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    In General 
  • Custom Uniform: Although this was attempted with little success by Erin and Clare at the start of their fifth year, it happens accidentally to the entire group in a later episode after their shirts are turned pink in the wash.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Michelle is the Cynic, Clare is the Optimistic, Orla is the Apathetic; and James and Erin swap the Realist and Conflicted depending on the situation.
  • Friendship Moment:
    • In the last episode of the first season when they all get up and go and dance on stage with Orla, who is being laughed at for doing step aerobics in a talent competition.
    • Also in the last episode of series 2, when James decides to stay in Derry and they all run to him and have a Group Hug
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Clare is the Nice, Michelle is the Mean, and Erin is the In-Between. Orla and James are somewhat more removed from the group, with Orla being a Cloudcuckoolander, and James being relatively new to everything. As the series continues, James could be considered to be another Nice and Orla a In-Between.
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    Erin 

Erin Quinn

Played By: Saoirse-Monica Jackson

  • Author Avatar: The creator, Lisa McGee, grew up in Derry in the 90s and had this to say:
    Lisa McGee: I was sort of like Erin, the main character in the show. I was involved in a lot of drama clubs and thought I was better than I actually was. So of all the characters, I was probably the most like her. Probably a bit annoying!
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Sometimes throws fits when she doesn't get her way.
  • Clashing Cousins: With Orla. Although Orla doesn't seem to have a problem with Erin, Erin is frequently frustrated by Orla's antics.
  • Face of the Band: Though the series has an ensemble cast, Erin is usually the main character in most of the storylines.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Played for Laughs in the second episode, where she idly rants that she needs to trade up to better friends to her current friends.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: As shown when Erin attempts to assert her individuality by means of wearing a denim jacket to school instead of the school-mandated blazer, her mother believes in meting out discipline by means of the wooden spoon. Erin's face at the mention of the implement says it all.
  • Hot for Preacher: Along with James, Michelle, and Orla (but not Clare) for Fr. Peter, whose combination of dashing good looks and misguided (and misinterpreted) claims that Erin has been 'chosen' convince her that they're meant to be together, which eventually compels her to come clean to him about the true nature of the supposed miracle he's there to investigate (the tears that the statue of the Virgin Mary were crying weren't real tears; they were dog piss) so that he can feel free to leave the Priesthood so they can be together. This backfires, when he rejects her, but he does leave the priesthood for his hairdresser.
  • Hypocrite: Despite thinking of herself as worldly and progressive, she initially reacts pretty badly to finding out that Clare is a lesbian. She makes amends fairly quickly though.
  • Insane Troll Logic: She's manic and neurotic, so it's not surprising that she finds herself mired in this quite a lot.
  • Large Ham: Her facial expressions alone make her one of these.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Wants to write and sees herself as the more creative type.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Is the In-Between to Clare's Nice and Michelle's Mean, with her tendency to pepper her (usually) well-meaning intentions with moments of selfishness.
  • Only Sane Man: To Orla, especially. She's always bringing Orla down to earth. When she insists she saw a cheetah on the beach in Ireland:
    Ay, that was a greyhound, Orla.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Is made editor of the school paper for one episode. Erin takes it very seriously and publishes the story about a lesbian despite not being allowed to do so.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: She brute forces her way to chief editor of the school magazine, and recognising this trope the entire magazine team quits on her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Clare calls Erin out for her revulsion when Claire comes out to her. Erin was happy to out someone to 'tell their story', but not willing to deal with it being her friend.
    • Likewise, pretty much everyone has this reaction to Erin calling Katya a prostitute in front of everyone.

