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The character sheet for ''OneTreeHill''.


[[folder:Main Characters (Seasons 1 to 4)]]

!!'''Lucas Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/ChadMichaelMurray)
->[[caption-width-right:255: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. [[ParentalAbandonment He was abandoned by his father for his other son]], [[CainAndAbel 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.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Peyton and Brooke.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Lucas felt this way about Nathan, especially very early on in the series.
* AmicableExes: With [[RealitySubtext Brooke]].
* {{Badass}}: Being the main character, he has the most heroic moments and in season four, [[spoiler:after he finds out the truth abouth Keith's death, he confronts [[HeroKiller his father]].]]
* BadassBookworm: Lucas is very smart, a good student and he loves literature and writing.
* BashBrothers: 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.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Peyton, to FoeYay levels.
* BerserkButton: 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.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Peyton's Betty and Brooke's Veronica; later the Archie to Lindsey's Betty and Peyton's Veronica.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lucas is a nice guy but don't mess with him anyone he cares about.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Nathan.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Peyton. Both are brooding, deep, talented, artistic, introverted observers with a DarkAndTroubledPast and ParentalIssues. They are so similar that their haters feel they are LikeBrotherAndSister. It doesn't help that they are both blonde.
* TheBusCameBack: In Episode 9x07, "Last Known Surroundings".
* CainAndAbel: 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 CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Nathan defends Lucas from their father Dan. The season ends with them acknowledging each other as brothers and best friends.
* ChickMagnet: 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.
* CoolTeacher: As of season 5.
* CoolLoser: 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
* CoolUncle: To Jamie as of season 5.
* CulturedBadass: Luke starts off and finishes virtually every episode of his run on the show with a literary reference.
* TheDeterminator: Lucas is very persistent and he's not the type to give up.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: 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.
* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler: Peyton. Lucas chooses her over Brooke and Lindsey in season 6.]]
* GenerationXerox: 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 CainAndAbel dynamic with Nathan. Fortunately, he and Nathan worked things out unlike Dan and Keith. Post-TimeSkip, he becomes a CoolUncle towards Jamie much like Keith was to him.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:He's already ''on bad terms'' with his father. So [[FromBadToWorse upon learning]] the truth that his father killed his beloved uncle...]]
* GuiltComplex: 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.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He's genuinely kind, heroic, and protective of the ones he cares about.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: Continued playing basketball and being one of the Raven's key players despite having a fatal heart condition.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: Lucas' love life has been a gigantic mess and confusion.
* TheHero: Originally, the story is centred on Lucas and his relationship with Nathan. While Lucas is the hero, Nathan is the AntiHero.
* HeroicBastard: He's the hero of the series but his parents, Dan and Karen, never married.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Nathan, even though they are half brothers.
* HonorBeforeReason: Lucas is all about doing the right thing as much as possible.
* IllBoy: He inherited the hereditary HollywoodHeartAttack of the Scott family.
* InnocentBlueEyes: To match his HairOfGold.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Solidified with Haley when they became in-laws.
* LovableJock: He's a cool jock, but he's very likeable and isn't a jerk.
%%* MommasBoy
%%* MostWritersAreMale
%%* MostWritersAreWriters
* MrFanservice: Lucas and his {{Shirtless Scene}}s give the female audience plenty of satisfaction.
%%* MrFixIt
* {{Narrator}}: Lucas was the narrator of the series from Season's 1 to 6, being the one who was telling the story.
%%* NiceGuy
* ParentalAbandonment: Dan abandoned Lucas when Karen was pregnant with Lucas. Instead, Dan married Deb and became a father to Nathan.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Haley. They have been best friends since childhood.
* TheProtagonist: Lucas is the main or central character of One Tree Hill.
* PutOnABus: Episode 6x24, "Remember Me as a Time of Day".
* RedOniBlueOni: 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.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Brooke when they were a couple.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Lucas is the Sensitive Guy to Nathan's Manly Man.
%%* SerialRomeo
* ShirtlessScene: Infamous for it.
* SternTeacher: Particularly to Q.
%%* TheyDo
* TookALevelInJerkass: During Season 1. He gets better after several WhatTheHellHero speeches from Keith, Nathan, Peyton, Haley & Karen.
%%* TwoFirstNames
%%* TheUnfavourite: See CainAndAbel and GenerationXerox above.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Peyton.
* WackyMarriageProposal: In an airport no-less. Lampshaded by [[spoiler: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?
--->'''[[spoiler:Peyton]]:''' You're a mess! You can't just call a girl at the airport like that! You're a mess, Lucas Scott! [[TheyDo But you're my mess!]]
* WalkingTheEarth: The explanation for him being PutOnABus is this.
* YourCheatingHeart
** With Peyton when he was with Brooke in Season 1.
** With Peyton (Again) when he was with Brooke (Again) in Season 3, [[spoiler: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 ([[RuleOfThree Yes, again]]) when he was with Lindsey in Season 5. They kiss once, before Lucas proposes to Lindsey ([[WhatTheHellHero That very night]]) [[spoiler: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 Creator/JamesLafferty)
->[[caption-width-right:255: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.

* TheAce: Nathan is very skilled and good basketball player. He is known for his great athleticism and skills on the basketball court.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: First with Peyton, then with Brooke and finally, with Haley.
* AmicableExes: With Peyton [[spoiler: and arguably Brooke]].
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Lucas, to {{Jerkass}} levels. [[CharacterDevelopment At first]] [[TookALevelInKindness anyway]].
* AntiHero: Nathan started out as this to Lucas' TheHero. However, this later on changes when Nathan starts to [[CharacterDevelopment change into a much kinder and nicer person]] as the series goes on.
* BadassInDistress: Spends the entire last season as this.
* BashBrothers: With Lucas.
* BeardOfSorrow: In season 5.
* BecomingTheMask: He falls in love with Haley in season one.
* TheBigGuy: Nathan is one of the bigger and taller guys as he stands at 6'2".
* BigManOnCampus: Nathan is popular, athletic and well-liked by the girls at school.
%%* BookDumb
* BoundAndGagged: 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.
* BrokenAce: 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.
* BrokenStreak: Was the only cast member to appear in every episode, until episode 9x03.
* CainAndAbel: He and Lucas start out this way. They grow out of it by the end of the first season, and in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Nathan defends Lucas from Dan. The season ends with them acknowledging each other as brothers and friends.
* TheCasanova: Pre-Haley.
* CharacterDevelopment: Over the entire course of the series, Nathan goes from a selfish, cocky, arrogant individual to a much nicer, kinder, selfless and understanding person.
%%* TheCharmer
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[spoiler:Nathan's GameBreakingInjury in the season 5 premiere will be the reason for his early retirement from the NBA in season 8.]]
%%* ChickMagnet
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Between season's four and five. #23 - All-Time Leading Scorer, co-captain of the first Ravens team to win the State Championship.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nathan has his sarcastic, humourous and witty moments.
* DefrostingIceQueen: 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 TheHero.
* DisabledHottie: In season 5. He gets better.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
* DrowningMySorrows: In season five. He gets better.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Specifically Tim, his best friend in season one. There were signs, also lampshaded by Brooke, that he had more than just admiration for Nathan.
* FreudianExcuse: His JerkJock 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 JerkJock.
* GameBreakingInjury: Nathan is thrown through a plate glass window during the 4 year TimeSkip 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.
* GenerationXerox: Much like Lucas takes after Keith, Nathan takes after Dan... [[ShadowArchetype 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.
* HappilyMarried[=/=]HighSchoolSweethearts: With Haley. Their ship has been the most enduring ship on the show.
%%* HeelFaceTurn
* TheHero: Nathan becomes this in the seventh season onwards after Lucas leaves at the end of season six.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Haley. Nathan is 6'2" and Haley is 5'3", meaning Nathan is almost a whole foot taller than Haley.
%%* {{Hunk}}
* JerkJock: Nathan's initial personality. Gradually, he sheds the "Jerk" part with help from Haley and Lucas.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His current personality.
%%* LadyKillerInLove
* LikeFatherLikeSon: 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.
* LoveRedeems: The whole point of his CharacterDevelopment.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Though Nathan was only mean during the first season, by the end of which he TookALevelInKindness. Actor James Lafferty, by all accounts, seems to have been a very nice person right from the start.
%%* MrFanservice
* TheNicknamer: It's revealed in Season 8 that Nathan is the one who coined Mouth's nickname, [[spoiler: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.
* OppositesAttract: With Haley, of course.
* PapaWolf: Especially over Haley and his children.
* ParentalFavoritism: Dan strongly favoured Nathan over Lucas.
* PermaStubble: In the last seasons.
* ReallyGetsAround: 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.
* RedOniBlueOni: 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.
* RousseauWasRight: His entire season 1 plot.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Nathan is the Manly Man to Lucas' Sensitive Guy.
* ShirtlessScene: He gets quite a few of these.
* TakeAThirdOption: 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.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He stands 6'2". He was a perfect example of TallDarkAndSnarky pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Before his CharacterDevelopment. And even after that, he still has his snarky, sarcastic moments.
* TragicDream: In season 5. He got better.[[note]]Although his injury that prevented him from being drafted in the NBA the first time will lead to his early retirement.[[/note]]
* TookALevelInKindness: During season one.
%%* TwoFirstNames

