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     Rue Bennett 
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“If I could be a different person, I promise you, I would. Not because I want it, but because they do. And therein lies the catch.”

Played By: Zendaya

The main character of Euphoria, a seventeen-year-old girl struggling with drug addiction and her identity. She often latches onto other people as a way to feel complete.


  • Addiction Displacement: Gets clean just to become addicted to Jules, who she compares to fentanyl at some point.
  • Aimlessly Seeking Happiness: In the pilot, Rue explains that doing drugs makes her feel better and that she's been "chasing" that feeling for as long as she can remember. But of course, the high is only temporary.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted. She's a lesbian, but admits to only having sex once and isn't that interested in romantic relationships until Jules comes along.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Though the "aloofness" part mainly comes from her personal issues, the resemblance is there.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • It's confirmed that Rue has OCD, ADD and anxiety, diagnosed by a psychiatrist as a child, but she tells Rue's parents that she's not sure if Rue has bipolar disorder because she was too young to tell.
    • In "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed" she speculates this herself and her manic phases are pointed out by Lexi and Fez.
    • Throughout the series, she mentions feeling depressed and feeling numb, implying she may also have some form of depression. By "And Salt the Earth Behind You" she's been diagnosed officially and given Lexapro to treat it.
  • Amazon Chaser: Downplayed. Rue's second impression of Jules - her threatening Nate and cutting herself with a knife - captures her interest.
  • Anger Born of Worry: She's upset out at Jules when she schedules a risky date with a guy on the Internet. Of course, the fact that she has a crush on Jules herself probably contributed to her anger somewhat.
  • Attempted Rape: Mouse, who is implied to be Fezco's drug dealer, tries to push sex onto Rue when she can't afford to pay for the Fentanyl he gave her. Fez puts a stop to it pretty quickly.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: Of course, by virtue of being played by Zendaya. Her talent is best displayed in the very confusing season finale.
  • Berserk Button: She's prone to severe anger when she's out of drugs, as is usual for addicts in real life.
  • Broken Bird: She appears to be this at the beginning (following her drug addiction and her father's death), and it only gets worse later on.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She has this towards Gia, as "The Next Episode" shows.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Some of her scenes with her mother indicate that she is this, albeit a justified version, as she has no shortage of personal issues to account for it.
  • Broken Tears: Rue collapses sobbing after Jules leaves her for LA in the end of season 1.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A unique example with two girls. Though they both have their share of trauma, the tomboyish Rue is far more angsty and brooding than carefree, cheerful, and very feminine Jules.
  • Butch Lesbian: Rue is a lesbian who dresses very masculinely. Jules likened her fashion sense to Seth Rogen.
  • Childhood Friends: With Lexi, though they've grown progressively more distant over the years.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Rue is this out of love for Jules, which ironically ends up pushing Jules away from her.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: She uses variations of "fuck" a lot over the course of the series.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: In a strange, fucked-up way.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gia clearly sees her as this. She worries about not living up to it.
  • Country Matters: Rue drops the c-word on occasion in her narration.
  • Covert Pervert: She tries to keep it cool when Jules asks her to help her to take Jules's nudes. In the beginning of "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" she's masturbating to the thought of Jules.
  • The Cynic: Her pessimistic narration occasionally slips into this.
  • Daddy's Girl: Rue was very close to her father growing up and took care of him at home during his battle with cancer. After he passes, she wears almost nothing but his clothes now.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Rue masturbates while fantasizing about Jules in "‘03 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her narration has shades of this, befitting her very jaded view of the world.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: She seems to feel this way, but it's mostly because her mother is trying to get her off drugs (and she hates her mother's new boyfriend).
  • Disabled Love Interest: To Jules. She's an addict, depressed, and suffering from a handful of mental disorders.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father died of cancer some years before the series begins. During the first season, Rue still misses him as it's revealed that she wears his clothes, notably her signature burgundy hoodie, likely for memorial reasons.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The reason she started using drugs.
  • Drugs Are Good: Zig-zagged. Though she's obviously fond of the effects of a high, she often talks negatively about the side effects of addiction as well.
