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[[folder: Serena van der Woodsen]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:Creator/BlakeLively as Serena van der Woodsen]]
-->"''Gossip Girl is going down!''"

The IT girl of the Upper West Side. Cheerful and carefree, fun and spirited. When the show starts she returns to Manhattan after spending time at a boarding school.

* AbsoluteCleavage
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Blair, often without even trying.
* [[AllWorkVsAllPlay All Play]]: The fun-loving free spirit to Blair's hard-working, scheming, queen.
* ApologisesALot
* BeautyMark
* CoolBigSis: To Eric and also Jenny in the first few seasons, until they liked the same guy.
* DistressedDamsel: The fact that being in a car crash thanks to wolves roaming New York, being conned by her boyfriend, and her mother having her arrested for stealing a bracelet are ''not'' the best examples of why she fits this trope should tell you something.
* DumbBlonde
** Downplayed in the early seasons. She is a nice, free-spirited girl, whose intelligence appears to be lower compared to most of her peers', but seems rather average. [[TookALevelInDumbass After several seasons, however, she grows into this trope]].
** Double subverted in regards to her academic career. Serena made good grades her last two years of high school, and won admission to ''three'' [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Ivy League universities.]] It's however explicitly said that she was wanted there not because of her academic prowess, but because of her fame in the UES society.
* EasilyForgiven: Slightly subverted. She took Blair's boyfriend's virginity, then moved to Connecticut without telling Blair she was leaving, then ignored Blair's calls, texts and e-mails for a year even though she knew Blair's parents were getting a divorce (due to Blair's father leaving her mother for another man) and Blair's father was moving away to France. Blair did give her hell and humiliated her in public, but then forgave her after a few episodes. Not for the last time, either.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes
* FallenPrincess: The final season teasers implies her to be this. Then again, NeverTrustATrailer.
* FanService: Many fans consider her breasts to be characters in their own right.
* TheFashionista
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine.
* GagBoobs
* GoodBadGirl
* HappilyMarried: Implied in the finale to be her future with [[spoiler:Dan]].
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Blair.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Serena decides whether a person is good or bad by the following criteria: They like me - they're good. They don't like me - they're bad.
* InLoveWithLove: Season three and onward.
* InSeriesNickname: S.
* InformedAttractiveness: She is treated as THE ultimate beauty of the circle by most of the characters, despite the cast being full of other very attractive actresses.
* ItsAllAboutMe: At first it seems a bit like an InformedFlaw, as the world is mostly set by revolving around her and if she doesn't react quickly enough, her judgmental boyfriend or insecure best friend will accuse her of being conceited. But as the seasons roll over it becomes increasingly true.
* LateForSchool: Basically a trademark in the books. Carries over to the show every once in a while.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The Light to Blair's Dark.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Let's see... Two teachers, her best friend's boyfriend, an ex-con, two con artists, a HaremSeeker, a married man... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Dan.]] It's even lampshaded early in the series, how an uncharacteristically good guy he is for being one of Serena's choices, but in the end of the series it's no longer necessarily true.
* MistakenForPregnant: After she ends up on Gossip Girl while buying pregnancy tests for Blair in season one.
* MsFanService: Once in a blue moon Creator/BlakeLively appears in something that actually covers her legs and/or her boobs.
* NiceGirl
* OneBornEveryMinute: Gets conned by her boyfriend in late season two.
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalIssues
* PreppyName
* PrettyInMink: Wore a white fur stole for the would-be photo shoot in "Kids Stay In the Picture".
* ReallyGetsAround
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Blair.
* SerialRomeo: From season two and onward.
* ShesGotLegs: Hell to the yes.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Dan in season one.
* SpoiledSweet: One of the best examples in the show, especially compaired to Blair.
* StatuesqueStunner: Even the show itself points this out in "The Magnificent Archibalds":
-->'''Aaron''': Serena's life is complicated?
-->'''Dan''': Yeah. I don't know about you but the Serena I know has long, flowing blonde hair, towers over both of us?
* StrongFamilyResemblance: All the Rhodes women (except for somewhat color coded for being the BlackShip Carol) are tall, slender blond beauties.
* TeacherStudentRomance: With Colin Forrester in season four.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In late season 5, when the world stop revolving around her. She backstabs Blair (unprovoked this time) and her young cousin Lola out of jealousy.
* UptownGirl: To Dan.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blair Waldorf]]
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[[caption-width-right:266:LeightonMeester as Blair]]
-->"''I am not a stop along the way. I am a destination.''"