!!'''Peyton Sawyer [[spoiler:Scott]]''' (Portrayed by Creator/HilarieBurton)
->[[caption-width-right:255: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.

* ActionGirl: Has her big "ActionGirl" moment in Episode 4x16, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love" when she & Brooke fight off Psycho!Derek.
* AmicableExes: With Nathan, Jake and Julian.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Lucas, to FoeYay levels.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Brooke's Veronica for Lucas' Archie.
** Interestingly, in season 5 she was also the Veronica to Lindsey's Betty, always for Lucas' Archie.
* BoundAndGagged: Along with Brooke in ''You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love''.
%%* BrokenBird
* TheCheerleader: 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.
* CoolCar: The comet.
%%* DamselInDistress
* DamselOutOfDistress: See ActionGirl.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceQueen: She was kind of bitchy in the beginning of season 1.
* DeusAngstMachina: To a ridiculous extent.
* DisappearedDad: Peyton's father is often away for his work.
%%* DoomMagnet
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Almost runs over [[spoiler: her eventual husband]] Lucas Scott in the opening scenes of the show because she was searching the floor of her car for a dropped CD while driving.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Considering [[TraumaCongaLine all she goes through during the series (And before it)]], it's safe to say that Peyton definately earnt [[spoiler:driving into the sunset married to Lucas & with a healthy baby girl]].
%%* EmoTeen: Borderline example.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Bisexual character Anna Tagarro.
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: Goes from curly hair to short, straight hair, then curls with bangs with differing shades of blonde, then dirty blonde straightened hair for her last two seasons.
* FanservicePack: While Peyton has always been attractive, she becomes more HotterAndSexier during the duration of her six season stint.
* FirstGirlWins: Peyton gets chosen over both Brooke and Lindsey by Lucas in season six.
* GenderBlenderName: Her name, Peyton, is unisex and could be a name used for both boys and girls.
%%* HelloNurse
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brooke.
* InSeriesNickname: P. Sawyer, used almost exclusively by Brooke.
* TheLancer: To the Tree Hill cheerleaders and to the core five.
%%* LongBusTrip
* MissingMom: Both her adoptive and biological mothers.
* MsFanservice: She had her moments during the high school years. Her GirlinessUpgrade in her last two seasons did her great either.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: In season 4, after Lucas' heart attack, Peyton is nervous about their romance because she fears that she will lose him, just like she lost everyone she loved.
* ObliviousAdoption: Although she becomes HappilyAdopted afterwards.
* QuirkyCurls: Peyton's curly hair is one of her defining physical features.
%%* RecordProducer
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Brooke.
* SecretIdentity: Her subconscious as "Angel of Death" in episode 3x09.
* SelectiveObliviousness: For her own feelings towards Lucas, in season 1.
* ShesGotLegs: As noted by Lucas in the second episode. [[note]]When Lucas failed to catch the ball passed to him during a ballgame, Peyton mocked him, specifically his hands. Lucas then retorted with this trope.[[/note]]
--->'''Peyton:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Nice hands]]!
--->'''Lucas:''' [[FoeYay Nice legs]]!
%%* StepfordSnarker
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TraumaCongaLine: It's no understatment to say that Peyton has possibly the worst life out of all the main characters.
%%* TomboyishName
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Type B, for Lucas.
* {{UST}}: With Lucas, [[spoiler:TheyDo]]
* WalkingTheEarth: The explanation for her being PutOnABus is this.

!!'''Haley James Scott''' (Portrayed by Bethany Joy Lenz[=/=]Galeotti)
->[[caption-width-right:255: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.]]

* ActionGirl: 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 [[ActionMom Mom]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Shows from time to time, especially in the first few seasons.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Nathan was definitely a bad boy when she started liking him in season 1.
%%* BadassBookworm: Yes, you read it right.
* BadassTeacher: Becomes one after the four-year jump. She gets an undeniably BadassTeacher moment when [[{{TyrantTakesTheHelm}} the new]] MoralGuardian 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.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: She donned all [[FieryRedhead three]] [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold hair]] [[BrainyBrunette colors]] in the entire duration of the show.
%%* CatSmile
* TheCheerleader: Subverted. She's nothing like the stereotypical cheerleader.
* CoolTeacher: "Tutor Girl becomes Teacher Girl"
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler: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 TheHero in season 7, she clearly becomes the secondary focus.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Haley ''Bob'' James.
%%* ExpositoryHairStyleChange
* GenderBlenderName: Her EmbarrassingMiddleName.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Married the star of the basketball team, and was recruited as a cheerleader.
%%* GirlNextDoor
%%* GoGetterGirl
* HighSchoolSweethearts: With Nathan. They're generally regarded as one of the bedrock relationships of the series.
%%* HollywoodNerd
%%* HotBlooded
* HotTeacher: After the four-year jump.
* InSeriesNickname: 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.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Solidified with Lucas when they became in-laws.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The Light to Brooke's Dark.
%%* MamaBear
%%* NiceGirl
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Compared to the already [[RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf Ridiculously Successful Future Selves]] of the other main characters, Haley stands out. She is a teacher, an IdolSinger, a songwriter, a RecordProducer, 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.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father died between the seasons 4 and 5 TimeSkip while her mother died in season 7.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Lucas.
%%* PluckyGirl
* PregnantBadass
---> '''Rachel''': You're lucky you're pregnant...
---> '''Haley''': No, honey, ''you're'' lucky I'm pregnant.
* SexyMentor: When she's tutoring Nathan in season 1.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: The shortest but the smartest of the core five.
* SingleTargetSexuality: 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''.
%%* TheSmartGirl
* SupportingProtagonist: In the final season, as Nathan [[spoiler: spent majority of the show kidnapped, putting the focus on Haley finding ways to to locate him.]]
* TeenPregnancy: With Jamie.
* ThighHighBoots: Wore one when she [[spoiler: was luring one of Nathan's kidnappers in the final season.]]
* TwoFirstNames: Three after marrying Nathan.

