"I usually have no idea what I'm doing. Actually, I always have no idea what I'm doing."
Scott is the protagonist and main character of the series. Originally, Scott is an unpopular, loner, social outcast, teenage human high school student. He was an asthmatic, a mediocre athlete or lacrosse player at his high school and he had a difficult time with girls and attracting the opposite sex. Personality wise, Scott is socially awkward, a loner and clumsy. Scott's life and destiny changes forever when he is unexpectedly bitten by a large, strange animal in the woods one evening. This animal, unfortunately, is an Alpha werewolf. Now, Scott must balance his newfound powers and abilities as a werewolf with the normal life of a human teenager.
Accidental Hero: Since Scott has lycanthropy unexpectedly thrust upon him, heroism is also thrust upon him as well. Now that Scott has powers, he seems to thrive to use them to help and save people as much as he can, but all of this heroism is unexpectedly brought onto him.
Action Hero: In contrast with Stiles, Scott tends to get involved in all of the action and fight scenes.
Adorkable: Scott has his fair share of cute, dorky moments, especially when he's mooning over Allison or goofing around with Stiles.
Anchored Ship: After Scott and Allison break up due to their conflicting loyalties, their relationship remains on hold even though their feelings do not. This ship finally gets un-anchored with Allison's death in Season 3.
Beast and Beauty: Scott is the Beast (a werewolf) and Allison is the Beauty (a beautiful human girl in love with him).
Berserk Button: Do not mess with Scott's friends and family. He will wolf out and he will rage.
Blessed with Suck: Scott's powers as a werewolf have managed to cause nothing but trouble for Scott and his everyday life. He has to learn how to control himself and his abilities in order to prevent himself from harming or killing his loved ones. This has been proven to be an ongoing struggle for Scott.
Boy Meets Girl: Scott meets Allison on her first day of school, and they start dating soon after. Unfortunately, Allison being from a hunter family means that things keep pulling them apart.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Scott by the Alpha in "Night School". Because of this, Scott almost attempts to kill all of his friends including Stiles, Allison, Lydia and Jackson. He snaps out of it pretty quickly, but still...
Cannot Talk to Women: Scott is initially very awkward with the opposite sex. Even when he first meets Allison, he comes off as awkward around her and acts rather clumsy around her at first. This eventually changes as he gets to know her, and he becomes more comfortable with her afterwards.
Chick Magnet: Aside from his relationships with Allison and Kira, Scott is also pursued at various points by Lydia and Erica. Even Kate Argent, Allison's aunt, finds Scott intriguing, charming and attractive.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Scott has the constant need to save and protect everyone, unlike almost everyone else in Beacon Hills.
Coming of Age Story: The series is basically Scott's story of growing up and embracing his destiny as a werewolf with extraordinary abilities.
Cursed with Awesome: He's not thrilled with being a werewolf, despite the special powers and abilities that come with it.
Does Not Know His Own Strength: After being bitten, Scott lacks total control over his own strength, to the point of injuring Danny in lacrosse practice.
Dork Knight: Even though Scott has gained abilities as a werewolf and has become rather heroic, Scott can be rather dorky and socially awkward: the same way he was before he was bitten.
The Empath: Like all werewolves, Scott is able to sense the emotions and feelings of others, whether it be sadness, anger, frustration, love, etc. This becomes magnified during a full moon. At one point in Season 1, Scott tells Stiles that he was able to feel the emotions of everyone in the classroom. While he is under the influence of an Alpha, Scott can also sense the Alpha's emotions.
Fairy Tale Motifs: In the Pilot episode (Wolf Moon), Scott and his best friend Stiles are out in the woods together trying to find or discover a murder victim's body. Coincidentally, like Little Red Riding Hood, Scott is wearing a bright red hoodie. After Stiles manages to get scared off and escapes, Scott ends up getting lost in the woods. Scott realizes that he has lost his inhaler and wanders around the woods trying to find it but is having no luck. Scott is then suddenly attacked by an Alpha werewolf and he is bitten; forever changing Scott from a normal, human teenage boy to an individual cursed with lycanthropy or werewolf-ism.
The Fettered: Scott lives by a code of morals and standards that contrast with the mostly amoral or evil werewolves around him.
Flat "What.": Scott's reaction, alongside Jackson, when he discovers that he is being made a co-captain of the lacrosse team with Jackson.
For Happiness: This is Scott's motto in regards to why he fights so hard and is always determined to save and protect everyone. Scott wants everyone that he cares about to be safe and happy.
Friendless Background: Before being bitten, Scott was a loner and social outcast who didn't have any friends beyond Stiles.
Good Is Not Soft: Although Scott is The Hero, and he generally doesn't like to resort to physical violence, he will do so when it is completely necessary. Although he would rather find another way to solve the problem, you mess with him or hurt his loved ones, he will not hesitate to kick your ass.
Healing Factor: Scott's cuts, gashes, scrapes and wounds will easily heal so long as the werewolf weakness of mountain ash, wolfsbane, or mistletoe are not involved.
Healing Hands: Scott has the ability as a werewolf, to absorb pain and suffering using his hands. According to Scott, he first did this to animals at the shelter, but he later uses this ability on injured people. The fact that he only takes the pain upon himself rather than making it disappear is exploited by the Nogitsune to feed on more suffering.
The Hero: When trouble strikes Beacon Hills, Scott goes to great lengths to rally his friends to help him fix the problem.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Scott and Stiles are both straight, but they love each other as best friends and true companions. They have been through everything together, always look out for each other, and have each others backs no matter what.
Hot-Blooded: Scott is seen to be extremely passionate, especially when it comes to Allison. His passion levels have increased ever since being turned into a wolf as being a werewolf heightens one's feelings and emotions; this includes sexual desire. Also, when Scott gets angry or irritated, he will act very recklessly and impulsively.
How Do I Shot Web?: In the weeks after being bitten, Scott struggles to master the lycanthropic powers he's aware of, much less maintain control while he wolfs out, much to Derek's frustration.
Hurting Hero: Scott may be the good guy but his life is always happy and easy, right? Wrong. Although Scott goes out of his way to make sure everyone is safe and tries to protect everyone, it sometimes gets to be too hard and tough on him. His life is often in danger, his loved ones lives are constantly put in danger, and keeping everyone safe seems to take up most of Scott's free time that he never really has time to live a normal and content daily life. Sometimes, Scott has to choose between being alone or putting the ones he loves in serious danger. By the end of the second season, Scott notes that he is back to where he had originally started before he was bitten: no girlfriend, no popularity, failing school, and losing his position as co-captain on the lacrosse team.
I Did What I Had to Do: In the second season, Scott justifies working as a spy for Gerard by pointing out that his mother's life is on the line if he doesn't.
I Have No Idea What I'm Doing: In 2x11, Scott openly admits to Isaac that he thinks that he has no idea what he is doing most of the time, despite the fact that Isaac had just told Scott that he had trusted him and that he always seemed to have good intentions by always wanting to do what is right.
I Just Want to Be Badass: Ironically, before Scott is bitten and changed into a werewolf, he yearns to be more popular, more attractive and more athletic.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite Scott being given the gift/curse of lycanthropy, which cures his asthma and gives him a whole host of super powers, he still yearns to be a regular, human teenager with the normal life he had before. Throughout the first season, he seeks a cure for his lycanthropy in order to return back to the regular, normal, asthmatic teenage human he was before.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Before Scott is bitten, Scott is rather socially awkward, self-conscious, and doesn't fit in with the popular crowd at his school. He doesn't have any friends other than Stiles, his best friend since childhood. After getting bitten and meeting Alison, he starts to find a larger social circle, including much of the main cast.
Interspecies Romance: Scott, who is a werewolf, is in love and in a romantic relationship with Allison, who is a human. Later, he ends up in a budding romance with Kira who is a kitsune.
It's All My Fault: There are times when Scott feels that everything bad that is happening to his friends and family is his fault due to his ties to the supernatural and what he is. Sometimes Scott even goes so far as to blame himself for all of the bad supernatural events occurring within Beacon Hills, since he's one of the few people with the power to bring an end to the danger.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Despite thinking that he and Alison are the loves of each other's life, Scotts makes no protest to her breaking up with him, since he thinks she'll be safer if she's not a target for the supernatural enemies he keeps accumulating.
Kubrick Stare: Scott often stares down his opponent by tilting his head down and looking up beneath his brows.
Le Parkour: As a werewolf, Scott is able to easily jump, climb, and leap across cars, buildings, walls, and other obstructions like they were an obstacle course.
Little Dead Riding Hood: In the Pilot, Wolf Moon, Scott is seen to be wearing a red hoodie. This is a tribute to the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. When Scott gets lost in the woods, Scott is unexpectedly bitten by the Alpha werewolf, triggering the beginning of his curse of lycanthropy.
In "Battlefield", Peter tells Derek that Derek needs Scott more than anyone.
Stiles has been seen to be rather dependent on Scott, his best friend, especially when he is faced with emotionally tough times.
Allison, although very capable of taking care of herself, seems to be the most happy when she is with Scott, initially as the most normal person in her life, and later because he provides balance to the mere militant members of her family.
Living Lie Detector: Like all werewolves, Scott has the ability to tell whether or not someone is lying.
Lovable Jock: Scott may be a lacrosse player, but he doesn't lose his underdog charm . . . most of the time.
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Once Allison starts her training as a werewolf hunter, Scott and Allison find themselves on opposite sides of The Masquerade. This twice comes between them: when Allison first discovers Scott is one of the werewolves her family is hunting and when Allison's mother gets bitten, causing Allison to be a lot less sympathetic to werewolves in general.
Morality Pet: Scott's continued heroism and faith in both Derek and Isaac helps bring them onto the right path:
Derek often stoops to morally questionable actions, while Scott often brings out the more moral side of Derek and brings out his "better side". It has been noticed that without Scott's influence leading him back to the right path, Derek will continue to make detrimental and costly mistakes that put others and himself in danger.
With Isaac, Scott pulls him back from the amoral behavior that Derek encouraged while he had been a member of Derek's pack.
Mr. Fanservice: Scott is attractive and often has his shirt off, exposing his buff chest, abs and arms. This seems to be an ongoing thing in order to entice the female viewers.
Naïve Newcomer: The circumstances around Scott being turned into a werewolf makes him a complete newbie to the supernatural side of the world, and it isn't until Derek's arrival and extensive researching on Stiles' part that Scott truly begins to understand how being a werewolf affects his daily life.