Serena's BFF (and occasional rival). The preppy queen of Constance Billard, always with a crew of minions around her. Ruthless and elitist yet very much a loving friend and girlfriend. Although if you ask Dan Humphrey she's a 95-pound, doe-eyed, bonmot-tossing, label-whoring package of girly evil.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The love of her life turns out to be Chuck Bass and not Nate Archibald.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* AlphaBitch: In season one.
* BadassPrincess
* BelligerentSexualTension: Chuck and Blair.
** Later on, [[spoiler:Dan and Blair]]
* TheBGrade: Gets a B in season two and goes after the teacher who gave her the grade. She needs straight As to get into Yale.
** In season one, she's unhappy because she only made 2200 on the practice exam for the SATs, even though Serena points out that that's in the 90th percentile.
* BetterAsFriends: Her and Nate.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakoutCharacter
* BrutalHonesty: Obviously not when lying or conspiring, but when she gives an actual opinion is usually in this manner.
* TheCorrupter: To Jenny, Chuck did some too, but it was mostly her.
* DaddysGirl: Even though her father moved to another continent with his new lover.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare
* DefrostingIceQueen
* {{Determinator}}
* FallenPrincess: When rumors about her being pregnant by either Nate or Chuck hit Gossip Girl.
* FanService: Often appears wearing sexy lingerie.
* TheFashionista
* FishOutOfWater: At NYU.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]: With Chuck, as of the finale.
* HelloNurse
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Serena.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* InSeriesNickname: Queen B, or just B.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Big time, but went UpToEleven in season five.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JustFriends: From what used to be a CrackShip, in Season 4 they have started to develop a snarky, SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, BelligerentSexualTension styled version of this with Dan.
* KickTheDog: Her treatment of Dan usually qualifies.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The Dark to Serena's Light.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Chuck.
* LovableAlphaBitch
* LoveMartyr: For Chuck Bass. Then in late season three she realises it's not healthy to love someone so much that you'd prostitute yourself for them and breaks up with him.
** Then, in Season 5, she realizes she'll probably never get over him and decides she wants to be with him anyway. Ironically, by that time his CharacterDevelopment has turned the trope around and he's been a LoveMartyr for her for about two seasons.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: When Yale kicked her out.
* MamaBear: For the members of the Non-Judging Breakfast Club.
** Also, Eric fairly often and Jenny in the past.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]
* MistakenForPregnant: Brings about her social downfall in season one.
* MoralMyopia: Puts the onus on Dan for driving Serena away late in season 6... even though she was responsible for instigating it in the first place because she didn't like them as a couple.
* NeverMyFault: Probably a result of being raised around the same tendency in her mother.
* OddFriendship: With Dan
* OlderSidekick: Dorota, her Polish maid.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Most people who go to college actually attend classes.
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalIssues
* PreppyName: Blair herself and her actress, Leighton Meester.
* PrincessInRags: Occasionally.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* ReadyForLovemaking: Once for Nate, at least three times for Chuck, and several times with [[spoiler:Dan.]]
* RichBitch
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Serena.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Blair plays chess with Dorota.
* TeamMom
* TookALevelInKindness
** [[TookALevelInJerkass (Re)Took A Level In Jerkass]]: In season 5, kind of. She is not more of a jerk than before, she just loses many of the good qualities that've been making her likable before.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.
* TheUnfavorite: Blair's mother prefers Serena.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Chuck.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Chuck Bass]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass]]
-->"''Dude. I’m Chuck Bass. Even ''Europeans'' must know what that means.''"

Serena's brother (through adoption) and Blair's main love interest. The richest character on the show and also the most ruthless. Spends most of his time brooding in fancy suits while sipping scotch and plotting somebody's downfall.

