Alicia Silverstone in the film, Rachel Blanchard in the series Cher is a sweet, if somewhat dippy, blonde teenager who lives with her father in Beverly Hills, California. Cher often speaks in Valley Girl slang including new idioms coined by the writers of Clueless. Her role in the film and series is that of the central protagonist ; many of the plot lines revolve around, or involve, Cher in some way, although sub-plots , particularly in the TV series, allow the focus to shift from her toward others and back.
Cher is popular with her classmates; she often uses her social status and social know-how to aid others. Yet these crusades are not always as successful as she would wish. Much of the film's plot centers around Cher's gradual realization that her judgment is not infallible - such as with her attempts to give Tai a makeover - and that Cher may benefit from attempting to improve herself or any of her classmates for that matter.
However, some of Cher's attempts at righting the world's minor wrongs indeed produce the results she anticipates, such as with matchmaking between two of her teachers. As the daughter of a lawyer , Cher has developed extensive conversational skills. She can frequently talk teachers into improving her grades, and she excels in Mr. However, Cher's efforts to talk her way out of trouble are not always successful, such as when Cher fails her driver's test due to her below-par driving skills.
For instance, in a voiceover, she calls the film Spartacus "Sparatacus". Then, in her debate class, she repeatedly pronounces the word "Haitians" as "Hatey-yuns. He is the father of Cher and ex-step-father to Josh. He is, for the most part, a single man, having had a number of relationships prior to the events of Clueless; he is divorced from Josh's mother, whilst Cher's mother was deceased.
Mel is overprotective of Cher, heavily scrutinizing her dates most famously in a sequence in which he tells Christian Stovitz: Go upstairs and put something on over it. In the film , a prop an envelope is seen giving Mel's surname as Hamilton a continuity problem ; however, almost all other uses of the character's name show his surname as Horowitz.
Paul Rudd in the film, David Lascher in the series Josh is the son of Mel's ex-wife from a previous relationship, and thus Cher's former step-brother. Josh is actually from Seattle, Washington, but goes to college in L.
He is a college student with an apartment of his own near school, but often returns to the Horowitz home, particularly when he is not on good terms with his mother's current partner "Husband number four is at home, and his idea of acting like a family is to criticize me. Mel is clearly close to Josh, stating to Cher in the first film, "You divorce wives, not children", suggesting he thinks of Josh as his own son. Josh is an environmentalist and often raises the issue "we might get Marky Mark to plant a celebrity tree" as part of wider gloating.
For much of the film he considers himself superior to Cher, often looking down on Cher's pop-culture obsessed worldview "Who's Pippi Longstocking?
Although he teases Cher, he also has compassion for her, as shown when he defends her following her blunder with legal papers. During the course of the film, Cher realizes she is romantically interested in Josh, but also observes that because they are already familiar to each other, she is unable to use her usual seduction techniques.
As they are not blood-related family members, a relationship between them would not be considered incestuous , as they have completely different parents. By the close of the film they are dating. The character of Josh only appears in the first of the three TV seasons. Dionne Davenport[ edit ] Stacey Dash in the film and the series Dionne is Cher's closest friend and confidante.
She is a fashionable, upmarket young woman who, like Cher, possesses a high social standing. However, she is less willing to "use her popularity for a good cause" than Cher when the option of making over Tai is floated, Dionne observes that "she is to' up unattractive ; our stock popularity would plummet. As noted above, Dionne occasionally uses Valley Girl slang similar to that used by Cher and others, though does not use it extensively; Dionne is well-spoken and clearly intelligent at times, it seems, more so than Cher: Dionne is involved in a regular relationship with Murray Duvall through the majority of the film and TV series; their relationship is seen by many to be somewhat fiery with their large-scale public spats being a common sight , but they do also care for each other.
Dionne states during the film that she is a virgin , though later, after a frightening experience on the freeway, Dionne's virginity goes "from technical to non-existent" according to Cher. The sexual element of their relationship is not raised in the television series until the final episode.
Brittany Murphy in the film, Heather Gottlieb in the series Tai is a transfer student who arrives at Bronson Alcott High and instantly stands out due to her differences in appearance and attitude to the other students. Much of the film centres on Cher's "project" to make Tai attractive and popular, and, after this fails, her subsequent realisation that it is Tai's personal substance that is important rather than her looks or popularity. Tai forms a rapid bond with slacker Travis after meeting him in the school cafeteria.
However, Cher feels that a "loadie" boyfriend would hamper her attempts to bring Tai into the popular clique ; consequently, Cher makes extensive efforts to set Tai up with the wealthy and popular Elton. However, this backfires when it emerges that Elton is more interested in Cher. These misfiring matchmaking attempts, coupled with Tai's rising popularity following an incident at the shopping mall in which she is held over a balcony, drive a wedge between Tai and Cher.
Cher ultimately realises that she cannot force Tai to become something she is not, and that Tai would be happier with Travis in her life.
By the end of the film Tai has patched up her differences with Cher and apparently begun to date Travis, who is her date to Mr. Some of the references go over the other students' heads: Tai's role in the TV series is significantly smaller than in the movie, and she was dropped altogether by the second season.
