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Due to the Loads and Loads of Characters, the page is still a work in progress. Pine Valley, like most soap opera towns, was home to many colorful characters over its 41-year history. Below are some of its most notable residents.

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The Kane Family

The shows eventual Central Family.
     Erica Kane 
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Portrayed by: Susan Lucci
All My Children's main character. Pine Valley's reigning prima donna, the former bad girl gone good (kind of).
  • Abusive Parents: Her father, Eric, was a director and he offered Erica up to Richard Fields for sex when she was 14 in exchange for Fields acting in one of his movies. Yikes.
  • The Alcoholic: Her intervention stands as a hallmark since she did the same for her brother Mark.
  • Alpha Bitch: During the early days of the soap.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the nominal variety. Most, if not all, of her motives are pretty damn selfish, and she's committed so many crimes that, in real life, she should have been pile-driven into state prison for at least a century. It's only thanks to her Pet the Dog moments that she's not a full-fledged Villain Protagonist.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She loves to dish these out.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In 1973 Erica Kane had an abortion so her modeling career wouldn't be ruined. In 2005, her thought-to-be-aborted child, son Josh, showed up in Pine Valley, and it was revealed the doctor who performed the abortion kept the fetus alive to raise as his own son. But medical technology in 1973 would've made this near-impossible—medical technology today doesn't allow for that.
  • Break Out Character: The shows, and eventually the genre's most iconic character.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Narrowly avoided. Erica was once engaged to Mark, who turns out to be her half-brother; her mother intervenes before they could go through with it, and tells them the truth.
  • Female Misogynist: Erica doesn't have many female friends in Pine Valley and views many other women as rivals for a love interest's affections — her only friendships are with Myrtle and Opal, probably the only women on campus she didn't view as competitors for a man's affection.
  • Hypocrite: Many of her relationships started out as/consisted of her being the "other woman" or cheating on her husband/boyfriend. But when Maria and husband Dimitri have a grief-stricken one-night-stand, she never forgives them or lets them forget it (especially bad as she had an affair with Dimitri while he was married). She later kidnaps Maria's baby to get back at her for this, but somehow conveniently forgets this when she repeatedly blasts Babe for doing the same thing to Bianca.
  • It's All About Me: Her signature character trait.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's selfish, arrogant, and a bit of a bitch, but there's no doubt that she loves her kids Bianca, Kendall, and Josh and deeply cares about her family and friends.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: What her character arc eventually led her to be at her worst moments.
  • Mama Bear: If there is anyone she loves as much as herself, it's her daughters. YOU DO NOT FUCK with Bianca or Kendall.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Bianca hides her pregnancy with Miranda from Erica because she is terrified of how she will react. When Kendall pretends to be pregnant herself with Michael's child to help her, Erica treats Kendall like scum and acts like being pregnant with the child of a monster like Michael Cambias is the most disgusting and immoral thing that anyone could do, thus perfectly justifying Bianca's decision.
  • Proud Beauty: Knows quite well her beauty is unrivaled in all of Pine Valley, and will quickly remind those who forget that fact.
  • Put on a Bus: Didn't return for the online revival.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: See Abusive Parents.
    • On a Meta level, Susan Lucci was almost passed over for the role of Erica by the Casting Directors, for being seen as "Too Beautiful," to play the part.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was 14 years old when her eldest daughter, Kendall, was conceived.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Another of her signature moves. One of her more famous examples, as well as one of the most shocking moments in the entire series, after getting high at a gala celebrating her she gives an epic one, pretty much giving a collective "Fuck You," to the entirety of Pine Valley, while accepting her award, and in all honesty, a lot of her criticisms where quite valid.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She never lost her selfish side or her superiority complex, but after the death of her mother Mona, her intentionally nasty and cruel nature she once had begun to fade away and she began to step up and mature into a fierce, but for the most part sympathetic and more times than not well-meaning if misguided, matriarch, who offered advice to both her friends and her enemies.