* AbusiveParents
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade
* AntiHero
* AttemptedRape: Twice in the pilot episode, no less.
* {{Badass}}
** CulturedBadass
** HeartbrokenBadass
* BelligerentSexualTension: Chuck and Blair.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Serena's brother Eric. He seems to genuinely like him and was accepting of him during his coming out.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: The show likes to hint at this being the case with Chuck.
* [[MillionairePlayboy Billionaire Playboy]]
* BrainsAndBondage
* BreakoutCharacter
* BrilliantButLazy
* ButtMonkey: Most characters (including his family) treat him like crap and never feel bad about it. Not that he doesn't bring it on himself at times.
* ByronicHero: If he wasn't before, season 4 is turning him into one of these.
* TheCasanova
* CatchPhrase: "''I'm Chuck Bass''."
* TheChessmaster
* CrazyJealousGuy: He's even lampshaded it himself.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare
* {{Determinator}}
* DrowningMySorrows
* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* FakeAmerican: Played by British Ed Westwick.
* FatalFlaw: Mention the magic words, "Bart would(n't) be proud" and Chuck will do ''anything'' to get back to where he thinks his father would want him to be.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric.
* FreudianExcuse
* HandsomeDevil
* HappilyAdopted: By Lily. He gets along with her better than either he gets along with his biological father or she with her biological children.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]: With Blair, as of the finale.
* HaremSeeker
* TheHedonist: When he's not with Blair.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* HotBlooded
* HotGuysAreBastards
* ItsAllAboutMe: He falls into this mindset quite often.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KarmaHoudini: Though not as bad as most characters on the show. True he does a lot of bad things but he oftentimes gets his comeuppance, like for instance losing Blair multiple times due to his own schemes (which would be a aversion of this trope).
** It's arguable whether this applies to him re: attempting to rape Serena and Jenny. The first example got him kneed in the crotch and the second got him punched in the face, however he never faces any legal repercussions.
** Applying the trope in a more general sense for the character as a whole, he probably lands on the side of averting the trope. He does a lot of bad things, like all characters on the show, but he also ends up losing his father ([[spoiler:only for said father to later return from the dead, take away the company Chuck has worked hard for and then try to kill him]], loses his company on more than one occasion, gets conned by his uncle and a woman pretending to be his long lost mother, gets shot, has all his friends turn their backs on him, nearly dies in a car accident... Basically, Chuck may do more bad things than the other characters but he also suffers a lot more than the other characters, meaning karma might actually be working just fine in his case.
* LadykillerInLove
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Blair is this to him.
* LoveMartyr: Becomes this to Blair in the second half of season four and all of season five.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: When he lost Blair in late season three.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralityPet: Monkey.
* MrFanservice
* OddFriendship: With Nate.
** And Dan. [[spoiler: At least until he figures out Dan sent the video about Blair declaring her love for Chuck.]]
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalIssues
* ThePornomancer
* QuickNip
* ReallyGetsAround
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Wear Both Pink And Purple]]
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly man to Nate's sensitive guy.
* SexyManInstantHarem
* SharpDressedMan: In season one his wardrobe was rather varied... to say the least. It got more subdued in season two, and by season three he only ever wears suits outside his penthouse.
* SmugSnake
* StalkingIsLove: Re: Blair.
* TinMan
* TokenEvilTeammate
* TookALevelInKindness: While he's still no saint by any means, he lets go of some of his more unscrupulous tendencies as of season 5.
* TroubledButCute
* TheUnfettered
* WellDoneSonGuy
* WickedCultured
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Blair.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Nate Archibald]]
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[[caption-width-right:305:Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald]]
-->"''Affairs with married people, love triangles... Just so happens everyone's problems are within my area of expertise.''"

The fourth member of the show's core four (aka the Non-Judging Breakfast Club). Chuck's best friend, Blair's former boyfriend and Serena's occasional love interest. Comes with a large dose of family drama, a fair dose of stupidity and dashing manbangs.

