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[[folder: Characters from the original series]]
!!Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley)

* TheAce: Successful, book smart, liked by everyone, and popular with girls.
* BackForTheFinale: A variation. He sends a video of himself congratulating Donna and David on their wedding, while also complementing Kelly in the process.
* BettyAndVeronica: The NiceGuy Betty to Dylan's TroubledButCute Veronica for Kelly's Archie.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigManOnCampus: After his initial difficulties with Beverly Hills, he becomes just as popular as Kelly and Steve.
* CharacterFilibuster: Brandon, on occasion, tends to make long rattling speeches on various topics.
* ChickMagnet: To a ridiculous degree and lampshaded many times. According to his sister, no girl is immune to his charm since when he was 12.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* EightiesHair: In the first couple seasons. The guy even sported a ''freaking mullet'' in The Pilot!
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible to Brenda's foolish. Flip-flopped. HE is the one who got drunk and almost drove as such and he's the one whose car got trashed after he left it outside a seedy nightclub (he was again impaired, though unwittingly; his drink had been spiked with Ectasy)
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic, though not depressive. (shares this with Kelly)
* GentlemanAndAScholar: A very smart student, but also friendly, socially active, and an all-around pleasant person.
* TheHeart: The moral center of the show and the glue that holds the gang together.
%%* TheHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He's best friends with both Steve and Dylan.
* NewTransferStudent: In season 1.
* NiceGuy: Known for being a largely virtuous and morally good guy. Most of the time, anyway.
* OnlySaneMan: More level-headed and reasonable than most of his friends.
* PlatonicLifePartners: How he sees his friendship with Andrea, although she has a crush on him in early seasons.
* PutOnABus: At the start of the season 9, Brandon leaves for Washington after accepting a job offer as a journalist there.
* RedOniBlueOni: The mature and serious Blue Oni to Steve's HotBlooded Red Oni.
* SerialRomeo: With shades of TheCasanova. He has many love interests throughout the series.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive guy to Dylan's manly man.

!!Brenda Walsh (Creator/ShannenDoherty)

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her attraction to TroubledButCute Dylan.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Kelly's Veronica for Dylan's Archie. She was Dylan's first (and stable for a while) girlfriend on the show, while Kelly and Dylan's relationship was more complicated.
* BrainyBrunette: It's mentioned that she gets good grades.
* DaddysGirl: Sometimes her father was protective of her.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In the first four seasons, she was the female lead character, but she gets slightly less focus than her brother.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to Brandon's responsible. To some exent, she was the more rebellious twin, especially later on.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic (shares this with David).
* GirlNextDoor: In the first season, before her character begins to progress into being more rebellious and devious.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Has a close friendship with Kelly, at least before the love triangle with Dylan.
* NaiveNewcomer: In the early episodes of the first season, when she starts befriending Kelly and the others.
* NewTransferStudent: Along with her brother in the first season, since the show starts with their family moving to Beverly Hills.
* PutOnABus: In season 5 via RealLifeWritesThePlot
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin

!!Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)

