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    Clare Edwards 

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Clare Edwards
Played by Aislinn Paul, Seasons 6-7 (guest), 8-14 (regular)

"A person can be good and mixed up all at the same time."

Clare is Darcy's little sister and an aspiring writer. She is very level-headed and not afraid to stand up for herself, whether it's against the school principal or a journalist who sexually harassed her. When she started Degrassi as a freshman, she only wore her original Catholic school uniform to deflect attention but soon grew more comfortable in her skin and started wearing more contemporary clothing and even started her first relationship. In season ten, her parents divorce and Clare's whole world is turned up-side down, and during that period she begins an intense and turbulent relationship with Eli, a fellow writer. After a terrible break-up and Clare finally confronting her issues, she and Eli try again and are fully committed to each other. But soon after Eli graduates Degrassi, Clare is diagnosed with cancer. As she goes through treatment and recovers, she deals with loneliness of being in a long-distance relationship, and even hooks up with Drew.

In season 14, Clare finds out she's pregnant, right after she hooked up with Drew. As Clare vacillates between motherhood and her future, she also has to worry about both Drew wanting to be a father and her relationship with Eli. When the baby is revealed to be fathered by Eli, it looked like everything would be okay but unfortunately, the baby died in utero. Dealing with her miscarriage and also trying to find herself, Clare takes a gap year after high school. But she also is still with Eli, and they decide they can make their Long-Distance Relationship work this time.


  • A Friend in Need: Clare, after a few curious questions, is okay with Adam's secret. Then instantly moves to help him when he needs it. In a Lighter and Softer version she is the first to stand up and dance with Alli before the football game.
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Both she and Eli are dealing with this in their Long-Distance Relationship. Specifically, Eli cheated on her with his roommate with a kiss. While they were fighting, she kissed Drew and nursed a crush. She even broke up with Eli to date Drew, only for Drew to not reciprocate.
  • Action Girl: Of all people. She and Katie double team a rather massive hockey player when a brawl breaks out.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She's not entirely fond of Eli's "bad boy" activities and wasn't exactly thrilled by KC's criminal past either.
  • Ascended Extra: Introduced back in season six as Darcy's little sister in two episodes. Later, appeared once in season seven. By season 10 she's one of the most prominent characters and was arguably one of the main characters of the show until she graduated.
  • Bald Woman: after she shaves her head after her hair starts falling out from her chemotherapy treatments in All I Wanna Do.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's Betty to Jenna's Veronica for KC and later to Imogen's Veronica for Eli.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: When together with Alli and Jenna, she's the redhead of the group.
  • Blue Oni: To Alli's Red. In fact, she plays this role to most of the people she usually interacts with. Besides Alli as the Red Oni to Clare's Blue, there's Eli, Darcy, Connor, Drew, KC.
  • Break the Cutie: Her parents' divorce was the major Cynicism Catalyst for her, on top of being in the tumultuous relationship with Eli. Her having cancer, losing her best friend Adam, and then losing her baby nearly put her over the edge.
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all this, in the finale she commits to taking a gap year after graduation to truly find herself, and she and Eli affirm their love and desire for each other.
  • Broken Bird: A coupe of times throughout the show but after losing her baby and having to deliver a stillborn, she's full on broken, being cynical about her future and shutting her friends and boyfriend out.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The sensitive, nurturing soul, to Eli's mysterious brooding demeanor.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: In Get It Together, during an ultrasound it's discovered that the baby has no heartbeat and has died. The trope is subverted that this was Clare's last season as a regular anyway so not to disrupt any status quo and she was realistically heartbroken over it.
  • Covert Pervert: If her fantasies about Declan are anything to go by, she has a major vampire fetish.
  • Characterization Marches On: In season 6-8 she's introduced as a shy mousy girl who's not interested in boys at all. Cut to season 10 onward, most, if not all of her stories revolve around her boy drama.
  • The Cutie: This was more apparent in her earlier appearances before she made the cast. She still has those qualities, but due to the regular Degrassi drama, she's a bit more hardened.
  • Fangirl: Of Fortnight, a Twilight-esque in-show book series. And then Twilight itself, and Harry Potter if you follow her Twitter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Alli or Eli get involved in something Clare finds juvenile or ill conceived, this side of Clare comes out. It also shows up against The Shep, Holly J, Dallas, and her parents.
    Clare: Make sure you stock up on condoms, Jake, this one's fertile.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In the finale of season 14, after all her plans go down the drain. She ends up taking a gap year in order to find herself after she realized she let boys distract her all through high school.
  • Drama Queen: "DID YOU FLIP A SWITCH AND ERASE ME FROM YOUR MEMORY, DID YOU EVER LOVE ME AT ALL?" There's an actual Twitter blog (#StuffClareSays) of this line and other Clare-isms created by the students of the school.
  • Dude Magnet: For someone so innocent and demure, she gets a lot of guys' attention, from KC, Connor, Eli, and Jake. It backfired when her boss Asher was attracted to her and harassed her.
  • Erotic Dream: In season 9, she dreams about kissing Declan (after reading her vampire novel), and in season 13 when she dreams of making out with Drew.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Fiona complimented her eyes using the same line Eli did earlier in the season.
  • Expy: Filling out Emma's role as arguable main character with strong set of morals.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: Briefly, as her parents divorced and she questioned her faith.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With Jake, whom she still wanted to date even as their parents marry. She wanted to lose her virginity to him, but he stopped it due to the relationship getting weird.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: With Alli, KC, and Connor, she is melancholic (introverted and task-oriented).
  • Freak Out!: After she is sexually harassed by her boss, Asher. She almost goes so far as to put naked photos on Asher's computer for justice.
  • Freudian Trio: Clare plays The Spock while Eli and Adam switch the Kirk and McCoy hats, as she's more logical and will think before she acts.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Not only do they go, but on the first day back at school they get run over by Eli's hearse, and then Clare gladly drops them in a nearby garbage can while Alli practically cheers for her.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: At first Clare is set to get an abortion, until her doctor reveals that it's a miracle at all she's pregnant after cancer treatments. Clare decides to keep the baby as her last chance to have children at all.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In season ten, her hair comes off a bit redder than in previous seasons where she was a Brainy Brunette. And Tragic Hero Eli is infatuated with her.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: In Innocent When You Dream and Should've Said No, much to her dismay. She was quite shocked at herself for being very attracted to Jake, and Jake wasn't helping with his flirting.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her and her ex-boyfriend/stepbrother Jake.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: A lot of this in season nine, as she laments her boring life. Then season ten came along...
  • Ill Girl: In season 13, she has cancer and goes through treatment.
  • Important Haircut: Her new, shorter hair shows her transition from the old Clare (stuffy and judgmental) to her new personality, which is more laid back. See The Glasses Gotta Go.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: One of the more innocent and "pure" characters on the show, and her blue eyes punctuated this.
  • The Ingenue: Compared to the rest of the characters on the show. She was a virgin much longer than any other female characters in her grade.
  • Insufferable Genius: Especially around season eleven. She gets called out on this in Closer To Free.
  • It's All About Me: This is her biggest flaw.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Season eleven wasn't very kind to her, Clare ended up here for several chunks of it. Otherwise she's still a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In season eight, she only wore her Catholic school uniform to school.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Eli, who became obsessed with her due to all of his abandonment issues.
  • Love Martyr: Averted and subverted. She starts dating Eli, a Troubled, but Cute guy with a lot of issues. Unbeknownst to her, she had no idea what he was really like until when he was smothering and manipulating her so she wouldn't leave him. She breaks up with him at the end of season ten. To make matters worse, he directs a play about their relationship and how it went sour to try to get back at her, but it eventually hurts her even more and led to him having a nervous breakdown on stage. At the end of season eleven, they share a kiss before leaving for winter break and beginning in season twelve, they actually get back together.
    • He even cheats on her with Lenore at NYU, but she forgave him once he showed her a booklet that he made of all the emails and texts that they've sent each other.
  • Meganekko: Until she gets laser eye surgery in season ten.
  • Mentor Ship / Unequal Pairing: The sexual tension between her and Asher. While it's just a schoolgirl crush on her part, it's extremely inappropriate for him (and she goes to the police about it).
  • Naïve Everygirl: She has always been a bit naive and trusting of everyone, and she sees the good in all people. It's hard to make her completely angry, as she's forgiven Jenna, Eli, Dallas, and others. Not so much for Asher.
  • Nature Adores a Virgin: Probably the reason she's such a Dude Magnet, as it seems a lot of guys are attracted to her virtuousness.
  • Official Couple: With Eli, and one of the very few Degrassi supercouples to make it to graduation and beyond.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: Under the moniker of MadamDegrassi, she writes fanfics, shipping herself with Declan. This also is turned on her in a rather malicious, if veiled, manner by Eli. See Oh, Crap!.
  • Only Sane Man: At this point, she just might be the most sane person at Degrassi. (Let us count the people she has either directly or indirectly played this role to, shall we? We have, in no real order: Eli, The Shep, Connor, Fitz, Alli, KC, Jenna, Adam, Fiona, and her older sister, Darcy. And she's played this role to her parents too! The sanity, however, is subverted at one point when she's confronting Eli post-breakup, and Jake becomes the sane one of the duo.
  • Opposites Attract: She and Eli are attracted to each other when they first meet, despite coming from different backgrounds and having different attitudes towards life.
  • Perky Goth: She tried this look on Eli in one episode. It backfired when it turned out he prefers the way she normally dresses.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite all that has been heaped on her, she still soldiers on and tries to put a positive spin on everything.
  • Red Oni: To Jake's Blue, the first time she's been Red Oni in the series. Her Red Oni was mainly brought out by the breakup with Eli.
  • School Newspaper Newshound: She is a writer for the Degrassi Daily, and takes it very seriously.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness/Purple Prose: Mocked for her somewhat big vocabulary by her peers. Also tends to write flowerly prose, even for news stories.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She stops dressing in her Catholic school uniform at school and starts wearing trendier clothing which gets all the guys' attention. Taken even further in season ten, when she cuts her hair and gets laser eye surgery.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The more reserved and smarter Edwards sibling compared to Darcy's insecurity and judgmental nature.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Her crush on Declan. Not only did she dream about him and write fanfics about him, she stole his jacket just to get closer to him.
  • Survivor Guilt: After Adam's death, she wonders why she survived her cancer, yet Adam died. Eli pulls her out of it.
  • Teen Genius: With some moments of Intelligence Equals Isolation, as she was stuck with the gifted class for a while due to the stigma.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She got the news via a Wham Line from a nurse at the very end of the season 13 finale. She ends up losing the baby.
  • Their First Time: After prom, she finally has sex with Eli. And she thought it was special.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Since season 10, the writers have really piled on top of her. She starts an intense relationship with Manipulative Bastard Eli, her parents get divorced, being betrayed by her best friend Alli (who kissed Jake), becomes isolated by her friends and family, and if that's not enough hell she's been through, she's even sexually harassed by her boss, Asher, causing her to lose her job for making false (mainly true) accusations about him. Oh, did we mention she's diagnosed with cancer and cheated on by her boyfriend, who hooked up with one of his dormmates at NYU? And then later on she has sex with Drew and ends up pregnant? Just to find out later that the baby is Eli's. Then, hearing she may never have another chance to have kids, she decides to keep the baby. Only to be told that her baby's died AND she still has to deliver it due to how far along she is.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Nowhere to Run she ignores Alli whenever she tries to talk about her problems, calling them “pedestrian”, then she refuses to forgive Alli for kissing Jake despite that fact that she wanted to kiss Eli.
  • The Topic of Cancer: The biopsy of the lump on her back tested positive for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a cancerous tumor of the muscles that often becomes attached to one's bones. After the first part of season 13, she is in remission.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: She wore her old school uniform to Degrassi in order to deflect attention and focus on her studies.
  • Tsundere: Of the Type B Deredere type... unless she develops romantic feelings, and her Tsun shows. Happened with K.C. throughout Season 8, Eli off and on through The Boiling Point, and Jake during Now or Never (but less so than with Eli or K.C.).
  • Unnecessary Makeover: She believes the makeover Alli gives her in "Jane Says" is this, until guys start noticing her.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: She just can't believe Eli could be over her that easy after their dramatic breakup before Spring Break.
  • UST: With KC at first, then Eli, then Jake.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In part two of season eleven with Alli. Also with Jenna in season nine when she starts to fall for KC and they end up together (and as she starts being friendly with Jake), but that's all forgiven in the final episode of part two of season eleven.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: One of the first things Eli says to her is a compliment to her eyes. Later, even Fiona compliments them.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Clare assumed Drew was the father of her baby because he was the last guy she slept with. A few weeks later though her ultrasound reveals that she's much farther along than she thought she was, meaning the baby was actually Eli's.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: For the better part of her run on the show. Her parents' divorce somewhat dampened this, but for the most part she has an optimistic view of everything.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: There's a reason she's in the honors program. She's not only smart, but helpful and non-judgmental (well, usually) to her friends and and the school at large.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: When Degrassi's uniform policy is implemented, she often wears knee-high socks with her skirt.