!!'''Brooke Davis [[spoiler:Baker]]''' (Portrayed by Creator/SophiaBush)
->[[caption-width-right:256:Relationships are just too hard. Hooking up with boys is so much easier.]]

* AbusiveParents: Her mom is definitely emotionally abusive, given the amount of insecurities Brooke has from interacting with her after they start working together.
* ActionGirl: Has her moments, namely taking out Psycho!Derek with Peyton in Episode 4x16; and attacking [[spoiler:Xavier "X" Daniels]] in Episode 6x13.
* AlliterativeName: [[spoiler: Brooke Baker, after her marriage]].
%%* AllGuysWantCheerleaders
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Very much in the first half of season 1. She drops the aloof part and became more likable and approachable soon after.
* AmicableExes: With [[RealitySubtext Lucas]] and Chase. [[ReallyGetsAround And some others]].
%%* BadassAdorable
* BeautyMark: She has a tiny mole on her right cheek.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Peyton's Betty for Lucas' Archie.
* BoundAndGagged: Along with Peyton in ''You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love''.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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.
* BreakoutCharacter: 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.
* CharacterDevelopment: One of the most obvious and effective examples in the series.
%%* TheCheerleader
%%* TheChick
* ADateWithRosiePalms: After Rachel catches Brooke treating herself to one of these, she coins the phrase "Brooke-ing yourself." It subsequently became a [[{{UnusualEuphemism}} euphemism]] both in-universe and among the fans.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* TheFashionista: 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 "[[{{SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped}} Anorexia is a disease, not a fashion statement.]]" Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Brooke.
* FullNameBasis: More often than the other main characters.
%%* GenkiGirl
%%* GoodBadGirl
* HandsOffParenting: 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.
%%* TheHeart
%%* HelloNurse
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Peyton.
* HonoraryAunt: To her godson, Jamie.
%%* HotBlooded
* {{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
* InSeriesNickname: "Pretty Girl" by Lucas.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Following the 4 year TimeSkip, Brooke desperately wants to start a family. In Season 7, [[spoiler:Brooke's told that she can't have children ''ever'']], but then in Season 8, [[spoiler:Brooke finds out she's pregnant in the final episodes of the season & has twin boys in the season finale after a TimeSkip]].
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The Dark to Haley's Light.
%%* LovableAlphaBitch
* MamaBear: Towards her adopted daughter Sam.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Lucas.
%%* MsFanservice
* OddFriendship: Her friendship with geeky Mouth in high school.
* ParentalNeglect: Her parents weren't particularly interested in Brooke's life until she'd proven her worth as a clothing designer.
%%* PluckyGirl
* ReallyGetsAround: At least, in high school.
* RomanticRunnerUp: [[spoiler: Along with Lindsay in the season 6 premiere. Lucas chose Peyton as his final choice.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Peyton.
* RunningGag: Her AutoErotica attempt to Lucas has been mocked, toyed and lampshaded by other characters throughout the series, including [[TakeThatMe Brooke herself]].
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: And appears in every episode following.
* SecondLove: To Lucas.
* ShipperOnDeck: Surprisingly, she became one for Lucas and Peyton, after season 4.
---> '''Brooke:''' [[EveryoneCanSeeit The rest of the world's been waiting on you two idiots since high school.]]
* StepfordSmiler: 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.
* TeacherStudentRomance: With Nick Chavez in season 4.
%%* TheTease
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: 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 LoveTriangle at the time was Lucas, Peyton and Lindsey.
* TookALevelInKindness: 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 third[[note]]In two occasions however, Sophia Bush was actually billed ''second'' right before Joy Lenz[[/note]] after James Lafferty (Nathan) and Joy Lenz (Haley).
%%* TwoFirstNames

!!'''Marvin "Mouth" [=McFadden=]''' (Portrayed by Creator/LeeNorris)
[[caption-width-right:350:Good evening ladies & gentlemen, and welcome to a historic night.]]

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Brooke and Rachel.
%%* AlliterativeName
* TheArtifact: In later seasons.
%%* AscendedExtra
%%* DoggedNiceGuy
* FirstGirlWins: To Millie.
* GiveGeeksAChance: He's friends with Brooke, Lucas and the other popular kids and dates several hot girls during the show.
%%* TheHeart
* HeroesWantRedheads: His crush on Rachel.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Skills.
* HiddenDepths: 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.
%%* HollywoodDateless
%%* HollywoodNerd
* HopelessSuitor: To Brooke in Season 2; To Rachel in Seasons 3 & 4.
%%* InWithTheInCrowd
%%* NiceGuy
* OddFriendship: With all the main characters, particularly cheerleader and LovableAlphaBitch Brooke.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Only his girlfriend Millicent calls him "Marvin".
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 3.
%%* RedHeadedHero
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Skills' Manly Man.
%%* UnluckyEverydude

!!'''Rachel Gatina''' (Portrayed by Creator/DanneelHarris)

%%* AlphaBitch
* TheBabyTrap: [[spoiler:Used this on Cooper. It doesn't end well.]]
* TheBusCameBack: In season 5 for a few episodes; later in season 7.
%%* TheCheerleader
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* EvilRedhead
%%* FemmeFatale
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* FormerlyFat
%%* HelloNurse
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mostly in season 4.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: After she comes back in season 7.
* JerkassHasAPoint: 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.
* KarmaHoudini: Suffers absolutely no punishment for [[spoiler:releasing the contents on the time capsule & subsequently driving Jimmy Edwards to bring a gun to Tree Hill High]].
* LadyMacbeth: [[spoiler: To Dan in season 7.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: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]].
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* MayDecemberRomance: With Nathan's uncle Cooper and [[spoiler:Dan Scott]].
%%* MsFanservice
* PetTheDog: She has her good moments with Mouth and Brooke.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 4.
* ReallyGetsAround: Described in-universe as "friendly".
* TheRival: To Brooke, initially. Later they became friends. [[spoiler:Until season 5.]]
%%* TheTease
* TokenEvilTeammate: To the Tree Hill cheerleaders.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Brooke.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* WithFriendsLikeThese

!!'''Antwon "Skills" Taylor''' (Portrayed by Creator/AntwonTanner)