Stiles: You're so unprepared for this.
Nerdy Inhaler: While he was still a regular human, Scott was a social outcast and a loner who suffered from severe asthma conditions. Because of this, he carried an inhaler with him at all times.
Never Gets Drunk: Due to Scott being a werewolf, his healing factor stops him from getting drunk. This is most strongly demonstrated in Season 1 when he and Stiles went drinking in the forest. Although both Scott and Stiles were drinking, Scott didn't get the least bit tipsy, while Stiles got extremely wasted.
Nice Guy: Scott is a nice, sweet guy to basically everyone...well, almost everyone.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It is easy to understand how Scott could be sympathetic towards Jackson, who cannot control his change into the Kanima. But by so vigorously protecting him from being killed by Derek, even though Scott had no plan for how to keep him contained in the long-term, he technically bears some responsibility for all the murders the Kanima subsequently commits, especially of all those innocent police officers.
Noble Male, Roguish Male: Scott is known to be the noble, gentle and more diplomatic in how he approaches things, while Derek appears to be more reckless, impulsive, wild and more prone to violence. Naturally, this frequently brings them into conflict even when they both are working to deal with whatever supernatural problem is plaguing Beacon Hills.
Not Himself: Scott becomes reckless, irrational, cruel and loses his inhibitions especially when the full moon comes out.
Only Friend: To Stiles, and vice-versa. At least initially, neither boy seems to have anyone else they spend time with.
Ordinary High-School Student: As befits a teen-targeted show, Scott is a random teenage nobody before a chance encounter with an Alpha werewolf puts him at the center of the supernatural weirdness in Beacon Hills.
Parental Abandonment: Scott's father walked out on him and his mother when he was a child, and doesn't even speak to Scott again until he returns to Beacon Hills nearly a decade later.
Part Time Hero: Scott may want to help, protect and save everyone and make sure everyone is happy and alive, but he also wants a normal teen life and a sense of normalcy as much as possible.
Pro-Human Transhuman: Scott is a victim of this as a result of being bitten by the Alpha werewolf. Despite having become a werewolf capable of great destruction, he still fights to be part of humanity and keep a hold on his human side instead of succumbing to the destructiveness and darkness that comes along with being a werewolf. Unlike most of the other werewolves, he puts the safety of innocents above all else.
Protagonist: The story initially focuses on Scott dealing with his lycanthropy before moving on to him protecting Beacon Hills from supernatural threats. By Word of God, though the teen werewolf premise could continue with the new characters introduced in Season 4, the series will end when Scott's story is over.
The Rival: After Scott gets bitten, Scott becomes a star athlete on the lacrosse team and gains popularity, robbing Jackson of his status as top lacrosse player and most popular. This causes Jackson to become highly antagonistic towards Scott and vice versa, causing the rivalry between Scott and Jackson to heat up intensely, especially in the first season.
Secret Identity: Scott keeps his identity as a werewolf a secret from the public due to the many dangers surrounding him (including werewolf hunters).
Shapeshifting: Scott has the ability to shape shift between human and werewolf. When the shape shifting happens, Scott's physical appearance starts to change, mostly facially. His eye's become a yellow colour, his face grows hairier, fangs start to appear, his ears become wolf-like, and he grows claws on his fingers. There are some factors that can contribute to Scott shape shifting into a wolf, such as anger, irritation, frustration or even sexual desire. One factor that prevents Scott from shape shifting or "wolfing out" is love, which is his anchor to his humanity.
Shirtless Scene: Scott gets these types of scenes frequently throughout the series, generally corresponding with shape-shifting.
Socially-Awkward Hero: Although he is capable of bravery, courage and heroism when fighting or battling the bad guy, Scott is still the same clumsy and awkward person he was before he came a werewolf.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Allison and Scott. He's a werewolf; she's a werewolf hunter. Even when they can personally reconcile this, the antagonism from her family and his fellow werewolves ensure it will always be an issue.
Super Reflexes: As a werewolf, Scott is able to move and react faster to situations than that of a regular human.
Super Senses: All of Scott's senses such as his sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing have all increased and exceed beyond that of a regular human. With his sight, Scott is able to see things much more clearly and also, see things from a greater distance. With his smell, Scott is able to catch distinctive scents and also, smell scents from a reasonable distance. With his hearing, he is able to hear things much clearer and also hear things from a distance, as first demonstrated in the first episode by hearing Alison's cell phone conversation with her father during class despite her being out in front of school.
Super Speed: Scott is able to run and move faster than that of a normal regular human as part of the lycanthropy package.
Super Strength: Scott has the ability to carry or lift much heavier objects due to his lycanthropy.
Supernatural Gold Eyes: As a beta werewolf who has yet to take the life of an innocent, Scott has golden eyes when he is in werewolf form.
Technical Pacifist: With Scott being a werewolf, violence often comes along with it. Scott is very capable of killing when he has to, but Scott does not take the ending of one's life lightly whatsoever. He believes that killing shouldn't ever be the first option, and refuses to let anyone else kill the Kanima while he tries to find a way to save the unfortunate person who had been transformed into it.
The Power of Love: Due to Scott's love for her, Allison has the ability to keep Scott human and prevent him from wolfing out. Allison has been described as Scott's humanity or his anchor into keeping his humanity.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Scott believes that no matter how good or bad someone is, even if they are a monster, killing them shouldn't be the first option.
Took a Level in Badass: Scott went from a nerdy, asthmatic loner to a tougher, stronger and more badass werewolf with superhuman abilities.
With Great Power Comes Great Perks: When Scott is turned into a werewolf and gains powers and abilities, Scott doesn't initially use his powers and abilities for deep, meaningful purposes. Instead, he often uses his powers on the lacrosse field in order to win games and have power and dominance over his fellow teammates. That begin said, once he realizes just how much danger the various supernatural threats pose to the innocent people of Beacon Hills, he kicks the heroism up a notch and stops using his powers to only help himself.
Viral Transformation: Like most other werewolves in the series, Scott becomes a werewolf after being bitten by an Alpha.
Virus Victim Symptoms: After Scott is bitten by an Alpha, his body becomes stronger, he becomes uncomfortable around wolfsbane, he becomes irrational, aggressive, cruel and out of control around the full moon, and he loses control and shapeshifts when he experiences extreme emotion.
Wolf Man: Scott develops wolf-like features when he starts to transform, though still maintains a human build, unlike some of the other werewolves.
Allison Argent (portrayed by Crystal Reed)
"We're just a bunch of teenagers. We can't handle this."
Allison is the beautiful, new girl in Beacon Hills. She's been sheltered from her family's double life as a clan of werewolf hunters. She begins to fall for Scott; the feeling is mutual. However, her lineage might complicate matters some and make her relationship with Scott tension-packed.In a battle against the Nogitsune and his Oni, she is murdered in front of her friends and father.
Action Girl: Once she gets combat training from her father, Allison is a strong, capable fighter who can hold her own in fights against werewolves and oni.
Action Survivor: Before she embraces the Argent legacy of being a werewolf hunter, Allison is ill-equipped to deal with the hunter/werewolf conflict her family and boyfriend are in.
Anchored Ship: After Scott and Allison break up due to their conflicting loyalties, their relationship remains on hold even though their feelings do not. This ship finally gets un-anchored with Allison's death in Season 3.
Beast and Beauty: Scott is the Beast (a werewolf) and Allison is the Beauty (a beautiful human girl in love with him).
Deuteragonist: While the main plot follows Scott trying to learn how to be a better werewolf, there is a parallel plot about Allison learning to become a better hunter. The two plots naturally intersect due to shared high school drama and the occasional pressing need to save Beacon Hills.
The Dragon: After her mother is Driven to Suicide, Allison steps up to lead the hunters, but is really just a pawn of her grandfather, Gerard,. Though she's nominally the leader, the relative balance of combat prowess to scheming makes her the enforcer of Gerard's will.
Face-Heel Turn: Allison has a tendency to be recruited by less scrupulous members of her family to be part of their evil, anti-werewolf schemes.
Near the end of Season 1, her aunt Kate recruits her as a sidekick to help deal with the Alpha. Allison's discomfort with Kate's methods stop the turn from sticking.
In Season 2, when her mother, Victoria, is Driven to Suicide, Allison's grandfather, Gerard, pushes her to lead the hunters in a werewolf purge. Unlike the first time, Allison's heart is in it, which leads to her trying to kill Erica and Boyd.
Fallen Hero: In Season 2, the Cynicism Catalyst of the death of her mother kicks Allison towards being a fanatical hunter, out to kill Derek's pack.
Girl Next Door: In Season 1, Allison is the pretty, kind, sweet girl who is easy to befriend, in contrast to the more socially conscious Lydia.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: In the first two seasons, Allison is pulled between her (mostly) innocent friends and her (mostly) ruthless family. She's usually trying to keep someone alive and safe, but she is a bit quick to skewer people with arrows, particularly if a family member has made an effort to recruit her. Poor Boyd and Erica.
Heel-Face Turn: Though Allison twice joins evil family members to kill werewolves, she never sticks around once she realizes just how fair they're willing to go.
Hidden Depths: Allison is apparent skilled in gymnastics and archery and is willing to be a bad girl at some points despite her normally good girl complex. Though,Allison does a Face-Heel Turn, she becomes incredibly ruthless, cold, and remorseless.
In the Blood: Allison is the latest in a line of werewolf hunters descended from one of the first recorded werewolf hunters, in medieval France.
When Kate reveals the existence of werewolves in Season 1, Allison almost completely shuts down, in stark contrast to Stiles' initial reaction.
In Season 2, the death of her mother triggers another breakdown.
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Once Allison starts her training as a werewolf hunter, Scott and Allison find themselves on opposite sides of The Masquerade. This twice comes between them: when Allison first discovers Scott is one of the werewolves her family is hunting and when Allison's mother gets bitten, causing Allison to be a lot less sympathetic to werewolves in general.
New Transfer Student: Moves to Beacon Hills in the pilot, walks into class and is introduced with the classic "Class, we have a new student today" speech from every anime ever.
Nice Girl: In contrast to Lydia's bitchiness, Allison is sweet, sensitive, and caring. After her mom dies in the second half of Season 2, this sweetness temporarily disappears.
