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In Fangs And Fins, it is often hard to distinguish who is a main character and who is a supporting character, as the page time in the original fic was not exactly shared evenly. Please think before you put a character under Main Cast or Supporting Cast.The new members of the season 2 main cast have been added to the Main Cast folder, obviously.
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Duration: Season 1 -
"She was all alone. Her feelings mean nothing. Her life is nothing."
The main character of the series. Rose starts off as an absurdly quiet, cynical girl who is still distraught over the death of her mother six years prior. She starts dating a new arrival in town, James Wood, only to discover that he is not exactly normal - though she herself isn't either. She changes throughout the series, becoming more verbose and empathetic and becomes good friends with James's brother, Ben.In season 2, she learns from Elisabeth Fitzgerald that her mother was stripped off her mermaid powers after a shoddy attempt to become immortal which resulted in the death of three people, and that it is suspected that her mother was changed into a vampire by Issac Wood, James and Ben's father and faked her own death. Rose sets out with Ben to find out if this is true or not, and spends a good portion of season 2 fighting feelings for Ben and wondering if the years spent putting her mother on a pedestal were a mistake.
Took A Level In Jerk Ass: YMMV, but Rose becomes progressively more unlikable throughout season 1, and in season 2 continually leads Ben on.
Duration: Season 1 -
"I really like having you as a friend. When I'm with you I don't have to worry about being the mother figure. I really don't have to worry about anything when I'm with you. I can just be me."
Rose's older, more responsible sister. Initially she's a very concerned Cool Big Sis, but revels Hidden Depths as the series progresses. At first, Lily is opposed to Rose's relationships with Ben, James and Constance Wood to the extent that she was briefly affiliated with a group of vampire hunters. However, Lily eventually begins to accept all of them, and becomes especially close with vampire Arianna Cromwell.Lily had a relationship with her best friend Lewis Williams, but ended the relationship as she felt it would put pressure on Rose's friendships with the two of them. She spends much of season 1 dealing with the aftermath of this decision, but eventually she and Lewis become the best of Amicable Exes and are still best friends in season 2.In season 2, she struggles with her sexuality and her growing feelings for Arianna and is pressured to rejoin the group of vampire hunters Ash Johnson introduced her to.
Action Girl: She can definitely hold her own in combat, most likely due to the training Ash gave her. Petra tries to recruit her in 2.08 because of this.
Always Someone Better: Subverted. Her friends are more devoted to Rose than they are to her (excluding Lewis and Arianna).
Determinator: Oh boy. Tried for years to get Rose to open up and live a more fulfilling life with very minimal success until James and Ben showed up. However she never gave up on her sister despite this.
Lily and Rose's best friend. He and Lily used to have a thing, which he has a hard time getting over. Lewis is a responsible guy, is always there for the girls, and forms an Odd Friendship with Ben over the course of the series. He spends the majority of season 1 mediating fights between Rose and Lily, trying to win back Lily and being generally supportive.In season 2, he is changed into a werewolf, and joins Will's pack and forms a friendship with Laurel, who encourages him to move beyond his limitations and live life to the fullest.
Adrenaline Makeover: Justified. In season 2 he becomes more attractive and muscled after being changed into a werewolf.
The Kirk: Lewis is stable, balanced, and the center of the trio of him, Lily, and Rose and is often caught in the middle of their arguments, though he generally ends up taking Lily's side. He is also the Kirk in the trio of him, James, and Ben.
"I don't see humans as food. I see them as people."
The eldest son of a powerful vampire family, James befriends Rose after his family relocates to Queensland. He is compassionate, intelligent and has a deep regard for human life. At first, he appears to be a prefect Prince Charming. Kind of. However, underneath that, he's an awkward Control Freak who is constantly pressured by his father. As the most responsible member of the Woods family, James does his best to control Ben's antics and womanizing (which exasperate him) and soothe Constance's anxiety and depression (which makes him anxious).In season 2, he is forced into an Arranged Marriage with Arianna, which becomes extremely problematic for him when he becomes closer with Minerva and realizes the inevitability of becoming the head of the Woods family.
"I always think about the future. What will happen if…if I let someone in? The answer: it's always bad. Someone always gets hurt. It's a foolproof equation. With love comes pain."
