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She is legitimately distressed that Mackenzie blew up her car and manipulated her into punching Jenna Darabond. And it seems Brittnay has planned her own revenge on Mackenzie come Season 4.

    Trisha Cappelletti 
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"DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE ARE, ASHLEY KATCHADOURIAN? THESE ARE A LITTLE GIRLS ARMS. A LITTLE GIRL WITH DREAMS, WITH LEGS. WITH A HEAD."

Voiced by: Garrett Mendez

The nicest member of the Cheer Squad, something of a ditz, and NOT someone to underestimate.

Her Instagram page can be found here.


  • Adorkable: She's more prone to geek-out moments than the other cheerleaders, and fans love her for it.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She's a bit darker skinned than some people. Coincidentally, this is also justified as she has an Italian surname, making her somewhat ethnic.
  • Arch-Enemy: At this point, Ashley Katchadourian. Ashley seems to be the only person whom Trisha can be naturally and intentionally nasty towards on a regular basis. Subverted as of the beginning of Season Three, when she finds out poor Ashley was simply caught in the crossfire between other feuding parties, and was more or less dragged into it without her knowledge, at which point Trisha feels terrible and stands up for Ashley, telling the others to leave her be.
  • Audience Surrogate: In episode 31, she's the one to Lampshade how everything that's happened in the show so far is finally making sense.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Among Mackenzie and Brittnay, as confirmed in a livestream.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can be kind of bitchy if she's up to it. Then episode 70 has Shay Van Buren learn this the hard way when Trisha completely destroys her popularity thanks to a video of Shay going on a drunken rant.
  • Book Dumb: It's clear she's not going to be class valedictorian anytime soon, but she does have knowledge in certain areas — cheerleading, paperwork, cameras, etc.
  • Brainless Beauty: To quote Matthew Derringer from Episode 46: "My baby doesn't need to worry about spelling good when she spends so much time looking good."
  • Breakout Character: She received her own spin-off, "The Trisha Show," with Atchison's Trisha as co-host. She, along with Deandra also announced the nominees for Best Lifestyle Series awards at the Streamys Awards.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's definitely rather flighty and ditsy, but when it comes to knowledge the various rules and regulations associated with Overland Park's social ladder? Trisha can't be topped.
  • Characterization Marches On: She's a lot bitchier than normal in the first episode, with no real reason behind it, unlike later episodes where she bitches out Ashley Katchadourian, who pretty much deserves it. Except not really.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Trisha's clearly on her own planet half the time.
    Trisha: Um, I’m sorry, if we were meant to fly, we would’ve been born with wings. Think about it.
  • Creepy Monotone: At least in the first episode, though it isn't exactly creepy until she talks about someone's dad dying. She eventually drops the monotone part in her voice, though.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Implied to be the case with Matthew Derringer ("Oh, Dad, you were so wrong."). Her mom, however, seems to like Matthew just fine.
  • The Ditz: She's not terribly bright, though she has more going on than you'd think.
  • Dumb Is Good: Nicest girl among the cast, with the exceptions of Amberlynn and Trisha 2.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted most of the time, but played straight when she really gets mad.
  • Flanderization: Sure, she made somewhat obvious statements in earlier episodes, but she wasn't the airhead that later episodes show her as.
    Trisha: OK, who the fuck is watching the door? How did a nine-year-old get in here?
  • Foil: To Trisha 2. Trisha is (usually) sweet, somewhat ditzy but is smarter than she looks and has her own skill set that comes in handy more often than you'd think. Trisha 2? Sweet, but genuinely an idiot.
  • Friendly Enemy: She's made friends with Mikayla Van Buren and the Atchison cheer squad's Trisha, and no one really has a problem with this.
  • Genius Ditz:
    • She's not very book smart and misunderstands sarcasm, but when it comes to Cheer Squad regulations she's really on the ball.
    • As of Episode 63, it's also revealed that she knows a thing or two about cameras.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Like the rest of the cheer squad, she is girly, but is into superhero stuff. She also knows quite a bit about tech and AV stuff, which is quite unusual for a cheerleader.