* BetterAsFriends: Him and Blair.
* BigManOnCampus
* BigScrewedUpFamily: His mother's family, the Vanderbilts.
* BrainlessBeauty
* ChickMagnet
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Nate loves coming to the rescue of damsells in distress.
* DaEditor
* DatingCatwoman: Bree Buckley, his girlfriend in early season three.
* TheDitz: A very sweet guy but he can dumb as a box of hair.
* TheDragAlong: Nate usually has to be forced or talked into joining the NJBC adventures. He becomes a lot more willing during season 6.
* DumbassNoMore: Usually the dimmest of the group, Nate's intelligence rises to average or above in the final season as he actively works to help his friends in their schemes. That doesn't stop him from following in his father's footsteps as far as business goes, though.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Fitzwilliam
* FanService: Often struts around shirtless.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* InLoveWithLove
* KindheartedSimpleton
* LikeFatherLikeSon: They both have trouble being honest when it comes to their business finances.
* LikesOlderWomen
* MayDecemberRomance: With Lady Catherine.
** Also with Jenny. Cut short as Chace Crawford was uncomfortable frequently kissing a girl nearly ten years younger than him.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy: Compared to Chuck and Blair, he could practically run for Jesus. Against the rest of his friend he would still land a saint.
* OddFriendship: With Chuck.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Never seems to attend classes (which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Blair in season three)
* OnlySaneMan: The insanity seems to just play out around him.
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalIssues
* PerpetualExpression: Extreme confusion. Dubbed [[FanNickname Natefusion]] by the fans.
* PreppyName: Nathaniel Archibald. Played by Chace Crawford.
* PrettyBoy: Vanessa declared him to be prettier than her. Vanessa is insanely hot and this statement was still true.
* PrinceCharming
* ReallyGetsAround
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive guy to Chuck's manly man.
* SerialRomeo
* SpoiledSweet
* TokenGoodTeammate: Among his family and group of friends. He did some questionable things during the series' run, but he is the only one in the pack who never went after anybody for a malice-driven vendetta and apparently the only one within Gossip Girl's circle of influence who'd never send a tip there.
* TookALevelInDumbass: He was never the brightest bulb on the Christmas Tree but even his actor has started to complain about how stupid Nate has become.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Chuck.
* UnwittingPawn: It's safe to assume that if someone is scheming within the nearby zone, he or she will be manipulating Nate.
* UpperClassTwit
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Treats his best friend Chuck like crap most of the time. Though Chuck is often willing to respond in kind.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dan Humphrey]]
-->"''We don’t have any servants here so if you see anybody else in the loft besides me, call the police. It’s not the chef.''"

Dan is the Brooklyn boy who falls in love with IT girl Serena van der Woodsen, only to find he doesn't exactly fit well in her world. By and by he becomes more adjusted, but he still thinks the world of the Upper East Side crowd is highly immoral. Dan is an aspiring writer who in the books writes delightfully awful poetry but in the TV series prefers short stories.

