The series having spanned for two shows and a film, there are quite a lot of characters.
Characters in both series
Zack is the more immature, fun-loving, and outgoing of the two twins, making him the "cooler" twin. Although he acts like a jerk, he does care about his friends and family, especially Cody.
- All Work vs. All Play: The fun-loving All Play to Cody's studious All Work.
- Big Brother Bully: Well, Zack was born a few minutes before Cody and he bullies Cody sometimes.
- Book Dumb: He is a straight D student.
- Brilliant, but Lazy:
- It has been stated in-universe. Zack is actually very smart, possibly on par with Cody, but he lacks work ethic, and is quite lazy in regards to studies. However, when properly motivated and on the right subject (woodshop, for example) Zack is a brilliant student, having gotten A's when he applies himself, and is the best in class at Woodshop, even better then Cody, which Cody is astounded by.
- He tends to be rather passionate toward his goals; during his tenure as hall monitor in Suite Life on Deck, he points out he tends to shift to either a lack of effort or very passionate to the chance of going overboard.
- In one episode of On Deck he admits during a therapy session that part of the reason he rarely tries hard on his school assignments is because he feels that no matter how well he does it won't be nearly as good as the work Cody turns in and is constantly praised for.
- Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Very popular, but still is very fond of his dorky brother, especially as the series progressed.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the Mouthy Kid variety in the first series, but he's still snarky in the sequel.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: He was a Bratty Half-Pint originally but got dumber as he got older.
- Fat Slob: He's a slob... and he gains a lot of weight in the second and third season of Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish Book Dumb sibling to Cody's responsible.
- Hotel Hellion: In Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He and his brother live in the hotel (as their divorced single mom works there) and cause trouble. They also provide the page image.
- Informed Attribute: We're told Zack's a bad boy, but other than pranks and zany schemes, this is never shown. "The Bermuda Triangle" flips this around and turns it up to eleven with Cody being basically an exaggerated flanderization of Zack, complete with a bad boy leather jacket-wearing persona, and Zack being one of Cody; a super-sensitive Camp Straight Mama's boy.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Zack rightfully calls Carey out in "French 101" for encouraging Cody to start a love war between the brothers over a French girl Zack laid eyes on first.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's disobedient, lazy, troublesome, and even insults and uses Cody, he genuinely cares about him.
- Kid-anova: Though to be fair, his attempts failed just as often as they succeeded.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Carey lampshades this when saying that Zack did deserve losing his twin dates to Cody who he tries to exploit.
- In a later episode, he tries to get money to pay back a large and seemingly violent spelling bee contestant. Once Zack got some, all of the hotel staff he borrow money from came back to get their cut, leaving him with nothing again.
- Likes Older Women: Zack had a crush on Maddie and Emily, two girls much older than him.
- Mouthy Kid: In the original series he was quite the smartass as a kid and not afraid to speak his mind.
- Never My Fault: Big time. He often causes problems with his pranks and disobedience and will try to avoid blame and punishment anyway he can. This became a major plot point in the movie when he costs Cody his scholarship to Yale because he was following him on the tour bugging him to give him the car their parents were going to give to Cody for college, and then destroyed equipment trying to impress a girl. Cody is understandably furious at him over this but all he can say is "I didn't mean to" or "that's not my fault because if you had given me the car it never would have happened."
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one calls Zack by his full name, although Mr. Moseby occasionally uses it as a Full-Name Ultimatum when he pulls a particularly Zany Scheme.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Zack is a fun-loving slacker, while Cody is a studious and hard-working bookworm.
- Precocious Crush: He had one on Maddie, primarily in the first series, though it shows up again in the On Deck episode "Maddie on Deck."
- Really Gets Around: Maya asks him to name all of his ex-girlfriends, after several hours, he's still not done. It's also speculated that he didn't actually date all of those girls. When he asks her how many boys she dated its implied she has just as many.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:The red to Cody's blue.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: In That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, it is likely that he and Cody deduced that Raven Baxter has the ability to see what goes on in the future. Zack even mocked her I have a vision schtick, and bad things kept happening to Cody every time a sneeze and a bell was heard, as Raven subtly warned them.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Cody's Sensitive Guy. He's the "cooler" twin, more athletic, rebellious and a player with girls.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Especially after dating Maya. Maya's birthday is an example and its implied it's not simply to woo her but thinks she deserves a birthday party that Moseby decides to deny. However, he did go through questionable lengths for this, such as deceiving Sean Kingston, which London calls him out for. Though he's shown shades of being caring all throughout both series not only to Maya but to Maddie as well as being the only one to show up at her sweet 16 party as everybody goes to London's after she bribes them. Another instance has him object to London lip-syncing and Maddie providing her singing voice. He thinks Maddie deserves the recognition. Let's not forget him falling to pieces after seeing a romance film.
- Trickster Twins: With Cody, mostly in the original series.
- Two First Names: "Martin" can also be a first name.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the time. He once locked Cody (who was wearing only a towel) out of the hotel room, was told not to do it again under pain of grounding by his mother, did it again, then acted surprised when she grounded him.
- Vocal Evolution: In Season 2 of On Deck, thanks to Dylan, along with Cole, going through puberty during the time.
Cody is the more responsible and studious of the twins. He is sensitive and sweet, and he enjoys academics and cooking.
- All Work vs. All Play: The studious All Work to Zack's fun-loving All Play.
- Always Second Best: In "Roomies", he and Bailey play a lot of games (Darts,Ping-Pong,Simon Says and Basketball) and he loses all of them.
