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Anthony "Tony" Stonem
Played by: Nicholas Hoult
- Affably Evil
- Ambiguously Bi: It's never made clear whether his dalliance with Maxxie is just an experiment or if he's actually bisexual. Michelle's comment below only came after the fact.
- Anything That Moves: As Michelle says, "He sleeps with everyone, even boys!"
- Big Brother Instinct
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mainly to adults.
- Break the Haughty
- Byronic Hero
- Character Development: In Season 2.
- Depraved Bisexual
- Draco in Leather Pants: In-universe, even.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Even the Guys Want Him: Subverted in that when Tony actually gets round to sleeping with Maxxie, it turns out that some guys don't want him after all.
- The Friend Nobody Likes
- Genius Book Club
- Heel-Face Turn: Almost resulted in Redemption Equals Death in the Season 1 finale, but he recovered.
- Heel Realization
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sid.
- Insufferable Genius: With one exception; see Ted Baxter below.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eventually
- Lack of Empathy: In Season 1.
- Look Both Ways: He gets better.
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Masochism Tango: With Michelle.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Lampshaded in Sid's Season 1 episode, where Tony is actually seen reading Thus Spake Zarathustra.
- Really Gets Around
- Screw Yourself: Arguably, combined with Intimate Psychotherapy, Tony has sex with himself when he has sex with Beth in Season 2, episode 6.
- Screwy Squirrel: In Season 1. He honestly believes that his messing with others' lives makes them interesting and is mildly surprised that his victims don't share this opinion.
- Smug Snake
- Sociopathic Hero
- Ted Baxter: Mostly averted, as Tony truly is an Insufferable Genius, but it is implied that his sexual prowess is not what he believes it to be. According to Maxxie, giving head is the "one thing [Tony's] not actually good at," and in Season 2 Michelle says that Sid is the first person to make her come, meaning that Tony never has. So while he may be good at getting people into his bed, he's apparently not so great at satisfying them once they're there.
- Toxic Friend Influence
- The Vamp: Male example.
- Villain Protagonist: Season 1.
- Wicked Cultured
Played by: April Pearson
Sidney "Sid" Jenkins
Played by: Mike Bailey
Cassandra "Cassie" Ainsworth
Played by: Hannah Murray
- Anything That Moves / Really Gets Around: An Informed Attribute until Season 2.
- Beneath the Mask: In Season 2.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Cool Shades
- Ditzy Genius: Mainly in Season 2. In her episode, she spends most of her philosophy exam chatting to her teacher and dancing to "Funkytown." She sits down to write for the last hour and seemingly aces the test. On top of that, Cassie is a genius at reading people (almost telepathic in her accuracy) as well as reading heavy books.
- Driven to Suicide / Spurned Into Suicide.
- Dull Surprise: Occasionally, such as when she catches Jal and Chris having sex.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: While she's not in a relationship with him, the death of Chris definitely affects her this way.
- Flower in Her Hair: When she attempts suicide.
- Genius Book Club
- Genki Girl: Appears that way at first.
- He's Dead, Jim: Has this reaction when Chris dies.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful
- Love Hurts: With Sid.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Of the "deconstructed" variety. She isn't just quirky, she has multiple legitimate psychological problems which are depicted with all the seriousness they require. Also, said problems are just as, if not more, integral to her storyline as her relationship with Sid.
- Mistaken for Cheating
- Motor Mouth
- Obfuscating Insanity: Despite having real mental health issues, she does this at times, sometimes combined with Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Parental Substitute: For her brother.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Chris.
- The Ophelia: Played with throughout the two series. It can whiplash between funny ("I'm thinking of leaving school, growing a beard, and joining the circus") to just plain disturbing (Effy's Season 2 episode.)
- Quirky Curls
- The Runaway: When she returns from Scotland.
- Self-Harm: Although never shown, it's mentioned in her season two episode.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Sid in Season 2.
- The Social Expert: Takes it to an almost telepathic level, especially in Season 2.
