Characters / One Tree Hill

The character sheet for One Tree Hill.

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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.
  • Momma's Boy; Especially in early seasons, Lucas is very close to Karen.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Lucas, the main character and narrator, is an aspiring writer.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Lucas and his Shirtless Scenes give the female audience plenty of satisfaction.
  • Mr Fix It: A skilled mechanic, thanks to Keith.
  • Narrator: Lucas was the narrator of the series from Season's 1 to 6, being the one who was telling the story.
  • Nice Guy: Not flawless (he has many questionable moments, especially when it comes to his girlfriends and love life), but he's a genuinely good, benevolent person.
  • Parental Abandonment: Dan abandoned Lucas when Karen was pregnant with Lucas. Instead, Dan married Deb and became a father to Nathan.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Haley. They have been best friends since childhood.
  • The Protagonist: Lucas is the main or central character of One Tree Hill.
  • Put on a Bus: Episode 6x24, "Remember Me as a Time of Day".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucas is the Blue to Nathan's Red. Lucas is more calm, composed, logical and practical, while Nathan is more hot-headed, overconfident, passionate and impulsive.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Brooke when they were a couple.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Lucas is the Sensitive Guy to Nathan's Manly Man.
  • Serial Romeo: One of his infamous traits that make him a Base Breaker among fans.
    Lucas: I'm the guy for you, Brooke Davis.
    Lucas: I was now and would always be in love with Peyton Sawyer.
    Lucas: Lindsey Evelyn Strauss... will you marry me?
  • Stern Teacher: Particularly to Q.
  • They Do: With Peyton in season 6.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During Season 1. He gets better after several What the Hell, Hero? speeches from Keith, Nathan, Peyton, Haley & Karen.
  • Two First Names: "Lucas" and "Scott"
  • The Unfavourite: Even though Dan was a pretty awful father to both of them, Nathan was definitely Dan's favourite son.
  • 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.

  • The Ace: Nathan is very skilled and good basketball player. He is known for his great athleticism and skills on the basketball court.
  • 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: In early seasons. This is how he meets his future wife Haley, when she starts tutoring him in math.
  • 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.
    Nathan: You want me to write a list of every single girl I've ever...
    Haley: No, no, I guess not every single girl. You can cross Peyton, Brooke, and my sister off of that list.
    Nathan: You really think that's a good idea?
    Haley: Yes! And here. I'll make it easy for you. Take the phone book and just cross off the name of every girl you haven't been with.
  • 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.
  • 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: Nathan is the most popular guy in the school, and attracts plenty of girls.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: 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: With Haley. Their ship has been the most enduring ship on the show.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During season 1, thanks to Haley.
  • 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.
  • Jerk Jock: Nathan's initial personality. Gradually, he sheds the "Jerk" part with help from Haley and Lucas.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's hard to believe he starts off as a total jerk in the first season, since he is a Nice Guy for most of the series.
  • Lady Killer In Love: He was a womanizer, before falling in love with 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The most obvious example, even more so than Lucas, thanks to his infamous Shirtless Scenes.
  • 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".
  • 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: "Nathan" and "Scott".

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.