    Clare 

Clare Devlin

Played By: Nicola Coughlan

  • The Cassandra: Always warns the rest of the group that their antics will land them in trouble. Though she is rarely listened to, she is nearly always right.
  • Coming-Out Story: Has one in series 1 episode 6.
  • Gayngst: Admits in episode 6 she's had some frustrations being in the closet and sent an anonymous letter to the editor about it. When it's published she gains enough confidence to come out to Erin and is hurt by Erin's rebuffing of her.
  • Genius Ditz: Claire is very intelligent and well read but she can also be very naive and ditzy at times.
  • Geek Physiques: Downplayed, but Clare is pretty round and the most geeky, well-read Derry Girl.
  • Informed Attribute: Clare is supposed to be very intelligent, but we never see her do anything particularly intelligent (yet).
  • Moral Guardians: To some extent. She's the most rule-abiding of the group and is horrified whenever Michelle brings up sex or drugs.
  • Nervous Wreck: Clare goes to pieces whenever something even slightly stressful happens.
    Erin: Everything makes you nervous, Clare, you're a walking cack-attack.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Is the Nice to Michelle's Mean and Erin's In-Between. Saying that, she would hurt a child to get front row seats.
  • Skewed Priorities: After finding out that an IRA man has been stowing away in the boot of the car that she had been travelling in, Clare has a freak out...about her lost bookmark, which means she's lost the page of her book.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Always rallying around a cause. Lampshaded by Michelle: "Fuck me. Not the Africans again."
  • The Stool Pigeon: Whenever the girls do something they shouldn't Clare is the most likely to rat everyone out at the slightest sign of pressure.
  • Straight Gay: Of the Chapstick Lesbian (i.e. neither particularly butch nor femme) variety. Until she comes out at the end of Series 1, the only hint as to her sexuality is her lack of explicit interest in men compared to the other characters (even James).
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: She always squeals, can't keep her nerve for two minutes, and is always pursuing some cause.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Was given the brunt of this in the first episode by Sister Michael after she threw Michelle under a bus in an attempt to save her own skin when she and her friends were brought into Sister Michael's office. Her friends gave Clare frosty looks as a result after Sister Michael responds.

    Michelle 

Michelle Mallon

Played By: Jamie-Lee O'Donnell

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A platonic example, Michelle admits she genuinely likes James(who she has given nothing but abuse the entire series) in the series 2 finale.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Artem, the 'big, Russian ride.' At least, until she discovers that 'Artem' is actually Clive, 'a wee Prod from Belfast', at which point he becomes much less appealing to her.. (She seems to fancy orangemen though.)
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Michelle frequently makes highly questionable and impulsive decisions while drunk off Pernod.
  • Beauty Mark: Upper lip.
  • Berserk Button: James talking. Any time he says nearly anything, she immediately becomes annoyed and snaps at him.
  • Clashing Cousins: With James. Although James doesn't seem to have a problem with Michelle, Michelle makes no effort to disguise her utter loathing for James.
  • Faux Yay: Attempts this when she realises that the anonymous 'wee lesbian' who sent a letter in to the school paper is becoming very popular. It doesn't work.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: It's not unusual for Michelle to be completely plastered in the middle of the day.
    Michelle: Sláinte motherfuckers!
  • Hot for Preacher: Not to the extent of Erin or James, but Michelle, similar to Orla, is still quite taken by Fr. Peter's dashing good looks, being distracted from the task at hand by him, uttering a gobsmacked, "Fuck. Me.", upon first seeing him.
  • The Lad-ette: Hard-drinking, swears a lot, and more than sexually assertive. Despite this, however, no one believes she's anything but straight as an arrow (as detailed in Faux Yay above, or at least her failed attempt at it).
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Is the Mean to Clare's Nice and Erin's In-Between, with her foul-mouthed tendencies and shameless nature.
  • Really Gets Around: Behaves like this, anyway, although we've never seen her hook up with anyone in-series yet, and she's only lost a fraction of her virginity.
  • Sir Swearsalot: She swears more than all of the other characters combined.
    Michelle: 'Motherfuckers', it's my new thing.
  • Technical Virgin: Claims to be ready to lose "the rest of [her] virginity" to Artem.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The most obvious example, being extremely aggressive and amoral.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In a one-sided way. Michelle is snarky and mean to all of her friends most of the time (especially James) but she does love them all really.

