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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.

  • Adorkable: Lucas is a bit of a nerd and has his dorky moments.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Peyton and Brooke.
  • Always Someone Better: Lucas felt this way about Nathan, especially very early on in the series.
  • Amicable Exes: With Brooke.
  • Badass: Being the main character, he has the most heroic moments and in season four, after he finds out the truth abouth Keith's death, he confronts his father.
  • Badass Bookworm: Lucas is very smart, a good student and he loves literature and writing.
  • Bash Brothers: With Nathan. Before, the two of them were rivals and enemies, but as the series progressed, Lucas became very close with Nathan and now they always have each other's backs.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Peyton, to Foe Yay levels.
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT mess with his family, friends or his loved ones in any way. Hurt his mom in any way and Lucas will get even.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Peyton's Betty and Brooke's Veronica; later the Archie to Lindsey's Betty and Peyton's Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lucas is a nice guy but don't mess with him anyone he cares about.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nathan.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Peyton. Both are brooding, deep, talented, artistic, introverted observers with a Dark and Troubled Past and Parental Issues. They are so similar that their haters feel they are Like Brother and Sister. It doesn't help that they are both blonde.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Episode 9x07, "Last Known Surroundings".
  • Cain and Abel: Lucas is the Abel to Nathan's Cain, originally. However, the two eventually grow out of their rivalry by the end of the first season, and in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Nathan defends Lucas from their father Dan. The season ends with them acknowledging each other as brothers and best friends.
  • Chick Magnet: Lucas gets a lot of female attention and he has attracted almost every single female character on the show, including Peyton, Brooke, Nicki, Anna, Rachel and Lindsey.
  • Cool Teacher: As of season 5.
  • Cool Loser: Originally, Lucas is a bit of a loner and a social outcast. He doesn't fit in with the popular crowd as opposed to his half brother Nathan, who is a star athlete. He gets popularity soon enough, however, after he joins the basketball team
  • Cool Uncle: To Jamie as of season 5.
  • Cultured Badass: Luke starts off and finishes virtually every episode of his run on the show with a literary reference.
  • The Determinator: Lucas is very persistent and he's not the type to give up.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Eugene. His middle name is rather old-fashioned. Although there is nothing really wacky or unusual about his middle name, it doesn't really fit in with the rest of his name. Or even with a cool name like Lucas.
  • First Girl Wins: Peyton. Lucas chooses her over Brooke and Lindsey in season 6.
  • Generation Xerox: Lucas is pretty much like Keith in terms of personality, temperament, outlook, etc. Like Keith, Lucas is the older but unfavorite son of his father and had a Cain and Abel dynamic with Nathan. Fortunately, he and Nathan worked things out unlike Dan and Keith. Post-Time Skip, he becomes a Cool Uncle towards Jamie much like Keith was to him.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He's already on bad terms with his father. So upon learning the truth that his father killed his beloved uncle...
  • Guilt Complex: Lucas feels easily guilty for things and will end up blaming himself or feeling responsible for things that are his fault and things that aren't his fault.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's genuinely kind, heroic, and protective of the ones he cares about.
  • Handicapped Badass: Continued playing basketball and being one of the Raven's key players despite having a fatal heart condition.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Lucas' love life has been a gigantic mess and confusion.
  • The Hero: Originally, the story is centred on Lucas and his relationship with Nathan. While Lucas is the hero, Nathan is the Anti-Hero.
  • Heroic Bastard: He's the hero of the series but his parents, Dan and Karen, never married.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nathan, even though they are half brothers.
  • Honor Before Reason: Lucas is all about doing the right thing as much as possible.
  • Ill Boy: He inherited the hereditary Hollywood Heart Attack of the Scott family.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To match his Hair of Gold.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Solidified with Haley when they became in-laws.
  • Lovable Jock: He's a cool jock, but he's very likeable and isn't a jerk.
  • Narrator: Lucas was the narrator of the series from Season's 1 to 6, being the one who was telling the story.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Peyton.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: In an airport no-less. Lampshaded by Peyton.
    Lucas: It's me. I'm at the airport and I got two (plane) tickets to Las Vegas. Do you wanna get married tonight?
    Peyton: You're a mess! You can't just call a girl at the airport like that! You're a mess, Lucas Scott! But you're my mess!
  • Walking the Earth: The explanation for him being Put on a Bus is this.
  • Your Cheating Heart
    • With Peyton when he was with Brooke in Season 1.
    • With Peyton (Again) when he was with Brooke (Again) in Season 3, after Peyton was shot & loosing blood during the school shooting, and whilst Peyton realises she's still in love with Lucas soon after this, nothing else happens between them until Brooke admits she's not in love with Lucas anymore. Not that it stops Brooke from being convinced that they were sneaking around.
    • With Peyton (Yes, again) when he was with Lindsey in Season 5. They kiss once, before Lucas proposes to Lindsey (That very night) but then nothing happens until after Lindsey leaves him at the altar after realising he was still in love with Peyton.

