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    Eli Goldsworthy 

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Elijah "Eli" Goldsworthy
Played by Munro Chambers, Season 10-12 (regular), 13 (recurring), 14 (regular)

"I put my feelings in my art, and that’s why doing what I do can be scary…because it comes from some place real."

Eli is dark and mysterious student introduced in season ten. He started a relationship with Clare Edwards after bringing her feelings out in a writing assignment. Eli harbored deep guilt over the death of his first girlfriend, Julia. Due to the guilt, he compulsively hoards and has sociopathic tendencies. But he is also intelligent, creative and funny which leads to Clare falling in love with him. She is also understanding of his issues, until a school bully interferes with their relationship. The worst side of Eli comes out and he scares Clare so badly she breaks it off with him. After the break up, Eli is despondent and on medication. When he is put in charge of the school play, he stopped taking his meds to flourish his creativity. After he has a meltdown on stage, he finally seeks help and is diagnosed as bipolar and works to overcome his illness with Clare by his side.

After high school, he attends New York University. While at university, his long distance relationship with Clare hits a snag when he admits he kissed another girl. Clare dumps him briefly, and has sex with Drew and she ends up pregnant. Eli was ready to leave Clare and her drama behind until he gets the news that Clare's baby is his. He's there for Clare throughout the pregnancy and supports her during her miscarriage. After Clare graduates, she decides to take a gap year to find herself and both she and Eli decide that their relationship is strong enough to handle more distance.


