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    Anne Shirley 

Anne Shirley-Cuthbert

Portrayed By: Amybeth McNulty
An orphan who, after a misunderstanding, is adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.


  • A Friend in Need: She has many examples of this.
    • When Ruby's house burns down in season 1 and she is forced to stay with Anne for a brief time, Ruby bluntly states she doesn't want to stay with Anne. Despite this rudeness, Anne welcomes her into her home and even assures her that no one "will think she wants to be her friend" in regards to gossip she clearly fears by associating with her. When Ruby breaks down in tears over everything that's happened to her, Anne comforts her with made-up stories to entertain her and calms her down. Her friendliness wins Ruby over and the two girls become friends after this.
    • In season 2, she warmly makes friends with outcast Cole. Cole is different from the other boys and is bullied for being interested in art, often shunned and left alone. Anne, knowing how he feels, befriends him and compliments him on his artistic talent. The two become very close friends as Birds of a Feather, having differences from everyone else in Avonlea and being bullied for it.
    • Also in season 2, she finds out Jerry is illiterate due to being forced to give up school to financially support his family. Anne, feeling sympathy, offers to teach him the alphabet so he can begin reading books on his own. She takes the time and patience to teach him letters of the alphabet and how to read and pronounce certain words. Soon, he is able to read on his own.
    • A significant example is when Billy sexually assaults Josie in season 3 and spreads a spiteful rumor that she slept with him in order to ruin her reputation. Anne notices Josie is upset and asks if something happened, soon piecing together that Billy assaulted her. She boldly and angrily confronts him for what he did to Josie, even calling Josie her friend. This is after Josie had spent most of their relationship bullying Anne. When Josie's reputation is in tatters while Billy's is untouched, Anne is furious about the double standard and is the only person to stand up for Josie. As the others girls don't like her enough to stand up for her. Even when Josie doesn't appreciate her help - even delivering an Armor-Piercing Slap for publicly interfering with the matter - Anne still refuses to abandon her as a friend.
  • Abusive Parents: Foster parents that is. Growing up in the foster system, all of her foster parents and caretakers were violently abusive towards her. In her flashbacks, we see Anne being slapped, belted and generally beaten for "acting out". Whenever her foster sisters deliberately got her in trouble while at the orphanage, she was forced to hold up a stack of heavy books for long periods of time. (Ironically, it was the books she was forced to hold up that got her into her love of literature as she would begin reading them whenever her caretaker would fall asleep watching her.) Her foster parents and orphanage caretakers (even her foster siblings) would also verbally and emotionally abuse her, harshly scolding and berating her. Some even said no one would ever love her because of her unique differences.
  • Adaptational Badass: Anne in the books is fearless, but never runs into burning buildings to stop a fire from the inside or skillfully manipulate a shrewd shop owner into believing that cheap household items are priceless artifacts.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Anne herself is a streetwise orphan, world wise and a little world weary, intelligent, imaginative, and brutally honest whenever she talks back to someone. Just the fact it comes from a young girl with pigtails makes it adorable.
  • Adorkable: She is so this. Anne is quirky yet lovable and has her moments where you can't help but be amused by her or her well-intended antics that usually go awry.
  • Badass Bookworm: Growing up in an orphanage where she faced abuse on a day-to-day basis, Anne developed a strong love for books in order to mentally escape and cope with her daily traumas - any book. This comes in handy when Ruby's family home is burning down and Anne remembers an important detail in putting out a fire that no one else knew. When asked how she knew about it, she says that in one orphanage she lived in, there was nothing to read other than a fire safety manual.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT make fun of her red hair or call her "carrots". Gilbert learned this when Anne bashed his head with her writing slate for teasing her about her hair.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Anne calls out Diana, her first and best friend, upon learning she was treating Jerry with disrespect.
  • Broken Bird: Anne was orphaned shortly after birth, put into foster care and subjected to horrific abuse by both foster parents and foster siblings. The violent abuse unjustly inflicted on her utterly traumatized her, with Anne dealing with un-diagnosed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). What makes it all the more sad is that Anne makes it clear that all she wants is to be accepted and loved. In the pilot, Anne is thrilled at being adopted and finally getting a family. When Marilla requests she be taken back, it rips Anne's heart out and she literally collapses to the ground in tears as her dream is seemingly stolen in mere seconds. She begs to stay so she doesn't have to return to the foster system.
  • Consummate Liar: As a result of her wild imagination and impressive storytelling abilities, Anne has a talent for lying and making people believe her made up stories. This comes in handy when she has to sell basic household items to help out Marilla and Mathew during a financially hard time. She easily convinces the pawnshop owner the simple house items were historical heirlooms worth more than their actual worth.
  • Dance of Romance: In season 3, Anne and her class practice a dance together for an upcoming town fair. When split into groups, she and Gilbert end up in the same one together. They find themselves dancing together while sharing quite the romantic gazes and intimate hand holds. Even after the dance is over and everyone leaves, Anne and Gilbert are still awe struck on the floor staring at each other in amazement.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She never knew her parents since they died after her birth and is sad she never got to know them. In her flashbacks to her time in the orphanage, she was violently beaten for punishments she didn't deserve, bullied and tormented by foster siblings, forced to mother numerous children who were often ill, witnessed marital rape and verbally abused for simply being different. That's just naming a few. By the pilot when she is adopted by Marilla and Mathew, it is very understandable why she is desperate to get out.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In season 3, Anne fears the possibility that she made up her parents dying of illness when she was a baby as a way to cope with them abandoning her. She finds out through church records that her parents indeed died of illness when she was 2-3 months old, each a month a part from each other. While sad to learn they are dead, she is relieved that her parents didn't leave her by choice.
  • Determinator: Is this with everything she does. When Anne sets her mind on something, she will become a Go-Getter Girl to see it done no matter how much work or effort she has to put into it.
  • Drama Queen: She has a tendency to be overly dramatic, especially in her monologues that can make her a Motor Mouth. Marilla will often to tell her to be quiet when she goes on a particular theatrical tangent in regards to some drama going on in her life.
  • Fiery Redhead: Is she ever! She has quite a temper, especially when she's teased about her red hair or if she sees someone being bullied. Due to her own personal experience with abuse, you can understand why she won't hesitate to stick up for someone.
  • Friendless Background: Before moving to Green Gables. Diana is her first friend.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She is not just kind to general people, but also loving to animals. She quickly makes friends with animals she comes across, even giving them names. She makes friends with a fox who passes by her clubhouse in the woods and was outraged when Billy wanted to kill it. She was also heartbroken when Green Gables was forced to sell their horses, whom she bonded with, to make ends meet. Anne is also a Nature Lover, with many episode shots being of her simply enjoying nature and insects she comes across with childlike curiosity.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Anne's signature hairstyle is her braided pigtails. For most of the series, she is rarely seen without her braids. When Anne grows older in season 3, though, we see her styling her hair differently. She begins simply keeping her hair down, proving a rather significant change from her previous appearance.