Ben starts off as a perverted, Jerkass who Really Gets Around / James's friend. He is eventually revealed to be James's half-brother, and we learn his Jerkass tendencies were a a facade. He has an Odd Friendship with the group. The product of Issac Wood and a human, Ben is ignored by his father and orchestrated by the rest of the Wood clan. At the request of Issac (whose approval Ben is desperate to win), Ben committed a series of murders to supply blood for weaker vampires that were incapable of hunting on their own. This comes back to bite him bad in the ass when Ash kills Constance, thinking her responsible for Ben's action. Ben continues to be a major target of the Gold Coast's vampire hunters throughout season 2.In season 2 Ben becomes the source of a Lockwood/Cromwell dispute regarding his future engagement. Sofia Lockwood and Katharina Cromwell both vie for his attention, but he only has eyes for Rose. However, Rose's feelings for Ben are very conflicted.
Attempted Rape: In early chapters, he constantly invades Rose's personal space to the point where it probably counts as this trope, however we eventually learn we he only did this to get her to stay away from his family so that his father would not but a price on her head and/or force Ben to kill her. It didn't work.
Always Second Best: Growing up, James was Issac's favorite son and was well respected by the Cromwells and Lockwoods, whereas Ben was ignored. James also got a lot of attention from girls Ben had feelings for, including Rose and Arianna, who James winds up in an Arranged Marriage with.
The Beard: He and Arianna spread rumors that they had a 'thing' so that her parents wouldn't get suspicious about Arianna's sexuality.
Arianna is independent, loyal and secretive. The eldest Cromwell daughter, Arianna is used as a pawn by her domineering vampire mother Alena Cromwell in the vicious power struggle between the Cromwells and the powerful Lockwoods. In contrast to the traditionalism the Cromwells uphold, Arianna takes after her hippie human father Marc and his idealistic principals. This being said, Arianna is extremely loyal to the Cromwells and obediently followers her mother's orders, despite how much pain they might cause her.Arianna was optimistic and lighthearted as a child, but hardened over the years into a grumpy pessimist after forcing herself to hide her sexuality. Upon returning to the Gold Coast, there is some off-screen Defrosting Ice Queen and she begins to return to the person she was as a child. Lily seems to bring out the best in her, and a softer side of Arianna is shown whens he is around Lily.In season 2, she is forced into an Arranged Marriage with James. Arianna decides to comply with the marriage, despite the sexual incompatibility.
Tsundere: Pretty mild Type A. She can be rather pessimistic and snarky, however she is usually much more cheerful around Lily. This being she, her deredere-ness is in-regards to loneliness as a whole, not just romance.
I like you. As a friend. Not what my family wants me to like you as and not what they especially want you to like me as."
Minerva is hard-working and absolutely determined to succeed. She pushes herself and others to reach impossibly high standards(standards which her three older, successful sister have already reached). She tries to befriend James on her parents' request, and is reluctant to encourage his feelings for her. She is aspires to be a pianist, but her parents would much prefer for her to attend Law School.
Academic Alpha Bitch: Shows shades. She is immediately threatened when another girl at the group's school gets almost the same SAT score as her and considers sabotage when she and the girl compete for a scholarship.
Always Second Best: As the youngest in a family of very successful individuals, Minerva must live up to impossibly high standards in almost every imaginable areas, most notably academically, physically, and matrimonially.
Establishing Character Moment: Minerva moves from a somewhat generic Tsundere to awkward teen girl with trust issues after she fights with Marie. There were already signs of this in 2.07 when she and James were talking, though.
Rich Bitch: Subverted. Her family is relatively well off but they're not as noble as the Woods or Cromwells. Her family wants her and her siblings to marry into important families to boost their status. In 2.08 it is reveled that they are not as wealthy as they pretend to be.
Tsundere: A better example than Arianna. She's a pretty straight-forward Type A, especially in the earlier chapters, but she mellows out as the series progresses.
Almost inverted as the series progresses. [[spoiler: We eventually learn that the incident in 2.04 was concocted by the Montgomerys, who felt that James would be more open to falling for a friend. He does, and Minerva feels the same way, but she does not want to pursue James, feeling she somehow wrong robbed him of his agency and choice.