  • A Friend in Need: Eli stands up for his friends any time someone messes with them, no questions.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents/Open Minded Parents: Goes hand in hand. His dad even made a joke about Eli not getting much action since Julia died.
  • Anti-Hero: He does just as much to escalate the war with Fitz.
  • Batman Gambit: His plans against Fitz are really well thought out, especially setting him up with a fake ID with a picture of an on-the-run aronist.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He seems pretty harmless and easy-going, but do NOT get on his bad side, or break his heart.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He's the calm, despondent guy to Clare's gentle sweetness.
  • Bully Hunter: Deliberately seeks to take down Fitz for good. This was due to a bully picking on him when he was nine.
  • Byronic Hero: Played entirely straight. He's charismatic, enigmatic, and a leader, but deeply flawed and troubled.
  • Commuting on a Bus: The character graduated in season 12, but is still involved with Clare and plays a recurring role.
  • Companion Cube: His hearse, with is named Morty. And in the season ten finale, it receives the same fate as the original Trope Namer.
  • Compressed Vice: His hoarding addiction took up all of two episodes before he agreed to see a therapist about it and it was dropped. However, it was indicated that he's been hoarding since Julia died.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He goes insane after Clare starts talking to Fitz, and acts this way towards Imogen when they date. He finds out that it isn't related to his mental illness, he's just possessive. It doesn't get better when he reads Clare's diary and finds out she loved Jake romantically.
  • Creepy Monotone: Has one when flipping out on Clare.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Julia's death pretty much set him on his dark path.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His girlfriend Julia was killed in a car accident and he was bullied mercilessly as a child which pretty much shaped him to how he is today.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like his circle of friends, although he's the snarkiest of them all.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Eli's stock and trade. Fitz takes your parking space? Frame him for arson!
  • Doom Magnet: Since Julia died, he thinks he attracts death and even refused to date Clare because of his fears. And now this has relapsed since he found Cam's dead body in the greenhouse. He even took drugs to deal with his emotions afterwards.
  • Drama Club: Degrassi's head playwright and directed two successful Degrassi plays.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has very pale skin, brunette-almost-black hair and dresses in all black. Not to mention, he's pretty creepy.
  • Emo Teen: Borders on this somewhat at times. Despite all he's been through, he can come off as kinda of wangsty, especially since he doesn't have it all that bad, especially compared to other Degrassi students.
  • Emotionless Boy: First part of season eleven, with the new meds.
  • Expy: TeenNick.com revealed he is directly inspired from Ellie, right down to their similar names. He's also an Expy of Craig, given Eli's diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Also, he is a dark loner type character who drives a hearse. Kind of like someone from a movie most ''Degrassi'' fans have never seen.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Despite his feelings for Clare, Eli still isn't quite over Julia.
  • Foil: He is a foil for Clare; Eli is snarky, moody, and pessimistic compared to his girlfriend Clare who is naive, trusting and hopeful. Also, as an ironic comparison, despite Eli's heaps of personal issues, he is the one with a stable home life compared to Clare's.
  • Freak Out: A couple throughout the series, including one on stage in the middle of play in which he actually sets his script on fire.
  • Freudian Trio: On Eli's one side we have Clare, his other side Adam. Clare picks her path by reason and objective detachment. Adam's view is just as emotionally vested as Eli's.
  • Goth: Of the dark, mysterious brooding type obsessed with death and dresses in black. Later becomes a Perky Goth after he starts seeing a therapist.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In trying to take down Fitz, he lets himself be corrupted in order to get even.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: After an argument with his first girlfriend, she runs away from him and gets hit by a car. He blamed himself, and he didn't even recover until Clare came into his life.
  • Improbably Cool Car: Not just a hearse but an early '60s hearse.
  • Intoxication Ensues: After getting high with Jake and he makes a Mushroom Samba type short film while high. Later, he takes MDMA at school and even gets naked at one point. Clare and Alli were not amused.