    Alli Bhandari 
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Alliah "Alli" Bhandari
Played by Melinda Shankar, Seasons 8-14 (regular)

“When I'm around boys, I do dumb things. I make mistakes...”

Alli is younger sister to Sav, and isn't content with staying in his shadow. Alli is a fun girl who rebukes her Muslim traditions in regards to how women should dress and act. As soon as she gets to school, she changes into her more fashionable outfits. She strives to attain popularity but unfortunately with her genius intellect, comes a lack of common sense and people skills. She has a weakness for boys and she finds herself in crazy situations due to being blindsided by boys she trusts. She lands herself in a mini-school scandal regarding her boiler room activities in season ten and this culminates into her parents finding out about her double life. She voluntarily transfers out of Degrassi to appease her parents but due to all the pressure and disappointment, she ends up running away from home. She does eventually return and is now trying to change for the better along with her family and get more involved in school activities.

In season 13, she has a summer fling with a young French man Leo and it turns into a relationship. She's head over heels in love, but also in over her head as Leo's anger issues arise and he turns violent. She eventually breaks it off completely with the help of Dallas, whom she starts a relationship with. After Degrassi, she attends Cambridge University to continue her bio science studies.


  • Action Girl: Almost took out Bianca in their fight, and pushes her to the ground despite her being a foot taller.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She crushes on the Grade 12 Johnny, who is a bad as they come but also intelligent.
  • Berserk Button: Do not greet her by saying "Hey, you're Sav's little sister!" or use "Sav's little sister" as a nickname for her. It inevitably leads her to impulsive actions.
  • Big Eater: In season 11, she downed two pounds of chicken wings and has an unusual taste in food.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: When together with Clare and Jenna, she's the brunette of the group.
  • Bollywood Nerd: She got accepted to MIT in grade 11, for possibly engineering a breakthrough in breast cancer research.
  • But We Used a Condom: With Johnny, whom she did use a condom with but she still worried about having an STI when she learned of him possibly being infected. It happened again with Dave, except this time with birth control.
  • Cam Whore: In order to keep Johnny interested and keep him close, she starts taking nude photos of herself and "sexting" them to him.
  • Celibate Hero: After losing her virginity to Johnny and having an STI scare, she completely swears off sex. She lasted a good while (three whole seasons) before she had sex with Dave and she had a pregnancy scare and that again scares her off sex again for a season until she has sex with Leo, who turned about to be a douchebag. And now with Dallas, she tells him that she'll have sex with him when she's ready due to her bad experiences.
  • Citizenship Marriage: To avoid Leo being sent back to France, she actually marries him so he can stay in Toronto. After he abuses her, they break up and the marriage is annulled.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She sure as hell as gave Bianca a run for her money in the tenth season opener; when Bianca punches Alli in the face, Alli tosses a stack of papers in Bianca's face to disorient her before tossing her into a couple of desks. When Bianca throws Alli over the teacher's desk, Alli hops back up and tosses a trashcan at her.
  • Cool Loser: Subverted, she seems like she should be able to be one of the popular kids, but she's socially awkward and a try-hard, which turns the popular crowd off from her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More prone to snarking than her brother Sav or Clare, particularly when you get on her nerves.
  • Ditzy Genius: Despite her intellect, she constantly gets into avoidable situations especially with boys. The tagline for TeenNick's season 13 promos for her is "Book Smart, Boy Dumb."
  • Domestic Abuse: Leo grabs her arm roughly, and later backhands her. Alli finally gives him an ultimatum for him to get help before she can trust him again. But he later beats on her after they get married, which results in him being arrested and deported back to France.
  • Expy: Of Manny, right down to being the Asian best friend of the arguable main character. Before the uniforms came in, she would change from the parent-approved clothes she'd left the house in into something more revealing before class, just as Manny (and Stephanie Kaye) had done before her.
  • Extraverted Nerd: She tried very hard to be popular, in spite of her status as a minor niner/gifted class nerd.
  • The Fashionista: She loves dressing in trendy clothing, and before sophomore year, she used to switch out her conservative school clothing
  • Follow in My Footsteps: She resisted her family's traditions in regards to Muslim dress and dating, mainly by keeping her school life a secret from her family.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: With Clare, KC, and Connor, she's sanguine (extroverted and people-oriented).
  • Good with Numbers: She is a math prodigy and also applies it to science and formula.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: She's more clued into her sexuality than Clare is, and seeks out boys to date.
  • The Ingenue/Innocent Prodigy: Same deal as Clare, except she's very opening to dating, boys, and even making out. Despite this, she's still pretty chaste, and having sex for the first time almost completely scares her off from ever having sex again.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She enters Degrassi wanting to be popular and on top, but her intellect combined with her lack of social grace holds her back.
  • Living a Double Life: Her identity at school is entirely different than what he parents knew of her. She changed from conservative clothing to fashionable clothes when she arrives at school (As had Manny and Stephanie Kaye before her), not to mention her love and sex life. This all blows up in her face in season ten, part two.
  • Love Martyr: With both Johnny and Drew. Johnny loved her, but also didn't treat her very nicely and she put up with it until the STI scare. Drew cheated on her with Bianca, and she takes him back, even after he lied about just what exactly happened between them. And she was this for Leo, after he hit her.
  • Mama Bear: Increasingly is this to the rather meek Cam. First, she takes extra time to tutor him; later, Dallas gets a very thorough tongue-lashing when she finds out that he made the former cry. Her response to Cam telling her was a very simple, "...Oh, he did, did he?"
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: After the boiler room incident, she gained a promiscuous reputation around the school. She was adamant that she wasn't like that, especially compared to Bianca...until her secrets came back to haunt her and her parents (who also adopted this attitude, compared to how they treat Sav) put her on lockdown.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Owen attempts to fondle her (and possibly do much worse) in the boiler room but luckily Drew shows up and puts an end to it.
  • Never My Fault: Her character quote displays this. She blames boys for the mistakes she makes instead of owning up to her immaturity and rash decisions. However, when it really isn't her fault, nobody believes her except for Sav anyways.
  • Overprotective Dad: Both parents are protective of her but her father is more so, to the point of being oppressive. He gets better.
  • Photographic Memory: Combined with her math skill, she can effortlessly count cards in poker.
  • Put on a Bus: Briefly in season ten while Melinda Shankar filmed How to Be Indie.
  • Red Oni: To Clare's Blue. She's more hot-headed and impulsive and prone to acting on it, leading to dumb decisions.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: She tries desperately to get back in her parents' good favor by attending an all-girls school, but that goes south (and for once, it wasn't her fault). She ends up running away because of the parental scorn.
  • The Runaway: During the In Too Deep storyline of season ten, she runs away from home because she feels like no matter what she does to improve herself, her parents and brother will never be happy.
  • Sanity Slippage: She's accepted into MIT and plans on fast-tracking to graduate early, but the increased workload takes a toll on her social life. She takes pep pills to complete all her work, but it makes things worse to the point where she hallucinates.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Brash and confrontational compared to Sav's shyness and mellowness.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: In season ten, where she sought out Drew, due to his good looks and popularity.
  • Teen Genius: The smartest in the original gifted Grade 9 class next to Connor. She has a great memory, a whiz at science and math, and writing.
  • Their First Time: Didn't go so well. She seeks out bad boy Johnny DiMarco and she actually had sex with him - with pretty awkward results.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Indian and Muslimnote .
  • We Used to Be Friends: In part two of season eleven with Clare. Clare dismissed her issues as simple, and in a bad judgement call, Alli kisses Jake while Clare's still smarting after being dumped by him.
Fans who want to know more about Islam, please check the Useful Notes page for Islam.

    Jenna Middleton 
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Jenna Middleton
Played by Jessica Tyler, Seasons 9-14 (regular)

"At my old school, I was such a boyfriend-stealer. Especially with bad-boy types. They're totally my weakness."

Jenna is impossibly perky and very friendly...so much so, she doesn't seem to mind stepping over some people in order to make nice. She undermines Clare's relationship with KC and soon KC is charmed by her perky ways and he breaks up with Clare to be with Jenna. She is a talented musician and wanted to be a famous singer, but in season 10, she winds up pregnant with KC's baby. She dealt with the reality of being a teenage mother and crumbled under the weight. She gives her son Tyson up for adoption, and her sunny disposition faded. After wandering around lost, she meets super religious Becky Baker who introduces her to Christianity. In season 12, she starts dating Connor and they make it to graduation and beyond. After Degrassi, she attends the Los Angeles School of Recording Arts to start studying sound engineering.


  • A Friend in Need: After her pregnancy, she's become more of a supportive friend to others, particularly to Alli. After Alli was beaten up by Leo, she immediately guessed it was him who did it.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She zeroed in on KC as soon as she walks through the doors of Degrassi.
    • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After her relationship with KC dissolves and she starts developing feelings for Connor, she questions whether she's playing to this.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Veronica to Clare's Betty for KC.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She deliberately flirts with KC in hopes of stealing him away from Clare, and she does it with a smile on her face the whole time. Later, she regrets it once she gets pregnant by KC and thinks it's Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: When together with Alli and Clare, she's the blonde of the group.
  • Break the Cutie: After Tyson is born, she tries to be a good mother but she's completely stressed out of her mind and lonely. And in a fit of rage, she actually hits KC with her guitar, which signals to her than she's not ready to be a mother.
  • Broken Bird: After giving Tyson up for adoption. Her previous sugary sweet personality has gone away and she's still hurting from her decision.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jessica Tyler is a songwriter and guitarist, and that element was worked in with her character. In fact, Jessica Tyler's music video was shown in episode as Jenna's work.
  • Character Development: One of the more notable examples in the series, both in-universe and out: She begins as a man-hungry boyfriend stealer who's seen as a scrappy by the fans. As catastrophic things happen to her, she's tempered into a more level-headed and friendly individual who ends up dating Connor, and she eventually becomes one of the more popular characters as a result.
  • The Cheerleader: Was a part of the Power Squad, until she got pregnant.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In season ten, briefly as KC becomes Wide Receiver for the football team. Turns out her fears was confirmed, as KC later cheats on her with Marisol, the same girl she was worried about. In season 13, she becomes this when Connor gets attention from women after his makeover.
  • Converting for Love: Initially, she becomes a Christian and is even baptized just to get closer to Becky's brother, Luke.
  • The Cutie: At first she was the The Fake Cutie due to her interfering with Clare's relationship, until she's broken and becomes this trope.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After the teen mother ordeal, she seems to have given up on making it big in the music world and she's still searching for something to fulfill her life. She ends up becoming a Christian.
  • Dye Hard: She reveals she's a natural brunette in Scream.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Of the flirtatious variety and she gets a lot of attention when she transfers to Degrassi from the boys, Clare, and participates in the talent show.
  • Foil: For Clare; Jenna is perky and sunny compared to Clare's reserved and shy nature. Also Clare is truthful and honest and Jenna was sneakier, especially when it came to dating KC.
  • Genki Girl: She was cheerful and perky, and made fast friends with Clare, Alli not so much.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: The rationale for letting Tyson be adopted, due to her and KC's failure at raising him.
  • Idol Singer: Her ultimate dream, though she's a more talented than the average Idol Singer.
  • Missing Mom: She mentioned in Lose Yourself that her mom's dead, though in Season 10, she was in Nashville.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: After her pregnancy, she still gets judged as promiscuous. Mrs. Bhandari harshly judged her for a pregnancy test she found (that was actually Alli's), and Luke saw her as a potential threat to him stay a virgin.
  • New Transfer Student: She transferred to Degrassi in season nine. Her old school was "Backstab High."
  • Out of Focus: As of season 13, her role gradually faded into the background as soon as she started dating Connor and does no longer get any major plots or storylines revolving around her. She and Connor barely showed up at all during season 14. At least they made it to graduation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents are completely out of the picture, and she lived with her brother, at least until he left for work in Alberta. Now she lives with Alli, the Bhandaris are her guardians.
  • Pair the Spares: She and Connor were the only ones without storylines or significant others, so naturally...
  • Potty Failure: After a bad incident with diet pills. And she was on top of the cheerleading pyramid...
  • Prom Baby: Well, not prom... but her water does break at a school dance.
  • Retcon/Characterization Marches On: Her family history. Her mom was in Nashville, and now she's dead. She used to have a lot of brothers, now she only has one. Her dad was away working for the family, but now he's a deadbeat.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She gave the baby up for adoption after a month or so because she couldn't hack it at motherhood.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She used to be very backstabby in order to get with good-looking boys, culminating in her stealing KC from Clare, which made her extremely unpopular with the fans. After her pregnancy - and being cheated on herself - she's mellowed considerably and has made amends with Clare.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Clare in season ten, but they patch things up in the final episode in the second half of season eleven.
  • Weight Woe: Took diet pills early in her pregnancy when she thought she was just gaining weight.

