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Characters: One Tree Hill
The character sheet for One Tree Hill.

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    Main Characters (Seasons 1 to 4) 

Lucas Scott (Portrayed by Chad Michael Murray)

You know, I shoot the ball, and it goes in. I don't ask questions. I don't think about it. That's just the way it is.

Lucas Scott is the son of Karen Roe and Dan Scott. He was abandoned by his father for his other son, Nathan Scott and raised by his paternal uncle Keith Scott. Lucas had a passion for basketball and played at the River Court with friends such as Marvin "Mouth" McFadden and Antwon "Skills" Taylor. It was this passion for basketball that saw Lucas be recruited to the Tree Hill Ravens, and be forced to interact with Nathan on a daily basis.

Nathan Scott (Portrayed by James Lafferty)

Sometimes what you call "everything," I call "nothing."

Nathan Scott is the son of Deb Lee & Dan Scott. Under the watchful eye of his father, Nathan was raised with a basketball in his hands from the moment he could walk & eventually became the star player of the Tree Hill Ravens. However, Nathan is threatened when his half-brother Lucas joins the team & with an eye for Nathan's girlfriend Peyton Sawyer.

  • The Ace: Nathan is very skilled and good basketball player. He is known for his great athleticism and skills on the basketball court.
    • Broken Ace: He has a complicated and antagonistic relationship with his father, who moreso parades him (and to a lesser extent his mother) around as a trophy than having an actual healthy father-son relationship, his mother ignores him due to working all the time and she eventually backslides into drug addiction (though she gets better) and he was a big, arrogant manwhore with unstable relationships with women due to his troubled upbringing.
  • Actor-Shared Background: James Lafferty is also a basketball player.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: First with Peyton, then with Brooke and finally, with Haley.
  • Amicable Exes: With Peyton and arguably Brooke.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Lucas, to Jerkass levels. At first anyway.
  • Anti-Hero: Nathan started out as this to Lucas' The Hero. However, this later on changes when Nathan starts to change into a much kinder and nicer person as the series goes on.
  • Badass in Distress: Spends the entire last season as this.
  • Bash Brothers: With Lucas.
  • Beard of Sorrow: In season 5.
  • Becoming the Mask: He falls in love with Haley in season one.
  • The Big Guy: Nathan is one of the bigger and taller guys as he stands at 6'2".
  • Big Man on Campus: Nathan is popular, athletic and well-liked by the girls at school.
  • Book Dumb
  • Bound and Gagged: He spends a large chunk of the final season in this position during his kidnapping, but Catastrophe and the Cure is the only episode where he is gagged.
  • Broken Streak: Was the only cast member to appear in every episode, until episode 9x03.
  • Cain and Abel: He and Lucas start out this way. They grow out of it by the end of the first season, and in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Nathan defends Lucas from Dan. The season ends with them acknowledging each other as brothers and friends.
  • The Casanova: Pre-Haley.
  • Character Development: Over the entire course of the series, Nathan goes from a selfish, cocky, arrogant individual to a much nicer, kinder, selfless and understanding person.
  • The Charmer
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Nathan's Game-Breaking Injury in the season 5 premiere will be the reason for his early retirement from the NBA in season 8.
  • Chick Magnet
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Between season's four and five. #23 - All-Time Leading Scorer, co-captain of the first Ravens team to win the State Championship.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nathan has his sarcastic, humourous and witty moments.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In season one, he starts off being very icy, arrogant and selfish indeed. Thankfully, Haley and Lucas activate the metaphorical radiators and Nathan gradually realizes that he wants to be a better person than he's been.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first six seasons. Following Lucas' departure, he became The Hero.
  • Disabled Hottie: In season 5. He gets better.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In season five. He gets better.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Specifically Tim, his best friend in season one. There were signs, also lampshaded by Brooke, that he had more than just admiration for Nathan.
  • Freudian Excuse: His Jerk Jock behaviour in season 1 is quite understandable with a father like Dan.
    • As seen in the episode "Lifetime Piling Up" when Nathan dreams of what life would have been like if Dan had stayed with Karen and Lucas instead of marrying Deb: Lucas, not him, would have been the popular Jerk Jock.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Nathan is thrown through a plate glass window during the 4 year Time Skip after season four, and was paralysed from the waist down. He eventually recovers after months of rehab, and eventually makes it to the NBA. However, the injury comes back to haunt him in season eight, and he's forced to retire.
  • Generation Xerox: Much like Lucas takes after Keith, Nathan takes after Dan... Sort of. Whilst he starts out similar to Dan, he becomes a better person than Dan ever was during his Junior year, and whilst his life follows a similar path to Dan's, Nathan frequently does the opposite of what Dan would have done (Or actually did) in that spot.
  • Happily Married/High School Sweethearts: With Haley. Their ship has been the most enduring ship on the show.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • The Hero: Nathan becomes this in the seventh season onwards after Lucas leaves at the end of season six.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Haley. Nathan is 6'2" and Haley is 5'3", meaning Nathan is almost a whole foot taller than Haley.
  • Hunk
  • Jerk Jock: Nathan's initial personality. Gradually, he sheds the "Jerk" part with help from Haley and Lucas.
  • Lady Killer In Love
  • Like Father, Like Son: Subverted. Although Nathan is much like Dan at the start of the series, he progressively starts to change and become a much nicer, humbler and kinder person. His relationships with both Lucas and Haley have a strong effect on Nathan's change in personality and outlook.
  • Love Redeems: The whole point of his Character Development.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Though Nathan was only mean during the first season, by the end of which he Took a Level in Kindness. Actor James Lafferty, by all accounts, seems to have been a very nice person right from the start.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • The Nicknamer: It's revealed in Season 8 that Nathan is the one who coined Mouth's nickname, after getting fed-up of Mouth's wannabe sports anouncer tendancies at the River Court, declaring "You have a big mouth" & promptly punching him in it. When it's brought up, Nathan admits he doesn't remember doing that, but apologises for it.
  • Old Shame: Nathan hates the person he was before he met Haley.
  • Opposites Attract: With Haley, of course.
  • Papa Wolf: Especially over Haley and his children.
  • Parental Favoritism: Dan strongly favoured Nathan over Lucas.
  • Perma Stubble: In the last seasons.
  • Really Gets Around: Prior to meeting Haley. It's actually quite gross once you realize that he's slept with Peyton, Haley, Brooke in the sex tape, and lost his virginity to Haley's older sister...Taylor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Nathan is the Red Oni to Lucas' Blue Oni. Nathan is more hot-headed, overconfident, passionate and impulsive, while Lucas is more calm, composed, logical and practical.
  • Rousseau Was Right: His entire season 1 plot.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Nathan is the Manly Man to Lucas' Sensitive Guy.
  • Shirtless Scene: He gets quite a few of these.
  • Take a Third Option: Towards the end of Season 1, Dan and Deb demand that he live with one of them, as they separate. Nathan eventually decides to live with neither, and emancipates himself.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He stands 6'2". He was a perfect example of Tall, Dark and Snarky pre-Character Development.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Before his Character Development. And even after that, he still has his snarky, sarcastic moments.
  • Tragic Dream: In season 5. He got better.note 
  • Took a Level in Kindness: During season one.
  • Two First Names