  • The Eeyore: A fully justified trope. Rue is struggling so intensely with depression and grief that it often turns her into this.
  • Fangirl: Of The Wire based on her ability to list half of the main cast and several fringe characters in an offhand threat she makes to one of the McKay twins.
  • First-Person Smartass: She has her moments.
  • Functional Addict: Played with. Though she's not exactly functional, she does go through periods of time in which she can manage sobriety.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Played with. In episode eight, she lets Jules dress her up for a party, but she's visibly uncomfortable with the results.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Like just about everybody else in Euphoria, but Rue is notable for on top of drinking and partying too much and is still hooked on drugs.
  • Insecure Love Interest: For Jules - she's constantly scared of being left alone.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Not personally, but Rue's desire to be loved and taken care of leads to her turning Jules into this far too quickly and actually alienating her.
  • Meaningful Name: "Rue" means "to regret". Rue spends a significant amount of time regretting her actions throughout the series.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Rue has a Black mother and a Caucasian father.
  • Morality Pet: Seems to be a downplayed version of this to Fezco.
  • No Social Skills: Doesn't have a filter at social events.
    Kat: Tequila makes me aggressive.
    Jules: Tequila makes me want to dance.
    Rue: I, uh, I once took, like, ten Vicodin and drank an entire thing of tequila, and then I, like, blacked out for three days. But while I was blacked out, I, like, still went to school and did homework and shit. It was really weird.
  • Parent with New Paramour: She hates her mother's new boyfriend Rick.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Her main conflict, especially with Jules most of all, which makes the ending so much worse for her.
  • Potty Failure: In "The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed", Rue suffers urinary difficulties as a result of severe depression, culminating in her peeing herself while trying to get to the bathroom.
  • Quirky Curls: Although her quirkiness extends to her severe mental illness, these are often emphasized at times when she's particularly distressed.
  • Quirky Girl, Quirky Tux: She wears one to a Halloween party.
  • Recovered Addict: What Rue pretends to be to her family and her fellow addicts. She finally comes clean with her support group in "Shook One Pt. II." She later relapses when Jules leaves her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Jules. They cuddle, fall asleep beside each other, and even tell each other they love one another. Their relationship becomes romantic in "Shook One Pt. II". Although, Jules may not actually feel the same way.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Rue, a tomboy comfortable in masculine clothing, doesn't look too bad when dressed up at Mc Kay's party and the winter formal (the latter courtesy of Jules).
  • Significant Birth Date: Rue was born three days after 9/11.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Is possibly the most foul-mouthed character on the show.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Averted. She's shown to be straight-up manic when she's lighting a cigarette.
  • Stereotype Flip: Of the Black drug addict. She is addicted to narcotics, but it's shown to be a sympathetic struggle that she gains strength by overcoming.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The "tomboy" to Jules's "girly girl", although she is a bit of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak going by how she dresses at parties and wears the elaborate eye makeup every now and then.
    • Also the "Tomboy" to Lexi's girly girl.
  • Tsundere: Played with. Most of the time, Rue is a Deadpan Snarker who pretends to be aloof, while secretly being extremely needy and desperate for affection or a high. This, however, seems to be largely a manifestation of her addictive personality.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Rue is a mixed-race lesbian.
  • Undiscriminating Addict: Rue's addictive personality is so profound that she'll take just about anything that comes in a pill bottle, to the point that after she nearly overdoses on fentanyl in the second episode, her dealer flat-out refuses to sell her any more drugs.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She often dresses in a very masculine, stripped-down way with messy hair and a plain face, but her beauty is clear. Even when her makeup gets ruined, she's still gorgeous.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Rue admits this about herself.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Though she and Lexi have known each other since kindergarten, their relationship is often shown to be reluctant or strained.
  • When She Smiles: Rue doesn't smile a lot, but when she does it's precious, especially when she's around Jules.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Although through despair, her monologues demonstrate that she is this, as she is very perceptive even about characters who hide their true feelings, like Cassie or Nate.
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     Jules Vaughn 
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”She hated her life, not because it was bad, but because when you hate your brain and your body, it’s hard to enjoy the rest.”