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.

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Queen: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • The Cheerleader: Though she only does it because her mother was one. Every other aspect of Peyton's personality runs opposite to this trope, that Ellie commented that it seemed odd that Peyton was a cheerleader.
  • Cool Car: The comet.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It's no understatment to say that Peyton has possibly the worst life out of all the main characters.

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.

  • Action Girl: Haley, interestingly, started out as the gentlest character of the three main female characters but she most probably embodies this trope the best over the course of 9 years. Haley’s toughness and her tendency to fight has been referenced in the show by various characters. Also, Haley has been mentioned as being the character who’s been in jail the most as evidenced by her nickname “Jailey.” Among her highlights, she beat down a woman who alleged that she was pregnant with Nathan’s child (and she went to jail for it). got into a fight with the mom of the boy who was bullying Jamie, she attacked her sister Taylor in two separate seasons, and she bitch-slapped Rachel in her Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
    Jamie: You don't wanna mess with Mom.
  • Adorkable: Shows from time to time, especially in the first few seasons.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Nathan was definitely a bad boy when she started liking him in season 1.
  • Badass Teacher: Becomes one after the four-year jump. She gets an undeniably Badass Teacher moment when the new Moral Guardian Principal demands that she make a live apology for the "crime" of printing Sam's essay in the school newspaper, just because it mentions sex, drugs, and violence. Haley instead tells her class that she told them to write about the truth and that she's proud of them for doing so, says that she'd be a hypocrite if she made a fake apology, and leaves the room, urging her students to always stand up for the truth.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She named her daughter after her recently deceased mother.
  • Deuteragonist: She jumps between being this and the Tritagonist in the first six seasons. Upon her husband's promotion to The Hero in season 7, she clearly becomes the secondary focus.
  • High School Sweethearts: With Nathan. They're generally regarded as one of the bedrock relationships of the series.
  • Pregnant Badass
    Rachel: You're lucky you're pregnant...
    Haley: No, honey, you're lucky I'm pregnant.
  • Sexy Mentor: When she's tutoring Nathan in season 1.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The shortest but the smartest of the core five.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has never been in love with anyone but Nathan, and never dated anyone else (the kiss with Chris Keller is the only exception) for all the nine seasons.

Brooke Davis Baker (Portrayed by Sophia Bush)