    Connor De Laurier 

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Connor DeLaurier
Played by A.J. Saudin, Seasons 8-14 (regular)

“To know that it's not my fault that I'm the way that I am and that they're other people just like me. I'm just not some weirdo anymore.”

Connor is boarding with Mr. Simpson, his godfather in order to attend Degrassi's gifted program. He is very intelligent, but as everyone soon noticed, he's a very odd child. He constantly talks about things that don't interest people and has a knack for hyper-focusing on one subject. It is soon revealed Connor has Asperger's Syndrome. While he has his friends by his side, he also has to deal with the many kids at Degrassi that don't get him. In season 12, he starts becoming very interested in space and being an astronaut. He also gains Jenna as a girlfriend but he has to not only navigate through his emotions, but also learn to respect Jenna's emotions. He continues to date Jenna and is off to Caltech to study for applied physics and aerospace.


  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Not just with numbers but with a lot of hypothetical situations, such as basketball and football plays and computer algorithms.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Has shown he can be vindictive if you really cross him, like when he put a snake in Johnny's tent, set up Mo with an imaginary online date, and ridiculing Clare on Twitter.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's Black Canadian and in the gifted class, not to mention the academic quiz team.
  • Brutal Honesty: Honest to a fault.
  • Creature of Habit: As part of his Asperger's, he was set in his habits and patterns. With socialization and training, he's slowly growing out of this.
  • Comic Trio: With Dave and Wesley and he's the Only Sane Man.
  • Covert Pervert: His hormones kick in season eleven, and he starts stealing women's underwear and sneaking into the girls' locker room. None of his friends suspect him of being the peeping tom and Wesley thought his panty snatching ways were over.
  • Dating Service Disaster: He met a girl LoveQueen16 (who was purportly a teen girl) online playing Realm of Doom, whom he felt attached to, and when they met in person, she turned out to be a middle aged overweight woman. He and friends thought she may be harmless, until she starts being grabby.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: With Clare, Alli, and KC, he's phlegmatic (introverted and people-oriented).
  • Good with Numbers: He's very great at math and statistics and compiling formulas.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: After Jenna makes him over to look more cool, he starts getting more attention from the female student body.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He sometimes can hurt other people's feelings with the statements he makes, not to mention not considering the feelings of the girls whose underwear he snatched.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Pre-uniform he would wear identical T-shirts all the time, since choosing clothes was a struggle for him. Complete with one of the few non-comedic closet gag scenes.
  • No Social Skills: He struggles to connect with people and understand them and it leads to awkward situations and moments.
  • Out of Focus: Along with Jenna, he has receded into the background season 13-14.
  • Pair the Spares: He, along with Jenna had no storylines or was dating anyone so they got paired together.
  • Photographic Memory: He has a great memory, and it comes in handy when he memorizes LoveQueen16's license plate after he escapes from her car.
  • Put on a Bus: In season eleven, briefly after he's caught stealing girls' underwear.
  • Teen Genius: One of the smartest Degrassi kids, next to Alli. He is a genius with statistics and stats.
  • Those Two Guys: With Wesley, at least until Wesley left the show.
Fans wanting to know more about Asperger's Syndrome can check the Useful Notes page for it.

    Drew Torres 

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Andrew "Drew" Torres
Played by Luke Bilyk, Season 10-14 (regular)

“Being the good guy isn't doing anyone any favors. That's why you're in this mess. Drop it.”

Drew was the new fresh-faced New Transfer Student to Degrassi, along with his step-brother Adam. He immediately gains popularity and also is a star football player. However, he's not very bright or good with schoolwork, and his mother is micromanaging his entire high school career, which leads to his deep-seeded insecurity. So far, he has had the most romantic drama out of the "new class" of Degrassi. He dated Alli Bhandari for awhile, but cheats on her with Bianca. In season eleven, he deals with the baggage Bianca came with, mainly her gang connections and getting the tar beat out with him. The incident gives him post traumatic stress disorder, and he finds scary ways to bring it out. But with Katie's help, he mellows out and the two start dating, but he breaks up with her to date Bianca who he later proposes to. He drops out of school after he gets a head injury and but returns later in the year as a fifth-year senior and is elected Student Council President. He wants to be more grown-up and responsible and lands a job with Miles Hollingsworth II's mayoral campaign. But his immaturity leads to some mistakes along the way.

In season 14, after being dumped by Bianca and then losing his brother, Drew throws himself headfirst into his job and president role. He even gains another girlfriend in Becky, which goes through it's ups and downs with Clare's pregnancy until he figures out he isn't the father. He has no major plans after graduation, but is proud of the legacy he left at Degrassi and the friends he made.