- Angry Chef: In the episode "Heck's Kitchen", Chef Paolo quits the very day a famous food critic is coming to the Tipton so Cody steps up to become the new chef while his friends and family become the staff. In the process, he spends the time shouting at them, insulting their cooking, and forcing them to work harder and harder.
- Badass Bookworm: While primarily displayed in the Suite Life on Deck, there are moments when Cody actually surpasses Zack in physical ability. Best examples are in "It's All Greek to Me", where he lifts a heavy glass case by himself, in another, he rips a towel in half, and in another, he tackles and takes down Kurt Warner, one of the greatest undrafted football players of all time, and one of the greatest players in NFL history. Let it be known that the first two were because he heard Bailey talk about another guy in a romantic way, so they could be jealousy-fuelled. The last one was all him, though.
- Birds of a Feather: With fellow nerdy bookworm Bailey, they are the Pair the Smart Ones variant of the trope.
- Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: At first with Zack, but he later becomes less and less of a loser.
- Crazy-Prepared: Cody archives all of his school papers, but he also adds one random ridiculous paragraph into each of them, just in case someone tries using one of them for themselves. This becomes unfortunate for Zack when he steals an old paper from Cody that makes Miss Tutweiller believe he has a fear of bananas.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the early episodes he was a troublemaker like Zack in a Trickster Twins duo, but as time goes on, he becomes the more mature twin and the responsible one in a Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Bailey, at first. A mild subversion, as it was pretty clear that Bailey liked him, too.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible studious sibling to Zack's foolish Book Dumb.
- Hollywood Nerd: Cody is a nerdy, awkward and school-obsessed intellectual, but he's definitely not bad looking, despite what other characters in the show (especially Zack) may say.
- Hotel Hellion: In Suite Life of Zack And Cody. In Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He and his brother live in the hotel (as their divorced single mom works there) and cause trouble. They also provide the page image.
- Insufferable Genius: Especially in the sequel series, when he Took a Level in Jerkass and becomes more arrogant.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: He spends all of "Roomies" trying to beat Bailey at something. He fails
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Bailey's Masculine Girl. Downplayed because Bailey isn't overly masculine, but due to her upbringing on the farm, she's more physically adept than Cody is.
- The Millstone: In "Lost At Sea", his desire to be right gets the cast stranded on a desert island. Thankfully he fixes it in the end.
- Mouthy Kid: Was a smartass kid along with Zack in the first season of Suite Life of Zack And Cody. Then they develop different personalities, especially with Cody becoming more polite and respectful than his brother.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Cody really enjoys doing homework and other schoolwork.
- Nice Guy: In the first series anyway, in which he was more kind-hearted and selfless, before he Took a Level in Jerkass.
- Official Couple: He and Bailey are officially dating in the sequel series.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Zack the jock and nerdy Cody.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:The blue to Zack's red.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Cole Sprouse is really very good at girly screams for his rather chicken-hearted character. Even more impressive as he is able to maintain his girly scream even after going through puberty. There is even a video tribute to his girly scream.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Zack's Manly Man. He's a quiet nerd who loves school and cooking.
- The Smart Guy: He has more common sense than his brother and gets better grades.
- Smart People Know Latin: He knows enough Latin to point out a mistake in the Latin phrases in his diploma.
- Supreme Chef: He has a passion for baking and cooking.
- Teacher's Pet: He tries to be one, anyway. He (along with Bailey in On Deck) is always the only one to volunteer to answer questions in class, and he'll even sometimes interrupt the teacher to practically teach the class for them.Tour Guide: And I will now tell you the story of Princess Zaria's fabled crown. It was crafted for the princess by—
Bailey: Her high priest! But sadly, she never got the chance to wear it before she perished.
Tour Guide: Yes, and it was—
Cody: It was buried with her, but when her tomb was discovered, it was missing, leading archaeologists to conclude it was stolen by graverobbers!
Tour Guide: (looks at Miss Tutweiller quizzically)
Miss Tutweiller: Yeah, you get used to it.
- Teen Genius: His enjoyment of academics and learning is furthered in the episode "Cody Goes to Camp" when he attends a math camp, and is also seen in "Neither a Borrower nor a Speller Bee" when he wins a spelling competition.
- Terrified of Germs: A phobia Cody developed in the latter half of On Deck.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Suite Life on Deck. Got worse after his breakup with Bailey, that he made a play based on their breakup, which did nothing but hurt her and ended with her character being killed.
- Trickster Twins: With Zack, mostly in the original series. When he partook in a Senior Prank, it's clear he hasn't lost his edge completely.
- Two First Names: "Martin" can also be a first name.
- Vocal Evolution: In Season 2 of On Deck, thanks to Cole, along with Dylan, going through puberty during the time.
London is the only daughter of the owner of the Tipton hotel, Wilfred Tipton. She is extremely rich and fashion-forward, but rather airheaded.
- Always Someone Better: She easily beats Maddie in chess whenever they play it, one of these times she was talking on the phone.
- Asian Airhead: Type I. She's a beautiful, rich, popular young girl... who just happens to be dense as a brick. It turns out that the role was not written for an Asian girl, as it's supposed to be a parody of Paris Hilton. In fact, Ashley Tisdale was originally going to play London with Brenda Song in the Maddie role, but they ended up being switched because the girls played the parts better. This is referenced in the alternate dimension episode, where the girls are their original intended roles.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: London gets easily distracted by things she desires a few times, such as jewelry.