    Kendall Hart 
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Portrayed by: Sarah Michelle Gellar (1993-1995) and Alicia Minshew (2002-2011, 2013).
Erica's eldest child.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Downplayed. There's a reason why she was termed "the most terrible daughter in daytime" during her early years on the show, and why it was so ironic that she shared many traits with her mother. Downplayed because Kendall never offed anyone and had no intentions of doing so.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Like her mother and sister, she can dole these out too.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She is extremely protective of Bianca, she even tried buying a venomous mamba to kill Michael after he raped her.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Her mother has a history of narrowly avoiding this trope and history repeats itself twice over with Kendall, Erica's beloved eldest daughter:
    • First, Trey Kenyon comes to town, obsessed with Kendall, going so far as trying to destroy her relationships and isolate her from everyone until she became dependent on him and his advice, but it turns out he was out to use Kendall for his own interests and tried framing her for arson. They almost kiss multiple times, with Trey initiating it, creepy in and of itself but when it comes out that he's her half-brother, and he knew the entire time, it takes on a whole new level of disturbing.
    • Later in the series, Kendall becomes increasingly close to Josh Madden, the son of Kendall's OB-GYN. Turns out Josh was Kendall's younger half-brother, whom Erica had aborted (which led to the infamous un-aborted embryo storyline). His dad? The doctor who had told Erica the baby was dead; his wife took the embryo into herself.
  • The Cameo: Made one appearance in the online revival.
  • Characterization Marches On: When Kendall returned in 2002, her characterization was a near copy of Sarah Michelle Gellar's Kendall. Within a year or so, Minshew had found her own niche in playing the role.
  • Child by Rape: Richard Fields raped Erica, Kendall happened.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a noticeable scar on her chest from surgery.
  • It's All About Me: Like mother, like daughter. Both Kendall and Erica have a talent for making things all about themselves.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though Kendall never really drops her bitchy tendencies, she loves her family, especially her mother Erica, sister Bianca, and her kids; loves her friends; and has gone to great lengths to protect her mother and sister. Even during her early period as a devious brat on the show, Kendall displays her softer side sometimes.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: So much so that she was called 'Erica Junior' both In-Universe and by the fandom. Kendall's character was written to be like a younger version of Erica, while Gellar and Minshew's likenesses to Susan Lucci were a reason why they were cast as Kendall.
  • Long-Lost Relative: As Erica Kane’s long-lost daughter. Despite the show’s efforts to keep this element a secret at first — until the big reveal — viewers guessed who this girl’s mother was almost immediately after the character’s debut, thanks to some rather large anvils being dropped by the writers to this effect. About a month after her debut on the show, Kendall’s identity as Erica’s long-lost daughter was confirmed in-universe by the characters, including Kendall herself.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: After her early years in the series, Kendall was written as a heroine but still has kept some of her bitch side intact.
  • My Beloved Smother: Like Bianca, Kendall complains about how often Erica meddles in her personal life, especially her love life.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kendall looks a lot like her mother Erica. Both Gellar and Minshew were cast in part for their resemblance to Lucci. Ironically, Gellar and Minshew don't look much like each other.
    • Gellar's Kendall and Gina Gallagher's Bianca also looked super alike, helping out the visuals of the Dysfunctional Family that is Erica, Bianca, and Kendall during this time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Greenlee. Sure, they were rivals in the beginning and have their moments of on-again, off-again friendship, but they are best buds.

    Bianca Montgomery 
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Portrayed by: Six different actresses, but most prominently Eden Riegel (2000-2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013)

Erica's beloved youngest daughter, and the show's Ensemble Dark Horse.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Sometimes goes by Binks, a once mocking later loving term of endearment coined by Kendall.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: A signature Kane trait.
  • Child by Rape: Her daughter Miranda.
  • Coming-Out Story: Became the center of one of daytime soap opera's most famous examples.
  • Commuting on a Bus: In the online revival.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Michael Cambias was acquitted of raping Bianca, she stole her uncle's revolver and put two slugs in his chest.
  • The Heart: The one person that everybody, hero, and villain, protected with their lives.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Despite having conceived during a rape, she chooses to keep the baby.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's a very girly and feminine individual, who also likes girls.
  • My Beloved Smother: She often bemoans the fact how often Erica gets overly involved in her personal life.
  • Nice Girl: She is a very sweet and compassionate individual...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: However, she still has the Kane blood and anyone who forgets this is reminded in proper fashion.
  • Odd Friendship: She — a sweet and kind Nice Girl — and Leo — a charming con man with a dark past — became the best of friends, to the point that she trusted Leo enough to be the first person she confided in as a lesbian.
  • Rape and Revenge: After her rape at Michael Cambias' hands, she personally confronts him when he's acquitted for doing so, armed with a gun, and when he tries to rape her again, she shoots him dead. When the truth comes out, the judge lets Bianca go, leaning hard on the prosecution not to file any charges against her.
  • Rape as Drama: Was the victim of one of the most sadistic bastards in soap history, Michael Cambias.
    • As a child, she was almost molested by Richard Fields before her sister Kendall intervened and saved her.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: One of the rare aversions. Bianca was too young to really show interest in anyone for a while but by the time she came back as a teenager, she was hit on by a few boys, which made her uncomfortable. She finally came out when she was caught at a gay club.
  • Weight Woe: A younger Bianca struggled with anorexia for a while.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Had this with Frankie, Lena, Maggie, and Marissa. Subverted with Reese, as they were already together when she was introduced.

