Characters: Degrassi High
Degrassi Junior High
and Degrassi High
have Loads and Loads of Characters
. Here are some of the more well-knowns: WARNING! Spoilers abound!...but if that's not spoilerrific enough, here's a direct link to the character sheet of the adults on the sequel series
Played by Maureen McKay
Played by Sara Ballingall
Played by Kirsten Bourne
Played by Steve Bedernjak
Played by Michael Carry
Heather and Erica Farrel
Played by Angela and Maureen Deiseach
Played by Anais Granofsky
Played by Pat Mastroianni
- Adorkable: Supposed to be the "cool guy" (in his mind, anyway) but most of the time he comes off as this.
- Alliterative Name
- Book Dumb
- Breakout Character: The most well known character from early Degrassi.
- Break the Cutie / Break the Haughty: When he failed grade eight in Degrassi Junior High and again when he's diagnosed with dysgraphia in high school and is placed in a special education class.
- The Bully: A very moderate version of this in season 1 (to Arthur, Yick, Melanie), but completely averted afterwards.
- Casanova Wannabe: He tries to get with everyone and fails before Caitlin takes an interest.
- Catchphrase: He always says "Trust me" when he's trying to convince his friends to do something stupid. In one episode, he says it so much that that's the title! This is finally lampshaded in the series finale when Joey is worried about his date with Caitlin.
Wheels: Relax, everything will be fine. Trust me.
Joey: Don't say that! Every time we say that it's a disaster!
- Character Development: He's introduced in season 1 as an obnoxious,immature, egotistical jerk. While still keeping these traits, he becomes a more likable and good person as the seasons went on.
- This is sadly subverted in The Movie where he Took a Level in Jerkass again.
- He's actually worse than he ever was in the movie! Even in his early days, he was a good friend. In the film, he treats Snake like crap.
- Class Clown
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Stephanie, in season 1. To Liz, in season 2.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wheels and Snake.
- High School Hustler
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Liz said it best: "Joey's okay. He just doesn't think sometimes."
- Laser-Guided Karma: Very often. In the movie he ends up losing his girlfriend and his friends.
- L Is for Dyslexia: Well, not exactly. He has Dysgraphia.
- Nice Hat: Is instantly recognizable because of his fedora.
- Oblivious to Love: Had no clue that Caitlin liked him.
- Opposites Attract: Him and Caitlin.
- Out-Gambitted: Constantly.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Interestingly, since he also seems the main character.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Snake's sensitive guy. Ironically, he's short and skinny and Snake is a big Gentle Giant.
- The Slacker
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Third-Person Person: In season 1. Occasionally, later on as well.
- Trickster Archetype
- Unlikely Hero: In Rick's storyline.
- Your Cheating Heart: With Tessa on Caitlin.
- Zany Scheme: His specialty.
Played by Nicole Stoffman
Played by Duncan Waugh
- A-Cup Angst: G-rated version: He hates being short.
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- The Artifact: Once Stephanie left, his character moved into the background. By Degrassi High, he was Demoted to Extra. Ironically this would also happen to Ashley and her brother Toby in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Their characters were very much based on Steph and Arthur.
- Butt Monkey
- Comedic Hero
- Demoted to Extra: Along with Joey and Steph, he and Yick were the stars of Degrassi Junior High. But by Degrassi High, he is relegated to more of a background character,
- Dogged Nice Guy: He has a major crush on Caitlin, but she makes it clear she is not interested. Other than that the poor guy gets no other romantic subplot. Which is saying something for Degrassi.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: He was suppose to be part of a bullying plot during Degrassi High. But the actor had grown so large that it wasn't believable.
- Those Two Guys: With Yick.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Arthur and Yick were usually part the B-plot in every episode during Degrassi Junior High.
Played by Andy Chambers
Played by Bill Parrot
- Catch Phrase: "You should be kicked in the head!"
- Let's Just Be Friends: Spike and him attempt this after the pregnancy, but it doesn't work.
- The Other Darrin: In his appearance in Degrassi The Next Generation. The original actor was not asked to portray the character again.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: After his accident.
- The Bus Came Back: He went to visit Spike for the last time in DH, the year after the accident who left him mentally disabled.
- He seemed to be far higher-functioning in DH (when he was receiving intensive outpatient therapy while living at home with his family) than in TNG (after he had been warehoused in an institution his entire adult life).
- Teen Pregnancy: Most of his plot deals with the problems he faces as a teenage dad. It ends after his drugged induced accident.
Played by Rebecca Haines
Played by Craig Driscoll
Christine "Spike" Nelson
Played by Amanda Stepto
Played by Irene Courakos
Played by Cathy Keenan
Played by Stacie Mistysyn
Archibald "Snake" Simpson
Played by Stefan Brogren
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Snake. We never find out how he got the name.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Chick Magnet: He has many girls crushing on him in both DJH and DH (Melanie, Spike, Michelle, Amy, Allison). Subverted in The Movie where, for some reason, he was unable to get any girl and even made fun of because of this.
- Cool Loser: In The Movie, he becomes a full fledged Butt Monkey.
- Foreshadowing: In his very first appearance, running for student council against Stephanie, we see him standing on the steps of the school talking about what he'd change if he were in charge. Almost certainly nobody in 1987 knew what his being on the show would lead to, but the "..you won't recognize this school at all" scene at the end of The Boiling Point might be a deliberate Call Back.
- Gentle Giant: Borders on Lovable Coward.
- Heroic BSOD: He is, unfortunately, the one to discover Claude's body in the bathroom. Though he bravely reports it, he is still very traumatized by it and drops out of school for a week or two to recover.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Joey and Wheels.
- Nice Guy
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Only Sane Man: When he is with Joey and Wheels.
- Precision F-Strike
- Red-Headed Hero: Well, sort of. He's basically one of the biggest characters on the show, and though his hair is more strawberry blond, this trope would still apply.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Joey's manly man.
Played by David Armin-Parcells
Derek "Wheels" Wheeler
Played by Neil Hope
Played by Siluck Saysanasy
Played by Darrin Brown
Lorraine "L.D." Delacorte
Played by Amanda Cook
- Girliness Upgrade: Averted. Although Lucy tried.
- Ill Girl: Is diagnosed with Leukemia in season one of Degrassi High.
- Put on a Bus: Her last appearance is during the first season of DH, and after that it's said that she's off adventuring with her dad after her brush with Leukemia. Lucy makes several video diaries for her, up until the very last episode of DH. However, none of this is present, nor is she in fact anywhere to be seen in School's Out.
- Makeover Montage: Lucy gives her one and it makes her look much worse.
- Straw Feminist
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Lucy and most of her friends.
- You Go Girl
Played by John Ioannou