Only Friend: Although Allison is beautiful and sweet, the only person Allison seems to hang out with and befriend is Lydia.
Poor Communication Kills: In Season 2, actually comparing notes with Scott after the events at the rave and the resulting death might have saved her and several other people quite a bit of pain and suffering.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Allison has said to Lydia that she had promised that she wouldn't get involved with a boyfriend because she was looking for a nice, decent guy. Enter Scott McCall.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Allison and Scott. He's a werewolf; she's a werewolf hunter. Even when they can personally reconcile this, the antagonism from her family and his fellow werewolves ensure it will always be an issue.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Following the death of Victoria Argent in Season 2, Allison goes from down to earth sweet girl to a cold and sarcastic individual.
Unwitting Pawn: Allison thinks that grandpa Gerard is seriously grooming her to be a leader among the hunters and helping her avenge her mother's death. He is really just using her as a pawn and rubs it in her face by turning the Kanima on her and offering her to Scott as a bargaining chip.
Stiles Stilinski (portrayed by Dylan O'Brien)
"I'm 147 pounds of pale skin and fragile bone. Sarcasm is my only defense."
Stiles is Scott's best (and at first, only) friend. Initially, he's the only one who Scott trusts to tell about his transformation; this is a good call on his part, given that Stiles goes very out of his way to help his buddy out.In the third season, he ends up possessed by a malevolent spirit of Japanese origin called the nogitsune. Due to this, he is forced to fight his friends and family against his will until they find a way to save him.
Action Survivor: As an untrained human among hunters, werewolves, and worse, Stiles should reasonably be monster chow. Instead, through wits and pluck, he manages to not only stay alive, but often play a crucial part in the heroes' success.
Adorkable: Stiles is quite awkward and can politely be described best as "offbeat", but manages to be endearing and amusing throughout.
Afraid of Needles: Stiles passes out at the sight of needles, as evidenced when he saw Scott getting a tattoo.
Alliterative Name: Stiles first and last name both start with the same sound and the same letter: S. This is no coincidence, as his apparent first name is actually his nickname.
Always Someone Better: Feels this way in regards to both Scott and Jackson. For Scott it's the fact that Scott has all the cool werewolf powers. For Jackson it's that Jackson is first in Lydia's heart.
Ambiguously Bi: While Stiles has harbored a long-term crush on Lydia and is clearly attracted to Malia, he is also very interested in whether or not he's attractive to gay guys, and asks both Scott and Danny whether they find him attractive. After his dad finds him at a gay bar, he tells his dad that he "could be [gay]." Additionally he seems almost disappointed when Danny's offer to sleep with him turns out to be a joke, and takes serious pause when Caitlin asks him if he's into guys.
Whenever Scott needs someone to talk to, Stiles is there for him.
Stiles and Lydia bonding at the school dance near the end of Season 1 leads to her trying to open up to him in Season 2. Unfortunately for their relationship, Stiles leaves her hanging to deal with Kanima-related matters of life and death.
Determinator: Once Stiles has a mission, he never gives up. Two instances stand out:
When the Kanima paralyzes Derek and then traps them in a lap pool, Stiles keeps the much heavier Derek and himself above water for over two hours without any assistance.
Stiles makes his way across the sheriff station - which is, at the time, a battleground between the Argents, the Kanima, and the werewolves - crawling on the ground, on his belly, with the majority of his body still paralyzed from the Kanima's venom, in order to reach and/or rescue his father.
Distressed Dude: Although Stiles is a very capable sidekick, sometimes he needs quite a bit of saving too. At least once a season, a major villain will kidnap him to get at Scott.
Dogged Nice Guy: Stiles has spent nearly a decade obsessed with Lydia, who's unaware he exists, doesn't care when she finds out he does, and is in love with Jackson. In attempting to win Lydia away from Jackson, Stiles is willing to go so far as to let Derek and Peter try to kill Jackson (as the Kanima), though he changes his mind later. Though Stiles' efforts to charm Lydia don't succeed in a romantic fashion, they do manage to bring the two of them together as friends.
Enter Stage Window: His common entry into the McCall residence is through Scott's window... before he has a key made.
A Friend in Need: He sticks by Scott even after Scott nearly kills him during a werewolf transformation.
Genius Ditz: Despite his serious troubles with ADHD, including writing an essay on circumcision on his economics midterm, he has near perfect grades, is an amazing researcher and investigator, and he and Lydia are probably tied for the smartest characters on the show.
Genre Savvy: Stiles is much more aware than Scott of the rules governing werewolves and chides him for not recognizing wolfsbane. He also is more focused on the werewolf plot than Scott much of the time - Scott is often a little distracted. He also, noticing that Scott is showing signs of being a werewolf, proceeds to read what seems to be every book in the library and EVERY POSSIBLE WEB PAGE on werewolves. Derek mocks this when he talks to Scott in the second episode.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Scott and Stiles are inseparable and have been through everything together, good and bad. They often go through withdrawals if they are separated for too long, to the point that the worst punishment Scott's mom can think of for him is banning him from spending time with Stiles.
Hollywood Nerd: Stiles may be somewhat of a nerd or a geek who has brains and smarts, but he's also an attractive one with a bit of charm.
Hyper Competent Sidekick: Scott is more brave than bright, and relies heavily on Stiles to do the thinking. With his ADHD and general geekiness, it would seem like he should be a comic relief character, but Stiles' intelligence and bravery makes him indispensable to the usually clueless Scott. In fact, Stiles is so useful that Scott has to share him with Derek on the sidekick front.
Last Name Basis: 'Stiles' Stilinski is only Stiles. Even his father calls him Stiles.
Meaningful Name: A "stile" is literally a means of passage over obstacles. Stiles himself manages to help pretty much everyone during the course of the series.
Missing Mom: Claudia Stilinski died of frontotemporal dementia when Stiles was nine years old. He blames himself for her death, if his hallucination of his father in Season 2 is anything to go by.
Motor Mouth: Once Stiles gets started on a tangent, there's practically no stopping him unless Derek's around to glare at or threaten him - and not even that's guaranteed to work all the time.
Muggle Best Friend: To Scott. Aside from his brain and knowledge of supernatural lore, Stiles is completely and utterly human. And unlike Allison, he also has no combat training, either.
Nice Guy: Just like his best friend, Stiles stands out as someone who is generally a decent human being.
Nightmare Fetishist: The series is set in motion by Stiles wanting to go into the woods to see a dead body. He delights in the fact that the police only find half of her. His reaction to Derek almost dying of wolfsbane poisoning, only to writhe around and then pass out from the cure, is a hearty "That was AWESOME!"
No Social Skills: A mild version. Although Stiles is no where near anti-social, he is extremely socially awkward around people in general and doesn't seem to be overly comfortable around a larger group of people. In fact, Stiles seems to prefer the company of a few select group of people such as Scott, Lydia and Allison.
Subverted in the Season 2 finale, where he refuses to help Lydia save Jackson because it would get Jackson out of the way and expose Lydia to greater danger. It's actually a Double Subversion, since when the chips are down, Stiles can't help but do the right thing.
In the episode "Motel California", Stiles enters a big puddle of gasoline, to stop Scott, who is drugged and holding a lit flare, from committing a fiery suicide even though odds were good that he would be burned to death if he failed to get the flare away from the super-strong Scott.
Secret Keeper: In the beginning, Stiles is the first and only non-werewolf to know that Scott is a werewolf who is cursed with lycanthropy.
Sidekick: Stiles usually assists or helps Scott during a mission, plan or battle, and often refers to being the Robin to Scott's Batman.
The Smart Guy: Of Scott's initial group of friends and allies, Stiles is the only one who bothers to think things through and research Scott's condition. He even specifically refers to himself as the smart one. Later, he tends to share the role in the group with Lydia though, as she's smarter than he is.
Survivor Guilt: In his hallucination, Stiles reveals that he feels guilty for his mother's death and believes that his father blames him.
Teen Genius: Stiles is a teenager whom is seen to be extremely intelligent and bright. He often comes up with the answer to many mysterious questions which are asked. For example, Stiles was the first to realize that Scott was cursed with lycanthropy after Scott was bitten.
Trademark Favourite Food: Stiles' favourite food are curly fries. Coincidentally, he seems to share this favourite food with his father, Sheriff Stilinski.
Undying Loyalty: Despite Scott being a werewolf who brings much unwanted drama into Stiles life, Stiles still manages to stand by Scott no matter what. Similarly, as much grief as Stiles causes his father, he always has his father's back, since they're the only family the other has.
Unfazed Everyman: Despite being one of the only humans in the central group, he's remarkably unfazed by all of the weird stuff around him and at times is even less surprised by supernatural things than the werewolves themselves.
Weirdness Magnet: Stiles often laments his tendency to be stuck in the middle of whatever supernatural mess is unfolding in Beacon Hills, despite being a normal human.
Derek Hale (portrayed by Tyler Hoechlin)
"You've been given something that most people would kill for. The bite is a gift."
The original Beta werewolf in town, and to those who don't know what he really is, a vicious criminal. He seeks out Scott after the latter is bitten, for reasons that the teenager doesn't quite understand.
Anti-Hero: Although Derek has generally good intentions, he does morally questionable things, like dosing people with Kanima venom and trying to kill Lydia, to achieve his well-intentioned goals.
Authority Equals Asskicking: While Derek is an Alpha, he is significantly stronger and tougher than other werewolves, including the betas of his pack (Isaac, Boyd, Erica). Derek calls all of the shots because not only is he the Alpha but he is also the strongest physically.
Big Brother Mentor: As the only experienced, sympathetic werewolf, Derek takes first Scott and then Isaac, Boyd and Erica under his wing and teaches them how to use their powers.
Blue and Orange Morality: Was born a werewolf, raised in a family of werewolves, and will always do things the werewolf way. Whether or not that lines up with anyone's notions of 'good' is a crapshoot.
Brutal Honesty: More often than not, Derek doesn't sugarcoat the truth. He's pretty open and straight to the point when it comes to his own opinions.
Butt Monkey: He's been shot, poisoned, apparently murdered, tortured and beaten by way of setting the stakes and showing off the worst the baddies can offer. Nothing good happens to him.
Can Not Spit It Out: Much of the mystery in Season One stems directly from the fact that while Derek actually talks quite a bit, he never just gets to the point when he can be cryptic instead. "No, I didn't bite you Scott." and "The Argents hunt werewolves." would have literally taken seconds to get out the very first time he met Scott.