* {{Adorkable}}: Especially in Season 1 when he's trying to fit in.
* AuthorAvatar
* {{Badass}}: Punching out Chuck for attempting to rape Jenny is pretty badass. [[spoiler:Also TheReveal of him as Gossip Girl shows that Dan is a MagnificentBastard like no other.]]
* [[spoiler: BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Has apparently been toying with the other characters since the beginning.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Starting the end of season 3, but more notably in season 4
-->"''They have peace treaties!''"
* [[spoiler: BigBad]]: Revealed to be this for the entire series, when he is [[spoiler: revealed to be Gossip Girl in the series finale]].
* BrooklynRage: Averted. He may be from Brooklyn but he's one of the calmer, more sensible characters.
** Except when you [[BerserkButton mess with his sister]].
* ButtMonkey: Tends to be mocked more frequently than the other characters, usually by Chuck or Blair.
* TheChessmaster: As of the finale.
* CoolLoser
* DeadpanSnarker
* DoggedNiceGuy
** Although your mileage may vary on how nice he actually is.
* [[spoiler: EasilyForgiven]]
* FanService: Likes being shirtless.
* FishOutOfWater
* [[spoiler: FriendlyEnemy]]
* FriendsWithBenefits: Attempts this with Vanessa in season three.
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]: The finale implies that this is what happens with him and Serena.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: The stories Dan writes about the Upper East Side.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Constantly complains about shallowness, evilness and rules of privilege in the UES world. Condemns dishonesty and scheming. [[spoiler:Turns out he'd wanted into that evil, evil world so badly that he pulled the biggest scheme in the series to get it, hurting countless people in the process.]]
** In early Season 6 he started publishing nasty pieces about his (subsequently turning former) friends, using their real names, and justifying it to anybody that tried to call him out, that it's about the bare truth over personal connections. However, he released Chuck's chapter (full of CharacterShilling) when he thought he could get into Blair's (for whom he'd still carried a torch) good graces, and when he lost that hope, he published the chapter about her, a mean one.
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Cant Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me]]: Dan dreamed of Serena from afar for years before she finally noticed him in the pilot episode.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Dan just wants to be part of the upper-class world but he is repeatedly reminded that it won't happen.
* InformedAbility: We're told he's a really good writer and he managed to get published in the New Yorker. But when we actually get to see anything he's written it's merely okay. And the Charlie Trout thing was just [[{{narm}} narmy]].
* InSeriesNickname: Lonely Boy.
* InWithTheInCrowd
* JustFriends: With Vanessa.
** In Season Four himself and Blair have started to develop a snarky, SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, BelligerentSexualTension styled version of this.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:He doesn't suffer any social consequences after revealing he's been Gossip Girl all along.]]
* LastNameBasis: By Chuck and especially Blair.
* [[spoiler: MasterActor]]
* MissingMom
* [[spoiler: TheMole: Given that he turns out to be Gossip Girl...]]
* MostWritersAreMale
* MostWritersAreWriters
* MotorMouth
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
-->'''Chuck:''' So long, friends... Dan.
* NiceGuy: He's definitely one of the nicer characters on the series. Which makes the fact that almost everyone treats him like shit more noticeable.
* OddFriendship: With Blair
* OneHourWorkWeek: Hardly ever seen at NYU.
* OnlySaneMan
* SocialClimber: His main motivation is to be InWithTheInCrowd, although he vehemently denies it.
* StalkerWithACrush
* StalkingIsLove
* TeacherStudentRomance: With Rachel Carr during senior year of high school.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After the sheer amount of crap the poor guy was put through, it's hard not to blame him.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: In Season 6, [[spoiler: he aims to destroy the lives of everyone else in the cast after what he (and Jenny) went through]]
* [[spoiler: WorthyOpponent: Even the MagnificentBastard members of the Bass family had to give him props.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jenny Humphrey]]
-->"''Don't you read Gossip Girl? Extortion is what I do, all day.''"

Dan's younger sister who starts off idolizing Serena and wanting Blair's respect. Her innocence vanishes more and more each season and by now she could probably out-bitch Blair if she wanted to. Jenny's got a talent for designing and loves to make her own clothes.