- Attention Whore: She always tries to make everything about herself and loves to be in the spotlight.
- Book Dumb: Originally she was just a lazy rich girl who didn't care about school and acted a lot like Zack, but then she was flanderized into a Brainless Beauty. She doesn't even know how to read or write.
- Brainless Beauty: She gets dumber as the show progresses.
- Breakout Character: Being a secondary character to only the twins, London has gained popularity in mainstream media for both series. She gained a lot of attention for being a unique parody to the popular Paris Hilton.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: London has shown signs of great hidden intellect, though ironically she hates to do anything with it. She is great at calligraphy (though she vows never to use it again when she gets her phone back) and is an excellent chess player, but finds the game boring. She is also shown to have great craftsmanship, as seen in "Cruisin" for a "Bruisin" when she is fixing the broken ship in the bottle. It seems that she does not have a lack of intelligence so much as a lack of effort to learn.
- Can't Take Criticism: One small comment of honesty regarding her flaws will most definitely cause her to act out in pique, such as in one episode that showed her firing most of the employees in the hotel after they stated out loud how her incompetence at each of their occupations caused their mishaps.
- Catchphrase: "Yay me!"
- Characterization Marches On: London was initially portrayed as a shallow Rich Bitch, before adopting her ditzy qualities. She also got softened to sometimes become more Innocently Insensitive than actually mean-spirited.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in the sequel series, London seems to have retreated into her own world.
- Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Has this with both Maddie in the original series and Bailey in On Deck. She's a Rich Bitch, while Maddie is more academically oriented and unpopular, and Bailey is a nerdy Teacher's Pet. Though she doesn't show it often, she does genuinely care about both of her "loser" best friends.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She works out, and turns into a volleyball fiend if sufficiently pissed off. Also, if you break her purse, she will beat you up.
- Dark Feminine Light Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Maddie's Light.
- Deadpan Snarker: Yes, even she has her moments.London: (after seeing Maddie's pitiful attempt at a push-up) Okay that was the push. Next time let's work on the up.Maddie: Can we go back to my hair?London: Yes. It's as weak and brittle as you.
- The Ditz: She may be one of the most idiotic girls on TV.
- Dreadful Musician: In one episode, it's revealed that she's a horrible singer.
- Drives Like Crazy: Played with. When she first gets behind the wheel of a car she crashes it through the Tipton. However, the same episode has her later driving a car without getting involved in an accident and the worst thing that happens is a police officer pulling her over for going too slow. It's noted that the first time she crashed a car was due to Moseby's unnecessary badgering of her and she is otherwise a capable driver.
- Dumbass Has a Point: She said that law Is something you get to break if youre rich. Considering how rich people constantly evade the law, shes not exactly wrong.
- Even the Girls Want Her: One of Maddie's classmates, Corrie, has an obvious girl crush on London.
- Expelled from Every Other School: Being wealthy, she'd been sent to rich private schools, until she was expelled from each of them for never showing up. The same thing happened after a while going to Maddie's Catholic school, resulting in her being sent to public school.
- The Fashionista: Rarely wears an outfit more than twice.London: My motto is, "Wear it a day, throw it away."
- Flanderization: Started out more as a somewhat shallow, rich-girl stereotype trying to avoid real work at all costs, but as the series progressed moved firmly into the Brainless Beauty category.
- Foil: In both of the series she appears in, she tends to contrast the female character she's paired up with. In Zack and Cody she contrasts her best friend Maddie.
- Forgot About Her Powers: It's sorta weird to see London suddenly be so massively out-of-shape that she needs help from Zack of all people to help her get back into shape, considering the previous series had her helping Maddie get back in shape. They even recycled the 'chasing after fashion' joke.
- Freudian Excuse: Whenever someone calls London on her poor behavior, she cites her father's bad example.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While she's popular and has many admirers (both male and female), she can be this among her closest friends, as she often annoys them with her lack of tact, incompetence, and self-centered behavior. She has a Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic with all the people she hangs out with.
- Genius Ditz: She's a good chess player. This pissed Maddie off because only Smart People Play Chess.
- Hidden Depths:
London: Legend says that this amulet was given by Zeus to his daughter Aphrodite. Perhaps it's 'cause she was beautiful. Like me! [...] I'd like to think I know what it was like to walk in her shoes. I mean, everyone thought she was just a pretty girl with a powerful daddy, but turns out, she was more than that. I really think Zeus gave her the amulet because he was proud of her, just as I'm proud to represent my daddy today. So, even though that amulet is 2000 years old, the emotion behind it is eternal, and I think that's what museums do: they remind us that people then and people now aren't so different after all. Thank you!
- London on occasion shows this, along with some Obfuscating Stupidity and Deadpan Snarker moments, most noticeable during an episode where the main cast got stuck on an island and had to fend for themselves. London, seemingly in shock from the event, thought they were at a beach resort. That is, until they were safely back on the cruise liner and mentioned off hand that it was her way to get out of the manual labor.
- In the Christmas Episode, London goes through a Yet Another Christmas Carol plot. This episode reveals that London was a good kid until the bitterness about her dad never being around for Christmas (or any other time for that matter) got to her.
- During the first two seasons of The Suite Life, London is shown to be into martial arts, yoga, and feng shui, and is also a latent chess champion ("Smart and Smarter"). In later seasons, though, her character is significantly dumbed down.