  • The Heart: She's pretty much the only member of the Squad who can get along with everybody else, and in the fourth season she's the only one who can get Brittnay and Mackenzie to actually apologize to one another. This is also because she legitimately cares about her teammates and has yet to actually do anything to hurt them.
  • Hidden Depths: In the Season 4 finale, she tells Brittnay and Mackenzie that she joined the cheer squad because they made her believe in something — specifically, they made her believe that she was awesome. This implies Trisha may have had some self-esteem issues in the past, which does make sense when you consider how easily she's swayed by Mackenzie and Brittnay's opinions.
  • Karmic Protection: She's being spared by Brittnay because Brittnay considers her a true friend as Trisha has never done anything to hurt her.
  • The Kirk: Being the only one who can settle conflicts between Mackenzie and Brittnay.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this in Episode 71 when Stewardess Ashley Katchadourian asks her to—wait for it—watch the emergency exit door. And then she abruptly cuts herself off and pleasantly agrees.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: With Trish. They're just alike.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She definitely plays girl politics with the others, and is capable of genuine nastiness if she's pissed off enough, but for the most part is a good-natured ditz, rather than outright mean.
  • Morality Pet: To Brittnay, Mackenzie, and Mikayla; none of them are very nice people, but they do care for Trisha, very, very much.
  • Motor Mouth: When listing off rules and policies having to do with cheer squad business.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: To discovering Ashley Katchadourian was not in charge of the door. Of course, Trisha's only form of apologizing was saying "No hard feelings" when she saw Ashley for the first time after prom. In episode 31 she really has this moment when she learns about Jenna Darabond's evil plan and awkwardly motions to Ashley. She attempts to make up for her behavior by asking Mackenzie and the others to leave Ashley alone.
  • Nice Girl: The only time she ever does anything truly mean-spirited is when she attacks Ashley on prom night and destroy's Shay Van Buren's popularity.
  • Nice to the Waiter: She's on friendly terms with the school janitor, to the point of being on a first-name basis.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: As one of the three characters who debuted in the first episode, she's a knockoff doll from the dollar store instead of a Barbie or Disney Princess. Starting from when she first appeared in her cheer uniform, this now only applies to her head.
  • Not So Harmless: As Ashley Katchadourian and Shay Van Buren have learned.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: In a sense. She apparently is in charge of all formal paperwork for the Cheer Squad.
  • Odd Friendship: Seems to have formed a Intergenerational Friendship with Mikayla Van Buren.
  • Official Couple: With Matthew Derringer.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Whenever she slips out of her usual laid back tone, prepare for some shit to go down.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Makes frequent references to movies whenever she's verbally destroying someone. Ben Affleck, anyone?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Trisha 2's (NOTE: The differences are as minor as the Beavis And Butthead example.) and Brittnay's Reds, and the Red to Mackenzie's Blue.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Trisha 2; they're exactly Birds of a Feather.
  • Serious Business: She's "the cheer squad scheduling council" and she takes this job very seriously.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Normally, Trisha's a bit of The Ditz, but when it comes to the cheer squad's schedule, she's incredibly thorough and competent.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Even with water wings... in the shallow end... despite being a rather tall teenage girl.
  • Skewed Priorities: Prone to this sometimes.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Platonic(?) example; she and Trisha 2 developed a friendship despite being in feuding cheer squads.
  • Token Good Teammate: Kind to others and keen on maintaining friendships. Also took Deandra's loss of arms rather personally.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Trisha 2's Girly Girl; Trisha prefers superheroes, while Trisha 2 is far more of a The Ingenue.
  • Tsundere: Type B. Ashley has learnt the hard way to never get on Trisha's bad side...
  • Undying Loyalty: She has this to Brittnay and Mackenzie, which causes tension in Season Four.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Will have a pretty nasty panic attack if she goes flying.
  • Womanchild: It's pretty clear she hasn't matured much since elementary school.