  • 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.”
    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 Bookworm: Definitely the bookworm part (she's very bookish and The Smart Girl of the Five-Man Band), and, as seen in Action Girl, she can be tough when she wants to be. 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.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The nicest of the main five, but do not underestimate her.
  • The Cheerleader: Subverted. She's nothing like the stereotypical cheerleader.
  • Cool Teacher: "Tutor Girl becomes Teacher Girl"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most prominent in the first season, but dies off a bit in the later episodes.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: As a result of her depression in Season 7.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Haley Bob James.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: She donned all three hair colors in the entire duration of the show.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her Embarrassing Middle Name.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Married the star of the basketball team, and was recruited as a cheerleader.
  • Girl Next Door: In season 1 Haley was the approachable "good girl", and Lucas' childhood friend, in contrast to popular cheerleaders Peyton and Brooke. Later she becomes a popular cheerleader too, but still remains the most down to earth of the three girls.
  • Go-Getter Girl: An incredibly smart and driven straight A student, working as a waitress at Karen's Café and as a tutor at Tree Hill High. She is still this trope even as an adult.
  • High School Sweethearts: With Nathan. They're generally regarded as one of the bedrock relationships of the series.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Haley was considered a brainy, barely pretty girl in the first season. Now she's a full-on example of Nerds Are Sexy and she's just as stunning as Peyton and Brooke.
  • Hot Teacher: After the four-year jump.
  • In-Series Nickname: A couple.
    • Hales - Originally used by Lucas, but everyone else eventually starts using it.
    • Tutor Girl - Used by Brooke.
    • Jailey - Used whenever someone teases her about her numerous arrests.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Solidified with Lucas when they became in-laws.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Brooke's Dark.
  • Mama Bear: Haley has firmly established herself as one. See: Nanny Carrie, Chuck's mom, Dan Scott, Rachel Gatina, Renee, Deb Scott, Taylor James, just season 9 where she helps in the kidnapping of a drug dealer in order to get her kidnapped by the mafia husband back.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She has three sisters and three brothers.
  • Nice Girl: She made her mistakes too, but out of the main 5, she's the one with the least Jerkass moments. She's always gentle and down to earth, and almost never bitchy like Peyton and Brooke can be, unless you push her Berserk Buttons.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Compared to the already Ridiculously Successful Future Selves of the other main characters, Haley stands out. She is a teacher, an Idol Singer, a songwriter, a Record Producer, a business partner for two of her friends (Peyton and Brooke), a government volunteer of sorts, in addition to being a mother of two children.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father died between the seasons 4 and 5 Time Skip while her mother died in season 7.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Lucas.
  • Plucky Girl: She's usually the most optimistic in the group. Usually...
  • 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.
  • The Smart Girl: In terms of book-smarts, she's definitely the most intelligent of the core five.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In the final season, as Nathan spent majority of the show kidnapped, putting the focus on Haley finding ways to to locate him.
  • Teen Pregnancy: With Jamie.
  • Two First Names: Three after marrying Nathan.

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.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: A beautiful cheerleader and the most desired girl in the school.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Very much in the first half of season 1. She drops the aloof part and became more likable and approachable soon after.
  • Amicable Exes: With Lucas and Chase. And some others.
  • Badass Adorable: Brooke can be very tough, while still being her lovable self.
  • 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.
  • The Cheerleader: A quintessential example at first sight. She fits the bitchy/slutty stereotype quite well early on (mainly in season 1), however she has more Hidden Depths than you can think, and she's a genuinely good person.
  • The Chick: Brooke is more or less The Heart of the group, especially in later seasons.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Brooke can be very snide when she gets angry, and a lot of times she's playfully snarky towards her friends.
  • The Fashionista: Starts her own fashion company. Unlike most TV characters that fit this trope, Brooke runs her company in a very conscientious way, refusing to use real fur and demanding that one of her models gain ten pounds before she is allowed on her magazine's cover, stating "Anorexia is a disease, not a fashion statement." Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Brooke.
  • Full-Name Basis: More often than the other main characters.
  • Genki Girl: Especially in her high school days, Brooke was a wild and energetic party girl. She's much more mature in later years.
  • Good Bad Girl: She makes a big deal out of being able to "sleep around like a guy."
  • 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.
  • Hello, Nurse!: All the guys find Brooke attractive.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Peyton. Later she also becomes this with Haley.
  • Honorary Aunt: To her godson, Jamie.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very determined, impulsive and passionate.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Early on she's closer to the Alpha Bitch side of things, but she's also very protective of people she considers friends, even if they aren't the typical popular people (note her friendship with Mouth).
  • Mama Bear: Towards her adopted daughter Sam.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Lucas.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Peyton and Haley too obviously (as well as most female characters), but guess who is involved in the most "hot" scenes?
  • 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.
  • Plucky Girl: As Lucas said "Brilliant, and beautiful, and brave. In 2 years she had grown more than anyone I had ever known. Brooke Davis is going to change the world someday".
  • Really Gets Around: At least, in high school.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Along with Lindsay in the season 6 premiere. Lucas chose Peyton as his final choice.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Peyton.
  • Running Gag: Her Auto Erotica attempt to Lucas has been mocked, toyed and lampshaded by other characters throughout the series, including Brooke herself.
  • Second Episode Introduction: And appears in every episode following.
  • Second Love: To Lucas.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In regards to her break-up with Lucas & falling out with Peyton in Season 4. Brooke repeatedly ignores the circumstances behind their kiss in Season 3note  and that Peyton was willing to hide her feelings for Lucas if Brooke admitted she loved him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Surprisingly, she became one for Lucas and Peyton, after season 4.
  • Stepford Smiler: As the show progresses it becomes more and more clear that her party girl behavior, upbeat (if sometimes angry) attitude, and her tendency to snark at people when they bring up sensitive topics is all to hide just how damaged her parents and her life experiences have made her. The more the others get to know her, the more she both opens up and the more easily they can tell when she's just pretending to be okay.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: With Nick Chavez in season 4.
  • The Tease: As stated above, she was the embodiment of this trope early on. Brooke certainly loves to flirt with boys.
  • 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).
  • Two First Names: Haley James, and then Haley James-Scott.