* AlcoholicParent: Her mother.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: With Dylan.
* BetterAsFriends: How she feels about Steve, although he disagrees (at least in early seasons).
* BettyAndVeronica:
** The Veronica to Brenda's Betty for Dylan's Archie. Brenda was Dylan's first (and stable for a while) girlfriend on the show, while Kelly and Dylan's relationship was more complicated.
** Later the Archie to NiceGuy Brandon's Betty and TroubledButCute Dylan's Veronica.
* BreakoutCharacter: She became the female lead after Brenda left.
* BrokenBird: In later seasons. She goes through a lot on the show, both physically and emotionally.
* CharacterDevelopment: Kelly went from a spoiled rich girl with AlphaBitch tendencies to the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Man]] of the group who was more likable, kindhearted, and willing to help.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Suffers one towards the conclusion of season 7. Incidentally, Jennie Garth was pregnant with her first child around the same time.
* DamselInDistress: Raped, burned, placed in a cult, pregnant/miscarried, addicted to cocaine, shot, and so on. [[DeusAngstMachina The girl needs a hug]].
* DeadpanSnarker: She can be very snide, towards Steve or her other friends.
* DescentIntoAddiction: Suffered a cocaine addiction in season 6, though eventually kicked it.
* DisappearedDad: Her father was a business man who left his ex-wife, Jackie, when Kelly was two years old.
* DudeMagnet: The only one who can compete with Brandon in terms of popularity with the opposite sex. She was loved by pretty much every male character, at different times: she had had a sexual relationship with Steve prior to the start of the show, and he still had feelings for her at the beginning of the show; David had a crush on her in the earlier seasons prior to them becoming step-siblings; and she had relationships with both Dylan and Brandon.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Rich, beautiful, blonde Kelly was the most popular girl in high school.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic (shares this with Brandon)
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brenda and Donna.
* GoodBadGirl: Sleeping with pretty much everyone (but David), but still (generally) sympathetic.
* HiddenDepths: She is more than the typical spoiled rich girl she appears at first (especially in the first season).
* HollywoodHealing: Kelly suffered second-degree burns in a fire at Steve's rave in season 5, though seemed not to have many scars to show for it.
* {{Irony}}: In the first season she tries to hit on both Dylan and Brandon (in two different episodes) but was rejected by both. In later seasons, both guys are in love with her and fighting over her, leading the indecisive Kelly to TakeAThirdOption and reject both of their proposals.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Initially portrayed as a popular, stuck up snob but over the years she grows into a much more likable person.
* NearDeathExperience: Kelly nearly burned to death at the fire at Steve's rave, in the fifth season.
* RapeAsDrama: Was raped in an alley in the penultimate episode of season 9. She later shot the rapist to death when he attempted to assault her again.
* ReallyGetsAround: One of the most infamous examples from this show, due to her promiscuous lifestyle.
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TraumaCongaLine: She probably had the worst luck of all the characters.

!!Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)

* AlliterativeName: '''S'''teve '''S'''anders
* BetterAsFriends: From Kelly's perspective, though he doesn't agree.
* BigManOnCampus: He has money, popularity, and a cool car.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's brash, loud and muscular.
* BookDumb: Not very academically focused, unlike his friend Brandon.
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes, but it's usually PlayedForLaughs
* CasanovaWannabe: Played with, he can be quite the ladies man but not nearly as much as he thinks, since Brandon gets more girls than him.
* DumbBlonde: He has blonde hair but he's more shallow and BookDumb than stupid.
* FalseRapeAccusation: Laura claims Steve raped her. It's not clear if she genuinely felt violated because he both blew her off afterwards and turned out to have been cheating on his girlfriend with her or if she was just trying to get back at him for both of these transgressions, but either way, Kelly gets her to admit that she never told him "no".
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Donna).
* HappilyAdopted: The rich, adopted son of two famous TV stars. Though technically, [[LukeIAmYourFather Rush Sanders turned out to be his biological dad, anyway]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He's probably Brandon's closest friend.
* HopelessSuitor: When he was pining over Kelly in early seasons.
* HotBlooded: Can be very impulsive.
%%* IdleRich
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Immature, brash, and cocky but also a loyal friend for everyone.
* LovableJock: A muscular, athletic, fun-loving student.
* OppositesAttract: He married [[AsianAndNerdy Janet, who was intelligent, resourceful, and organized]]. Their marriage can be akin to an overexcited dog marrying a stoic cat.
* ReallyGetsAround: Less so compared to other character (and averted in early seasons) but he can still qualify. Considering he's been with Kelly, Clare, Valerie, and several other girls, and kissed Andrea. He also later married Janet.
* RedOniBlueOni: The HotBlooded Red to Brandon's serious and mature Blue.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He tends to overestimate himself many times.

!!Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris)

* BrainyBrunette: Has brown hair and is very book-smart.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Concerning Brandon. She doesn't like to see him with other girls.
%%* ControlFreak
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Dylan).
* HolierThanThou: Like Brandon, she has her self-righteous moments.
* HollywoodNerd: She's supposed to be the nerdy newspaper editor of the school, despite being quite pretty.
* HopelessSuitor: To Brandon, in early seasons. She has a hopeless unrequited crush on him.
* GoGetterGirl: While coming from a poor background, she's extremely ambitious and driven to succeed academically.
* JewishAndNerdy: A Jewish girl who is also very studious.
* {{Meganekko}}: Probably because SmartPeopleWearGlasses.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: She once has a nightmare about forgetting to put on her clothes and going to school naked, without noticing until dream!Brandon points it out.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Her friendship with Brandon is this. Despite her initial crush on him, he only sees her as his best female friend.
* PutOnABus: To Yale, after season 5. She only makes rare appearances after that.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her crush on NiceGuy Brandon.
%%* TheSmartGirl
* TeenPregnancy: [[DownplayedExample Downplayed]]. Andrea became pregnant as a freshman in college, making her roughly 18 or 19 at the time (also slightly less believable [[DawsonCasting considering Gabrielle Carteris was ''many'' years removed from her character]]). However, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot this was written in because Andrea's actress was pregnant at the time]].
* YourCheatingHeart: She had an affair in season five while married to Jesse, due to her loneliness and stress in her marriage. While the two seem to mend their issues and [[PutOnABus move to Connecticut for them to attend Yale]], Andrea later reveals that the couple are getting a divorce in season 8.