Amber Mariens[ edit ] Elisa Donovan in the film and the series Amber is a girl in the popular clique but fulfills the stereotype of popular girls, being snobbish, mean-spirited and spiteful. She is despised by both Cher and Dionne and is in constant competition with Cher throughout the film when it comes to style, popularity, and boys. Cher dubs her a " Monet " just like the painting, "from far away it's okay, but up close it's a big old mess.
She is apparently a spoiled daughter even by Beverly Hills standards, though her family members are not seen on screen until late in the TV series' run. Her parents, Tripp and Ginger, have a rocky relationship. Tripp Mariens is a weak-willed, cowardly man who dotes on his daughter and repeatedly gives into her constant whims and demands, whereas Ginger Mariens is a fearsome battleaxe who sees Amber for the pampered, manipulative brat that she is.
Amber is a snobbish, style-obsessed redhead who dislikes Cher and often belittles her fashion and lifestyle choices; this dispute is driven in part by the girls' competition for popularity and style supremacy. Despite their disputes, Cher and Amber often end up in the same social situations, as they both move in similar social circles.
Despite Amber's profession to be a style leader, she often ends up aping Cher, such as attending a party in a dress similar to one which Cher had worn earlier. Amber becomes the third member of the TV show's central triumvirate along with Cher and Dionne, particularly in later episodes after the character of Tai has been dropped. As the series progresses, Amber's character mellows and she becomes friends with Cher and Dionne, and assists them in their plans to help others.
During the TV series it is revealed that Amber's middle name is "Princess". During the TV series, Amber and her family briefly move into Cher and Mel's house which is supposedly larger and grander than Amber's family home following Mel's financial failure "Bakersfield Blues"; however, they subsequently move out when Cher and Mel return to Beverly Hills.
Justin Walker in the film Christian is a high-school student who, due to his parents' divorce, spends alternating semesters at Bronson Alcott and at a school in Chicago. On his arrival at BAHS, Cher instantly takes a shine to him and attempts to secure him as her boyfriend "I know I said I'd find a guy for Tai, but there's no harm in finding one for myself also. Cher is, however, oblivious to his homosexual tendencies "Look how he ignores every other girl!
A disco -dancing, Oscar Wilde -reading, Streisand -ticket-holding friend of Dorothy! Despite the failure of this endeavor, Cher remains on good terms with Christian, primarily due to Cher's admiration of his taste in art and fashion. Christian is not featured in the TV adaptation. Murray Duvall[ edit ] Donald Faison in the film and TV series Murray is Dionne's long-term boyfriend and often engages in public spats with his partner.
Despite their apparently rocky relationship, Murray and Dionne are shown also to care about each other. Murray was also, it is suggested, Dionne's first sexual partner. Murray is one of the leading male characters, particularly in the TV series, where he forms something of a comic double-act with Sean Holliday, with the two often taking part in schemes and stunts together.
Murray and Sean fall out, however, after it emerges that Dionne dated Sean prior to Murray the boys do subsequently patch up their differences. Cher attempts to set Tai up with him, but her attempts fail as Elton is in fact more interested in Cher. Elton's surname is not given in the film. Breckin Meyer in the film A stoner and a skater who falls for Tai; however, their attempts at courtship are derailed for a time by Cher's attempts to set Tai up with Elton.
Travis is an underachiever, constantly late for class and often receiving poor grades. Travis does not appear in the TV series. Sean Holland in the TV series Murray's best friend, Sean was introduced in the TV series, in part to cover for the fact that many of the film's male characters had not been transferred across. Sean is a cheerful, if slightly naive, young man interested in rapping and dancing; he is often involved in wacky schemes, many of which he drags Murray into.
Although the character of Sean Holliday does not appear in the film, Sean Holland did, in a much smaller but similar role under the character name Lawrence. In the television series, Sean is very close friends with Cher.
At one point during the series, Murray points out to Sean that "If I didn't know better, I'd swear you were sweet on the girl. Alphonse Hall[ edit ] Wallace Shawn in the film and the series Mr. Hall is Cher and Dionne's class teacher , and one of the most prominently-featured Bronson Alcott staff in the franchise. The character's name is listed in the credits of the film as "Mr. Wendell Hall" his first name is not given during the movie; the name may be a reference to the song "Mr. In the TV series his full name is given as Alphonse Hall.
His TV appearances are principally in the first season. Geist[ edit ] Twink Caplan in the film and series Ms. Geist is another of Bronson Alcott High's teaching staff. One of Cher's big projects in the film is setting her up romantically with Mr. Hall, her TV appearances are primarily in the first season. In addition to performing, Twink Caplan was also credited as one of the film's producers. Her task is to bring the Beverly Hills brats of Bronson Alcott into line on the sports field - never an easy task when the tennis ball serving machine is described by Cher as 'a lawsuit waiting to happen'.
In the film, the character's name is Ms. Stoeger, with a separate and unseen teacher referred to as 'Diemer'. However, in the TV series, the coach had become Ms.
No reference to the change of name was made on air.