Hardly ever seen in season four, and with Creator/TaylorMomsen dropped from the regular cast (and her subsequent announcement she was quitting acting in favour of music) likely to not appear at all in season five.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness
* AdaptationDyeJob: She was a brunette in the books but on the show she's a blonde.
* AesopAmnesia: Has to learn the "not letting the cool kids change who I am" lesson every couple of episodes.
* AlphaBitch: [[spoiler:Anointed by Blair the next queen bee of Constance, she eventually embraces it]].
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Not at first, but more and more each season.
* BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch
* BackForTheFinale
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: She used Gossip Girl which was run by her brother to get out of New York]].
* BecomingTheMask
* BigBraToFill: Jenny in the books had double-D breasts.
* BigBrotherAttraction: Not to Dan, thankfully, but her relationship with Nate has shades of this.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Subverted. Everthing that Gossip Girl said about her had her approval and she wanted it to be on there.]]
* TheBusCameBack: For a couple of episodes in season 4.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: She used Gossip Girl to manipulate her social status how she wanted it and also plan her exit.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: She was fairly sweet and innocent in the beginning if already ambitious. It didn't last.
* DaddysGirl: Arguable case. While Jenny usually goes against everything Rufus says she seems to be a DaddysGirl at heart.
* [[spoiler: TheDragon]]: [[spoiler: Since Dan]] was Gossip Girl, [[spoiler: she had the final say on anything that went on the site about her]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Tallulah.
* EmoTeen
* FagHag: To Eric.
* {{Fangirl}}:It's been mentioned several times that she's a huge {{Twilight}} fangirl. She even once tried to explain the concept to Lily.
* TheFashionista
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: With Eric.
* ImprobableAge: At fifteen years old Jenny is a mini-couturier who is able to rival most professional designers during New York's fashion week.
* InformedAbility: Despite her success at fashion week none of her clothes have been anything out of the ordinary.
* InSeriesNickname: Little J.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Eric, for better and for worse.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Regarding Nate in season three.
* ManipulativeBitch: She learned her way of scheming, lying and backstabbing terrifyingly quickly.
* MissingMom
* ParentalIssues
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil
* PlayingGertrude: In the DistantFinale Jenny is 24. though Momsen is still 19
* PlayingTheVictimCard: A favorite of hers.
* PutOnABus: Season 4 had her moving upstate with her mother, a character only seen briefly in season 1 and mostly unreferenced throughout most of the series. She returns briefly but is likely [[LongBusTrip gone for good]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot - The change of Jenny's personality & personal style were all because of Taylor Momsen's sudden change in personal style. She was also writen off the first time to pursue her musical career then permanently so when she continued to clash with production.
* TheRunaway: Twice.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Apparently she's knew all along about Dan being Gossip Girl]].
* ShipperOnDeck: She used to be a Darena shipper.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Nate.
* TookALevelInJerkass
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Eric.
* {{Yandere}}: For Nate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Lily van der Woodsen/Bass/Humphrey]]
-->"''If Serena's indiscretions were as PG as Jenny's, I wouldn't have needed the botox.''"

Biological mother to Serena and Eric, adoptive mother to Chuck, stepmother to Dan and Jenny. Lily was much like her daughter Serena when she was younger, trying to break free from her strict mother's demands. As an adult she has been spending most of her time getting married and getting divorced. She can be very caring and loving when she wants to, but most of the time she's an absent parent.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Especially in her youth days.
* BetaCouple: With Rufus.
* BreakoutCharacter
* TheFashionista
* FormerTeenRebel
* FullNameUltimatum: Subverted. She calls her adopted son Charles at all times, except for when she's referring do his deviant side.
* GenerationXerox: Her flashbacks show her appearance-conscious socialite mother CeCe trying to restrain the free-spirited young Lily. In present time the appearance-conscious socialite Lily is trying to restrain her free-spirited daughter Serena.
* HandsOffParenting: To say the very least.
* LongLostRelative: Scott, the son she had with Rufus and gave up for adoption.
* MamaBear
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]
* ParentalIssues
* ParentingTheHusband: Seems to have to do this with Rufus.
* ReallyGetsAround: Take out Nate and Blair's families, and almost any middle-aged man will turn out to be Lily's past or present suitor.
* SerialSpouse
* {{Socialite}}
* StrongFamilyResemblance: All the Rhodes women (except for somewhat color coded for being the BlackShip Carol) are tall, slender blond beauties. Coincidentally, her step-daughter Jenny also fits this characteristics, despite not being related to her.
* WeddingDay: Twice.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Rufus Humphrey]]
-->"''I promise to eat caviar without spitting it out in my napkin when we go to dinner at Mayor Bloomberg’s. As long as he knows when he comes to our house he’s eating my chili.''"

Dan and Jenny's father, and stepfather to Eric, Serena and Chuck. A former rock star (or at least pseudo-star) who had a love affair with Lily in his youth. Years later his son falls in love with Lily's daughter and eventually he and Lily find their way back to one another. Rufus is probably the most attentive parent on the show, although lately it seems he doesn't do much during the day.

