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

* TheAce
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Dylan's Veronica for Kelly's Archie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigManOnCampus
* ChickMagnet
* DeadpanSnarker
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible to Brenda's foolish
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic, though not depressive. (shares this with Kelly)
* GentlemanAndAScholar
* TheHeart
* TheHero
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With both Steve and Dylan.
* NewTransferStudent
* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Andrea.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Steve's Red Oni.
* SerialRomeo
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive guy to Dylan's manly man.

!!Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty)

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Dylan and others.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Kelly's Veronica for Dylan's Archie.
* BrainyBrunette
* DaddysGirl
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* 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
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kelly and Donna.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The light to Kelly's dark.
* NaiveNewcomer
* NewTransferStudent
* PutOnABus: In season 5 via RealLifeWritesThePlot
* RavenHairIvorySkin

!!Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)

* AlcoholicParent: Her mother.
* BetterAsFriends: With Steve.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Brenda's Betty for Dylan's Archie.
** Later the Archie to Brandon's Betty and Dylan's Veronica.
* BreakoutCharacter: She became the female lead after Brenda left.
* BrokenBird: In later seasons.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad
* DistressedDamsel
* DudeMagnet
* EveryoneLovesBlondes
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic (shares this with Brandon)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brenda and Donna.
* GoodBadGirl
* HiddenDepths
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The dark to Brenda's light.
* LovableAlphaBitch
* ReallyGetsAround
* SchoolIdol
* SpoiledSweet
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* {{Tsundere}}

!!Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)

* AlliterativeName
* BetterAsFriends: From Kelly's perspective, though he doesn't agree.
* TheBigGuy
* BigManOnCampus
* BoisterousBruiser
* BookDumb
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes.
* CasanovaWannabe
* DumbBlonde
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Donna).
* HappilyAdopted
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brandon.
* HopelessSuitor: To Kelly.
* HotBlooded
* IdleRich
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LovableJock
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Brandon's Blue.
* SmallNameBigEgo

!!Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris)

* BrainyBrunette
* ClingyJealousGirl: Concerning Brandon.
* ControlFreak
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Dylan).
* HolierThanThou
* HollywoodNerd
* HopelessSuitor: To Brandon.
* GoGetterGirl
* JewishAndNerdy
* {{Meganekko}}
* 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: With Brandon.
* PutOnABus: In season 6.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Brandon.
* TheSmartGirl

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

* TheAlcoholic: In season 5.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie for Brenda's Betty and Kelly's Veronica.
** Later the Veronica to Brandon's Betty for Kelly's Archie.
* BreakoutCharacter
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet
* DeadpanSnarker
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Andrea)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brandon.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LonelyRichKid
* ParentalAbandonment
* PutOnABus: In season 6.
** TheBusCameBack: In season 9.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly man to Brandon's sensitive guy.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TroubledButCute

!!David Silver (Brian Austin Green)

* AscendedExtra
* BetaCouple: With Donna.
* ChickMagnet: In later seasons.
* CoolLoser
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic (shares this with Brenda)
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Initially.
* HeCleansUpNicely
* HopelessSuitor: To Kelly in season 1.
* InWithTheInCrowd
* JewishAndNerdy: He was definitely geeky in the beginning.
* MissingMom
* NiceJewishBoy
* TagalongKid: Initially at least.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Scott in season 1.

!!Donna Martin (Tori Spelling)

* BetaCouple: With David.
* BookDumb
* BreakTheCutie: Starting in season 5.
* CharacterDevelopment: She started as Kelly's shallow, ditzy sidekick but later the character's depth was more explored.
* TheChick
* TheDitz
* DomesticAbuse: She was repeatedly abused by her boyfriend Ray Pruitt.
* TheFashionista
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Steve).
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kelly.
* HiddenDepths
* NiceGirl
* SpoiledSweet
* UpperClassTwit

!!Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson)

* ADeathInTheLimelight
* AlliterativeName
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* BackForTheDead
* ForgottenFallenFriend
* ThoseTwoGuys: With David in season 1.

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

* GoodParents
* HappilyMarried
* PutOnABus

!!Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata)

* NiceGuy
* PromotionToOpeningTitles
* TeamDad: Especially after Jim and Cindy leave the show.

!!Valerie Malone (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BrokenBird
* FemmeFatale
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Being the victim of ParentalIncest.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes
* ReallyGetsAround: All characters qualify to an extent, but Valerie more than everyone else.
* RememberTheNewGuy: We were supposed to always know she was Brandon and Brenda's cousin.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Brenda.
* TheTease
* TokenEvilTeammate
* TheVamp
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone.

!!Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson)

* CharacterDevelopment
* GoodBadGirl
* HotBlooded
* PromotionToOpeningTitles
* PutOnABus: After season 7.
* RebelliousPrincess
* TheSmartGirl
* StalkerWithACrush: To Brandon, initially.
* TheTease
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[[folder: Characters from the spin-off 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.
* 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 Liam in the finale.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Naomi and Silver.
* NaiveEverygirl
* NaiveNewcomer
* NewTransferStudent: Start of the series.
* TeensAreShort
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Naomi in season 1.

!!Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds)

* TheAce
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigManOnCampus
* {{Expy}}: Of [[SouthOfNowhere Scott Carlin]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish to Annie's responsible.
* HappilyAdopted
* LovableJock
* NaiveNewcomer
* NewTransferStudent
* NiceGuy
* SurferDude
* TokenMinority

!!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
* 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.
* 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.
* BlondesAreEvil: Subverted.
* BookDumb
* BreakoutCharacter
* 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.
* 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.
* OddFriendship: With Ivy in seasons 2-4.
* RichBitch
** SpoiledSweet: In the later seasons.
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* UpperClassTwit
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Annie in season 1.

!!Ethan Ward (Dustin Milligan)

* TheAce
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet
* TheGenericGuy
* 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
* [[GiveHimANormalLife Give Her A Normal Life]]: She gave her daughter Maisie up for adoption after giving birth to her.
* GoodBadGirl
* HappilyEverAfter: With 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
* 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
* HappilyEverAfter: With Adrianna.
* NiceGuy
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: He was the head of The Blaze at West Bev High.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TokenMinority

!!Liam Court (Matt Lanter)

* AbusiveParents: His stepfather. See FreudianExcuse.
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet
* 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 behavior.
* HappilyEverAfter: With Annie in the finale.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Adrianna.
* LonelyRichKid
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TroubledButCute

!!Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan)

* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Navid's Betty for Adrianna's Archie.
* 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.
* SpoiledSweet
* 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.
* BrotherChuck: She disappeared in season 5 without explanation.
* CuteBruiser
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad
* GranolaGirl
* TheLadette
* OddFriendship: With Naomi in seasons 3-4.
* OneOfTheBoys
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 3.
* [[SurferDude Surfer Dudette]]
* {{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

!!Jen Clark (Sara Foster)

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BlondesAreEvil
* CoolBigSister: To Naomi, initially.
* TheFashionista
* FemmeFatale
* ManipulativeBitch
* PutOnABus: Around season 4.
* ReallyGetsAround
* 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.
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