  • Happily Adopted: Early on in season 1, Marilla and Mathew formally adopt her into their family. Anne is overjoyed at finally getting the family she always dreamed of having and is in tears of joy as she signs her name in the Cuthberts' family bible.
  • Hates Being Alone: It's clear she most fears being alone or unloved, even creating an imaginary friend by means of her own reflection that she dubbed "Katie". She regularly talked to "Katie" like an actual person in order to deal with her loneliness. "Katie" finally goes away when Anne makes a real home and family in Green Gables.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Diana. They hit it off right away upon meeting and Anne declares her to be her "bosom friend". They are shown to have a very sisterly and tight knit friendship throughout the show and fear being separated in life. Anne and her share friendship necklaces as a symbol of their close bond.
    • The two girls briefly end their friendship in season 3 in a heartbreaking scene. Anne finds out about Diana's secret romance with Jerry and learns that Diana kept it a secret due to wanting a simple fling. Diana then reveals to looking down on him for being low class. Anne is horrified at this cruel side to her and fears Diana might see her that way as well. The girls have a fight that results in Diana throwing her friendship necklace to the ground and running off as Anne picks up the locket and cries. Luckily, they make up in the following episode.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is definitely this! She is the most passionate and, at times, impulsive character on the show. She can also deliver a well impressive "The Reason You Suck" Speech. One example of this was when Billy makes fun of Ruby in front of numerous townsfolk and she proceeds to give him a good chewing out for being a bully - completely unfazed by the many people that turn to stare at her.
  • Innocence Lost: By the pilot, Anne has all but lost her childhood innocence due to the dark trauma she was subjected to in the foster system. Her knowledge of adult subjects (such as marital rape) highly disturbs others when she innocently shares her experiences with others, not knowing such topics aren't to be casually talked about.
  • Intoxication Ensues: When Anne and Diana have a tea party, she mistakenly grabs a bottle of wine for their drinks. She and Diana proceed to become very drunk, very fast and the two girls end up in a playtime full of giggles.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Although she grows out of it by season 3, Anne is very discontent with her physical appearance and firmly believes she is ugly. This trope leads to her disastrous attempt to dye her hair black and subsequent Traumatic Haircut when she instead turns her hair green. By season 3, she has "accepted" to being "unattractive" and is focused on more serious issues in her life.
  • In Love with Love: She is a huge fan of romance stories, particularly tragic love stories. She will positively gush when reading something romantic, especially a tragic love story. Ironically, she is Oblivious to Love in regards to the clear budding romance between her and Gilbert. Cole bluntly points out that Gilbert has a crush on her, but she quickly dismisses the statement.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Of sorts. While she and Gilbert are not in an actual relationship, she is the only person he keeps in contact with in Avonlea during his travels. They begin writing monthly letters to each other, talking about their daily lives. She insists that his letters are not romantic and don't mean anything to her, but gets very protective of them when Diana suggests giving them to a heartbroken Ruby. Anne rationalizes her protectiveness of the letters by saying Ruby "would just ruin them".
  • Love Epiphany: In season 3 episode 8, Gilbert unexpectedly confesses his feelings to Anne while she was partying with her classmates following their entry exams to college. Anne, taken completely off guard, has absolutely no idea how to respond. She's has no clue how she feels. Then she and Diana make up following their fight in the previous episode. They are casually talking about their lives and whether or not they passed their college entry exams. Anne promises her that they will face whatever happens together. They lay down side by side. Then Anne suddenly springs upwards and declares, "I'm in love with Gilbert Blythe!" The screen cuts to the end credits.
  • Ms. Imagination: Anne has a very active imagination. Before Green Gables she used it to Cope by Pretending during rough days in the orphanage, but was sadly bullied by foster siblings for her fictional stories. However, that wasn't enough to kill her imagination. After gaining a home in Avonlea, she uses her imagination to make up stories and games to play with her friends. A few of her friends even grow to admire her creative skills, especially for story telling.
  • Nice Girl: Despite having suffered the worst from people in the world, Anne always shows kindness to everyone she meets - even if they haven't earned it. At times, she has well-intended plans go wrong, says the wrong thing at the wrong time... but her heart is always in the right place towards everyone. She also absolutely won't stand to see someone being bullied for any reason and will give her all to help someone out if she feels they need it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Season 3 Episode 7 is a major one for Anne: She is furious over Josie Pye being sexually assaulted and her name being ruined because of it. She publishes a controversial newspaper article regarding sexism and unintentionally humiliates Josie even more (and literally gets slapped for it), causes the paper to be censored and restricted in publishing topics, is removed from the editorial team, has Marilla scold her and her mere existence is loathed by her classmates due to the trouble she caused. Eventually, it seems like things are fixed. But soon the town council secretly remove the school's printing machine and, unintentionally or not, burn down the school. This certainly doesn't help matters.
  • Promoted to Parent: Implied to have been forced into this while in foster care. Anne was sometimes the oldest in her foster families and had to care for the younger children and infants. When she wasn't fast enough in preparing meals for the kids, changing the baby or tending to the house chores, she would be beaten or scolded for it. As a result of her constant care-giving for children, Anne holds considerable knowledge in infant and child care. She was able to tell a baby was suffering colic from its cry, and gives a list of options in easing it.
  • The Protagonist: Anne is the main central focus as the title character.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Diana. The two girls are very close and affectionate with each other, declaring life long devotion to each other. They wear friendship necklaces as a sign of their dedication to their friendship.
  • Selective Obliviousness: For her own budding feelings for Gilbert. By the time she finally realizes her own feelings, Gilbert has already moved onto another girl.
  • Ship Tease: With Gilbert.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is the tomboy to Diana's girly girl... and pretty much every other girl in Avonlea.
  • Tom Boy With A Girly Streak: Starting in season 3, we see girlier moments with Anne in regards to her appearance and see She Cleans Up Nicely. She begins wearing her hair down instead of in pigtails (at least more often), gets more dressed up and tries to show a mature side to her appearance. When she goes to find information about her family and wants to appear as adult as possible, Josephine fixes her up so nicely she could pass for a young woman.
  • Trauma Button: There isn't one particular thing that triggers her flashbacks, but anything can trigger memories from her past. Some triggers have been a baby crying (making her recall the sick infants she was forced to care for), being told she talks too much (making her remember being beaten by foster parents for the same reason) or her skirt being pulled up as a joke by boys (which her foster sisters did as a means to torment her). She will have a small but significant anxiety attack, having a scared look on her face while going still until the flashback passes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has this in spades to her family and close friends.
  • You Are Not Alone: Has this moment with Cole when he is pushed to his emotional limits after losing pretty much everything that matters to him and sounds dangerously close to suicidal. She tearfully embraces him and tells him how much he means to her and comforts him.
  • Youthful Freckles: She is known for her red hair as well as her many facial freckles, even if she hates both of these features on herself.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Due to growing up rough in an orphanage, Anne has knowledge and a small degree of medical experience no kid her age should have. She was able to save Minnie May's life by Playing Doctor when she had a life-threatening case of croup in a professional and expert manner.