!!Dylan [=McKay=] (Luke Perry)

* TheAlcoholic: In season 5, Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs come back after the events of the season 4 finale.
* BadassBiker: He rides a Cool motorcycle.
* BadassBookworm: He's very well-read, cultured and still a badass.
* BettyAndVeronica:
** The Archie for Brenda's Betty (his first stable grilfriend) and Kelly's Veronica (the sexy LovableAlphaBitch of the group).
** Later the "bad boy" Veronica to Brandon's NiceGuy Betty for Kelly's Archie.
* BreakoutCharacter: He doesn't even appear in the pilot and ends up being one of the most popular and iconic characters of the series, involved in a love triangle with two of the female protagonists.
* TheBusCameBack: He comes back to Beverly Hills in season 9 and 10.
* TheCharmer: Part of Dylan's charismatic bad boy appeal.
* ChickMagnet: Not as much as Brandon, but he's definitely good at attracting many women. It has also been said that he was target of affection for most girls in high school.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has no problem showing his snarky side and telling people what he thinks about them.
* FreudianExcuse: Con artist dad, New Age hippie mom.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Andrea)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Has this relationship with Brandon for most of the series.
* IneffectualLoner
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He may be tough and anti-social, but he really cares for his friends.
* LonelyRichKid: He's a brooding loner and his parents are never around.
%%* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Roguish to Brandonís Noble Male.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He resembles a young Creator/JamesDean.
* ParentalAbandonment: His family grew divided during Dylan's childhood; his parents separated, and Dylan developed strained relationships with both of them.
* PutOnABus: In season 6, after the death of his wife Toni. TheBusCameBack, though.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: He doesn't appear in the pilot.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The TroubledButCute Manly Man to Brandon's Sensitive Guy.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: He has a snarky side.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Dark-haired, attractive, charming and taller than Brandon.
* TroubledButCute: One of the original and most famous examples. He's portrayed as a aloof, brooding, tough, super-cool bad boy with abandonment issues, and very popular with girls (both in-universe and out).
* WidowedAtTheWedding: [[DownplayedExample Downplayed]]. Dylan and Toni are married without any problems, but Toni is shot and killed by a hitman hired by her father, who intended to kill Dylan instead; this caused Dylan to [[PutOnABus leave Los Angeles]].

!!David Silver (Brian Austin Green)

* AscendedExtra: He was a relatively minor character in season 1, but from season 2 onwards he becomes part of the group and Donna's boyfriend.
* BetaCouple: With Donna in early seasons. They also have the longest-lasting relationship on the show.
* ChickMagnet: In later seasons he becomes popular with girls.
* CoolLoser: In season 1 he was looked down on by Kelly, Steve, and the others just because he was one year younger.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic (shares this with Brenda)
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Initially. In season 1 the others weren't too fond of him (especially Kelly) and he was hardly considered a friend. He gradually grows out of this in season 2, especially after he starts dating Donna.
* HeCleansUpNicely: He goes from dorky and awkward to a handsome ChickMagnet over the years.
* HopelessSuitor: To Kelly in season 1. He has a crush on her but she can't stand him. Ironically he and Kelly become step siblings later on.
* InWithTheInCrowd: Starting in season 2 to the point he stops hanging out with his other unpopular friend Scott (his best friend in season 1).
* InformedJudaism: David is mentioned to be Jewish a couple of times, but this is not really a big plot point.
* JewishAndNerdy: He was definitely geeky in the beginning, though his Jewish background is downplayed, being brought up only a couple of times.
* MissingMom: His mother was mostly absent from his life.
* NiceJewishBoy: He's quite easygoing.
* TagalongKid: Initially he was seen as an annoying younger kid by the popular crowd.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Scott in season 1. Usually appearing together (though David gets more screentime), even in the opening credits. Both were just comic relief minor characters and not part of the main group.

