Characters / Beverly Hills 90210

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Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley)

  • Big Man on Campus: After his initial difficulties with Beverly Hills, he becomes just as popular as Kelly and Steve.
  • Character Filibuster: Brandon, on occasion, tends to make long rattling speeches on various topics.
  • Chick Magnet: To a ridiculous degree and lampshaded many times. According to his sister, no girl is immune to his charm since when he was 12.
  • '80s Hair: In the first couple seasons. The guy even sported a freaking mullet in The Pilot!
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: 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)
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic, though not depressive. (shares this with Kelly)
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: A very smart student, but also friendly, socially active, and an all-around pleasant person.
  • The Heart: The moral center of the show and the glue that holds the gang together.

Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty)

  • Deuteragonist: In the first four seasons, she was the female lead character, but she gets slightly less focus than her brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Brandon's responsible. To some exent, she was the more rebellious twin, especially later on.

Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)

  • Alcoholic Parent: Her mother.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: With Dylan.
  • Better as Friends: How she feels about Steve, although he disagrees (at least in early seasons).
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • 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 Nice Guy Brandon's Betty and Troubled, but Cute Dylan's Veronica.
  • Breakout Character: She became the female lead after Brenda left.
  • Broken Bird: In later seasons. She goes through a lot on the show, both physically and emotionally.
  • Character Development: Kelly went from a spoiled rich girl with Alpha Bitch tendencies to the Only Sane Man of the group who was more likable, kindhearted, and willing to help.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Suffers one towards the conclusion of season 7. Incidentally, Jennie Garth was pregnant with her first child around the same time.
  • Damsel in Distress: Raped, burned, placed in a cult, pregnant/miscarried, addicted to cocaine, shot, and so on. The girl needs a hug.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be very snide, towards Steve or her other friends.
  • Descent into Addiction: Suffered a cocaine addiction in season 6, though eventually kicked it.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father was a business man who left his ex-wife, Jackie, when Kelly was two years old.
  • Dude Magnet: 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Rich, beautiful, blonde Kelly was the most popular girl in high school.
  • Good Bad Girl: Sleeping with pretty much everyone (but David), but still (generally) sympathetic.
  • Hidden Depths: She is more than the typical spoiled rich girl she appears at first (especially in the first season).
  • Hollywood Healing: 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 Take a Third Option and reject both of their proposals.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Initially portrayed as a popular, stuck up snob but over the years she grows into a much more likable person.
  • Near-Death Experience: Kelly nearly burned to death at the fire at Steve's rave, in the fifth season.
  • Rape as Drama: 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.
  • Really Gets Around: One of the most infamous examples from this show, due to her promiscuous lifestyle.

Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)

  • Alliterative Name: Steve Sanders
  • Better as Friends: From Kelly's perspective, though he doesn't agree.
  • Big Man on Campus: He has money, popularity, and a cool car.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's brash, loud and muscular.
  • Book Dumb: Not very academically focused, unlike his friend Brandon.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sometimes, but it's usually Played for Laughs
  • Casanova Wannabe: Played with, he can be quite the ladies man but not nearly as much as he thinks, since Brandon gets more girls than him.
  • Dumb Blonde: He has blonde hair but he's more shallow and Book Dumb than stupid.
  • False Rape Accusation: 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".

Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris)

Dylan McKay (Luke Perry)

  • The Alcoholic: In season 5, Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs come back after the events of the season 4 finale.
  • Badass Biker: He rides a Cool motorcycle.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's very well-read, cultured and still a badass.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Archie for Brenda's Betty (his first stable grilfriend) and Kelly's Veronica (the sexy Lovable Alpha Bitch of the group).
    • Later the "bad boy" Veronica to Brandon's Nice Guy Betty for Kelly's Archie.
  • Breakout Character: 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: He comes back to Beverly Hills in season 9 and 10.
  • The Charmer: Part of Dylan's charismatic bad boy appeal.
  • Chick Magnet: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has no problem showing his snarky side and telling people what he thinks about them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Con artist dad, New Age hippie mom.

David Silver (Brian Austin Green)

  • Ascended Extra: He was a relatively minor character in season 1, but from season 2 onwards he becomes part of the group and Donna's boyfriend.
  • Beta Couple: With Donna in early seasons. They also have the longest-lasting relationship on the show.
  • Chick Magnet: In later seasons he becomes popular with girls.
  • Cool Loser: In season 1 he was looked down on by Kelly, Steve, and the others just because he was one year younger.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: 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.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: He goes from dorky and awkward to a handsome Chick Magnet over the years.
  • Hopeless Suitor: 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.
  • In with the In Crowd: Starting in season 2 to the point he stops hanging out with his other unpopular friend Scott (his best friend in season 1).
  • Informed Judaism: David is mentioned to be Jewish a couple of times, but this is not really a big plot point.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: He was definitely geeky in the beginning, though his Jewish background is downplayed, being brought up only a couple of times.
  • Missing Mom: His mother was mostly absent from his life.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: He's quite easygoing.
  • Tagalong Kid: Initially he was seen as an annoying younger kid by the popular crowd.
  • Those Two Guys: 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)