Cool Car: For someone who seems to be poor and homeless, Derek sure owns a nice, expensive car: a black 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.
Cynical Mentor: Whether it's to Scott or to his Betas, he's not the best mentor around. He tends to instinctively see the worst in people and leaps to conclusions based on worst case scenarios.
The Comically Serious: His glaring or hostile reactions to other people's actions, especially Stiles', are often much funnier than the initial joke.
The Cynic: Derek is very cynical, jaded and pessimistic in general. He believes that the world is nothing but a dark, lonely and dangerous place and that everything bad will happen. He is the opposite of Scott, The Idealist, though it is completely understandable as to why Derek would have this kind of outlook and mentality, considering all of the tragedy and problems that he has faced in his life.
Dark and Troubled Past: Several years before the start of the show, his whole family was murdered by hunters, specifically Kate Argent, who seduced him to find out the family's weak spots. Derek obviously didn't take it too well. Later, it’s also revealed that his first love was bitten by Ennis, leading to him turning from a happy teenager into the emotionally detached person he is today.
Death Glare: Derek will often stare down his opponents whenever he is preparing to attack or fight.
Desperately Craves Affection: The fact that Derek was desperately trying to connect with Scott in Seasons 1 and 2 and the fact that he created his own pack by turning a bunch of troubled teenagers into werewolves, tells you that Derek was yearning for love, companionship and friendship.
Destructive Romance: Derek's fling with Kate Argent not only destroyed him as a person, but also got his entire family killed.
Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Derek really doesn't like being surprised. Given that he has Super Strength, this doesn't turn out particularly well for whoever startled him. Stiles is the most common recipient, since he's human and all.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's pretty brutal when training the younger pack members, though he only does it because he really thinks it's the best way to keep them safe.
Face Heel Revolving Door: The narrative has him walk through this in circles. Generally it's a result of his moral compass being skewed towards survival rather than being good in the strictest sense.
Good Is Not Nice: Stiles remarked in the first season that Derek "kind of scares him", but there's rarely legitimate reason to doubt that he has good intentions in the end. He's just really stand-offish.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Like all werewolves, Derek can regenerate from most injuries that aren't based on werewolf weaknesses.
When a wolf's bane infection threatens to kill him, he orders Stiles to cut his arm off, assuring him that it'll heal.
While teaching Scott, he notes how Scott was forced into human form by injuries and asks him about connection. Rather than just stating the obvious, Derek takes Scott's moment of hesitation and breaks Scott's hand. Then, he says "pain".
Hero with Bad Publicity: He protects Beacon Hills from supernatural threats like the Kanima but to the majority of the residents he is a vicious criminal, in part because he is initially the primary suspect in his sister's murder.
Heroic BSOD: Has two: The first is when he's forced to kill Boyd by Kali; he's utterly gutted. The second (well, chronologically, first) is as a teenager, when his first love, Paige, is forced into accepting the bite by Ennis, and her body rejects it, causing both her death and the beginning of his frosty personality shift.
His Story Repeats Itself: Both Derek and Scott have fallen in love with an Argent (Kate and Allison respectively). Derek makes efforts to try to get Scott to not be in a relationship with Allison, likely out of fear that things will turn out as poorly as they did for him.
Ineffectual Death Threats: Derek is always threatening to rip out Stiles' throat or cut off his head, but he never comes close to following through on any of his threats and even protects Stiles on numerous occasions. His enemies, however, are a different story...
Jerkass Façade: There are times, usually when he is really worn down, that Derek's jerkass mask slips and he comes across as just a very weary good guy who is scared to show that he cares. This runs in parallel with his penchant for constantly threatening to kill people like Scott and Stiles, even though his failure to carry through with his threats and tendency to protect them from danger make it clear that he is just posturing.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may seem like a rival and is a bit of jerk to Scott and his friends, but he seems to genuinely care for Scott, his pack members, and even his sometime-sidekick Stiles. For example, he places himself at serious risk to rather unsuccessfully provide cover for Stiles to escape the Kanima, as well as rescuing Scott from being killed by Victoria Argent.
Knight In Sour Armour: Derek is extremely cynical about life in general, however, he doesn't give up and keeps trying to do the right thing.
Le Parkour: Derek often leaps and jumps on cars and across buildings rather easily, like most werewolves.
Living Lie Detector: Like all other werewolves, he can tell when someone is lying by their heartbeat.
Made of Iron: Yeah, Derek's a tough ol' werewolf, everybody knows that. But even by werewolf standards, the amount of physical abuse that Derek manages to survive and then shake off is rather astounding.
Mr. Fanservice: Not an episode has gone by where Derek hasn't been shirtless or wearing a tight-fitted top that shows off his muscles. Stiles is even able to manipulate Danny into some pro boner.. er, bono hacking by making Derek change shirts in front of them.
Morality Pet: He has a lot of them. Originally it is Scott and (sometimes) Stiles who push him towards heroism; the list grows to include Jennifer Blake, Cora, Isaac, and Boyd.
Neural Implanting: When his powers go haywire under the influence of monkshood poisoning, he accidentally implants his memories of the Hale fire and some werewolf relevant trivia into Jackson.
No Ontological Inertia: Derek said there's a rumor that a turned Beta may be able to be cured by killing the Alpha who turned them. However, it doesn't say what happens to any other Betas the Alpha may have turned, so it would at most be situational, or, it could just be a Motivational Lie Derek told in order to get Scott to cooperate with his plans.
No Sense of Personal Space: If someone has a personal bubble, Derek is going to invade it. He does this to practically everyone in the show, though Stiles tends to be the most common recipient.
No Social Skills: Derek's cryptic and standoffish behavior isn't that strange by werewolf standards, but he often comes across as an anti-social creeper to humans.
Not Quite Dead: Derek, in "Lunatic". In the previous episode, he gets clawed in the back by the Alpha, while Scott and Stiles make a run for it. We see him hit the ground, but he turns out to be fine.
Offscreen Teleportation: Derek seems to appear out of nowhere in the weirdest places, including the boys' locker room.
Passing the Torch: Ends up doing this to Scott, declaring him the new protector of Beacon Hills.
Perma Stubble: Derek is always sporting a small amount of facial hair and he never seems to shave anymore. In the Pilot, Derek is completely clean-shaven. Looks like spending time saving and protecting Scott has made Derek stop shaving.
Perpetual Frowner: The number of times he actually smiles on the entire show can be counted on one hand.
Poor Communication Kills: Most of the plot of the first five episodes in Season 1 could have been skipped if Derek had just taken five minutes out of brooding and told Scott he hadn't been the one to bite him.
Power Incontinence: Briefly, when shot with a wolfsbane bullet, Derek has trouble controlling his werewolf abilities.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Typical for Alphas, Derek's eyes go red when he is preparing to attack or fight (or trying to look cool for newly-turned betas).
Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Derek is gruff to an extreme, but carrying a great deal of guilt and self-loathing inside over the death of his family.
Stalker Without A Crush: Derek initially has a tendency to follow Scott around to be sure newly-bitten Scott wasn't being too destructively disobedient. Later, he stalks the teenagers that he's looking to recruit as Betas. Stiles has even called him out on his stalking tendencies.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Derek's primary method of entering scenes is showing up just after everyone else is convinced no one else is around. It tends to freak the other characters out a bit.
Stepford Snarker: Derek sometimes uses sarcasm and cutting remarks to hide his inner and emotional vulnerability or pain.
Survivor Guilt: Derek obviously blames himself for his family's death, as Kate Argent seduced him to get to his family. This also applies to Boyd’s death, since it was technically at Derek's hands.
Tranquil Fury: Werewolves use anger to transform and gain power. Then, they use an "anchor" to stay human and in control. Scott's anchor is Allison. Isaac's is his Father. Derek's anchor? More anger. He looks completely calm during a full moon, despite that being when a werewolf's bloodlust is at its peak, Derek no exception.
Unfit for Greatness: Derek doesn't always believe that he is a good Alpha or strong leader, in part because things don't go well with his Betas. He sometimes needs a bit of a pep talk from others, such as Dr. Deaton or even his Uncle Peter, to make him believe that he is actually a worthy Alpha capable of leading his pack effectively.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was very much like Scott as a teenager. His girlfriend's death at the hands of Ennis ruined that.
Lydia Martin (portrayed by Holland Roden)
"Never frown, someone could be falling in love with your smile."
Lydia is the popular girl of Beacon Hills High. Lydia's life is everything that a high schooler wants: She's beautiful, her parents are rich, and she's in a relationship with the handsome lacrosse captain, Jackson. However, underneath her snobby mask lies a brilliant mind with a talent for chemistry. In the third season, she's revealed to be a banshee.
Action Survivor: Lydia isn't even remotely an Action Girl, doesn't possess any superhuman abilities, and doesn't have any combat skills. Like Stiles, she depends on her intelligence in order to survive and deal with all of the supernatural events surrounding her.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Lydia seems to have a thing for guys who edgy, troubled and tough, such as Jackson, and ignore the good guys who show interest in her (such as Stiles). She also shows interest in Aidan, one of the Alpha twins, in Season 3.
Alpha Bitch: She rules the school with a manicured fist; no one showing up to her birthday party in Season 2 is considered a serious change in the usual dynamic.
Anything That Moves: In a ten-minute span in one episode, she flirts with Jackson (her boyfriend), Scott (her friend Allison's boyfriend) and Mr. Argent (her friend Allison's father), and in "The Tell", Lydia flirts with Stiles as well, though she was drugged at the time. It appears to be mostly an act as she only goes as far as flirting and kissing. In the episode "Formality" she states she won't be the type of girl who lifts her skirt to get what she wants. Then again, since she did make out with Scott in "Lunatic", maybe she meant she wouldn't lift her skirt now that Jackson has dumped her.
Beta Couple: Lydia and Jackson are initially the more stable, but bitchier, Foil to the relationship between Scott and Allison. The stability doesn't last long.
Hidden Depths: Only a small handful of people know how much of a genius she really is.
The Immune: Seemingly the only one immune to the bite of a werewolf, neither turning nor dying, something that was made a huge deal in Season 2. According to Derek there was nothing like her to his knowledge.
The Lancer: When Stiles is possessed by the nogitsune, she falls into the role for Scott.