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

  • Abusive Parents: Her mom is definitely emotionally abusive, given the amount of insecurities Brooke has from interacting with her after they start working together.
  • Action Girl: Has her moments, namely taking out Psycho!Derek with Peyton in Episode 4x16; and attacking Xavier "X" Daniels in Episode 6x13.
  • Alliterative Name: Brooke Baker, after her marriage.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a tiny mole on her right cheek.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Peyton's Betty for Lucas' Archie.
  • Bound and Gagged: Along with Peyton in You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love.
  • Break the Haughty: Her Season 2 arc - After being a massive bitch in Season 1, she learns in episode 2x03 that her parents are struggling financially & proceeds to undergo a large amount of Character Development over the course of the season as she struggles to adapt to life now that she's no-longer the rich girl.
  • Breakout Character: Brooke was brought on as comic relief character to stir the pot and later grew to being billed third in the credits by Season Seven. She's also the character that everyone remembers first from the series above any of the Scotts.
  • Character Development: One of the most obvious and effective examples in the series.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: After Rachel catches Brooke treating herself to one of these, she coins the phrase "Brooke-ing yourself." It subsequently became a euphemism both in-universe and among the fans.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Her parents relocate to Los Angeles towards the end of her Junior year, and Brooke moves in with Karen until the summer, before moving around Tree Hill every so often in her Senior year. It's rather telling that Brooke's reaction to Karen laying down ground rules for her is to happily hug her.
  • Hypocrite: Her treatment of Peyton in season 4, following Peyton confessing that she had feelings for Lucas, considering that Brooke made a sex tape with Nathan on one of his many single night break-ups with Peyton
  • In-Series Nickname: "Pretty Girl" by Lucas.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Following the 4 year Time Skip, Brooke desperately wants to start a family. In Season 7, Brooke's told that she can't have children ever, but then in Season 8, Brooke finds out she's pregnant in the final episodes of the season & has twin boys in the season finale after a Time Skip.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Haley's Light.
  • Odd Friendship: Her friendship with geeky Mouth in high school.
  • Parental Neglect: Her parents weren't particularly interested in Brooke's life until she'd proven her worth as a clothing designer.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Played with in the seasons 5 and 6's finale and premiere. Brooke was Lucas' girlfriend before Lindsey, who is his third serious (and at the time, current) girlfriend. However, the main Love Triangle at the time was Lucas, Peyton and Lindsey.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Brooke was an absolute bitch during the first half of Season 1. She gets better after that.
  • Tritagonist: It wasn't until season 7 when Sophia Bush starts being billed thirdnote  after James Lafferty (Nathan) and Joy Lenz (Haley).

Marvin "Mouth" McFadden (Portrayed by Lee Norris)

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

  • Heroes Want Redheads: His crush on Rachel.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Skills.
  • Hidden Depths: Is a fantastic dancer, and once perfectly replicated a rival cheerleading squads dance routine by memory, much to the surprise of Brooke & the rest of the cheerleaders. After that, whenever the Ravens cheerleaders need to come up with a new dance routine, they go to Mouth.

Rachel Gatina (Portrayed by Danneel Harris)

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mostly in season 4.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After she comes back in season 7.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During Season 4, Rachel frequently has to point out how unreasonable Brooke is being in her treatment of Peyton. Brooke doesn't really have an argument when this happens.
  • Karma Houdini: Suffers absolutely no punishment for releasing the contents on the time capsule & subsequently driving Jimmy Edwards to bring a gun to Tree Hill High.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Dan in season 7.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After revealing to Dan that the only reason she's with him is his money, Dan gives everything away to charities & various people who need it more than he does, and hands Rachel divorce papers. When she says she'll sue him for half of everything he's worth, her lawyer points out that half of nothing is still nothing.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To the Tree Hill cheerleaders.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brooke.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Brooke & Mouth - In Episode 5x11, Rachel destroyed her friendship with Brooke by stealing Brooke's money and leaving. When she came back in Season 7 as Dan's wife, Mouth told her he wouldn't speak with her until she mended bridges with Brooke & paid her back, whilst Brooke threw Rachel's money back in her face & asserted that they weren't friends anymore, nor would they ever be again.

Antwon "Skills" Taylor (Portrayed by Antwon Tanner)

  • Adam Westing: According to Antwon Tanner, he pretty much is Skills in real life.
  • The Artifact: Just like Mouth, his character became more pointless in later seasons.

    Main Characters (Seasons 5 to 9) 

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

  • Generation Xerox: Gradually displays more of Lucas & Nathan's traits as he gets older.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Skills, Brooke, Sam, Quentin, Julian & Clay.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name could either be from the typical maiden name Theme Naming of the female leads or his maternal Grandfather's first name. On the other hand, his second given name clearly came from his paternal uncle and godfather.
  • Morality Pet: Most of Quentin (Pre-shedding of his Jerk Jock persona) & Dan's likable moments involve Jamie.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Never referred to as James unless he's in big trouble, or when he's introducing himself when he's still a young boy.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Displays a love of hip-hop & rap music when he's little, with Nathan actually playing old school hip-hop to quiet him down as a baby.
  • Puppy Love: With Madison.