    Josh Madden 
Portrayed by: Scott Kinworthy (2005), Colin Egglesfield (2005–2009)
Erica's only son, and the center of one of the shows most controversial reveals, the unaborted embryo.
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     Miranda Montgomery 
Portrayed by: Hayley Evans (2006–2009), Mackenzie Aladjem (2010–11), Denyse Tontz (2013)
Bianca's eldest daughter.

     Gabrielle Montgomery 
Portrayed by: Alivia, Anthony, Olivia and Brynne (2008–09), Aerowyne Jones (2010), Ellah Miller (2010–11)
Bianca's daughter, born through in-vitro after being donated sperm by her friend and brother-in-law Zach Slater.

     Spike Lavery 
Kendall's son with Ryan, born premature and later suffered an injury causing him to go deaf.

     Ian Slater 
Kendall's son with Zach.

    Mona Kane 
Portrayed by: Frances Heflin
The saintly matriarch of the Kane clan, Erica's long-suffering yet patient mother, died of lung cancer in 1994.
  • Mama Bear: Denied a dying Richard Fields, her daughter's rapist, his cardiac medicine.
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    Eric Kane 
Erica's father, Mona's ex-husband, and a formerly powerful movie director.
  • Abusive Parent: Yeah, he sells his 14-year-old daughter's virginity to Richard Fields in return for Fields starring in his movie.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all the shit he put Erica through, he gets his comeuppance — life beats him down from the glamorous Hollywood Wannabe Big Shot into a drunk and disheveled clown performing in a two-bit circus.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had multiple affairs while married to Mona, which led to the births of Mark and Silver.

    Mark Dalton 
Erica's half-brother, a skilled and talented musician.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He drops everything and travels half-way across the world to take part in his sister's intervention.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Both he and Erica were attracted to one another — before Mona stops it, revealing to them that they're half-brother and half-sister.
  • Descent into Addiction: Watching the generally good-natured, friendly, charming and intelligent Mark fall prey to substance abuse became one of the most groundbreaking stories in the soap's history.

     Silver Kane 
Erica's devious and envious half-sister.

The Martin Family

     Joe Martin 
Portrayed by: Ray MacDonell
  • Big Good: Head of the shows initial central family, chief doctor and an overall reigning force of good in Pine Valley.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an EPIC one to David. Praising his skills and calling him the most talented doctor he has ever worked with, but also a reprehensible excuse for a human being, and lamenting his squandered talent.

     Ruth Martin 
Portrayed by: Mary Fickett (1970–1995, 1998-2000), Lee Meriwether (1996–1998, 2002-2011)

     Tad Martin 
Portrayed by: Four different actors, but most prominently Michael Knight (1982-2011)
Pine Valley's former resident lothario, known in his early days as Tad The Cad, later tamed by Dixie Cooney in the shows most glorious love story.
  • Happily Adopted: To protect him from his biological father, Opal had Tad adopted by the Martin family.
  • The Hero: Arguably the shows leading man, and unlike Erica, there's no Anti attached.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Always had a strong moral center, even when he was an unapologetic manwhore.
  • Ladykiller in Love: After meeting Dixie, his "Tad the Cad" days were over
  • Lovable Rogue: Definitely in his younger days. He mellowed considerably later.
  • Put on a Bus: Didn't return for the online revival.
    • Tad "died" in 1990 battling Billy Clyde Tuggle, but while the citizens of Pine Valley thought him dead, the viewers knew he survived (albeit with amnesia) and left town.
  • Really Gets Around: Sleeps with Liza Colby and later her mother Marion.