- In one episode when her father goes broke, at first she struggles and is miserable living with Maddie, but she adapts rather quickly and becomes happy.
- In The Suite Life on Deck, she is chosen by her father to give a speech at the revealing of the Amulet of Aphrodite in a museum. She is able to give a rather impressive one she came up with herself:
- In The Suite Life on Deck, she taught herself how to sleep with her eyes open, she knew Cody was lying because of a tell she noticed, and when she was forbidden from texting, she busied her hands by writing a letter to her friend, in calligraphy.
- One for a spin-off that doesn't actually feature her but occurs because of her. Moseby was likely fired after his words to Mr. Tipton at the end of The Suite Life on Deck. Where is he in Jessie? He's working at another Tipton Hotel meaning London probably put in a good word to get him his job back, or just gave it him back herself if he was fired — she is going to own the chain of Hotels one day, so she can do what she likes!
- There are also quite a few episodes dealing with London being a Lonely Rich Kid.
- It's All About Me: "Yay me!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's often self-obsessed and shallow, but on occasion, she does show that she cares about and appreciates the people who are close to her.
- Lethally Stupid: At times, her ineptness ends up getting Maddie injured, and it's not just the latter who falls victim to this either; "Orchestra" has her causing the other employees' injuries thanks to her incompetence at her job.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Because her father is never around. When she was growing, she started to cover the emptiness her father created when she discovered shopping as Maddie discovered in Kisses & Basketball, London buys things she doesn't need only to cover the emptiness in her heart. Her habit doesn't noticeably lessen and is never mentioned again. Despite her wealth and outward happiness, she is miserable, because her father never appeared when she needed him, such as when the Tipton family lose all of their money in the episode Poor Little Rich Girl, and during the father-daughter dance at London's school in the episode The Prince & The Plunger.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She has some Rich Bitch tendencies, but she became too stupid to be considered a true Alpha Bitch.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: London has a slender body and isn't any more muscular than Maddie, but she's shown to be by far the stronger of the two, easily lifting megazines and shopping bags that Maddie can barely lift over the ground. She says that is because she works out.Maddie: How did you get so strong?!
London: I work out. Ive been trained by some of the top professionals. Id make my own video, but why should anyone else look this good?
- Never Learned to Read: As a result of being undereducated her whole life, she doesn't know how to read or write.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dumb hotel heiress whose first name is a famous capitol of an European country. Who could that possibly be a reference to? It's even Lampshaded at one point:Sister Dominick: No, the spoiled hotel heiress!
London: Is Paris Hilton in this class?
Sister Dominick: No, I'm talking about you.
- Noodle Incident: In "Election," she not-very-subtly hints that she got rid of the person who used to be the hotel's manager before Mosbey by dumping him on a cargo ship to South America to spend the rest of his miserable life working in the copper mines. Fortunately for him, Moseby's position is a lot more secure.
- Only Child Syndrome: Unlike the rest of the main cast, she doesn't have any siblings.
- Properly Paranoid: London records all of her conversations with everyone as revealed in "Mean Chicks". In the same episode, she most likely did this in case Bailey attempts to rescind their bet.
- Rich Bitch: Very selfish and spoiled, and tends to look down on lower-class people.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: She stopped believing Justin Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place was a doctor when he failed to offer medical help despite it not being the kind of doctor he was pretending to be.
- Spoiled Brat: She used to behave sweetly, until the absence of her father among other things changed her.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Poor London. The later seasons make this a lot worse.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: She seems to think that rich people are above the law.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Bailey's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the later seasons of the original series, and then again on The Suite Life on Deck.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She never wears the same outfit twice. In the SLOD episode "Splash and Trash", she even says she throws the outfit away after wearing it.
- Upper-Class Twit: If she was bit crueler and considerably smarter she might qualify as the Rich Bitch, but her self-absorption seems to stem more from being one of the stupidest characters on television than any intentional malevolence.
- Womanchild: London clearly has a childish mindset, especially shown in later seasons.
Marion Moseby runs the Tipton hotel and tries to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The presence of Zack and Cody make this job very difficult.
- Alliterative Name: Marion Moseby
- Berserk Button: Disorder, especially in his hotel. No running in his hallway!
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Downplayed, most of the time he's the only sane man, allthough the constant madness in his hotel does take his toll on him. That said, Moseby is excellent at his job.
- Butt-Monkey: Usually thanks to the twins' antics. In fact, by the time of Jessie all those years of the twins' antics had an effect on him. When he makes a call to Cody, who wants to pay a visit, he gives an Oh, Crap! indicating that he still finds it hard to believe they are grown adults and not the hooligans he knew.
- The Cameo: He makes an appearance in season four episode of Jessie, Karate Kid-tastrophe, where he gives advice to the titular character on how to take care of kids and even note how Jessie resembles Bailey.
- Camp Straight: Mentions many times how he used to show feminine interests (such as ballet and cheerleading, the latter of which he was the captain), and ends up marrying Mrs. Tutweiller at the end of the On Deck series.
- "Good luck with that!" Once berated an actor portraying him for placing the emphasis on the wrong word.
- He also tends to say or yell "momma"
- "Don't touch me! Don't touch me!"
- Comically Serious: A lot of his humor is derived from his sarcastic remarks.
- The Dandy: As the elegant manager, he always wears suits.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's one of the snarkiest characters on the show. And considering who he has to deal with on a regular basis, who can blame him?
- Embarrassing First Name: Marion.
- Eye Beams: As The Meanager in "Super Twins".
