Characters: Air Heads

The Central 12

Julia Lind

  • All Love Is Unrequited: with Seth, who broke her heart in season 1 once he started dating a girl named Vanessa.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Babies Ever After: with Chris in her distant future.
  • Be Yourself
  • Berserk Button: Don’t insult her intelligence or try to hold her back from her goals. Also, never, ever use slang in Julia’s presence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones Dear god; never, ever be insulting or develop a bad attitude around Julia Lind. She’ll literally eat you alive.
  • Big Damn Kiss: After 2 seasons of Will they or Won’t They?, Julia and Chris finally share their first real kiss in season 3.
  • Bilingual Bonus: she fluent in both English and Spanish and has developed an interest in learning French as well.
  • Brainy Brunette: arguably the smartest among the female cast after Elly.
  • Brown Eyes: has a warm, trustworthy pair of hazel eyes that are seen by many onlookers as striking.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: As a child and occasionally during the earlier seasons.
  • Cool Loser
  • Cute Bookworm: she’s never seen without a book, and it is hinted that her previous attraction to Seth was due to a mutual passion for reading.
  • Dress Hits Floor: she deliberately slipped off her nightgown moments before her first sexual encounter with Chris.
  • Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Chris during a study session to get rid of some of her Unresolved Sexual Tension.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: the Phlegmatic.
  • Geeky Turn-On: she mainly seems attracted to nerds and intellectual loners and doesn’t particularly seem to be a fan of jocks.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Lydia and arguably Claudia.
  • Hidden Depths: she’s very prone to deep reflective thought beyond her quiet demeanor, yet randomly voices her insights at the most unexpected moments.
  • Hot Librarian: later in the series.
  • Lethal Chef: she tries to prepare a meal for Chris for a picnic without her mother’s assistance, which of course ends up disastrous.
  • Long Distance Relationship: tries to maintain one with Chris during the time she spends in Italy.
  • Love Hurts: she takes being rejected by Seth hard, considering that she’d been crushing on him for months before the incident, and only finally begins getting over him and moving on emotionally after about a month of moping.
  • Meet Cute: Chris and Julia first met near a dumpster.
  • Meganekko: in the first two seasons.
  • Morning Sickness: develops a terrible case of this late into her pregnancy with Edwin.
  • My Own Private "I Do": she and Chris have a private wedding with a small, select group of friends toward the end of the series.
  • Nerds Are Sexy
  • Odd Friendship: With Elly.
  • Old Friend: she was very close with Lucy throughout middle school, back when they were both considered semi-popular, and have still remained good friends despite somewhat drifting apart.
  • Only Friend: She once considered Lydia her only friend, and for a while, Julia was hers.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Pair the Smart Ones: with Chris.
  • Put on a Bus: to Italy to study abroad for a year after graduating high school, which devastates Lydia, who was hoping she and Julia could study at Berkley together.
  • The Protagonist
  • Quirky Curls
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Lydia’s and Lucy’s Red.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Julia is in constant denial of the feelings she’s always had toward Chris, even throughout the period she was crushing on Seth Oliver, although she finally comes to terms with them * the day she and Chris are coincidentally trapped together in the school’s library, which allows some Unresolved Sexual Tension to surface.
  • Shared Family Quirks: both she and her mother pinch their noses when they smell trouble coming up and share a love of languages and literature.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • The Bus Came Back: she became homesick during the time she spent studying in Florence and fell into a depression, which led her to move back to the states shortly after her first semester.
  • The Confidant: to pretty much everyone, especially Lydia.
  • The Conscience
  • The Heart: often seen as the glue that pretty much holds the cast together.
  • The Philosopher: she’s silent and reflective and arguably the most independent-minded of the teens in the series.
  • The Quiet One
  • The Smart Girl: Julia is generally seen as among the most studious of the teenage cast and is often remarked as having “her head always tucked in a book.”
  • Their First Time: with Chris.
  • Twice Shy: again, with Chris
  • Underwater Kiss: shares a rather passionate one with Chris once everyone’s left the school’s pool after swimming practice.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Pandora.
  • Weight Woe: she suffered from bulimia during her eight grade year and spent much of her summer and freshman year in therapy.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: To the extent of having much of the main cast approach her for advice at one point or another.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard:
    • Lydia: Don’t you get it, Jules? We’re seventeen years old, and prom is only about two months away. If I’m unable to finally find a date that genuinely cares enough to take me, I might as well just crawl back under the rock I came from and classify myself a hermit. I’m sick of being so goddamn… frumpy…and unlovable. Can’t you understand that?