Former members

    Ashley Katchadourian 
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"I-I was at Pearl Harbor."

Voiced by: Kate Frisbee

She was supposed to be watching the door.


  • Arch-Enemy: At this point it's pretty clear she's Trisha's.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Planning it for a while. Officially backstabbed when it came to cheer nationals as she joined the Atchison High cheer squad so her own squad would be unable to compete now that there are only five of them.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her Paper-Thin Disguise at best, plus Cool Shades.
  • Bad Liar
  • Breakout Character: Since she got involved with the Atchison High cheer squad, there have been episodes where in which give her an extensive amount of screen time.
  • Broken Bird: She's been suffering from so much anxiety that her mom's been sneaking medication into her food and her doctor's told her she has ulcers.
  • Butt-Monkey: Cemented in episode 22 when Deandra tosses her across the mall as a demonstration of her robot arm's strength, followed by Ashley's rather pathetic pleas for someone to help her going unheard.
  • Contralto of Danger: Averted. She has the lowest vocal range of the female characters (Cross-Dressing Voices don't count), but she's rather wimpy. However, it's played straight when she gives out inspirational speeches.
  • Cowardly Lion: Interned as a flight attendant, for crying out loud!
  • Demoted to Extra: Invoked in-universe when she asks to be left out of the current conflict after all she's gone through. However, she has a pretty prominent role in episode 58.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Getting completely annihilated by Trisha's "The Reason You Suck" Speech and having her boyfriend make out with Brittnay on prom night all in response to something she wasn't responsible for.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Episode 15 implies Ashley is planning on getting revenge for what Trisha and the others did to her.
  • The Ghost: Until episode 11.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name sounds like "Catch a door."
  • Misblamed: Jenna Darabond was supposed to watching the door, but Deandra said it was Ashley that let her in, so Trisha blamed her.
  • The Mole: At least in Season 2.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She gets blamed for Deandra's maiming because she wasn't watching the door when she was supposed to, though it turns out she really wasn't in charge at all.
  • One Head Shorter: Than everyone expect the children, like Rachel, though Ashley is slightly taller than Rachel.
  • Running Gag: Deandra mistaking her for a (tiny) flasher. It's continually brought up when recalling what happened several weeks prior to cheer nationals.
  • Sexy Stewardess: Downplayed in Season 5; she just looks even more damn adorable with that professional outfit on.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Episode 21. And she is terrible at it. Brittnay lampshades it immediately.
  • True Neutral: invoked Ashley Katchadourian returns in Episode 31 but is not interested with having to do with anything as of late and is just set on doing her own thing, steering away from the shitstorm as much as possible. Trisha acknowledges her on that path.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She's responsible for the entire series starting off all because she wasn't watching the door to the girls bathroom. Though it turns out she wasn't responsible for watching the door.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She didn't sound anything beyond conniving and was quite timid when she was first seen. But after Trisha lashes out on her for leaving the door unguarded which lead to Deandra getting her arms ripped off, she's been bitter ever since. She didn't even forgive Trisha after apologizing to her.
    • However, she gives a sweet and heartfelt speech about being free to like the things you like regardless if people think it's popular or not and inspires others to follow her example.
      Ashley: Guys, I've got an idea, just hear me out. Maybe we should just like whatever it is we like. And if other people start liking it too, it's not bad. In fact, it probably means that whatever it is we like, is pretty good. Only now we have people we can share it with. And if nobody else likes it, well that's okay too. Because it makes us happy.
      Connor: Whoa. You are blowing my mind, Ashley Katchadourian.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She's quite a small girl, yet she has the deepest (natural) female voice among the cast.
  • Walking Spoiler: All that white, for Pete's sakes. It only applies if you're still new to the show and you've decided to watch the very first episode, as a good start for the more eventful things to come.

    Jenna Dapananian 
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"When the fuck did everyone in this school started talking in goddamn code?"

Voiced by: Jessie Schneiderman

She's been absent because her dad has been sick a lot. As such, she's completely out of the loop regarding what's been going on at Overland Park.


  • Ambiguously Bi: She did seem to be very interested when Jenna Darabond revealed she swings both ways. She later asks to make out with several people, including Jenna Darabond, some random camera guy, Caitlin Cameron (a TV reporter), the manager of Pizza Street, and Bridget.
  • Anything That Moves: Her Catchphrase practically seems to be "Do you wanna make out?".
  • Brick Joke: In the first episode Trisha wondered if Jenna Darabond's dad was sick or died, then realized she was getting her confused with Jenna Dapananian. As it turns out, this Jenna's dad was the sick one.
  • Characterization Marches On: She started as someone who spent her time expressing annoyance that she has no idea what is going on, but by the third and fourth seasons she's now someone who really wants to make out while also getting extremely high.
  • Deadpan Snarker: How she gets by when commenting on things nobody ever explained to her about.
  • The Ghost: Until episode 21.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: No one seems willing to fill her in on what's been going on at Overland Park.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Especially if high.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Jenna Darabond's Blue.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • At the end up episode 30, probably because she's tired of no one telling her what's going on.
    • Was one of three girls who hightailed it out of the cafeteria when Saison's water broke.
  • The Stoner: Following the end of the third season, it seems she's gotten addicted to drugs as a byproduct of inhaling too much secondhand marijuana smoke and eating brownies filled with Ecstasy.
  • Stoners Are Funny

    Jenna Darabond 
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It's over... for now. But winter is coming to Overland Park!