- Sticky Fingers
- Stepford Smiler
- Super OCD: A mild example.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: In her Season 1 episode, she keeps getting texts telling her to EAT! on her phone, and seeing the word spelled out elsewhere. Nobody is texting her. They are all just hallucinations.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 2 when she becomes a Jerkass Woobie for a time.
- Verbal Tic / Catch Phrase: "Oh. Wow. Lovely."
- Weight Woe: Cassie suffers from anorexia nervosa and starvs herself in order to get thin.
- Woman in White
- Woman Scorned: Throughout Season 2.
Played by: Joe Dempsie
Jalander "Jal" Fazer
Played by: Larissa Wilson
Played by: Mitch Hewer
- All Gays Love Theater: Dancing is more his thing, but he does love the theater.
- Billy Elliot Plot
- Camp Gay: A mild example, but he loves dancing and theater.
- Club Kid: Although he's one of the most balanced characters of the show and is one of the few characters who isn't seen using drugs.
- Gayngst: Notably averted. Maxxie's open homosexuality isn't a problem for him, his family or friends. It's Anwar who has to get over the issue, not Maxxie.
- The Heart: He's (with possible exception of Chris) the nicest, most caring and (with no exceptions) emotionally stable member of the group. It's especially evident in the second season when he takes care of Tony.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anwar, although obviously minus the "heterosexual" as far as Maxxie goes.
- Mr. Fanservice: Ironically enough.
- Nice Guy
- Only Sane Man: More or less. Still has his issues, but handles them a lot better than most of his friends.
- Performance Artist
- Shirtless Scene: With nudity.
- Those Two Guys: With Anwar, particularly in the first series.
Played by: Dev Patel
Elizabeth "Effy" Stonem
Played by: Kaya Scodelario
Played by: Aimee-Ffion Edwards
- Abhorrent Admirer: Creepy, slightly unhinged and completely ignores...
- Incompatible Orientation
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Falsely claiming that her drama teacher molested her was obviously inexcusable, but the guy was kind of an arsehole, denied her the role not because of any principles but because he thought she was ugly and actually had molested a student (Michelle, who admittedly viewed it with annoyance rather than being traumatized).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone except her mother refers to her as "Sketch" and her actual first name comes up only once. Her last name is never mentioned.
- Plucky Girl: The list of the actions she was willing to undertake to get to Maxxie includes: stalking, breaking into his house and spending the entire night under his bed, an elaborate plan of hijacking a school play with poisoning an innocent and getting a teacher fired by falsely accusing him of sexual abuse on the way, more stalking and screwing Maxxie's best friend. And some tire slashing in the supplementary materials. She's a very dark example, but you have to give it to her, the girl has determination.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Maxxie.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Downplayed. She's trying to make herself look "as close to a boy as you can get" for Maxxie but no-one would be fooled.
- Yandere: She's not violent like this trope usually implies, but she's definitely unstable and doesn't really care who she has to hurt to get to Maxxie.
Played by: Morwenna Banks
Played by: Harry Enfield
Played by: Arabella Weir
Played by: Sia Berkeley
Played by: Peter Capaldi
Played by: Josie Lawrence
Marcus and Margeritte Ainsworth
Played by: Neil Morrissey and Naomi Allisstone
- Dramatic Irony: Graham's decision to un-invite Chris's friends to his funeral, because they were the ones who "screwed him up." The audience, however, knows the opposite is true: his friends were the ones who cared about and looked after Chris after his parents both abandoned him. If not for his friends, he probably would have died a lot sooner.
- Parental Abandonment
- I Have No Son: Not quite, but he doesn't acknowledge Chris as his son, going to the extreme of only having baby pictures of Peter. That is, until Chris dies.