!!Donna Martin (Tori Spelling)

* BetaCouple: With David in early seasons. They also have the longest-lasting relationship on the show.
* BookDumb: She found out that she had a learning disability.
* BreakTheCutie: Starting in season 5, with her abusive boyfriend Ray.
* CharacterDevelopment: She started as Kelly's shallow, ditzy sidekick but later the character's depth was more explored.
%%* TheChick
* DaddysGirl: Donna is much closer to her father than her mother.
* TheDitz: She is extremely ditzy and naive.
* DomesticAbuse: She was repeatedly abused by her boyfriend Ray Pruitt.
* TheFashionista: After college, where she studied fashion design, she opened a boutique with Kelly Taylor.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Steve).
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kelly. They are best friends throughout the show.
* TheIngenue: In contrast to the other characters, she's sweet, innocent, and a virgin.
* HiddenDepths: She may seem a silly character, but she is actually very insecure.
* NiceGirl: The nicest of the girls and probably the most innocent in the entire group.
* UpperClassTwit: Extremely rich but sheltered and not very bright.

!!Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson)

* ADeathInTheLimelight: In "The Next 50 Years" he ends up accidentally killing himself.
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''cott '''S'''canlon
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He doesn't seem to have other friends other than David.
* BackForTheDead: He's seemingly PutOnABus after season 1 (he's removed from the opening credits). After he comes back from Oklahoma, he gets a couple of ADayInTheLimelight episodes, before dying in the middle of season 2.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: When David becomes part of the cool crowd, he starts spending less time with his best friend Scott. He is mentioned a couple of times after his death, but otherwise absent.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With David in season 1. Usually appearing together (though David gets more screentime), even in the opening credits. Both were just comic relief minor characters and not part of the main group.
* TooDumbToLive: The way he dies is a WhatAnIdiot moment. He accidentally shoots himself while fooling around with a loaded gun at his own party.

!!Jim and Cindy Walsh (James Eckhouse and Carol Potter)

* DemotedToExtra: Their role on the show diminished as their children went off to college, and they were basically there to react to whatever they did. Eventually, both were Put on a Bus (or plane) to Hong Kong at the end of season.
* GoodParents: Both are caring parents to Brandon and Brenda.
* HappilyMarried: As a couple, they are stable, although not without their issues (both tempted to have extra-marital affairs in season one).
* MinnesotaNice: The Walsh family in Season 1, shown to be much more polite and down-to-earth than the Beverly Hills natives.
* PutOnABus: After season 5.

!!Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata)

* CommutingOnABus: Nat popped in and out for the show's final season, even though he had very little to do as a main character.
* NiceGuy: He's a good friend or even father figure to everyone in the main cast.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: A recurring character since the beginning. He appears in the opening credits from season 6 onwards.
* TeamDad: Especially after Jim and Cindy leave the show.

!!Valerie Malone (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Spends her first episode acting like an {{Expy}} of [[Series/SavedByTheBell Kelly Kapowski]]. But at the episode's conclusion, she calls her friend in New York and ensuing conversation, reveals that she has nothing but contempt for everyone.
* BrokenBird: She is emotionally troubled due to DarkAndTroubledPast and horrible family situation.
* FalseRapeAccusation: Zigzagged. Valerie accuses Noah of having drugged and raped her. Everyone, knowing the Manipulative Bastard she is, thinks she is lying about this, especially when she files a civil suit for a large sum of money against him. Turns out she was drugged with roofies, and she truly thought Noah had raped her, but that in fact she had been Roofied not by Noah but by someone else. She wins the civil suit, but upon finding out Noah is innocent, she gives him back the money.
* FemmeFatale: As seductive as she is manipulative.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Being the victim of ParentalIncest.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Justified since she sleeps around and causes a lot of trouble for everyone. Kelly particularly hates her.
* ManipulativeBitch: A master of manipulation. She's revealed to be one since her first appearance.
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: she was sexually assaulted by her father multiple times, which led to Valerie killing him, which is the reason Val moved to L.A. in the first place]].
* ReallyGetsAround: All characters qualify to an extent, but Valerie more than everyone else.
* TheReveal: Several retcons are employed for this, but it turns out [[spoiler: Valerie shot and killed her dad]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: We were supposed to always know she was the daughter of friends of Brendon & Brenda's parents.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Brenda. A new girl introduced in the Walsh family after Brenda's departure.
* TheTease: Acts like this around all the male characters.
* TokenEvilTeammate: A sly, cynical, slutty, bad girl who also doubles as TheFriendNobodyLikes.
* TheVamp: A shameless one, though she's not completely evil and some episodes reveal her HiddenDepths.
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone.

