Introduced in the 80's
Alf StewartYear Introduced: 1988
Played By: Ray Meagher (with Robert Jago playing him as a Timeshifted Actor in flashbacks)Makes sense to start with him: He's the only character to stay with the show since the first episode. He started out as the most sane member of Summer Bay's most influential family, and has since undergone considerable Character Development to become the Cool Old Guy. He has two children and two grandchildren (neither of whom use the Stewart name). He has another illegitimate daughter but she was largely forgotten after 1995.Tropes associated with Alf:
- Cool Old Guy: This guy is the Bay.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: One other thing Alf is remembered for is using outdated Australian euphemisms.
- Memetic Molester: Rape Dungeon.
- Timeshifted Actor: Played by The Faceless Robert Jaco for a 2010 story that showed him in 1987.
- Also appears as a child in flashbacks
Ailsa StewartYear Introduced: 1988
Played by: Judy NunnTropes associated with Ailsa:
- Dropped a Bridge on Him
- Sympathetic Murderer: The revelation of her father beating her mothe and sibligs invokes this trope.
Sally Fletcher (née Copeland, previously Keating)Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Kate RitchieSecond longest serving cast member (and longest serving regular female cast member), Sally first appeared in the pilot episode too, when her foster family bought the caravan park from Alf. When first we saw her, she had adjusted well to her life with the Fletchers, leaving only her imaginary friend Milko. She went on to grow up before the eyes of the nation, eventually taking on a teaching job at the high school (and becoming principal after Fisher). She eventually discovered she had a long-lost brother, "Milco" (Miles Copeland), who took over her position in the cast.Tropes associated with Sally:
- Expansion Pack Past: We weren't told about Miles until after he first appeared: her name was given as "Keating" until it changed.
- Happily Adopted: By Tom and Pippa in 1989.
Tom FletcherYear Introduced: 1988
Played By: Roger Oakley
Pippa Fletcher/RossYear Introduced: 1988
Played By: Carole Willessee (pilot, scenes cut) Vanessa Downing (1988-90), Debra Lawrence (1990-8, with guest appearances thereafter)
Colleen Smart (née Hickey)Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Lyn CollingwoodMother to Lance (or "my Lancie" as she calls him), town gossip, and the bane of Morag's life. As Irene once said, there's no one in Summer Bay she hasn't offended at some point with her interfering gossipy ways. She recently found out she's the half-sister of Alf and Morag, much to her delight and their dismay.Tropes associated with Colleen:
- Gossip Evolution
- Malaproper: To give one example:
- Colleen: Ah, Constable Risotto!
Angelo Rosetta: That's Sergeant Risotto now, Colleen.
- Mama Bear: To Lance
- Promotion to Opening Titles:2000.
Morag Bellingham (née Stewart)Alf's formidable lawyer sister. Not the nicest of people when she first appeared, she's mellowed a bit over the years and now helps out with the many legal problems Summer Bay's residents get themselves into. Still not someone to cross though....Tropes associated with Morag:
- Heel–Face Turn: After Alf suffered his brain tumour.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Good Is Not Nice
- Large Ham
Donald FisherYear Introduced: 1988
Played By: Norman CoburnThird-longest serving original character (although Irene has since overtaken him). Initially the school principal.Tropes associated with Fisher:
- Heel–Face Turn: After his son Alan's death.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a hardass, He genuinely cared for his students at times (Viv, Shane, Angel, etc)
Marilyn Chambers (previously Fisher)Year Introduced: 1989
Tropes associated with Marilyn:
- Genki Girl
- Psychic Powers
- Prophecy Twist: Her 2010 storyline revolved her best friend Mitzy predicting her death. During the year, she sold her possessions and got her affairs in order...only to be dead for about 5 minutes after drowning.
- A 99 44/100% Unfortunate Name
Martha Mackenzie (née Stewart, previously Holden)Tropes associated with Martha:Daughter of Ruth "Roo" Stewart and Brett Macklin, Martha was the second character born on the show (the first was Tom and Pippa's son Christopher). She was initially given up for adoption but made her way back to the Bay many years later.