  • Instant Fan Club: In-universe. Not exactly instant, but Imogen was definitely Eli's #1 fangirl.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After getting the help he needs, he realizes he really wants Clare to be happier with Jake, so he tries to help them mend after a fight.
  • Lez Bro: Fiona's best guy friend.
  • The Lost Lenore: He didn't get over Julia's death until he dealt with all his issues.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: With Clare over seasons 13 and 14 while he attended NYU. The distance took it's toll as Eli kissed another girl and Clare broke up with him for Drew and ended up pregnant and had a miscarriage. The end of their tenure on the show seem them continuing to go long distance, but it's implied that after all they've been through that they'll survive.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: His relationships with Julia and Clare drove him over the edge. He used Julia as a Living Emotional Crutch, and used Clare this way after Julia died and when Clare wanted space, the jealously went out of control.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Gives Tristan the role of Juliet, mostly because it would bother his co-director, Holier Than Thou Heteronormative Crusader Becky (it ends up causing her to quit). Tristan references this trope by name when Eli tells him the plan:invoked
    Eli: "Tristan, you need to be in this musical. And if that bothers Becky in the process, bonus."
    Tristan: "So... you're using me?"
    Eli: "Do you mind?"
    Tristan: "Not a bit, you magnificent bastard!"
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not just with enemies, but people he loves. He crashes Morty and nearly kills himself in a car accident just to get Clare by his side.
  • Mood-Swinger: He is diagnosed with bipolar disorder in season eleven.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably this show's biggest example since Craig Manning. A greater-than-usual number of girls changed their Fanfiction.net usernames to something related to Eli or Eli and Clare together early on in The Boiling Point. And as of season twelve, he's starting showing more skin.
  • Mushroom Samba: Takes MDMA to numb the trauma of seeing Cam's body in the greenhouse, leading to a naked romp around the school with Clare and Alli attempting to catch him. With a towel as a cape.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Takes this attitude when Clare is pregnant with Drew's baby. He even calls her a whore in Hero Vs. Villain.
  • No Medication for Me: Imogen convinces him that his meds where sapping his creativity, and he briefly stopped taking them.
  • Official Couple: With Clare since season 10 and they make to graduation, a Degrassi rarity.
  • Opposites Attract: With the sunny, optimistic Clare.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He didn't care how far he went in order to teach Fitz a lesson.
  • Rebellious Spirit: He defies most of society's expectations of "normal" and fought against the new uniforms for awhile.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's nuts when he's off his pills.
  • Shipper on Deck: He was practically throwing Adam at Fiona, later he tries to keep Jake and Clare on track despite his feelings for Clare.
  • Shirtless Scene: In Tonight, Tonight, as he gets high and takes his shirt off and lays in Clare's bed.
  • Straw Nihilist: After the breakup with Clare, he's more cynical than ever about life in general, and it takes therapy and meds to get him back on track.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: He kissed another girl while he was in New York attending college. He said that he was feeling depressed and lonely, and it was a mistake. Clare is livid at first — until she ended up kissing Drew under the same circumstances.
  • Talkative Loon: When he's off his meds, he can't shut up.
  • The Snark Knight: He can even keep up the snark after getting kicked in the nards.
  • Super OCD: Related to his hoarding which started after Julia was killed in a car accident.
  • Trash of the Titans: His room, as a result of his compulsive hoarding.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Handsome, appealing and he has more issues than a newsstand.
  • Ugly Guy's Hot Son: Bullfrog isn't the most attractive dad. Maybe Eli gets it from his mom?
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Begins this way in the war against Fitz, but devolves into petty vengeance.
  • Wham Line: "This is where I killed my girlfriend."
  • Understanding Boyfriend: After his Character Development and Clare gets diagnosed with cancer, he's right there beside her with no question, even after Clare tells him not to come. Even in the end, he's understanding when she says that she needs to find herself.
  • UST: With Clare. A whole lot of it before they started dating.
  • Yandere: Made extremely obvious, with his harmless appearance hiding his possessive and insane characteristics.

    Fiona Coyne 

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Fiona Coyne
Played by Annie Clark, Seasons 9-12 (regular)

“There's something wrong with me, Mom. Everyone knows it. And no amount of therapy's gonna change that.”