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    Diana Barry 

Diana Barry

Portrayed By: Dalila Bela
  • Beauty = Goodness: She is beautiful as she is kind.
  • Best Friend: To Anne and is also implied to being close with Ruby.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her aristocratic heritage seems "romantic" to Anne and admirable to others in Avonlea. However, it's the reason she is fully expected to go to finishing school in order to "marry well" and become a good wife to a nobleman like the other women in her family instead of going to college (which is what she actually wants).
  • Cool Big Sis: She is very close to her younger sister Minnie May and was in absolute tears when she thought she was going to lose her to croup in season 1.
  • Dude Magnet: Diana has quite a few "take notices" on the school's "Take Notice" board, where boys and girls post written flirtatious comments on the person they like.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She is the much more mature and proper old sister to her much younger and elementary aged sister, Minnie May.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Her parents expects a lot from her as she grows into a young woman, which often has her stressed. They especially make clear that they fully expect her to marry a fellow wealthy person like themselves, leaving her with no choice of even picking her own husband. In season 3, Diana is even expected to give up college in Queens to go to finishing school in Paris, following which she will marry a person of her parents choosing. She tries to get her parents to change their mind and let her do what she actually wants, but they refuse to hear it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anne. She becomes very close with her, to the point she is emotionally distressed when her mother briefly forces her to sever ties with Anne over a misunderstanding. When she is allowed to be friends with her again, she is overjoyed about being able to see her again.
    • They end their friendship in season 3 when Anne finds out about Diana's secret romance with Jerry and how she never told her due to looking down on him for being low class. Anne is horrified at this side to her and calls her out on it. Diana and her have a fight that results in the tearful end of their friendship. Diana rips her half of their friendship necklaces off, throws it to the ground and runs off as Anne sobs. Luckily, they make up and re-declare their life-long bond.
  • Indifferent Beauty: She says that while compliments about her beauty are nice, she would rather be appreciated for being smart instead.
  • Inter-Class Romance: She and Jerry form a romantic bond in season 3. Since Jerry is a simple farm hand whereas Diana is an Uptown Girl, they are a whole class a part. Diana enjoys spending time with him and his family in their carefree, fun setting. She is even the one to initiate their first kiss together. Towards the end of the season, however, she admits to feeling that the relationship will only be short-lived due to their class differences. She even looks down on him for being low class after all and only enjoys the relationship for the simple fun of it. In the follow up episode, Diana breaks up with him.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She is often said be quite beautiful. Anne is openly envious over her "divine beauty" and Jerry comments that she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen.
  • Intoxication Ensues: She and Anne have a tea party where they mistake a bottle of wine for nonalcoholic cordial. The two best friends become very drunk quite fast and end up in an afternoon full of giggles.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Her parents (in particular her mother) kept her very sheltered and well guarded from every possible improper and worldly detail, making her more of a Sheltered Aristocrat. She has a hard time understanding darker and worldly issues, such as the traumatic and disadvantaged issues Anne has dealt with. However, she adapts to anything new she learns, even if it does shock her.
  • Nice Girl: She was one of the few people to be kind to Anne and not judge her for being an orphan, even defending her, unlike others in Avonlea. She has never demonstrated a mean streak to anyone (excluding one moment when she snapped at Minnie May when under high stress from their mother). Even if she may be uncomfortable with someone, she is always polite to others in the very least.
  • Omniglot: She is fluent in English as well as French, albeit proper French. She and Jerry, whose mother tongue is French, are able to casually converse in the language together.
  • Proper Lady: She has been raised by her mother into becoming a "proper young lady". Hence, she often tries to stick to what she believes a proper lady should be like in every social situation. Although she will often engage with Anne in fun antics and occasionally disregard how a proper lady at that time was expected to be like.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Anne. The two girls are very close and affectionate with each other, declaring life long devotion to each other.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When her parent's finances briefly go under in season 2, Diana's mother takes her frustration out on her daughters while strenuously training them into being "proper" ladies and even declares their "childhood is over". Diana, in turn, takes her stress out on Minnie May while distressed at losing her childhood so soon. When Minnie May wets her bed, Diana yells at her so harshly that she renders the poor girl in tears. It is this moment that makes their mother realize she is being too hard on them and takes things easier on them. When she assures them that their childhood isn't truly over, Diana is finally at ease again.