Locked Out of the Loop: Scott, Stiles, Allison, and Jackson don't tell her anything regarding the kanima or the fact that she's suspected of being it herself.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: She rules the school with a manicured fist; no one showing up to her birthday party in Season 2 is considered a serious change in the usual dynamic. Despite this, she's always sincerely friendly to Allison, Scott, and Stiles, although she’s a bit snarkier towards the latter two.
Obfuscating Stupidity: She dumbs herself down for Jackson's benefit; in reality, she has a 5.0 GPA and is a master chemist at the age of sixteen. She also happens to know archaic Latin.
Only Friend: Mutually with Allison. Although Lydia is the popular girl, the only person other than her boyfriend that she is seen to be associated with is Allison and vice versa.
Psychic Powers: She seems to have a sixth sense about supernatural happenings, likely due to her being a banshee.
Sanity Slippage: After getting bitten by Peter, she begins to have some serious hallucinations. She also runs naked through the woods.
The Smart Girl: Lydia is the smartest character on the show. She's a shoe in for valedictorian with her 5.0 GPA and her deep knowledge of a wide variety of subjects.
Teen Genius: She's roughly sixteen and can make Molotov cocktails from memory using the supplies in a high school chemistry room.
Too Dumb to Live: Lydia went to the lacrosse field alone at night when there had been a multitude of 'animal attacks' in town, to the point where there even was a police enforced curfew. Yet she goes to look for Jackson in a place where no one was likely to hear her scream for help. Little surprise that she gets attacked by the Alpha.
Jackson Whittemore (portrayed by Colton Haynes)
"I have an unfair advantage. You see these cheekbones? Aerodynamically suited for speed in water."
Like Lydia, Jackson has a great life: his family is filthy rich, he's dating the most popular girl in school, and he's the captain of the lacrosse team. Everything changes, however, when Scott begins to outclass him - both on and off the field - because of his newfound abilities. Jackson, refusing to take second place, tries to figure out what Scott's really up to.
Always Someone Better: Jackson feels that Scott stole the spotlight from him and therefore, Jackson begins to resent Scott and becomes Scott's main rival.
Bastard Boyfriend: Jackson isn't always the best boyfriend to Lydia and doesn't always treat Lydia respectfully. In fact, there are times when Jackson is just downright abusive and jerkish towards Lydia.
Big Man on Campus: Jackson likes to think of himself as the charismatic guy at the top of the school social ladder, but in reality, he is just a Jerk Jock who is arrogant and cocky.
Competition Freak: Jackson is a highly competitive person by nature, feeling that he has to justify his worth to his adoptive parents.
Cool Car: As a rich kid, Jackson drives an expensive Porsche, and he has no problem with flaunting his expensive car, either.
Dark and Troubled Past: Jackson has had a rough life growing up. Parental abandonment, having no identity, and having no idea where he came from. A lot of his personality makes more sense when you realize he has a lot of pent up aggression from being abandoned, as well as self-image issues.
Dumb Jock: While by no means a stupid human being, he tends to rely more on his athletic prowess than the other characters do.
Dumb Muscle: While by no means a stupid human being, he tends to rely more on his athletic prowess than the other characters do.
Gone Horribly Wrong: Derek bit him; but instead of becoming a werewolf, his body rejected the bite and he became a reptilian like creature, the Kanima.
Hot Guys Are Bastards: Jackson is seriously attractive and isn't breaking the stereotype that hot guys are major jerks with huge egos.
Hidden Depths: Despite his Jerk Jock status, he's very much the Only Sane Man at the start, and the only person not already in the loop who is the least bit curious about all the weird things happening to Scott.
I Just Want to Be Special: Much of his aggression towards Scott in Season 1 is because of Scott stealing his 'star' status, which makes him fall apart psychologically. Derek accidentally mind-whammying him while poisoned doesn't help.
Ice Queen: Jackson is very arrogant, cold, cocky and generally unfriendly.
Interspecies Romance: Starting in Season 2, Jackson and Lydia's relationship seems to be interspecies because all signs point towards one of the two of them being the Kanima. It's Jackson. Just when the Kanima situation is dealt with, Jackson reverts to a normal werewolf, keeping the situation going, and then Lydia discovers she is a banshee, and thus the relationship was interspecies all along.
Jerk Jock: Jackson is the epitome of jerk whose specialty is being a good athlete: cocky, arrogant and thinks he's better than everyone else. He likes to be the star on the lacrosse field and doesn't take lightly to any competition. When Scott gains werewolf abilities, Jackson becomes very jealous of him, and the rivalry between the two has heats up even more than before.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care about his friends, and isn't in any way bothered by the fact that his best friend is gay.
Lonely Rich Kid: Jackson is spoiled, rich and he gets everything he wants. The problem is, he doesn't seem to have that many friends. It's probably because he is suck a jerk for the majority of the time.
Mr. Fanservice: Like all of the other male characters, Jackson is physically attractive and yes, sometimes he's shirtless to have his body on display for a large proportion of the female viewing audience.
Not Himself: Once he figures out what Scott is, he begins to lose his mind, weirding his friends out in the process.
Only Sane Man: He's the only one remotely confused by Scott's newfound athletic prowess.
Parental Abandonment: Jackson was adopted and didn't know who he is real parents were, contributing to his lack of identity.
Put on a Bus: Jackson did not return for Season 3 because Colton Haynes joined the cast of Arrow. In-universe, Jackson is going to school in Paris. Given how well Arrow is doing, it's likely that this will remain a Long Bus Trip, since it's easy to bring Jackson back between seasons.
Throughout Season 1, after Derek scratches Jackson on the back of his neck, leaving him wounded, Jackson starts to feel off and display strange behaviour. It was mostly because Jackson suffered from aconite (wolfsbane) poisoning because when Derek had scratched Jackson, Derek was dying from the bullet which contained aconite wolfsbane.
Also, after Derek gives Jackson the bite in the beginning of Season 2, his body rejects the bite and starts to ooze black goo out of every orifice, on top of vivid hallucinations
School Idol: Jackson likes to think of himself as the charismatic guy at the top of the school social ladder, but in reality, he is just a Jerk Jock who is arrogant and cocky.
Shipper on Deck: Jackson picks up on Danny's crush on Matt and encourages his friend to go for it.
Shirtless Scene: Jackson has had plenty of shirtless scenes like all of the other male characters (with the exception of Stiles of course) mostly when he is in the locker room.
Spoiled Brat: Jackson has a very comfortable life and he gets everything he wants , most notably a nice car. (He drives a Porsche.)
Tender Tears: When he realizes just how far Scott will go for him, he cries.
Wound That Will Not Heal: When Derek claws him in the back of the neck; the wound not only doesn't heal but starts causing him to hallucinate and ooze black goo out of ever orifice.
Kira Yukimura (portrayed by Arden Cho)
“Hi, I'm Kira. You knew that. I knew you knew that. I don't know why I just told you that again.”
Kira is the half-Japanese, half-Korean New Transfer Student to Beacon Hills who instantly falls for Scott. From her mother's side, she has inherited the abilities of the thunder kitsune, which she was unaware of until she was drawn into the conflict against the Nogitsune, wherein her powers awaken and prove to be valuable against the chaos.
Action Girl: With her katana and kitsune abilities, Kira can hold her own against werewolves and the Oni.
Took a Level in Badass: In the span of five minutes, Kira moves from being powerless against the Oni to taking them out with ease.
Malia Tate (portrayed by Shelley Hennig)
"Thanks for invading my home, for putting me on the run, for turning me back to human so that I could look at my father everyday and try to figure out how to explain to him that the reason my sister and mother are dead is because I almost ate them on a full moon. Thank you so very much."
A werecoyote, Malia involuntarily changed under the full moon as a child and caused a car accident which killed her mother and sister. Ashamed by this, she spent eight years in the wild as a coyote and avoiding her father. It was only through the intervention of Scott and his pack that she became human again; now, as a member of the pack, she is readjusting to her humanity and figuring out her feelings for Stiles.
Action Girl: She's a werecoyote, so she is quite capable of taking care of herself in dangerous situations.
Enfant Terrible: Malia thinks she's was a horrible, murderous child; in reality, while she may have killed her family, it wasn't her own fault.
How Do I Shot Web?: As a coyote, Malia is unable to transform back into a human. Once forced into human form, she's unable to shift back or use her other wolf powers. Fortunately for her, Scott steps up as her mentor.
Humanity Ensues: Scott's Alpha roar snaps her back into human form. She initially doesn't know how to shapeshift back to being a coyote, and she is not happy about having to live as a human.
New Transfer Student: Once she joins Scott's pack, Malia decides to enroll at Beacon Hills High School as the newest transfer student.
Pitbull Dates Puppy: She and Stiles, respectively. He's meek and gentle, she's wild and aggressive.
Tsundere: Her first interaction with Stiles at Eichen House is to deck him. Later that night, they hook up.
Wild Child: From the age of 9 to 17, Malia remained alone in the wilderness as a coyote. She can act as a stable and functioning human, but she feels extremely uncomfortable when not in her canid form.
Peter Hale (portrayed by Ian Bohen)
"I was gonna wait for dramatic flare, but when you look this good, why wait?"
Derek's uncle, the man responsible for biting Scott to begin with, and the original Alpha and Big Bad of season one. Peter is the one responsible for killing Derek's sister, Laura, in order to become the new Alpha wolf of the Hale family. Originally faking disability, he later torments Scott, Derek, the Argents, and everyone else involved, until he is finally killed by Derek.
Affably Evil: In contrast to his rude good nephew, Peter is charming and quite pleasant. He gives Allison fashion advice apparently as much because he felt like it as to harass Scott and is rather gracious about Stiles turning down the bite rather than forcing the issue.
And I Must Scream: He was aware, if not sane, for the six years it took him to heal from the fire. He also had some degree of awareness while he was "dead".
Anti-Villain: While his targets initially seem random, it soon becomes apparent that he's hunting down the people responsible for murdering his family and leaving him crippled.
Back from the Dead: Manipulates Lydia from beyond the grave into orchestrating a ritual that returns life to his dead body.
