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Vera Groober-Schwartz is a recurring character from the animated TV Series Pepper Ann. She is the secretary to Principal Hickey at Hazelnut Middle School and offers occasional advice and aid to Pepper Ann Pearson at unexpected times.


Vera Groober-Schwartz' life is somewhat left in the dark. All that is known is that she spend years collecting things for special events, but ultimately found that her house has been overrun with useless junk. Since then, she has tried to live her life to the fullest. Despite this, she is shown to have resigned herself to being a secretary at a middle school, run by a somewhat dimwitted principal. Vera occasionally, finds herself helping out Pepper Ann and has found her life intertwined with her on occasion, such as when she taught her that people need to embrace life in "The Velvet Room". In "Spice of Life", it is revealed that Vera's mother is 114-years-old and passed away. Supposedly, she was always telling her "would it kill you to be nice?" which Pepper Ann also told her before her passing.

In "The Finale", it is established that in the series' version of 2013, Vera, who is revealed to still be alive, has retired and has opted to continue to remain that way in the Bahamas without attending the middle school reunion.


At first glance, Vera comes off as being somewhat aloof and possibly cynical about her position. In actuality, she is very positive and shows traits of being wise. She can also be very comforting when put in a position to act as such. It is possible that she was just like Pepper Ann at one point, as she seemingly knows what to say to her about the subject at hand. Being in her twilight years, she is also not afraid to be vocal about having time to herself, which she manages to acquire by the end of the series.

Physical appearance

Vera is a short statured, yet skinny woman with slightly greyish skin, grey hair held up in a bun, flattened glasses that are held up by beads and red lipstick. She wears a long blue gown with a white collar, a pink sweater that is wrapped over her shoulders and pink slippers.


  • This was Paddi Edwards' final acting role while she was alive; having died during the final two seasons of the show. Her final role would actually be a receptionist in An Extremely Goofy Movie.
  • A look-alike of Vera, also named as such, appears in the episode "Family Vacation" working at a roadside restaurant.
  • In "The Environ-Mentals", she is shown to be skilled at scat-singing.


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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