* AdamWesting: According to Antwon Tanner, he pretty much ''is'' Skills in real life.
* TheArtifact: Just like Mouth, his character became more pointless in later seasons.
%%* AscendedExtra
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* BetaCouple: With Bevin.
* BlackBestFriend: To both Lucas and Mouth.
* CommutingOnABus: After Season 7.
* DemotedToExtra: During the second half of Season 8, to the point that his only appearance in the Season Finale (Which was written as the ''GrandFinale'') is wearing a chicken suit in an audition for Millie's old field reporter job.
* GenreSavvy: Very at [[spoiler: Brooke's wedding, he tries to prevent all the things that happened at past Tree Hill weddings]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mouth.
* TheLancer: To Lucas.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler:The final TimeSkip implies that he and Bevin got back together.]]
%%* LovableJock
* MayDecemberRomance: With Deb Scott in season 5.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Only his parents & Lauren refer to him as Antwon with any frequency.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 4.
* SatelliteCharacter:: He rarely gets ADayInTheLimelight, he's pretty much just there to be the BlackBestFriend to Lucas and Mouth.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Mouth's Sensitive Guy.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Lucas and Peyton.
%%* TokenMinority
%%* TwoFirstNames
%%* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt

[[folder:Main Characters (Seasons 5 to 9)]]
!!'''James "Jamie" Lucas Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/JacksonBrundage)

%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* BigBrotherInstinct: Adores & is very protective of his little sister Lydia.
* BunniesForCuteness: "I have a fluffy eared bunny named Chester."
%%* CheerfulChild
* TheCutie: Noted {{In-Universe}}, but he grows out of it as he gets older.
* FullNameBasis: Always introduces himself as James Lucas Scott when he's really little.
%%* FutureBadass
* GenerationXerox: Gradually displays more of Lucas & Nathan's traits as he gets older.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Skills, Brooke, Sam, Quentin, Julian & Clay.
* MeaningfulName: His first name could either be from the typical maiden name ThemeNaming 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.
* MoralityPet: Most of Quentin (Pre-shedding of his JerkJock persona) & Dan's likable moments involve Jamie.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Never referred to as James unless he's in big trouble, or when he's introducing himself when he's still a young boy.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: 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.
* PuppyLove: With Madison.
%%* TagAlongKid
* TimeShiftedActor: He had different actors portraying him as a baby [[spoiler:and as a teenager in the final TimeSkip.]]
* TwoFirstNames: Three if you apply the FullNameBasis.
%%* WiseBeyondTheirYears

!!'''Millicent "Millie" Huxtable''' (Portrayed by Creator/LisaGoldstein)

* AscendedExtra: Was only supposed to be in one scene during the first episode of Season 5.
%%* ClingyJealousGirl
* TheConsigliere: To Brooke initially.
%%* FanservicePack
%%* HollywoodNerd
* LastGirlWins: For Mouth.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Initially.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 6.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
* TookALevelInJerkass: After becoming a model during Season 7.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Alex.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Millie ''always'' calls Mouth by his real name, Marvin. [[TookALevelInJerkass Her using his nickname during Season 7 is one of the big clues to him that Millie isn't acting like herself]].

!!'''Julian Baker''' (Portrayed by Creator/AustinNichols)

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* AmicableExes: With Peyton.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Played baseball as a child, but admits he was more interested in the butterfly-catching side of things. He still is as an adult.
* BadassBeard: In later seasons.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Calls Brooke's father out over his treatment of his daughter in Season 9.
%%* HollywoodNerd
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Jamie, who even served as his best man.
* [[LastGirlWins Last Guy Wins]]: For Brooke.]]
* LovableRogue: Have you ''seen'' him grin? It's even described ''{{In-Universe}}'' as being rogueish.
%%* MommasBoy
* TheMovieBuff: Justified due to his job.
%%* NiceGuy
* OddFriendship: 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.
%%* PermaStubble
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 7.
* ShoutOut: Will frequently make reference to films in his dialogue.
--> "And ''just'' because I referenced ''DirtyDancing'' doesn't mean I'm not serious!"
* SixthRanger: 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. [[spoiler: He even married the remaining single girl of the five, though two seasons after his introduction]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Eventually becomes this with Lucas.

!!'''Clayton "Clay" Evans''' (Portrayed by Creator/RobertBuckley)

* TheCasanova: [[spoiler:How he attempts to get past his wife's death]].
* TheConsigliere: To Nathan initially.
* {{Fanboy}}: Of comic books.
* [[HerHeartWillGoOn His Heart Will Go On]]: [[spoiler:Complete with a child.]]
%%* {{Hunk}}
* LadyKillerInLove: With Quinn.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Was so traumatised by Sara's death, that he blocked out all memories of the son they had together for several years]].
%%* TheLostLenore
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:His son Logan. See LaserGuidedAmnesia above]].
%%* RememberTheNewGuy
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Lucas.

!!'''Quinn James [[spoiler:Evans]]''' (Portrayed by [[Creator/ShantelVanSanten Shantel VanSanten]])

* ChekhovsGunman: She was first mentioned in season 2, five seasons before being a series regular.
%%* [[CoolUncle Cool Aunt]]
%%* CoolBigSis
%%* ExpositoryHairStyleChange
* TheGhost: Until Season 7.
%%* HollywoodToneDeaf
* HotScoop: Well, she is a photographer, so...
%%* MsFanservice
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Her father died between the seasons 4 and 5 TimeSkip while her mother died in season 7.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:To Logan.]]
* PlayingGertrude: Quinn is Haley's older sister but Shantel [=VanSanten=] is actually four years younger than Bethany Joy Galeotti.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Initially.
* RunningGag: Quinn's hillariously bad dancing.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: To Clay.]]
* ShesGotLegs: Hence why most of her wardrobe consists of tiny shorts.
* StatuesqueStunner: Shantel [=VanSanten=] is a real life model after all.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Peyton.
* TheTease: Appeared next to Clay wearing only her BlackBraAndPanties.
%%* TwoFirstNames

!!'''Alex Dupre''' (Portrayed by Creator/JanaKramer)

%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
%%* AttentionWhore
* BathSuicide: [[spoiler:She survived.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Mia's Betty for Chase's Archie.
%%* BrutalHonesty
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:She survived.]]
%%* EasilyForgiven
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Lamphshaded by Alex herself at Brooke's bachelorette party. Though Quinn then replies that she still considers Alex her friend.
* HopelessSuitor: To Julian in Season 7.
%%* ItsAllAboutMe: She had her moments.
* MsFanservice: Not as much as Quinn, but she fits this trope pretty well too.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A model, actress and an IdolSinger.
* PutOnABus: At the start of Season 9.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
* ReallyGetsAround: Her reputation.
%%* TomboyishName
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone.
%%* WithFriendsLikeThese
* YourCheatingHeart: After [[PutOnABus going on tour in the second episode of Season 9]], Alex promptly cheats on Chase.

!!'''Chase Adams''' (Portrayed by Creator/StephenColletti)

%%* AcePilot
* AmicableExes: With Brooke.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Mia's Betty & Alex's Veronica.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Chuck in Season 8.
* CommutingOnABus: Seasons 5 through 7.
%%* TheGenericGuy
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Chris Keller.
* InsistentTerminology: Will correct everyone the moment they get his job title wrong.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Midway through Season 8; the only character to be promoted during a season.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Male version.
* RecurringCharacter: From Season 4 until Season 8.
* RunningGag:
** [[InsistentTerminology Chase immediately correcting people whenever they get his job title wrong]].
** Cannot mix a drink to save his life, and [[LethalChef Lord help you if you try one of his homemade cocktails]].
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Noted {{In-Universe}} by Julian & Haley, that whilst they genuinely like Chase, they cannot understand why a famous actress & rockstar are ''literally'' fighting over a bar tender.
** [[RunningGag Bar]] ''[[InsistentTerminology Manager]]''.