- Gender-Blender Name: Marion is not a common male name.
- Grumpy Bear: He can be quite grouchy and cynical, compared to the other characters.
- Hates Being Touched: To a point where he even dedicates a catchphrase to this.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He mentions having practiced ballet as a young man. When some other, "manlier" men start making fun on him, he replies "Mock me if you will, but I was the only boy among twelve pretty girls! Momma didn't raise no fool." The other men have to admit he has a point. In one episode of The Suite Life on Deck, he is mocked for his pink jacket. He initially insists that it is "salmon colored", but later admits "Actually, it's pink. But a real man can pull it off."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being uptight, stern, and often annoyed by Zack and Cody's antics, he's actually a nice person.
- Last-Name Basis: Usually called by his last name, Moseby.
- Like a Daughter to Me: He does feel quite strong for London.
- Married to the Job: Implied that he is happily unmarried. London even lampshades this in one episode of The Suite Life on Deck when she walks by Mr. Moseby's cabin and, hearing a strange noise inside (Mr. Moseby is playing a piano, it turns out), says, "That's weird. Usually, when I go by Mr. Moseby's cabin, I hear, 'Mother, for the hundredth time, I'm married to my job!'" This changes near the end of the series, however, as he and Ms. Tutweiller become an Official Couple.
- No Respect Guy: Zig-zagged. He can be quite intimidating when he wants to be, but since he is a genuinely nice guy deep down, the twins do what they want to do regardless. This carries over to Suite Life on Deck.
- Official Couple: With Ms. Tutweiller towards the end of the series. He proposes to her at the Grand Finale.
- Only Sane Man: In the original series he shares this role with Maddie and Carey, because they are saner than the other main characters. In the sequel series, he has this role to himself.
- Parental Substitute: For London. It's discussed and shown throughout both series that he's been the main parental figure in her life, with her distant parents and interchangeable nannies. In the episode where London is learning to drive, we find out that Moseby actually taught her how to walk as well as tying her shoes, riding a bike and roller-skating. She then comments that he has been in the Tipton family album more than her father or any of his ex-wives. They exchange the occasional tender moment when London is missing her parents. Other characters notice this too:London: Why should I get something for Moseby? I mean, what has he ever done for me?Bailey: (Beat) Raised you like you were his own daughter?London: Look at me. I'm selfish and spoiled. He did a terrible job. (Beat) Fine. But tomorrow I'm gonna be extra selfish!
- Real Men Wear Pink: He cites this regarding his salmon/pink jacket.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Moseby is very loyal to the Tipton Industries, and is also a good father figure to London.
- Running Gag: In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, he would usually find himself doing or saying something embarrassing in front of a hotel guest.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. While he is rather intimidating to the kids (even Alex Russo was afraid of Moseby), he usually means well, even if he is rather stern. He does play it straight as the Meanager.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When startled, which he gets quite easily.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: He has a tendency to do this.
- Token Minority: Mosby is the only consistent black cast member every season of both shows.
- Ultimate Job Security: Probably forever. Even after talking back to Mr Tipton in "Graduation", Moseby later has a job at the New York branch of the Tipton Hotel as shown in Jessie. Probably because of London.
Characters in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Carey is the single mother of the twins who works as the Tipton's lounge singer.
- Amicable Exes: She and Kurt are on good terms. By the time of the finale of Suite Life on Deck this has changed a little, as when Kurt asks if she wants one of his CDs she says "No. Some child support would be nice."
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is usually good to her sons but has no problem grounding them whenever they do something bad.
- Big Eater: In "Miniature Golf", she appears to excessively enjoy donuts and other sweets.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first two seasons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably the most prolific snarker along with Maddie and Moseby.
- Good Parents: Carey loves her sons and always does her best to be a good mother to them.
- Lethal Chef: It is said that she doesn't cook or cooks badly.
- Mama Bear: There's no doubt in the mind that she will protect her sons.
- Only Sane Woman: Often seen as the voice of reason, especially when it comes to her kids.
- Really Gets Around: She tells stories of her ex-boyfriends to her boys so often, they predict how they will end.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Carey is a good mother to her kids, listens to their concerns, and gives them advice if necessary.
- Two First Names: "Martin" can also be a first name.
Maddie works as the candy counter girl in the Tipton. She is smart, hardworking, and sweet, but can be snarky at times.
- Advertised Extra: In season 3, despite being still credited as a main character, she doesn't even appear in half the episodes.
- Always Second Best: She spends an entire episode trying to beat London in chess and she only wins when London lets her win.
- Butt-Monkey: If something bad will happen, it WILL happen to her. If there's someone to blame for anything, it will be her. Especially when she's trying to keep London or the twins out of trouble. Or when trying to teach London or the twins a lesson.
- Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Has this with London. She's more academically oriented and unpopular, and London is a very popular Rich Bitch, and yet they are best friends.
- Cool Loser: Intelligent, friendly, and good-looking, yet not as popular as London.
- Dark Feminine Light Feminine: The Light Feminine to London's Dark.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the snarkiest members of the show.
- Dysfunctional Family: Her whole family lives together in one apartment, including her five-years-unemployed father and her mother (who hate one another but because they're Catholic can't get a divorce) and her shitbag of a little brother. Her grandmother seems to be the only member who supports her.
- Go-Getter Girl: She's a very driven young woman.