Played by: Mark Monero
Played by Josette Simon
Ace and Lyton Fazer
Played by Troy Glasgow and Adrian Fergus Fuller
Played by Inder Manocha
Played by Nina Wadia
Played by Nish Nathwani
Played by: Bill Bailey
Played by: Daniel Kaluuya
Played by: Georgina Moffet
Played by: Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Played by: Lisa Backwell
Played by: Siwan Morris
Played by: Giles Thomas
Played by: Josie Long
Madison "Mad" Twatter
Played by: Stephen Walters
Alan the Taxi Driver
Played by: Alan George
Elizabeth "Effy" Stonem
Played by: Kaya Scodelario
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Beneath the Mask: It finally comes off in Season 4, but we get some peeks even before that - for example, with her "Unseen Skins" in Season 1, and with her speech to Katie in Pandora's Season 3 episode.
- Broken Bird: Gave off this impression from her earliest appearances, until Sanity Slippage ensued.
- The Chessmaster
- Fallen Princess: Effy appears to have everything: she’s beautiful, is popular yet mysterious, and has a cool brother to boot. Doesn’t keep her away from love issues, suffering thanks to her screwed-up family or her own mental issues.
- Fille Fatale: All three of the Musketeers fall for her.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pandora.
- Ice Queen
- Love Makes You Crazy: Effy can't seem to handle being in a relationship with someone she genuinely loves, which is why she loses it when she and Freddie get together in Season 4.
- The Ophelia
- Room Full of Crazy: In Freddie's Season 4 episode, Effy makes one in her mum's bedroom.
- The Runaway: Runs away from home with Cook for a while. It seems to be a mix of The Attention Seeking Runaway and The Vagrant Runaway types.
- Sanity Slippage: In Season 4.
- Shipper on Deck: For Naomi/Emily.
- Stepford Smiler: Types A and C. Effy's complete personality shifts with each season turned out to just be different masks, until it comes off in Season 4. Invoked by Anthea in Season 3, who says to JJ that nothing terrifies Effy more than "showing her cards."
- Unkempt Beauty: She still looks pretty after getting high in a forest and running away from home for days.
Pandora "Panda" Moon
Played by: Lisa Backwell
Played by: Merveille Lukeba
Jonah "JJ" Jeremiah Jones
Played by: Ollie Barbieri
- Absent-Minded Professor: Cook even calls him a "nutty professor."
- Added Alliterative Appeal
- Adorkable: His interest in magic tricks and model planes, his trivia skills, and the repeated Star Trek references in his Season 4 ep.
- Asperger Syndrome: Provided the former page quote. He also stands out as one of the few portrayals in the media that is both realistic and sympathetic.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Butt Monkey: In-universe, at least.
- Bowties Are Cool
- Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: His relationship with Cook and Freddie comes across as this.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Has a lot of these moments, from telling Effy that Cook was sleeping with someone else to outing Emily to her sister.
- Good with Numbers
- Incompatible Orientation: He and Emily have sex despite the fact that Emily is gay. He actually thought the two of them getting together was possible when Emily chose him as her Love Ball date - but that was only because of Emily's mother and sister's homophobia, and once Naomi showed up Emily happily went with her.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted until the end of his Season 3 episode. Played with in Season 4 when Thomas points out that a pity-screw from a lesbian doesn't really mean much, and he needs to find a girl who is genuinely interested to have sex with him.
- Motor Mouth: When he gets "locked-on."
- Odd Friendship: With Emily and with Thomas. His friendship with Thomas in particular came out of nowhere.
- Power Trio: Usually the Ego, occasionally the Super-ego.
- Serenade Your Lover: What he does to get Lara back after she dumps him because he beat up her baby daddy, with his adorable rendition of "True" by Spandau Ballet.
- TV Genius: Subverted - he has all the traits to fit the trope, but he's never made out to be any smarter than anyone else (except in terms of remembering lots of random facts and, apparently, excellence in maths). His social isolation is his defining factor.