  • Beta Couple: With David in early seasons. They also have the longest-lasting relationship on the show.
  • Book Dumb: She found out that she had a learning disability.
  • Break the Cutie: Starting in season 5, with her abusive boyfriend Ray.
  • Character Development: She started as Kelly's shallow, ditzy sidekick but later the character's depth was more explored.
  • Daddy's Girl: Donna is much closer to her father than her mother.
  • The Ditz: She is extremely ditzy and naive.
  • Domestic Abuse: She was repeatedly abused by her boyfriend Ray Pruitt.
  • The Fashionista: After college, where she studied fashion design, she opened a boutique with Kelly Taylor.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kelly. They are best friends throughout the show.
  • The Ingenue: In contrast to the other characters, she's sweet, innocent, and a virgin.
  • Hidden Depths: She may seem a silly character, but she is actually very insecure.
  • Nice Girl: The nicest of the girls and probably the most innocent in the entire group.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Extremely rich but sheltered and not very bright.

Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson)

  • A Death in the Limelight: In "The Next 50 Years" he ends up accidentally killing himself.
  • Alliterative Name: Scott Scanlon
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He doesn't seem to have other friends other than David.
  • Back for the Dead: He's seemingly Put on a Bus after season 1 (he's removed from the opening credits). After he comes back from Oklahoma, he gets a couple of A Day in the Limelight episodes, before dying in the middle of season 2.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: 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.
  • Those Two Guys: 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The way he dies is a What an Idiot 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)

  • Demoted to Extra: 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.
  • Good Parents: Both are caring parents to Brandon and Brenda.
  • Happily Married: As a couple, they are stable, although not without their issues (both tempted to have extra-marital affairs in season one).
  • Minnesota Nice: The Walsh family in Season 1, shown to be much more polite and down-to-earth than the Beverly Hills natives.
  • Put on a Bus: After season 5.

Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata)

  • Commuting on a Bus: Nat popped in and out for the show's final season, even though he had very little to do as a main character.
  • Nice Guy: He's a good friend or even father figure to everyone in the main cast.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: A recurring character since the beginning. He appears in the opening credits from season 6 onwards.
  • Team Dad: Especially after Jim and Cindy leave the show.

Valerie Malone (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Spends her first episode acting like an Expy of 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.
  • Broken Bird: She is emotionally troubled due to Dark and Troubled Past and horrible family situation.
  • False Rape Accusation: 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.
  • Femme Fatale: As seductive as she is manipulative.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being the victim of Parental Incest.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Justified since she sleeps around and causes a lot of trouble for everyone. Kelly particularly hates her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: A master of manipulation. She's revealed to be one since her first appearance.
  • Parental Incest: 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.
  • Really Gets Around: All characters qualify to an extent, but Valerie more than everyone else.
  • The Reveal: Several retcons are employed for this, but it turns out Valerie shot and killed her dad.
  • Remember the New Guy: We were supposed to always know she was the daughter of friends of Brendon & Brenda's parents.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Brenda. A new girl introduced in the Walsh family after Brenda's departure.
  • The Tease: Acts like this around all the male characters.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A sly, cynical, slutty, bad girl who also doubles as The Friend Nobody Likes.
  • The Vamp: A shameless one, though she's not completely evil and some episodes reveal her Hidden Depths.

Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson)

  • Teen Genius: 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)

  • Promoted to Love Interest: Started out as a caterer at the Walsh parents' wedding anniversary, soon became Andrea's boyfriend-turned-husband.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He was simply Andrea's husband, and had little interactions with anyone else outside her.
  • Token Minority: Jesse is the only non-white main character on the show, though only for a season.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Andrea whilst at a meeting in Kansas City.

Ray Pruit (Jamie Walters)

  • The Bus Came Back: 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, 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.
  • Domestic Abuser: 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.
  • Fake Guest Star: In the fifth season, he appears in most of the episodes from his first appearance in episode 5.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother was an alcoholic, whilst his father was an abuser who later ran out on the family.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ray's charm often led Donna back to him, despite his abusive behavior.
  • Promoted To Opening Credits: In season 6, for half the season.
  • Put on a Bus: Left town after his trial against Joe Bradley was dismissed.
  • Street Performer: Downplayed. Ray is a musician who usually plays for small audiences.

Noah Hunter (Vincent Young)

  • The Alcoholic: 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.
  • Cool Boat: Where he lives.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: 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.
  • Rich Boredom: He is wealthy, though he lives modestly (on a boat) and isn't particularly enamored with material possessions.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Having a dark past, he tends to attract many girls, including Donna and Valerie.