Played By: Hunter Schafer

A pretty trans girl who befriends Rue at a party. She tries to help other people with their problems, but often ends up wearing herself thin.


  • Age-Gap Romance: She often engages in sexual activities with older men she meets on Grindr, sometimes with ambiguous consent.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Jules was committed to a juvenile ward showing signs of severe anxiety, dysphoria and self-harming, while her specific diagnosis is not mentioned.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite being a sweet and friendly girl, her first conversation with Jerk Jock Nate has her pointing a knife at him after he threatens her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Maddy’s Veronica.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: She appears to believe this, as she's easily impressed by a photo of Tyler's (or, technically, Nate's large penis.
  • Blithe Spirit: She's a vivacious, funny girl with Manic Pixie Dream Girl tendencies, as is amplified when she meets the depressed Rue.
  • Blackmail: Nate blackmails Jules with her naked photos in order to get her to falsely confess to someone else beating Maddy on the night of the carnival.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She has blue streaks in her hair and is one of the only unquestionably good characters in the show.
  • Break the Cutie: Implied. She's a sweet girl who's been through... a lot in her childhood years.
  • Broken Bird: In addition to all her other problems, especially once Nate has hold of her nude pictures.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A unique example with two girls. Though they both have their share of trauma, Jules is free-spirited and cheerful (most of the time) while Rue is far more angsty and brooding, and Rue is a tomboy, while Jules is very feminine.
  • Crying After Sex: She does this after engaging in intercourse with Cal Jacobs for the first time, due to how violent he was with her.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's shown to be very close to her father.
  • Endearingly Dorky: She's sweet and awkward, which often leads her to come across as such (at least in comparison to the men she sleeps with). Lampshaded by Cal:
    "You're so clean. And you don't know how rare that is."
  • Establishing Character Moment: In-Universe. She threatens Nate with a knife after seconds of meeting him at a high school party (granted, he was very physically aggressive towards her first). This is the first impression all of the other characters have of her.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She often attracts the attention of both guys and girls.
  • The Fashionista: Apparently, if her criticism of Rue's dress sense is any indication; depending on your perspective, this may be an Informed Attribute.
  • Fille Fatale: She's often seen as this by the older men she hooks up with through Grindr.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Hers is one. It may be representative of her trans identity.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Jules has white blonde hair, and is extremely kind and sweet.
  • Hidden Depths: She can quote Shakespearean sonnets, while drunk no less.
  • Honey Trap: Averted. Upon figuring out that she's only seventeen, Cal instantly presumes that she wants to blackmail him for their sexual relationship, but it turns out that she genuinely wishes him the best.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: This is repeatedly lampshaded as being one of Jules's biggest flaws, especially with her desperate need for affection.
    • She hooks up with the much, much older Cal, and participates in his S&M game while he films it.
    • While sending nudes to Nate is defended, Rue calls Jules out on what a truly horrible idea it is to go to meet the stranger by the lake, by herself.