Badass: Quite possibly the most Badass character in the series. As the Big Bad of the first season he was a Lightning BruiserMagnificent Bastard who not only was several steps ahead of the competition, but going head to head with him was almost suicide. Come season 2 and he’s Back from the Dead and not only holding the Smart Ball firmly in his hands, but also showing up everyone left and right and playing an crucial part against The Kanima
Big Bad: Peter was the Alpha werewolf who was causing trouble and killing everyone in his path. He also killed Derek's sister, Laura, bit Scott and turned him into a werewolf, brainwashed and controlled Scott in the earlier days of his transformation, and wanted Scott to kill all of his friends through his control. He also killed Allison's aunt, Kate, in cold blood as revenge for Kate and her family burning up his house and killing members of his family.
Big Bad Ensemble: Peter, along with Kate, were the primary villains of the first season. Peter was murdering people within Beacon Hill and Kate was out to kill absolutely every single werewolf that existed. Kate also subjected to torturing Derek at the the end of the season. However, Peter and Kate weren't much of an ensemble considering that Peter was the one to brutally kill Kate after ripping out her throat.
Curbstomp Battle: To Derek in the hospital when it's revealed that he's the Alpha.
Deadpan Snarker: Despite some of his snark being really creepy, Peter can give Mr. Stiles Snark-linski a run for his money in the witty snark department.
"It's quite a situation you've got yourself in here, Derek. I mean, I'm out of commission for a few weeks and suddenly there's lizard people, geriatric psychopaths, and you're cooking up werewolves out of every self-esteem deprived adolescent in town."
Enemy Mine: He proves very helpful and willing to play for Team Good after coming back to life, handling Gerard and the threat of the kanima with minimal loss of life.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Inverted. He knows about a hero's tendencies, he knows about the bonds of true friends, he knows the strength of sheer love. And he uses all that to control the situation and the people in it.
Evil Uncle: He killed his niece, Laura, in order to become the Alpha.
Cool Uncle: There are some very subtle hints that he used to be this before the death of his family and him becoming the Evil Uncle seen proper in the series
Exposition Beam: By digging his claws into the back of someone's neck, he can grant them his memories. He shows Scott the painful memories of the fire and his long, excruciating recovery.
Brain Uploading: Implanted an imprint of himself in Lydia, just in case he died and needed someone to resurrect him.
Handsome Lech: He states in front of everybody that he thinks Scott's mom is gorgeous. Cue Scott looking disgusted and everybody else telling Peter to shut up.
Healing Factor: Peter had died when he was the Alpha, but he possesses a very powerful regeneration or healing factor. Despite the fact that he came back from the dead and healed, he admits that he is a lot weaker after he had come back from the dead.
Kill It with Fire: It seems that this particular method has been thoroughly exhausted on Peter, so something new might be needed if he goes evil again.
Manipulative Bastard: Peter is the epitome of scheming, cunning, manipulative and sadistic. He will use people and brainwash people in order to get others to do what he wants. For most of the first season, Peter had brainwashed Scott and controlled him in order to get Scott to kill all of his friends. Not to mention that he has threatened Stiles, Lydia, Derek and Scott's mother Melissa in order to scare Scott into joining him and Derek so that they could be a pack. For Peter, being in a pack is all about power, dominance and control.
Not So Different: Between Derek and himself. When Derek calls him a psycho, Peter points out that Derek jumps to killing all his problems, like the Kanima and specifically Peter himself: "You're the one that ripped my throat open".
Obviously Evil: Lampshaded by Stiles, who points out his cliché villainous traits (red eyes, fangs, turning into a wolf in general) to wryly refute his claim that he's "not the bad guy".
Red Eyes, Take Warning: An innate trait of every Alpha, made more sinister by his actions. He almost certainly no longer has red werewolf eyes since his return from the grave.
Token Evil Team Mate: He may be on Team Good after his resurrection, but no one trusts him and no one doubts for a second that the man who killed his own niece for power is hiding under Helpful Uncle Peter.
Kate Argent (portrayed by Jill Wagner)
"You don't have to be psychotic to be a killer. You just... need a reason and even then, sometimes... You can surprise yourself."
Allison's beautiful but genocidal aunt, who refuses to abide by the Hunter's Code that most of the Argents follow. After she's revealed to be the one who burned down the Hale house, Peter murders her in cold blood, setting up for a far more vicious adversary in season two.
Action Girl: She's just as willing as the male hunters to take up weapons and fight to kill the werewolves in Beacon Hills.
Dark Action Girl: And the killing of innocents throws her into the darker reaches of the action girl trope, too.
Anti-Villain: Just like most of her family, she isn't necessarily evil for the sake of being evil. Kate truly believes that every single werewolf must be destroyed in order to protect humans.
Ax-Crazy: And she'd gladly chop a werewolf in half with one, too.
Blood Knight: On some level, Kate might indeed think that killing werewolves is best for humanity, but, looking at her actions, you get the feeling that she enjoys it a bit too much to be anything but lucky for the handy 'but it doesn't count, they're not human' excuse to kill people.
Cool Big Sis: Allison describes her as more like her sister than her father's. Whether this attitude was sincere familial affection or the desire to follow in daddy's footsteps by crafting her own psychopathic werewolf-killing machine is debatable.
Cool Aunt: Kate's the fun aunt, the one you can talk to about your problems...
Cute and Psycho: ... she's also the kind of aunt who thinks a good aunt-niece bonding exercise is torturing somebody.
Daddy's Little Villain: Kate's much more ruthless than her brother and doesn't follow the Hunter's Code, something that Gerard took great pride in.
Fantastic Racism: She hates all werewolves. But as if to illustrate how depraved she is, she is apparently quite willing to have sex with them for all that she considers them to be inhuman.
Kate: “Oh, this one grew up in all the right places. I don’t know whether to kill it or lick it.”
Femme Fatale: She used her charms to endear herself to a younger and more naive Derek, which later led to her slaughtering the Hale family.
Interplay of Sex and Violence: Despite their relationship having been a) (probably) a means to the ends of murdering his entire family and b) over for six years, Kate always uses highly sexualized language when talking to Derek, even (or especially) when causing him harm.
Killed Off for Real: Peter gashes her throat open with his claws because she killed his family.
Meaningful Name: Katherine can mean "to torture." Guess what Kate likes to do to werewolves?
Pet the Dog: Despite Kate's awful attitude towards werewolves, she is a loving aunt to Allison.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Subverted: Kate's desire to kill Derek (and his entire family) wasn't a Woman Scorned response to breaking up, it was the entire basis for her starting the relationship in the first place.
Psycho Supporter: Of her father, from whom Kate learned all of her... genocidal craziness.
She Who Fights Monsters: Kate's a lot more ruthless and violent in her methods than almost all of the werewolves she's hunting. She's also willing to use innocent humans as collateral damage if it's necessary.
The Sociopath: She'll happily kill any werewolf who crosses her path, even if they've never hurt another person in their whole life. And humans who get in the way are just collateral damage.
Would Hurt a Child: If they're a werewolf or associated with werewolves, as demonstrated by her burning of the Hale house, which killed several humans and young children.
Gerard Argent (portrayed by Michael Hogan)
"No Code. Not anymore."
Allison's grandfather and Kate's father, who also refuses to follow the Code. After Kate is slain, he begins leading a genocide against all any and all werewolves within Beacon Hills, manipulating multiple people to do it. This puts him into conflict with Chris, who notices that Allison is beginning to fall under his sway as well.
Abusive Parents: He molded his daughter into a genocidal lunatic and was willing to kill his own son and granddaughter to cure his cancer by becoming a werewolf.
Archnemesis Grandpa: Allison does her best to undermine his plans to murder Scott until he's able to manipulate her using the Grandpa part to make her think they'd be better on the same side.
Ax-Crazy: He can be just as crazy as Kate in his pursuit of ridding the world of werewolves. And if he could take an axe to them all, he glady would.
Badass Grandpa: Despite being a geriatric psychopath, Gerard scares the crap out of everybody around him.
The Chessmaster: He spends nearly all of season two playing everybody around him like a fiddle, including his own granddaughter.
The Dreaded: Feared by pretty much everyone, including his own family.
Evil Old Folks: Gerard's so bent on killing werewolves that he's willing to beat the snot out of Stiles, a human teenager, in order to send a message of intimidation to Derek and Scott.
Fantastic Racism: He's the one who taught it to his daughter, so no questions there.
Faux Affably Evil: He lampshades this himself when monologuing to Scott (with a knife in Scott's stomach) about how good he is at playing doddering old grandfather.
He Who Fights Monsters: Any credibility his 'werewolves are monsters' rhetoric might have falls flat in the face of his being a more sadistic predator than Peter at his worst.
Hypocrite: Hates werewolves and plans to kill them all, but his master plan involves becoming one to cure his cancer. This is revealed after he forced his son to kill his wife when she is bitten.
I Have Your Wife: Gerard has a terrible habit of holding the lives of loved ones over Scott's head. Most prominently, Scott's mom. Also, Stiles, Allison, and everyone present at the final lacrosse game.
Manipulative Bastard: Uses Scott's mother to control Scott, all but forces Victoria to commit suicide, then uses her death to shape Allison into Kate 2.0.
Offing the Offspring: He's willing to murder his son and granddaughter in order to guarantee his own survival.
The Patriarch: Despite Season 2 being the season where it's first brought up that the Argent men are soldiers and the women are leaders, Gerard takes complete control of hunter operations in Beacon Hills from the word 'go' for basically no reason other than being Chris's dad.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He claims that he has decided that werewolves can no longer be allowed to continue existing because of the death of his daughter at the hands of one; as if he needed the excuse to set off a genocidal crusade.
The Sociopath: He's just as crazily bent as his daughter about committing genocide against all werewolves in Beacon Hills. And probably the rest of the world, if he was given half a chance.
Wicked Cultured: Has a tendency to quote Shakespeare at the slightest provocation.
Would Hurt a Child: In Gerard's eyes, anyone associated with or connected to werewolves needs to die. And this includes human teenagers like Stiles, who's nothing more than a means to an end in old man Argent's opinion. He is not impersonal about it either, using the Kanima to threaten the life of his own granddaughter. Also, despite his supposed anger over his daughter's death, he states flat out that he would sacrifice his son's life if it helped his own survival. Mind you he says this in front of the son in question.
Victoria Argent (portrayed by Eaddy Mays)
"So long as you stay strong, we won't have to kill a sixteen-year-old boy."
The Baroness: While she may not be a hunter herself, as the matriarch of the family, she is their official leader.
