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Characters: EastEnders

Characters in EastEnders
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Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt)

  • Fatal Flaw: Greed.
  • Parental Favouritism: Particularly, when Peter and Lucy were played by: Thomas Law and Melissa Suffield. He preferred Peter over Lucy.
    • Shortly before her death, Ian showed intense favoritism toward Lucy naming her his "success story", Peter was not pleased to overhear this.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played straight with Cindy and Mel.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: His and Cindy's twins: Peter and Lucy.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Though this has largely been forgotten, in the early years, he was desperately trying to win his father's approval.

Dot Branning (June Brown)

Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks currently. Previously, Rebecca Micheal, Alexia Demetriou)

  • Bad Samaritan
  • Crying Wolf: most of her family's convinced she murdered her grandmother Lydia
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Janine has no problem with destroying lives, but genuinely seemed horrified by Rob's exploitation of Whitney (though guilt, marginal family loyalty and fear of reprisal helped)
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: the only insult that actually seems to upset Janine is reference to one of her... previous lines of employment.
  • It's All About Me: Janine Butcher will manipulate, con or even murder for her own self gain, all the while genuinely convinced she is Walford's purist Woobie forced into unscrupulous schemes by the cruel world around her.
  • Gold Digger
  • Morality Pet: Billy, Tiff, Whitney and Lydia are the most recent/longstanding examples.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds

Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)

Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson)

Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater; previously: Eva Brittin-Snell, Casey Anne Rothery and Melissa Suffield)

  • Alpha Bitch: Will stop at nothing to get what she wants, best example was her vendetta against former best friend Lauren for getting with Lucy's ex-boyfriend Joey, even though Joey had dumped Lucy before this even happened
  • Break the Haughty: Was generally quite a nasty spoiled daddy's girl until 2012 when her father had a breakdown and went missing leaving Lucy caring for her younger brother Bobby all on her own, bare in mind she was 17 at the time, and the emotional effect it had on her was clear
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Hetti Bywater who plays Lucy is all most a year younger then her character
  • Depending on the Writer: Lucy can either be a lost, vulnerable girl who lashes out to defend herself or she can just be an out and out bitch
  • Dumb Blonde: Completely averted. Lucy's probably the most intelligent teenager on the show
  • Odd Friendship: With the Square's resident Asian Nerd Tamwar Masood
  • Teen Pregnancy: Got pregnant as a sixteen year old but had an abortion

Peter Beale (Ben Hardy, previously: Francis Britton-Snell, Alex Stevens, Joseph Shade, James Martin, Thomas Law)

  • Ambigiously Bi: For some reason a lot of fans think the character might be gay. This is despite him having at least 4 on-screen romantic interests
  • Dead Guy Junior: He is named after his deceased grandfather, Pete, who died on the day of his birth.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Since his return as played by Ben Hardy, we've been seeing quite a lot of his very muscular arms. He's also had a shirtless scene
  • Nice Guy: Peter's kind and pleasant to pretty much everyone he meets.
  • The Other Darrin: He been played no less that 6 different actors.
  • Out of Focus: When played by Thomas Law, it was very rare that Peter would get any notable story-lines compared to twin sister Lucy. Peter was so underused that in 2009 he only appeared in 29 out of 212 episodes broadcast that year, leaving him the least seen character of the year. He's had more focus in his 2013 return though
  • Put on a Bus: Was written out between December 2010 and June 2013 when he moved to Devon following an argument with Ian
  • Shirtless Scene: It did at least have some narrative context though

Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick)

Liam Butcher (James Forde currently)

  • Book Dumb: Liam's school grades aren't all that due to the fact he suffers from dylsexia.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being the eldest of mum Bianca's children, it's very rare for Liam to get any screen time compared to younger siblings Morgan and Tiffany (especially Tiffany). Averted starting in 2013; He now gets story lines of his own because his actor is now over 16.

Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace)

Mo Harris (Laila Morse)

Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker)

Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie)

Bobby Beale (Rory Straud; previously Alex Francis)

Denise Fox (Diane Parish)

Max Branning (Jake Wood)

Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald)

Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa currently. Previously, Madeline Duggan.)

Shirley Carter (Linda Henry)

  • Darkand Troubled Past: She is NOT fond of her dad, and neither is her brother Mick.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She plays this trope to a tee when she's in the mood (which is most of the time).
  • Mama Bear: Used to be this with her younger siblings Mick and Tina, now it sort of extends to their kids.
  • Out of Focus: After Heather's death, she hasn't really done much.
    • Now officially back in the frame with the arrival of her siblings and their family.

Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick)

  • Adults Are Useless: This has been Jay's experience anyway, he's practically raised himself
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT insult his dead father
  • Beta Couple: He and girlfiend Abi Branning are probably the most stable couple on the whole show
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jay's a nice, laid back easy going guy but he can turn quite nasty and violent if he needs to.
  • Black Best Friend: Best mate Dexter
  • Book Dumb: Though he's hardly The Ditz, Jay is certainly not very academically bright. But what he lacks in Academic smarts he certainly makes up for in street smarts
  • Break the Cutie: Almost too many to count, he's certainly one of the writers favourite punching bags
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Abi, Lola, Kitty and (though not a girl) Ben all displayed attraction towards Jay, did he realize? Nope
  • Deus Angst Machina Life really seems to have no other reason for his existence than to just completely break him down and destroy him at every available opportunity
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments
  • Dissapeared Dad: Jay's dad was in prison for the first 11 years of his life, then got out of prison only to be brutally murdered a year later
  • Dogged Nice Guy: His unrequited crushes on Lauren and Lucy in his younger years
  • Incompatible Orientation: It was heavily implied several times that step brother Ben had a crush on him
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Used to be this until around two years ago, now he's dropped the jerk and is just a general Nice Guy
  • Missing Mom: She died of cancer. You can start to see why Jay's The Woobie of the show at times
  • Out of Focus: Currently. He's barely appeared in the last six months, and has being playing second fiddle to Dexter Hartman for over a year.
  • Trauma Congaline: In his six years on the show Jay has lost his grandmother and mother, been abandoned by his grandfather, seen his father get brutally murdered, been placed in care, been beaten by his foster father, witnessed a murder and been emotionally blackmailed and forced to cover it up having clearly negative affects on his mental health and was left homeless, jobless and penniless when the truth came out. All before his 18th birthday.
  • The Woobie: Though originally very boisterous and kind of unsympathetic, Jay grew into a very nice young man..... it was just unfortunate that with that change in personality came a majority of his tragedy.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His need and desire for a father figure of his own constantly has Jay trying to impress people, most notably Phil Mitchell who treated Jay like one of his own
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on girlfriend Abi with a girl on holiday. To be fair to Jay, he's always strived for a family of his own and Abi had just basically told him she didn't want a kid with him and he was devastated

Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons)

Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack)

Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel)

Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra)

  • I Have No Son
  • The Gambling Addict
  • Hypocrite: a gambling addict who has tried to run off with a (yet another) then-married woman... twice now is it?
    • He gets called on it twice by Syed. Once when he punches Christian even though the Qur'an teaches non-violence and once when he brings up the two examples above.

Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty)

Tiffany Dean (Maisie Smith)

Morgan Butcher (Devon Higgs)

Kim Fox (Tameka Empson)

Fatboy (Ricky Norwood)

Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell)

Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold)

  • Kissing Cousins: Actually a bit more than that; Lola's third cousin Ben is the father of her daughter Lexi.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Her first storyline involved her finding out she was pregnant at age 15.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Though originally hard faced and troublesome, Lola has matured and is now generally quite nice.
    • She still has her moments where she panics over her motherhood and does some stupid things, but now she is generally nowhere near as fiery as before and keeps a level head. This is most evident where Bianca doesn't pay her immediately, thinking she talked Morgan and Tiffany out of their staple food.