!!Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson)

* CharacterDevelopment: At first she was wild-child bad girl, but she eventually matured and became an intricate part of the gang.
* GoodBadGirl: Becomes more sympathetic after a while.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 6 and 7.
* PutOnABus: Leaves the show after season 7.
* RebelliousPrincess: The wild rebellious daughter of a wealthy diplomatic and CU chancellor.
* TheSmartGirl: She's just as smart and academically focused as Brandon and Andrea.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Brandon, initially, but all her attempts to seduce him were unsuccessful.
%%* TheTease
* TeenGenius: Clare entered California University as a college sophomore, despite having graduated from high school only a couple of months earlier

!!Jesse Vasquez (Mark Damon Espinoza)

* PromotedToLoveInterest: Started out as a caterer at the Walsh parents' wedding anniversary, soon became Andrea's boyfriend-turned-husband.
* SatelliteCharacter/SatelliteLoveInterest: He was simply Andrea's husband, and had little interactions with anyone else outside her.
* TokenMinority: Jesse is the only non-white main character on the show, though only for a season.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheated on Andrea whilst at a meeting in Kansas City.

!!Ray Pruit (Jamie Walters)

* TheBusCameBack: Twice. Ray returned late in Season 6 when the video company Donna and David were working for assigned them to do his video; Donna was terrified of him, but soon met his new fiancé and learned he was in therapy to deal with his anger issues, [[AmicableExes and they parted on friendly terms]]. Ray also made another appearance in Season 7, called in by the gang when David had a breakdown in Las Vegas, and was critical of them for not stepping in and helping him during his downward spiral.
* DomesticAbuser: He pushed Donna against a wall, and down the stairs. Ray later attempted to assault Donna at the beach house, only to get his ass kicked by Donna's then-boyfriend Joe.
* FakeGuestStar: In the fifth season, he appears in most of the episodes from his first appearance in episode 5.
* FreudianExcuse: His mother was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], whilst his father was an abuser who later ran out on the family.
* ManipulativeBastard: Ray's charm often led Donna back to him, despite his abusive behavior.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: In season 6, for half the season.
* PutOnABus: Left town after his trial against Joe Bradley was dismissed.
* StreetPerformer: Downplayed. Ray is a musician who usually plays for small audiences.

!!Noah Hunter (Vincent Young)

* TheAlcoholic: After his assets was confiscated by the IRS, Noah descended into a drunken depression that led to reckless driving charges and other acts which almost cost him Donna's love, before he cleaned himself up and focused on running the PPAD.
* CoolBoat: Where he lives.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A former alcoholic, he drove drunk one time and ended in a car wreck that killed his girlfriend. He only escaped jail time due to his wealthy father's connections, but feels horrible about it.
* {{Expy}}: Of Dylan. A strange example, considering both were on the show at the same time.
* RichBoredom: He is wealthy, though he lives modestly (on a boat) and isn't particularly enamored with material possessions.
* TroubledButCute: Having a dark past, he tends to attract many girls, including Donna and Valerie.

!!Carly Reynolds (Hilary Swank)

* CountryMouse: Carly's originally from Montana.
* GlamorousSingleMother: Comparatively. Carly's not bad-looking and she hangs out with the likes of Steve and his friends.
* PutOnABus: After only sixteen episodes, no less. Carly goes back to Montana with her son to take care of her ailing father.

!!Janet Sosna (Lindsay Price)

* AsianAndNerdy: Janet is one of the most intelligent and down-to-earth characters on the show, and is of Japanese ancestry (the actress, Lindsay Price, is half-Korean in RealLife).
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Steve, whom [[spoiler: she later married]].
* ControlFreak: When things don't go her way, Janet tends to freak out and can prove to be controlling.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Her parents wanted her to marry someone who was of Japanese descent, and were vehemently against her relationship with Steve, even cutting her off because of it. They later come around at [[spoiler: the birth of Janet and Steve's daughter Madeline]].
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: To Steve]].
* ImperiledInPregnancy: [[spoiler: Janet and her daughter Madeline initially suffered complications after the birth, though pulled through]].
* OppositesAttract: Janet's often conservative lifestyle compared to Steve's lackadaisical personality, a match akin to a cat and a dog.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Starting in season 9.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: At the beginning of the ninth season, continuing into the tenth.