Disproportionate Retribution: She implies to Scott that she'll have him castrated (see Freudian Threat) if she founds out that he and Allison are sleeping together. When she actually catches them kissing, she sets out to kill him.
Driven to Suicide: After being bitten by Derek, she impales herself with a knife right as she begins transforming into a wolf on a full moon.
The Dragon: Even though she was the overall leader of the hunters, she answers to Gerard.
Evil Matriarch: Tries to murder Scott and make it look like an accident for having sex with her daughter.
Freudian Threat: Asks Scott if he's sleeping with her daughter while sharping a fresh pencil to a stump.
Fur and Loathing: Frequently seen in a fur coat when out in public. Given her family's proclivities, the symbolism is kind of creepy if you think about it for too long.
Karmic Transformation: Quite a lot of people cheered when the bitch got chomped by an alpha and turned into what she hated.
Mama Bear: Have sex with her daughter? Hope you like a slow death by wolfsbane vapour.
Power Hair: Victoria has hair shorn even shorter than Hilary Clinton's, very controlled (just like her).
Principles Zealot: Actually commits suicide rather than become a werewolf, even though she knows it can be controlled and the action will probably have negative emotional consequences for her daughter.
Silk Hiding Steel: Barely hiding, but she switches from offering cookies to ordering murders to complaining about academic standards dropping to torturing people on a dime.
Matt Daehler (portrayed by Stephen Lunsford)
"That's what Jackson's for. I just think about killing them, and he does it."
A charming student and photographer, who's also on the lacrosse team with Scott, Stiles, Jackson, Danny, and Isaac. He has a tremendous crush on Allison, and a tenuous friendship with Jackson and Danny. He's also the Master of the Kanima. Whoops.
Break the Cutie: The Joker puts it best: “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy”. Matt just suffered a horrible day once upon a time, and the rest is history
"I am the alpha of alphas. I am the apex of apex predators. I am Death, Destroyer of Worlds! I AM THE DEMON WOLF!!!"
The mysterious blind leader of the alpha pack.
Evil Is Hammy: To the point where he cracks the lenses of his sunglasses with his eyes while delivering a monologue. He even outdoes Gerard's infamous "MOUNTAIN AAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSHHHHH!!!" from the season 2 finale.
Eye Scream: Had his eyes gouged out by Gerard, who jammed two flashbang arrows into them. Jesus.
Handicapped Badass: He’s functionally blind, and he still is able to beat down Scott and Derek.
Manipulative Bastard: He killed Ennis to gain more power after the latter was expected to survive his fight with Derek, and didn’t tell Kali, Aiden, or Ethan about this. Naturally, the trio is now out for Derek’s blood.
Soft-Spoken Sadist: Deucalion, head of the Alpha pack, speaks with a calm and soft cadence most of the time. The above quote is the exception.
Sword Cane: His white cane has a dagger hidden within it for when he needs to discipline his fellow Alphas.
Team Killer: Apparently, the only way to join the alpha pack is to slaughter all of your own betas and gain their power.
Kali (portrayed by Felisha Terrell)
"Thisisme being gentle."
Graceful and deadly, Kali stands as Deucalion's right hand within the Alpha Pack.
Dark Action Girl: Action enough to take down Derek and impale him with one of his own pipes, Dark enough to really enjoy it.
Does Not Like Shoes: Has never been seen wearing footwear that would restrict her gnarly knife toes, even when disguised as a nurse (which should have raised red flags for someone).
The Dragon: Kali has thus far been the only Alpha shown to move even marginally contrary to Deucalion (i.e. telling him to hurry up with the speech) without being disciplined, implying a degree of authority typical of a second-in-command.
Faux Affably Evil: While pretending to be a nurse and sedating Isaac, Kali reveals that she's an Alpha during the equally unnecessary "count with me" sequence just as he passes out apparently purely to antagonize and agitate him.
Femme Fatalons: Inverted. While Kali does have the standard issue werewolf fingernails, she makes combative use primarily of the nails on her feet.
Kick Chick: Kali prioritizes attacks with her feet to make use of her razor sharp toenails.
Ennis is the first of the Alpha Pack Scott runs into and sets the tone for the Alpha Pack's behaviour pretty succinctly: brutal and good at it.
The Brute: Purely muscle, primarily tasked with hitting things and not possessing Kali's level of clout with Deucalion.
It's Personal: He turned Derek’s first love, Paige... Or he tried to; anyways; she didn’t take the bite and died, prompting Derek’s change from an goofy teenager into a brooding adult. Derek takes a particular dislike against him as a result.
Jerkass: He’s been nothing but a pompous ass ever since his introduction.
Smug Super: Lords his status over Scott before getting out-Alpha'd by Derek.
Aiden and Ethan (portrayed by Max and Charlie Carver)
Left: Aiden; Right: Ethan
"Ethan, I always forget.. How many bones are there in the human body?" "I don't know, let's count."
The twins, Ethan and Aiden, are first introduced chasing down Isaac like hounds after a fox, but quickly make a splash by enrolling at Beacon Hills High and setting their sights on Lydia and Danny in order to get to Scott.
Evil Genius: According to the casting call, Ethan "has a brilliant mind that he uses for devious calculation".
Fusion Dance: Aiden and Ethan can do this, melding together (somehow) to form a burly gigantic monster.
Morality Pet: Danny is one for Ethan: When Danny’s around, Ethan is less antagonistic to Scott and his group, and is even helpful at times.
New Transfer Student: Like most supernatural creatures who just up and enroll in a public school, it is unclear as to who exactly Aiden and Ethan's purported parent/guardian is. Deucalion is only barely of an age where he could pass as their father. The twins just show up on the first day of the school year and make their presence known.
Straight Gay: Ethan is apparently not straight, as evidenced by his interest in Danny and the observation that Lydia makes that she states that wants one one of the twins. When Allison asks her which one, her response is "The straight one (Aiden) obviously".
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Aiden (Red) is much more fiery, aggressive, and prone to violence, while Ethan (Blue) is more passive and friendly
Sibling Yin-Yang: They work in tandem, but Ethan and Aiden are different in personality.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The Twins draw Isaac out into the hallway, do a showdown at high noon style stand-off, and start throwing punches... at each other. Then, when the teacher and other students are just about to appear, one twin throws the other at Isaac's feet and vanishes, making him like the aggressor who doesn't have a scratch on him.
Isaac Lahey (portrayed by Daniel Sharman)
"I came to win."
Isaac is the first member of Derek's pack, bitten due to his horrid home life. After an initially rocky start in dealing with his powers, he becomes one of Derek's right hand men, until eventually joining with Scott's 'pack' of sorts and moving in with him.
Abusive Parents: According to Isaac, his father used to lock him in a freezer. Not to mention, Mr. Lahey used to throw glasses all over the house so that Isaac would have to clean it up. And the worst of it all? Throwing glasses at Isaac, so that shattered pieces of glass hit his face and almost blind him.
Possibly the most chilling example of the abuse Isaac suffered were the nail marks in the cement floor of the basement leading to the freezer.
Adorkable: Isaac becomes much more adorable and approachable after being under Scott's influence. He is easily one of the most endearing characters on the show. The most adorable moment for Isaac was in 2x11 when he used his powers to take some of the pain away from a dying dog. Isaac shed a few tears and was feeling happy that he could heal puppies. One of the most adorable moments on the show.
Isaac is the epitome of this trope, so much that he's bordering on Moe territory.
Badass: Isaac became tougher and stronger after he was turned into a werewolf and gained superhuman abilities. Isaac was primarily a violence-obsessed beast who wass as obsessed with reveling in his newfound power after a lifetime of weakness as Erica (just with less cleavage and seducing men), but he cried while taking the pain from a puppy with cancer, which melted numerous hearts and hinted that he actually had one. After that, he softened up.
Berserk Button: It has been shown that hurting or harming Scott in any way, shape or form will turn a usually calm, gentle and mild-mannered Isaac into a violent, raging, aggressive and extremely out of control werewolf. DO NOT hurt Scott under any circumstances. He will beat you to a bloody pulp ( as was shown in 3x05 when Isaac beat up Ethan for physically harming and wounding Scott) and he probably won't stop until you're dead either. It doesn't matter who you are (Ethan is an Alpha after all).
Beware the Quiet Ones: Isaac is not overly talkative and is quite quiet and keeps to himself the vast majority of the time. But when he or anyone he holds dear is threatened, Isaac's more aggressive side will come out to play.
Break the Cutie: His father abuses the holy living hell out of him, leading to his getting the bite.
The Determinator: Once he was hit with the Kanima’s paralytic agent, once he was rammed at full speed by Kanima!Jackson. And on both occasions he shows enough determination to actually crawl across the floor and stand up. Only Stiles has shown this level of willpower in a similar situation
Drunk with Power: In his first episode as a wolf, he's shaken and unsure; after this, he revels in being one, becoming cocky and snide. This stops after his Heel-Face Turn.
Dysfunction Junction: Isaac came from a highly abusive and dysfunctional family and home life. It is why Isaac had many trust issues and why he had a difficulty opening up to people in general.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Allison, during her phase as Gerald's pawn, carves him like Halloween pumpkin from In the Back during the final battle of the 2nd season, but a few seconds later he’s fully healed
Heel-Face Turn: Towards the end of the season, Isaac goes from being a cocky, standoffish, impulsive werewolf whose intentions weren't so noble, to a much kinder, more compassionate, sensitive individual who just wants to do the right thing.
Heroic Willpower: Out of the three new Betas he’s the one who fully controls his transformation using his Anchor (Granted he is the only one who actually ask Derek how one could control it)
Hope Bringer: Coming back to help Scott when he needs it the most after his Heel-Face Turn. After all, he "came to win." The look of hope and relief on Scott’s face is unmistakable when he realized he had another ally during his Darkest Hour.
Missing Mom: The whereabouts of his mother are unknown. It is most likely that Isaac's mother had died when he was younger.
Kick the Dog: Isaac's jackass of a father locked him in a freezer as a kid? Why, yes, please lock him in a small utility closet. Said father would chuck glasses and plates at him? Please, by all means, have Derek do the exact same thing to him when kicking him out. Worst yet? Derek knew exactly what he'd done.
