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The Cornchip Girl, often just Cornchip Girl, is a sweet, nice and loving Swiss-American girl who attends Third Street School. Her primary role is as King Bob's minor servants, breaking and throwing potato chips (or corn chips) to mark his arrival at formal events (hence her name). Her real name is Theresa Laverne LaMaise[1].


Cornchip Girl is a very sweet and somewhat emotional eight-year-old girl. She is close friends with The Recess Gang, especially with Gus. In "The Army-Navy Game", she kept her friendship with Gus a secret due to her dad being a rival of his dad in the military, but everything is worked out by the end of the episode. She originally started out as a background character in the show, but by season three, she became a more prominent character. Her nickname most probably comes from her throwing corn-chips behind King Bob whenever he goes by, and offering him some at his throne. She usually speaks in a quiet voice and can be shy sometimes.


Starting from "The Army-Navy Game", she is shown to have a crush on Gus, which can be seen in various other episodes. She always appears to be closer to him than any other member of the group, which also shows this. It is semi-confirmed in the Japanese title for the episode, "Gus' Girlfriend".


Cornchip Girl is short and slender. She has short brown hair with bangs that goes down slightly before her shoulders. She usually wears a white dress with a blue collar and skirt, along with black Mary Jane shoes.


  • In the first recording for "The Break In" (before the animation was done for the pilot), her name was "Frito Girl". Her name was changed due to legal reasons.[2][3] In the second recording (used in the final version of the pilot and the episode itself), she was not referred to by name.
  • Her name was not revealed until "The Bet", two seasons after her debut.
  • Her age and grade has been debated amongst fans. She appears with the kindergartners in "One Stayed Clean," but an earlier scene in the episode shows her running away from them, making some to believe that the former scene was an error or that she was a first/second grader just hanging around in the Jungle Gym. She appears to be younger than the fourth grade students, and also never appeared in Miss Grotke's class or any group scenes with only fourth graders, confirming that she is not in their grade. Most fans place her in the first or second grade.
  • Maize is a word for Corn, thus the name Cornchip Girl.
  • Because of her frequent inclusion within The Recess Gang in later episodes, she is considered by fans to be the gang's "unofficial seventh member".
  • Cornchip Girl is one of the few students who does not appear in Recess: School's Out.
  • According to "The Break In", Cornchip Girl has an older brother. He has never been seen in the show, mentioned by name, nor is he ever mentioned after that episode.
  • In the episode "The Army-Navy Game", it is implied that Cornchip Girl has a crush on Gus after her dad forbid her from talking to him after knowing that Lt. Griswald was his archenemy from high school.



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Media: Recess (Episode List) | Recess: School's Out | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street

Characters: T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Erwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Bald Guy | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomassian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weems | King Freddy II | Chewy | Spencer | Swinger Girl | Upside-Down Girl | Gordy | Hector | Miss Lemon | Lunchlady Irma | Tubby | Jordan & Jerome | Flo Spinelli | Bob Spinelli | Guru Kid

Songs: Recess Theme Song | "We Shall Not Be Moved" | "Jingle Bells" (Recess Version) | "The Otter Dance" | Bonky Theme Song