    Tara Martin 
Portrayed by: Karen Lynn Gorney (1970–1996), Stephanie Braxton (1974–1976), Nancy Frangione (1977–1985), Mary Lynn Blanks (1979–1980)
Joe's daughter with his first wife Helen.
  • The Rival: To Erica in the early days of the soap.

     Jake Martin 

The Chandler Family

     Adam Chandler 
Portrayed by: David Canary
A powerful and wealthy businessman. He has had multiple marriages (twice to Erica Kane) and four children, including JR Chandler and Hayley Vaughan.
  • Big Bad: One of the show's enduring villains, even if he wasn't out-and-out evil.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Was originally the good twin.

     Stuart Chandler 
Portrayed by: David Canary
Adam's Identical twin, and his complete and polar opposite.
  • Big Good: One of the most beloved and reasonable figures in Pine Valley.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Was originally the bad twin.

     Haley Vaughn 
Portayed by: Kelly Ripa
Adam's troubled and rebellious daughter.

     Adam "JR" Chandler II 
Portrayed by: Six different actors, most notably Jacob Young (2003–2011)

     Adam "AJ" Chandler III 
Portrayed by: Rory and Declan McTegue (2008-2010), Tate Berney (2010-2011), Eric Nelsen (2013)

     Colby Chandler 

     Cindy Chandler 
Stuart's sweet and loving second wife, whom he married after she had contracted HIV that eventually matured into AIDS.

     Scott Chandler 
Stuart and Cindy's son.

The Hubbards

The first focal African-American clan in soap opera history.
     Jessie Hubbard 

     Angela Hubbard 

     Natalia Fowler 

     Frankie Hubbard 

The Santos Family

The first primary Hispanic family in daytime history
     Isabella Santos 

     Maria Santos 

     Anita Santos 

     Mateo Santos 

     Julia Santos 

     Rosa Santos 

The Cortlandt Family

    Palmer Cortlandt 
Portrayed by: James Mitchell (1979-2010)

  • Honorary Uncle: Due to Erica being much closer to him than even her own father, Bianca would often refer to him as Uncle Palmer, and while Kendall never referred to him as "Uncle", she too became very close with Palmer, and Palmer adored them just as much in return.
  • The Rival: With Adam Chandler

    Opal Gardner-Cortlandt 
Portrayed by: Dorothy Lyman (1981–1984), Jill Larson (1989–2011, 2013)
Palmer's on again, off again wife, Tad's biological mother, Erica's Best Gal-Pal, and the town's lovable Cloud Cuckooland.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Highly Eccentric and prone to wacky hijinks.
  • Nice Girl: Eccentricities aside, there isn't a mean bone in her body.

     Nina Cortland 
Portrayed by: Taylor Miller (1979–1984, 1986-1988, 1989, 1995, 2010), Heather Stanford (1984–1985), Barbara Kearns (1985–1986)
Palmer's daughter, married to Cliff Warner in the shows most agonizing yet intriguing romance.

     Dixie Cooney 
Portrayed by: Kari Gibson (1988), Cady McClain(1988–96, 1998–2002, 2005–08, 2010–11, 2013)
Palmer's beloved niece and the character who tamed Tad "the Cad" Martin.

Other Characters

     Phoebe Tyler 
The former self-appointed Queen of Pine Valley, long before Erica usurped the "throne".

    Billy Clyde Tuggle 
A psychopathic and brutal pimp, and AMCs Premier Villain.
  • Big Bad: AMC's most famous and evil flat-out villain.

    Myrtle Lum Faigate 
Portrayed by: Eileen Herlie
A former carny who ran the town boutique. A mentor, friend, and shoulder to cry on for all of Pine Valley
  • 100% Adoration Rating: As one of her towns matriarchs, almost everybody in Pine Valley adores Myrtle.
  • Big Good: As said above, Myrtle is the kind and loving matriarch of Pine Valley.