Unlike her twin brother Declan, Fiona isn't charming and sociable and deals with crippling loneliness. She had a dependency on Declan and couldn't stand to come second in his life. She also had a penchant for being a drama queen. In season ten, after some much needed therapy, she is a lot happier but unfortunately gained an abusive boyfriend. She later runs away to Toronto to find solace with Holly J and she transfers back to Degrassi. She was an alcoholic, and after her first stint in rehab and personal discovery, she comes to terms that she is a lesbian. Unfortunately due to all the time she missed, she has to repeat her senior year in season eleven. She is still very lonely and attaches herself too quickly to people, but she is in a better place emotionally, and has a found a new girlfriend in Imogen. Their romance ends after her senior year, but she looking forward to starting a fashion internship in Italy.


  • The Alcoholic: Champagne was her beverage of choice and she used it to drown out her many emotional problems.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Ticks all the boxes.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's never revealed just what mental illness she suffers from. It's indicated she deals with manic episodes, and that develops co-dependencies on people, and has to take anxiety medication. Bobby's lawyer in Purple Pills alludes that she has a mood disorder, but that's not expanded on.
  • The Beard: To Riley in season nine. In a bit of Fridge Brilliance, as of season ten, there's now reason to believe that she was subconsciously using Riley as a beard simultaneously.
  • Big Applesauce: Hails from New York, and she's one of the very few American students at Degrassi.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Not quite an attraction, but Declan was her closet friend and she did not want to lose him to any girl he dated.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She stopped Dallas from committing suicide, or at least stumbling drunkenly off the school roof.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: When paired with Anya and Holly J., she's the brunette.
  • Breakout Character: She played no major role in season nine up until Degrassi Takes Manhattan, since then has been a central character on the show.
  • Broke Episode: After her mom gets busted for tax fraud, her money reserves are depleted, but it seems like she still has enough to live comfortably with no job.
  • Class Representative: Joins the student council in season eleven, mainly to overthrow Marisol.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards her own brother. As well as her bff Holly J. And later to her spring fling, Charlie.
  • Closet Key: She ends up being this for Imogen.
  • Character Development: She wasn't a very rounded character until season ten when all of her previous issues came to the forefront and she became more dynamic as she worked through them. A perfect example of her character development is how she goes from walking on the roof in season ten to talking Dallas off the roof in season twelve.
  • Domestic Abuse: Her ex-boyfriend Bobby hit and slapped her and even threw her down the stairs.
  • Drama Queen: Very much so, and it's implied she's always been so that everyone's used to dealing with it. They're so used to it, they don't even believe her when Fiona accuses Bobby of hitting her.
  • Eagleland: America, the Boorish type at first, turning into Mixed Flavor.
  • Friendly Rival: With Marisol. At first, they didn't like each other but Fiona proved herself and saved the big winter school event, winning Marisol's respect.
  • Hair Decorations: Back when Degrassi had school uniforms, she sometimes wore a blue bow with her new uniform.
  • Held Back in School: Due to the Bobby trial and rehab, she had to repeat senior year.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: In Degrassi Takes Manhattan, her twincestual kiss with Declan was meant to drive Holly J away, and make she and Jane leave New York for good. This doubly backfires on her in that Declan sees her true colours, and she is the one who's sent to Long Island for the summer for therapy.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As she showed as she tried out for season nine's Space Awakening play.
  • Homoerotic Dream: She had one about Holly J, which clued her into her sexuality.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: It's been hinted that she's been dealing with anxiety/emotional problems her entire life, and just wanted to not deal with her mental illness anymore.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She had only Declan as a friend and was afraid to branch out, until she got attached to Holly J, and starting making new friends at Degrassi.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Holly J and subverted with Imogen as Imogen returns her feelings.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: There's nothing remotely tomboyish about her and she pretty much defies the stereotypical Butch Lesbian.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Declan is her crutch. Followed by Holly J taking the role in season ten. Anya also serves the role to a lesser extent in season ten when she finds out that Fiona is a lesbian. Eli then takes up the role following them.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Is she ever. Her longest romantic relationship before Degrassi was with a pen pal. She pretty much stayed close to Declan and when he started to make friends, she felt more alone than before.
  • Love Epiphany: After becoming friends with Holly J after her breakdown in Degrassi Takes Manhattan, she starts to getting more and more close to her. Then later, dating Adam clues her into her attraction to other women and then coming to terms with the fact she was in love with her best friend.
  • Matchmaker Crush: For Eli and Imogen to distract her from her budding crush on Imogen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In Degrassi Takes Manhattan. It's hinted she's ruined relationships for Declan before, and she undermines Holly J's relationship with Declan in order to get to break up. It didn't work.
  • Mood-Swinger: It's unspecified what exact mood disorder she suffers from, but she had issues with extreme mood swings of mania and depression.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is Degrassi's resident Testosterone Brigade Bait. From her cocktail dress at Vegas night, to the bikini she wears in Spring Fever when modeling for Charlie. And for those into that sort of thing, she always wears tall socks with pleated skirts when in uniform.
  • The Fashionista: She is a talented artist and is also very interested in fashion, as shown through her unique sense of style.
  • No Medication for Me: She didn't want to be medicated, which would confirm her instability, so she replaces it with alcohol.
  • Odd Couple: With Drew, her roommate. They rarely interacted before season twelve.
  • Only Friend: Declan was her only friend for pretty much all her life, before he finally got fed up with her and she had to start anew.
  • Overly Long Name: Her full name is Fiona Celestine Arabella Coyne.
  • The Ojou: Adam jokes around in Umbrella when he sees Fiona waiting for her cab, saying that he'd think she'd have a princess carriage coming for her, including a prince to 'sweep her off her feet' Fiona mentions she had tried New York City royalty, and it didn't work out. She doesn't like the princess image, but that doesn't stop others for thinking of her that way. Charlie thinks everyone would love Fiona at first sight.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She and her blonde brother Declan are rich. With her dark brown curls she is referred to as a princess and one of the hottest girls at Degrassi school.
  • The Runaway: After being abused by Bobby, and feeling like she couldn't change anything, she runs away from New York over to Toronto to be with Holly J.
  • Rich Bitch: Played entirely straight in season nine and in Degrassi Takes Manhattan. After that, she Took a Level in Kindness.
  • The Rival: Holly J was her rival for Declan's affection. Ironically, she ends up falling in love with her.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's distant, aloof and standoffish compared with the social butterfly Declan. This changes somewhat as Fiona starts attending Degrassi regularly and opens up.
  • Socialite: She loves champagne, fashion and New York City parties.
  • Smooch of Victory: Fiona plants a rather unexpected one on Holly J in Chasing Pavements.
  • Spoiled Sweet: After therapy she becomes a lot more relaxed and friendly, at least to Holly J.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: While Fiona isn't a villain, she does have a widow's peak and tended to do evil things in her earlier seasons.
  • What Could Have Been: She was originally named "Regan."
  • Yandere: Full stop in Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Do NOT get in-between her and Declan.