!!Matt Durning (Daniel Cosgrove)

* CrusadingLawyer: He was always there when the gang needed him for legal reasons, such as Noah's drunk driving charges, Valerie's self-defense plea, and David's bogus statutory rape charge.
* TheGenericGuy: When compared to the other guys, Matt seems [[VanillaProtagonist bland]]. It seems the one time he did have a personality was when he got high at a campfire retreat and [[spoiler: slept with Amy]].
* OopsIForgotIWasMarried: He was married to a woman named Lauren, who was institutionalized for schizophrenia.
* TheRival: To Dylan, as both were in love with Kelly.
* YourCheatingHeart: Matt slept with a girl while at a retreat, which contributed to Kelly's breakup with him.

!!Gina Kincaid (Vanessa Marcil)

* AbusiveParents: Her mother was very resentful of her sister's lifestyle and wasn't particularly caring towards Gina. Whereas her father turned out to be [[spoiler: Dr. Martin]], so he wasn't in the picture when she was growing up.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her most notable relationship was with Dylan, our Byronic local bad boy. However, she did date [[NiceGuy David]] for some time.
* DisappearedDad: Gina's father didn't seem to be in the picture. However, [[spoiler: shortly before his death, Dr. Martin was revealed to be Gina's biological father, a product of an affair he had with his wife's sister in the '70s]].
* {{Jerkass}}: She has a bit of a bad attitude, and gets on everyone's nerves pretty quickly.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gina wasn't ''completely'' terrible as a person.
* KickTheDog: At the receiving end by her own aunt, who told her ''to her face'' that [[spoiler: Dr. Martin's]] death was somehow her fault.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Dr. Martin is her biological father, thus making Donna both her cousin ''and'' half-sister]].
* ManipulativeBitch: She once helped her mother scam her aunt for money, out of spite. She seems to be very manipulative when she wants to be.
* PutOnABus: Towards the end of the series, Gina leaves L.A. after [[spoiler: her father's funeral]], and intends to continue her career elsewhere.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Introduced as Donna's cousin, though was never mentioned in the ''eight'' seasons before her introduction.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Gina and Valerie are very similar. Like Valerie, Gina appears to be a wholesome girl who turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing, and quickly becomes a ManipulativeBitch who ReallyGetsAround, who is the ([[RememberTheNewGuy previously unmentioned]]) relative of a main character, and has a bitter rivalry with Kelly. The icing on the cake? Gina arrives the ''very next episode'' after Val left L.A.


[[folder: Characters from the sequel series]]

!!Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes)

%%* AuthorAppeal
* BeneathTheMask: Pointed out by Liam saying that the whole good-girl routine that she was displaying in front of him was just a mask covering the frustration, jealousy, rage and anger that she's hiding.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Naomi's Veronica for Ethan's Archie in season 1.
* BreakTheCutie: At the end of season 1, she suffers a major fallout from her peers after Naomi falsely accuses her of sleeping with Liam and narcing out to the police about the after-prom party at Naomi's house. Even getting into a hit-and-run accident, resulting in the death of a homeless man who happens to be the uncle of her then-boyfriend Jasper.
** BrokenBird: Slides into this in the beginning of season 2 while still suffering a falling out with her friends, popularity, getting into a hit-and-run accident and having a naked photo of her surfacing around the school in the process.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Gentle Girl to Liam's Brooding Boy.
* DudeMagnet: According to Dixon, almost every guy at their old school in Kansas had a crush on Annie.
* {{Expy}}: Of Brenda Walsh.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible to Dixon's foolish.
%%* GirlNextDoor
* GoodBadGirl: Apparently, she claims that she's not the good girl that she appears to be.
* HappilyEverAfter: With [[spoiler:Liam]] in the finale.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Naomi and Silver.
* HighClassCallGirl: She works as an escort in season 4. Averted however, as she only ends up sleeping with one man, whom she ends up dating.
%%* NaiveEverygirl
* NaiveNewcomer: At the start of the series.
* NewTransferStudent: Start of the series.
* NiceGirl: She is generally a nice, down-to-earth, wholesome girl.
* TeensAreShort: she is 5'3'' and very petite.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Naomi in season 1.

!!Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds)

* TheAce
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigManOnCampus
* BlackBestFriend: To Navid, and Liam.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/SouthOfNowhere Scott Carlin]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to Annie's responsible.
* FunctioningAddict: He becomes addicted to ADHD medication in season 4. He uses them to help him work.
* HappilyAdopted: by the Dixons.
* LovableJock: He's a lacrosse player and very nice.
* NaiveNewcomer: At the start of the series.
* NewTransferStudent: at the start of the series.
* NiceGuy
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Liam's Manly Man.
* SurferDude: he enjoys surfing
* TokenMinority: he is the only African-American main character in the series.