Played by: Jack O'Connell
Frederick "Freddie" Mclair
Played by: Luke Pasqualino
- Big Brother Instinct: He's not a fan of Karen's decision to exploit their mother's memory to help her win Search for a Sexxbomb, but he cheers for her at her final performance, comforts her when she loses and when Cook laughs about how he and J.J. voted against her for stealing their shed, Freddie nearly punches his lights out.
- Mr. Fanservice: The show likes to remind us of Freddie's nice chest.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cook.
- Missing Mom: Well, dead mom.
- Power Trio: Usually the Super-ego (lampshaded by Cook when he calls him a "fun-sponge"), occasionally the Ego.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Cook's red.
- Shirtless Scene: Seems to enjoy leaving his shirt at home even in the non-sex scenes.
- The Stoner
- The Unfavourite: Karen comprehensively dumps on him - with their father's support and praise, most notably when Freddie loses his beloved shed.
Katherine "Katie" Fitch
Played by: Megan Prescott
- Alpha Bitch: At least, she aspires to be one. Particularly in Season 3.
- Big Sister Bully: In Season 3.
- Cool Big Sis: After her Character Development she becomes this to Emily and James.
- Broke Episode: Her Season 4 episode.
- Everybody Smokes: Averted, notably she's the only teenage character to outright state that they don't smoke. Though she finally caves in her Season 4 episode.
- Foil: The show sets her up as Effy's foil, though they're eventually revealed to be Not So Different. She is more the foil to her sister.
- It's a Costume Party, I Swear: The maid of honor at the wedding Katie and her mom are planning pulls a version of this on Katie: she switches the theme for the hen night, doesn't tell Katie, and doesn't make her a corresponding costume.
- Manipulative Bastard: Particularly during her and Emily's season 3 episode.
- No Periods, Period: Katie is diagnosed with premature menopause in her season 4 episode.
- Polar Opposite Twins
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Emily's blue oni, especially in Series 3. Less so in Season 4, not because Katie stops being fierce, but because Emily stops being a shy doormat.
- Romantic False Lead: To both Freddie and Thomas.
- Twincest: The writers basically went to town with Katie/Emily subtext in their S3 episode.
Played by: Kathryn Prescott
Played by: Lily Loveless
- All Take and No Give: Arguably Naomi's fling with Sophia. At least from Sophia's point of view.
- Armored Closet Gay: At first.
- Back for the Dead: Skins: Fire.
- Bury Your Gays
- Disappeared Dad
- First Kiss: That middle school kiss with Emily. (All the boys she'd dated before then were too cowardly to go for it. And she didn't fancy any of them anyway.)
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In Season 3. Naomi is very quick to remind Emily how very straight she is between lip-locking sessions.
- Informed Ability: Naomi is supposedly very political and hates injustice, but apart from her character video diary, unsuccessful run for student president, and her poster of Nelson Mandela on her bedroom wall, this is never really shown.
- The run for president was unsuccessful precisely because she hates injustice (she refused to let Harriet and Doug get away with trying to rig the election in her favour).
- Also, it's lampshaded earlier in the episode when she points out that Emily shouldn't know that about her, having said all of about three sentences to her, none of them political.
- Love at First Sight: "I think I was twelve."
- Messy Hair: Becomes her default hairstyle during season 4.
- Name's the Same
- Odd Friendship: With Cook, by Season 4. Let's not forget she got him in trouble in the generation opener when he tried to show her his dick tattoos.
- And oddly enough, Effy as well, though the moments are fleeting. Evidenced in JJ's Season 3 episode, when they discuss Naomi's sexuality and Effy's love for Freddie, and Effy's Season 4 episode, when Naomi goes to visit Effy in the psychiatric hospital following her suicide attempt to discuss Naomi's failing relationship with Emily.
- The friendship with Effy actually isn't that odd when you consider that Effy and Freddie's relationship is kind of an amplified version of Naomi and Emily's: Effy and Naomi both have issues (albeit for different reasons) with acknowledging their feelings and committing to their respective significant others, both of whom are much freer with their feelings and welcome the emotional closeness and commitment that love brings, and have trouble understanding why their girlfriends don't.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Emily.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians
- Shipper on Deck: For Freddie/Effy.