    Gilbert Blythe 

Gilbert Blythe

Portrayed By: Lucas Jade Zumann
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He is less of the smug, teasing rival he was in the books and more of responsible, polite and studious young man in the show. He also first demonstrates his affection to Anne in straightforward, Dogged Nice Guy ways, whereas in the books he was a typical boy teasing and needling her to show his affections and wasn't even romantically interested in her until she smacked him with her slate.
  • Afraid of Needles: In a comedic scene, Gilbert sees Bash about to get an injection during a dentist appointment. He faints right after seeing the needle. Ironically, he wishes to be a doctor, adding to the hilarity of the scene.
  • Big Man on Campus: In addition to being the most popular boy among the girls, all the other boys are shown to hold high respect for him. When Anne is being bullied by Billy during a walk to school, Gilbert shows up and he immediately ceases tormenting Anne.
    • His popularity comes in handy when he stands up for Anne in season 3. Anne publishes a controversial article concerning women's rights (stemming from Josie's assault by Billy and how the town turned against Josie for it), putting the newspaper in jeopardy when the town is outraged over it. The entire class turns against her, but Gilbert defends Anne and says she stood up for someone who suffered injustice. He reads several points from her article that state women hold value, even without men. He dares for someone to disagree - no one does. He states that Anne stands up for what's right and would gladly defend any of them, even with knowledge of what they say about her, as that's who she is. His words are enough for everyone to apologize to Anne for not defending her.
  • Bookworm: He is shown to enjoy reading, especially after aspiring to become a doctor and is forced to study mostly on his own.
  • Chick Magnet: All the girls seem to be attracted to him, even mature Diana, and is known to be the most popular boy in town. Ruby and Anne may be the only ones with a clear crush on him, but he still could easily get any girl he wanted based on his handsome looks alone.
  • Dance of Romance: In season 3, the class has to practice a group dance for the town fair. When split into groups, Gilbert ends up in the same one with Anne. He soon steals Anne away from her partner, twirling her around despite it not being in the routine, while sharing quite the romantic gaze with her and enjoying their hand holds. After the dance is over, he continues staring at Anne in amazement before the two snap out of it and just about run out of the school house. He and Anne are both clearly questioning what they just emotionally experienced.
    • Somewhat played with again when Gilbert goes to the class partying after finishing their entry college exams. He sees Anne dancing by herself on top of a bench in front of a bonfire. He stops and simply stands there watching her dance (which is done in slow motion to emphasis his emotions) as the fire lights up behind her. His eyes hold clear longing as he is visibly captivated by her.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father dies of illness early in the series in season 1. Gilbert was forced to care for him personally until his death, grieving his loss.
  • Farm Boy: Of course. Although, he states he dislikes farming and wishes to be a doctor instead.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Gilbert is the solid definition of a good guy, but even he has his limits. He won't hesitate to throw a punch if the situation calls for it. In one scene of the series, Gilbert has enough of Billy who doesn't know to just stop with his cocky attitude. Gilbert throws a well-deserved punch at him.
  • Handy Man: Due to being a boy growing up in the late 1800's along with having to care for his ailing father, Gilbert tends to the needs of the farm as well as his father's personal needs. On top of it, he does all of the work without a single complaint.
  • Has a Type: Gilbert's feelings for Anne and his interest in Winnifred Rose implies he prefers a feisty (and somewhat quirky) type of woman who speaks her mind. This could explain why he doesn't notice romance-obsessed Ruby.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His romantic feelings for Anne.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Of sorts. While he and Anne are not actually dating, she is the only person he makes an effort to stay in touch with in Avonlea during his year long travels. They begin writing monthly letters to each other, with Gilbert implied to intentionally misspelling words to ensure she will continue writing back (knowing she will point out his grammar mistakes). Bash teases him about his "love letters" to Anne, but Gilbert insists their letters aren't romantic. When Bash tries taking one of his letters from Anne away, Gilbert gets protective and immediately snatches the letter back, much to Bash's amusement.
  • Missing Mom: His mother is not seen, only being referenced to. It is implied she died some time before the series. In season 2, Gilbert reveals that his mother died giving birth to him due to delivery complications.
  • Nice Guy: Gilbert is one of the nicest people on the show, making him an Adaptational Nice Guy from his book character counterpart. He holds no prejudice to anyone whatsoever. While many people mistreated Anne (an orphan) and Bash (a black man) in bigoted fashion based on their backgrounds, he immediately dismissed their differences and treated them respectfully. He is kind, helpful and caring to everyone he meets... unless you give him a reason not to be.
    • He also didn't laugh whatsoever when Anne has a disastrous hair accident in season 2 and forced to wear a pixie cut whereas everyone else (except Diana) did. (In this time era, such a hair style on a female was considered unattractive.) Since he hadn't seen her in almost a year due to his travels, he simply smiles and says it was good to see her again.
  • Odd Friendship: He meets the older Bash while working on a steamboat and, while quite difference based on polar opposite backgrounds, become very close while traveling and working together. Also, given the racist attitude many people had towards black people in this time period, the two's close friendship is often frowned upon by onlookers. Despite their differences, Bash and Gilbert become best friends and openly consider each other family in season 3.
  • Only Sane Man: He is one of the most rational male characters in Avonlea, usually calm and collected during a crisis and thinks matters over in a logical manner.
  • Playing Doctor: He has sporadic moments in the show where he ends up being forced to play the doctor to someone in medical need. In season 2, he ends up delivering a baby in Trinidad when a woman in labor had no one else to help her... even physically adjusting the baby from outside the womb when realizing it was breech before successfully delivering it. Even without proper training, he already shows skill in this field of work.
  • Ship Tease: With Anne. It's clear he holds romantic feelings for her, but Gilbert often denies this. When he tries insisting Anne is only a friend, Bash remarks that Anne "makes [him] smile and act like a mook" and urges him to confess how he feels about her.
    • Major tease when Gilbert finally realizes how he feels about Anne in season 3. At this point, he's been courting Winnifred and her father urged him to propose. Needing to know where he stood with Anne first, he decides to confess. His timing couldn't be more awful. Anne and their classmates had been partying after college entry exams and she is somewhat tipsy. When he gives a vague implication about his feelings for her, a shocked Anne stammers out nonsensical gibberish. She is pulled away by her friends and essentially gives a Non-Answer. Gilbert, however, takes her stunned response as rejection and sadly leaves.
  • Sole Survivor: Gilbert originally came from a large family. Sadly, though, each person in his family gradually died until he was the only one left. After the death of his father, Gilbert declares he is the only member of his family left.
  • Troubled, but Cute: After his father died, Ruby comments that Gilbert is "even more handsome now that he's sad".

    Matthew Cuthbert 

Matthew Cuthbert

Portrayed By: R.H. Thomson
  • Cannot Talk to Women: He had a crush on a female classmate in school, but he was unable to properly talk to her. Decades later as a grown man, he still has the same problem with the same woman.
  • Extreme Doormat: Sometimes, mainly with older sister Marilla. He let her send Anne back to the orphanage early in season 1 after believing she stole her brooch, even though he didn't agree with it. However, in season 3, he starts to stand up to her on his own when realizing her choices, especially with Anne, aren't always right.
  • Good Parents: He and Marilla are definitely this to Anne. He forms a strong bond with Anne, looking out for her and buying her a dress she knew she liked in order to cheer her up. Anne stated the dress was her most treasured item.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Mathew is normally a shy and soft spoken gentleman. He never raises his voice. So when he does begin shouting at someone... you know it's a dead serious matter.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: He has this moment in season 3 when he finds Anne crying in the barn over Marilla preventing her from finding her family background. He tries comforting her, but when he sees the true anguish Anne is in by not being able to find closure on her family, he snaps. He storms into the house and calls Marilla out on keeping Anne from finding information on her family despite knowing what it means to her. His sister yells at him for questioning her decision and that she is doing what is best for Anne. However, he bluntly states that she fears losing Anne and putting her need over Anne's is selfish. He declares that he is giving Anne permission to travel to find what she needs about her birth parents and "that's that". He walks out of the house as Marilla is too stunned to reply.
  • Mr Fix It: He is the handyman at Green Gables and frequently fixes anything broken at the house and farm.
  • Not Good with People: He is an excellent farmer and handy-man, but God knows he cannot always talk to people. This, in which, leads to a few misunderstandings that he has to clear up later on.
    • When Jerry begins learning the alphabet, he proudly shows Mathew his work that he's learned so far (by carving letters into spare wood). Mathew quietly stares in astonishment, but Jerry mistakenly believes he's angered with him for taking time off from work to learn. Later on, Mathew gives him Anne's cracked slate - reassuring Jerry that he's okay with his education progress.
  • Team Dad: He is a father figure to Anne and has his fatherly moments with Jerry.
  • The Quiet One: Is this in spades.
  • Situational Sociability: While he has a hard time talking to women and people, he has no problem talking to Marilla or Anne. He gradually overcomes this as the series goes on.