Carly Reynolds (Hilary Swank)

  • Country Mouse: Carly's originally from Montana.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Comparatively. Carly's not bad-looking and she hangs out with the likes of Steve and his friends.
  • Put on a Bus: 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)

  • Asian and Nerdy: 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 Real Life).
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Steve, whom she later married.
  • Control Freak: When things don't go her way, Janet tends to freak out and can prove to be controlling.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: 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 the birth of Janet and Steve's daughter Madeline.
  • Happily Married: To Steve.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Janet and her daughter Madeline initially suffered complications after the birth, though pulled through.
  • Opposites Attract: Janet's often conservative lifestyle compared to Steve's lackadaisical personality, a match akin to a cat and a dog.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Starting in season 9.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: At the beginning of the ninth season, continuing into the tenth.

Matt Durning (Daniel Cosgrove)

  • Crusading Lawyer: 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.
  • The Generic Guy: When compared to the other guys, Matt seems bland. It seems the one time he did have a personality was when he got high at a campfire retreat and slept with Amy.
  • Oops! I Forgot I Was Married: He was married to a woman named Lauren, who was institutionalized for schizophrenia.
  • The Rival: To Dylan, as both were in love with Kelly.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Matt slept with a girl while at a retreat, which contributed to Kelly's breakup with him.

Gina Kincaid (Vanessa Marcil)

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was very resentful of her sister's lifestyle and wasn't particularly caring towards Gina. Whereas her father turned out to be Dr. Martin, so he wasn't in the picture when she was growing up.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her most notable relationship was with Dylan, our Byronic local bad boy. However, she did date David for some time.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gina's father didn't seem to be in the picture. However, 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gina wasn't completely terrible as a person.
  • Kick the Dog: At the receiving end by her own aunt, who told her to her face that Dr. Martin's death was somehow her fault.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Dr. Martin is her biological father, thus making Donna both her cousin and half-sister.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She once helped her mother scam her aunt for money, out of spite. She seems to be very manipulative when she wants to be.
  • Put on a Bus: Towards the end of the series, Gina leaves L.A. after her father's funeral, and intends to continue her career elsewhere.
  • Remember the New Guy: Introduced as Donna's cousin, though was never mentioned in the eight seasons before her introduction.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gina and Valerie are very similar. Like Valerie, Gina appears to be a wholesome girl who turns out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and quickly becomes a Manipulative Bitch who Really Gets Around, who is the (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.

     Characters from the sequel series 

Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes)

  • Beneath the Mask: 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Naomi's Veronica for Ethan's Archie in season 1.
  • Break the Cutie: 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.
    • Broken Bird: 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.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Liam's Brooding Boy.
  • Dude Magnet: According to Dixon, almost every guy at their old school in Kansas had a crush on Annie.
  • Expy: Of Brenda Walsh.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Dixon's foolish.

Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds)

Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup)

  • Alcoholic Parent: Her and Kelly's mother.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: She's half-Jewish on her father's side, though it's never brought up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
  • Break the Cutie: In season 1 with her bipolar disorder. Made even worse in the series finale when she's diagnosed with cancer.
  • Dude Magnet: She's been romantically involved with the five main men on the show.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: 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.

Naomi Clark (Annalynne McCord)

  • Evil Former Friend: 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.

Ethan Ward (Dustin Milligan)

  • Put on a Bus: He moves to Montana in season 2.
  • Satellite Character: Besides having an autistic brother, the show never really delved into Ethan's background.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasted only one season without having any character development at all and is never mentioned again throughout the show's run.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He was cheating on Naomi with someone else in the first season.

Adrianna Tate-Duncan (Jessica Lowndes)

  • Ascended Extra: She was billed as a recurring character in season 1, but became a series regular in the second season.
  • Bi the Way: She enters in a bisexual relationship with Gia in the second season, though the relationship doesn't last.
  • Broken Ace: 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.
  • Character Development: 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.
  • Recovered Addict: after she finishes rehab in season 1.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: 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.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: In season 2, though it didn't last very long.
  • Teen Pregnancy: In season 1, she becomes pregnant with her daughter Maisie after a one-night stand with Ty.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 3 with her newfound fame.

Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger)

Liam Court (Matt Lanter)

Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan)

Ivy Sullivan (Gillian Zinser)

Harry Wilson (Rob Estes)

Debbie Wilson (Lori Loughlin)

  • Happily Married: To Harry until season 3 when they file for divorce.
  • Mama Bear: Towards Dixon when he was dating Sasha.
  • Put on a Bus: In season 4, she moves to Paris with Ryan Matthews.

Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold)

Jen Clark (Sara Foster)

Jasper Herman (Zachary Ray Sherman)

Kimberly Macintyre (Jessica Lucas)

  • Action Girl: She's an undercover police officer.
  • Hotfor Teacher: 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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