- Stepford Snarker: "I learned how to become a sarcastic bitch just to make it feel normal."
- The Topic of Cancer: Naomi is diagnosed with it in the first part of Fire, and her condition gets significantly worse in the second.
- Tsundere: See above.
- Your Cheating Heart: Naomi cheats on Emily in Season 4 with Sophia, a storyline that was possibly hinted at with the song "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" that plays at the end of 309.
Played by: Morwenna Banks
- Actor Allusion: She cheats on Jim with his line manager, played by David Baddiel, Banks' real life partner.
- Your Cheating Heart: She's been cheating on her husband with his line manager.
Played by: Harry Enfield
Played by: Sally Phillips
- Adults Are Useless: Is easily dispatched by the MDMA brownies and Pandora's friends are able to have the party they wanted.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Played with. Angela is one, but Pandora doesn't see her this way - and is more worried about how her hard-partying friends are going to embarrass her in front of her mom.
- Hidden Depths: Her sex tape with the cranky neighbor that Effy and Cook find when they fall into the house next door.
- My Beloved Smother: Angela doesn't want Pandora anywhere near boys. Oddly enough, Panda doesn't see her this way, even though she breaks all her rules.
- Only Sane Parent: Arguably. With the exception of her ideas about boyfriends, her rules for Pandora are actually pretty reasonable.
- Unsuspectingly Soused: After Katie puts MDMA in the brownies when Angela's back is turned.
Played by: Maureen Lipman
- Unsuspectingly Soused: Doesn't realize tea plants are marijuana. (Or maybe she does, given the way she's happily smoking them at the end...)
Played by: Juliet Cowan
Played by: Tanya Franks
James Cook, Sr
Played by: Matt King
Played by: Simon Day
Played by: Klariza Clayton
Played by: Ronnie Ancona
- Break the Haughty: In Katie's Season 4 episode when the Fitches lose their house.
- Knight Templar Parent: On a holy war with Emily's sexual orientation.
- Smug Snake
- Stepford Smiler: Tries really hard to be this, especially regarding Emily's homosexuality. The facade breaks in Katie's fourth season's episode when it's revealed that her husband's ruined the family financially.
Played by: John Bishop
- Bumbling Dad: He's nicer than his wife, but pathetically incompetent, to the point when he financially ruins his family and breaks his kid's arm in one episode.
- Overprotective Dad: "If they're not still virgins tomorrow, I'll hunt you down like dogs."
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Jenna once with her sister; he explains it to Emily to help her deal with Naomi's cheating.
- Stepford Smiler: Series 4. Manages to seem optimistic about how his fitness machine will "take off" even as he's hiding foreclosure notices from his wife and kids.
Played by: Redd Smith
Played by: Olivia Colman
- Hands-Off Parenting: Also could be lumped in with Missing Mom. Gina apparently left Naomi on her own for a year to do ... well, something. (She'd stated that she wanted to "fuck on every beach in India" before she ended up pregnant; that's the most likely explanation.) Strange because for the most part of Season 3, she was a good parent.
- New-Age Retro Hippie
Played by: Mackenzie Crook
Played by: Georgia Henshaw
Played by: Amberley Gridley
Played by: Richard Southgate
Dr. John Foster
Played by: Hugo Speer
Played by: Ben Evans
Played by: Adelayo Adedayo
- Betty and Veronica: The show plays with this trope. The pressure Thomas is feeling from his parents and church to "stick with his culture" makes him see Andrea as the Betty to Pandora's Veronica (yes, we are talking about Panda here). By the end of the episode he realizes it's more reversed.
- Preacher's Kid: Mostly Type 1, though her dalliance with Thomas could slide her toward Type 3.
- Ted Baxter: While she's not entirely without musical talents, she does have an inflated sense of her abilities, as her speech about Lady Gaga, Beyonce, etc. indicates.