James and Ben's adoptive sister. Initially portrayed as sweet, airy and somewhat ditzy, Contance is seen through season 1 watching reruns of 1990s sitcoms and caring for her stuffed animal collection. We eventually learned that she was (rather violently) changed in the early 2000s and was adopted in the Woods family on Ben's mother's request. Issac Wood regards her with contempt and she is treated as pariah in the elite vampire society the Woods belong to, which explains her somewhat...odd behavior.
Sofia is Jewel's smarter, more well-mannered younger sister. She enters the series having returned from a trip abroad trying to find her sister (there family did not tell her that Jewel had died. She is excluded from vampire society despite her family being as important as the Woods and Cromwells as she is the illegitimate child of Beatrice Lockwood and a rouge vampire. Initially she appears to be an antagonist, but it eventually becomes clear the she just wants to save her skin from the Woods/Lockwoods and find out who her father is.
Ax-Crazy: Subverted. It may seem so in the beginning, but interaction with other characters make it perfectly clear that Sofia is sane.
Ash is introduced as a boy in a few of Lily's classes who appears to be interested in her and vice versa. Eventually we learn that he is a vampire hunter trying to track down various targets of varying offences. He kills Constance in the finale, thinking she had committed crimes that Ben was actually responsible for.
Byron comes to stay with the Collins as a house guest (he and Lily were on the swim team together/were good friends as kids) and resides in Elliot's room. It is implied that he is a vampire that Ash is looking for who is hiding out in the area - especially around Mako. Also implied that he is the vampire who attacks Rose at Mako, and the one who attacked Lily and Lewis a few days after. We learn that he was turned by Elliot.
Demoted to Extra: He never had a huge role, but we do see him having breakfast with Lily, Rose and Lewis at least once or twice, Rose is seen eavesdropping on his conversations and he used to spend time with Lily. Apparently he left the house for long periods of time and this is why his pagetime was noticeably smaller (to non-existent).
Jewel is introduced as a blonde, bitchy friend of James's. The Lockwoods are family friends of the Woods, and whenever Jewel is in town she hangs around with James, Ben and Constance (should be noted that Jewel is intersted in James, though he does not reciprocate). She is horrendous to Constance, and this is ultimately what gets her killed.
Duration: Mentioned in season 1; first physical appearance at the end of season 1/in season 2.
Lily and Rose's father. He used to work as a freelance writer, but now writes exclusively for a popular magazine.
Bumbling Dad: He's certainly not stupid or lazy, yet the entire Collins household thinks so
Doting Parent: You have to give the guy credit for being an attentive and loving father who raised a happy and emotionally well-adjusted daughter to adulthood ... eccentricities notwithstanding. He could have done the same for Rose, had she allowed him.
Minerva's mother; a distant (paternal) relative of the Campbells
The group of young mermaids both Elisabeth Burke and Violet Collins belonged to as teenagers. They operated in Perth but dissolved shortly after Violet Lange was stripped of her powers and sentenced to live a normal life after she killed another member of the group.
Violet Lange Collins
A God I Am: Strays into this. She doesn't have a god complex, but she really wants to live forever and is power-hungry so...
Ariadne is the leader of the girls (until Violet steps in). Amiable and ambitious, Ariadne has a good heart and is a born leader, though she has a quick temper and is always willing and able to put someone in their place and will interject if Violet is being particularly nasty.
Alpha Bitch / Lovable Alpha Bitch: This initially appears to be her designated role, but she is more hostile towards Violet and by association - Elisabeth - than she is to the others.
Spoiled Brat: Based on Violet's description of her, you'd think she fit this trope, but she's surprisingly not bratty at all - unless, of course, she's speaking to Violet.
Ariadne’s best friend. Léa is more stoic than the rest of her friends, though she is reliable and shows a deep concern for others and is more tolerant of Violet than the others are. Until, of course, Violet tortures Ariadne...
Gabrielle is the most conventionally pretty and feminine of the girls. Because of this, she worries about being stereotyped as shallow and dumb and compensates by engaging in multiple extracurriculars and trying to maintain a high GPA.
Ascended Extra: Arguably. She ended up going with Elisabeth and Léa to look for Ariadne, Abigail and Violet, though her role in the story had been minimal before and unlike Léa and Elisabeth she had no connection to any of the girls who were missing.