!!'''Chris Keller''' (Portrayed by Creator/TylerHilton)

%%* ActionSurvivor: In the last season.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Haley.
%%* TheBusCameBack: In season 9.
%%* CommutingOnABus
%%* CoolShades
* FullNameBasis: Very often, both in-universe and in fandom.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Chase.
* ICallItVera: He calls his guitar "[[CargoShip Haley James"]].
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* PluckyComicRelief
* RecurringCharacter: In seasons 2,3 & 4. He returned as a regular in season 9.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Although he's actually a talented musician.
%%* ThirdPersonPerson
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Haley, Nathan, Brooke...most of them, really.
%%* WackyGuy

[[folder:Scott Family]]
!!'''Dan Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/PaulJohansson)
[[caption-width-right:255:Happiness doesn't come cheap. Hell, if it did, we would all be smiling.]]

* AbusiveParents: 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.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Karen, Deb, [[spoiler: Rachel]] sure do. The last one subverts this as [[spoiler: she only wants his money.]]
* AndStarring: In Seasons 7 and 9.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Keith.
* ArchnemesisDad: ''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).
* TheAtoner: Complete with his own talk show and book deal. Yeah, he's one of ''those'' "atoners." That being said, he genuinely does regret [[spoiler:killing Keith]], and he does try to be a good grandfather to Jamie.
%%* BackForTheDead
* BadassBoast: Although it usually bordered (or resulted) on TemptingFate.
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:In season 6 courtesy of Carrie. He made her pay for this soon after.]]
* BigBad: In the first 4 seasons.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: His RedemptionEqualsDeath could have been much better if Lucas and Karen forgave him. Or at least heard how he genuinely regretted his actions.]]
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: Interestingly, the three notable women of his life all fit this with Deb being blond, Karen being brunette and [[spoiler:Rachel]] being redhead.
* BoundAndGagged: 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.
* CainAndAbel: With Keith. It doesn't end well.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DeadpanSnarker: 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.
* DestructiveRomance: With Deb.
* DrillSergeantNasty: In his tenure as the Ravens' coach.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Before getting shot, he killed ''all'' but three of Nathan's kidnappers (Nathan himself took out TheDragon, Chris Keller [[RammingAlwaysWorks took out]] TheBrute and Julian non-fatally took out the DirtyCop SixthRanger of the goons).]]
* {{Foil}}: He is this to so many characters, really.
* HandicappedBadass: 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.
* HeelRealization: He made a ''very gradual'' HeelFaceTurn.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: By TakingTheBullet that was meant for Nathan.]]
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Killed Keith and attempted to kill Lucas at one point.]]
* IllBoy: He suffers from a HollywoodHeartAttack, due to a disorder which is hereditary to the Scott family but only affects one-in-two potential sufferers.
* JerkJock: Was one, and still acts like one years later.
* KarmaHoudini: At least, until season 4...
%%* MadeOfIron
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* MayDecemberRomance: With [[spoiler:Rachel in season 7. Very odd, since back in high school she tried to seduce both his sons.]]
* MayorPain: Becomes a Type A during Season 3 & 4.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Dan is mostly a {{Jerkass}}. Based on gag reels, Paul Johansson is a WackyGuy who acts as the cast's resident PluckyComicRelief who is also a [[TeamDad father figure]] to his younger cast mates.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: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]].
* PapaWolf: Whilst he may be a bad father, Dan is very protective of his sons and grandchildren.
* ParentalAbandonment: He abandoned Karen and their son, Lucas.
* PetTheDog: Again, with Jamie. Dan's most unambiguously likeable moments are usually when he's with Jamie.
%%* RatedMForManly
* ReallyDeadMontage: [[spoiler: His dying episode in fact showed ''[[MadeOfIron all]]'' his {{Near Death Experience}}s throughout the show.]]
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedOniBlueOni: Dan is the Red to Keith's Blue.
* ReformedButRejected: Arguably in the last four seasons.
%%* RevengeBeforeReason
%%* RousseauWasRight
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Oh, yeah. He also has [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections connections]] and as mayor, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem he made the rules.]] Many times throughout the show, the whole town appeared to be at his mercy. Plus, even with a ''heart condition'', [[MightMakesRight he still easily defended himself against his two adult sons.]]
* SharpDressedMan: As a mayor. [[spoiler:He was even [[BadassInANiceSuit Dressed To Kill]] Keith.]]
%%* SmugSmiler
%%* SmugSuper
%%* TheSnarkKnight
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TemptingFate: This line from season 3 comes to mind.
--->'''Dan:''' You can't kill Dan Scot!
* TestosteronePoisoning: Invoked in the first seasons. Interestingly, Dan starts showing his {{Badass}}ery when he stopped trying to be one.
* TokenEvilTeammate: The Scotts are a BigScrewedUpFamily...mostly because of him. Later he tries to redeem himself, but still.
%%* TonightSomeoneDies
* TortureTechnician: [[spoiler:He tortured one of Nathan's kidnappers in the last season.]]
%%* TwoFirstNames
* VillainousBreakdown: A few.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: Then again, Carrie had it coming.]]

!!'''Karen Roe''' (Portrayed by Creator/MoiraKelly)
[[caption-width-right:259:There's only [[TitleDrop one Tree Hill]], Lucas Scott. And it is your home.]]

%%* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother
* AndStarring: "And Moira Kelly".
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BrainyBrunette
* TheBusCameBack: Episodes 5x12 & 6x24.
* TheCheerleader: She was one in high school.
%%* GoodParents
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: After Keith's death. Complete with a baby.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Karen is the Tiny Girl to Dan's Huge Guy.
* MamaBear: She's very protective of Lucas.
* OddFriendship: With Deb.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Haley and, eventually, Brooke; and she's willing to look after Jenny whilst Jake works at the cafe.
* PutOnABus: After Season 4.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
* TeamMom: It's easy to be one when half of your son's friends have [[MissingMom absent mothers]], via death or [[ParentalAbandonment other]] [[ParentalNeglect reasons]].
%%* TeenPregnancy
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Keith. It was resolved. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Keith was killed before they got married.]]
%%* WalkingTheEarth

!!'''Keith Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/CraigSheffer)
[[caption-width-right:256:It's funny, but I feel like I'm about to start the life that I always wanted.]]

* AndStarring: "With Craig Sheffer".
%%* BackForTheDead
* BeingGoodSucks: The shining example in the show, moreso than Lucas [[spoiler:[[FatalFlaw considering what happened to him...]]]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Dan when they were young, as seen in the flashbacks.
* CainAndAbel: With Dan.
* CoolTeacher: Becomes one at the end of Season 1. Of course, he [[spoiler:takes over the running of Dan Scott Motors after Dan's heart attack before he can actually ''teach'' his first class]].
%%* CoolUncle
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards Karen.
%%* GreaseMonkey
* MagneticHero: Has a trait which can get people drawn to him, something Dan actually admitted being jealous of.
* MistakenForMurderer: By Dan.
%%* MrFixIt
%%* NiceGuy
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: When Keith appeared as a SpiritAdvisor to Lucas, his ghost appeared as an adult (the age when he died). Ditto to Karen. However, when Dan had visions of his ghost, Keith always appeared as a child (around 11-12 years old). The only time Keith appeared as an adult ghost to Dan is during the latter's death.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: For Lucas.
* RedOniBlueOni: Keith is the Blue to Dan's Red.
* SecondLove: For Karen. [[spoiler:Cue {{Retirony}}.]]
%%* SpiritAdvisor
%%* TonightSomeoneDies
%%* TwoFirstNames
* TheUnfavourite: "Thanks, Dad. You finally pay me a compliment, and it's a dig at Dan."
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Karen. It was resolved. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Keith was killed before they got married.]]

