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Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High have Loads and Loads of Characters. Here are some of the more well-knowns: WARNING! Spoilers abound!

...but if that's not spoilerrific enough, here's a direct link to the character sheet of the adults on the sequel series.

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    Michelle Accette  
Played by Maureen McKay

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  • Ascended Extra: After very few episodes involving her in DJH, she became a major character in DH.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's meek and shy, but as BLT finds out, she can get really mad.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She is a naive, innocent, and romantic girl. In early episodes she was picked on because of her lack of confidence.
  • Plucky Girl: Becomes more strong-willed and less insecure over the years.

    Melanie Brodie 
Played by Sara Ballingall

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  • A-Cup Angst: A plot point in "The Great Race", where she's insecure about being flat-chested.
  • Adorkable: She's dorky and a bit awkward but also one of the most lovable characters in the series.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't make her angry. There are even moments when she snaps at Kathleen.
  • The Cutie: Especially in DJH, where she's often cheerful and innocent comic relief, in contrast to her cranky best friend Kathleen.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Did you ever look at Kathleen's diary?"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's best friends with Kathleen in both DJH and DH.
  • Intoxication Ensues: She takes marijuana brought to a party by Kathleen. She ends up being the one most effected by it.
  • Naïve Everygirl: A textbook example. She's very gullible, insecure about typical teenage things, has a hopeless crush on an older guy, but she means means well and always keeps her positive attitude.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being naive and awkward, she's one of the nicest characters on the show, even if ironically her best friend is one of the meanest.
  • Out of Focus: She gets quite a few storylines in DJH, also about her Will They or Won't They? with Snake. In Degrassi High she becomes a Satellite Character who does nothing other than hanging out with Kathleen.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Despite really liking each other, every attempt she and Snake make to date ends up in a disaster in multiple episodes. They actually go the school dance together in the last episode of DJH...and then in DH they forget about each other's existence and never interact.
  • Those Two Girls: With Kathleen. Even when their friendship is not the focus of the episode, they often make cameo appearances as a duo or are seen together in the background. Later with Diana, but mostly in DH where she's more Out of Focus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, with Kathleen, though much more so in DJH than DH.
  • You Go, Girl!: In "The Great Race" she proved to be the best school swimmer, beating Jason, the resident Jerk Jock.

    Tessa Campinelli 
Played by Kirsten Bourne

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  • Ascended Extra: An extra in Degrassi Junior High, ascended that status to become a recurring character in Degrassi High, and then eventually became a major character in The Movie.
  • Good Bad Girl: She actually seemed like a decent person until it came to relationships and sex.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. She never tells Joey she was pregnant.
  • She's All Grown Up: In season 3 of DJH, she's sometimes seen as a background little girl hanging out with other kids. As she gets older, she attracts several boys in DH and the movie.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on her boyfriend Alex with Yick. This was way before she broke up Joey and Caitlin.

    Clutch 
Played by Steve Bedernjak

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    Lorraine "L.D." Delacorte 
Played by Amanda Cook

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  • Daddy's Girl: Since her mother is deceased, she grew up really close to her father.
  • Ill Girl: Is diagnosed with Leukemia in season one of Degrassi High.
  • Only Known by Initials: LD for Lorraine Delacorte.
  • Put on a Bus: Her last appearance is during the first season of DH, and after that it's said that she's off adventuring with her dad after her brush with Leukemia. Lucy makes several video diaries for her, up until the very last episode of DH. However, none of this is present, nor is she in fact anywhere to be seen in School's Out.
  • Makeover Montage: Lucy gives her one and it makes her look much worse.
  • Straw Feminist: In season 1 she is angry when she learns that the boys' soccer team is getting more attention then the girls' swim team. In season 2 she gets mad when when Joey puts posters of underdressed women in his locker.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Lucy and most of her friends.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: She occasionally wears one in early seasons, fitting her tomboy status.
  • Wrench Wench: She is mechanically-inclined and interested in fixing cars with his father, who is a car mechanic.
  • You Go, Girl!: She's athletic and part of the swim team, and challenges Jerk Jock Jason for a match.