    Orla 

Orla McCool

Played By: Louisa Harland

  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Her father. He's never seen or mentioned, and as far as can be seen, her mother seems to have raised her as a single parent.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Though they are around the same age and are technically cousins, this does to some extent describe Erin and Orla's dynamic, as Erin is constantly embarrassed by and ashamed of Orla's unrepentant oddness.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Averted. Although Orla's surname is literally McCool, it's not particularly uncommon in Ireland.
  • Big Eater: As shown at Jenny's welcoming party for the Children of Chernobyl, she just can't keep away from the chocolate fountain.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Frequently. She and her mother, Sarah, have this in common as they will likely suggest extremely illegal or impossible things seriously.
  • Clashing Cousins: With Erin. Although Orla doesn't seem to have a problem with Erin, Erin is frequently frustrated by Orla's antics.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She is naive, dreamy, and not exactly all there, to say the least.
  • Expy: She's basically a female version of Father Dougal Maguire.
  • Funny Background Event: When the girls get in trouble, her reactions are usually the source of this.
  • Hot for Preacher: Not to the extent of Erin or James or even Michelle, but Orla is still quite taken by Fr. Peter's dashing good looks, being distracted from the task at hand by him, and stating that she likes his 'shiny hair'.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Orla is very tall and she's fifteen.
  • Naïve Everygirl: At the age of 15, she still thinks that saying 'fuck' will make God cry, and that this causes terrible rain. Sister Michael tells her she needs to know something. Of course, that would totally explain why Ireland is so rainy, especially with Michelle's new obsession with the word 'motherfucker'.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Although her nature leaves her somewhat removed from the group dynamics, she could be considered to be the In-Between (along with Erin) to Michelle's Mean and Clare (and possibly James') Nice.
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • She thinks it's perfectly acceptable to use Erin's diary for a book report, and has no objections to the suggestion that the next thing she'll be stealing is Erin's underwear, instead voicing her support for the notion.
    • In Series 2 Episode 1, she walks in on Erin taking a bath and, after her cousin orders her to close the door, shuts it from the inside. She does eventually leave, but only when explicitly asked to do so.
  • Sweet Tooth: At the Children of Chernobyl party, she eats chocolate constantly.