  • The Ace: He was introduced as this, as a standout on the Degrassi football and basketball team, with good looks and plenty of girls into him.
    • Broken Ace: Drew is deeply insecure about his abilities, not to mention traumatized from the ordeal with Vince's gang.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's faster to accept Adam's transgender status than his mother, and he does look out for him in occasion.
  • Book Dumb: He's completely terrible at school work and not very bright at all, but he's more people-smart and a good athlete.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When he blackmailed Riley. He ended up bubble wrapped to a flag pole in his underwear.
  • Character Development: In season 10, Drew was a Jerk Jock who played with girls' feelings. In season 13, after more girl trouble and Adam's death, he becomes more mature and more aware of girls' feelings. In particular, rejecting Clare when it was obvious she still felt love towards Eli.
  • But We Used a Condom: Clare still ends up getting pregnant after she and Drew have sex using a condom. As stated before, not ''terribly'' uncommon. But then ends up being averted anyway as it turns out Clare's baby isn't his.
  • Butt-Monkey: As of recent seasons. The women of his life boss him around. Nobody really thinks he's very intelligent and his actions usually induce groans.
  • Characterization Marches On: Drew was originally introduced as a smarmy jock who was willing to resort to shady tactics for what he wanted. As seasons went on, he developed into the insecure, not very bright Butt-Monkey.
  • Chick Magnet: At least in season ten, part one. This status goes away when hooks up with Bianca and gains a "gross-by-association" reputation with the girls. But then it comes back later. He's dated Alli, Katie, Bianca, Zoë and lastly Becky. By the end of the season 14, he ends up with no one however.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: After he breaks up with Becky due to having to give all his attention to Clare's baby. He finds out the baby isn't his, but by then Becky's moved onto Jonah which pisses off Drew and he even uses his Student Council President role to be petty and get them detention as well telling Becky that Jonah seems shady. Of course he turns out to be RIGHT, but still.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He isn't too smart, and got his ass beaten a lot of times, but when he started fighting, he was a serious threat with his unchecked rage.
  • Dating What Mommy Hates: Mrs. Torres does not hate Bianca at all, but she just wants better for her son and Bianca's background gives her pause.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: After his friends dump alcohol down down his throat at a party he didn't want to have in the first place, he ends up sleeping with Katie - the girl he had just broken up with - despite his obvious drunken state. The show ignores the fact that he would have been unable to consent.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Subverted, at the beginning he would do anything to defend Bianca, a girl whom didn't know personally outside of the boiler room and now as he learns of her past, not so much. But even after everything he knows about Bianca and how much trouble she landed him in, and the fact he has a girlfriend, he's still willing to help her and defend her from the gang.
  • Dumb Jock: He was one of the most popular Degrassi students, and he's not very bright at all.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Drew has a perpetually pearly white smile.
  • Freak Out!: After his run in with the gang members, he returns to school with a lot of paranoia and anger on his shoulders. He has several sudden rages at the slightest provocations.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Not so much in the case of Fiona who still has a bit of money to afford a large loft, but how the hell can Drew afford his half of the rent? And buy a motorcyle?
  • Heroic BSoD: After his gang beatdown, he gets post traumatic stress order and can barely function at school. He has a second one after Adam dies, culminating in him staggering down Yonge Street in downtown Toronto in a grief-induced stupor.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dallas, and it's really emphasized after Adam dies. Drew even calls Dallas his brother.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: Literally his excuse for cheating on Alli, he couldn't control himself against Bianca's womanly wiles.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Ooh boy. Drew tries hard, but always usually stumbles and hurts someone's feelings.
  • Karma Houdini: As pointed out by his mother, he will face no consequences for having sex with 15-year-old Zoë, while Zoë will get all the scorn.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Didn't exactly get it up for Bianca in Idiotque. Didn't even last 30 minutes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In season ten when he threatens to out Riley so he can make QB1.
  • Mushroom Samba: After he takes shrooms, thanks to Bianca. No hallucinations, just a lot of giggling and smiling.
  • My Beloved Smother: Mrs. Torres means well, but she does like control of Drew's actions, from his schoolwork, to his school activities, to who he dates.
  • Necktie Leash: Not exactly a necktie, but Bianca does drag Drew along by the collar in Chasing Pavements...
  • New Transfer Student: Introduced to Degrassi in season ten.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: With Alli, at first. It didn't help that Alli was relentless, and did his schoolwork for him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: So far we're at three fights were Drew loses very badly. The worst was the Curbstomp Battle he took in Idioteque by three gang members.
  • Odd Couple: With Fiona, his new roommate after he moves out his house.
  • Playing Hard to Get: With Alli in season ten, and he then he tells her that he was just testing her to see if she was girlfriend material.
  • Pretty Boy: Acknowledged as such by Owen and Vince. Vince wanted to use his "squeaky-clean" image to sell drugs.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Emphasis on trouble. When he calls Adam "Gracie" it's a sign of brain injury.
  • School Idol: In season ten, before he hooked up with Bianca and became Persona Non Grata with the girls. This seems to have subsided in season twelve.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's having issues sleeping after Adam's death and is on Zolpidem which makes him have strange side effects, such as doing things he doesn't remember.
  • Smug Snake: This was mainly in season ten when he first came to Degrassi and aimed to getting QB 1. He was arrogant and thought the slot belong to him.
  • Student Council President: Elected to the position in season twelve.
  • Survivor Guilt: Has it after Adam's death, in that he blames himself for Adam getting into a car and getting into an accident in the first place.
  • Tap on the Head: Treated a bit more seriously by the show. He had prior brain damage to the MMA fighting and he hits his head on the ground when he falls from the stairs drunk.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he starts taking Tae Kwon Do classes, he holds his own in a fight against Vince.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When he was first introduced, he was a manipulative jock who threatened to out Riley so he could be QB1 Season after season, Drew came less of a jerk and more Innocently Insensitive (and also less cunning), with occasional Jerkass moments.
  • Troubled, but Cute: In season eleven, as his Hair-Trigger Temper kept flaring due to his PTSD. Then after Adam dies.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Although he makes homophobic comments to Riley and threatens to out him if he's not given the position of quarterback, he's nevertheless more sympathetic to him and Zane than the rest of the (very immature) team is, and he drops it once their secret comes out.
  • Unequal Pairing: Both Dallas and Clare point out that his relationship with Zoë is this (He's 18 going on 19 and Zoë is 15). He later has sex with her and then dumps her, leading Zoë's mother on a rampage and Drew's mother to verbally Dope Slap him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Bianca, especially when Katie was still in the picture.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He used this to to win his MMA fights, and was a rageaholic due to his PTSD from getting beaten down.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Marisol, when he was dating Katie. He used to dislike her completely, but now it's downgraded to simple teasing and he was friendlier with her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He cheated on every girl he dated other than Becky. First she cheats on Alli with Bianca in the boiler room, then on Katie with the same girl with a kiss. Then he cheats on Bianca with Katie, though that may have been sketchy since he was drunk and concussed and Katie initiated it.

