Characters: The Young and the Restless

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    The Abbott Family 
John Abbott Sr.
Played By: Jerry Douglas
The late Patriarch of the Abbott clan and founder of Jabot. A respected businessman, ex- husband of Dina Mergeron and Jill Foster Abbott Fenmore. Upon his death he was married to Gloria Simmons Abbott Bardwell. Since the character was killed off back in 2006, he has made recurring appearances as the consciouses of his children. Often being a sounding board and offering sage advice.

John 'Jack' Abbott Jr.
Played By: Terry Lester (1980-89) and Peter Bergman (1989-)
Oldest and only son of John Abbott and Dina Mergeron. A notorious womanizer raised with a silver spoon. He strives to make his father proud, and tries to live up to his legacy. Jack is known for his off-and-on rivalry with Victor Newman (and losing out to Victor, most of the time but that usually depended on the writers. Jack is also known for being unlucky in love and his off-and-on relationship with Phyllis Summers.

  • Butt Monkey: To Victor.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Oh boy, where to begin:
    • With Patty Williams. Had one when she tripped over a plant after seeing Jack boffing someone else.
    • With Jill, possibly (there is debate on whether it was his father's or not as Jill was Jack's stepmother at the time.)
    • Two with Nikki, plus a stillborn son named John Abbott III.
    • One with Phyllis
      • Could you imagine if all of these pregnancies carried to term? Jack would have eight kids!
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He has his moments. One moment in particular was when he advised Traci to donate her daughter's heart to save Victor's life.
  • Like Father, Like Son: When he was young, he slept around with his stepmother. In 2013, His son Kyle makes out with Phyllis, Jack's on and off again wife and lover.
  • Moral Dissonance:
    • When visiting John in prison, John suffers a memory lapse and Jack tricks him into altering his will to exclude Gloria from inheriting anything.
    • When Jack blackmailed Ashley to be CEO of Jabot, threatening to tell John that she is not his biological daughter.
  • The Nicknamer: Several.....most of which are directed at Victor (e.g. Mumbles, Mr. Moustache) and Brad (e.g. Golden Boy, Brad-sicle)
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jack always strived to make his father proud, Since his passing, he strives to live up to his father's name.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Probably the poster boy for this, in Genoa City.

Ashley Abbott
Played By: Eileen Davidson (1982–88, 1999–2013, 2014–), Brenda Epperson (1988–95)
and Shari Shattuck (1996–99).
Ashley is the brainy, beautiful and chemist daughter of John Abbott Sr. and Dina Mergeron. However she is really the result of Dina's affair with tennis instructor, Brent Davis. John died never knowing that Ashley wasn't biologically his. Ashley is known for being unlucky in love, her business accomplishments at Jabot, and occasional mental breakdowns.

  • Convenient Miscarriage: With Victor. Fell down a flight of stairs, courtesy of Adam gaslighting her.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Unintentionally and obliviously with Traci. When Traci's husband took and interest in her, she told Brad to wait until his marriage to Traci was over.
  • Sibling Triangle: Traci was married to Brad, who then later married Ashley.

Traci Abbott Connelly
Played By: Beth Maitland (1982–96 1999 2001 2006—Present)
Traci is the daughter of John Abbott and Dina Mergeron. She is known for her rivalry with Lauren Fenmore, due to Traci's relationship with Danny Romalotti, and her marriages to Brad Carlton, with whom she had a daughter, Colleen Carlton. Since 2006 she has been on recurring status.
  • Adult Fear: Colleen being kidnapped by Patti Williams, only to be found too late.
  • Fat Girl: Traci had many sensitive storylines that were about her weight and the insecurities she had.
    • Lauren Fenmore really knew how to play and use it against Traci too.
    • It didn't help that she was sometimes compared to her brainy and beautiful sister, Ashley.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: To Colleen.
    • It should be noted that after Traci allowed for Colleen's heart to be donated to Victor, she promptly left GC.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Unintentionally with Ashley.
    • But for the most part, Ashley always took into account Traci's feelings; Even when Brad started to pursue Ashley when he wasn't divorced from Traci, yet.
  • Sibling Triangle: Traci was married to Brad, who then later married Ashley.