Marvin "Mouth" McFadden (Portrayed by Lee Norris)
Good evening ladies & gentlemen, and welcome to a historic night.

  • Adorkable: A geeky lovable Nice Guy. He attracts quite a few hot girls during the show.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Brooke and Rachel.
  • Alliterative Name: Marvin Mcfadden nicknamed Mouth.
  • The Artifact: In later seasons.
  • Ascended Extra: He was initially introduced as one of Lucas's friends from the River Court, and to serve as anouncer for the Ravens games. With the Ravens not playing in Season 2 (Having lost their first playoff game at the end of Season 1), Mouth was given some character development beyond "The sports anouncer kid" & was Promoted to Opening Titles in Season 3.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Mouth is this trope around the girls he likes, like Brooke and Rachel.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: He's friends with Brooke, Lucas and the other popular kids and dates several hot girls during the show.
  • The Heart: Even more than Brooke. Mouth is pretty much everyone's best friend.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Dateless: His whininess over a lacking lovelife, and complaining that all the girls see him just as a "good friend". However his love interests include Erica, Gigi, Shelley, Millie, along with a fling with Rachel (though she wasn't serious about it) and quite a few other very attractive girls.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Though he kind of averts part of the stereotype due to the fact that he loves sports, unlike the typical Hollywood Nerd.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Brooke in Season 2; To Rachel in Seasons 3 & 4.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Repeatedly trusts Rachel & gives her the benefit of the doubt, in spite of everything she does over the course of seasons 3 & 4. He finally wises up after she steals thousands from Brooke in season 5.
  • In with the In Crowd: Initially one of Lucas's friends from the River Court. Soon enough he, along with Lucas and Skills, becomes part of the popular crowd. So much that his old forgotten friend Jimmy felt ignored and mistreated by him, and it becomes a plot point in season 3. You know the story...
  • Nice Guy: It's not hard to see why Mouth is able to befriend anyone so easily, despite not being the stereotypically cool guy. He's incredibly friendly, good-natured and loyal, almost to a fault.
  • Odd Friendship: With all the main characters, particularly cheerleader and Lovable Alpha Bitch Brooke.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only his girlfriend Millicent calls him "Marvin".
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 3.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Skills' Manly Man.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In Seasons 2 through 4, thinks he's a lot cooler than he actually is - Such as his being offended when Shelley labels him a Geek in Season 4's "Pictures Of You" when asked to label him either a Geek, Jock, Prom Queen, Loner or "Friendly".
  • Unlucky Everydude: His perception, and he's probably this compared to the main five.