    Simon Dexter 
Played by Michael Carry

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  • Beta Couple: He and Alexa are the most stable couple of the show, and both are usually satellite characters, especially Simon himself.
  • Chick Magnet: Initially, because he was a teen model and had a few fangirls, including Alpha Bitch Stephanie.
  • The Ditz: He's dimwitted just like his girlfriend Alexa.
  • Dumb Blonde: He's blonde but easily confused and not very bright.
  • Happily Married: With Alexa, after the movie. They are apparently still a couple in TNG.
  • Pretty Boy: Both the character and the actor playing him were models.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Unlike every other character in DJH and DH, he never gets a plot built around his character. He basically exists to hover around Alexa.
  • Unwanted Harem: After appearing in a commercial/magazine, he quickly (and only temporarily) gains a group of fangirls which follow him around.

    Diana Economopoulos 
Chrissa Erodotou

  • Ascended Extra: In DJH, she's mostly in the background. In DH, she's part of Melanie and Kathleen's circle and gets a few spotlight episodes along with her friends.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She has a smoking addiction in one episode.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She resembles Voula. A Greek black-haired Meganekko who has strict parents and serves as a geeky sidekick.

    Heather and Erica Farrell 
Played by Angela and Maureen Deiseach

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    Lucy Fernandez 
Played by Anais Granofsky

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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She dated Paul, who was only interested in sex, and then the typical "bad boy" Clutch who was an alcoholic.
  • Broken Bird: Initially, in the first 2 seasons of Degrassi Junior High.
  • Character Development: Originally a moody, troubled and rebellious Broken Bird, she turns into a charismatic and confident overachiever in DH. She also goes from Book Dumb in the first season to class valedictorian in the final movie.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts of kind of bitchy (though not without good reason), but is pretty mellowed out by the time Degrassi High rolls around.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She is at least a foot taller than the other girls.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Paul and Clutch were wrong for her but eventually ends up finding a stable boyfriend in Bronco during the final season.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: It's sad when she all but begs Voula to stay with her when her parents leave her alone again.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's a popular party girl who initially has spoiled Rich Bitch tendencies, but becomes more sympathetic and likable over the years.
  • She Is All Grown Up: She becomes quite attractive when she gets older.
  • Soapbox Sadie: In later years, she gets a few plots that revolve around some cause.
  • Straw Feminist: Again, she became this in Degrassi High, particularly in the episode where she takes a stand on behalf of the girls' volleyball team.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to LD's tomboy. She's the rich party girl, while her best friend LD is probably the most openly tomboyish girl in the school. In one episode Lucy tries to give her a makeover.
  • Troperiffic: Her horror film.
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    Maya Goldberg 
Played by Kyra Levy

  • Ascended Extra: In DJH, she's often seen in the background but never really has any significant lines. In DH, she is Caitlin's best friend.
  • The Conscience: Sometimes acts as the voice of reason for Caitlin.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: At some point she's excluded by her friends because she is in a wheelchair and they can't take care of her. She doesn't take it well and tells them that just because she is in a wheelchair doesn't mean she's incapable.
  • Nice Girl: She's a very sweet and good friend.
  • Satellite Character: "Just Friends" is her only A Day in the Limelight episode where she's seen without Caitlin.

    Voula Grivogiannis 
Played by Niki Kemeny

  • Brainy Brunette: A dark-haired girl who is also organized and book smart.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite her relatively prominent role in season 1, she disappears in season 2 without any explanation.
  • Meganekko: She looks cute and is rarely seen without glasses.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After the pilot, she becomes increasingly resentful towards Stephanie.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She was Stephanie's best friend but they had a falling out in the pilot. She refuses to forgive her for the rest of the season.