!!'''Deb Lee Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/BarbaraAlynWoods)

* TheAlcoholic: She gets better.
* BlondesAreEvil: Subverted. She's not a bad person and she actually ''tries'' to be a good mother for Nathan, but her DestructiveRomance 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.
%%* BrokenBird
* DestructiveRomance: With Dan.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
* DrugsAreBad: Again, she gets better.
%%* MarriedToTheJob
* MayDecemberRomance: With Skills.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: See NiceJobBreakingItHero below.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:If she didn't try to kill Dan, Keith would be still alive.]]
* OddFriendship: With Karen.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* PutOnABus: After season 6, though she's arguably CommutingOnABus since season 5.
** TheBusCameBack: In episodes 9x08 and 9x11.
%%* TeenPregnancy
* TwoFirstNames: Three after marrying Dan.
%%* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: See NiceJobBreakingItHero.

!!'''Cooper Lee''' (Portrayed by Creator/MichaelTrucco)

%%* TheCharmer
* CoolUncle: 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''.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Upon learning that Rachel used TheBabyTrap on him, he became extremely pissed.]]
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Little Brother Instinct]]: Towards Dan concerning his older sister.
* MayDecemberRomance: Has one with Rachel, before finding out her real age. He calls it off after that.
%%* MrFanservice
* PutOnABus: In early Season 4, after recovering from the limo crash.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He also qualifies as TallDarkAndSnarky.
%%* TwoFirstNames

!!'''Lily Roe Scott''' (Portrayed by Creator/MaryKateEnglehardt)

* TheBusCameBack: Episode 5x12 "Hundred".
%%* ChildrenAreInnocent
* [[CoolUncle Cool Aunt]]: To Jamie, although it's probably due to them being in the same age[[note]]She was actually only a few hours older than him[[/note]]. [[spoiler: Presumably, she's this to to Sawyer, and ''maybe'' Lydia, as well.]]
%%* DisappearedDad
%%* MeaningfulName
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Keith and Karen's child born after the former's death.]]
%%* TagAlongKid
* TangledFamilyTree: Big brother Lucas is also her cousin.
%%* WalkingTheEarth

!!'''[[spoiler:Sawyer Brooke Scott]]''' ''(Portrayed by Various)''

%%* AlliterativeName
* GenkiGirl: [[spoiler:According to Lucas.]]
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: In season six.
* MotorMouth: [[spoiler:Again, according to Lucas.]]
%%* TimeShiftedActor
%%* TomboyishName
%%* WalkingTheEarth
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Introduced in the Season 6 finale, never seen again afterwards.

!!'''Lydia Scott''' ''(Portrayed by [[TimeShiftedActor Various]])''

* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Named after her paternal grandmother, following her death.]]
%%* TagAlongKid
%%* TimeShiftedActor
%%* TwoFirstNames


[[folder:Other Characters (Seasons 1 to 4)]]

!!'''Coach Brian "Whitey" Durham''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/BarryCorbin)''

%%* AFatherToHisMen
* AndStarring: "Barry Corbin as Whitey".
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* TheBusCameBack: In the season 6 finale.
* [[CoolTeacher Cool Coach]]: Most definitely.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:He told Dan in the season 6 finale that maybe the reason the latter's still alive is because he can still achieve ''redemption''. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Three seasons later]]...]]
* LikeASonToMe: Never had children with his wife Camilla, but sees the boys he coached as his boys, especially Lucas & Nathan.
* PutOnABus: After Season 4.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: 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.
%%* TeamDad

!!'''Principal Turner''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/ShawnShepard)''

* LastNameBasis: His first name was never revealed.
%%* PermaStubble
* PutOnABus: In early Season 5.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* SharpDressedMan
%%* TokenMinority

!!'''Jake Jagielski''' ''(Portayed by Brian Greenberg)''

%%* AlliterativeName
* TheBusCameBack: 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.
* GoodParents: For his baby daughter Jenny.
%%* LovableJock: In season 1.
* NiceGuy: 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.
%%* OnlySaneMan
* PromotedToLoveInterest: In season 2 for Peyton.
* PutOnABus: At the end of Season 1.
* SecondLove: For Peyton, with Lucas being first (Nathan doesn't really count).
* TokenGoodTeammate: Especially in season 1 where Nathan and most of the Raven were still Grade A {{Jerk Jock}}s.

!!'''Ferguson "Fergie" Thompson''' and '''"Junk" Moretti''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/VaughnWilson and Creator/CullenMoss)''

* BlackBestFriend: Fergie to Lucas, Mouth & Junk.
* DemotedToExtra: 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 Character}}s
* GirlfriendInCanada: 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.
* InSeriesNickname: Fergie - Fergilicious. Only he refers to himself with that, though.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Both of them. No one ever called Fergie "Ferguson" and Junk's real name is unknown.
%%* SaltAndPepper
* {{Satellite Character}}s: To Lucas, Mouth and Skills.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys
* UnfortunateName: Who would love to be called Junk?

!!'''Tim Smith''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/BrettClaywell)''

* AmbiguouslyBi: He likes girls (he married [[spoiler:Bevin]] in the the four-year jump) but he also seems [[HoYay way too devoted]] to Nathan.
* AscendedExtra: Was originally there to serve as Nathan's friend on the Ravens. After Jake was put on a bus, Tim rose in prominence.
%%* BookDumb
* BumblingSidekick: To Nathan in the first episodes.
* TheBusCameBack: In a rare subversion of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, Tim returned in Episode 5x09, "For Tonight You're Only Here To Know"
%%* ButtMonkey
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation midway through Season 3; It's revealed a full season later that he'd transferred out of Tree Hill High.
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
%%* DumbJock
* TheLancer: To Nathan.
* PhraseCatcher: "Just say [Whatever Tim just said, but straight forward], Tim."
%%* PluckyComicRelief
%%* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy
* ThirdWheel: As Nathan becomes closer to Haley & Lucas, Tim starts to become this.