    • Jules also frequently misreads situations between those she cares for; she manages to miss how insistently Rue depends on her and, when she finds out, she handles it very badly specifically because she hasn't been able to see it before.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jules gets utterly trashed on Halloween in order to cope with Nate blackmailing her into giving false testimony to help her beat an abuse rap.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She is not a mean person by nature, which has the side effect of making her occasionally oblivious to when her actions harm others. For instance, she would never dream of blackmailing Cal over the time they had sex, so it doesn't occur to her that teasing him in public might be construed as an extortion attempt. And she had not planned to dump Rue, so it doesn't occur to her that when she sleeps with Anna and then tells Rue how great it was, Rue might feel that she was planning to leave her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Rue tries to turn her into this, depending far too quickly on their relationship, which causes Jules to freak out.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Subverted and deconstructed. When Jules moves to town, Rue is at her lowest emotionally and physically in the aftermath of an overdose and she immediately is drawn to Jules, whose high-on-life personality makes her rethink her previous decision to not try to avoid drugs. While Rue does make a slight effort to do better because of Jules, it's gradually shown that her attraction to Jules is becoming obsessive and their relationship starts to splinter because of it. Indeed when Jules leaves town at the end of the season, Rue falls back into addiction after some time clean. Additionally, all of Rue's problems (such as her depression and bipolar disorder) don't go away because Jules is there. The trope is further subverted because Jules herself, though a Nice Girl, has many issues of her own that causes her to neglect Rue and question their relationship at various points during the first season. So, in short, Jules acts like a MPDG if she were given a plethora of realistic issues and her deeds to help her girlfriend might've not paid off in the end.
  • Missing Mom: Her mom "went away" some time after Jules left the institution, implying she had/has mental illness.
  • N-Word Privileges: She drops the word "faggot" on occasion, though she mainly uses it towards homophobes who are themselves in the closet.
  • New Transfer Student: She moves to LA with her father shortly before the start of the series.
  • Nice Girl: Jules is a genuinely kind and friendly person.
  • The Ophelia: Played with in "The Next Episode." An inebriated Jules drunkenly recites Shakespeare as she flounders in a pool. Complete with an ethereal white dress and disheveled hair.
Jules: I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be.
  • Really Gets Around: After transitioning, Jules began to have sex with a lot of men. And Anna.
  • Really 17 Years Old: She pretends to be twenty-two when she has sex with Cal.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Rue. They cuddle, fall asleep beside each other, and even tell each other they love one another. Their relationship becomes romantic in "Shook One Pt. II." Although, Jules may not actually feel the same way.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves for LA at the end of Season 1.
  • Self-Harm: As a child, Jules self-harmed to cope with her gender dysphoria and anxiety. And in the first episode, she pulls out a knife and cuts herself at the party.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Leaving outside her sex sessions with much older men, Nate becomes immediately obsessed with Jules the minute he sees her.
  • Stepford Smiler: Jules tries to keep a friendly and happy face in public, despite her many problems, and it becomes much more obvious once Nate blackmails her.
  • Trans Tribulations: Between self-image and self-harm issues, bad encounters with men, and being blackmailed by Nate, Jules has a lot of problems.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jules is the girly girl to Rue's tomboy.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Jules after she returns from drunkenly jumping into a pool during "The Next Episode."