    Greenlee Smythe 
Portrayed by: Rebecca Budig (1999–2005, 2007-2011), Sabine Singh (2007)
Greenlee is a wealthy debutante from one of Pine Valley's most prominent families.
  • Good Bad Girl
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Particularly after the death of Leo, tries hard to be a better woman to honor her late husband.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kendall. They can go from enemies to the best of friends in a heartbeat, will snark and bicker at each other endlessly, have been involved in a Love Triangle over the same guy, but retain a deep bond of affection underneath it all.

     Leo DuPres 
Portrayed by: Josh Duhamel
A charming, likable former con, with an overly smothering mother

     Janet Dylan 

     Dimitri Merrik 
A Hungarian Count who embarks upon a sizzling decade long love affair with Erica.

     Cliff Warner 

     David Hayward 

     Tom Cudahay 

    Michael Cambias 
Portrayed by William DeVry
A wannabe mogul who came to Pine Valley to undermine the established corporations... and wound up becoming among the biggest villains of AMC.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He earned this when he raped Bianca. At his funeral, literally everyone in Pine Valley attended said funeral simply to give eulogies on how much they hate him for what he did, with Bianca's then-lover Lena literally spitting on his grave. In fact, he was so hated that Tad, Aidan, and Boyd broke into the funeral home and stole Michael's body just to they could bury it in the garbage dump; his casket was empty.
  • Evil Gloating: After being acquitted for Bianca's rape, Michael proceeds to gloat to everyone in the courtroom that he "owns Pine Valley and everyone in it," which pisses everyone off so badly that Michael's attorney is warned to get him out of the building before the crowd decides to become a lynch mob. This ultimately proves to be the last time anyone in Pine Valley sees Michael alive.
  • Karmic Death: Bianca confronts Michael after his trial and, legally armed and acting in self-defense, shoots him dead.
  • Rape as Drama: Raped Bianca in one of the most horrific scenes in All My Children history, and one of the most brutal rapes in daytime since One Life To Live's gang rape of Marty Saybrook.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He redefines the trope, earning the complete hatred and revulsion of just about everyone in Pine Valley, as well as the majority of the fanbase, after raping Bianca.
  • The Sociopath: A man who enjoys raping and abusing women; completely lacking any sort of conscience. When his plans for corporate espionage fail after Erica and Kendall figure out the scheme, he tries to rape both Kendall and Erica, but Kendall and Erica are able to save one another from Michael. However, Michael does succeed in hurting both Erica and Kendall immensely in one fell swoop by raping Bianca.

    Alexander Cambias 
He is the father of Zach/Alexander II and Michael Cambias. After faking his death in 2003, Alexander Cambias returns and is revealed as the Satin Slayer, the primary villain in the show's 2006-07 storyline.
  • Arch Nemesis Dad: To Zach.
  • Big Bad: The man is pure evil. He is revealed to be the Satin Slayer, the serial killer hunting down and murdering the women of Fusion, all to punish Kendall for getting involved with Zach.
  • The Sociopath: Not only is Alexander an abusive parent, he's also a serial killer without a shred of emotion or conscience.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the heart-pounding confrontation with Kendall and Zach, he threatens both his grandchildren — Zach and Kendall's son Spike and Bianca's daughter Miranda.

     Zach Slater 

     Ryan Lavery 

     Jonathan Lavery 
Ryan's troubled little brother.

     Brooke English 
Phoebe's niece, and Erica's perineal adversary.
  • The Rival: To Erica, especially after Tara's departure.

     Jackson Montgomery 

     Travis Montgomery 
One of Erica's many husbands, but unlike the others, has the distinction of fathering her beloved daughter Bianca.

     Edmund Grey 

     Gillian Andrassy 
Dimitri's cousin, a Hungarian princess.

     Alex DeVane 
The identical twin sister of General Hospital's Anna DeVane and wife of Dimitri Merrik.

     Aiden DeVane 

     Greg Nelson 

     Jenny Gardner 
Opal's daughter, Tad's half-sister and Pine Valley's very own Cinderella. The beautiful and sweet young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who catch the handsome and kind rich boy Greg Nelson's eye.

     Liza Colby 

     Annie Novak 

     Frankie Stone 

     Maggie Stone 
  • Back Up Twin: Just after the fireworks between Frankie and Bianca were doused due to Frankie's murder, along comes her long-lost identical twin, who also happens to have a slight spark with Binks.
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