    Amy Holmes & Alison Hunter 
Jacy Hunter & Sara Holmes

    Joey Jeremiah 
Played by Pat Mastroianni

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  • Adorkable: Supposed to be the "cool guy" (in his mind, anyway) but he comes off as this when he's not being a Jerkass. At his best, he can be endearing because of his enthusiasm and the way he tries too hard.
  • Alliterative Name: Joey Jeremiah
  • Book Dumb: Mostly because he's a slacker who doesn't care about his studies. He ends up being Held Back in School.
  • Breakout Character: The most well known character from early Degrassi.
  • Break the Haughty: When he failed grade eight in Degrassi Junior High and again when he's diagnosed with dysgraphia in high school and is placed in a special education class.
  • The Bully: A non-violent version of this in season 1, mostly to younger kids like Arthur, Yick, and Melanie. Averted afterwards, except in a season 2 episode where he picks on a classmate just because she's shy.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He tries to get with everyone and fails before Caitlin takes an interest.
  • Catchphrase: He always says "Trust me" when he's trying to convince his friends to do something stupid. In one episode, he says it so much that that's the title! This is finally lampshaded in the series finale when Joey is worried about his date with Caitlin.
    Wheels: Relax, everything will be fine. Trust me.
    Joey: Don't say that! Every time we say that it's a disaster!
  • Character Development: He's introduced in season 1 as an obnoxious, immature, egotistical jerk. While still keeping these traits, he becomes a more likable and good person as the seasons went on. This is sadly subverted in The Movie where he Took a Level in Jerkass again and he's actually worse than he ever was. Even in his early days, he was a good friend while in the film, he treats Snake like crap.
  • Class Clown: Acts like a goof all the time, especially in DJH.
  • Giftedly Bad: He really believes his band is great and destined for stardom, when they only had one song which is mediocre at best and ridiculous at worst.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wheels since the beginning. Snake starts hanging out with them towards the end of season 1 and they are seen as an inseparable trio for the rest of the show.
  • High School Hustler: Tries to be one, but his schemes usually ends up blowing up in his face.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Stephanie, in season 1. To Liz, in season 2. The latter was initially slightly interested in him, until Joey starts hitting on her in a creepy way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Liz said it best: "Joey's okay. He just doesn't think sometimes."
  • Keet: Especially in DJH, he is usally upbeat and fun-loving.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He's a Casanova Wannabe but develops genuine feelings for Caitlin. His early interest in Liz also has shades of this, when he realizes he really likes her.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Very often. In the movie he ends up losing his girlfriend and his friends.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": Well, not exactly. He has Dysgraphia.
  • Nice Hat: Is instantly recognizable because of his fedora.
  • Oblivious to Love: Had no clue that Caitlin liked him. Also, to Tessa in the episode "A Tangled Web", he doesn't even seem to notice her until the movie.
  • Opposites Attract: Him and Caitlin. He's an immature slacker while Caitlin is a serious Go-Getter Girl.

    Stephanie Kaye 
Played by Nicole Stoffman

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  • Alpha Bitch: Although a much more vulnerable one.
  • Attention Whore: Wears a lot of makeup and provocative outfits to get noticed.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: The only way she feels she can attract boys is by dressing and acting like a total slut.
  • Big Sister Bully: A female example with the way she treats her brother Arthur.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • When everyone turns against her by the end of the first season.
    • In season 2, her parents divorce and her lack of self worth leads her to consider suicide. She gets better.
  • Date Rape Averted: Avoided this from an older soap star with a horrible mullet.
  • Dude Magnet: In season 1, she's seen as the "hot" girl and becomes the school president by attracting all the boys.
  • '80s Hair: Her hair might be the most dated element of the show.
  • Expy: She was the first Degrassi girl to change into more revealing clothing in the girls' washroom beofre class, a trick later used by Manny Santos and Alli Bhandari.
  • Funetik Aksent: She spells her name Kaye. K-A-Y-E. Calling her Kobalawski is just a Berserk Button.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: At her core, this is pretty much how she feels.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Once she cakes on the makeup, trashes up her clothes, and teases up her hair, she becomes the hottest 14 year old in Canada. Or so we are told.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She pisses off everyone by the end of first season.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even In-Universe she and her provocative outfits get Hello, Nurse! reactions.
  • Out of Focus: She is the most prominent character during the first season of Degrassi Junior High and her story arc bookends the season. She's much less prominent in season 2. Put on a Bus afterwards.
  • Put on a Bus: To a private school in the last three seasons.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The actress left the show and went on to star in a sitcom with former football star Lyle Alzado. This forced the writers to bring spotlight to other characters.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Her crush on teen model Chick Magnet Simon, in season 2.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Her best friend was originally Voula but they had a falling out in the pilot.