    Bianca De Sousa 

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Bianca DeSousa
Played by Alicia Josipovic, Season 10-12 (regular), 13 (recurring)

"You need to start believing that you deserve happiness because you do. You're a good person, dummy."

Bianca has a lot of attitude and comes with lot of trouble. She's dealt diet pills to Jenna, fought with Alli and gave Drew shrooms. She is also has no qualms with messing around with other girls' boyfriends, which leads to her less-than-stellar reputation. She actually has gang connections, something she wants to stay in the past. However, her past comes back and ensnares both her and Drew in her gang-banger world. She tries her best to shield Drew from the situation. She has a tough exterior, but she is very thankful for Drew's defense and is in love with him. She is now working on improving her situation and getting her life back on track. She was once engaged to Drew, but after coming home for Fall break, she dumps him due to her new found opportunities and wanting a break from her past.


  • Accidental Murder: When Bianca is nearly raped by her ex-boyfriend Anson, Drew defends her. While Anson beats him up, Bianca brains Anson with a brick, killing him.
  • The Atoner: After the whole Vince ordeal, she wants to change the perception around her and starts being more apologetic.
  • Break the Haughty: She had a terrible attitude and was a boyfriend-stealer, but when her past catches up with her and drags Drew in it, she is pretty traumatized.
  • Broken Bird: All during season eleven, where she becomes more despondent and has to sleep with gang leader Vince and sell drugs for him and be his girlfriend.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Big time. It seems like she has a snark for everyone, even people she likes.
    "He wants to kill us! Or kidnap a virgin! Clare, Katie, sacrifice yourselves!"
  • The Bully: In season ten and mainly toward the girls at Degrassi.
  • Character Development: In season ten, she was a real bitch to anyone who crossed her. After revealing her past in season eleven, she's protecting Drew, showing an interest in and apologizing to Adam, making friends with Imogen, and improving her life situation. In season tweleve she's in the Bright Sparks Academic Quiz team, getting back together with and helping Drew through his head injuries despite him cheating on her, helping KC and Cam and seems to be even more committed to getting her life together.
  • Commuting on a Bus: She graduated in season 12, and is still engaged to Drew so she is a now a recurring character.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents are out of the picture, and hung with a bad crowd and apparently participated in gang activity.
  • Delinquent: At Degrassi, as she liked getting into fights and picking on kids. This all changed in season eleven.
  • Downtime Downgrade: Her feelings for Drew wane while she's offscreen and in college, and she breaks up with him during Thanksgiving, aka the "Turkey Dump."
  • Expy: An admitted expy of Jay. She's also quite similar to Alex: a tough girl who throws punches instead of just making catty remarks, wears big hoop earrings, and has an Spanish-sounding last name.
  • Faux Action Girl: Completely tough girl, yet from what it seemed to be, Alli almost takes her out.
  • Gang of Bullies: With Fitz and Owen in season ten.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was a mean girl who drank, got into fights and was promiscuous, and now she's on the academic quiz team and occasionally helps out the younger Degrassi students.
  • Hidden Depths: Underneath the tough exterior, lies a creative person who can make jewelry and dance.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mean and catty when we first meet her, but she's very much the latter as time goes on, especially when it comes to Drew. Case in point, season 11, when she protects Drew by indulging Anson. She also tries, in vain, to convince Anya not to snort cocaine. In season twelve, she's helping Cam out with his homesickness and is the reason that he learns to ignore his team making fun of him and ask out Maya Matlin.
  • The Lad-ette: She drinks, fights, is sexually aggressive, and has hung out with gangs. With the fighting, we didn't really see that much.
  • Must Make Amends: She tries desperately to protect Drew all due to her guilt of involving him in her problems.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Her ex Anson nearly rapes her in the middle of an alleyway before Drew shows up and stops him short.
  • Odd Friendship: She ends up struck up a friendship with Imogen in season eleven part one, but this seems like it was forgotten. Wordof God says they will revisit this in season twelve.
  • Parental Abandonment: She lives with her aunt, no mention of mom and dad.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: She's the pitbull, Drew is the puppy.
  • Really Gets Around: Was the resident "school slut" and a boyfriend-stealer. Although she was very faithful to Drew.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She had a nasty reputation at Degrassi, hated by all the girls...and was only introduced in season ten.
  • Sexual Extortion: She basically had to be Vince's girlfriend and have sex with him in order to protect Drew.
  • Tsundere: Especially in the first half of season eleven, her soft side comes shining through for Drew. Probably more Dere Dere than Alex, her predecessor.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Drew, especially when Katie was still in the picture.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: She flirts with Adam until she discovers that he's biologically female. She doesn't take the news well.

    Owen Milligan 

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Owen Milligan
Played by Daniel Kelly, Season 10-12 (regular)

“You threw Zane in a dumpster, you harassed Riley, and you're a creepy homophobe who likes to upset people. Why not grope a girl?”

Owen is a jock at Degrassi. He doesn't have the best reputation with the female student body: he makes homophobic jokes, he nearly forced himself on Alli, and he is just a general creep. Despite his creeper status, Anya ends up dating him after he reveals he genuinely likes her. And he does care and love his little brother Tristan. He is a pervert and a jerk, but he does have a vulnerable side and can be a nice guy. It's just way, way, deep down.


  • Aloof Older Brother: Towards Tristan, but mess with him and the Big Brother Instinct comes out.
  • Attempted Rape: He nearly forced himself on Alli in the boiler room, not to mention his sexual harassment of Anya.
  • The Bully: He's gotten better since season ten, but he was big one. He even threw Adam through a door, and harassed Riley and Zane.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Anya. He genuinely liked her but was creepy towards her and Anya did have feelings for him but was grossed out by him. But they eventually become a couple.
  • Berserk Button: If you mess with Tristan you'd better hope he doesn't find out.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To Anya when he's training her for the military.
  • Easily Forgiven: In season ten, he bullies Adam, comes close to forcing himself on Alli, harasses Riley and Zane and sexually harasses Anya. In season eleven he's hanging out with Drew, dating Anya and Riley seemingly has no problem with his best friend taking the guy who threw his boyfriend in a dumpster to prom.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He refuses to take drugs of any kind, and is disgusted when Anya takes cocaine.
  • Fake Guest Star: In the first half of season ten, before being bumped up to regular in the second half.
  • Gang of Bullies: With whoever will work with him.
  • Handsome Lech: Girls are shown to be somewhat creeped out by him, as by his latest appearance, but his looks qualify him as this instead of another Casanova Wannabe.
  • Jerk Jock: Played completely straight. But he does genuinely cares about Anya and his little brother.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In his own way, he looks out for Tristan and usually has good advice for him to avoid embarrassment.
  • Morality Pet: He looks out for Tristan, albeit begrudgingly.
  • Satellite Character: A bully to Riley, a love interest to Anya, and Tristan's big brother. He never once had a plot to himself.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The football playing Manly Man to Tristan's Sensitive Guy.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The tough, somewhat homophobic jock to his gay, campy little brother Tristan.

    Marisol Lewis 

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Marisol Lewis
Played by Shanice Banton, Season 10 (recurring), 11-12 (regular)

“I used to be on Power Squad with Miss Flirty Flirt, KC. I know her type. I used to be her type!"