Millicent "Millie" Huxtable (Portrayed by Lisa Goldstein)

  • Ascended Extra: Was only supposed to be in one scene during the first episode of Season 5.

Julian Baker (Portrayed by Austin Nichols)

  • Odd Friendship: Julian's a director/producer from Hollywood who has little interest in sports. Contrast this with pretty much every other male character in the show, several of whom make their living through sports.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 7.
  • Shout-Out: Will frequently make reference to films in his dialogue.
    "And just because I referenced Dirty Dancing doesn't mean I'm not serious!"
  • Sixth Ranger: Bonus points for being introduced in the sixth season. In addition, he's actually the final addition to the gang when the core five are still complete. He even married the remaining single girl of the five, though two seasons after his introduction.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually becomes this with Lucas.

Clayton "Clay" Evans (Portrayed by Robert Buckley)

Quinn James Evans (Portrayed by Shantel VanSanten)

  • Chekhov's Gunman: She was first mentioned in season 2, five seasons before being a series regular.
  • Hot Scoop: Well, she is a photographer, so...

Alex Dupre (Portrayed by Jana Kramer)

  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Lamphshaded by Alex herself at Brooke's bachelorette party. Though Quinn then replies that she still considers Alex her friend.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Julian in Season 7.

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.

  • Abusive Parents: Throughout the entire first season, it's made very clear that Dan is more concerned about his legacy as basketball player than Nathan's well being, with him practically bullying Nathan to play basketball "his" way. In episode 1x21, "The Leaving Song," Dan takes over as coach of the Ravens due to Whitey needing surgery, and the viewer sees how bad Nathan had it growing up. Dan's father, Royal Scott, is stated to have been just as bad as Dan was, treating Dan the same way he was treating Nathan.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Karen, Deb, Rachel sure do. The last one subverts this as she only wants his money.
  • And Starring: In Seasons 7 and 9.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Keith.
  • Archnemesis Dad: This. Dan is this trope personified a thousand times over, both to Lucas (Dan initially alternates between pretending Lucas doesn't exist one minute, and then treating him like a smelly pile of dog poop the next minute) and Nathan (who he uses as a mere vessel for his own self-loathing). In one early episode, Nathan is about to score the winning shot at the annual Father-Son Basketball Game at the high school, when Dan aggressively moves in to stop him, despite the game being for laughs, growling "I couldn't let you beat me, son!". Yeah, that pretty much says it all. Honestly, along with Lionel Luthor from Smallville, Dan is probably the best example of this trope on TV (appropriately enough, Dan and Nathan's relationship in the first few seasons is A LOT like Lionel's and Lex's in the first few seasons of Smallville).
  • The Atoner: Complete with his own talk show and book deal. Yeah, he's one of those "atoners." That being said, he genuinely does regret killing Keith, and he does try to be a good grandfather to Jamie.
  • Badass in Distress: In season 6 courtesy of Carrie. He made her pay for this soon after.
  • Big Bad: In the first 4 seasons.
  • Bittersweet Ending: His Redemption Equals Death could have been much better if Lucas and Karen forgave him. Or at least heard how he genuinely regretted his actions.
  • Blond Brunette Redhead: Interestingly, the three notable women of his life all fit this with Deb being blond, Karen being brunette and Rachel being redhead.
  • Bound and Gagged: Spends the first few episodes of season 6 like this during his kidnapping, but You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It is the only episode where he is gagged.
  • Cain and Abel: With Keith. It doesn't end well.

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.

  • The Unfavourite: "Thanks, Dad. You finally pay me a compliment, and it's a dig at Dan."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Karen. It was resolved. Unfortunately, Keith was killed before they got married.

Deb Lee Scott (Portrayed by Barbara Alyn Woods)

  • The Alcoholic: She gets better.
  • Blondes are Evil: Subverted. She's not a bad person and she actually tries to be a good mother for Nathan, but her Destructive Romance with Dan led her to all her troubles and bad decisions, including many desperate attempts to get Dan out of her and Nathan's life.

