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Surprise.
―Tilly Green


Tilly Green is the deuteragonist of the Disney Channel animated series Big City Greens. She is the big sister of Cricket Green.

Background

Personality

Tilly is a very unusual girl. She tends to have a very quiet demeanor, but hidden underneath is a creative, imaginative and sometimes surreal child. Tilly is very kind to those around her and much like her younger brother Cricket is willing to help those in need. While she seems to be unintelligent at times, she actually houses a very wise and open mind.

Tilly is shown to be somewhat controlling at times. In "Mama Bird", she insisted on being a trio of baby birds' mama despite Bill telling her not to interact with them and their fascination with Cricket rather than her. She also attempted to scare Cricket from doing dangerous stunts in "Cricketsitter" only to accidentally dislocate his arm and fretted about being punished by Bill. In response, she shows a very determined side to set things right.

Physical appearance

Tilly is a very small 12-year-old girl and only slightly taller than Cricket. While she displays a yellow complexion like her family, she is noticeably more pale than the rest of them. She has short black hair and freckles underneath her eyes. Tilly also has buck teeth similar to Cricket and full cheeks. She dresses in a light violet dress with a white collar and wears white socks and olive-colored shoes. Since the episode "Tilly Style", Tilly has begun wearing earrings. However, she covers them with her hair because she is "wearing them for [herself]".

She bares a resemblance to her great-great-aunt Metrona Green.

Relationships

Cricket Green

Tilly adores her little brother Cricket. She looks out for him and tries to be a good older sister, though at times she is more of a follower with a few exceptions such as in "Cricketsitter". Due to their closeness, Tilly is very patient with her brother and will reach out to him in the most gentle way possible. She only wants what is best for him and comfort him. However, she has been shown to slightly envy some things Cricket does and is sometimes motivated to try and match his abilities such as in "Cricket's Shoes". Ultimately, she loves and cares for her brother.

Bill Green

Tilly has a considerable amount of love for her father Bill. She is more willing to listen to him than Cricket and cares for his well-being. Because of this, she can be more submissive to his authority especially when she is involved in shenanigans with Cricket.

Gramma Alice

Tilly cares about her grandmother Alice, but unlike Cricket and Bill, is much more patient with her. As a matter of fact, she probably likes spending more time with her than the others. In "Tilly Tour", she wanted to show her all of what she thought was interesting about Big City. Tilly apparently makes it her mission to subject Alice to the modern conveniences of the world in the hopes of making her happy as she is well aware of her cynical world view.

Nancy Green

Tilly loves her mother Nancy. She feels that because she was away for a long time that she would be worried about not being anything like her and wanted to impress her. However, she eventually learns that Nancy loves her regardless. Tilly does not seem to mind her living in a mobile home as opposed to the Green house and considers herself close to her anyway.

Andromeda

Andromeda is Tilly's best friend. Much like how Cricket and Remy have contrasting personalities, so does Tilly and Andromeda. Tilly's friendship with her was mostly motivated with wanting to spend time with a girl that she could be friends and was willing to lie to her about her interests in conspiracy theories just to be close with her. When she revealed the truth, Andromeda was hurt, but began to accept her as her friend and ally. Since then, the two have been very close with one another.

Remy Remington

Most of Tilly's interaction with Remy is through Cricket. She gets along well with him and seems to enjoy having him around. Much like Cricket, she pushes for him to be more rebellious and take initiative with his life.

Gloria Sato

Like with Remy, most of Tilly's interaction with Gloria is through Cricket. Tilly will fill in for Cricket on occasion and work with Gloria. They get along quite well and don't seem to mind each other's company. In "Cricket's Shoes", when Tilly accidentally becomes the new Employee of the Month, she helps Gloria regain her place by acting like Cricket and causing a mess at the café. In "Clubbed", Tilly and Andromeda join Gloria at her girls' night out.