Rachel Gatina (Portrayed by Danneel Harris)

  • Alpha Bitch: In contrast to Brooke's Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • The Baby Trap: Used this on Cooper. It doesn't end well.
  • Big Bad: Season 3 and the first half of Season 7. Rachel is the cause of many of the bad happenings in Season 3 such as turning the cheerleading squad wild and releasing the school's time capsule which leads to Jimmy bringing a gun to school.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Season 3 with Dan.
  • The Bus Came Back: In season 5 for a few episodes; later in season 7.
  • The Cheerleader: An extreme version of the bitchy/slutty type of cheerleader. She immediately joins the cheerleading squad, much to Brooke's dismay.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rachel is quite adept. She often gets the last word in her Snark-to-Snark Combat with Brooke.
  • Evil Counterpart: She has a lot in common with Brooke. While Rachel has her Pet the Dog moments, she's pretty much Brooke without her redeeming qualities.
  • Evil Former Friend: To 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.
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is a promiscuous, manipulative "bad girl".
  • Femme Fatale: Rachel is insanely hot and she knows it. She uses this to seduce and manipulate guys, in contrast to Brooke who is a more sympathetic Good Bad Girl.
  • Fiery Redhead: Just as fiery and outspoken as Brooke.
  • Formerly Fat: She was originally obese before undergoing plastic surgery treatments to alter her appearance.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Initially averted. When she arrives and joins the cheerleading squad, she's hated only by Brooke, but adored by the other cheerleaders. Later towards the end of season 3 she befriends Brooke; however in season 4 she plays this trope straight, she's not that popular anymore at school and no one in the core group seems to like her except Brooke and Mouth.
  • Freudian Excuse: She seems to have absentee parents. She used to be very fat and implied to be bullied because of this.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character Development make her a better person in season 4, and while still being a Manipulative Bitch, she shares a few genuine friendship moments with Brooke and Mouth. However her appearances in season 5 and 7 show her again as an unsympathetic Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bitch: All the time, but how much she's actually good at this it varies. In one episode she gets Peyton drunk and puts her in Lucas's room, not because she wants Lucas and Peyton together, but just to mess with Brooke, who was dating Lucas at that time.
  • May-December Romance: With Nathan's uncle Cooper in season 3 and Dan Scott in season 7.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even more than Brooke!
  • Pet the Dog: She has her good moments with Mouth and Brooke.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In season 4.
  • Really Gets Around: Described in-universe as "friendly" in the episode "Pictures Of You".
  • The Rival: To Brooke, initially. Later they become friends. Until season 5.
  • The Tease: She wouldn't be Rachel without this trope.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To the Tree Hill cheerleaders.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brooke.
  • With Friends Like These...: Mostly towards Brooke, if only because no-one else in the group (With the exception of Mouth) likes her enough for this to qualify.

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.
  • Ascended Extra: Like Mouth, was initially introduced as one of Lucas's friends from the River Court, but unlike Mouth, rarely appeared without the other River Court guys. In Season 3, he received the character development that Mouth did in Season 2, and was Promoted to Opening Titles the following season.

    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)

  • Adorkable: Not so much in his first appearances in season 6, where he's more stoic and confident. In later episodes he can be quite geeky and dorky though.
  • Amicable Exes: With Peyton.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Played baseball as a child, but admits he was more interested in the butterfly-catching side of things. He still is as an adult.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls Brooke's father out over his treatment of his daughter in Season 9.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He's kind of a movie geek, but still handsome.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Jamie, who even served as his best man.
  • Lovable Rogue: Have you seen him grin? It's even described In-Universe as being rogueish.
  • Momma's Boy: Very close to his mother, in contrast having a distant relationship with his father.
  • The Movie Buff: Justified due to his job.
  • Nice Guy: A very honest, caring guy.
  • 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.
  • Perma Stubble: In later seasons.
  • 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)

Alex Dupre (Portrayed by Jana Kramer)

  • The Ditz: Initially she comes off as vapid due to her flighty nature.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tries to kill herself in season 7 but she survives.