     Katherine “Kat” Hernandez 
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Played By: Barbie Ferreira

"There’s nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a fuck."

A withdrawn, sensible Big Beautiful Woman who slowly starts gaining confidence and popularity as she gains more traction with boys.


  • Artists Are Attractive: A guy interested in her compliments her artistic choice of make-up.
  • Beautiful All Along: A strange version. Kat discovers that she's genuinely been attractive her whole life, and that her insecurity about her weight prevented her from seeing it. Once she gets confident, she has multiple men wanting her attention.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: She really wants to lose her virginity in order to appear as less of a "prude", at least among the male population of the school.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She's regarded as such online and in real-life. She later uses this to her advantage by booking sex cams in order to get money.
  • Brainy Brunette: Downplayed, but she's said to be a talented writer and is a lot more level-headed than some of her peers.
  • Cam Whore: She does this for a living, which gets her in trouble when Roy and Troy circulate the video of her doing it.
  • Casual Kink: The show doesn't make a big deal about the fact that she's a dominatrix.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: She spent the majority of her adolescent years believing she wasn't physically attractive due to her size. Over the course of the show, she slowly develops confidence in her looks.
  • Dominatrix: She acts as one as part of her cam sessions. Her leather, latex, and rubber clothing highlight this side of her.
  • Downfall by Sex: Played with. Though she's humiliated by her leaked sex tape, the positive reactions to her body online are what lead her to realize that she's actually a very attractive girl, and causes her to gain confidence throughout the entirety of the season.
  • Fan Disservice: Her camming sessions. Though she herself is beautiful, her clients are often shown to be middle-aged unattractive men with microscopic penises. Truth in Television, as many "pay pigs" are proud of their less-than-satisfactory appearances.
  • Fat and Proud: Her character quote says it all. She's overweight, she's conventionally beautiful, and she's proud as hell about both of these characteristics.
  • Fat Best Friend: Subverted. While she is fat, Kat is more layered than this trope suggests, actually having storylines and not acting like a Satellite Character to her thin friend Maddy.
  • Friends with Benefits: She proposes this situation with Ethan, who politely declines, as he's not interested in anything other than an actual relationship with her.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: She starts out the show wearing wire-rimmed, cat eye framed glasses and after she becomes a cam girl, she is seen without them.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: She's a sixteen-year-old virgin in the first episode, but she starts to become more promiscuous as the show goes on, and ends up as  an online dominatrix.
  • Insecure Love Interest: With Ethan, although she is the protagonist while he is a supporting character. This is played realistically in that we can see how her insecurity can drive her to put up a unpleasant front to avoid displaying vulnerability (like her anger at thinking Ethan was flirting with another girl) and if one can see it from his point of view, it's mind-boggling that she is doing the Grapefruit Diet and that she can't believe he liked her even before her makeover.
  • Lady in Red: She is seen wearing red a lot (which looks good with her Raven Hair, Ivory Skin) and especially wears a dress in red for Winter Formal.
  • Meganekko: She starts out wearing cats eye style glasses, which look fetching on her already gorgeous self, and doesn't hurt the attention she gets from boys like Ethan.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Kat is a very popular fanfiction writer (especially those of a NSFW nature) online.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: She used to be this due to her weight, believing that she couldn't be fat and pretty at the same time. As she gains confidence, she eventually subverts this trope and becomes very confident in her appearance and sexuality.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Like her portrayer Barbie Ferriera, Kat has very dark ink-colored hair and alabaster skin, and is universally seen as beautiful and works well with her dominatrix look.
  • Real Women Have Curves: Kat has numerous suitors alongside a heavier figure.
  • Really Gets Around: See above.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Her backstory showed that she was average-looking (especially compared to her peers and given that she was surprised Daniel was interest in her pre-weight gain), now as a High School Junior she is drop-dead gorgeous like a model and it's enough so that Daniel doesn't really remember her.
  • Slut-Shaming: Initially, when a video of her having sex with a boy circulated on the Internet. However, Kat quickly bounces back from it by having Roy and Troy delete the video and telling the school that it wasn't her.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted. She is Latina but starts off very chaste and a bit shy and even when she becomes a dominatrix, she hardly loses her temper, mostly being passive-aggressive (like with Ethan after she sees him talking to a thin blonde).
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Zig-zagged. Camming is initially portrayed as extremely empowering and good for Kat's self-esteem and body image issues, and it actually helps Kat to recover from Roy and Troy leaking the video of her having sex with them. However, one of her last clients unnerves her so much that she ends their session early.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Maddy. At one point, when Maddy calls her after Nate is arrested, Kat blows her off to hook up with a guy. However, it was implied that Maddy wasn't a good friend to Kat to begin with.
  • Weight Woe: Subverted. Her arc is mostly accepting that her fatness is not a flaw, thus giving her more self-confidence.
  • Will They or Won't They?: She has this with Ethan throughout season 1. The first season finale has them kissing, implying that They Do.
  • With Friends Like These...: She doesn't help out Maddy when she could, especially considering the many issues that Maddy faces, but this is downplayed as Maddy also isn't a good friend to Kat.

     Madeleine “Maddy” Perez 
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”She quickly realized that there were two kinds of people in the world: people who sit in the chairs with their feet in the footbath, and the people who kneel in front of the footbath.”

Played By: Alexa Demie

A Silk Hiding Steel cheerleader who desperately doesn't want anyone (bar her abusive boyfriend Nate) to see her more vulnerable side. Her trust issues and internal conflict sometimes make it hard to be a good friend.