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    Adam Torres 

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Adam Torres
Played by Jordan Todosey, Season 10-13 (regular)

“I'm a guy, like 100% dude. But I was born in a girl's body.”

Adam is Drew's step-brother. Adam is pretty much a typical teenage boy: He likes girls, video games, and sports. He also is transgender, and was previously known as a girl named "Gracie" as a child. He is trying to fit in at Degrassi but occasionally slips, and is self-conscious about his body and his gender dysphoria. His transgender status is found out by Bianca and the whole school and in a fit of confusion and rejection, slips back into the Gracie persona before deciding to be himself. He is friends with Clare and Eli and has a snarky, spunky personality. But his transgender status makes him naive about trusting others and fitting in. He desperately hates his body and wants nothing more than to look more male and be looked at as a man.

In the summer before senior year, he and Becky hit a snag in their relationship. While declaring his love for Becky via texting while driving, he gets into a serious car wreck and later tragically dies of his injuries. He is commemorated at the season 14 graduation.


  • Aborted Declaration of Love: His final text message to Becky about him being in love with her was never sent.
  • Adorkable: His attempts at fitting in and general nerdy interests make him this.
  • A Friend in Need: He is very loyal to his main two best friends Clare and Eli, and despite Dave's and Bianca's transphoic insults, he forgave them and is friends with them as well.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Jordan Todosey can pull off a Pretty Boy look pretty well; and Adam has had three girls interested in his looks, and Tristan, a gay male.
  • Berserk Button: He is not a GIRL!
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: He becomes the go-between for Clare and Eli when they're not talking and it becomes a Running Gag how bad he is at keeping his mouth shut. When he tells Clare the location of Eli's house and she goes there to confront him about it, Eli opens the door and sees that she's there, and he just mutters "Adam." In season 13A, he accidentally spills the beans to Clare that he's there on Eli's strict orders to boost Clare's spirits.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: After he sees Becky's Facerange photos with some hunky guy, he completely loses it and even hacks into her account to tell him to step off.
  • Chick Magnet: Bianca, Fiona, Katie, and Becky in season twelve. Also a Dude Magnet for Tristan.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Both Drew and Clare wanted her to name her unborn son after him, but unfortunately the baby was not Drew's.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not all the time, but when you get on his bad side, he's prone to snark.
  • Determinator: Despite all his hardships and people not understanding him, he's determined to make friends, find love, transition fully to male and make his mark on the school.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The episode where he gets into his later-fatal car wreck starts off like an regular episode and it's not until the very end where we see his last moments before he hits the tree.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": It's Adam, not Gracie, his old persona's birth name.
  • First Law of Gender-Bending: Subverted. After taking on his birth identity ("Gracie") once, he gets together with Eli and Clare to burn all his "girl" clothes and things. Only Word of God could confirm it, but the character being FtM may well be a deliberate subversion in itself.
  • Foreshadowing: Drew has to tell Adam more than once to stay off his phone and stop worrying about Becky and pay attention to the campers. He nearly ends up in trouble for it as the Degrassi summer camp and it leads to his death.
  • Freudian Trio: Adam takes a very reserved McCoy with Eli and Clare. Except in Still Fighting It where Adam had to pick between Eli's solution to stand, and Clare's solution to let it go.
  • Garage Band: Plays bass in WhisperHug.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Jordan Todosey is a girl. Just to be clear. The character however took a completely different name rather than one similar to Grace.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He wants a girlfriend desperately, but he has a hard time finding someone okay with it and when they are okay with it, they come with baggage.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: A constant theme with the character. He wants to make his mind match his body, but his mother is hesitant to start him on any hormone therapy.
  • Killed Off for Real: Joins the same club as Rick, J.T., and Cam.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He was really hurt when he was shot in the shoulder, but suffers a remarkable lack of trauma/PTSD from afterwards, which is surprising considering, well it's Degrassi.
  • Meaningful Name: Adam. As in Adam from the Bible? The first man?
  • Mistaken for Gay: By Tori, who assumed he was a gay guy. Then later by Becky and her parents as a confused lesbian. Becky later accepts Adam as a guy.
  • Mama Bear: His mom, while still trying to come to terms with Adam's transgenderism, is fiercely protective of him. However, she isn't as controlling over him as she is Drew, possibly because she cannot do a thing to control Adam's transgenderism.
  • New Transfer Student: He transferred to Degrassi in season ten, with his step-brother Drew.
  • Nice Guy: He's a nice guy, courteous and kind. But don't call him a girl, EVER.
  • Only Sane Man: Is the replacement one for Eli after he and Clare end things. For instance, he immediately notices Imogen's craziness, and refuses to take Eli's pills from him when asked.
  • Pass Fail: At first. He is gradually getting his mannerisms right and changing his looks. Tori, Becky, and Missy first saw him as a cisgendered guy, and he passes successfully for Becky's parents.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He may be smaller than the other guys, and his figure is slight but he packs a wallop and has held his own in a fight.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You want to see what I've got down my pants today??"
  • Self-Harm: Adam hates being a girl so much that when he's forced back into his Gracie persona he starts burning himself. It's also indicated he used to burn himself back when he was Gracie.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: At one point he is shown using an Ace bandage to bind. Later on, he gets a chest-compression vest with an immediately noticeable effect.
  • Teen Genius: He's part of the Bright Sparks Academic team.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Poutine. Only mentioned in the show once, but he's talked about it repeatedly on Twitter.
  • Trans Tribulations: During his first season, he gets mis-gendered several times, assaulted, and briefly returned back his assigned gender and burns himself in order to keep the pain inside. He gets much better but then in his final season, he's killed while texting and driving.
  • Transgender: He is Degrassi's first transgender character, and indeed the first fictional regular transgender teen character in the history of scripted television.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Pretty unlucky in love, and has a naivete whenever he does get close to someone to not see the other issues, like with Fiona's drinking or Missy using him.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: On Bianca, and she wasn't very tactful or sensitive about it. Fiona handles it better, Katie knew about it, Becky came to terms with it and Tristan was mortified, mainly because he thought he was a cisgender guy.
  • What Could Have Been: Was originally supposed to be an androgynous lesbian named Zoë. Only Word of God can confirm, but sources can be read as saying Adam was conceived as he now is from the start and girls were asked to audition for "Zoë" instead, to keep plans for a transgender character secret.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Mrs. Torres tries very hard to convince Adam that being Gracie is "easier for everyone." He gives it up when they both realize how much pain being Gracie causes him.)
Fans who want to know more about being transgender can check the Useful Notes page for it.