    James 

James Maguire

Played By: Dylan Llewellyn

  • Abusive Parents: Whilst James suffers a Hilariously Abusive Childhood in Derry, when his mother finally appears, this trope is played weirdly seriously. Though it's mentioned that he did have a loving stepdad.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: His father. Although he's never seen or mentioned, it was established in the first episode that James' mother had originally traveled to England with the intention of getting an abortion (but instead decided against it), implying that his father was never in the picture to begin with. Averted somewhat in series 2 episode 5 when he mentions he has a stepdad. And completely subverted in the series 2 finale when his Mother finally appears.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Most characters accuse James of being gay and while he denies it and took a liking to Katya, James's Hot for Preacher moment with Father Peter seems to indicate he fancies men as well. Though he tries to play it off as admiration, James's reaction is about the same as Erin, Michelle, and Orla. When Clare comes out, James sympathizes with her, Michelle accuses him of doing so out of empathy rather than sympathy.
  • Audience Surrogate: For viewers less familiar with the intricacies of Northern Ireland.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A platonic example when Michelle, who has given him nothing but abuse for the entire series, admits she genuinely likes him.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Although he was born and raised in England (and is never made to forget it), his mother is Irish. The status of his father is unknown, but considering the circumstances, there's a good chance that he may also be Irish.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone, absolutely everyone dunks on James. Be it for being English, a man, or being gay.
  • Catchphrase: In series 1, when anyone refers to him as being gay, James will inevitably fire back with, "I'm not gay!". There's less of this in series 2 (possibly because of Clare coming out).
  • Clashing Cousins: With Michelle. Although James doesn't seem to have a problem with Michelle, Michelle makes no effort to disguise her utter loathing for James.
  • Custom Uniform: Happens accidentally in a later episode after the entire gang's shirts are turned pink in the wash. The fact that the school doesn't insist he wear a skirt probably counts too, as well as being a rare (offscreen) act of mercy from Sister Michael.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In his first appearance, his looks are commented upon by Erin as being 'effeminate', and shortly after, he is mistaken by Jenny as being a girl with a 'bold' (particularly short) haircut, which Michelle corrects her on. Mae also thinks he's a girl with a "fucked up accent".
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: He manages to insult the owner of the fish and chip shop with his rant about how disgusting and greasy the food is.
  • Fish out of Water: Is both the only boy at the girls' school, and the only English pupil. He's somewhat at a loss as to how the politics in Derry work, culminating in a rant about why the characters don't simply call the police when they discover someone stowing away in the boot of their car when crossing the border.
    James: "Will someone please explain it to me? Because sometimes, I feel like I've gone through the fucking looking glass!!!"
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Although his continual insistence that he's not gay doesn't count (those moments being prompted by other characters believing him to be gay), there are a couple of moments where he tries to affirm his heterosexuality unprompted. Most notably, when the gang are printing a story about one of the students being gay, James is adamant in his support, but also states that it's not him.
    • In Series 2 Episode 1, James is excited at the prospect of making some male friends from the Protestant boys' school; so much so that he frequently invokes this trope. Whether he's trying to get ahead of his schoolmates' insistence on perpetuating the rumour that he's gay, or he simply has so few male friends that he genuinely thinks they all talk like this (i.e. '90s 'lad' culture), is uncertain.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: As of the first episode of the series, he has been effectively abandoned in Derry by his mother to be raised by his aunt and uncle, while she returns to London without him, something which he has to be informed of by his aunt after his mother has already gone back to London without letting him know of any of this or even wishing him goodbye, all of which his aunt is completely unsympathetic about, because, as is later revealed, her feelings towards him sometimes veer into being 'pure hatred' on account of him being English. The words 'pure hatred' are never spoken in regards to his cousin's, Michelle's, feelings towards him, but they're implied to amount to about the same as her mother's and her attitude towards him certainly isn't amicable. And, of course, it's all Played for Laughs. Then we meet his mother.
  • Hot for Preacher: Along with Erin, Michelle, and Orla (but, notably, not Clare) for Fr. Peter. He agrees with Orla when she states that she likes his 'shiny hair' (in fact, he really likes his shiny hair), is suitably distracted from the task at hand by his dashing good looks, and, later on, shows up having attempted to style his hair with the same product that Fr. Peter uses (Erin asks what's happened to his hair), changed his clothes to those resembling a Priest's (Clare remarks that he seems to have stolen Fr. Peter's clothes), and then claims that he's decided to become a Priest (Fr. Peter tells him to not be such a dick).
  • Make-Out Kids: Briefly with Katya, one of the Children of Chernobyl, who, much to the girls' confusion, finds him attractive. She plants one on him upon first meeting him, much to James' own confusion, but he later refers to her as his 'girlfriend' and reciprocates her advances as they make-out in public, much to Jenny's disgust.
  • Missing Mom: As of the first episode, his mother has effectively left him in Derry to be raised by her sister and her husband, his aunt and uncle, while she leaves to return to London with no word on when or even if she'll be coming back to/for him. To make matters worse, she had only just moved back to Derry with him after living in London for approximately 15-16 years...and then didn't even tell him herself that she was moving back without him, leaving him to hear it from his aunt. Ouch.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Frequently. According to James himself, he's 'not gay', but nearly everyone else refers to him as such.
  • Nephewism: As of the first episode of the series, he has been effectively left in Derry to live with his aunt and uncle and his cousin, Michelle, while his mother returns to London without him with no word on when or even if she'll be coming back to/for him. The reason for his mother's abandonment of him is unknown, but he was unaware that she had returned to London without him, having to hear it from his aunt, and only after he had asked her of his mother's whereabouts, at that. After we meet his mother in the series 2 finale, it's possible it was out of pure spite/selfishness.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Although he's somewhat removed from the group dynamics, he could be considered to be the Nice (along with Clare) to Michelle's Mean and Erin's (and Orla's) In-Between.
  • The One Guy: Is the only male of the eponymous 'Derry Girls'. Along with this, although he was set to attend the local boys' school, he is instead sent to the local girls' school for fear of what the other boys would do to him on account of him being English. He is not only the only boy to attend the girls' school in its current time, but in its entire history.
  • Only Sane Man: Not that he gets any credit for it, but James is ultimately the only level-headed one out of the entire group, frequently pointing out all of the flaws in the rest of the gang's (usually Michelle's) zany schemes.
  • Parental Abandonment: Although she was present in his life up until then, as of the first episode, his mother has effectively left him in Derry to be raised by his aunt and uncle while she returns to London without him with no word on when or even if she'll be coming back to/for him. She does, but only to use him as manual labour for her adhesive label (not stickers!) Business. On the other hand, his father has seemingly never been a part of his life, with it being mentioned that his mother had originally traveled to London to get an abortion (but instead decided against it), implying that, for one reason or another, he was never in the picture to begin with. But he reveals in the fifth episode of series 2 that has a stepdad who actually cared for him. Obviously, his mother left him as well.
  • Potty Emergency: James, being the first and only boy at an all-girls' school, is denied being able to use the student (i.e. girls') bathroom, but also isn't allowed to use the staff (unisex) bathroom. He first asks for the bathroom around morning break, and finally relieves himself in a bin at about half past 6.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Although it wasn't because of a 'sin', par say, the mistreatment that James regularly receives from his cousin, Michelle (and, as is later seen, his aunt and Michelle's mother, Deirdre), for being English can be traced back to his mother. His mother had originally traveled to England to get an abortion, but instead decided to move there permanently and in turn have James there, rendering him English by birth and raising; had she instead decided to return to Derry and have James there, he would have been Irish, and thus would have never been looked down upon by Michelle and her mother for being English.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Is the only English male to be found among the otherwise Irish female mains, along with being only one of a handful of recurring males, and the only English person period.
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Erin & Orla's Family