- Granola Girl: She champions many liberal and green causes. For instance, when Mr. Moseby chased a hawk that had built its nest at the Tipton, Maddie held multiple protests right after her shift was over.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a young, kind-hearted and idealistic girl and has blonde hair.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's much nicer than London, she's sarcastic and has a selfish side.
- No Respect Guy: Despite being one of the most levelheaded and smart people in the series, she's still The Chew Toy and doesn't get much respect, especially from London.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Just Maddie. Only Moseby sometimes calls her Madeline.
- Only Sane Woman: Since she always finds herself hanging out with London, this is a given.
- Out of Focus: In season 3, because Ashley Tisdale was filming the sequel of High School Musical.
- Overly Long Name: Madeline Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine Fitzpatrick, but you can call her Maddie.
- Raised Catholic: She's from a Catholic family and in the early seasons goes to a Catholic school.
- Soapbox Sadie: Shows shades of this, such as her "save the hawk" protest.
- Straw Feminist: Early in the show's run.
- Tsundere: Type B. Maddie can be seen as a caring person, unless London is around.
Arwin is the dorky hotel engineer who has a crush on Carey.
- Basement-Dweller: Alternately lived with his mother and in the basement of the Tipton until near the end of season 3.
- Bungling Inventor: Most of his inventions malfunction and wreak havoc.
- Ditzy Genius: He's a very good inventor and hotel engineer, but he's a little deficient in common sense.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Carey.
- Manchild: Is often childish, sleeps with a sock monkey, and eats a lunch packed by his mother.
- Momma's Boy: He lived with his mother for his whole life until she was married.
- Nice Guy: Despite his eccentricities, he's a nice person and gets along well with both the twins.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Carey.
- Trauma Button: His unfortunate bowling incident that involved his mother being hit over the head with a bowling ball is what prompted him to relinquish his bowling attire. Since then, the slightest utter of the word causes him to go on a nervous breakdown-inducing scream.
Esteban is the bellboy at the Tipton who is a good friend of Zack and Cody. He later becomes assistant manager of the hotel. He owns a pet chicken named Dudley.
- Catchphrase: "This is a disaster!" and "Oh Mr. Moseby!"
- Funny Foreigner: He speaks in a strong unidentified accent.
- Large Ham: He can be very dramatic at times.
- Limited Wardrobe: He is almost always seen in his hotel uniform. Even after a baby peed it. In the first two seasons, the number of times he is shown out of his uniform can be counted on one hand. And one of those was a fantasy.
- Nice Guy: Often proves to be a helpful and loyal friend.
- Overly Long Name: Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez. Lampshaded in the episode with the jewel thieves.Esteban: Nobody calls Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramirez a thief!Zack: No one's got the time!
- Recurring Character: Aside from the main cast, he's the character who appears in more episodes (45 exactly).
- Undying Loyalty: Sometimes to Mr. Moseby. Later episodes downplay this, though.
Max is the tomboyish friend of Zack and Cody.
- The Ace: Max is a great dancer, basketball player, and bass player.
- Better as Friends: With Zack.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: And don't tell Max otherwise.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Zack.
- Girliness Upgrade: Over the series, she becomes much girlier, though she still retains her love for sports.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted, she usually wears pigtails in Season 1 but she isn't girly at all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Due to flanderization after her initial appearance, she can be quite harsh, but is still a good friend to the twins.
- Little Miss Snarker: Occasionally.
- Nice Girl: In her first appearance. After that she suffered some unfortunate flanderization.
- One of the Boys: She's only seen hanging out with Zack, Cody, and Tapeworm.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
- Running Gag: Mr. Moseby would always confuse her for a boy.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As noted by Zack once they go out on a date.
- Those Two Guys: With Tapeworm in Season 1, and Agnes in Season 2.
- Tomboy: She's athletic, usually wears boyish outfits, and all her best friends are boys.
- Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Is frequently seen with this towards the beginning of the series.
- Tomboyish Name: Max. Many fans think it's short for Maxine, but this is never discussed
- Women Are Wiser: Often felt this way compared with the twins.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being built up as one of Zack and Cody's best friends, Tapeworm is not seen after the first season, with no explanation of his disappearance.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: "Tapeworm" is not his real name. That name was coined when he ate 20 hotdogs in two minutes, as mentioned by Max. His real name was never revealed.
- Those Two Guys: With Max, prior to his disappearance.
Agnes is a girl who has crushed on both Zack and Cody, to their abject horror. She can be extremely possessive of her crushes.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Cody, oh so much.
- Catchphrase: "Agnes likes."
- Extraverted Nerd: A female example, as she's a rather dorky girl who acts annoying and clingy towards the title characters.
- Meganekko: Agnes wears glasses.
- Quirky Curls: Blonde, curly hair and a quirky personality.
- Selective Obliviousness: She was seemingly oblivious to Cody's blatant disinterest in her.
- Stalker with a Crush: On the twins, especially Cody.
Characters from The Suite Life on Deck
Bailey is a farm girl from Kansas who started attending Seven Seas High to get out of her small town. She is pretty bubbly, friendly, and smart, almost a female equivalent to Cody.
- Academic Athlete: At least compared to Cody. They are both academic, but she's more physically adept and better at sports than him. And she was on the boy's baseball team back in Kettle Corn.
- Always Someone Better: In "Roomies", she and Cody play a lot of games (Darts,Ping-Pong,Simon Says and Basketball) and she wins all of them.
- Birds of a Feather: With fellow nerd Cody.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: She wears an old-fashioned head-mounted retainer to bed.