  • Alcoholic Parent: Her father is "in between jobs", but often spends his days drunk in front of the TV.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's in a relationship with the aggressive, violent Nate, though she doesn't always like his crueler tendencies.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: At times, although it's implied mostly to come from the Stepford Smiler necessity of staying with Nate, a domestic abuser.
  • Beauty Contest: Maddy participated in these throughout her childhood, and she was pretty damn good at it, too. That is, until her parents forced her to stop.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jules’s Betty.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Justified. Nate is extremely manipulative and bullies and abuses Maddy, to the extent where she feels that her whole worth depends on him.
  • Country Matters: She calls Nate's mother the c-word at one point.
  • Destructive Romance: With Nate. And she knows it.
  • Domestic Abuse: At the receiving end of it by Nate.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: Maddy's mom pulled her out of pageants when she was a child after a judge was outed as a child molester. Maddy also thinks she's trying to ruin her life by cutting her away from Nate. However since Nate is a Jerkass domestic abuser, her mom may have a point.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her desire to be nearer to expensive, high quality things due to her family's poverty leads her to stay with abusive Nate.
  • Gold Digger: Although a much more sympathetically portrayed and nuanced character than this trope suggests, Maddy hates being poor and just longs for a rich man to take care of her.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Maddy is a very aggressive Alpha Bitch, but she does genuinely care about her friends as well as her Jerk Jock boyfriend, despite all that he's put her through.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Alexa Demie is 5'4" while Jacob Elordi is 6'4".
  • Jail Bait: She has sex with Tyler in order to get back at her boyfriend, which ends up with disastrous consequences for him as she's only seventeen.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: It's hard not to sympathize with her despite her less-than-friendly tendencies.
  • Moral Myopia: Fully acknowledged.
    • Maddy loves Nate (very destructively), but it doesn't stop her from cheating on him, although she remains greatly afraid of what will happen to her if he leaves her.
  • Official Couple: With Nate. Not that it has stopped them from cheating on each other at various times. Additionally, the series depicts their relationship as being toxic since Nate is an abuser who manipulates people for personal gain while Maddy isn't willing to leave him.
  • Precision F-Strike: Not technically the f-word, but she calls Nate's mother a cunt after getting into an argument with Nate.
  • Secret Keeper: It's implied that Maddy now knows of Cal Jacobs' secret, as of the season 1 finale.
  • Spicy Latina: She's a Latina and promiscuous, though it's not played stereotypically.
  • Technical Virgin: She views herself as this when she had sex with Nate for the first time, even though she technically lost her virginity when she was 14 (and had other sexual encounters after that) because those times weren't with Nate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kat.

     Cassie Howard 
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Played By: Sydney Sweeney

A naïve popular girl ostracized for her infamous sexual past. She often searches for male validation in order to develop a sense of self-worth.


