Amicable Exes: With both Jen and Joey. Although he had romantic relationships with both, he still managed to remain friends with both of them after their relationships ended.
Anchored Ship: Dawson had this type of relationship with Joey throughout the show.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Many, many, many times with Joey throughout the show. Especially in Season 2, Episode 6 when Dawson tells Joey that he loves her for the first time. Unfortunately, he tells her he loves her (and Joey tells Dawson she loves him as well) when they have their first break up.
Author Avatar: The character of Dawson Leery is basically the life story of the creator of Dawson's Creek, Kevin Williamson. The story basically tells the life of Kevin during his youth through the character of Dawson. Like Dawson, Kevin had big dreams of becoming a successful director and filmmaker.
Bash Brothers: With Pacey. Later on, they went from being best friends to being enemies and rivals.
Berserk Button: DO NOT call Dawson "Oompa Loompa". It won't be pretty.
It's All About Me: At times, Dawson can be very self absorbed. Although most of this has to do with Dawson's immaturity and the fact that he is a deep thinker and a dreamer. He often gets caught up in his own thoughts, ideas and problems that he loses track of the thoughts and problems of those around him, especially Joey and Pacey. Even though Dawson is Pacey's best friend, Dawson is sometimes rather oblivious to the emotional abuse that Pacey endures at home.
It's Not You, It's Me: Primarily in his relationships with Jen and Joey. Dawson would often say that him breaking up with either Jen or Joey had nothing to do with them or anything that they did but it's because of him and what he feels.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Dawson and Joey always had a sexual tension between them going back to season one, however, most of the sexual tension was on behalf of Joey for Dawson, since Dawson was oblivious to Joey's feelings for him.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Dawson is the epitome of someone who is too idealistic. Dawson is a self-proclaimed optimist and dreamer. Even if something goes wrong, he always believes that things will get better, even if the situation looks extremely dire. Both Joey and Pacey frequently call Dawson out on his overly idealistic, dreamer personality.
With Friends Like These...: To everyone. He constantly belittles Pacey, manipulates Joey, treats Jen like crap, ignores Jack and can't acknowledge any problems other than his own. While he's idolized by the other characters, the audience is left wondering why any sane human would talk to him.
Josephine "Joey" Potter
Played by: Katie Holmes
All Love Is Unrequited: Joey and Dawson. Since childhood, Joey has always had romantic feelings for Dawson, but Dawson only saw Joey as his best friend.
Broken Bird: Joey is generally cynical, pessimistic and sarcastic in nature. She is essentially troubled and comes from a rather dysfunctional family. Her mother died of cancer when she was younger and her father is a convicted felon who is a drug trafficker.
Brutal Honesty: Joey is very blunt and sarcastic. She is opinionated and will never hesitate to say exactly what is on her mind, even if it isn't something pleasant.
Childhood Friend Romance: First, with Dawson and later on with Pacey. Although, her primary childhood romance is with Dawson. Although she has known both Dawson and Pacey since childhood, she was only in love with Dawson during childhood.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Joey was always intensely jealous of every single female love interest of Dawson's. She was even jealous of any girl who even made eyes at Dawson, most notably Jen in the first season.
Cool Loser: Early on, especially in season 1. She's depicted as being stereotypically unpopular, despite being beautiful and intelligent. Joey becomes more approachable and popular later on in the series; she even begins to become a Dude Magnet, especially after she grows out of her tomboy phase and embraces her femininity.
The Cynic: Joey is the epitome of cynical and pessimistic. She even teases Dawson about being too much of an idealist, an eternal optimist and a dreamer.
Deuteragonist: Joey is the deuteragonist to Dawson's protagonist. Even in Season 1, when she is billed fourth in the credits.
Disappeared Dad: Her father was in prison for quite some time after Joey's mother died.
Dude Magnet Joey doesn't really attract the opposite sex during her high school years. However, later on in the series, she starts to have an abundance of different boyfriends and love interests other than her main object of affection Dawson (these include Pacey, Anderson, Eddie, Jack, A.J., Charlie, Professor David Wilder).