!!Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup)

* AlcoholicParent: Her and Kelly's mother.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: She's half-Jewish on her father's side, though it's never brought up.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Silver is a nice girl, but if anyone ever offends her, she would intentionally insult people on her blog call ''The Vicious Circle'' by posting mean videos, animated shorts or comments for everyone to see.
* BreakTheCutie: In season 1 with her bipolar disorder. Made even worse in the series finale when she's [[spoiler: diagnosed with cancer]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DisappearedDad
* DudeMagnet: She's been romantically involved with the five main men on the show.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Her and Naomi were best friends up until middle school when Naomi betrayed her by telling everyone about her parents' sex tape. Thankfully, they've patched things up at the end of the first season.
%%* GranolaGirl
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Annie.
* HugeSchoolGirl: she is 5'8
* LastNameBasis: She prefers to be called by her last name Silver, but she doesn't seem to mind when her mother calls her by her first name Erin even though she does call her Silver later episode an the season.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
%%* TheSnarkKnight
%%* TallDarkAndBishoujo
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky

!!Naomi Clark (Annalynne [=McCord=])

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: With Liam.
* AlphaBitch: Naomi's not that bad. She genuinely has a nicer side, but would still act like a bitch if anyone has ever hurt or betrayed her in anyway.
** LovableAlphaBitch: Slides into this in the later seasons.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Annie's Betty for Ethan's Archie in season 1.
%%* BookDumb
* BreakoutCharacter: she gets a bigger role in the series by the end.
* CharacterDevelopment: She developed into a more nicer person during the course of the show, despite having cruel tendencies.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Towards Ethan when he was dating Annie in season 1.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* EveryoneLovesBlondes
* EvilFormerFriend: Of Silver's, but the two finally patch things up at the end of the first season.
* {{Expy}}: Of Kelly Taylor from the original series.
%%* TheFashionista
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Annie and Adrianna.
* HiddenDepths: Although she comes across as a snobby airhead, she's a good person at heart and very protective of her friends.
%%* HotBlooded
* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: The light to Adrianna's dark.
* TheMillstone: She has a bad habit of making things worse whenever she tries to help.
* OddFriendship: With Ivy in seasons 2-4.
* RichBitch: she often brags about her money, and only wears designer clothes.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: she switches between these two personalities often.
%%* UpperClassTwit
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Annie in season 1.

!!Ethan Ward (Dustin Milligan)

* TheAce
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet
* TheGenericGuy: The reason why nobody really missed when he left.
* LovableJock
%%* NiceGuy
* PutOnABus: He moves to Montana in season 2.
* SatelliteCharacter: Besides having an autistic brother, the show never really delved into Ethan's background.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He only lasted only one season without having any character development at all and is never mentioned again throughout the show's run.
* YourCheatingHeart: He was cheating on Naomi with someone else in the first season.

!!Adrianna Tate-Duncan (Jessica Lowndes)

* AscendedExtra: She was billed as a recurring character in season 1, but became a series regular in the second season.
* BiTheWay: She enters in a bisexual relationship with Gia in the second season, though the relationship doesn't last.
* BrokenAce: In the first season, she was on top of the popularity food chain with her career as an actress, but dealt with a lot of drama with her drug addiction and her unplanned pregnancy.
* CharacterDevelopment: She started off as a troubled actress in the first season who struggled with her drug addiction and her pregnancy, but in the later seasons, she gotten better and is no longer the "Drama Adrianna" we knew before.
%%* DisappearedDad
* FormerChildStar: her mother pressures her into pursuing the fame she once had as a child.
* [[GiveHimANormalLife Give Her A Normal Life]]: She gave her daughter Maisie up for adoption after giving birth to her.
%%* GoodBadGirl
* HappilyEverAfter: With [[spoiler:Navid]].
%%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Naomi.
* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: The dark to Naomi's light.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Liam.
* ManipulativeBitch: She was called this by Silver after she leaked a demo of Michaela's song and says that she hasn't changed a bit since high school.
* PromBaby: She gives birth to her daughter Maisie on prom night.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
* RecoveredAddict: after she finishes rehab in season 1.
* ReformedButRejected: Despite saying that she's changed her ways, she's coldly rejected by her friends in season 4 after her fallout with fame and swapping Silver's bipolar medication with unknown meds.
* SuddenlySexuality: In season 2, though it didn't last very long.
* TeenPregnancy: In season 1, she becomes pregnant with her daughter Maisie after a one-night stand with Ty.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In season 3 with her newfound fame.
%%* UpperClassTwit

!!Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger)

%%* TheAce
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Teddy's Veronica for Adrianna's Archie.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BigManOnCampus
* BollywoodNerd
* HappilyEverAfter: With [[spoiler:Adrianna]].
%%* NiceGuy
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: He was the head of The Blaze at West Bev High.
%%* SpoiledSweet
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TokenMinority: he is of Iranian descent.