    Arthur Kobalowski 
Played by Duncan Waugh

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  • Adorkable: Especially in his early days. He was a chubby, dorky, naive, but well-meaning kid.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's seen this way by Stephanie, who tries to avoid him.
  • The Artifact: Once Stephanie left, his character moved into the background. By Degrassi High, he was Demoted to Extra. Ironically this would also happen to Ashley and her brother Toby in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Their characters were very much based on Steph and Arthur.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's often picked on, even in the pilot.
  • Demoted to Extra: Along with Joey and Steph, he and Yick were the stars of Degrassi Junior High. But by Degrassi High, he is relegated to more of a background character,
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has a major crush on Caitlin, but she makes it clear she is not interested. Other than that the poor guy gets no other romantic subplot. Which is saying something for Degrassi.
  • Height Angst: He hates being short initially. He gets much bigger in DH.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's best friends with Yick in DJH, but their friendship is strained in DH when Yick starts hanging out with other friends.
  • Out of Focus: Along with Stephanie and Joey, he is the most prominent character in season 1, and involved in a subplot in almost every episode. In season 2 and 3, he occasionally gets storylines but not as much as before. But no longer a cute little kid, he's relegated to a minor background player in DH.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: He was suppose to be part of a bullying plot during Degrassi High. But the actor had grown so large that it wasn't believable.
  • Those Two Guys: With Yick, they usually get subplots together in DJH. They were the original Toby and JT.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Arthur and Yick were usually part the B-plot in every episode during Degrassi Junior High.

    Nancy Kramer 
Played by Arlene Lott

    Luke Matthews 
Played by Andy Chambers

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  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Although not a dealer, he was responsible for making Shane try acid through peer pressure. It was the 80s.
  • Black Best Friend: Seems to be this to Yick in DH. Yick hangs out more with him than with Arthur.

    Shane McKay 
Played by Bill Parrot

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  • The Bus Came Back: He went to visit Spike for the last time in DH, the year after the accident who left him mentally disabled. He seemed to be far higher-functioning in DH (when he was receiving intensive outpatient therapy while living at home with his family) than in TNG (after he had been warehoused in an institution his entire adult life).
  • Catchphrase: "You should be kicked in the head!"
  • Let's Just Be Friends: Spike and him attempt this after the pregnancy, but it doesn't work.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: After his accident.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Most of his plot deals with the problems he faces as a teenage dad. It ends after his drugged induced accident.