    Imogen Moreno 

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Imogen Moreno
Played by Cristine Prosperi, Season 11-14 (regular)

"I know I'm weird, and you're gonna like it."

A quirky, artistic girl introduced in season eleven. She dresses in unusual ways, and has a million and one idiosyncrasies. She has a child-like innocence and demeanor and it translates into her awkwardness when associating with others. She is also unpopular at Degrassi due to her eccentricities, but she doesn't let that bother her. She had a deep interest in Eli, and when the chance came, she took the initiative to drive Clare and Eli further apart so she can have Eli all to herself. But when they do start dating, it doesn't quite live up to her expectations due to his Crazy Jealous Guy tendencies. She still remains friends with him and Fiona, whom she starts a romantic relationship with. Her parents are divorced and her father suffers from dementia, something she was in denial about until his condition worsened.

In season thirteen, she returns to Degrassi after flunking her senior year. She doesn't have Fiona anymore, but she had a budding interest in Adam, who was dating Becky. She kissed him, and Adam died shortly afterwards leading Imogen to hide the truth from Becky but later they become very close friends. She later develops in interest in New Transfer Student Jack, but the relationship peters out towards the end of season 14. After Degrassi, she's headed to OCAD in Toronto to study art.


  • Adorkable: Awkward, child-like, and friendly, which draws Fiona's attention.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: During season eleven part one. In part two, it became an Unrequited Love Switcheroo as Eli was up for it, but Imogen had moved on.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Clare's Betty.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite her lackadaisicalness, she can be very serious and prone to sneakiness and grudges. She tried to drive a wedge between Clare and Eli, has a serious grudge against her mother for leaving her father and hit Marisol with a book after she insulted her father. In season 13A, she goes after Adam, knowing he has a girlfriend.
  • Bi the Way: She's had relationships with Eli (cisgender male) and Fiona (cisgender female), was interested in Adam (transgender male), and dated Jack (cisgender female). When asked about her sexuality, Imogen's response is that "[she] likes people" indicating she is either bisexual or pansexual.
  • Blithe Spirit: The biggest one at Degrassi, and she's either disliked or loved for it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her name is called on the intercom in What's My Age Again?, and then she appears briefly in Cry Me A River, before being officially introduced in Dirt Off Your Shoulder.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Every episode Imogen appears in she will say or do something completely off the wall. A few Season 12 episodes all she is there for is a single Big-Lipped Alligator Moment that has very little to do with the rest of the plot.
  • Daddy's Girl: She completely adores her father, and takes after him and his quirkier actions.
  • Drama Club: With Eli gone, Imogen takes full control of planning the "Captain Who" musical.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After a few brief appearances, she makes a big splash in Dirt Off Your Shoulder. Literally, as she dives into floor face first purposely in order to protect Eli from getting in trouble for breaking school property.
  • Flanderization: Seems to be headed this way in New Beginnings. Her quirkiness is really played up in Underneath It All, and she seems to have lost the attitude she had when dealing with Clare and Bianca in Now or Never.
  • Full-Name Basis: She tends to refer to the people she interacts with by their full names.
  • Garage Band: Plays with WhisperHug. Her instrument is a turntable with champagne glasses, and later tamborine, and drums. Basically whatever the song requires that isn't played by someone else.
  • Genki Girl: At her happiest, she's buoyant and hyper and really animated.
  • Held Back in School: She failed most of her classes, and will have to repeat her senior year.
  • Lady Macbeth: Has shades of this in her manipulation of Eli to drive him further away from Clare.
  • Loners Are Freaks: It's somewhat indicated that she didn't have very many friends before she mets Eli and Fiona. And she's somewhat freakish.
  • Mad Love: Mild version, towards Eli before she gets freaked out by his possessiveness.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Subverted, as while she seems like a version played straight, she has some awful ideas about Eli stopping his meds and turns him against Clare.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In Dirt Off Your Shoulder, she essentially takes a vulnerable Eli under her wing and poisons his head with lies about his ex-girlfriend, turning him against her.
  • Meganekko: Her glasses are her trademark.
  • Missing Mom: Her parents are divorced, and she doesn't have a very good relationship with her, which she prefers.
  • Odd Friendship: As of mid-season eleven, she and Bianca strike up a friendship. Also later with Becky, a conservative Christian girl who used to be slightly homophobic.
  • Perky Female Minion: ... sort of. Eli does a minor Heel–Face Turn off his meds and she's right by his side the whole time.
  • Plucky Girl: Particularly when it comes to feminist issues, she led a protest against the school's dress code for girls after she forgot to wear a bra to school, not to mention she was involved in Zoë's sexual assault investigation and also wanted to investigate the Degrassi Nudes scheme.
  • Psycho Supporter: It's likely that she thinks she's helping Eli by getting him off of his medication... In reality, he goes full blown insane, and she encourages it.
  • Relationship Sabotage: She manipulates Eli into thinking that Clare never loved him and was only using him.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Attended Degrassi for years, and crushed on Eli that entire time and wasn't seen before the eleventh season. Eli even hangs a lampshade on it by freaking out at her memories of his biggest moments and thinks she's stalking him.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: At Fiona's senior party, where she debuts her Fiona-approved down-to-earth look. Even Marisol, Katie, Drew, and Owen are impressed.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: She marches to her own beat and dresses however she wants, but when it comes to emotionally intense moments, or her feelings she tends to clam up and become anxious.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Imogen has a detailed understanding of events relating to Eli Goldsworthy before her introduction in the series. Tied with Loners Are Freaks title she didn't have many friends and felt attached to the idea of dating Eli.
    • She could be considered a Deconstruction, she acts this ways because she was raised by and adores her father who acts oddly because he suffers from dementia.
  • Unknown Rival: With Clare, who wasn't even aware of Imogen's animosity towards her.
  • What Could Have Been: Her last name was originally "Berish," but that changed when they cast an Italian-Canadian actress. Also, her weirdness was just supposed to be a facade to cover for her normal life but she's as every bit as weird as her dad, even without his dementia. note  What she originally developed as eventually gave birth to the character of Esme in Degrassi: Next Class.
  • Womanchild: She's a bit behind in terms of maturity compared with her peers, she seems very childlike and bouncy.

     Becky Baker 

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Becky Baker
Played by Sarah Fisher, Season 12-14 (regular)

"It’s not going to be easy, but it’s important to do what's right."

Becky is the younger sister (by 11 months) of Luke. She is a conservative Christian, and has strong Christian opinions and values. She's perky, bubbly and she's very involved with helping charities and fundraising. She and Eli clashed over the production of Romeo and Jules, particularly over the same-sex pairing. She was determine to take down Eli, until she met Adam and was smitten by him, even after she learns he's a transman.