Marisol is one of the popular girls at Degrassi and on the Power Squad, and she's very bubbly and friendly. Marisol is more geared to the social aspects of Degrassi and she also loves to have fun. She is a major flirt, and comes in between KC and Jenna when KC is tired of his responsibilities as a teen father. She nearly ends her friendship with Katie over Drew (whom they were fighting to date), but she stays loyal to her friend to the end. Despite her fun-loving attitude and ditzy demeanor, she is also not hesitant to be the Alpha Bitch at Degrassi.


  • A Friend in Need: She is fiercely loyal to Katie, no matter what they do to they each other.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: KC certainly wanted her, despite him being with Jenna and his son.
  • Alpha Bitch: Popular cheerleader, new head of Power Squad and comfortably sits in the slot after Holly J leaves.
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She can also be a supportive friend to Katie and nice in her own way, as Mo brought it out for her.
  • The Beard: To Riley, albeit very briefly.
  • Black Best Friend: A subversion. On the one hand, much of her characterization revolves around Katie, a white character that has had more dynamic plots than her. On the other hand, Marisol has a bigger and more confrontational personality than Katie and she's a lot more cutthroat in terms of the social scene, and it's shown Katie is somewhat intimidated by her.
  • The Cheerleader: The new captain of the Power Squad.
  • Class Representative: Part of the student council, mainly the social aspects of it.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Has this down pat, and uses it successfully on KC.
  • Fake Guest Star: Had a minor recurring role throughout season ten, and even then she had a thing for KC.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Mo, her boyfriend.
  • Friendly Rival: With Fiona, whom tried to unsurp her student council position. They are mostly friendly now.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Fiona and Imogen had plotted to end her reign as President of Student Council.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Katie. She knows when she's lying, hiding something, can get her to warm up and have fun.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: She is a serious flirt, and very boy-crazy.
  • Intoxication Ensues: After discovering Jake's dad's secret stash of pot in Nowhere to Run. It didn't help her paranoia about a killer in the woods any.
  • Jerkass: And how. She has grown to be much more hostile lately, especially towards Fiona, Imogen, Drew, and Bianca.
    (To Fiona and Imogen) Marisol: Please remove this rich bitch and her sidekick from my face
    (To Drew and Bianca) Marisol: Well, if it isn't the liar, the bitch and her slutty wardrobe.
  • Love Epiphany: Marisol was disgusted by Mo liking her, but after she got to know him better at the Mock UN meeting, she realized she liked him.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Oh yes. She manipulated Katie into feeling guilty about going out with Drew (a guy she liked) and even revealed Katie's eating disorder to the school to gain an advantage in the election. Also getting Fiona and Imogen in trouble for the senior prank in the cafeteria.
  • The Mistress: Shamelessly flirts with teen dad KC while he's with Jenna, and KC reciprocates but then stops it on his own.
  • Opposites Attract: Pretty, petite popular Marisol is dating the nerdy, Big Fun guy Mo.
  • Pet the Dog: Definitely has her bitchy jerkass moments, but also has her sweet, friendly moments, and sometimes can make a lot of sense. She even makes up with Fiona after she plans the successful Winter Frostival.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Shanice Banton makes the main cast in season eleven.
  • The Rival: Jenna, who really doesn't like Marisol because of KC's cheating with her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The social, perky cheerleader Girly Girl to the student athlete Katie's Tomboy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Drew, who completed disliked her for blabbing about Katie's eating disorder. They upgraded to friendly, yet teasing for awhile and now it's done for good with Drew dumping Katie. Also with Fiona, after the Winter Frostival.
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    Katie Matlin 

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Katie Matlin
Played by Chloe Rose, Season 11-12 (regular), 16 (guest)

"I don't have to pretend anymore... the way has become clear... I'm finally free."

Katie is editor at the Degrassi Daily newspaper, Student Council President, and an accomplished soccer player. She's spent most of her life preparing for the Under 17 National Soccer Team. She's driven and focused but sometimes steps over other people's emotions, or her own by being blunt and direct. Her mother also has multiple sclerosis, something Katie might possibly inherit which hangs over her head. Katie is also a recovering bulimic, and gets addicted to pain medication and she's sent straight to rehab after an overdose. After rehab and being dumped by Drew, the social pressure is alleviated and she re-invented herself with a new look. She starts dating Jake, but that goes south after she nearly has sex for money. After dealing with her issues, she's on friendly terms with Jake, set for Stanford University and even getting back into soccer, with help from her sister, Maya.