Trivia

  • Tilly is named after the band Tilly and the Wall. The band features a tap dancer instead of a drummer and Chris Houghton chose it because she "marches to the beat of her own drum".[1]
  • Tilly bears a striking resemblance to Prudence from Cha Ching.
  • Tilly apparently has a habit of personifying objects which seem to reveal a darker side to her.
  • Tilly seems to have the ability to befriend any creature regardless of species, except for the Patagonian Python from "Cheap Snake" after she began to hear sinister and apocalyptic noises coming from it. In "Tilly Tour", she befriended an unusual creature called a "Critagion" which is a combination of a rat, cat, pigeon and "who knows what else."
  • Tilly apparently sleeps during the day, which Cricket warns her against.
  • According to Chris Houghton, Tilly has named every single animal that the Green Family owns and have met. However, she is apparently the only one who actually remembers their names.[2]
  • Tilly is convinced that she is actually a squirrel, something that she has only confided in with Cricket and Andromeda.
  • In a Tumblr Q&A, Chris Houghton joked that the reason why Tilly's hair is black, even though the rest of the family does not have black hair, is because she wears a wig.[3] This joke seems to have made it in the show as the episode "Dream Weaver" has a scene where Tilly removes her hair, albeit in a dream.
  • Despite living on a farm, Tilly appears to be somewhat inept at farming as shown in "Level Up".
  • While Tilly is supposed to be 12, Chris Houghton sarcastically made her 10 when a fan pointed out that she "act[ed] immature for her age".[4]
  • Tilly is apparently an otaku as in "Cheap Show" she has a fascination with Japanese pop culture.
  • Tilly is very fluent in American Sign Language and is shown to be capable of teaching basic ASL in a matter of seconds.

Gallery

References

  1. "Tumblr Tilly Name Post". Tumblr (August 28, 2020).
  2. "Tumblr Animal Name Post". Tumblr (December 4, 2018).
  3. "Tumblr Wig Post". Tumblr (July 2, 2019).
  4. "Tumblr Age Post". Tumblr (July 20, 2020).


External links


v - e - d
1920px-Big City Greens logo
Media
Big City Greens
Characters
Cricket GreenTilly GreenBill GreenAlice GreenGloria SatoRemy RemingtonNancy GreenPhoenixOfficer KeysBennyKikiWeezieBrettAndromedaChip WhistlerRussell RemingtonRashida RemingtonVasquezAlexander and TerryMiriam ChoJuan PabloCommunity SueMaria MediaMr. GrigorianGwendolyn ZappGabriella EspinosaGregly
Locations
Big City • Greens' House • Big Coffee • Remingtons' Mansion • Nancy's Trailer • Wholesome Foods
Episodes
Season One: Space Chicken / Steak NightCricket Versus / Blue TaterSwimming Fool / Tilly's GoatCricketsitter / Backflip BillGramma's License / Bear TrappedPhoto Op / Remy RescueGridlocked / Mama BirdWelcome Home / RaccoonedFill Bill / Critterball CrisisParade Day / DIY GuysGargoyle Gals / Supermarket ScandalBarry Cuda / Suite RetreatFamily Legacy / Paint Misbehavin'Rated Cricket / Homeshare HoedownCricket's Shoes / Feud FightBreaking News / CyberbulliesTilly Tour / Dinner PartyCoffee Quest / Phoenix RisesBlood MoonBig Deal / Forbidden FelineUncagedHarvest Dinner / Winner WinnerNight Bill / Cheap SnakeHiya Henry / People WatchingValentine's Dance / Green StreetsHurty Tooth / Sleepover SistersTrailer Trouble / Mansion MadnessPark Pandemonium / Cricket's BiscuitsSkunked / Axin' SaxonCricket's Place / Volunteer Tilly

Season Two: Cricket's Kapowie / Car TroubleUrban Legend / Wishing WellElevator Action / Bad InfluencerGreen ChristmasReckoning Ball / ClubbedImpopstar / Football CampHeat Beaters / Bill-ieverShark Objects / Dream WeaverLevel Up / Wild SideGarage Tales / Animal FarmDesserted / The GiftedTime Crisis / Gramma DriverTilly Style / I, FarmbotFriend Con / FlimflammedGreen Acres / Dolled UpGabriella's Fella / Cheap ShowGreen Mirror / Cricket's TicketsTimes Circle / Super Gramma!Present Tense / Hurt BikeQuiet Please / Chipwrecked
Cancelled: Hands-On History

Songs
Big City Greens Main Title ThemeDo It All Again • Fun, Fun, Fun • Tilly's Bird Song • This Day Is A-OK • Barry Cuda • Funtopia • The Best Part of ChristmasGood Deeds Are Good IndeedIf I Can't Have ChristmasChristmas is BustedNo Christmas At All • Miss Tilly's Fun Time TV Hour • Crispy Sundae Challenge
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