In season 13, she inadvertently gets in the middle of a huge Degrassi scandal involving Zoë being sexually assaulted by her own brother. She testifies against him in his trial, and it drives a wedge in between her and her family. Now Becky is trying to move on, but she can't be the impossibly sunny person she once was. She dated Drew for awhile until she couldn't deal with his babymama drama with Clare. She dated Jonah, a fellow Christian until Jonah's past resurfaces. After Degrassi, she goes to University of Vermont to study biology.


  • Affably Evil: So friendly, yet so manipulative. She does seem like like a heel at first before she gets more dimension.
  • Alliterative Name: Becky Baker, even Adam called her "B-Squared" once.
  • Being Good Sucks: Becky tries to be a nice as she can be, but it usually blows up in her face.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Throughout season 12, as her deviousness came out when it came to sabotaging the Romeo and Jules play. Also in season 14, she didn't choose Zoë to be on cheer team just not to remind her of the trial. And she does it all very nicely.
  • Black Sheep: After turning her brother in for sexually assaulting Zoë and also testifying against him, she's being frozen out from her family.
  • Character Development: Gets a lot, and rather smoothly. She was originally closed-minded, but now willing to expand her thinking and even stand up for others. She was mildly homophobic when she first started attending Degrassi and by the end, her best friends were a lesbian and a pansexual girl.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: towards Adam, mostly whenever Imogen is concerned. Then later when Imogen wanted to date Jack, she felt jealous due to the possibility losing her best friend.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: When she finds out Luke was invovled in Zoë's sexual assault, she felt pressure to protect him but she eventually does the right thing.
  • Cure Your Gays: Her parents pressure her to seek therapy for homosexuality after she reveals that Adam is transgender to them.
  • The Cutie: She's sweet and innocent with a sunny disposition. Most of her homophobia came from her family and she eventually gets over it after understanding Adam more.
    • Break the Cutie: Learning her brother sexually assaulted Zoë, and then testifying against him at his trial. After that, she's the odd girl out with her family and feels shame everywhere she goes.
  • Drama Club: She was the playwright at her old school, and then tried to take over once she came to Degrassi.
  • Eagleland: She started out as the "America, the Boorish" type, and now she's Mixed Flavor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As much as she hated the play she didn't want it to be ended and was visibly upset when Tristan went missing. She even went out of her way and defied her morals and was willing to take his place.
  • Expy: Very reminiscent of Darcy, with them both being Christian girls, and both being judgmental, and questioning aspects of their faith.
  • Foil: She's exactly Eli's complete opposite (perky, traditional and hopeful), yet they do have similar headstrong Manipulative Bastard tendencies.
  • False Rape Accusation: She mistakenly accuses Miles and Winston of assaulting Zoë during her investigation.
  • Gamer Chick: Due to her falling out of favor with her family, she turned to the Realm of Doom (introduced in season 10 as Connor's favorite MMORPG) for comfort and got hooked.
  • Genki Girl: Very much so, possibly even perkier than Jenna. It really irritates Eli.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was originally very much an antagonist (albeit a good intentioned one), but her relationship with Adam and her friendships within the school turned her into a Face before too long.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Adam's death, although she recovers before Drew does, and tries to honour her late boyfriend with a celebration.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Formerly, or at least recovering. She was planning to protest the gay play, and didn't take it very well when discovering that Adam was trans-gendered. But she quickly gets over it. She also gains feelings for Adam, and they begin dating.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: When she started dating Jonah and realized that she wanted to do more with him than just kiss.
  • Holier Than Thou: Actually plays both sides on this. On one hand she does thump the Bible an awful lot, on the other hand she does follow the whole "love everyone" part of it as well. She eventually grows out of the first one.
  • The Ingenue: Probably more so than Clare or Alli, she's been sheltered by her Christian family all her life. During Jonah's band audition she sings The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" like a hymn, all while not being even being familiar with the band. Also extended to sex where she looked up a lot of pornography and sex advice to figure out what was going on with her desires towards Jonah.
  • Intrepid Reporter: A budding one, as she tries to piece together what happened the night of Zoë's assault.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tries at nothing to stop the Romeo and Jules play and even suggests that Dave is struggling with his sexuality due to him being in it.
  • My Brother Is Off Limits: Coldly states this to Jenna. Becomes Harsher in Hindsight when Luke sexually assaults a drunk Zoë.
  • Odd Friendship: With Imogen, a creative pansexual girl along with Jack, her lesbian tomboy girlfriend.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: She tries out of Jonah's band, and has a pathetic knowledge of rock music. She sings "Cherry Bomb" like a choir girl and didn't know who Karen O was.
  • Sadistic Choice: Her main conflict in season 13, when she discovers that her brother and another boy took advantage of Zoë while drunk. She's faced with either telling the truth during the trial and getting her brother arrested and become the family's pariah or lying and basically hating herself and letting Zoë's assaulter go free. She tells the truth, but her family is completely broken by the end.
  • Relationship Sabotage: She tries to get in between Imogen and Jack because she doesn't want to lose Imogen as a friend. This leads to her being Mistaken for Gay, however.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Luke. Becky is a devout Christian and very rigid on her beliefs and Luke is a jerkass isn't afraid of breaking his faith's doctrine.
  • Soapbox Sadie: She is not afraid to espouse her Christian beliefs, no matter how offensive they may be.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Despite her initial revulsion, she is now crushing on Adam.
  • Survivor Guilt: Has it after Adam dies, especially when she finds out that Adam was coming to see her when he got into the car crash that ultimately killed him.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: One of the few dramatic cases, as she is disgusted with herself when she learns Adam is transgender. She even thinks Adam's just a girl who is deeply confused. This doesn't last, thankfully.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's innocent and sweet and always thinks the best of people, until it backfires on her.
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    Mike Dallas 

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Mike Dallas
Played by Demetrius Joyette, Season 12-14 (regular)

"If you come into my house and disrespect me in front of my team, you're going to get disrespected back."

Mike is a senior at Degrassi and captain of the Ice Hounds hockey team. He is a leader to the team and fiercely protective of them and their image. Due to his leader status, good looks, and talent, he has coasted through life with no one challenging him. This has led to him having a big ego which he isn't afraid to throw around. However, after his teammate and mentoree kills himself, he's completely shaken to the core and wants to change to be a better man and father to his young son, Rocky.

In season 13, he's back at Degrassi but he's been cut from the Ice Hounds and also dealing with the death of his close friend Adam. He's also trying to catch the eye of Alli, who's dealing with the fallout from some relationship drama. After proving himself as a good friend, Alli then starts dating him and their relationship makes it to graduation. After Degrassi Dallas is off to play for a Japanese hockey team, the Nippon Papercranes.


  • The Ace: A top athlete with good looks, who has the respect of his team and the school. At least, most of the school.
  • A Father to His Men: He is very protective of the Ice Hounds' image and players, not to mention the father figure to a lot of them. He's actually a dad himself, and fathered a son at the age of 15.
  • Angry Black Man: After he and Connor are repeatedly racially profiled while trying to help Alli with her science fair project, Dallas starts to cop this attitude. Mr. Bhandari talks him out of this, thankfully.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Katie hurts his ego a bit. He responds by destroying school property - AKA the garden she and Jake were working on.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Alli, who seems to be actively avoiding any romantic contact with him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Big time when Cam commits suicide due to believing it was his fault Cam killed himself. Also resorts to this when he gets cut from the Ice Hounds.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was actually taken aback by Becky's planned play protest and called it homophobic.
  • Expy: Dallas is black, athletic, and when we first meet him he's a Jerk Jock that later becomes nicer and wiser after a traumatic event. You know, like Jimmy.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Drew, and they become closer after Adam dies.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He felt responsible for Cam's suicide and was thinking of throwing himself off the roof because of it.
  • Jerk Jock: In the first episode he's introduced in, he makes a remark about how flat-chested Maya is (who's barely 14 years old), later hits on Fiona knowing she's a lesbian, and then wrecks Jake's garden due to his ego being bruised.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted, he was about to teach Alli's abusive ex a lesson until he thought of his own son. He later encouraged Alli to confront him herself.
  • Last-Name Basis: Known by all as "Dallas."
  • Lez Bro: He and Fiona have an Odd Friendship after he hits on her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Actually outsmarts Eli at his own game by trying to get the play canceled, by leading him to think it was a homophobic protests by parents...only for him to find out the main concern was the glorification of suicide.invoked
  • Only Sane Man: In season 13, he has had the least amount of drama and mostly gives advice to Drew and a few others about their issues.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Dallas finally gets to date Alli near the end of season 13 and they become a couple.
  • The Rival: So far, he's managed to make an enemy of Eli, Fiona, Katie, and Jake. And Clare disliked him until Alli vouched for him. He gets better.
  • Teen Pregnancy: He had a baby with his then-girlfriend Vanessa when he was 15.
  • The Worf Effect: Being the captain of the hockey team, you'd think he could hold his own in a fight. Eli broke his nose before the fight really started. He did manage to hold his own with his nose broken, but Eli won.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: When he learns of Adam's death.
  • Villain Decay: It did not take him long to make a few enemies at Degrassi, but throughout the season he gets better, especially after Cam's death and has made ammends with everyone he's formerly pissed off. By the start of season 13, he's hardly the same person.