* BetaCouple: With Lily.
* BreakoutCharacter
* {{Flanderization}}: He used to be a cool rocker-type dad. Now he's just some boring guy who sits at home all day and/or follows Lily around. With her coat in season 4.
** Directly referenced by him in season 5.
* HouseHusband
* LongLostRelative: Scott, the son Lily gave birth to and gave up for adoption (without telling Rufus about it).
* OneNoteCook: Actually he can make chili, bolognese ''and'' waffles. Especially waffles. But his cooking skills end there.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Season Six. Having sympathy for a misguided young girl is one thing, but thinking that [[spoiler:Ivy]] is trustworthy is another.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Waffles.
* TwitchyEye
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[[folder: Vanessa Abrams]]
-->"''My parents are artists, my sister’s a musician. Just like going to an Ivy is your family’s way, not going to college is mine.''"

Dan's bohemian BFF and on-and-off crush. Vanessa is a documentary film maker and aspiring script writer who frowns on everything regarding the Upper East Side.

* BackForTheFinale: Though only in a cameo
* BrainyBrunette
* DistaffCounterpart: To Dan.
* EnterStageWindow
* FriendsWithBenefits: Attempts this with Dan in season three.
* GranolaGirl
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* InformedAbility: She's a good enough writer to get accepted at Tisch but we've never gotten to see anything she's written. She's also supposed to have a great talent for documentary film making but she seems to just walk around randomly with a camera...
* JustFriends: With Dan.
* MandatoryLine
* MomentKiller: When Dan and Serena try to have sex.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Goes to NYU but never seems to have classes.
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalIssues
* PutOnABus: Put on a ''plane'', actually, in the season four finale.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Given that she claims to barely be able to afford food she sure has a large wardrobe. With a lot of expensive designer outfits in it.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: For Dan.
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[[folder: Eric van der Woodsen]]
-->"''Jenny, your sweet potatoes are bland.''"

Serena's little brother, who is often the sole voice of reason. Gone from the show in season five.

* AscendedExtra
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Averted.
* BackForTheFinale
* ComingOutStory: A season one episode reveals that he is gay.
* DrivenToSuicide: The reason why Serena returns in the pilot is because Eric tried to kill himself.
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: With Jenny.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Jenny, even before they become actual step-siblings.
* LonelyRichKid: When Serena left for boarding school.
* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time. Recently, less so. Definitely in the context of his own family, however.
* ParentalAbandonment[=/=]ParentalNeglect: His father is the former, his mother the latter.
** CallingTheOldManOut: Unlike Serena, he doesn't feel inclined to betray his decent stepfather, drop everything and run to biological daddy, who's abandoned them years ago.
* ParentalIssues
* TeensAreShort: The straightest (pun unintended) example in the show.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In seasons one, two and three he was the only through-and-through decent character. In season four he plots to take Chuck and Blair down and hates on Chuck in favor of Jenny, even though Chuck has always treated Eric well and Jenny has thrown Eric under the bus countless times.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Jenny.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse : As far as season 5 goes, he completly disappeared from the radar without any explanation.
** There was a throw away line about him starting college in one of the episode at the beginning of the season.
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[[folder: Gossip Girl]]
-->"''And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell.''"

The girl (guy?) who runs the blog the whole series is built around.

* AlliterativeName
* BigBrotherIsWatching
* CatchPhrase: "''You know you love me. XO XO - Gossip Girl.''"
* CharacterBlog
* FauxlosophicNarration: Every now and then.
* [[GossipyHens Gossipy Hen(s)]]
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen He/She Who Must Not Be Seen]]
* InteractiveNarrator
* LegacyCharacter: There are three Gossip Girls during the story and it's implied in the end that the next generation will take on.
* TheNicknamer
* TheOmniscient
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: "She" turns out to be Dan Humphrey.]]
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Of the modern technology variety.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle
* TitleDrop: See CatchPhrase. (Exception: "The Revengers," which does not end with her saying "XO XO - Gossip Girl" [[spoiler: due to Chuck and Blair running from the roof, having just watched the former's dad fall to his death]].)
* TheUnreveal
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[[folder: Dorota Kishlovski]]
-->"''KGB can't get me to talk. Chuck Bass has no chance.''"