    Marilla Cuthbert 

Marilla Cuthbert

Portrayed By: Geraldine James

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Marilla may be a firm believer in being polite and well-mannered for the most part, but she can deliver a serious "The Reason You Suck" Speech when one deserves it. Even childhood best friend Rachel isn't spared this when Marilla rightfully calls her out on her gossiping, bigoted view of people and jeopardizing a couple's marriage for the sole purpose of stirring up drama. Oh, and she brings up her unkind words to Anne a whole season earlier and calls her out for that too.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially, Marilla maintains a distant attitude towards Anne. She was very reluctant to keep her and treated her somewhat coldly. However, she grows to truly love Anne and begins to view her like her own daughter. John had given Marilla a hair ribbon as a gift when they had been courting as teenagers, which she kept as a precious memento decades later. She gives the ribbon to Anne for her to wear. In season 2, she also gives Anne personal items of her belongings that, per tradition, she was expected to pass down to her own daughter. (Such as a wedding veil her mother gave her along with other accessories, like a hair brush.) This moment is undeniable evidence of the deep maternal bond Marilla has established with Anne.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: Marilla was involved with John Blythe, Gilbert's father, as a teenager and they deeply loved each other. John had dreams of traveling the world, inviting Marilla to come with him. She almost did... until her brother Michael died and her mother went into an emotionally catatonic state and needed constant care. She turned John down and spent the rest of her life at home, tending to her mother and the farm. John went on to marry and have a family, but still cared about Marilla. After his death, Marilla regrets how their relationship turned out and imagines the life she could have had with John had her brother never died or if she had simply accepted John's offer. It is likely due to this regret that she holds a particular soft spot for John's son, Gilbert.
  • Good Parents: She and Mathew to Anne. Despite being tough with Anne, Marilla only wants what is best for her adopted daughter and truly loves her. She also desires to see Anne live a full life and pursue opportunities that she herself didn't get to have due to family responsibilities being forced onto her. When she believes her eyesight may be going in season 2, she fears the idea of forcing Anne to sacrifice her happiness to care for her, like she did with her mother. She is in literal tears as she insists that she "can't be a burden to Anne".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is somewhat cranky and tough on the outside. But underneath that rough exterior is a huge heart of gold, especially towards her loved ones.
  • Mama Bear: After letting her guard down with Anne and viewing her like a daughter, Marilla won't hesitate to defend Anne if she feels someone is treating her unjustly.
    • In season 1, Anne accidentally starts a town rumor about Prissy's secret romance with their teacher and talks about marital rape based on previous foster home experiences, disturbing everyone in Avonlea. Marilla goes to Prissy's mother, a "progressive parent", to apologize on Anne's behalf. Instead of accepting her apology, she cruelly insults Anne. Marilla doesn't hesitate to tell her that, while she can be upset with Anne's rumor about Prissy, she has no right to judge her for what she's experienced and that Anne has endured more than they can imagine. She remarks how it's a shame that "progressive parenting" doesn't involve "compassion" and leaves. Prissy's mother simply looks downward, in clear thought.
  • My Beloved Smother: Marilla turns into this in season 3 when Anne begins growing into a young woman soon to leave for college, fearing for her well being. Her smothering takes a nasty turn, however, when Anne sets out to find information on her biological family. Marilla fears losing her to family members she may find, which grow the best of her. She outright forbids Anne from traveling to discover her background and also seizes any mistakes she makes as "proof" that she is still "an irresponsible girl who needs her protection". Mathew, however, gets fed up with Marilla's selfish attitude and calls her out on it. He demands that Anne be allowed the closure she needs on her family, forcing Marilla to deal with her fears in a more rational manner.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She mistakenly believes that Anne stole her brooch and sends her back to the orphanage when she refused to confess. When Marilla finds the brooch misplaced in a chair cushion, realizing Anne was telling the truth, she is visibly heartbroken and ashamed. She is desperate in getting Anne back and, shortly after retrieving her, begs for her forgiveness.
    • Has this moment again in season 2 when she invites two men to stay as boarders in her home when she and Mathew become desperate for money due to taking out a mortgage. When the men turn out to be con artists and scam Avonlea out of a large amount of money and force several families into financial ruin, Marilla feels immense guilt. She feels if she hadn't let the men stay at her home, no one would have gotten hurt.
  • Pet the Dog: When Anne and Diana are (briefly) forced apart by Diana's overprotective mother, Anne cries herself to sleep over losing her best friend. Marilla sneaks into her room afterwards and kisses her forehead, feeling sympathetic for her adopted daughter.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Not too surprising for the period, Marilla views the Mi'kmaq natives as "dangerous savages". This can make her a hypocrite as she called out Rachel for judging others and jumping to conclusions based on mere differences, which she herself is precisely doing in this case. She panicked when finding out Anne has gone into their tribe and didn't want her to see Ka'Kwet, fearing for her safety among "savages".
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Marilla is very sensible and always has her hair tightly wound into a proper bun.
  • Promoted to Parent: After her brother Michael died, her mother went into a mentally catatonic state from her grief and could no longer care for herself. Marilla, as seen in flashbacks, was forced to personally care for her mother's most basic needs until she eventually died. While she put on a brave face, Mathew occasionally caught her crying by herself due to the stress of all but becoming a mother to her own, actual mother at a very young age. She basically went through this again when she adopted Anne, taking on a mother's role when raising the young Anne. However, she is clearly happy while caring for Anne.
  • Tough Love: She may have her warm and gentle moments with Anne, but she is a firm believer in tough love.
    Jerry Baynard 

Jerry Baynard

Portrayed By: Aymeric Jett Montaz
  • Ascended Extra: The Cuthberts did have a farm hand named Jerry Buote in the books, but he's only mentioned in passing. Here he becomes something of a surrogate brother to Anne.
  • Farm Boy: As the farm hand of Green Gables, but of course.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Diana. He flirts with her in the earlier parts of the show before finally forming a proper romantic relationship with her in season 3. The two talk, bond and she meets his large family. However, he feels insecure over being a simple Farm Boy whereas Diana is a wealthy Uptown Girl. He gives her his favorite book and she, in turn, gives him one of her fancy handkerchiefs with his initials on it. He treasures the item deeply. He begins to believe that Diana is ashamed of him because of his lower class and, when find out Diana didn't even tell best friend Anne about their romance, is visibly heartbroken when his fears are all but confirmed. During their next meet up, she breaks up with him. His heartbroken face when realizing she never took their relationship seriously breaks your heart.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Jerry becomes a brother figure for Anne after her dislike of him passes in Season 2. What occasional bickering they still do comes off as very sibling-like. Anne even defends him from her best friend Diana when realizing she was mistreating him like any sister would her brother.
  • Love at First Sight: For Diana. He outright calls her the most beautiful girl he's ever seen when they first meet.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He is revealed to have a large number of siblings and, as a result of being poor, shared the same bed with them. He isn't used to having his own bed and even requested to share Anne's bed with her when he had to sleep alone because he was so used to sleeping besides someone.
  • Never Learned to Read: He does not go to school as he has to financially support his family instead. As a result, he cannot read. In season 2, Anne feels sympathy for his situation and resolves to teach him the alphabet and how to pronounce words. By season 3, he is able to read books on his own.
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    Sebastian "Bash" Lacroix 

Sebastian "Bash" Lacroix

Portrayed By: Dalmar Abuzeid

  • Canon Foreigner: He does not appear in any of the L.M. Montgomery novels the show is based on.
  • Embarrassing First Name: He gets annoyed when Gilbert addresses him as "Sebastian" in front of the other steamship crew members, as they immediately begin making fun of his name.
  • Fish out of Water: He's spent half his life in Trinidad (a warm and sunny place) and the other half working on a steam ship. Hence, everything about a farmstead in Avonlea is new to Bash. His first ever Canadian winter is a comically harrowing experience for him in particular.
  • Good Parents: He adores his infant daughter Delphine and tries to be a positive influence for his stepson Elijah.
  • Happily Married: To Mary until her death.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Gilbert. The two may be different in every sense of the word, but they consider themselves "brothers" where it absolutely counts the most.
  • Shipper on Deck: He completely ships Anne and Gilbert and often urges his young friend to confess his clear feelings to her... a lot.
    • When he mistakenly believes Gilbert is about to propose to Anne in season 3, he is thrilled about it. He begins bragging about how he knew Gilbert was in love with Anne the second he saw his reaction to getting her letter back on the steamboat. To add to the humor of the scene, he literally begins dancing in glee. When Gilbert reveals he has actually decided to propose to Winnifred, Bash is clearly disappointed and repeatedly asks if he is truly sure he can move on from Anne. Despite this, he is still supportive of Gilbert nonetheless.
  • The Tooth Hurts: He comes down with a terrible toothache which requires medical intervention.
  • Worst Aid: When Gilbert takes him to Dr. Ward for his toothache, Bash at first insists he should instead be taken to The Bog where he could be treated by his own people. Dr Ward shut this down by pointing out that the only treatment they'd have for him there is a guy with a rusty pair of pliers. Bash changes his mind and decides to have his tooth handled there.