Cooper Lee (Portrayed by Michael Trucco)

  • Cool Uncle: Because he was roughly 12 when he became an Uncle, his relationship with Nathan comes off more like an older brother & significantly younger brother. He even makes an effort to have a relationship with Lucas, who actually isn't related to him in anyway.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Upon learning that Rachel used The Baby Trap on him, he became extremely pissed.
  • Little Brother Instinct: Towards Dan concerning his older sister.
  • May-December Romance: Has one with Rachel, before finding out her real age. He calls it off after that.

Lily Roe Scott (Portrayed by Mary Kate Englehardt)

  • Cool Aunt: To Jamie, although it's probably due to them being in the same agenote . Presumably, she's this to to Sawyer, and maybe Lydia, as well.

Sawyer Brooke Scott (Portrayed by Various)

Lydia Scott (Portrayed by Various)

  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after her paternal grandmother, following her death.

    Other Characters (Seasons 1 to 4) 

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

  • Gone Horribly Right: He told Dan in the season 6 finale that maybe the reason the latter's still alive is because he can still achieve redemption. Three seasons later...
  • Like a Son to Me: Never had children with his wife Camilla, but sees the boys he coached as his boys, especially Lucas & Nathan.
  • Put on a Bus: After Season 4.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Lets Jake show up to basketball practice late, leave early, and outright skip sessions without so much as a stern word, purely because of Jake & his parents struggling to find someone to watch Jenny.

Principal Turner (Portrayed by Shawn Shepard)

Jake Jagielski (Portayed by Brian Greenberg)

  • The Bus Came Back: Halfway through Season 2, before getting back on the bus at the end of the season. He made another return during Season 3 for 3 episodes.
  • Good Parents: For his baby daughter Jenny.
  • Nice Guy: He's the only one in the team who didn't steal a school bus in the pilot, or go along with Nathan's "hazing" of Lucas after he joined the Ravens.

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

  • Black Best Friend: Fergie to Lucas, Mouth & Junk.
  • Demoted to Extra: Whilst never prominent characters, Junk and Fergie were given stuff to do during Seasons 1 & 2. By Season 9, they have been reduced to background characters.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Junk claims to have one in response to Skills' "Four years of high school. Zero girlfriends for Junk and Fergie" comment in the fourth season finale.
  • In-Series Nickname: Fergie - Fergilicious. Only he refers to himself with that, though.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Both of them. No one ever called Fergie "Ferguson" and Junk's real name is unknown.

Tim Smith (Portrayed by Brett Claywell)

  • Ambiguously Bi: He likes girls (he married Bevin in the the four-year jump) but he also seems way too devoted to Nathan.
  • Ascended Extra: Was originally there to serve as Nathan's friend on the Ravens. After Jake was put on a bus, Tim rose in prominence.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears without explanation midway through Season 3; It's revealed a full season later that he'd transferred out of Tree Hill High.
  • Third Wheel: As Nathan becomes closer to Haley & Lucas, Tim starts to become this.

Jimmy Edwards (Portrayed by Colin Fickes)

  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted, After his death in Episode 3x16, Jimmy is referred to repeatedly over the following six seasons, his death greatly affecting Mouth.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The release of the time capsule pretty much caused his rampage.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: It's easy to distinguish this if you compare his appearances in seasons 1 and 3.
  • Lampshade Hanging: His return in Season 3 serves as one for his suffering Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, as Jimmy became very bitter over being abandonned by his friends from the River Court, and began hating the entirity of the Tree Hill High student body because they didn't notice when he accidentally overdosed & was missing from school for several weeks.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Not really. But after the school shooting he was considered this way by most people when they still didn't know that Dan, not Jimmy, was the one who killed Keith.

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.
  • 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)

  • Ascended Extra: If you look closely in Season 1, you can see Bevin in various scenes as an unnamed extra.

Felix Tagarro (Portrayed by Michael Copon)

  • Put on a Bus: In Episode 2x17, "Something I Can Never Have"
  • Spear Counterpart: Initially introduced as one to Brooke, which is lampshaded by Peyton.

Anna Tagarro (Portrayed by Daniella Alonso)

  • Ambiguously Gay: Fans still debate whether Anna was gay or bisexual. Word of God states that Anna's bi, but says she's gay when coming out to Felix, because her brother was so homophobic, that saying she was gay felt like stronger declaration for her.