Introduced in the 90's
Michael RossYear Introduced: 1990
Played By: Dennis CoardPippa's second husband, introduced six months after Tom's death when someone decided Pippa as a single mother wasn't such a good idea after all. Considered a Replacement Scrappy for Tom by some fans, but, like The Other Pippa, lasted so much longer than the original that people forgot they weren't the originals.Tropes associated with Michael:
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute
- Heroic Sacrifice: Drowning whilst saving Sam Marshall during the floods
- Romance on the Set: Dennis Coard and Debra Lawrence married during their time on the show and are still together
Irene RobertsYear Introduced: 1991
Played By: Jacqui Phillips/Lynne Mc GrangerAnother long serving character. Irene arrived as Finlay and Damian's nasty alcoholic mother. She got her drinking under control, became a permanent fixture in the various diners, and fostered a truckload of waifs and strays.Tropes associated with Irene:
- Abusive Parents: Fin and Damien were removed from her care after she drunkenly tried to strangle them.
- The Alcoholic: In her earliest incarnation and a relapse in 2009
- Fatal Attractor: Her husband Mud was an abusive cheat, fiance Ken died not long before they were due to get married, boyfriend Barry turned out to be a murderer, and her latest boyfriend Lou was killed by Hugo.
- Heel–Face Turn: She went from a villain to a pillar of the community.
- The Other Darrin
- Promotion to Opening Titles: 1994 Season
- Psychic Powers: She had a premonition of Ken's death.
Introduced in the 2000's
Leah Patterson-Baker (née Poulos, previously Patterson)Tropes associated with Leah:
- Fatal Attractor: Two dead husbands and a boyfriend who was nearly killed by a racist gang.
- Out of Focus: For a while but she's getting more storylines now.
Miles CopelandOriginally introduced as a Spear Counterpart to Sally just before she left the show, Miles has evolved into his own character. He still retains some aspects of Sally (such as his kind and generous nature), but has developed a tendency to make odd Deadpan Snarker remarks about particularly stupid decisions he observes.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- (Yet another) Fatal Attractor: Lost his wife, Both Kirsty and Leah miscarried his unborn children.
- Psychic Powers (again): Weirdest example on the page: His daughter Amber appeared to him as a ghost named Rabbit. Turned out she had psychic abilities, seeing the fire at the diner, his own (possible) death and the possible deaths of Leah, VJ and Elijah
- Save Our Students
- Why Won't You Die?: Has been fated to do so twice (Stabbing and ceiling fan, respectively). Both times failed.
Introduced in the 2010's
April ScottYear Introduced: 2010
Portrayed By: Rhiannon Fish
- Granola Girl: At the start. Now, not so much.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Narm: The climax of her OCD storyline, arguably the best one she's ever had, occurs when Bianca throws some of her shirts onto the floor.
- Super OCD
- The Woobie: Her OCD storyline, and the aftermath of Dexter's accident. Some consider this to be Wangst, though.
Darryl "Brax" BraxtonYear Introduced: 2011
Portrayed By: Stephen PeacockeThe Big Bad for at least some of the 2011 season, opinion is divided on whether or not he ever made a Heel–Face Turn. Mostly, he seemed to switch from being a Type II or III Anti-Hero to being a Type III Anti-Villain, depending on the storyline.
- Affably Evil: One reason why most people don't hate him.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His name is Brax. Not Darryl. The only person who ever gets away with calling him Darryl is his mother.
- Evil Is Sexy: The other reason why most people don't hate him.
- Evil Versus Evil: It helps that most of his more brutal acts are directed against people who are at least as bad as him if not worse.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite the numerous crimes committed by him and his family, there are some things, like rape and wife beating, that Brax is dead against. Whether or not he disapproves of threatening women seems to be a case of Depending on the Writer. Or possibly Depending on the Woman.
- Karma Houdini: While Brax receives no legal punishment for his crimes, he has both his girlfriend and his brother murdered by his rivals. It appears for a time that he has received a final Karmic Twist Ending when an attempt to manipulate his way out of jail results in him instead having to go on the run from his latest rival, letting his family, including his newborn son, believe him to be dead...but then that's completely forgotten about and he comes out of hiding to reclaim his girlfriend and son and drive off into the sunset with him.