William Foster 'Billy' Abbott
Played By: David Tom (1999–2002, 2014), Ryan Brown (2002–03), Scott Seymour
(2006), Billy Miller (2008–14), Burgess Jenkins (2014–), (and others)
Billy is the son of John Abbott and his second (and third) wife, Jill Fenmore. Billy has been known from a young age to be a spoiled rich boy. As he grew up, he became a playboy and a notorious screw up with a penchant for drinking and gambling. He is known for his popular pairings with Mckenzie Browning (the first time) and Victoria Newman.

    The Baldwin/Fisher/Fenmore Family 

Michael Baldwin
Played By: Christian Le Blanc (1991-93, 1997-)
A hotshot Lawyer turned sexual predator turned into a redeemed respected attorney. He is the son of Lowell Baldwin and Gloria Simmons. His siblings include paternal half-sister Eden Baldwin, and maternal half-brother Kevin Fisher. He is happily married to Lauren Fenmore. They share a son, Fenmore 'Fen' Baldwin.

Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
Played By: Tracey E. Bregman (1983-99, 2000-)
An only child, Lauren was raised and doted on by her father due to her parents divorce. She was a rebel in her teen years, singing with Danny Romalotti and Traci Abbott. The latter of which she spent years bullying and scheming against. After a few failed marriages, a miscarriage, widowhood, a stalker, a rival turned stalker, Lauren finally finds happiness with Michael.

Gloria Abbott Bardwell
Played By: Joan Van Ark (2004-2005), Judith Chapman (2006-)
Michael's troublesome and somewhat naive mother. She is known for her over-the-top personality, getting involved with questionable men, and taking things to the extreme.

Kevin Fisher
Played By: Greg Rikaart (2003-)

Eden Gerick Baldwin
Played By: Erin Sanders (2008), Vanessa Marano (2008-10), Jessica Heap (2011-13)

    The Newman Family 

One of the core families (arguably the main one) on The Young and The Restless when the show retooled from a half-hour soap to an one-hour program. The family is well known for it's longstanding feud with the Abbott family, and their family company - the multinational conglomerate Newman Enterprises.

Victor Newman (Birth Name: Christian Miller)
Played By: Eric Braeden (1980-)
The Patriarch of the Newman Clan. Founder and CEO of Newman Enterprises. A formidable businessman, Victor is also very protective of his family. He prides himself on being a self-made made man, but many residents of Genoa City still peg him as a villain.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Many times over the years. He has most recently been accused of allowing a subsidiary to sell illegal "energy pills" online...which may or may not be his fault.
  • Identity Amnesia: Forgets who he is after falling off his horse. He spends about two months in L.A., going by his father's name.
  • Knight Templar Parent: On and off. He is almost obsessively determined that his children (and grandchildren, and adopted grandchildren, etc.) benefit from the Newman legacy, and is very upset when one of his children decide they don't want to be involved with the company anymore.
  • One True Love: Nikki. No matter what happens to these two, they always manage to get back together, and their relationship is the oldest still remaining on the show.
  • Papa Wolf: Very protective of his children...when he wants to be.
  • Rags to Riches: Started out working for Katherine Chancellor. About thirty years later, he owns an international conglomerate including Chancellor Industries.
  • The Nicknamer: Usually to people he doesn't like. Billy Abbot is "Billy-boy", Jack is "Jackass Abbot", and cult leader Ian Ward was "worthless maggot on the bottom of my shoe".
  • The Rival: Due to the rivalry between Newman Enterprises and Jabot Cosmetics, John Abbot was this to Victor. John's son, Jack, is this...in a much more volatile capacity. The two have been fighting constantly for more than twenty years!
  • Verbal Tic: "You got that!"
    • Also "Okay?", which Eric Braedon seems to tag onto the end of every other line, presumably for emphasis.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers John Abbot this, and deeply respects him even when they are fierce rivals. His son Jack, not so much...