Girliness Upgrade: Originally, Joey starts out as a tomboy who lacks any femininity. However, later on in the series, she becomes much more in touch with her girly side. She wears more feminine clothing and ups her cosmetic usage.
Go-Getter Girl: Joey is highly ambitious, scholarly, hard-working, gets straight A's and often volunteers in school extra curricular activities.
Hollywood Nerd: Joey is kind of a nerd since she is a major bookworm and a bit of a loner. However, she is not at all unattractive in physical appearance.
Huge Schoolgirl: Joey is very tall (5'9”); she is this height at only 15 years of age (which is the age she is at the start of the show). She feels insecure about her height especially in the beginning.
Informed Attribute: Joey's "it" during the college years. She went from merely being seen as very pretty to an absolute knockout whom no heterosexual male in her vicinity could resist falling in love with. See Dude Magnet.
Love Hurts: In all of her romantic relationships, but primarily with Dawson.
Love Interest: Joey is the main love interest to the protagonist Dawson. She later on becomes a love interest for Pacey.
Missing Mom: Joey's mother, Lillian, died of cancer when Joey was thirteen.
Nerds Are Sexy: Joey is a brainiac but it doesn't prevent her from attracting members of the opposite sex left and right.
Odd Friendship: With Audrey in college. Joey and Audrey couldn't be more different in personalities and temperaments but nevertheless, they develop a rather strong friendship. Also has an odd friendship with Jen to a much lesser extent, since two originally started out as rivals.
Official Couple: With Dawson throughout the series. Also with Pacey in season three onwards.
Parental Abandonment: Joey's mother died when she was thirteen and Joey's father has been in and out of prison for drug trafficking. Because of this, Joey was mostly raised by her elder sister, Bessie.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Joey and Jen with Joey being the Tomboy to Jen's Girly Girl. This was primarily in the first few season's; eventually, Joey goes through a Girliness Upgrade in the later seasons.
Tomboyish Name: Joey is a nickname for her full first name, Josephine.
Tsundere: Joey is a Type A, often in her interactions towards Dawson and Pacey.
Unrequited Love: Joey was in love with Dawson but he didn't feel the same way about her in the first season. Subverted as this changes when Dawson eventually reciprocates Joey's feelings.
Broken Bird: Jen is a troubled girl and comes from a background of dysfunction. Jen gives off a rather cynical and pessimistic vibe; because of this, she seems to have low self worth and low self esteem.
The Chick: Although Joey is the main female character, Jen is seen as the one who has social influence on the core group. She is often the one who tries to bring everyone together, regardless of differing personalities, temperaments and outlooks.
Deadpan Snarker: Jen is capable of making incredibly witty, sarcastic and snarky comments whenever the mood strikes her.
Everyone Loves Blondes: Jen attracts many members of the opposite sex primarily because she is a blonde bombshell. She also gains popularity and eventually becomes head cheerleader of the schools cheerleading squad. Let's not forget that Jen is also nominated for Homecoming Queen and she wins the title.
Girl Next Door: Averted. She is the “girl next door” only because she is literally next door neighbours to Dawson.
Good Bad Girl: Although Jen is a good hearted person who has good intentions, she is willing to cross the moral line from time to time. She often engages in hard partying, drinking, drug use and promiscuous sex.
Ill Girl: It was discovered at the end of the series that Jen had a serious heart condition. Sadly, this heart condition was fatal and she passed away due to complications of the heart condition in the series finale.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Jen has always yearned to have a normal life with a normal family. Unfortunately, her dysfunctional background and her wild past often makes Jen feel that she is incapable of having a happy, normal life.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Actually does care about Pacey in a stern kind of way. Forced to do a ride-along with Doug during his police shift, Pacey comes to realize just how much Doug helps the people in town.
Neat Freak: One of the stereotypically gay traits used to hint at his sexuality.