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.
  • Back for the Dead: When he returns in season 9.
  • Badass Boast: Although it usually bordered (or resulted) on Tempting Fate.
  • Badass Grandpa: To Jamie, when he saves him from the Ax-Crazy Nanny Carrie.
  • Badass in Distress: In season 6 courtesy of Carrie. He made her pay for this soon after.
  • Big Bad: In the first 4 seasons.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Season 3 with Rachel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several times in later seasons, which is also lampshaded.
  • 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.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: To an extent, whilst running Dan Scott Motors. He (For the most part) made an honest run at being mayor, aside from a few instances of blackmail.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh boy, Dan always has a sarcastic or witty comment to say or throw at someone. In fact, Dan is the source for much of the humour on the show.
  • Destructive Romance: With Deb.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In his tenure as the Ravens' coach.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Before getting shot, he killed all but three of Nathan's kidnappers (Nathan himself took out The Dragon, Chris Keller took out The Brute and Julian non-fatally took out the Dirty Cop Sixth Ranger of the goons).
  • Foil: He is this to so many characters, really.
  • Handicapped Badass: He was able to hold his own against his sons when they simultaneously jumped him in season 5. Keep in mind that he has a worsening heart condition at the time.
  • Heel Realization: He made a very gradual Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: By Taking the Bullet that was meant for Nathan.
  • Hero Killer: Killed Keith and attempted to kill Lucas at one point.
  • Ill Boy: He suffers from a Hollywood Heart Attack, due to a disorder which is hereditary to the Scott family but only affects one-in-two potential sufferers.
  • Jerk Jock: Was one, and still acts like one years later.
  • Karma Houdini: At least, until season 4...
  • Made of Iron: To the point that the show once featured a montage of all the times people had tried to kill Dan.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dan is always trying to manipulate people, especially his family, and their lives.
  • May-December Romance: With Rachel in season 7. Very odd, since back in high school she tried to seduce both his sons.
  • Mayor Pain: Becomes a Type A during Season 3 & 4.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Dan is mostly a Jerkass. Based on gag reels, Paul Johansson is a Wacky Guy who acts as the cast's resident Plucky Comic Relief who is also a father figure to his younger cast mates.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Dan's reaction after Deb tells him it was her, not Keith, who had tried to kill him in a fire; the revelation coming 7 episodes after Dan had killed Keith in retaliation.
  • Papa Wolf: Whilst he may be a bad father, Dan is very protective of his sons and grandchildren.
  • Parental Abandonment: He abandoned Karen and their son, Lucas.
  • Pet the Dog: Again, with Jamie. Dan's most unambiguously likeable moments are usually when he's with Jamie.
  • Really Dead Montage: His dying episode in fact showed all his Near Death Experiences throughout the show.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His unforgivable deed was killing Keith; he made reparations with his time in prison, his efforts to be a good grandfather, and his rescuing of Jamie and, ultimately, Nathan. He is shot in the back with a bullet meant for Nathan and is led into Heaven by Keith, who forgives him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dan is the Red to Keith's Blue.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Arguably in the last four seasons.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When he believes that his brother Keith tried to kill him. Deb actually did, but when Dan learned the truth, it was too late...

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)

  • The Bus Came Back: Episode 5x12 "Hundred".
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father Keith died before she was born.
  • Meaningful Name: Is named Lily after Keith's spirit visits Karen in her coma, and a spirit version of their daughter is happily playing in a bed of lillies.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Keith and Karen's child born after the former's death.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Big brother Lucas is also her cousin.

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 Aaron Turner (Portrayed by Shawn Shepard)

Jake Jagielski (Portayed by Brian Greenberg)

  • Alliterative Name: Jake Jagielski
  • 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.
  • Lovable Jock: In season 1, when he was a player for the Ravens. The only one in the team actually, since he was surrounded by Jerk Jocks.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: In the basketball team. Also when he's around his bitchy ex-girlfriend Nicki.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In season 2 for Peyton.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 1.
  • Second Love: For Peyton, with Lucas being first (Nathan doesn't really count).
  • Token Good Teammate: Especially in season 1 where Nathan and most of the Raven were still Grade A Jerk Jocks.