    Luke Baker 

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Luke Baker
Played by Craig Arnold, Season 12-13 (regular), 14 (recurring)

"It's not like anyone will believe you anyway. I'm on the basketball team. I'm a good Christian guy, I'm a hockey star."

Luke Baker is the older brother of Becky and also a part of the Ice Hounds hockey team. Like Becky, he is a devout Christian. But unlike Becky, he is a jerk and consistently doesn't follow his religion's teachings. He harshly judges Jenna's sexual history and he is also a bully and doesn't hesitate to pick on others.

In season 13, he and another Degrassi basketball player sexually assault Zoë at a party and they videotape it as well. He tries in vain to convince Zoë that he did nothing wrong, but then Zoë accuses him and with Becky backing her up with evidence, he is arrested. Despite his efforts to get Becky to vouch for him on the stand, Becky tells the truth. He's later found guilty of sexual assault and child pornography and sentenced to juvenile detention for two years.


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    Dave Turner 

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David "Dave" Turner
Played by Jahmil French, Seasons 9-12 (regular), 13 (guest)

"Look, I've tried. Many, many times. It's not going to happen, so I'm done trying...I'm a loser, why fight it?"

Chantay's cousin who desperately wants to rule Degrassi and become Big Man on Campus. He stood up to the biggest bully at Degrassi, joined the basketball team, and scored (or at least thought he scored) Jenna, a cheerleader. Unfortunately, most students at Degrassi don't feel the same way toward him, he's often seen as monumentally unpopular despite his best efforts. His quest for popularity has conflicted with him being a good friend, especially to Connor and Wesley.


  • Adorkable: When he isn't being self-conscious, he can be appealing and funny in his own dorky way.
  • Black and Nerdy: Not so much school work/smarts wise, but in terms of geekiness and awkwardness.
  • But We Used a Condom: Alli missed her birth control pill, leading to this. He was ready to be a father, but it was just a pregnancy scare.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Zig-Zagged. He disappeared with no explanation for all of season 13...except the episode Young Forever where the actor was called back to be present for Adam's funeral and memorial. He even had dialogue, but no mention about where he went off to.
  • Comic Trio: With Wesley and Connor, he is the Schemer.
  • Cool Loser: Despite the fact he's into just about all the things the cool kids are into and on the basketball team, he's still not popular at all and seen as a dork. This is most likely because he tries very hard to be popular.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: For Alli. He tried very hard to appeal to her, with each attempt crashing flat. They finally start dating in season eleven.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The entirety of the episode Wanna Be Startin' Something, which lays out his character motivation. He pours his own urine down Bruce the Moose's locker to take him down a peg, which backfires. He does get Bruce's respect, after he gets hit with a urine filled water balloon.
  • Gay Bravado: As part of playing the lead of Eli's Romeo and Jules play. He did struggle with the gay role, and even looked to Happy Endings' Derrick for inspiration. He finally realized he had to play the character as a Straight Gay.
  • Grumpy Bear: With the Three Tenners. Connor and Wesley are highly optimistic and he's usually the voice to grumpily bring them down.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: His singing in season 10 for the Battle of the Bands, though this seemed to be forgotten for the Romeo and Jules play as he sounded pretty good.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He wants to be Big Man on Campus very badly and be seen as cool. So much so, he actually tasers his best friend in order to appeal to some older kids.
  • In with the In Crowd: He finds a new group to hang with, and ditches Wesley in the process. Wesley gets even and reveals to the group that Dave's dad is a cop, leading for the group to think he's a narc.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He slides between both of these. Starting in season ten, he becomes a lot more cynical about his social status at the school, and even starts distancing himself from his friends. He even launches a transphobic diatribe against Adam after an awkward moment in the boys restroom. However, he does usually learn his lesson in the end, can be apologetic and can be very sweet.
  • Just Friends: With Alli for seasons nine through ten, before their Relationship Upgrade.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he hooks up with a girl named Jacinta (during his break with Alli), Jacinta becomes obsessed with him and won't stop texting him. He ignores her and when she angrily confronts him in person at Degrassi, he drives her to the train station to go back home and she manically grabs his phone, sends Alli a break-up text and she runs out into the street and gets hit by a car. He blames himself for being cruel to her.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: This was more apparent in season nine, as he seemed to fill JT's role in being a class clown.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Jacinta, his one-time fling is one. Jacinta actually came to Degrassi in order to get him back.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in season nine as a student who first attended Degrassi in season eight. To be fair, Dave does say that he stayed in the background a lot during that semester.
  • Teacher's Pet: He has a knack for getting on any adult's good side.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With his girlfriend Sadie, who was a good six inches taller than him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had sex with Jacinta while on a relationship break with Alli.

    KC Guthrie 

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KC Guthrie
Played by Sam Earle, Seasons 8-12 (regular)

“You have this idea of me, that I'm a 'good guy.' I liked it...”

KC Guthrie is smart kid who desperately wants to be a good guy and been seen as one. His father is in jail, and he is a former juvenile delinquent. He also lives in a group home with other kids. He instantly takes a liking to Clare, but new girl Jenna Middleton grabbed his attention. In season ten, he joins the football team and everything seems to be working out for him...until his mother comes back into his life. Despite her changing her life for the better, KC is still wary of her until she proves herself. He is also the father of Jenna's baby boy Tyson, for which he is furious with her for not telling him about the pregnancy. After Tyson is born, KC isn't the best father and he even cheats on Jenna with Marisol. Despite his lack of involvement, he does love Tyson and wants to be his father. But alas, they end up giving him up for adoption. He eventually moves on after giving Tyson up and focuses on the academic team, but soon has to move out of town to avoid his father coming back from jail.


    Wesley Betenkamp 

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Wesley Betenkamp
Played by Spencer Van Wyck, Season 9 (guest), 10-11 (regular)

“Wesley, you're the type of guy that girls love. You're sweet, nice, and yourself.”

Wesley is a friend to both Connor and Dave and very nerdy. He is in a band with Dave and Connor called The Three Tenners. Despite the group's unpopularity, he is completely optimistic about high school and a good friend. He is awkward around the ladies, but he is determined to get one and finally finds one in Hannah.


  • Adorkable: He's cute, adorable and refreshingly idealistic about everything.
  • A Friend in Need: Wesley is also a very loyal friend. He wanted to lift Dave's spirits, and didn't even hold a grudge when he tased him with his father's taser.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: His feelings for Anya, whom he crushed on. Anya was more interested in Dr. Chris.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: As of season twelve, he's off the cast but he disappeared earlier in part two of season eleven with no explanation.
  • Comic Trio: With Dave and Connor, he's the The Fool, but mainly due to his cheerful disposition.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: For Anya. Anya tries to be nice and play along, but she's just not interested in him.
  • Extraverted Nerd: He's somewhat aware of his place on the Popularity Food Chain, but he doesn't let that deter him from trying to make himself known at Degrassi.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He sets Anya up with Dr. Chris, despite his own feelings for her.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: He has a wet dream while dreaming about going on a date with Anya. He has this in the middle of snoozing in class, mind you.
  • Nice Guy: He's so nice that he can't bring himself to taze Dave, even though the latter did it to him first to gain popularity.
    • He even sets Anya up with Dr. Chris after their disastrous date.
  • No Social Skills: At first his social skills aren't up to par with his peers (he even enlists Drew's help to learn how to talk to girls), but they do improve throughout season 10.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Much of his plots revolve around him doing something funny and/or being awkward for laughs.
  • Raging Stiffie: In Halo, on his date with Anya. He takes a sex supplement pill to make him "last longer" and not erupt during his date, but it ends up giving him a painful stiffie and racing heartbeat.
  • Those Two Guys: With Connor, when Dave isn't around/having a plot of his own.
  • Unlucky Everydude: He couldn't get Anya to like him, no matter how hard he tried and he seemed to fail at every big goal he tried to attain. But he's confident and stays positive.


Alternative Title(s): Degrassi Graduating Class Of Season 14

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