!!Liam Court (Creator/MattLanter)

* AbusiveParents: His stepfather. See FreudianExcuse.
* BadassBiker
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Brooding Boy to Annie's Gentle Girl.
* TheCharmer: Due his bad boy charm.
* ChickMagnet: He's hardly ever short of female attention. This becomes especially common in season 4 when he becomes a model.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Expy}}: Shares some aspects with Dylan [=McKay=].
* FreudianExcuse: He's been abused by his stepfather so many times, which could be the reason for his bad boy behaviour.
* HappilyEverAfter: With [[spoiler:Annie]] in the finale.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his tough, hostile exterior, he is a loyal, caring guy.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Adrianna.
* LonelyRichKid
* MrFanservice: He gets a lot of shirtless scenes.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Dixon's Sensitive Guy.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TookALevelInKindness: In season 2 he starts to show his nicer, sensitive side.
* TroubledButCute: A reformed bad boy with {{Parental Issues}} who is still gorgeous and popular with girls.

!!Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan)

* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Navid's Betty for Adrianna's Archie.
* TheCharmer
%%* TheDandy
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* IdleRich
* MissingMom: Like Silver, he also lost his mother to cancer to the show's prior.
* NiceGuy
%%* PreppyName
* PrettyBoy
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He was first introduced in season 2 as Adrianna's first boyfriend from her past.
* StraightGay
%%* SuddenlySexuality: In season 3.
%%* UpperClassTwit

!!Ivy Sullivan (Gillian Zinser)

* AscendedExtra: In season 2.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Naomi's Veronica for Liam's Archie.
* BrokenBird: Right after Raj's death in season 4.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She disappeared in season 5 without explanation.
* CuteBruiser
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: her dad is not really in her life, as her parents are divorced, and her dad is remarried with a new family.
* GranolaGirl
* TheLadette
* OddFriendship: With Naomi in seasons 3-4.
* OneOfTheBoys: She hangs out with the guys more than the girls.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 3.
* {{Tomboy}}

!!Harry Wilson (Rob Estes)

* HappilyMarried: To Debbie until season 3 when they file for divorce.
%%* HotTeacher
%%* PapaBear
* PutOnABus: In season 3 after his divorce from Debbie.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Is the princial of West Bev High in seasons 1-2.
* RememberTheNewGuy: We're told that he was Kelly Taylor's neighbor and longtime friend, but was never mentioned or seen in the original series.

!!Debbie Wilson (Lori Loughlin)

* HappilyMarried: To Harry until season 3 when they file for divorce.
* MamaBear: Towards Dixon when he was dating Sasha.
* PutOnABus: In season 4, she moves to Paris with Ryan Matthews.

!!Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold)

%%* HotForTeacher
* HotTeacher
* PutOnABus: In season 4.
* SternTeacher: despite being young and cool, he's also strict.

!!Jen Clark (Sara Foster)

* BitchInSheepsClothing: acts nice to everybody, but is actually very manipulative and scheming.
* CoolBigSister: To Naomi, initially.
%%* TheFashionista
%%* FemmeFatale
* ManipulativeBitch: Kelly Taylor sees her for who she is.
* PutOnABus: Around season 4.
* ReallyGetsAround: She had multiple partners on the show.
%%* RichBitch
%%* SmugSnake
%%* TheTease
%%* UpperClassTwit
%%* TheVamp

!!Jasper Herman (Zachary Ray Sherman)

%%* LoveMakesYouEvil
* StalkerWithACrush: Towards Annie.
* {{Yandere}}: Has shades of this over Annie.

!!Kimberly Macintyre (Jessica Lucas)

* ActionGirl: She's an undercover police officer.
* HotforTeacher: Had a romantic relationship with Mr. Matthews, though she isn't really a teenager.
* {{Jerkass}}: Acts this way towards Annie when they meet.