    Kathleen Mead 
Played by Rebecca Haines

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  • Academic Alpha Bitch: She's a smart student and very arrogant and condescending. She's remembered as the original "mean girl" of this series.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She went from disliking Rick to developing a crush on him.
  • Break the Haughty: You can feel sorry for everything that happens to her on the show. She has a Domestic Abuse boyfriend in Degrassi High. While she could be a major Jerkass, this pushed her into sympathetic territory.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Like Lucy, she's considerably less snooty and bitchy by the time Degrassi High comes around.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's a foil to Caitlin. Both are outspoken Extracurricular Enthusiast overachievers, they are rivals, and even have similar names. However Caitlin is more well-meaning and kind, Kathleen is more bitchy, spiteful, and hypocritical.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother is an alcoholic, and in DJH she was also dealing with a physically abusive boyfriend.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's best friends with Melanie in both DJH and DH.
  • Jerkass: In Degrassi Junior High more so. She only gets to Pet the Dog once, and one episode later, it turns out she's expecting a favor in return. She's much less mean in DH.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She really does know more than the rest of the cast, but she's such a Control Freak that this knowledge is rarely relevant to anything. She drives a science fair judge crazy by reciting every stack of facts she knows, never giving her partner a chance to talk, and is shocked when that doesn't earn her first prize.
  • The Rival: Caitlin's rival, when it comes to academics.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's rude and harsh, but her life is such a wreck - alcoholic mom, absentee dad, abusive boyfriend, anorexia, which leaves her deeply hurt inside.
  • Those Two Girls: With Melanie. Even when their friendship is not the focus of the episode, they often make cameo appearances as a duo or are seen together in the background.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In DH, she's not nearly as bitchy as she was in DJH.
  • Tsundere: To Rick. She hates him in season 1, but in a season 2 episode it's implied she has a crush on him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Melanie. They are best friends but fight often.

    Rick Munro 
Played by Craig Driscoll

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    Dwayne Myers 
Played by Darrin Brown

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  • Arch-Enemy: To Joey, but they reconcile after Dwayne discovers he is HIV-positive and Joey agrees to keep his secret.
  • Ascended Extra: Is a seemingly one-off character appearing in one episode of DJH, only to get full blow main character status in Degrassi High.
  • Break the Haughty: His entire plot took over season two of Degrassi High. It was the early 90s and AIDS was just starting to be talked about.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Deconstructed in Fight! Transfer student Scooter befriends Dwayne after he gets Scooter's locker open and lifts him up off the ground to get snacks just out of reach. Scooter and Dwayne become fast friends until Scooter learns about the fight between his new friend and Joey. In spite of trying to reason with Dwayne, the fight goes ahead and Scooter breaks off his friendship with Dwayne the following day.
  • The Bully: Mostly to Joey, starting in a season 2 episode. His original minions were different from the ones we see later in DH.
  • Fat Bastard: As a big, overweight bully.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He started an Odd Friendship with Joey in the second season of Degrassi High.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sort of. He becomes nicer after his Very Special Episode about AIDS.
  • Pet the Dog: Even in his bully days, he shows a nice side around Scooter.
  • Terrible Trio: Tabi, Nick, and Dwayne. The least threatening trio of bullies ever.

    Christine "Spike" Nelson 
Played by Amanda Stepto

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  • Ascended Extra: Spike was only present in two episodes in season 1. Later she got a bigger role thanks to her Teen Pregnancy storyline.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: It's never mentioned how she got the nickname Spike. Most people assume it's the hair, though.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: She has an excessive punk look but there's nothing punk about her behavior. She's a normal girl.

    Liz O'Rourke 
Played by Cathy Keenan

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  • Soap Box Sadie: Anti-abortion and pro animal rights. She is one of the few characters on television who is portrayed as pro-life, but not for religious reasons. She abhors abortion because her mother nearly aborted her.
  • Tsundere: To Joey early on, but after he tries to put the moves on her, goes to constant "tsun".

    Alexa Pappodopoulos 
Played by Irene Courakos

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    Susie Rivera 
Played by Sarah Charlesworth