Played by: Ardal O'Hanlon
- The Alleged Car:
Kieran: Would you believe it only cost me £2.50? And three tokens from the top of Weetabix packets.
Naomi: Yeah, I really would believe that.
- Apathetic Teacher: "Hi, I'm Kieran and I hate being a fucking teacher."
- Hot for Student: For Naomi, after he misreads the signals.
Played by: Victoria Wicks
Played by: Chris Addison
- Sadist Teacher: Seems to take pleasure in expelling people.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Sweeps in at the beginning of Season 4 with plans to improve the school - mostly by expelling anyone who steps a toe out of line.
Played by: Will Young
Francesca "Franky" Fitzgerald
Played by: Dakota Blue Richards
- Aborted Arc: The reasons behind her Freak Out in the Season 5 finale when Matty tries to have sex with her. As of the Season 6 premiere, Matty and Franky are an Official Couple and Franky tells her friends she's "been losing her virginity lots of times."
- Actress Allusion: Franky coming from Oxford is a possible allusion to The Golden Compass.
- It goes further than that: She's an orphan from Oxford whose (male) best friend disappeared.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Ambiguously Lesbian: She is referred to as a lesbian by some character early in the season, but Grace, Mini, and Liv eventually question her about her sexuality, and she's says she's "into people", something many fans took to mean she was pansexual, though considering her only romances were with men, this may not apply.
- Beautiful All Along: In her first episode after her makeover.
- Badass Long Coat
- Bifauxnen: She has a very butch/androgynous way of dressing.
- Broken Bird: Implied specifically by her Freak Out in the finale. Then amped up a couple levels in s6 due to Grace's death and the role she played in it.
- Cool Loser
- The Dandy: Has the appearance of one but lacks the obvious vanity and she apparently makes some of her own clothes.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Distressed Damsel: Combined with Literal Cliff Hanger in the Season 5 finale.
- Eating Lunch Alone
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In the novel she cuts her hair short like in the series
- Freaky Is Cool
- Friendship Moment: "You got a lighter?"
- Girliness Upgrade: Steadily throughout series 5, until series 6 where she fully embraced her femininity (at least physically)
- Hates Being Touched
- Has Two Daddies
- Headphones Equal Isolation
- The Heart: In series 5, where she frequently appeared in other character's episodes when they needed some form of guidance. In series 6, this aspect of her personality diminished due to her turmoil regarding Grace's death
- Hey It's That Girl! : Dakota Blue Richards was Lyra in The Golden Compass.
- Hidden Depths: She's a skilled animator, DJ, photographer and tailor.
- And as of season 6, fluent in French.
- In-Series Nickname: She seems to be called "Headfuck" by the other characters quite a lot...
- Internalized Categorism
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Lampshaded almost word-for-word after her Freak Out and subsequent free fall in 5x08.
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Ms Imagination
- Naïve Newcomer
- No Social Skills: Most apparent during her first couple appearances because of her shyness. Her impulsive verbal bursts never fade though.
- Parental Abandonment
- Shrinking Violet: At first, but this goes away completely by series 6
- The Rival: How Mini sees her, until they become friends.
- And then she forms a similar relationship with Liv due to her and Matty's feelings for each other.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Due to Grace's death, though there were shades of this beforehand.
- Suppressed Mammaries: Many were surprised to see that Dakota Blue Richards has actually got not inconsiderable breasts, when she's not dressed as Franky. This is also supposedly the reason for Franky's Girliness Upgrade in Season 6; Dakota had had to bind her breasts to play the androgynous Franky, and it became too uncomfortable for her.
- Tomboyish Nickname
- Trauma Conga Line: Happens in the novel, when we see the extent of the bullying at her previous school. Then again in series 6
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Mini and Nick, though this trope stops applying to the latter after his s6 episode.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A LOT of the problems that occur in series 6 are initiated by her.