Peyton Sawyer Scott (Portrayed by Hilarie Burton)

I guess I'm just a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside a bitch.

Peyton Sawyer is a rebellious cheerleader who shows her emotions through her art and love for music. With a deceased mother & father away for work most of the time, Peyton spends most of her time alone, or with her best friend Brooke Davis.

Haley James Scott (Portrayed by Bethany Joy Lenz/Galeotti)

The point is, at the end of the day all your bluster and BS don't mean anything to math, because math don't care, and neither do I.

Brooke Davis Baker (Portrayed by Sophia Bush)

Relationships are just too hard. Hooking up with boys is so much easier.

Marvin "Mouth" McFadden (Portrayed by Lee Norris)

Good evening ladies & gentlemen, and welcome to a historic night.

Rachel Gatina (Portrayed by Danneel Harris)

Antwon "Skills" Taylor (Portrayed by Antwon Tanner)

    Main Characters (Seasons 5 to 9) 

James "Jamie" Lucas Scott (Portrayed by Jackson Brundage)

Millicent "Millie" Huxtable (Portrayed by Lisa Goldstein)

Julian Baker (Portrayed by Austin Nichols)

Clayton "Clay" Evans (Portrayed by Robert Buckley)

Quinn James Evans (Portrayed by Shantel VanSanten)

Alex Dupre (Portrayed by Jana Kramer)

Chase Adams (Portrayed by Stephen Colletti)

Chris Keller (Portrayed by Tyler Hilton)

    Scott Family 

Dan Scott (Portrayed by Paul Johansson)

Happiness doesn't come cheap. Hell, if it did, we would all be smiling.

