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Teddy √ Ortiz
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Student, Scout, P.S.38 Cartooning Club Member, Breakfast Book Club Member, Baseball Player, Football Player


Sports, joking around, messing with Nate, Paige (girlfriend)


Losing his possessions, being teased,Coach John


Nate Wright, Francis Butthurst Pope, Artur Pashkov, Chad Applewhite, Dee Dee Holloway,Breckenridge Puffington III, Paige (girlfriend) Jenny


Randy Betancourt and his posse, Nolan and other Jefferson students, Gina Hemphil-Toms

Teddy Squareroot Ortiz is Nate's number 1A (A for awesome) friend. He is African-Latino. Teddy is also friends with Francis and Artur. He is mainly the tritagonist of Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate book series and comic strip. Teddy is most commonly seen with a red shirt with a black circle in the middle, with green and black checkered pants. Teddy is the keyboardist and lyricist of Nate's garage band Enslave the Mollusk (ETM). He plays Basketball, Soccer and Little League Baseball with Nate and Francis, in which they lose most of the time, except when they beat Jefferson in Big Nate "Here Goes Nothing". Also, in "Big Nate Goes For Broke", P.S.38 Defeats Jefferson in an "Ultimate Snowdown" in creativity. And in "Big Nate Blasts Off" Nate and Randy Beat Jefferson in Ultimate Frisbee and Teddy was on both of those teams.


Early Life

Sixth grade

Teddy Ortiz is in sixth grade for most of the series. At this point, P.S. 38 is becoming very old and falling apart. This is also when he meets Teddy Ortiz after they unintentionally set a squid on Mary Ellen Popowski, and Dee Dee Holloway after he "accidentally" invites her to the school dance. He is also reunited with Breckenridge, who at this point has had a change of heart and has forgotten about his bullying of Nate.

The Fortune Cookie Mystery

On his way to school, Teddy found Nate lying on the ground and made a joke of him. Along with Francis, they decided to race to the school. Nate was in the lead, only to slam into Principal Wesley Nichols. Nate and his friends went in to the school. Nate needed to put away his lunch in his locker, but he forgot it when he ran away from home this morning. Teddy covered for him by promising to share his lunch and giving him a fortune cookie. Nate was surprised by the saying on the cookie which is: "Today you will surpass all others."[1]

Teddy went to homeroom with the other students. When he left with Nate and Francis, the latter had received a detention from Mrs Godfrey. Before their following class began, they were greeted by Artur Pashkov and Jenny Jenkins. Nate decided to do some poetry for Jenny as Mrs. Clarke went over the types of poems students can write, but things went out of hand and Nate received a detention because of student Gina Hemphill-Toms. Teddy, Nate, and Francis headed off, where they saw drawings on a display case. Artur’s shoe drawing was the most popular in two months at a row. They congratulated Artur, who walked by them and headed to art class. Nate tried to force Mr Rosa to put his drawing in the display case, earning him a third detention. Later the three friends went to the cafetorium, only to see Chester Budrick was at their table. The trio later sat next to Chad Applewhite, who was reading the book of records. Nate settled on a eating competition for himself, during which time Teddy helped him by collecting green beans. The competition did not work out, however, and Nate received a fourth detention.[1]

Nate was angry about being late to gym class with the others being trailed behind. Then they saw Coach John, whom Teddy disliked. Teddy remained outside while Nate inadvertently dressed in a likeness to the coach, amusing Ortiz but infuriating John. Later, Coach John gave Nate a detention slip that made fun of his hair, making him furious. Teddy agreed that Nate's hair was odd.[1]

He, Francis, and Nate headed off to math. But when they arrived, Mr. Staples gave them a pop quiz. Teddy took the quiz, though it is unknown what grade he got. In the mix, Nate received another detention. The three friends went to the last class of the day - Science - where Nate received his final detention. Teddy left the school, parting ways with Nate for the day.[1]

Quest to Defeat the Raptors and aftermath

Main article: Quest to Defeat the Raptors

Later on, Teddy Ortiz received an assignment on Benjamin Franklin, where he was assigned with Francis Pope. This made them very excited. Meanwhile, the SPOFF game of the season was fleeceball. Because he was on Nate's team, Teddy was determined for them to win, despite Gina naming them the Kuddle Kittens and the season starting off roughly. Afterwards, they continued against several other teams, and won every time. Nate also included much information concerning the event in "Poor Nate's Almanac," which is named after "Poor Richard's Almanac," published by Benjamin Franklin. Teddy refused to buy the magazine when he learned about and read it, claiming it was not worth the price that it cost. In the final game, which pitted the Kuddle Kittens against the Raptors (Randy's team), Gina hit the ball, which hit over the banner, giving Kuddle Kittens a victory to the game (and thrilling Ortiz). On Chad's suggestion, Nate wrote a story about their victory.