    Mary 

Mary Quinn

Played by: Tara Lynne O'Neill
Erin's mother.

    Gerry 

Gerry Quinn

Played by: Tommy Tiernan
Erin's dad.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Reacts this way, with a smile, when he sees the girls on television at Take That while his wife is furious.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Quinns all scapegoat him for everything, especially Granda Joe.
  • Henpecked Husband: To Mary.
  • Nice Guy: Gerry is very kind to everyone, except if he's been forced to cook at a funeral.
  • Only Sane Man: Frequently, especially in 1.05 when they're leaving before the parade and everybody else is behaving completely ridiculously. He's also the only one who doesn't lose their mind about the polar bear that escaped from Belfast zoo, and the only one to point out that Joe's scheme to track down Bill Clinton during his visit to Derry was absolutely ridiculous.

    Joe 

Granda Joe

Played by: Ian McElhinney
Erin and Orla's grandfather, Mary and Sarah's dad.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Joe is perhaps the most conservative character, but he is extremely accepting of Clare's sexuality.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife was this for him, as he admits.
    They think you were perfect. And you were.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he comforts Gerry in the S1 finale after the bombing.
  • Overprotective Dad: Played for Laughs. He hates any man his daughters are with - including Gerry, which is especially bizarre as they've been together for at least seventeen years - and any man who might pose a threat to his children or grandchildren. (Even James, who he's Mistaken for Gay). However, he's still very kind to Erin and Orla, and even goes as Orla's date to the prom because he's "her favorite fella."
  • Racist Grandma: Gender-flipped, but he has lots of...thoughts on the English and most other races.

