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)
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.
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
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
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.
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)
Abusive Parents: averted, is probably the only Mitchell over 20 who wasn't abused
Mama Bear: To Amy, as she responds so frighteningly following her kidnapping by Carl's brother she manages to disturb PHIL. One could argue Carl himself got it too if Ronnie's reasoning for killing him is to be believed.
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.
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.
Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp)
Abusive Parents: while Phil was their dad's preferred target, grant was on the receiving end too.
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.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She tells Syed that she hopes Christian and he will be very happy right before she leaves. Of course, that doesn't last long, judging by how she acted her second time around on the Square. Either she was being extremely sarcastic, or her time spent locked up with her dad has made her very bitter.
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.
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.