Characters / Beverly Hills 90210

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     Characters from the original series 

Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley)

  • Big Man on Campus: After his initial difficulties with Beverly Hills, he becomes just as popular as Kelly and Steve.
  • 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 goesb through a lot on the show, both physically and emotionally.
  • Damsel in Distress: Raped, burned, placed in a cult, pregnant/miscarried, addicted to cocaine, shot, and so on.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be very snide, towards Steve or her other friends.
  • 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).
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Initially portrayed as a popular, stuck up snob but over the years she grows into a much more likable person.
  • Really Gets Around: One of the most infamous examples from this show, due to her promiscuous lifestyle.

Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering)

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.

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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • 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).
  • Put on a Bus: After season 5.

Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata)

  • 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)

Clare Arnold (Kathleen Robertson)

Jesse Vasquez (Mark Damon Espinoza)

Ray Pruit (Jamie Walters)

Noah Hunter (Vincent Young)

Carly Reynolds (Hilary Swank)

Janet Sosna (Lindsay Price)

Matt Durning (Daniel Cosgrove)

Gina Kincaid (Vanessa Marcil)

     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.