The Barrys

    Mr. William Barry 

William Barry

Portrayed By: Jonathan Holmes
    Mrs. Eliza Barry 

Eliza Barry

Portrayed By: Helen Johns

  • The Atoner: She's deeply ashamed she never bothered to get to know Mary after reading her obituary, and suggests helping Bash and Gilbert export their farm's products to help them financially.
  • My Beloved Smother: Well-intended to protect her children, but she is an absolute overbearing mother to her daughters. She overly shelters them from the world and its common realities, making Diana in particular a bit naive. She easily panics when seeing her in any danger - even if it's not really there.
  • Nobility Marries Money: She is insistent that Diana give up her future dreams in order to marry a respective partner... in other words, a fellow wealthy person. Needless to say, Diana isn't thrilled.
  • Socialite: Her husband makes the money. As the wife of a rich man, she is a firm believer in being a Proper Lady. She tries her absolute best to pass this down to her daughters. However, it can cost them a bit load of stress at times.

    Minnie May Barry 

Minnie May Barry

Portrayed By: Ryan Kiera Armstrong

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Even though Diana does love her, she is constantly getting on her older sister's nerves.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Minnie May is rather spoiled and won't behave herself until she's been told multiple times, often stressing out her mother and sister.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Or more specifically older sister, Diana. In season 3, Diana finds Minnie May crying in a closet. Minnie May says she's sick of their parents constantly telling her to be like her when she knows Diana herself doesn't even like who she is and just pretends. Diana tries insisting that isn't true, but Minnie May knows her sister puts on a Stepford Smiler act and doesn't truly like who she is. She then states that if she is pretending to be someone she isn't, then she's lying and "lying's bad". This moment is enough to knock some sense into Diana to stop being who her parents want her to be and to start making her own choices.
  • Dreadful Musician: On both the piano and the violin. It's partly justified, since she's just a novice, but her playing is still cringe-worthy.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: She has this moment at a party when she kicks an older man's lower leg and walks away.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She has her moments when she can give some sass and a few less than impressed looks with people.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: She is often seen holding or playing with a doll.
  • Spoiled Brat: She is a bit of a brat. However, it is implied she acts out because she longs for more attention from her parents as they are often doting on Diana's future. Their constant attention on Diana often leaves Minnie May emotionally neglected.
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    Aunt Josephine Barry 

Josephine Barry

Portrayed By: Deborah Grover
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the book she was a Maiden Aunt, but here she averts Nobody Over 50 Is Gay by being in mourning for her female life partner.
  • Blue Blood: She is very wealthy and lives in a mansion with servants and maids.
  • Cool Old Lady: She may be old, but she lived a full life and still has a spirited personality.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She becomes very good friends with Anne and offers her life advice based on her personal experience.
  • The Mourning After: Since her first appearance, Josephine is in mourning for her life partner, Gertrude.
  • Opposites Attract: Gertrude is described as having been more extroverted and had to coax her partner out of her shell. Josephine found her passion awe-striking.
  • Parental Substitute: To Cole after she invites him to live with her at the end of Season 2. She feels sympathy for him being bullied and tormented in Avonlea and offers him a stable home and good life with her. By season 3, she has become a true parental figure to him.

The Lyndes

    Rachel Lynde 

Rachel Lynde

Portrayed By: Corrine Koslo

  • Gossipy Hens: Is this for most of the series. Rachel's main hobby in Avonlea appears to be gossiping and stirring up drama. Marilla ends up calling her out for this in season 2 when she ends up jeopardizing a couple's marriage for it.
  • Happily Married: She and Thomas have been together for a very long time and are still quite fond of one another.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a meddler with who will stir up gossip without a second thought for who it hurts - but she's a devoted friend to Marilla despite their differing outlooks (watch her shame a group of local woman into donating to the fund the Cuthberts need to keep their farm), comes in time to be close to Bash and Mary after apologising for her earlier treatment of them, and backs Miss Stacy staying after realising how wrong she was to write her off without knowing her.
  • The Matchmaker: Is all too happy to try and set Miss Stacy up.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Says she has "raised ten children, and buried two".
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: She has a fearful, somewhat hostile attitude toward the Mi'kmaq natives that was typically for the time. She pushes Ka'Kwet's parents to send her away to a residential school to be "civilized", believing it will be for her own good.
    Thomas Lynde 

Thomas Lynde

Portrayed By: Philip Williams

Avonlea Schoolhouse

    Ruby Gillis 

Ruby Gillis

Portrayed By: Kyla Matthews

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She was initially mean and distant with Anne upon meeting her, going along with Josie and the other girls who shunned Anne for being an orphan. Even when Anne saves her family home from a tragic fire, Ruby still wanted nothing to do with her. However, when she is forced to stay with Anne at her home and sobs in distress, Anne comforts her with fictional stories to entertain her. Ruby grows to enjoy Anne's talent for stories and the two girls become friends after spending time together.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Ruby is a pretty good cook, able to bake a meal for Gilbert following his father's death as a comforting gesture.
  • In Love with Love: She is absolutely smitten with Gilbert and has had a well-known crush on him for years throughout the show. Although she seems totally oblivious to the fact that he doesn't feel the same. She wants to grow up and become a beautiful heartbreaker before eventually marrying him. By season 3, she begins to move on from her crush and becomes interested in someone else... Moody.
  • No Periods, Period: In season 1, the girls all share their first period story among themselves. However, Ruby cries as she hasn't gotten hers yet. Due to how a girl receiving her period was seen as the beginning of womanhood on a female, Ruby likely felt not menstruating was a shameful thing for her as a girl.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Usually seen wearing rosy pink dresses. Fittingly, Ruby is more ladylike than Anne but more spirited than Diana.
  • Pregnancy Scare: And she had yet to even kiss a boy! In a hilarious yet also cringe worthy scene, during a dance practice with the class, a distressed Ruby breaks down crying. The other girls ask what's wrong and she immediately asks, "What if I'm pregnant?!" She reveals how her mother told her that if she so much as goes near a boy, she would end up pregnant. And merely touching a boy would be a guarantee for pregnancy. Due to all the hand holding during their dance practice, she is fully convinced she is now pregnant and freaks out all the girls (who still don't know the physical mechanics of sex and pregnancy) that they are all pregnant as well. Miss Stacy has to calm them down and reassure them that it takes a lot more than dancing to become pregnant.
  • Prone to Tears: It's a bit of a running gag for Ruby to always find something to cry over. It is usually about something going wrong with her life or not to her complete satisfaction.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Her crush on Gilbert. By the beginning of the series, she has had a crush on him for 3 years and dreams of gaining his affection. She even tries out "Mrs Ruby Blythe". By the end of season 3, she declares she has moved on from her crush and develops feelings for Moody.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has nearly as many freckles as Anne.

