Darren Patterson (voiced by Kenny Blank (Kenn Michael) is one of Ginger's best friends.
HistoryDarren lives next door to Ginger and has done since the two were small children. As such, Ginger trusts him just as much as she does Dodie and Macie. Darren is calm, reliable and down to earth though his popularity suffers because of the embarrassing and unwieldy orthodontia. When his headgear is finally removed, Darren instantly became more attractive and popular to his fellow classmates. As a result Darren briefly dates Miranda, though he ultimately declares his love for Ginger when she moves away in Far From Home and they become a couple. Their relationship suffers; when they enter high school, Darren ends up getting together with an older cheerleader named Simone (although he ultimately regrets this). Heartbroken, Ginger decides to cut Darren out of her life entirely.
However in the series finale, though Darren and Simone are shown to still be dating, a sneak peek into the future shows Darren holding an infant daughter who looks like the baby-version of Ginger (albeit with a slightly darker skin tone). This indicates that Ginger and Darren made up and ultimately got back together.
Unlike his father and brother, Will, who are both loud, tough, and into sports, Darren is considered kinder and softer.
PilotDarren, like Dodie and Macie, had some major changes made to his appearance after the pilot aired. Darren originally had pale skin and purple hair and orthodontic headgear that squeaked. Due to complaints that the squeaking was annoying and distracting; however, the show's staff decided against it. His physical appearance was also changed - Darren was given brown hair and darker skin.
- Mrs. Patterson (mother)
- Mr. Patterson (father)
- Will Patterson (brother)
- Ginger Foutley (future wife)
- Sophia Foutley (future daughter)
- Ms. Zorski
- Mr. Cilia
- In Butterflies Are Free, Coach Guardino talked to Darren about Will being a football player at Lucky High School. Darren would end following in his footsteps by playing football as well.