    Sarah 

Aunt Sarah

Played by: Kathy Kiera Clarke
Orla's mother.
  • Chatty Hairdresser: Downplayed, but she is chatty and she works as a hairdresser.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: And how. Certainly as much as Orla, if not more so. Frequently lampshaded by every other member of the family.
  • Doting Parent: Certainly the mother who is most vocal about supporting Orla, as seen when she's praising Orla's "gift" for step exercise.
  • The Ditz: Where to begin? She very sincerely tells Mary about being psychic, despite the fact that she knows the "shrieks" she hears are in fact their next door neighbour.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The "foolish" to Mary's "responsible."
  • In the Blood: Like Orla, she's extremely naive and impressionable.
  • It's All About Me: All the time, played for laughs.
  • Proud Beauty: An Informed Attribute. We're told no-one can resist her, but her pride is self-apparent; even a bombing won't stop her getting to the beautician.
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    Colm 

Uncle Colm

Played by: Kevin McAleer

  • The Bore: And how. Everyone avoids him because of it.
  • Old Windbag: His long and notorious stories make him this.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Often bores the rest of his family (and strangers such as the woman working in the cinema) with long and overly detailed stories. The subject matter is usually interesting (e.g. being robbed by the IRA or a man choking to death on a boiled sweet) but his rambling slow delivery bores everyone to tears.

Our Lady Immaculate College

    Sister Michael 

Sister Michael

Played by: Siobhan McSweeney
Teacher at the Derry Girls' school, and local nun at their church.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Although the finale of Season 1 shows her as Not So Stoic.
  • Brutal Honesty: This is her stock in trade. Her constant criticism of those who suck up to her constantly (such as Jenny Joyce) particularly make her this.
    You will go far in life, Jenny. But you will not be well-liked.
  • The Comically Serious: Her completely deadpan responses to everything make her this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every one of her lines is a witty remark or putdown.
  • Irish Priest: Well, nun.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Justified as she's a nun, but the Take That episode demonstrates that she still exerts authority over the Derry Girls outside of school.
  • Nun Too Holy: She does judo, is a huge fan of 1990s heartthrobs, and a huge Deadpan Snarker. Admits one of the reasons she joined the order was because she needed free accommodation.
  • Stern Nun/Stern Teacher: Falls under both, as she's both the Derry girls' teacher and a nun. And extremely stern. When she can be bothered.

    Jenny 

Jenny Joyce

Played by: Leah O'Rourke
Head Girl at the Derry Girl's school and general leader. Tends to serve as a foil to the antics of the Derry Girls.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: While she isn't too much of jerk, she is the undisputed leader of the school both socially and academically and seems to aspire to power. The surprisingly cool party she throws for the Ukranian kids shows her social reach.
  • Class Representative: The Head Girl of the school, and spends a lot of time giving speeches and leading club activities.
  • Control Freak: Shows hints of this, as she doesn't like situations where she's not in charge. She keeps Artem tied to her on a leash because he keeps trying to leave, and she quits the newspaper as soon as Erin puts herself in charge.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Frequently performs at school assemblies, organizes event such as the Chernobyl pen-pal program, and is the head of the school paper.
  • Go-Getter Girl: A hard worker in school and extracurriculars who tries hard to be a positive role model and leader in the school community. Because of this she is hated by the Derry Girls.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Has a love of public singing, and her performances are always schmaltzy and off-key. Sister Michael frequently criticizes these performances.
  • The Pollyanna: Is ridiculously upbeat about everything. She even writes and performs a barbershop quartet number about the joys of Monday mornings.
  • Straight Man: Is often The Comically Serious, and her upright, respectable character tends to contrast with the wacky antics the Derry Girls inevitably get into.

Other Characters

    Peter 

Father Peter

Played by: Peter Campion

  • Crisis of Faith: Struggles with his faith in God (a major problem for a priest) throughout his episode. The girls' "miracle" causes a temporary renewal of faith for him, but after it's revealed to be false he seems to lose it completely and leaves the priesthood. In series 2, he returns to the priesthood after the woman he shacks up with dumps him for someone else.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: James appears to have a major crush on him, as do all of the Derry Girls (except Claire).
  • Irish Priest: A classic example.
  • Sexy Priest: All the Derry girls (except Claire) want him. Only Sister Michael seems immune.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: In contrast to The Cynic Sister Michael and the apathetic Derry Girls.
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