Shortly after Artur Pashkov joined the Timber Scouts, Teddy revealed that to Nate. During Nate's plan to win the skateboard, Teddy would occasionally interfere, albeit indirectly. Teddy also became involved when Nate competed against Jefferson Middle School when the students wound up there when P.S. 38 was damaged (but not beyond repair; it fixes in two weeks). During that time, Nate also uncovered Jefferson's weakness. In the mix, Teddy made an enemy in a boy named Nick Blonsky when he stole a camera to start a rigged fight between his two best friends. The event made Teddy conflicted between Wright and Pope, as they were his two best friends, but it was resolved and the trio resumed their friendship.

Fitness Zone

Later still, his school was introduced to a new "Fitness Zone," which he is very upset about. At this point, Nate's luck seems to decrease rapidly, leading to a series of incidents he was not responsible for causing. Teddy was responsible for one of them, since he (accidentally) soaked Wright's book report. However, the tables turned when Nate received a good luck charm, something Ortiz quickly came to believe in when Nate scored an impossibly perfect shot in gym. It is unknown how Teddy felt about the Fitness Zone. Finally, Nate gives the lucky foot back to Chad, only for Mrs Godfrey to steal it. During the following Field Day event, Chad teamed up with a girl named Maya for a much needed victory. They also re-performed their song afterwards.

The Edna Birkdale mystery

As the year continued, Teddy Ortiz helped Nate triumph in the school's Scavenger Hunt. He and his friends sought to uncover the truth about Edna Birkdale, and ultimately succeeded.

Girlfriend (2015)

Main article: Party of Dee Dee Holloway

Teddy began dating Paige at some point. Although Cindy had a crush on him, he did not reciprocate her feelings for him. On 26 January, 2015, Teddy was invited to Dee Dee Holloway's party. Shortly afterwards, Teddy received a phone call from Nate; the latter wanted to learn what had conspired at Dee Dee's home. Teddy informed him that it was the "best party in the history of the universe", something Francis wholeheartedly agreed with. Later, on 14 March, 2016, Teddy attended a very special cartooning club meeting that a professional joined them in. However, Trudy reminded Nate that they had a plan to go rollerskating that same afternoon, leading to the latter's absence.

Physical Appearance

Teddy is of African-Latino descent. He has black eyes and is usually seen wearing red.


There is much evidence that Teddy is an expert jokester,[2][3] which sometimes gets on Nate's nerves. He is also the sporty one of the trio. When it comes to Artur, Teddy is comfortable to have him around, much to Nate's dismay. He is typically up-beat except when he gets in trouble or loses one of his favorite things (Ex: Supa-Sno Tube).


Nate Wright

Nate and Teddy are the best of friends. They met when Teddy moved into town.

Francis Pope

It is very likely that Francis is Teddy's second-best friend (besides Nate).


It is unknown how Trudy met Teddy Ortiz, if at all. However, she is determined to spend time with her friends instead. Whether or not she was trying to avoid Teddy and Francis is unknown.


Paige is Teddy's ex-girlfriend. They broke up after Teddy didn't feel comfortable with her, and are currently good friends.

Behind the Scenes

He is mainly the tritagonist of Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate book series and comic strip.

Like his uncle, he is able to speak Spanish since he taught Nate to say "Mrs. Godfrey is fat" in Spanish (Señora Godfrey es grasa) as of Template:IACBH. Since his parents are math teachers, his middle name is √, so his full name is Teddy Square Root Ortiz.

  • He is a fan of sports and likes sports stars like Yao Ming.

At first, Lincoln Peirce wanted Teddy to be the rival of Nate, but soon he became one of Nate's dearest friends.

  • Teddy is one of the original four characters in Big Nate in the 1990s.
  • His dad is the leader of the Timber Scouts.
  • In Template:FO, it is revealed he is of Mexican origin. It also reveals he is acrophobic (fear of heights).

His first full appearance was in January 27, 1994, however, another Teddy was mentioned before this time.

  • It was shown on May 18, 2003, that a girl named Cindy has a crush on Teddy, however he does not like her back.
  • He used to dates Paige



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Notes and References

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