Number Two: For Derek. Boyd and Erica where seen together with Derek just as much, But Derek seems to have taken a particular shine to Isaac and something of a bond. This especially seen when Derek gently (or as gently as Derek can do anything) explains the notion of finding an Anchor to control his transformation to Isaac and later when a fully controlled Isaac helped to subdue a feral Boyd
Power of Love: A platonic one variation, but quite notable one. When Derek asks him what turned to be his Anchor, Isaac answers that it was his father. When a surprised Derek points out how much of an Abusive Parents his father was, Isaac just smiles fondly and states that he wasn’t always like that, obviously drawing on his happy memories with his father to serve as his Anchor
Sixth Ranger: Isaac seems to becoming more of this to Scott, Stiles, Allison, Derek and Lydia. At the end of season two, unlike Boyd and Erica, who left Derek's pack, Isaac decided to stick around and help Scott (and all of Scott's friends) in the fight against Gerard and the Kanima. His relationship with the core group will likely become closer due to his growing friendship with Scott.
Took a Level in Badass: Before Isaac was bitten and became a werewolf, he was rather weak, vulnerable and didn't really defend himself, especially against his abusive father. After he was bitten, he became much stronger and more confident.
Took a Level in Kindness: Mostly due to Scott's influence, Isaac became a much kinder, gentler and understanding person who wanted to do the right thing as much as possible.
Wolf Man: When Isaac shifts into a wolf, he is still humanoid in appearance albeit with wolf-life features.
Vernon Milton Boyd IV (portrayed by Sinqua Walls)
"I want to be like you."
The final member of Derek's pack, Boyd was originally a loner at school. Now, he has friends in Derek, Isaac, and Erica.
The Determinator: Human Pincushion or not, Boyd didn’t for one second try to stop trying to take down Allison in order to protect Erica. Even Chris Argent was completely surprised at Boyd’s willpower, judging from his face when looking at Boyd
Embarrassing First Name/Two First Names: If the combinations of tweets by Jeff Davis and MTV's legal department is to be believed, his full name is Vernon Boyd IV. Two First Names applies to the point where many fans thought Boyd was his first name and that the writers were holding out on his last name.
Gentle Giant: Of the three members of Derek's pack, he's the calmest member, and the only one who hasn't had a marked change of attitude after getting the bite.
Hidden Depths: He seems to have a much deeper understanding of werewolf lore than anyone else that's gotten the bite so far. He explains the symbolism of Derek's triskelion tattoo to Isaac, Erica and the audience.
The second member of Derek's pack, Erica was originally a girl with severe epilepsy, and a frequent patient under Melissa's care. Once she's bitten, she becomes an extreme vamp with eyes for, well, pretty much everyone, having made advances on Derek, Scott, Stiles, and Allison.
Action Girl: Erica was not an action girl before she became a werewolf. After she turned, she became significantly stronger and a much more capable fighter.
I Will Only Slow You Down: When Allison shoots her with arrows while she and Boyd are trying to run away from Beacon Hills, she screams at Boyd to keep running.
My Breasts Are Down Here: She clubs Stiles over the head for looking strictly at her eyes and refusing to go any lower or acknowledging her body in anyway. This, after she went from unflattering sweats to the closest thing the show has to a Cleavage Window, post transformation.
Shrinking Violet: Before her transformation, she clearly had no friends and was shaking like a leaf at how deep in her personal space Derek was while offering the bite.
Took a Level in Jerkass: She revels in being callous to everyone around her after becoming a werewolf as her revenge for having received that same callousness from everyone around her.
The Vamp: After a childhood of feeling sickly and unattractive due to her epilepsy and the meds she had to take for it, Erica wants as much attention as she can possibly get when the bite makes her healthy and beautiful. It goes to the degree of overcompensation.
Cora Hale (portrayed by Adelaide Kane)
A young female werewolf first introduced in season 3 as one of the wolves kidnapped by the Alpha Pack along with Erica and Boyd. She's also Derek's younger sister, who had been presumed to have died in the fire.
Action Girl: Her limited screentime still makes it clear that she is a very capable fighter.
Badass: She can hold her own against Alphas, so she qualifies for this.
Determinator: Even after the alpha pack kidnapped her and locked her in a bank vault for months, she still kept trying to make herself strong enough to fight them, to the point of doing intense physical training before she'd recovered from the ordeal and attacking Ennis when he, Kali, and Deucalion broke into Derek's loft.
"Try putting the highlighter down between paragraphs. It's chemistry, not a coloring book."
The snide chemistry teacher at Beacon Hills High School with a particular hatred for Stiles.
The Alcoholic: Formerly, and it was during a drunken night at the bar that he told Kate Argent what type of chemicals would most efficiently burn down a large, wooden structure. This, of course, lead to the arson-murder of the Hale family.
Jerkass: On top of his usual behavior, Harris also knew about the true culprit behind the Hale family murders, but never came forward because he didn't want to be charged as an accomplice. He also was working with the Darach, only to be betrayed and murdered.
Sadist Teacher: Consistently singles out and verbally abuses Stiles in class to levels that would (and should) get him fired.
The Scapegoat: Whenever something bad happens, he is usually the first person to be suspected by both the audience and the characters, and in return Stiles seems to be his scapegoat for anything that goes wrong in class.
Bobby Finstock (portrayed by Orny Adams)
"The bigger they are...the bigger they are!"
The mentally unstable lacrosse coach and economics teacher at Beacon Hills High School.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When Scott is tackling his teammates, despite being goalkeeper, to get into sniffing range, Finstock pulls Stiles over and demands to know what the hell is wrong with his friend. Stiles lists bad grades, social awkwardness, and a misaligned jaw. Finstock is so intrigued by Scott's jaw that he lets the issue drop.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's ambiguously crazy, yet he's also a competent coach and economics teacher.
Cloudcuckoolander: Talks to people that don't even exist and his motivational speeches go off on some strange tangents.
Imaginary Friend: Word of God states that Orny Adams was not given specifics on who to look at when yelling at Greenberg, with Jeff Davis presenting the possibility that Greenberg doesn't actually exist.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end of season two, he's visibly concerned by Stiles' kidnapping and upset by Jackson's death.
"I know I yell a lot. But it’s not like I hate you guys. Well, I kind of hate Greenberg, but... That’s different. It’s Greenberg."
Large Ham: It's best highlighted in the speeches he gives before games in the locker room.
All Therapists Are Muggles: Inverted in Lydia's case as she receives counselling from her having no idea her problems are supernatural in origin, and subverted when Stiles goes to her and does the usual "gloss over the werewolf side of things" because he doesn't know that she's pretty much on par with Deaton on the "knowing more about this werewolf business than the actual werewolves" scale.
Badass Bookworm: She has over 300 hours of field work and a masters degree in behavioral psychology.
Badass Teacher: If she's working with Dr. Deaton, then this trope is practically guaranteed.
Face-Heel Turn: She's seemingly joined the Alpha Pack as their human liaison (much like her elder brother was for the Hales years prior), although it also is implied that her motives are firmly on the side of good.
Hot Teacher: Lydia seemed to think that she was nothing more than this until Ms. Morrell listed all of her credentials.
Good Parents: He only wants the best for his daughter and is not happy when Gerard recruits her into the most violent parts of the family business.
The Hunter: One member of a long line of people who have sworn to protect humans from werewolves, going back to the Beast of Gevaudan.
Knight Templar: Chris genuinely sees his profession as essential to the protection of human beings. But, more often than not, it just seems to cause suffering and death for humans and werewolves alike.
My God, What Have I Done?: Starts feeling this after he helps his wife kill herself and his daughter begins to show signs of becoming a psychopath like his father and sister.
Overprotective Dad: Understandably so, considering his daughter is dating a werewolf. Though pulling the kid bodily out of a car and sticking a gun in his face might have been a bit over the line.
Papa Wolf: Seriously, stay away from his daughter. Especially romantically; he will shoot you.
Retired Badass: He gives up on the hunting business between seasons 2 and 3, due to the strain on his family.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only reason he hasn't killed Scott is because he's gotten his help before. Well, that and because Allison would be devastated.
Unwitting Pawn: Gerard plays him like a fiddle despite Chris's misgivings about his father's apparent genocidal attitude towards werewolves. But the kicker is that it is only after Chris helps his wife commit suicide because she has been bitten by werewolf and will soon become one, something Gerard insisted that he do, that Chris learns that Gerard has been planning to become a werewolf himself in order to survive terminal cancer.
Danny Mahealani (portrayed by Keahu Kahuanui)
"If I come back and you're lying dead underneath a pile of weight, I'm taking the Porsche."
The goalie of the lacrosse team, and Jackson's best friend. Secretly a massive tech genius, he helps Scott's gang with their computer issues while being no clue the wiser about what's going on in Beacon Hills.
All Love Is Unrequited: His crush on Matt, whom he knows won't reciprocate, since Matt has a crush on Allison — who doesn't reciprocate him either.
Token Minority: Before Boyd joined the team against Derek's instructions, Danny was the only non-white non-main lacrosse boy with a name. He's also the only out gay character and most scenes he's featured in manage to draw attention to his sexuality.
Melissa McCall (portrayed by Melissa Ponzio)
"There’s a team of lawyers in the back who would break my legs. And I don’t know if you’ve seen my legs. But for a girl my age, they’re still pretty hot."
Scott's snarky but well-meaning single mother, who, until recently, has no idea of her son's double life. She's a registered nurse in the local hospital, where she often comes into contact with the victims of the latest supernatural crime.
Deadpan Snarker: She’s probably the snarkiest person on the show. One shining example is when Scott and Isaac fall asleep watching over her, she smiles and flatly responds to it:
Good Parents: Not just to Scott, but to Stiles and Isaac too.
Weirdness Censor: Averted; she eventually finds out about the supernatural goings-on in Beacon Hills and is more than willing to help her son and his friends out with whatever they need to combat the threats that come along with said goings-on.
Sheriff Stilinski (portrayed by Linden Ashby)
"I'm carrying a lethal weapon. If I want the curly fries, I will have the curly fries."
Stiles's father, a widower and the Sheriff of Beacon Hills. Well-meaning and overworked, he has no clue of the actual, darker levels going on within his town, despite his son fighting against them on a nightly basis.
Adorkable: His reaction to Stiles actually getting to play lacrosse is adorable. It obviously runs in the family.
Sheriff Stilinski:Oh no. Why is my son running out to the field?
Ms. McCall: Because he's on the team?
Sheriff Stilinski: He's on the team. He's...he's on the field. MY SON IS ON THE FIELD!!!