- Butt-Monkey: She's perpetually made fun of, especially by London, and bad things never stop happening to her.London: And Bailey, I'm giving you the most special gift of all. I'm giving you your closet back!
Bailey: Hold up. Mr. Moseby gets a solid gold mug, Cody gets first-class airfare, Zack gets a dingdang jetpack, and you give me back what's rightfully mine?
London: You're welcome!
- Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Has this with London. She is a nerdy Teacher's Pet and London is a popular Rich Bitch, and yet they are good friends, even if London doesn't usually show it.
- Country Mouse: She's a farmgirl from Kansas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards London.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Cody, in that she's just as smart and nerdy as he is.
- Down on the Farm: She's from the farmtown Kettlecorn, Kansas.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: She beats Cody in Ping-Pong while talking with Addison on the phone.
- Gender-Blender Name: Exploited in the pilot, when she uses the fact that her name is gender neutral to pull a Sweet Polly Oliver and enroll in Seven Seas High as a boy, since all the girl spots were taken.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold. She's a cheerful, friendly, and nice girl, and she has dirty blonde hair.
- Hollywood Nerd: Bailey is rather nerdy and awkward, and she may have (according to London, anyway) poor fashion sense, but she's very attractive regardless.
- Insufferable Genius: Has moments of this.Bailey: [The special perfume is] made with special amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that, when combined, can seep through the pores of your skin and act as a brain neuron enhancer.London: Huh?Bailey: (condescendingly) Stinky help you thinky.
- Large Ham: At least when she was possessed by the spirit of Princess Zaria anyway.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Cody's Feminine Boy. Downplayed because Bailey isn't overly masculine, but due to her upbringing on the farm, she's more physically adept than Cody is.
- Morality Pet: Bailey occasionally steps into this role for London.
- Naïve Newcomer: She's new not only to the SLoZaC gang, but also to city life, and so starts off being rather naive.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: She's usually visibly excited when finding out there's going to be a quiz or a test, and she once even forced Miss Tutweiller to have class during Senior Ditch Day.
- Nice Girl: She's sweet and considerate to everyone, even people who aren't always nice to her.
- Official Couple: With Cody.
- Small Town Boredom: She decides to enroll in Seven Seas High to get away from her small town life in Kettle Corn.
- The Smart Girl: She's just as smart as Cody, and she gets into Yale in the series finale.
- Smart People Know Latin: She knows enough to point out a mistake in the Latin on her diploma.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Maddie at first.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: In the first episode, she disguises herself as a boy in order to get into the school.
- Teacher's Pet: She tries to be one, but Miss Tutweiller doesn't usually appreciate her attempts to practically teach the class for her.Tour Guide: (during a tour of Zaria's tomb) The Princess Zaria—
Bailey: Was the most ruthless leader of her time. And she sent thousands of her subjects to their doom.
Tour Guide: True, but one thing you don't know is that—
Bailey: She also had a pet jaguar named Squeaky! (runs off, excitedly)
(Miss Tutweiller sighs)
Tour Guide: Does she have an "off" button?
Miss Tutweiller: Sadly, no.
- Tomboy: She's not afraid to get dirty and enjoys tough manual labor. Plus, she was on the boy's baseball team back in Kettle Corn.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to London's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Name: Bailey is typically a boy's name.
- You Go, Girl!: Nearly all of her scenes in "Roomies" are this as she easily beats Cody in everything.
A child rapper who lost his career because of puberty. He joins the S.S Tipton Seven Seas High program and befriends much of the main cast.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's a definite Nice Guy and really likes girls, especially London.
- Former Child Star: Was formerly the One-Hit Wonder kid rapper Lil' Little.
- Nice Guy: Marcus is a friendly, caring person who doesn't like getting into trouble.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves the show early on in Season 3.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the group some time in Season 2.
- Super Gullible: Marcus is also shown as quite gullible, in believing his friend Woody's tall tales.
Cody's eccentric roomate and best friend.
- Beta Couple: With Addison.
- Big Eater: And how!
- Book Dumb: In contrast to Cody, he gets terrible grades.
- The Big Guy: He is quite strong, but that tends to vary by episode. He has shown to be strong enough to rip off the elevator controls in one episode.
- Butt-Monkey: He's made fun of by everyone.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often dimwitted and prone to Comically Missing the Point.
- Fake Guest Star: Shows up for two-thirds of all the episodes, yet is simply credited as a guest star. He shows up more than Marcus!
- Fat Best Friend: Type C. He's pretty dim, and his head is perpetually stuck in the clouds.
- Fat Slob: Known for being fat, gross, gluttonous, and messy.
- Gasshole: He can fart "Stairway to Heaven" after eating a Mexican buffet.
- Kavorka Man: He is, quite surprisingly, no slouch with the ladies. What makes him this and not a Kidanova is his greasy, unkempt curly hair, obesity, flatulence, complete lack of personal hygiene, and extremely underdeveloped social skills.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one calls him "Woodrow."
- The Pigpen: He's pretty disgusting and has no sense of personal hygiene.
Emma Tutweiller is one of the teachers at Seven Seas High, the school on board the SS Tipton. Commonly referred to as Miss Tutweiller, Emma is very enthusiastic about her job but is often frustrated by both Cody and Bailey (her best students) and Zack, London, and Woody (whom she considers her worst students).
- Butt-Monkey: She's neurotic and very unlucky in love.
- Crazy Cat Lady: It's revealed that she keeps at least 31 Siamese cats in her cabin.