Ferguson "Fergie" Thompson and John "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.
  • Flat Characters: They have no real role in the story. They are just...there. Save for a random episode where they babysit Jamie, and their frequent appearances on Mouth and Skills' couch playing video games, what real contribution did they have to the show? This is ultimately lampshaded during the cast of the movie adaptation of Lucas' book, as it's revealed that in order to streamline the cast for the film, Junk & Fergie's characters have been cut.
  • 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 John.
  • Salt and Pepper : Junk is white, Fergie is black.
  • Satellite Characters: To Lucas, Mouth and Skills. Which is really saying something since Skills is kind of a Satellite Character himself.
  • Those Two Guys: Always appear together. In the Season 4 finale, there's a shot of the 12 graduating seniors paired up - Lucas & Peyton, Nathan & Haley, Brooke & Chase, Rachel & Mouth, Bevin & Skills, and... Junk & Fergie. Likewise, at Lucas & Peyton's wedding, there's a brief series of shots showing the various couples who aren't married; namely Mia & Chase, Mouth & Millie, Skills & Lauren, and again, Junk & Fergie.
  • Unfortunate Name: Who would love to be called Junk?

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.
  • Book Dumb: He departed the school mid way through his senior year to go to a special school for "slower students".
  • Bumbling Sidekick: To Nathan in the first episodes.
  • The Bus Came Back: In a rare subversion of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, Tim returned in Episode 5x09, "For Tonight You're Only Here To Know"
  • Butt Monkey: He's often made fun of for his stupidity.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Jock: Like his friend Nathan, he was in the Tree Hill High basketball team, and unlike the other well known jocks on the show, he plays the trope very straight.
  • The Lancer: To Nathan.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Just say [Whatever Tim just said, but straight forward], Tim."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: After Nathan married Haley, this becomes Tim's main role in each of his appearances.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Much to Nathan' irritation.
  • Third Wheel: As Nathan becomes closer to Haley & Lucas, Tim starts to become this.

Jimmy Edwards (Portrayed by Colin Fickes)

  • A Death in the Limelight: Jimmy only appears in two episodes before season 3...And then there's "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept", hands down the most tragic and tear-jerking episode of the entire show. Out of all people who died during the show, Jimmy's death is probably the most shocking one (tied with Keith's death, from the same episode).
  • All of the Other Reindeer: With terrible and tragic consequences. The reasons why Jimmy starts hating school, feeling ignored by everyone, even Mouth and his other close friends.
  • Back for the Dead: When his character come back in season 3.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Episode 3x15, "Just Watch The Fireworks"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Disappearing after the first two episodes in season 1, he made a huge impact to the show's story upon his return in season 3. As an actual guman, no less.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears without explanation after two episodes. Deconstructed in season 3.
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of the episode, Keith was trying to talk to Jimmy. But Jimmy thought Peyton was going to die and nothing would get better; he then shot himself.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: After his death, nonetheless. As seen below, everyone thought Jimmy killed Keith, before committing suicide.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Jimmy's A Day in the Limelight episode is the most important and shocking episode of the show. Everything about it is a spoiler.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Jimmy brought a gun to school and held some students hostage. Just watch the episode and try not to cry or feel bad for him. And there's the Downer Ending...

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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Trusts his teenaged daughter to take of herself whilst he's away at sea, and allows Brooke to move in during season 3.

Elizabeth "Ellie" Harp (Portrayed by Sheryl Lee)

Nicki (Portrayed by Emmanuelle Vaugier)

  • Determinator: Nicki is a villainous example, when it comes to her daughter, Jenny.
  • Jerkass: Justified as she's an antagonist. Nicki was the resident bitch, before Rachel was introduced in season 3.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She was just as bad as Rachel.
  • Only One Name: As far as we know.
  • Parental Abandonment: She abandoned her daughter Jenny for the first 8 months of her life.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice, in Season 1 and then in Season 2.
  • Teen Pregnancy: The mother of Jake's daughter Jenny.

Bevin Mirskey (Portayed by Bevin Prince)

Felix Tagarro (Portrayed by Michael Copon)

Anna Tagarro (Portrayed by Daniella Alonso)

  • Bi the Way: Fans still debate whether Anna was gay or bisexual. Word of God states that Anna's bi, but she 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.
  • Coming-Out Story: When she discovers that Felix wrote ‘dyke’ on Peyton's locker she turns him in getting him expelled. She comes out to him and states how hurt she is by his use of the word.
  • Put on a Bus: In Episode 2x18, "The Lonesome Road"
  • Twofer Token Minority: The first recurring bisexual character of color on television.