Nicole "Nikki" Reed-Newman
Played By: Melody Thomas Scott
Victor's on-and-off wife of many years and mother of Victoria and Nicholas. A former stripper and alcoholic, she has since reformed and spearheads many of Genoa City's charitable organizations.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: She had two miscarriages and a stillborn son, named John Abbott III. All fathered by Jack.
  • Cult: Joined the New World Commune with Paul Williams back in the 80s. The storyline was recently resurrected, revealing that she'd fostered a son, Dylan McAvoy with cult leader Ian Ward.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: One of the biggest examples on the show and that's saying something!
  • Hypocrite: The younger female characters often accuse her of being this, accusing her of forgetting her own gritty origins and loose lifestyle.
  • Lady Drunk: She's fallen off the wagon many times over the years, and is a rather destructive drunk.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Dylan, her bastard son with Ian Ward. Later revealed to be her son with Paul Williams.
  • Mama Bear: She might seem gentle and unassuming most of the time, but God help you if you try to take advantage of her kids.
  • Morality Pet: To Victor, usually, but also for Jack and Paul.
  • Rags to Riches: Like Victor. She was a stripper in a club he attended in the late 70s. They fell in love and the rest is history.

Victoria Newman
Played By: Amelia Heinle
Victor and Nikki's first child, born when Victor thought he was infertile. She is generally the most loyal to Victor, no matter what the case, but this changes if she messes around with her marriage or her children. She has inherited her father's business acumen and has shown to be just as ruthless as her father when it comes to business. However, Victoria's priorities has changed to wanting to be a good mother and raise children. Her storylines have involved romances with older men, difficult pregnancies, and family conflicts.

  • Babies Make Everything Better: When Victoria married Billy, they dreamed of having a huge blended family. They each had a child from previous relationships, Victoria adopted Billy's second child. Ironically, they finally got a child they desperately wanted AFTER they divorced.
  • Children's Literature: Nikki convinces her to write one of these. The project is promptly dropped.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: had two miscarriages with Brad Carlton and one with Billy Abbott.
  • Guilt Complex: When Billy's daughter Cordelia is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Victoria blames herself for the admittedly superficial reason of asking Billy to stop for ice cream. Billy himself points out that this she shouldn't be blaming herself.
  • Housewife: Not always, mind you, as she held an important job at Newman for several years, but since marrying Billy and adopting Johnny she seems to prefer this type of lifestyle.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She pulled a drunk and destitute Billy out of a gutter on Christmas Eve, thus starting their very long relationship. While Billy has changed for the better in many ways, he still manages to slip up, often endangering their marriage.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: After she miscarried with her first child with Billy, Victoria was told that she would never be able to conceive again. A couple of years later, near the end of her marriage with Billy with a standard Who's the Daddy storyline she gives birth to their daughter, Katie.
  • Mama Bear: To her son Reed, her adopted son Johnny, and even Delia, Billy's daughter with Chloe.
  • Morality Pet: Much like Nikki is to Victor, Victoria can be this for Billy. When he listens.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: She was born on-screen in 1982. She returned from boarding school in at age 16 in 1991.
  • The Rival: For a time with Billy's other Baby Mama, Chloe.
  • Well Done, Daughter! Girl]: When Victor pitted her against Nicholas in the early 2000s. [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter Motherhood and seeing Victor's machinations have changed her priorities.

Nicholas "Nick" Newman
Played By: Joshua Morrow
The second child of Victor and Nikki. He's more independent than Victoria and less concerned with the Newman Legacy over his own personal family. He is the father of Noah and Faith (with Sharon) and Summer (with Phyllis).
  • Despair Event Horizon: He and Sharon both went through this when their daughter Cassie died in a drunk driving accident. It severely changed the personalities of both characters and, as a result, Nick is much more stoic nowadays.
  • High School Sweethearts: With Sharon.
  • Sex for Solace: After Cassie died, he had an affair with Phyllis Summers, conceiving their daughter Summer.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his half-brother Adam. Ever since the character arrived on the show, the two have had something to fight about, be it Victor's attention, stakes in Newman Enterprises, or Sharon's affections.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: He was born on-screen in 1988. In 2008 it was said that he was 35 years old.