Aloysius "Alo" Creevey
Played by: Will Merrick
Richard "Rich" Hardbeck
Played by: Alexander Arnold
Played by: Freya Mavor
- Aborted Arc: Mini's sexuality is arguably a case of this.
- All Love Is Unrequited: First there is her one-sided love for Nick, and then her unrequited "girl crush" on Franky. Subverted with her and Alo though, where this time she is the one rejecting his love (at first).
- Alpha Bitch: Possibly a deconstruction of the trope.
- Bad Bad Acting: She goes into a Narmy Large Ham mode during the rehearsal of the production of Twelfth Night.
- Bait-and-Switch Lesbians/No Bisexuals: The Word of God insistence going into S6 that Mini is actually straight, in spite of her "girl crushes" on Franky and Liv in S5 and the novel, is arguably one of these.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Break the Haughty
- City Mouse
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She takes this to Determinator levels at times, first to Nick until they break up, and then to Franky.
- Compensated Dating: In the novel, a guy she's with turns out to be a registered sex offender.
- Control Freak: To the point where she'd have a panic attack if things stop going her way.
- Dark Secret: She's actually a virgin, and she invents an Urban Legend Love Life to cover this fact up.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Disappeared Dad: At first. Then in her series 6 episode he does it again
- Easily Forgiven: By Franky, considering the bullying she put her through.
- Fallen Princess
- Faking Amnesia
- Fan Disservice: Any of her sex scenes with Nick, due to how downright-painful it looks for her.
- Forgets to Eat: She possibly has an eating disorder.
- Friends with Benefits: With Alo, starting in the first episode of season six.
- Girl Posse: Well, to start with anyway.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with; it's less that she specifically decides against it and more that she puts off doing anything about the pregnancy until she's way too far along for an abortion.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Says this to Matty, about Franky.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful
- Inferiority Superiority Complex
- In Love with Love
- Internalized Categorism
- Kick the Dog: Making Liv down an 'entire' bottle of vodka as payback for her fucking Nick, after she'd just recovered from doing the same thing the night before.
- Lets Wait Awhile: Atypical for a show where Everybody Has Lots of Sex.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Eventually.
- Make Way for the Princess
- The Matchmaker: Suggests Franky go after Matty while she's still angry at Liv.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Mainly towards Franky.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Her speciality.
- Odd Friendship: Eventually, with Franky.
- Suddenly Sexuality: How some fans see her "girl crush" on Franky, arising as it does toward the end of the season, after all her drama with Nick. And then reversed in S6, when after those feelings were developed at the end of S5 and in the companion novel, she's confirmed as straight going into S6.
- Pet the Dog: Her interactions with Alo in his series 5 episode.
- Power Trio: With Liv and Grace she's the ego.
- Rich Bitch: Not exactly rich, but she does throw pretty extravagant parties for someone her age.
- Actually, she and her mother live in a low-income neighborhood, so she is far from being actually rich. Nick tells Liv in Mini's Season 5 episode that he hasn't been to Mini's home even if they've been going out for over a month, so it's possible that Mini tries to maintain a Rich Bitch image.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Liv, and especially with Franky.
- Sleep Mask
- Stepford Smiler
- Teen Pregnancy: And Alo's the papa.
- Tell Me About My Father: In the Novel
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the girly girl to Franky's Tomboy.
- Tragic Heroine: At least in her season 5 episode.
- Tsundere: Although some see her as more of a Yandere.
- Ted Baxter
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Especially to Alo, but really, she bahaves in that manner toward the entire group. Averted in her early relationship with Nick, when she was a Love Martyr.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: To many, it seems to be a mix of an English accent, the actress's natural Scottish Accent and possibly something else (apparently the actress lived in France a lot, although it could be mistaken for Irish).
- When She Smiles: You gotta admit, whenever she smiles it's an instantly adorable moment.