Andy Hargrove (Portrayed by Kieren Hutchinson)

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.

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.
  • Disappeared Dad: She only lives with her mother.
  • Ill Girl: Abby is diabetic and that's why Jimmy lets her go when he was holding her and other students hostage.

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

  • Stalker with a Crush: For Peyton. His wall of Peyton photos is proof of it.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He hit both Peyton & Brooke, and stabbed a prostitute.
  • Yandere: Perfectly willing and capable of killing anyone in his way.

Daunte Jones (Portrayed by Rick Fox)

  • Asshole Victim: Died when he lost control of his speeding car and crashed into a construction site.

    Other Characters (Seasons 5 to 9) 

Lindsey Strauss (Portrayed by Michaela Mc Manus)

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Peyton's Veronica for Lucas' Archie.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a book-editor and owns a publishing company. In one episode Haley says Lindsey is one of the smartest people she knows.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Lindsey attended an Ivy League school.
  • Nice Girl: Surprisingly sympathetic for a Romantic False Lead. In fact, outside of Peyton, she was liked by most characters, even the ones who were still rooting for the couple Lucas and Peyton (like Skills, their Shipper on Deck in season 5).
  • Put on a Bus: Episode 6x05, "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It".
  • Romantic False Lead: Word of God states on the Season 5 DVD that the intention behind Lindsey was (whilst still working towards Lucas & Peyton getting back together) to introduce a new love interest for Lucas, who wasn't blatantly there just to serve as an obvious false lead & could very easily be the right girl for Lucas in a different way to Peyton.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Along with Brooke in the season 6 premiere.
  • Runaway Bride: Lindsay abandons Lucas at the altar when she realizes that Lucas' book isn't actually about a comet at all... because Peyton's car is the Comet, and Lucas unconsciously wrote the book with her in mind.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Lucas.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Played with in the seasons 5 and 6's finale and premiere. Lindsey is Lucas' current/recent girlfriend and the Love Triangle was between Lucas, her and Peyton. However, Lucas also "called" Brooke to propose.

Carrie (Portayed by Torrey DeVitto)

  • Arch-Enemy: To the Scott family in general, particularly Haley.
  • Ax-Crazy: A literal example. The girl attempted to attack Deb and Haley with an axe!
  • Back for the Dead: In season 6.
  • Big Bad: Season 5 and the first few episodes of Season 6. She's Haley's antagonist for most of season 5, but gradually becomes an enemy to everyone, namely the Scotts.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seemed perfectly nice in the beginning.
  • Dark Action Girl: Especially in season 6, when she becomes even more psychotic, manipulative and...violent.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's revealed that her obsession with replacing Haley as Jamie's mother is down to her own son dying.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Towards Haley.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her scene with Nathan in the shower. And in one episode she's asked by Haley not to wear her bikini at the pool.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is not revealed.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Nathan.

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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Initially in his interactions with Brooke.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Joe Manganiello is 6' 5"
  • Troubled, but Cute: A former alcoholic and drug addict. Obviously Brooke was attracted to him.

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)

  • The Alcoholic
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Benevolent Boss
  • Casting Gag: James Van Der Beek previously played the main character in Dawson's Creek, who wanted to be a movie director.
  • Hidden Depths: After the film adaptation of Lucas' book is shutdown, Julian accuses Reese of only looking at it as a job whilst the film was a passion project for Lucas & himself. Resse proceeds to not only show his understanding of their feelings of the film being cancelled, but point out that they should still be proud of the attempt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the film adaptation of Lucas' book is shutdown, Reese goes out & shoots a sunset on the pretence of using as stock footage for the film specifically because it meant that the studio still had to pay out on the various contracts.
  • Keet

Principal Charlene Rimkus (Portrayed by Susan Walters)