Blair's nanny/maid/sidekick. Dorota is actually a Polish duchess but she moved to America to escape an unhappy marriage and began to work for the Waldorfs. In many ways the real mother figure in Blair's life and the person who does most of Blair's legwork for her.

* AscendedExtra: Started out as a background character but evolved into Blair's eternal sidekick. Dorota got a backstory in the webisodes "''Chasing Dorota''" and had an entire episode revolve around her wedding day.
* BetaCouple: She and Vanya (Chuck's doorman). Chuck actually [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming helped Vanya win Dorota's heart]], and he threw their wedding.
* FunnyForeigner: You will have some bizarre ideas about Poland if you view Dorota as a typical specimen or treat seriously her stories.
* HappinessInSlavery: Pretty much a modern example.
* LongLostRelative: Her estranged husband shows up in ''Chasing Dorota''.
* MamaBear: Towards Blair.
* OlderSidekick: Blair's a teenager and while we haven't been given Dorota's exact age her actress is in her thirties. And Cyrus has confirmed that she practically raised Blair, meaning she ought to be at least ten years Blair's senior.
* ParentalSubstitute: As noted above she practically raised Blair.
* ServileSnarker: Though mostly the facial expressions she makes when Blair says or does something she deems snark-worthy. Dubbed [[FanNickname Dorota's WTF face]] by the fans.
* ShipperOnDeck: She always wants what is best for Blair, and seems pretty convinced that Chuck is the person Blair is meant to be with (although during the Dair arc she rooted for Dan).
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* StraightMan: If Blair, her mother, or any other high society member in the house starts losing their marbles, [[ReactionShot Dorota's facial expressions will illustrate it]].
* UndyingLoyalty: She is always on Blair's side, no matter what.
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[[folder: Georgina Sparks]]
-->"''You can tell "Jesus", the bitch is back''"

A former friend of Serena van der Woodsen and sworn enemy of Blair Waldorf, she is the series' most recurring antagonist.
As it turns out during season 5 (major spoiler), [[spoiler:she usurped Gossip Girl's identity]].

* ArchEnemy: To both Serena and Blair.
* AscendedExtra
* TheBabyTrap: To Dan.
* BatmanGambit: In season 3's The Lost Boy, where she sends Blair a fake invitation to an elite society and uses a contact who works for someone Chuck is trying to impress in order to send the pair after the same photograph, thus bringing out both Blair and Chuck's competitive, self-serving sides and attempting to drive a wedge between the pair.
* BigBad: For Season 1. She attempts to ruin Serena and Dan's relationship, while also blackmailing Serena about their tragic secret.
* {{Blackmail}}: She blackmails Serena in season one; she uses her knowledge of Serena sort of, but not actually, killing a man to control her.
* BlondesAreEvil: In season 4.
* BriefAccentImitation
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDreaded: Serena is terrified of her, and even the others have OhCrap moments with her on the loose.
* EleventhHourRanger
* EvilCounterpart: She started out as what Serena could have become. In later seasons she seems to have become more of an EvilCounterpart to Blair around about the same time Blair became her main enemy.
* EvilFormerFriend
* GoldDigger: She later marries some clueless chap for money and to have someone looking after her son. She treats her husband more like a minion.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* ManipulativeBitch
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Georgina is a RichBitch MagnificentBitch bar none. Michelle Trachtenberg is a completely {{Adorkable}} NiceGirl.
* OhCrap: “You can tell Jesus that the bitch is back”. Cue epic OhCrap look from Blair.
* PutOnABus: For almost a full season after she is sent to reform school in the season one finale. In fact, although she's a reccuring antagonist, she often appears only once in a while in each season for some episodes, and disappear as quickly as she arrived (after wreaking some havoc). Kind of a Zigzag Bus.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* ReformedButRejected: In late season 2.
** Especially prevalant in the season 4 penultimate episode, where she is yearning to get in on the dirt but is being snubbed.
* RichBitch
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Averted. It looks like she's Gossip Girl, but it's revealed that she's just usurping her identity.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate
* WeUsedToBeFriends: To Serena.
* {{Yandere}}: For Dan.
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