    Josie Pye 

Josie Pye

Portrayed By: Miranda McKeon

  • Alpha Bitch: Par for the course. Deconstructed in Season Three when rumors about her lack of virtue are spread and none of the girls, save Anne, like Josie enough to give her support.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers one to Anne in season 3 when she publishes a controversial newspaper article about her injustice with Billy. (Even though no names were mentioned, the fact that Josie runs off in tears after the paper is read in church all but says it.) Humiliated by being forced in the spotlight, Josie slaps Anne when the latter goes to her home to apologize for the unintentional consequences. Josie proceeds to insult Anne by accusing her of only publishing the article out of jealousy and to make her "trash like [Anne]" to everyone in town. She and Anne somewhat make up when the drama has calmed, but who knows how their relationship will turn out.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Has always hoped that Billy Andrews would notice her. He does... then tries to take advantage of her before ruining her town reputation.
  • Female Misogynist: Josie sees herself as the epitome of standards for a young lady, and any girl who falls short of these standards as subhuman. She projects this mindset too. For example, she takes Anne's article about sexism and double standards for a spiteful act to shame her - not a poorly executed attempt to defend her honor - and accuses Anne of "always being jealous of her". A bitter taste of her own medicine (from her unsympathetic parents no less,) finally makes Josie understand how hurtful and unfair Avonlea's values actually are.
  • Freudian Excuse: Josie's parents have been grooming her to be a rich man's bride for likely her entire life. Her mother specifically has her believing physical beauty is all that matters. Even in the wake of her sexual assault, her mother tells her that at least her beauty was something that couldn't be taken away. (She even insisted Josie marry Billy anyway because "girls with reputations don't have choices".) It is implied such a life isn't what she truly wants, but is all she knows so she must go along with it.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: In "A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good", Josie experiences some degree of what it's like to be "trash" like Anne, gaining a new perspective on being valued solely for her looks.
  • Proud Beauty: Josie is a pretty girl, which a lot of people take note of.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: She isn't actually raped, thankfully. But she goes out to privately meet Billy while at a dance where he gives her a Forceful Kiss and begins groping her. Realizing what he wants to do, she shoves him off and returns to her friends, clearly upset. A spiteful Billy starts a rumor that they hooked up and that she "couldn't wait for the wedding". The rumor quickly spreads throughout town, ruining her reputation. In this time era, a girl with a spoiled reputation was basically Defiled Forever. Hence, Josie was sexually assaulted and had her reputation ruined in a single night. Despite being a bully towards Anne, Josie becomes a much more sympathetic character following this.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Josie can be nice in one episode, but downright mean to Anne and others in the next. She was a primary bully to Anne and antagonistic to the other girls in seasons 1 and 2, but it died down in season 3 quite a bit. It is quite likely her mean streak will remain in her personality, but she does have her kind moments nonetheless.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In season 1, she was Anne's primary bully and was quite antagonistic towards others. By season 3, she is less antagonistic and somewhat makes up with Anne and the other girls by the late season. Sure, she still has her Alpha Bitch tendencies. But she's much more tolerable than in the past.

    Tillie Boulter 

Tillie Boulter

Portrayed By: Glenna Walters

    Billy Andrews 

Billy Andrews

Portrayed By: Christian Martyn

  • Domestic Abuse: He dates Josie for season 3, with both their families intent on them marrying. At first, it seems like the two are a good match. However, midway through the season, Billy becomes too forceful with Josie and gropes her without her consent - even wanting to go much further. When she rejects him, he starts a rumor that she came onto him and they had sex. Such a rumor towards a girl in this time era essentially leaves her Defiled Forever to townsfolk, which he clearly wants as revenge for simply being rejected.
  • Hate Sink: Hating Billy is an Intended Audience Reaction
  • It's All About Me: Of all Billy's damning traits, his inability to see beyond himself is the worst. Everything he does is to appear "manly" and impress his peers, and he never thinks, much less cares, of how devastating his actions effect others. To Billy, they are at fault for taking his "jokes" too seriously.
  • Jerkass: Is by far one of the biggest bullies on the show. He bullies Anne, Cole and whomever he feels like picking on for sheer amusement and even shows a racist streak in season 3. In season 2, he destroys anything he can get his hands on and tears down Anne's clubhouse in the woods... not because it was hers, but for the simple fact that he can. It was hinted at that he might try to get better, but no one is holding their breath. After his assault on Josie, it becomes very clear he will likely never change for the better.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He calls Ka'Kwet and her father racist slurs.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He is Prissy's brother here, when in the original books they simply had the same last name. One of the reasons he began bullying Anne was because of her inadvertently starting the rumor about her and their teacher, although he still took it too far.

    Prissy Andrews 

Prissy Andrews

Portrayed By: Ella Jonas Farlinger

  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Josie's reputation is ruined and the Andrews begin making plans to pick a new bride for Billy, Prissy reminds everyone that she was in the same situation two years prior yet they defended her. Her parents argue that was different as he gave an Honorable Marriage Proposal, but Prissy refuses to accept that. She bluntly states to her father that he is a hypocrite before leaving the room.
  • Hot for Teacher: While in school, she struck up a secret romance with her teacher, Mr. Phillips. She even gets engaged to him. Word gets out about her relationship (thanks to Anne who accidentally started the rumor), nearly ruining her reputation.
  • Runaway Bride: She leaves Mr. Phillips at the altar at the last possible second when realizing they didn't love each other and marriage would be a huge mistake. Not to mention he wanted her to give up her dreams of going to college in order to be a proper housewife, much to her dismay. As she flees the wedding, her own mother is seen smiling in joy at Prissy saving herself a lifetime of regret.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Prissy's aspirations to be a businesswoman and her attempts to prove her competence are taken for a joke by her father. He would rather the business be handed to Billy despite how he clearly has no clue how to run a business. Later, she requests to be given her dowry in order to take responsibility for her own life. But her father refuses and says it can only be given to her husband that he approves of.

    Moody Spurgeon 

Moody Spurgeon

Portrayed By: Jacob Ursomarzo

  • Butt-Monkey: It's a rare occasion when something goes right for poor Moody.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: When the kids become older teenagers and begin exploring romance among themselves, Moody makes it clear that he likes Diana and tries flirting with her. However, his attempts at flirting comically fail with his Terrible Pick-Up Lines and he's stumbling in his sentences to her.
  • I Got Bigger: In season 3, a lot of fans took note that Moody looks pretty good now that he's grown up a bit.
  • Nice Guy: Sure, the boy is followed by a constant string of bad luck. But, he is a well meaning guy who only wants to help out.
  • The Klutz: He has many moments where he trips or falls. In season 2, when Anne and the gang band together to save Miss Stacy's teaching job, he trips and smashes a box of light bulbs they saved up to buy for this task. He feels immense guilt and when the girls assure him it was only an accident, he remarks "my whole life's an accident!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: In season 2, Miss Stacy performs an interactive science experiment using potatoes to create electricity during class. During her speech to the kids, she mentions how everything is made out of matter, including chocolate cake. He ends trying to take a literal bite out of one of the potatoes to see if it tastes like chocolate. You can guess how well that turned out.