Andy Hargrove (Portrayed by Kieren Hutchinson)

  • Last Guy Wins: But he'd give it up if it meant the First Guy was still alive & got to meet his daughter.
  • You Never Asked: After being told that Karen had a son, Andy thought Lucas was a little kid. He then found out that the guy he was talking with at Tric's bar was her son.

Jimmy James (Huey Lewis)

Lydia James (Portrayed by Bess Armstrong)

Taylor James (Portrayed by Lindsey Mc Keon)

  • Cry Cute: During her mom's cancer revelation and subsequent death.
  • Screwy Squirrel
    Quinn: Remember when Haley had her first period!? You convinced her that she was dying!
  • Sibling Triangle: Played with. She is the girl Nathan lost his virginity to. Nathan is of course married to Haley. When she returned in season 7, she is seen dating Quinn's ex-husband David.

Gigi Silveri (Portrayed by Kelsey Chow)

Abby Brown (Portrayed by Allison Scagliotti)

  • Chekhov's Gunman: She was the hostage spared by Jimmy and ultimately witnessed Dan's murder of Keith. She told Lucas about it the following season.

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

  • Freudian Excuse: He felt guilty and was very devastated for his girlfriend's death when they were both involved in a car accident. He was obsessed with Peyton because she apparently was very similar to Maggie, his dead girlfriend.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Envious of Peyton's close relationship with Lucas.
  • In-Series Nickname: Psycho!Derek.

Daunte Jones (Portrayed by Rick Fox)

    Other Characters (Seasons 5 to 9) 

Lindsey Strauss (Portrayed by Michaela Mc Manus)

  • Put on a Bus: Episode 6x05, "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It".

Carrie (Portayed by Torrey DeVitto)

  • Arch-Enemy: To the Scott family in general, particularly Haley.

Victoria Davis (Portrayed by Daphne Zuniga)

  • Hypocrite: She accuses Haley, Peyton, Rachel, and Sam all of leeching money off of Brooke, despite only being in Brooke's life because the girl finally made something of herself and is making Victoria money.
  • Parental Neglect: She wasn't particularly interested in Brooke's life until she'd proven her worth as a clothing designer.

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.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Post-Relapse.
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Season 7 episode "At the Bottom of Everything".
  • 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.

Quentin "Q" Fields (Portrayed by Robbie Jones)

  • Empty Chair Memorial: In Haley's classroom after his death.
  • Four Is Death: His jersey number is 44.
  • Jerk Jock: When first introduced in Season 5. Haley, Lucas, Skills & Nathan eventually force him to grow out of it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most people just call him Q. Lucas, Skills & Nathan calling him that instead of "Mr. Fields" or Quentin is a subtle indicator of their relationships with him improving.
  • Pet the Dog: Before growing out of being a Jerk Jock, Q's most likable moments involved Jamie.

Mia Catalano (Portrayed by Kate Voegele)

Samantha "Sam" Walker (Portrayed by Ashley Rickards)

  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Brooke being assaulted by Xavier, after she complained about Brooke to her friend Jack, Xavier's younger brother. To be fair, she only learns about this after Brooke takes her into her home.

Charles "Chuck" Scolnik (Portrayed by Michael May)

Missus Lauren Fletcher (Portrayed by Allison Munn)

  • Only One Name: Her last name was never revealed. Her married surname is Fletcher, however.

Sara Evans (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

Xavier Daniels (Portrayed by Devin McGee)

  • Hero Killer: Killed Q. He nearly killed Brooke on at least three occasions.

Katie Ryan (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Psycho! Derek.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sara in every aspect. From their affections for Clay, their respective place in his heart and right down to being portrayed by the same actress.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Subverted; despite never meeting Sara, Katie starts trying to become her after Clay rejects her advances, each time convinced it's because she's not more like Sara.
  • Identical Stranger: To Sara, obviously.
  • If I Can't Have You: In the season 7 finale. It failed.

Adam Reese (Portrayed by James Van Der Beek)

Principal Charlene Rimkus (Portrayed by Susan Walters)


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