  • Academic Athlete: Before her sports dreams go awry.
  • The Ace: Great athlete, good student, Student Council President, two hot boyfriends, she's pretty much good at everything.
    • Broken Ace: After she overdoses on Oxycontin, she's sent to rehab and will miss school. All in the middle of student council presidency.
  • Action Girl: She has a black belt, she's not afraid to get physical on the soccer field, and she and Clare double team a hockey player when a brawl breaks out at Fiona's condo. Not to mention flipping a guy over because she thought he was coming onto Maya.
  • Beta Bitch: She and Marisol are on the same level Popularity Food Chain wise, but Marisol was meaner about her Alpha Bitch role whereas Katie at least tried to be nice.
  • The Bus Came Back: She comes back in Season 16 to support her sister who is dealing with depression.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Her knee (which has been mentioned as already being hurt) gets injured during a game and due to not properly treating it, it gives out and her athletic dreams are dashed.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Briefly in Nowhere To Run, as she was wary of Bianca and Drew spending time together. Ironically, it turns out her fears where justified.
  • Contemplating Your Hands: While she was high on oxycontin and before Bianca sprayed her with water.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Maya, whom she is very protective of, especially when it comes to dating boys.
  • Cute Bruiser: Drew certainly thinks so. She knows Tae Kwon Do, and bursts a girl's nose wide open on the soccer field.
  • Da Editor: A very gruff one during her time on the Degrassi Daily.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After her knee injury, she was stuck floating for awhile and she didn't really know what to do with herself, and to make matters worse, Drew cheated on her. After confronting her issues, she decides to ease herself back into soccer.
  • Does Not Like Men: She went through this for a brief period after she was dumped by Drew.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her radical new look after the break-up with Drew.
  • Expy: Of Ashley, from the popular wound-up-too-tight fallen Student Council President, to the radical goth-type makeover.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: She is part of a lot of a school clubs, while being a part of the soccer team.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marisol, whom she adores even with her jerkass behavior.
  • Ice Queen: Editor of the newspaper, star soccer player... and really very snotty to those who aren't as Type A as she is.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her desire to be the best and reach her goals covers up her emotional insecurities.
  • Intoxication Ensues: She got a contact high from Marisol's pot smoking. And then afterwards with the oxycontin, as she clumsily falters on a hydraulic lift and gets smashed at a club.
  • Kick the Dog: She finally hires Clare to her newspaper staff. Her first assignment? Shadow her Yandere ex-boyfriend who Clare's been desperately trying to get over. Even without knowing all of the circumstances, that is cruel.
  • Left Hanging: Her relationship status with Jake is left open, but it looks like they may get back together.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Well, she isn't as outwardly mean as Marisol can be, and she is very caring about Drew and her little sister Maya.
  • Pair the Spares: Romantic False Lead Katie? Meet another Romantic False Lead, Jake. Now date!
  • Perky Goth: After her goth makeover, she tries to adopt the stereotypical persona, but after she starts dating Jake, she goes back to her old personality, albeit a bit more warm.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Didn't join the cast until season eleven, but apparently she, along with the Degrassi Daily were always present. She even mentions she was at Vegas Night that took place season ten.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She got satisfying revenge against Drew. Too bad it cost her the presidency, got her detention, and made enemies of the Ice Hounds hockey team.
  • Romantic False Lead: To the Drew/Bianca relationship. She ends up dating another Romantic False Lead, Jake.
  • Sexual Extortion: In Degrassi: Las Vegas, she gambles away her savings and happens to come across Darrin Howe, the owner of Facerange who compensates her and promises to give her more, if she sleeps with him. She declined, but she thought about it.
  • Stepford Smiler/Not So Stoic: She has a stoic demeanor, but on the inside she puts a lot pressure on herself and it comes out in unexpected ways, with her eating disorder and pain pill addiction.
  • Student Council President: At least, until she squandered her presidency over getting Drew back for breaking her heart.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is a no-nonsense overachiever who can treat others harshly, but has a soft side hidden under it which a few people close to her can bring out.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The athletic, overachieving Tomboy to Marisol's bubbly, charming Girly Girl.
  • The Unfettered: She sticks to her goals and plans, no matter who gets in the way. This is evident not just in her athletic career but social life.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Averted, she knew Adam was trans, and found him interesting but not enough to start a relationship and wanted to be Just Friends.
  • Weight Woe: She's a recovering bulimic.
  • Woman Scorned: Do not break her heart. Fair warning.

    Jake Martin 

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Jake Martin
Played by Justin Kelly, Season 11-12 (regular)

“So, should we make out? I bet it'd make your ex really jealous.”

Jake is a New Transfer Student to Degrassi in season eleven. He is a laid back, outdoorsy person with a great physique and a big appetite. He and Clare start a casual fling in order for her to get over Eli and their fling turns into something serious...they just have to get around their parents, who are also dating. Their parents eventually marry and Jake breaks up with Clare to avoid their relationship getting too weird. He is shown to be environmentally conscious and hopes to start green, low-energy building projects after he graduates.