    Caitlin Ryan 
Played by Stacie Mistysyn

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  • Brainy Brunette: For most of the show she has brown hair, and is very intelligent and good at school.
  • Dude Magnet: In a DH episode, Joey, Claude, and Arthur were all interested in her. Rick, her potential love interent in early seasons, liked her as well.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Has Boyish Short Hair in the first two seasons, longer hair from season 3 onwards, and goes blonde towards the end, including the movie.
  • Expy: The same basic character as Mystysyn's in The Kids of Degrassi Street (Lisa).
  • Go-Getter Girl: She is a very driven overachiever and aspiring journalist.
  • Granola Girl: She is passionate about environment and animal rights.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Susie in the first two seasons of DJH, and with Maya in DH. Oddly enough in the movie, she's seen hanging out and being best friends with Lucy, even if they almost never interact on the show. Similarly, in TNG she appears to be Spike's best friend, even if they almost never talked in the original series (and their only interaction wasn't friendly at all).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Tries to call attention to how the parents are treating Spike's pregnancy. She ends up hurting Spike.
  • Ice Queen: Her portrayal after dumping Joey for Claude in Degrassi High. Joey even calls her an "Ice Maiden" at one point.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She sometimes sees boys as projects to fix. Rick and Joey call her out on this.
  • Opposites Attract: With Joey. He's an immature Book Dumb slacker while Caitlin is a serious Go-Getter Girl.
  • The Rival: With Kathleen, when it comes to academics.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Before Emma, there was Caitlin. Most of her plots revolved around her and some cause.
  • Skunk Stripe: Sort of; he hair isn't actually black, but she has medium to dark brown hair, and during season 3 of DJH, and the first season of DH, she had a blond wave in it.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Joey. Even though they are madly in love, no matter how hard they try, it never seems to work.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's a serious girl at heart, to the point of being an Ice Queen sometimes, but she's also very sweet and loving towards the people she cares about.
  • Tsundere: To Joey. While she likes him, she's not above getting angry when he does someting stupid.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: A possible reason why uptight Caitlin starts liking Class Clown Joey.

    Archibald "Snake" Simpson 
Played by Stefan Brogren

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  • Adorkable: He's awkwardly tall and borders on Lovable Coward. Especially in his interactions with Melanie, as they are both equally awkward when it comes to their feelings for each other, making them a cute, adorkable pairing. Besides Melanie, many other girls find him cute on the show.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Snake. We never find out how he got the name.
  • Chick Magnet: He has many girls crushing on him in both DJH and DH (Melanie, Spike, Michelle, Amy, Allison). Subverted in The Movie where, for some reason, he is unable to get any girl and even made fun of because of this.
  • Cool Loser: In The Movie, he becomes a full fledged Butt-Monkey.
  • Foreshadowing: In his very first appearance, running for student council against Stephanie, we see him standing on the steps of the school talking about what he'd change if he were in charge. Almost certainly nobody in 1987 knew what his being on the show would lead to, but the "..you won't recognize this school at all" scene at the end of The Boiling Point might be a deliberate Call-Back.
  • Gentle Giant: Extremely tall and an all-around friendly, good guy.
  • Heroic BSoD: He is, unfortunately, the one to discover Claude's body in the bathroom. Though he bravely reports it, he is still very traumatized by it and drops out of school for a week or two to recover.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Joey and Wheels. He starts hanging out with them towards the end of season 1 and they are seen as an inseparable trio for the rest of the show.
  • Ironic Nickname: Snake isn't the nickname you would expect from a geeky, adorkable nice guy.
  • Nice Guy: The nicest of his trio of friends, and the most morally conscious.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is almost never called Archibald or Archie.
  • Only Sane Man: When he is with Joey and Wheels. He's much more mature and reasonable than Joey, while Wheels Took a Level in Jerkass in later seasons.

    Claude Tanner 
Played by David Armin-Parcells

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  • Boom, Headshot!: though we don't actually see it, Snake mentions that upon discovering Claude's body, only half of his face was left.
  • A Death in the Limelight: He only appeared in a few episodes in season one, before committing suicide near the end of season two.
  • Dirty Coward: He doesn't even bother to help Caitlin when she's about to be caught by the police after spray painting a nuke building factory.
  • Driven to Suicide: You Should Know This Already.
  • Emo Teen: An over the top 80s version.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: "Hey Caitlin! I have a great idea for a date. Let's go spray paint slogans on a nuclear weapon parts making facility! And then I'll run away when I might get caught, leaving you out to dry!"

    Bryant Lester "B.L.T." Thomas 
Played by Dayo Ade

  • Ascended Extra: Starts out as a background character in the first two seasons of DJH. Along with his girlfriend Michelle, he has a more prominent role in season 3 and DH.
  • Black Best Friend: Seems to be this to Simon.
  • Only Known by Initials: His rarely used full name is Bryant Lester Thomas.
  • Token Minority: The only black guy in his circle of friends. Michelle's parents didn't like that.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Michelle in the final season, which ends their relationship.