!!'''Jimmy Edwards''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/ColinFickes)''

%%* ADeathInTheLimelight
%%* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
%%* BackForTheDead
* TheBusCameBack: In Episode 3x15, "Just Watch The Fireworks"
* ChekhovsGunman: Disappearing after a episodes in season 1, he made a huge impact to the show's story upon his return in season 3. [[spoiler: As an actual [[IncrediblyLamePun guman]], no less.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation after two episodes. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in season 3.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted, [[spoiler:After his death in Episode 3x16, Jimmy is referred to repeatedly over the following six seasons, his death greatly affecting Mouth]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:The release of the time capsule pretty much caused his rampage.]]
* JadeColoredGlasses: It's easy to distinguish this if you compare his appearances in seasons 1 and 3.
* LampshadeHanging: His return in Season 3 serves as one for his suffering ChuckCunninghamSyndrome, as [[spoiler: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]].
%%* MistakenForMurderer
%%* SanitySlippage
* SympatheticMurderer: Not really. But after [[spoiler:the school shooting]] he was considered this way by most people when they still didn't know that [[spoiler: ''Dan'', not Jimmy, was the one who killed Keith.]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler
%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

!!'''Larry Sawyer''' ''(Portrayed by [[TheOtherDarrin Thomas Ian Grffin & Kevin Kilner]])''

* DisappearedDad: Due to his work as a fisherman, Larry spends a large chunk of his time at sea & away from Peyton.
* PapaWolf: 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 Creator/SherylLee)''

%%* BackForTheDead
%%* BrokenBird
%%* DrugsAreBad
%%* DyingAlone
%%* IllGirl
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: In season 2.
* MissingMom: To Peyton.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:Died around the time when she just started a relationship with her abandoned daughter.]]

!!'''Nicki''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/EmmanuelleVaugier)''

%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* OnlyOneName: As far as we know.
* ParentalAbandonment: She abandoned her daughter Jenny for the first 8 months of her life.
* PutOnABus: Twice, in Season 1 and then in Season 2.
%%* TeenPregnancy

!!'''Bevin Mirskey''' ''(Portayed by Creator/BevinPrince)''

* AscendedExtra: If you look closely in Season 1, you can see Bevin in various scenes as an unnamed extra.
%%* BackForTheFinale
* BetaCouple: With Skills.
* BrainlessBeauty: A pretty and dumb cheerleader.
* TheBusCameBack: In the SeriesFinale.
%%* TheCheerleader
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Invoked.
--->'''Bevin:''' I [[RunningGag Brooke myself]] all the time, too.
%%* TheDitz
%%* DumbBlonde
* LastMinuteHookUp: [[spoiler:It is implied that she and Skills are reunited in the SeriesFinale.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In "Pictures of You" she reveals that she only acts dumb for people to rely on her in that way.
* OffscreenBreakup: With Skills in season 5 and with Tim in the SeriesFinale.
%%* PopularIsDumb: See above.
* RecurringCharacter: She made appearances from season 2 to season 5.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Store clerk in season 5, Government employee in the SeriesFinale.

!!'''Felix Tagarro''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/MichaelCopon)''

* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Anna initially, when he believed that her bisexuality was only a rumor. He changed his mind anyway after her ComingOutStory.
* DirtyCoward: In a fight with Lucas, Felix drops to the ground after one punch, purely so that he can jump Lucas from behind.
* FriendsWithBenefits: With Brooke.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* JerkJock
%%* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* PutOnABus: In Episode 2x17, "Something I Can Never Have"
* SpearCounterpart: Initially introduced as one to Brooke, which is lampshaded by Peyton.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky

!!'''Anna Tagarro''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/DaniellaAlonso)''

* AmbiguouslyGay: Fans still debate whether Anna was gay or bisexual. WordOfGod 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.
%%* BrokenBird
%%* ComingOutStory
* PutOnABus: In Episode 2x18, "The Lonesome Road"
* TwoferTokenMinority: The first recurring bisexual character of color on television.

!!'''Andy Hargrove''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/KierenHutchinson)''

* TheBusCameBack: Episode 5x12, "Hundred"
%%* HotTeacher
* [[LastGirlWins Last Guy Wins]]: [[spoiler:But he'd give it up if it meant the First Guy was still alive & got to meet his daughter]].
%%* NiceGuy
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:To Lily.]]
* PutOnABus: At the end of Season 2.
%%* WalkingTheEarth
* YouNeverAsked: 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''' ''(Creator/HueyLewis)''

%%* AlliterativeName
%%* BusCrash
%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DotingParent
* HappilyMarried: To Lydia.
%%* ThePatriarch
%%* RepetitiveName
%%* TeamDad
%%* TwoFirstNames

!!'''Lydia James''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/BessArmstrong)''

%%* BackForTheDead
* TheBusCameBack: In 7X16 "My Attendance Is Bad, But My Intentions Are Good''.
* CerebusSyndrome: She first appeared as a DotingParent...
%%* CoolOldLady
%%* DotingParent
%%* FaceDeathWithDignity
%%* GoOutWithASmile
%%* GrannyClassic
%%* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HappilyMarried: To Jimmy.
%%* IllGirl
%%* TeamMom
%%* TwoFirstNames
%%* WidowWoman
%%* YourDaysAreNumbered

!!'''Taylor James''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/LindseyMcKeon)''

* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: At her worst.
* BlackSheep: To the Jameses.
* TheBusCameBack: Episode 7x13, "Weeks Go By Like Days".
%%* [[CoolUncle Cool Aunt]]
* CryCute: [[spoiler:During her mom's cancer revelation and subsequent death.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: BlondesAreEvil in season 2, AloofDarkHairedGirl in season 7.
%%* FemmeFatale
%%* InferioritySuperiorityComplex
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* MsFanservice
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Her father died between the seasons 4 and 5 TimeSkip while her mother died in season 7.]]
* RavenHairIvorySkin: In season 7.
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* ScrewySquirrel
--->'''Quinn:''' Remember when Haley had her first period!? You convinced her that she was dying!
* SiblingTriangle: 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.
%%* TheTease
%%* TomboyishName
%%* TwoFirstNames
%%* TheUnfavorite
%%* TheUnfettered

!!'''Gigi Silveri''' (''Portrayed by Creator/KelseyChow'')

%%* AllWomenAreLustful
* AmicableExes: With Mouth.
* TheBusCameBack: In season 6.
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Somewhat.
%%* GenkiGirl
%%* LovableSexManiac
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Mouth.
* {{Meganekko}}: Mostly in seasons 3 and 4.

!!'''Abby Brown''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/AllisonScagliotti)''

* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: She was the hostage spared by Jimmy and ultimately witnessed Dan's murder of Keith. She told Lucas about it the following season.]]
%%* DisappearedDad
%%* PutOnABus
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin

!!'''Ian Banks (Psycho!Derek)''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/MattBarr)''

* AttemptedRape: Tried to pull this on Peyton ''twice''.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BlondGuysAreEvil
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Remember WATCHMEWATCHYOU? He sent it to Peyton.]]
%%* DisappearedDad
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Envious of Peyton's close relationship with Lucas.
* InSeriesNickname: Psycho!Derek.
%%* TheLostLenore
%%* LoveMakesYouCrazy
%%* LoveMakesYouEvil
%%* SanitySlippage
* StalkerWithACrush: For Peyton. His wall of Peyton photos is proof of it.
* WouldHitAGirl: He hit both Peyton and Brooke in season 4.
* {{Yandere}}: Perfectly willing and capable of killing anyone in his way.

!!'''Daunte Jones''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/RickFox)''

%%* AssholeVictim
%%* EntitledBastard
* FallenHero: He's a former Tree Hill Raven.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Died in a car crash immediately after he tried to run over Nathan but instead hit Haley.]]
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
%%* SharpDressedMan
* StarterVillain: In season 4.
* SmugSnake: To the point that he plays this to ''Dan Scott'' of all people.
* WouldHitAGirl: Unintentional, as [[spoiler:Haley pushed Nathan out of Daunte's speeding car.]]


