Annie is an orphan of no definite age, perhaps between ten and twelve. Her distinguishing physical characteristics are a mop of red, curly hair, a red dress and vacant circles for eyes. Her catch phrases are "Gee whiskers" and "Leapin' lizards!" Annie attributes her lasting youthfulness to her Leap Day, February 29, birthday, and so only ages one year in appearance for every four years that pass. Annie is a plucky, generous, compassionate and optimistic youngster who can hold her own against bullies and has a strong and intuitive sense of right and wrong.