    Scott "Scooter" Webster 
Played by Christopher Charlesworth

    Derek "Wheels" Wheeler 
Played by Neil Hope
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  • And Then John Was a Zombie: School's Out! features a big one.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He has issues with his adoptive parents, and then they die.
  • Book Dumb: Not as much as Joey, but he struggles academically in both DJH and DH.
  • Break the Cutie: He starts out as a fun loving and all around good guy (in the first 2 seasons of Degrassi Junior High), then both his adoptive parents die and he gradually becomes more selfish and destructive. Then he is nearly molested by a traveling salesman, and his biological father rejects him and sends him back to his grandparents. His behavior only gets worse in Degrassi High, to the point that even his best friends couldn't stand him anymore and his grandparents kicked him out of the house. Taken Up to Eleven in School's Out where he becomes a Drunk Driver, kills a child and ends up in jail.
  • Catchphrase: "My parents are dead."
  • Celibate Hero: He never has a girlfriend on the show. Despite some Ship Tease with Stephanie and Heather, he eventually ends up rejecting both. The movie vaguely implies he lost his virginity at some point, but it's never stated to who, and he is never seen dating anyone.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: In fact, the guy who kills his parents could be considered a full-blown Knight of Cerebus.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While his troubled behavior is understandable, he likes to remind the others about his freudian excuse (dead parents) every time he does something bad and is the reason of his Never My Fault tendencies in later seasons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Joey and Snake. Joey was his friend since the beginning, Snake starts hanging out with them towards the end of season 1 and they are seen as an inseparable trio for the rest of the show.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Stephanie's belief that Wheels is the sexiest boy at Degrassi Junior High perplexed Albert of The Agony Booth. And probably everyone else.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Wheels" becomes tragically ironic after his parents are killed by a drunk driver.
  • It's All About Me: Becomes much more selfish after his parents's death.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: School's Out ends with him in jail.
  • Never My Fault: Blames all his bad behavior on the death of his parents. Wheels' inability to accept culpability angers and disgusts Snake who refuses to forgive him for twelve years.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one at school call him Derek, he's only called Derek by his family.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After the death of his parents. Sadly, he ends up having a horrible attitude towards them and doesn't care about all his grandmother's efforts.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Started very slowly after his parents died. He went full Jerkass in Degrassi High, but seemed to get better near the end. Only to have it horribly subverted in School's Out.
  • Troubled, but Cute: One of the students with the most troubled life, and Heather and LD find him attractive in DH. So does Stephanie in season 1 of DJH, but he wasn't particularly troubled at that time.

    Alex Yankou 
Played by John Ioannou

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  • Ascended Extra: He is a Satellite Character in DJH, but finally got some plots of his own in DH. The actor had been part of the Degrassi cast since The Kids of Degrassi Street.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He actually succeeds in landing a girlfriend in Tessa. Before she dumps him for Yick.
  • Extraverted Nerd: He's seen as the school nerd and he is stereotypically dorky.

    Yick Yu 
Played by Siluck Saysanasy

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  • Demoted to Extra: No longer a cute kid, he find himself Out of Focus during Degrassi High.
  • Height Angst: There's a subplot about him and Arthur who hate being short.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's best friends with Arthur in DJH, but their friendship is strained in DH when Yick starts hanging out with other friends.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: He has dreams where he, you know, kinda, "leaks".
  • Pass Fail: Though from Laos, he tries to pass as being from the Chinese upper class in order to make his family history "interesting".
  • Those Two Guys: With Arthur, they usually get subplots together in DJH. In DH, he starts hanging out with Luke.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He turns into a total jerk in Degrassi High. It coincides right with the breakup of the Arthur and Yick bromance.

Alternative Title(s): Degrassi High

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