    • Julia: …Well, that’s just about the stupidest thing I’ve heard yet. You’re seriously beating yourself up over some stupid onetime event that involves dressing yourself in some itchy, overpriced gown to go with a horny idiot and stand around in some clammy ballroom eating stale potato chips while swaying halfheartedly to bad music from a random garage band nobody’s even heard of? Please.

Lydia Calandra

Claudia Malave

  • Allergic to Love: she faints at the mere prospect of writing someone a love letter and still can’t quite get over Jordy’s suicide.
  • Book Dumb: she hates to study and earns mediocre grades at best, but is actually quite smart and capable when she sets her mind to it. She’s arguably one of the more levelheaded cast members as well.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Toward Sylvia at the start of the series, although their relationship gradually improves.
  • Broken Bird: becomes this as she tries to cope with having been sexually abused as a child, and later with Jordy’s suicide.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Claudia’s secretly deals with a pregnancy scare about a week after sleeping with Gabriel, after missing her period and feeling nauseous during a class presentation.
  • Classical Anti-Hero
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: she has dirty blonde hair and an olive complexion.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: a major portion of her Character Development revolves around this.
  • Does Not Like Men: she seems this way at the very beginning of the series, although most of it is rooted from a very traumatic experience she underwent in her childhood.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me! : Claudia struggles considerably with the suicide of her close friend and presumable crush Jordy, and is rather reluctant to accept people’s comfort when she becomes stoic and withdrawn.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: she usually takes advantage of sitting alone at the school’s steps working on her artwork during her lunch period.
  • Friend to All Children: she loves babysitting her younger cousins and seems to have a special fondness and talent with children in general.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: the Melancholic.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: she’s extremely close with her cousin, Julia, who she treats like a sister.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold
  • Huge Schoolgirl: she towers over much of the school’s male population at 5 ft. 11.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: she’s very fond of sketching the male and female physique, which earns her disapproval from her elders.
  • Like Brother and Sister: with Chris.
  • Limited Social Circle: she doesn’t seem to hang around much of anybody outside her small group of friends.
  • Mama Bear: towards her cousins and friends.
  • Mood-Swinger: she was diagnosed as bipolar when she was 12 after a scarcely mentioned Noodle Incident.
  • Nice Girl: she really is, beneath her aloofness.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: she claims to once have been rejected by a guy simply because she was too tall.
  • Playing Hard to Get: initially with Gabriel, although her true feelings eventually unwind.
  • Reclusive Artist: she’s gets very engrossed in her artwork and often spends long periods sketching away in remote corners.
  • Sex for Solace: with Gabriel at one point in the series, when a heart-to-heart during a painting session leads to a night of erm, lust.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • She's All Grown Up according to Marisa, toward the end of the series, seeing as she becomes significantly more open, sociable and optimistic around others in later seasons.
  • She's Got Legs: makes sense, considering her height.
  • Stepford Snarker
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: she’s very cold, sarcastic, and distant around those she doesn’t know well due to trust issues, but has a sweeter, softer side for the people she truly cares about.
  • The Ophelia
  • True Art Is Angsty: In-universe. Her mother states that even as a young child, Claudia would’ve rather “drawn a witch under the moonlight than a princess.”
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Gabriel is a spontaneous free-spirit and dancer with a wry sense of humor who just doesn’t give a damn what people think of him, while Claudia is a brooding, cynical artist who knows little about life outside her traumatic past.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: with Cassandra.
  • With Friends Like These...

Elly Ohlenberger

Renee Mariani