Voiced by: Afton Quast

Due to mysterious circumstances, she's been absent for an indefinite amount of time and as a result, is replaced by Saison Margeurite so Overland Park is qualified to cheer for cheer nationals... and is originally in charge of the door.


  • Asshole Victim: Depending whether she deserved to be stabbed to death by Tanya Berkowitz for burning down the mall and considering everything she did that kick started certain events that had gone on since the very first season or it's a case of Disproportionate Retribution (seriously, getting her sent to jail thanks to Mackenzie's plan was adequate enough), she had it coming.
  • Ax-Crazy: She burnt down the Atchison Mall and seemingly blew up Brittnay's car.
  • Back for the Dead: She survived her stabbing, but was killed for good when the Mercenary Cheerleaders crashed their car into her operating room.
  • Bi the Way: She brings it up once or twice, and rather exasperately clears up a couple bi stereotypes to the other Jenna.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She comes off as sweet and kind around adults, but is a conniving sociopath.
  • The Chessmaster: Her first actual appearance has her watching the Overland Park squad through a pair of binoculars, begrudgingly conceding that Mackenzie wins this round but that she'll have something else in store. It's implied (and later confirmed) that she had something to do with the feud between the Overland Park and Atchison Cheer Squads, if not everything else that's been going on since the first episode.
    • Episode 31 made it all clear that she had something to do with everything that's been going on, from Deandra being let in to the bathroom up to Cheer Nationals. Talk about an evil plan.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Why she planned on messing with the cheer squad in the first place. When she saw Ashley kissing Justin and then Mackenzie shortly after, she went on with the plan that would start it all and in first doing, introduces herself as "Ashley Katchadourian" to Deandra after letting her in the bathroom. It went further when she saw that Justin made out with Brittnay.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: When she speaks to her father on the phone, she casually mentions that she's planning revenge. Given that her father is a senator, this is not very surprising.
  • Disney Death: Subverted. She initially manages to survive her stabbing in a critical state. Just as the doctors are conversing how she'll likely make it, the mercenaries Mackenzie hired crash through the wall and fatally run her over.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her schemes have included burning down a shopping mall just to get Tanya Berkowitz involved, and her form of retaliation against the cheerleaders invading hipster space was to blow up Brittnay's car.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After only being mentioned for thirty episodes, when she finally appears, she's spying on the Overland Park cheerleaders through binoculars and tells her dad she's planning "a little revenge."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Insists that she's not at all responsible for Deandra getting her arms ripped-off and calls it "super fucked up". However, given the fact that she was the one who masterminded everything in the show, it's obviously fake.
  • The Ghost: Yet her name has been mentioned several times before she's finally revealed at the end of Episode 30.
  • Hipster: Her speech on "what is cool will be uncool" and "the things nobody likes will be the things that everybody wants". *puts on glasses* "Hipsterism..." Is also her Evil Plan by the way.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She's masterminded all three seasons and she didn't even appear on screen until Episode 30.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: Her last words.
  • Killed Off for Real: Stabbed to death by Tanya Berkowitz out of revenge for having her mall burnt down. She pulls through, only to die by accident later on.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Invoked by Mackenzie, who asks Jenna when she became so dark and repeatedly stated by Mackenzie as a bigger threat than Shay Van Buren and Tanya Berkowitz.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Possibly. And in Episode 31, very much confirmed.
  • Misblamed: Gets punched in the face by Brittnay for blowing up her car but it's only known that she never did it after it was mentioned in the season finale that it was Mackenzie who really did it as part of a well-crafted plan involving the cheer squad and Jenna to be in a parent-teacher conference. Other than that, it's a long story...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Jenna Dapananian's Red.
  • Running Gag: She's mentioned lots of times, all the way from the very first episode and so on and her unknown fate seems to get everyone (the viewers) asking what the hell is up with her. At least, until the very end of season 2.
  • The Sociopath: Justin outright calls her one in Episode 57.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: When her dad called her, she said she's just working on a little bit of revenge. Sigh, Here We Go Again!...
  • Walking Spoiler: Her infamous, prolonged status as The Ghost has seemingly lead her to this.
    • And because of the much unexpected turn of events, current entries of progress about her character are very much spoileriffic.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She gets out of any punishment for destroying Brittnay's car because Brittnay broke her nose.
    • But as it turns out, she never had anything to do with blowing up Brittnay's car. See The Chessmaster section on Mackenzie's section.
  • Yandere: Will burn down a mall because her lover was stolen, for fuck's sakes.

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