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Tessa and Vanessa James are a supporting characters of the animated series Pepper Ann. They are twin girls who are friends with Pepper Ann Pearson and attend Hazelnut Middle School where they are reporters and gossip columnists.


Tessa and Vanessa are a pair of twins from Hazelnut, who attend middle school with Pepper Ann Pearson, Nicky Little and Milo Kamalani. They run the gossip column for the school paper due to their uncanny ability to somehow get the dirt on anyone. Unlike the other major recurring characters, who tend to be frenemies, Tessa and Vanessa are usually on good terms with Pepper Ann and her friends and are more likely to offer some kind of assistance, but usually for something in return.

In "Vanessa Less Tessa", they once had an angry split from each other that could only be solved if they just talked it out. Ironically, Pepper Ann's attempt to "help" them caused them to be driven further apart. However, they still consider her a good friend and hang out with her every now and then, though even their patience with her can sometimes be worn thin.

In "The Finale", it is established that in the series' version of 2013, they get married to another pair of twins named Terrence and Clarence and together have twin children each, implying that being twins is hereditary in their family. They apparently assume, somewhat correctly, that Pepper Ann has "gotten worse" emotionally over the years.


Tessa and Vanessa are always complimenting each other; praising each other's "perfection" while simultaneously praising their own. Their love for each other extends to their ability to complete each other's sentences which is almost their gimmick. They are usually very friendly, but also hide a determined spirit underneath. Being twins, there is not much difference between Tessa and Vanessa other than their clothing. When apart, they become inconsolable, but are able to bring themselves back together, that is if Pepper Ann is not involved.

Physical appearances

Both girls are tall slender African-American girls who besides their shared face and split gap teeth have completely different fashion styles.

Tessa has black cornrows tied up into a knot on her head and large gold hoop earrings and matching bracelet. She wears an orange jersey with white lining and a giant 2, dark blue jeans and white sneakers, presumably basketball related.

Vanessa has orange fluffy hair and a pink hat with a yellow short sleeved shirt and denim dungarees and green sneakers.


  • It is never made clear if Vanessa's hair is natural or done up. Regardless, she is very much proud of it as is Tessa.
  • Hereditary twins are a real thing. Being that they are not fraternal, it is possible that their father, or possibly grandparent are the twin as fraternal twins are more likely to originate from the mother.


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Season 1: "Ziterella" • "Romeo and Juliet" / "Food Barn" • "Old Best Friend" / "Crunch Pod" • "Psychic Moose" / "Doll and Chain" • "Megablades of Grass" / "Family Vacation" • "The Big Pencil" / "Sani-Paper" • "Uniform Uniformity" / "Snot Your Mother's Music" • "The Environ-Mentals" • "Crush and Burn" / "Soccer Season" • "Thanksgiving Dad" • "Sketch 22" / "Manly Milo" • "Have You Ever Been Unsupervised" / "The Unusual Suspects" • "Nicky Gone Bad" / "In Support of"

Season 2: "Quiz Bowl" / "License to Drive" • "Cocoon Gables" / "Green-Eyed Monster" • "Hazelnut's Finest" / "Cat Scan" • "An OtterBiography" / "GreenSleeves" • "Vanessa Less Tessa" / "Peer Counselor P.A." • "A 'Tween Halloween" / "Mash into Me" • "Presenting Stewart Waldinger" / "P.A.'s Life in a Nutshell" • "Like Riding a Bike" • "Radio Freak Hazelnut" / "Framed" • "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Milo" / "The Sisterhood" • "Impractical Jokes" / "Cold Feet" • "Doppelganger Didi" / "Pepper Ann's Day Off-Kilter" • "A No Hair Day" / "That's My Dad"
Season 3: "You Oughta Be in Musicals!" • "Dances with Ignorance" / "Girl Power" • "Beyond Good and Evel" / "One of the Guys" • "The Wash-Out" / "Def Comedy Mom" • "The First Date Club" / "Unicycle of Life" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "Effie Shrugged" / "Mom Knows What P.A. Did Two Nights Ago" • "The Spanish Imposition" / "Single Unemployed Mother"
Season 4: "Burn, Hazelnut, Burn" / "Career Daze" • "G.I. Janie" / "Miss Moose" • "Pepper Shaker" / "Flaw and Order" • "Baggy Bean Buddies" / "The Beans of Wrath" • "The Velvet Room" • "One Angry Woman" • "The Sellout" / "The Telltale Fuzzy" • "A Valentine's Day Tune" • "Sammy's Song" / "Permanent Record" • "Live and Let Dye" • "Remote Possibilities" / "Considering Constance" • "To Germany with Love" • "Bye, Bye Trinket" / "P.A.'s Pop Fly" • "My Mother, Myself" • "The Amazing Becky Little" • "The Untitled Milo Kamalani Project" / "Guess Who's Coming to the Theater" • "The Great Beyond" / "Jaybirds of a Feather" • "The Way They Were"
Season 5: "The One with Mr. Reason" / "Sense and Senselessness" • "Forging Ahead" / "Reality Bytes" • "Carmello" / "Strike it or Not" • "Complimentary Colors" • "The Merry Lives of Pepper Ann" • "A is for Average" / "Alice Kane Went Down to Calcutta" • "Spice of Life" / "T.G.I.F." • "Dear Debby" / "Too Cool to Be Mom" • "Moose in Love" / "Two's Company" • "Zen and the Art of Milo" / "That's My Mama Destructo" • "Unhappy Campers" / "Searching for Pepper Ann Pearson" • "The Word" / "The Perfect Couple" • "The Finale"

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See also
House of Mouse