The Orphans are Annie's friends from the orphanage in which she used to live. There are many of them but the main six are Molly, Kate, Tessie, Pepper, Duffy, and July. They get along well sometimes, fighting occasionally. Molly is the youngest of the orphans at age 6 . Pepper is the meanest and bossiest of the orphans at age 12 . She acts like she does not care but deep down cares for her fellow orphans . July is the sweetest of the orphans and somewhat the prettiest . She and Duffy are the oldest at age 13 and they act as mother figures to the other orphans . Tessie is a whiny ten year old girl and Kate is the second youngest in most additions. There was a planned orphan named Mickey that was a wisecracking little girl' but she was never added into any of the adaptations . The girls are pretty smart and often outwit the headmistress of the orphanage ' Ms . Hannagin .