  • Big Brother Instinct: It kicks in during Clare's brief runaway escapade in Not Ready To Make Nice where he confronts marijuana dealers and convinces her to come home.
  • Big Eater: In the first episode he's introduced in (LoveGame), he scarfs down dinner quickly and is still hungry later. Possibly because he may have smoked earlier.
  • Blue Oni: To Clare's Red. Notable, since he's the only character ever to be the Blue Oni compared to Clare, who up till season eleven had always been the Blue Oni to everyone else.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Clare, whom he knew as a kid.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: When he gets high. Has a thing for wearing roller blades in the house while it happens.
  • Country Mouse: It took him a while to get used to the city, he prefers the open outdoors to the cramped compacities of the city.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets in a good share of zingers.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Mo, whom he becomes friends with since their girlfriends are best friends.
  • Foil: To Eli. He's taller, less mysterious, and more traditionally masculine. He's not as creative or "artsy" as him either and he's relatively sane with no drama.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With Clare. They both kept dating, even as their parents got married.
  • Handy Man: Degrassi's resident Mr. Fix-It, and he's built sets for plays and came up with the construction plans for the outdoor garden.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mo, after Mo confesses his feelings after graduation.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Apparently frequently, anytime his parents aren't home, he's smoking and on roller blades...
  • Left Hanging: His relationship status with Katie. It's not resolved, but it looks like they may get back together.
  • Missing Mom: His father divorced his mother, and she hasn't been seen in series.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hunky new student, spends his time outdoors a lot, a Shirtless Scene or two (or twenty).
  • Nice Guy: He's only mean to people who deserve it. His break-up with Clare was even sweet.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He knew full well that Clare was using him to make Eli jealous. He doesn't care. Or more likely, he enjoys it.
  • Only Sane Man: Plays this role for the normally sane Clare, especially when it involves Eli.
  • Pair the Spares: After he breaks up with Clare, he stars dating Katie, who's just getting over her breakup with Drew.
  • Romantic False Lead: With Eli in the picture, his relationship with Clare just isn't going to last. And it didn't.
  • The Stoner: He smokes marijuana frequently and already people are speculating it was his pot Marisol found in Nowhere to Run. It's a bit of a flanderization, as he never smoked pot in season eleven.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: About half of Justin Kelly's scenes have him showing off his abs. Most of us aren't complaining.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Unintentionally tosses Luke over him as he was tackled to the ground during the brawl at Fiona's.
  • Unknown Rival: For Eli. Jake is quite oblivious to the fact that Eli doesn't seem to like him for dating Clare.

    Mo Mashkour 

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Mohammed "Mo" Mashkour
Played by Jake Neayem, Season 11-12 (regular), 16 (guest)

"I have 2 promises; to bring french fries back to the school caf, and I am not going to hook up with your boyfriend."

Mo is a student at Degrassi who seems really eager to hook up Sav and Ms. Oh. He is really talented at music and has a habit of being snarky. He has an easygoing attitude and very easy to get along with. He is also the leader of WhisperHug, Degrassi's newest band. He and Marisol being dating in season eleven.


  • Acrofatic: He's heavy, but he uses this to his advantage in wrestling matches.
  • Big Fun: One of the few overweight regular characters, and he's a big goofball.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks quite a lot, but not all of it is bitter.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: When initially dating Marisol, he had no idea to make them officially a couple and makes a grand gesture of a date to impress her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The actor first appeared in season nine with a speaking part. For all we know, it's the same character.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Marisol, his girlfriend and Jake, his friend.
  • Fat Best Friend: The only extra large person in his group of friends.
  • Garage Band: Heads WhisperHug with Imogen, Adam, Zig, and Maya.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jake, something he really wanted after they graduated.
  • The Matchmaker: For some reason, Mo is really obsessed with the idea of Sav and Ms. Oh getting together, going as far as sending Ms. Oh an mp3 of the love song Sav wrote about her and somehow finding out where she was going to be that night so that he could trick Sav into being there at the same time. It's been hinted that it's because he wants to live vicariously through Sav.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: When Marisol is planning a trip for them and needs to fill out a travel insurance form, he won't let her fill it out for him. She gets paranoid and goes through his bag, finding needles. Marisol assumes that he is a junkie (despite the fact that she doesn't even know what drug uses needles) until she finds out he's diabetic.
  • Name's the Same: Shares a name with a character that appeared a few times in season two.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He quits performing at the anniversary banquet when he finds out Tristan is intentionally trying to silence the protestors outside.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Sav and Ms. Oh, and he really pulls out all the stops to get them together.
  • What Could Have Been: Mo was originally envisioned as a character named Denis MacDowell, an overweight senior who is friends with Sav in order to get closer to his massive crush, Alli.

Alternative Title(s): Degrassi Graduating Class Of Season 12

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