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer)

  • Darkand Troubled Past: Shares this with Shirley.
  • Nice Guy: Is very firm but fair to his family and friends.
  • Papa Wolf: Even if you are father, you dare insult his family and he WILL make you pay for it. Additionally, the scene where he accepts Johnny unconditionally after he comes out of gay was so heartwarming it received acclaim.
  • Tranquil Fury: Mick is a very calm and controlled person to a fault, but when his dad jokes about the mortality of his son on duty...that smile is not one of good humor.

Linda Carter (Kellie Bright)

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially very hostile toward Shirley, however over time they have been able to accept each others presence.
  • Jerkass: Has trouble accepting her son's sexuality at first, later decides to send him to Sharon's new bar as a spy against their competition.

Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White)

  • But Not Too Bi: She sleeps with Billy Mitchell early after they meet but later says it was just a bit of mistaken fun and that she is a lesbian.
  • Lampshade Hanging: She knows people would find it odd that despite claiming to be a lesbian, she has a daughter, and is happy enough to talk about it.
  • Nice Girl: A very caring and nice person, ESPECIALLY toward Cindy.

Johnny Carter (Sam Strike)

  • Nice Guy: Probably the most realistic and normal young male on the show, Johnny is just out and out sweet to everybody
  • The Woobie: The way he was outed to his family wasn't nice, and then a few days later he was outed to the entire community by his aunt. It helps the the actor seems to be very talented at doing puppy dog eyes

Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill)

Stan Carter (Timothy West)

  • Moral Event Horizon: At the table for dinner he openly jokes about the 2 homosexual members of the family but what really sends everyone (Especially Mick) over the edge is he jokes Lee might be one but the next time they see him will be in a body bag coming home from tour in Afghanistan.

     Past 

Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp)

  • Abusive Parents: while Phil was their dad's preferred target, grant was on the receiving end too.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Put his brother in a coma after discovering he had sex with his 1st wife Sharon, could get very jealous over his 2nd wife Tiffany despite not being in love with her, and went on the run from the law for violently beating the man who was sleeping with his 3rd wife Carla.

Mark Fowler (Todd Carty)

Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Mitchell)

Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb)

Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements)

Amira Masood (Preeya Kalidas)

Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott)

  • Mr. Fanservice: They really loved to have him in as little clothing as possible. One example; on his stag night he randomly decides to take all of his clothes off in public and proceeds to run around giving the audience a view of his bare naked bottom.
  • Put on a Bus

Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement)

  • Mama Bear: As long as you're not her actual children.
  • Parental Neglect: She wasn't the best mother to her sons: David and Simon.

Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins)

Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas)

Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman)

  • Big Brother Bully
  • Disappeared Dad: To Alice and Joey.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The most prominent villain in 2012, his death? A heart attack.
  • Large Ham: While you can point out numerous instances the "I AM DEREK BRANNING!" line on the 2012 Christmas Episode sounded so cheesy and overdramatic
  • Nice Hat: Wore a Flat cap more often then not when he was undertaking criminal activity

Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe currently. Previously, Charlie Jones)

Jean Slater (Gillian Wright)

Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: After finding out her husband Max had an affair with daughter in law Stacey, Tanya exerted her revenge by burying Max alive

Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia)

  • Mama Bear: Deep down, from Nina Wadia herself, Zainab's intense homophobia is fueled partially by her need to protect her son from all the hatred he would receive from the Muslim community. She didn't do a good job of it.
  • I Have No Son
  • Hypocrite: gets called on it more than her husband...
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: to Amira and Afia, Christian as well in her more "tolerant" moments

Jack Branning (Scott Maslen)

Syed Masood (Marc Elliott)

Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd)

Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks)

Joey Branning (David Witts)

  • Mr. Fanservice: David Witts is rumored to have had a no nudity agreement put into his contract, however that hasn't stopped the wardrobe department from dressing him in very tight revealing shirts.
  • Kissing Cousins: Lauren
  • Putona Bus: After losing all hope of saving his sister he takes off feeling there is nothing left for him.

Carl White (Daniel Coonan)


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