Karen Roe (Portrayed by Moira Kelly)

There's only one Tree Hill, Lucas Scott. And it is your home.

Keith Scott (Portrayed by Craig Sheffer)

It's funny, but I feel like I'm about to start the life that I always wanted.

Deb Lee Scott (Portrayed by Barbara Alyn Woods)

Cooper Lee (Portrayed by Michael Trucco)

Lily Roe Scott (Portrayed by Mary Kate Englehardt)

Sawyer Brooke Scott (Portrayed by Various)

Lydia Scott (Portrayed by Various)

    Other Characters (Seasons 1 to 4) 

Coach Brian "Whitey" Durham (Portrayed by Barry Corbin)

Principal Turner (Portrayed by Shawn Shepard)

Jake Jagielski (Portayed by Brian Greenberg)

Ferguson "Fergie" Thompson and "Junk" Moretti (Portrayed by Vaughn Wilson and Cullen Moss)

Tim Smith (Portrayed by Brett Claywell)

Jimmy Edwards (Portrayed by Colin Fickes)

Larry Sawyer (Portrayed by Thomas Ian Grffin & Kevin Kilner)

  • Disappeared Dad: Due to his work as a fisherman, Larry spends a large chunk of his time at sea & away from Peyton.
  • The Other Darrin: The only one in the show. Kevin Kilner took over the role of Larry in Season 3, after the character wasn't seen in Season 2.
  • Papa Wolf: To Peyton, largely due to work meaning he's away for large periods of time & the death of his wife when Peyton was a little girl.

Elizabeth "Ellie" Harp (Portrayed by Sheryl Lee)

Nicki (Portrayed by Emmanuelle Vaugier)

Bevin Mirskey (Portayed by Bevin Prince)

Felix Tagarro (Portrayed by Michael Copon)

Anna Tagarro (Portrayed by Daniella Alonso)

Andy Hargrove (Portrayed by Kieren Hutchinson)

Jimmy James (Huey Lewis)

Lydia James (Portrayed by Bess Armstrong)

Taylor James (Portrayed by Lindsey Mc Keon)

Gigi Silveri (Portrayed by Kelsey Chow)

Abby Brown (Portrayed by Allison Scagliotti)

Ian Banks (Psycho!Derek) (Portrayed by Matt Barr)

Daunte Jones (Portrayed by Rick Fox)

    Other Characters (Seasons 5 to 9) 

Lindsey Strauss (Portrayed by Michaela Mc Manus)

Carrie (Portayed by Torrey DeVitto)

Victoria Davis (Portrayed by Daphne Zuniga)

Owen Morello (Portrayed by Joe Manganiello)

  • The Alcoholic: A recovered one, before suffering a relapse.
  • Badass Beard: Pre-Relapse.
  • The Bartender: A bartending alcoholic. It ends well.
  • The Big Guy: Plays alongside Nathan in the "Slashers" Slamball team, and basically spends his time making sure no-one lays a finger on Nathan, due to his back issues.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: The Owen/Brooke ship doesn't really have any resolution during Season 5, largely due to the Writers Strike costing the season 4 episodes & Manganiello not being available for the last six episodes, which were produced after the strike. He returns midway through Season 6 as a member of Nathan's Slamball team, before suffering a relapse & sleeping with Millie in the very same episode which started the Brooke/Julian ship. He was Put on a Bus the following episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Put on a Bus
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Troubled, but Cute

Quentin "Q" Fields (Portrayed by Robbie Jones)

Mia Catalano (Portrayed by Kate Voegele)

Samantha "Sam" Walker (Portrayed by Ashley Rickards)

Charles "Chuck" Scolnik (Portrayed by Michael May)

Missus Lauren Fletcher (Portrayed by Allison Munn)

Sara Evans (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

Xavier Daniels (Portrayed by Devin McGee)

Katie Ryan (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

Adam Reese (Portrayed by James Van Der Beek)

Principal Charlene Rimkus (Portrayed by Susan Walters)


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