- Informed Flaw: A majority of the jokes at her expense are about her being old and unattractive, despite the actress being quite attractive. Which is why its funny.
- Official Couple: With Mr. Moseby towards the end of the series. He proposes to her at the Grand Finale.
- Old Maid: Frequently bemoans her status as this.
Addison is a student at Seven Seas High and a friend of Bailey's as shown in the episode "Roomies". She is very hyperactive and addicted to candy, thus often talks very rapidly and in a rambling fashion that sometimes confuses other people.
- Beta Couple: With Woody.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: In the "Groundhog Day" Loop episode.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's very flighty, and her head seems to have a permanent residence in the clouds.
- Cute Bruiser: As she calls it "83 pounds of pure power".
- Genki Girl: She's very perky.
- Meaningful Name: Note the first three letters of her name.
- Motor Mouth: When she talks, she does it in extreme Run-on sentences, and writes exactly how she speaks.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Played for Laughs,She utterly crushes Woody in Arm Wrestling.
- One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Delivers one to Woody.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has a fear of ping-pong balls.
Zack's new love interest, she becomes his girlfriend after he throws her a birthday party and even promises to get rid of his life style for her.
- Granola Girl: Goes to do humanitarian work after graduation, which leads to her breakup with Zack
- Sixth Ranger: Takes over the role after Marcus leaves.
- Tsundere: Towards Zack.
- Two First Names: "Bennett" can also be a first name.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Gender-flipped. One episode involves Zack feeling conflicted between seeing her perform at a poetry slam and attending a previously planned video game night with Cody, Woody, and Moseby. When his Zany Scheme to be both places at once fails (per usual Sitcom formula), she tells him that she's okay with him wanting to hang out with his friends instead of her once in a while.note After all, he wouldn't be the guy she fell for if he didn't.
Other Characters From Either Series
London's often unseen father and manager of Tipton Industries. He is incredibly rich (so much that his allowance to London is ridiculous) and is involved in many criminal activities.
- Characterization Marches On:
- Remember how he seems to care about London's well being. In his final and first real appearance, London has to remind him of who she is. Plus his criminal activities aren't pointed out until this time too with his most corrupt behavior before then is endangering some wales with his cruise ship. His final appearance talks of him embezzling money and on top of that wants to turn the Pickett farm into a plastic bag factory. He seems to actually love her, when he remembers her (one time smiling at her).
- An episode of Zack and Cody has it stated that Mr Tipton is actually a lover of nature and animalsnote . In On Deck it is repeatedly mentioned that his various business ventures have caused tremendous damage to the environment. The most notable example being when he cut down every single tree on an island which resulted in its rare bird species leaving and destroying the island's tourism industry.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Nearly all of his plans involve crime, robbery and destroying as much of the enviroment as possible
- Parental Neglect: Essentially left London in the care of the several nannies and Moseby.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His motto in life.
- Serial Spouse: Has been married anywhere between eight and fifteen times. And each of them get shorter and shorter as London is the child of wife number 3 though The earlier show suggests she's wife number 1. At the start of the show he's on or between wife 4. he seems to go through at least a half dozen between the two shows.
- Ultimate Evil: He is ultimately the one Moseby has to answer to, and yet, we hardly see what he looked like for most the series. When he is usually brought up, all we hear of him are the heartless things he has done to the environment and his tendency to have at least 14 spouses, among other things. When he does make a full appearance, we see what a truly despicable man he is.
- Unseen No More: He's usually concealed by a wall of body guards and spends most of the show either as The Ghost (being referred to using a phone) or The Faceless (only his hand is shown), until he finally shows his face in the Suite Life on Deck episode "Twister: Part 3".
Ilsa Shickelgrubermeiger is the mean-spirited German hotel inspector-turned-manager of the rival hotel, the St. Mark Hotel, across the street.
- All Germans Are Nazis: She's German, and often associated with Nazi jokes (she has a killer wiener dog named Blitzkrieg, for one thing). Also, part of her last name (Schicklgruber) was Hitler's father's last name originally.
- Beauty Mark: Has a massive mole on her face that she insists is one of these. Nobody agrees.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Heavy on the "ineffectual", light on the "sympathetic".
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil
- Overly Long Name: Especially after getting married.Ilsa: I have gotten married.Carey: You're kidding.Ilsa: Ja. My married name is Ilsa Schicklgrubermeiger-von Helsinger Kepelugerhoffer.Carey: You're kidding.Cody: That must take forever to write on your underwear!Ilsa: I have a stamp.
- Smug Snake: Too confidant in her nasty actions to actually succeed.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: During her time as the manager of the Tipton, to the point that even London hated her.
- You Monster!: Played for laughs in her second appearance, where she's equated to a literal monster.Moseby: There is no such thing as monsters!Ilsa walks in the door.Moseby, Carey and the boys: AHHHHH!!!Ilsa: I'm back.Carey: Get behind me kids! Don't look her in the mole—I mean eyes!
Characters Only Featured in the Movie
Dr. Ronald Olsen (formerly Ronald Spaulding) is the leader of the Gemini Project who appears in The Suite Life Movie.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to Spaulding's Abel.
- Evil Twin: To Spaulding.
- Hive Mind: His evil plan is to create one that answers to him, via twins.
- Knight of Cerebus: Zig Zagged, he has plenty of humorous quirks, but they go down the drain when he sics his Hive Mind army onto Zack and Cody. He also plans on using his Hive Mind to control society.