[[folder:Other Characters (Seasons 5 to 9)]]

!!'''Lindsey Strauss''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/MichaelaMcManus)''

* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Peyton's Veronica for Lucas' Archie.
%%* BrainyBrunette
%%* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* PutOnABus: Episode 6x05, "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It".
%%* RomanticFalseLead
* RomanticRunnerUp: [[spoiler:Along with Brooke in the season 6 premiere.]]
%%* RunawayBride
* SexyMentor: To Lucas.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Played with in the seasons 5 and 6's finale and premiere. Lindsey is Lucas' current/recent girlfriend and the LoveTriangle was between Lucas, her and Peyton. However, Lucas also "called" [[SecondLove Brooke]] [[spoiler: to propose.]]

!!'''Carrie''' ''(Portayed by [[Creator/TorreyDeVitto Torrey DeVitto]])''

%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* ArchEnemy: To the Scott family in general, particularly Haley.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BackForTheDead
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seemed perfectly nice in the beginning.
%%* DarkActionGirl
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:It's revealed that her obsession with replacing Haley as Jamie's mother is down to her own son dying]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: [[spoiler:Towards Haley.]]
%%* MsFanservice
* OnlyOneName: Her last name is not revealed.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Nathan.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
%%* TheTease
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:Killed by Dan whilst in a HelloNurse outfit.]]
%%* WomanScorned

!!'''Victoria Davis''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/DaphneZuniga)''

* AbusiveParents: To Brooke, initially.
%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* DefrostingIceQueen: Her primary character arc during Seasons 5 & 6.
* ForTheEvulz: Most of her actions in season 5.
* TheGhost: Until Season 5.
* InSeriesNickname: "Bitchtoria".
* {{Jerkass}} → JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JerkassHasAPoint: When warning Brooke about her father, it plays as if Victoria is jealous that Brooke is creating her new company with her father & not her. Ted goes onto validate her claims.
%%* HeelFaceTurn
* {{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.
%%* MyBelovedSmother
* ParentalNeglect: She wasn't particularly interested in Brooke's life until she'd proven her worth as a clothing designer.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
%%* RecurringCharacter
* TookALevelInKindness: End of season 6.

!!'''Owen Morello''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/JoeManganiello)''

* TheAlcoholic: A recovered one, before suffering a relapse.
* BadassBeard: Pre-Relapse.
* TheBartender: A bartending alcoholic. [[SarcasmMode It ends well]].
* BeardOfSorrow: Post-Relapse.
* TheBigGuy: 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.
* TheBusCameBack: Season 7 episode "At the Bottom of Everything".
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: 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.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome
%%* TroubledButCute

!!'''Quentin "Q" Fields''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/RobbieJones)''

* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: In virtue of being the Raven's [[TheAce ace]] player.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
* EmptyChairMemorial: [[spoiler:In Haley's classroom after his death]].
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler: His jersey number is '''44'''.]]
* JerkJock: When first introduced in Season 5. Haley, Lucas, Skills & Nathan eventually force him to grow out of it.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: 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.
* PetTheDog: Before growing out of being a JerkJock, Q's most likable moments involved Jamie.
%%* TokenMinority

!!'''Mia Catalano''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/KateVoegele)''

* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Alex's Veronica for Chase's Archie.
%%* IdolSinger
* PutOnABus: At the end of Season 8.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin
%%* RecurringCharacter

!!'''Samantha "Sam" Walker''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/AshleyRickards)''

* BoundAndGagged: In ''Things A Mama Don't Know''.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* HappilyAdopted
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames herself for [[spoiler: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.
%%* LittleMissSnarker
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Only Victoria calls her Samantha.
%%* PutOnABus
* ShipperOnDeck: For Brooke & Julian.
* StreetUrchin: When first introduced.
%%* TomboyishName
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Has seen more than a 15 year old ''should'' have seen.

!!'''Charles "Chuck" Scolnik''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/MichaelMay)''

* AbusiveParents: His father hits him & his mother's a drunk.
* BigBrotherMentor: Gains one in Chase during Season 8.
* DisappearedDad: Until Season 9.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Chase and Chris Keller.
* KidsAreCruel: Initially introduced bullying Jamie. They quickly become friends after that.
* TheLancer: To Jamie.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chase calls him Charles once. He's immediately told to call him Chuck instead.
* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Starts impersonating Chris Keller, [[ThirdPersonPerson right down to referring to himself in the third person]], during Season 9.
%%* TagAlongKid
%%* TookALevelInKindness

!!'''Miss[[spoiler:us]] Lauren [[spoiler:Fletcher]]''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/AllisonMunn)''

%%* CoolTeacher
%%* HotTeacher
* OnlyOneName: Her last name was never revealed. [[spoiler:Her married surname is Fletcher, however.]]
%%* RecurringCharacter

!!'''Sara Evans''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/AmandaSchull)''

* ActingForTwo: Amanda Schull also portrayed Clay's StalkerWithACrush Katie.
%%* DeadPersonConversation
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's kind, young and beautiful.
* HappilyMarried: To Clay [[spoiler:when she was alive.]]
* IdenticalStranger: To Katie.
%%* PosthumousCharacter

!!'''Xavier Daniels''' ''(Portrayed by [[Creator/DevinMcGee Devin McGee]])''

* ArchEnemy: To Brooke.
%%* AxCrazy
* BadLiar: See ReformedButRejected below.
%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* BeardOfEvil
* TheBusCameBack: Much to Brooke's dismay.
%%* DevilInPlainSight
* DiabolusExMachina: He is this trope personified. Especially if you ask Brooke.
* FoeYay: {{In-universe}} towards Brooke. It's one sided, though.
%%* ForTheEvulz
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Killed Q. He nearly killed Brooke on at least ''three'' occasions.]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* KnightOfCerebus
%%* ObviouslyEvil
%%* PromotionToParent
%%* PutOnABus
* ReformedButRejected: Claims to be this in the last season. Of course he's not.
%%* WouldHitAGirl
%%* WouldHurtAChild
%%* XMakesAnythingCool

!!'''Katie Ryan''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/AmandaSchull)''

* ActingForTwo: Amanda Schull also portrayed Clay's wife Sara.
* ArchEnemy: To Quinn.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BlondesAreEvil
* CriminalDoppelganger: To Sara after the season 7 finale.
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DistaffCounterpart: Of Psycho! Derek.
* EvilCounterpart: 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.
* IJustWantToBeYou: 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.
* IdenticalStranger: To Sara, obviously.
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:In the season 7 finale. It failed.]]
%%* LoveMakesYouCrazy
%%* LoveMakesYouEvil
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Also in the season 7 finale. It also failed.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Tries desperately to become this for Clay.
%%* SmugSnake
* StalkerWithACrush: To Clay.
%%* TwoFirstNames
%%* WomanScorned
%%* {{Yandere}}

!!'''Adam Reese''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/JamesVanDerBeek)''

%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* BenevolentBoss
%%* CastingGag
%%* {{Keet}}

!!'''Principal Charlene Rimkus''' ''(Portrayed by Creator/SusanWalters)''

%%* BadBoss
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* IronLady
%%* MoralGuardian
* PutOnABus: In late season 6.
* ReplacementScrappy: In Universe. Everyone thinks she is this [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure to Principal Turner]].
%%* [[SharpDressedMan Sharped Dressed Woman]]
%%* TyrantTakesTheHelm