Olivia "Liv" Malone
Played by: Laya Lewis
Grace Violet Blood
Played by: Jessica Sula
Nicholas "Nick" Levan
Played by: Sean Teale
Matthew "Matty" Levan
Played by: Sebastian De Souza
Played by: Sam Jackson
- All Gays Are Promiscuous
- The Gambling Addict: With his life, rather than the more obvious options. He even admits during his episode that he has no idea how to play cards.
- To be more specific, his episode illustrates a "game" he plays, where he lists out six options on a note card and then rolls a dice, with the number the dice lands on deciding which of the six choices he must perform. It is implied this style of living is based off of his late grandfather's own. By the end of his episode though, he abandons the devil-may-care method due to his newfound friendship with Liv and the others.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: He tells Liv the reason he hid the fact that he was gay from her was because he didn't want to mess up the first friendship he'd ever had.
- Mistaken For Prostitute
- Nice Guy
- Parental Neglect: His father makes it pretty clear that he doesn't give a shit what Alex wants. In fact his rigid way of living may have inspired Alex's "game" that emphasizes the chaos of life.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Liv.
- Satellite Character: In-universe, he originally only associated with Liv, though he gradually became a full-blown member of the group, to Mini's chagrin.
- Sixth Ranger: His involvement with the group allowed them to start to come to terms with Grace's death.
- Straight Gay
Geoff Cumber and Jeff Woodburn
Played by: John Sessions and Gareth Farr
Played by: Daniel Ryan
Played by: Clare Grogan
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent
- All Men Are Perverts: Her views on men boils down to this.
- Hypocrite: That heartwarming story about how she felt love for her unborn child and refused to give it up despite bad circumstances? Shelley doesn't seem to notice the parallel once Mini gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter:
- She seems to mistakenly think so about herself and Mini, at one point even stating, they're like mirror reflections of each others (her daughter in response harshly tells her not to flatter herself). In a cruel twist, they really do look like that in the final scene of Mini's Season Three episode when they meet during a "walk of shame" after Mini sleeps with Nick. Shelley looks smug. Mini looks heartbroken.
- Played straight in Season Four when Mini gets pregnant and refuses to give up her daughter despite the pressure, mirroring the story of Shelley's own unwanted pregnancy with Mini.
- My Girl Is a Slut: Or 'My Daughter Is A Slut'. And it makes mommy so damn proud. She isn't.
- Parents as People: Extremely so. The good thing about her is that she sincerely loves Mini and tries to warn her about her father being untrustworthy. But otherwise, she is a terrible role model, creates a really uncomfortable home environment for her adolescent daughter and feeds her Family Unfriendly Aesops about relationships (which contributes to Mini being ashamed of being a virgin, feeling pressured to have sex with Nick, fearing he'd leave her if she doesn't, finally giving in and feeling horrible about it afterwards), and being a huge Hypocrite.
- Really Gets Around: In sharp contrast to her daughter who is a virgin.
Played by Dorian Lough
Played by Ingrid Lacey
Played by: Chris Addison
Played by: Alastair Mackenzie
Played By: Justin Edwards
- Actor Allusion: Clare Grogan's ex-partner is called Gregory.
- Paternal Substitute: Eric is probably a better father figure to Mini than her biological one, especially since he tracks down a heavily-pregnant Mini before she runs away with Franky.
- You're Not My Father: Mini's initial attitude towards him.
Played by: James Newman
British Counterpart: Tony Stonem
Played by: Rachel Thevenard
British Counterpart: Michelle Richardson
Played by: Daniel Flaherty
British Counterpart: Sid Jenkins
Played by: Jesse Carere
British Counterpart: Chris Miles
Played by: Britne Oldford
British Counterpart: Cassie Ainsworth
Played by: Sofia Black D'elia
British Counterpart: Maxxie Oliver
Played by: Camille Crescencia-Mills
British Counterpart: Jal Fazer
Played by: Ron Mustafaa
British Counterpart: Anwar Kharral
Played by: Eleanor Zichy
British Counterpart: Effy Stonem
Mad Mao Le Dong