    Cole Mackenzie 

Cole Mackenzie

Portrayed By: Cory Gruter-Andrew

  • Birds of a Feather: With Anne. She was the first person to show him kindness due to knowing first hand what it's like to be bullied in Avonlea simply for being different. He develops a particularly strong bond with her, becoming best friends with her.
  • Happily Adopted: Josephine Barry takes him in at the end of season 2, and he's much happier living with her than he ever was in Avonlea.
  • Starving Artist: He has an immense gift for art and drawing. His most preferred form of art was drawing, but following Billy breaking his hand, Cole lost full control of his hand movements and twitched whenever he drew. He is heartbroken at the thought of never doing art again, but it is suggested to him that he try clay sculpting as a form of hand exercise. He tries it and shows talent in it as well.
  • Straight Gay: Played With; Cole's peers deem him as unmanly for appreciating art and nice clothes, but he cannot be considered Camp Gay either.
  • Struggling Single Mother: His family is quite poor and his mother has several children to care for on her own. It's also implied she isn't quite all that nice to him either.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Cole goes through a TON of emotional trauma. He was already getting bullied by Billy for enjoying art, didn't have it good at home, gets his hand broken by Billy and loses his full ability to draw (which was how he coped with his struggles), finds solace in sculpting at the clubhouse in the woods only to get that taken away by Billy as well. Then his mother finds out about him ditching school and planned on putting him to work at home, gets into a fight with Billy only to unintentionally burn his ear on a nearby furnace and ends up with near suicidal feelings. When Aunt Josephine offers to let him live with her away from Avonlea, it's no wonder that he graciously accepted.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: In the end of season 2, Cole goes through a lot of emotional trauma. When he joins Anne and the gang in visiting Aunt Josephine, he confides in her about everything that has happened to him. Feeling sympathetic, she offers for him to live with her. He accepts and says farewell to Anne, who bids him a tearful goodbye. It seemed like this would be the last of Cole, but Anne visits him in season 3 a few times. Other than these rare visits, Cole is hardly seen and has all but vanished from the show.
    Mr. Phillips 

Mr. Phillips

Portrayed By: Stephen Tracey

  • Apathetic Teacher: Phillips does not care about his students' potential or interests, only that they sit down and speak when spoken to.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Cole suspects this is what causes him to hate him so much, though it's never confirmed.
  • Jerkass: One of the series' most detestable characters; makes Cole's life a misery, openly mocks Anne in front of the class for her short hairstyle and not only uses a metaphor regarding Gilbert's recently deceased father when refusing extra lessons, but doubles down on it after an appalled Gilbert calls him out on it.
    Muriel Stacy 

Muriel Stacy

Portrayed By: Joanna Douglas

  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Downplayed. She certainly isn't opposed to wearing dresses and will wear them while on the teaching job or somewhere she socially should. However, in much more casual environments like her home or the county fair, she much prefers pants and trousers as they're simply more comfortable. This clothing choice just about makes Avonlea residents (especially the much more traditional women) keel over in shock.
  • Schoolmarm: Of the one room schoolhouse in Avonlea.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She drives a motorized cycle, does not wear a corset, and wears trousers. Keep in mind, this is the 1800's and a woman wearing pants and "acting like a man" was a huge social risk to take. She also won't hesitate to voice her opinion about "small minded" people who are "frozen in time" and look down on women and people of different races.
    • When the town council burn down her school following her standing up for freedom of speech in the newspaper, she struggles to maintain a cool and mature appearance for her students. Later, she goes fishing to calm herself and is heard loudly complaining to herself about the men who wronged her. Bash, who happened to be relaxing by the stream, is amused by her loud tangent. She explains her anger and remarks how "it's either fishing or murder".
  • Widow Woman: She has outlived her husband, Jonah. While living independently suits her, she still misses him terribly. She says that she will always love her late husband dearly and nothing can ever change that, even another romantic partner should she date again.

Outside Avonlea

    Mary Lacroix 

Mary Lacroix

Portrayed By: Cara Ricketts

  • Cool Big Sis: To Gilbert. He says as much to Miss Rose after Mary's death. Also, during one of his last meetings with her, she gives him one last piece of advice by urging him to only ever Marry for Love and nothing less.
  • Good Parents: She positively dotes over her two children, Elijah and Delphine. Elijah is a very troubled young man, but Mary loves him unconditionally and always forgives him when he hurts her.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Bash after she dies of sepsis in Season Three.
  • Missing Mom: When she learns that she's dying, she's heartbroken knowing that her daughter will never get to know her. She even requests a meeting with Anne so she will know the emotional struggles her daughter will deal with. To spare Delphine such pain, Anne suggests that Mary write a letter for her daughter to read when older. That way, she will know that Mary truly loved her.
  • Official Couple: With Bash. They marry in the Season Two finale, and have a daughter by Season Three.
  • Satellite Love Interest: To Bash.
    Elijah Hanford 

Elijah Hanford

Portrayed By: Araya Mengesha

  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He does love Mary deep down, but feigns indifference due to his own emotional turmoil.
  • Half-Sibling Angst: Elijah is jealous upon discovering he has a newborn half-sister because Delphine will have a better, easier life than him. He even refuses to hold her.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The victim of prejudices his whole life, Elijah is full of hate for the world and everyone in it. It's this anger and bitterness that stop him from embracing his stepfamily.
  • Jerkass: He's an alcoholic ne'er-do-well and petty criminal who's rude to his mother and stepfather.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He avoided returning to Avonlea after being told Mary was sick, unaware of how serious her condition is. He only learns of her death right before the funeral but even then doesn't attend.

    Ka'Kwet 

Ka'Kwet

Portrayed By: Kiawenti:io Tarbell

  • Break the Cutie: Ka'Kwet may have been very strong and put on a brave face during her abuse in the residential school. Not to mention, she maintained her composure and kept calm during her dangerous journey back home. However, the second she made it back to her family in Avonlea, she absolutely breaks down in tears in her mother's arms and starts to sob in clear trauma from her abuse.
  • Defiant Captive: She is sent to a residential school where the nuns cut her hair, change her name, and attempt to forcibly convert her to Christianity. Ka'Kwet staunchly refuses to give up her Mi'kmaq identity. The nuns then attempt to control her with physical abuse.
  • Meaningful Name: Ka'Kwet is named for the starfish, an animal that can regenerate lost limbs. When Anne learns the name's meaning, she comments that Ka'Kwet must be very resilient. Her courage and determination to resist the residential school's cruelty and find her way home proves Ka'Kwet is nothing if not resilient.
  • Odd Friendship: Ka'Kwet, a Mi'kmaq girl, bonds with Anne, a white girl, almost immediately after meeting.
  • Underside Ride: One of her classmates gives her a chance to escape by Throwing the Distraction. Ka'Kwet then slyly escapes the residential school by hitching a hide under a carriage. She then makes a long journey back to her tribe by sneaking rides onto a boat, other carriages by hiding in crates before traveling on foot back to her family.

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