  • Alcoholic Parent: Suze Howard is a shameless alcoholic, seen drinking in every scene she appears in.
  • Broken Bird: In episode seven, she gets an abortion, and it's implied that she was mostly coerced into this decision as opposed to making it on her own. It impacts her psyche quite a bit.
  • Buxom Is Better: Played with, she is a slender, busty young woman and loves showcasing her figure but the attention she got from older men as a younger girl (men she grew up knowing and were leering at her) can be degrading.
  • Cool Big Sis: A realistic one to Lexi, despite one outburst where Lexi calls her out as benefiting from peoples' attention to Cassie's beauty (when Cassie was clumsily asking her if she looks pregnant), she and Lexi are shown to be close, loving, supportive confidants who get on well. In Cassie's backstory when their parents are heard arguing, we see the two girls (then younger teens or preteens) sharing a bed together and comforting each other.
  • Daddy's Girl: Shown to be very close and attached to her father. To the point where after becoming a heroin addict, her father knows she is the one to contact to give him valuables to sell and that if he asks her not to, she won't tell anyone.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father left the family after surviving a car accident and implicitly developing a drug addiction.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After rejecting a boy at a Halloween party who castigates her for "being boring" because she wouldn't have sex with him and feeling that McKay is just using her, Cassie starts hitting the bottle.
  • Dumb Blonde: A guy she hooks up with implies that she is this. But as McKay points out, she's plenty smart - it's just that most people overlook it due to her being blonde and promiscuous.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She's a popular girl with no trouble attracting attention from her male peers.
  • Ethical Slut: Cassie likes sex, there's nothing wrong with that, and she is also one of the nicest and sweetest characters.
  • Freudian Excuse: She only started to sleep around after her father left.
  • Good Bad Girl: She's a bubbly and sweet girl who's slept with multiple people. This isn't treated like a bad thing by the show.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Zigzagged. Cassie gets an abortion, which isn't portrayed as bad in itself, but she clearly had some mixed feelings about having it (McKay had pressured her into doing this), so it's also not a full subversion of the trope.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a pretty blonde girl and, occasional ditziness aside, she's shown to be a very sweet person in most of her scenes.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Cassie is a popular girl who is often shown drinking or having sex. Overlaps with Ethical Slut, due to her good heart and friendly personality.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: According to Rue, Cassie fell in love with every guy she dated. Incidentally, this occurs after her father left the family.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Cassie had one on a carousel in front of dozens of people while high in "Shook One: Part II".
  • In Love with Love: She appears to be fixated with the idea of finding a boyfriend, particularly after her father left her when she was fourteen.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Although more like "hookups", Cassie's sleeping around all goes back to her father leaving her and wanting to fill the affection she felt from him.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to her friends and especially her sister. It shows up in her wardrobe which features pastels, neutrals, and bright shades (in contrast to Lexi's darker and jewel toned shades and the colors worn by Maddy and Kat). She is also a bit more naive, insecure, taken advantage of, very kind, and bubbly.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Cassie is often slut-shamed, particularly by the guys she's dated in the past.
  • Nice Girl: For the most part, she does try to be kind and supportive to her sister and Maddy.
  • Pink Is Feminine: When she isn't in pastels or blue, she is seen wearing light pinks, such as for the Winter Formal.
  • Really Gets Around: She has this reputation at school, though she seems committed to McKay.
  • Slut-Shaming: Between the videos of her having sex circulating online, to feeling used by McKay more than once, to being called "boring" if she doesn't put out for a boy, Cassie can't catch a break.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Allegedly with every guy she ever dated.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Cassie is a very pretty girl and she is not afraid to show it off. However this leads her to being used by many guys who only see her as a sex trophy to take advantage of.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's a nice girl despite growing up rich, popular and beautiful.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Cassie falls pregnant with McKay's baby, though later undergoes an abortion.
  • True Blue Femininity: She is often seen in pastel blues and turquoises (one example being her costume for Alabama Worley).

     Lexi Howard 
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”Lexi and I have known each other since pre-school. And like, in some ways she’s my best friend, even though I think we’ve grown apart.”

Played By: Maude Apatow

A shy, responsible Brainy Brunette who often ends up picking up the slack when it comes to her friends' reckless endeavors. Doesn't speak up much about her problems much, but it's clear that she's struggling nonetheless.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Lexi lacks a male love interest, unlike many of the characters in the show. Her mom has made mention of her “girlfriends” several times. It is implied that she may have feelings for Rue, with her gazing longingly at her throughout the series, and her unreadable expression when Gia tells her she thinks Rue loves Jules. Plus there is a scene late in season 1, where Lexi states that she isn't interested in the guys who are enamored with her. While Cassie tells her that she will eventually find a guy, Lexi looks increasingly unsure.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted, as she's the younger sister. Throughout "The Next Episode", Lexi runs interference to prevent McKay from finding out that Cassie's with another guy.
  • Brainy Brunette: She seems to have a better (brown-haired) head on her shoulders than her blonde sister, Cassie.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rue, whom she’s known since kindergarten. Although they’ve drifted apart throughout the years.
  • Closer to Earth: She appears to be one of very few characters without major drama.
  • The Confidant: To Rue, even if the latter doesn't want her to be.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father left the family after surviving a car accident and implicitly developing a drug addiction.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. She's shown to be a lot more serious and level-headed than her older sister.
  • Girl Next Door: She is Rue's Childhood Friend, very sweet and friendly, down-to-earth, the wholesome and earnest Only Sane Man of her family and the main characters, pretty but un-exotic.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her Bob Ross costume quickly became this to the fans. The official twitter page later posted a picture of the outfit calling it just that.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The Dark to her sister's Light. Lexi is a kind person but she is much more mature and savvier (albeit slightly risk-averse and insecure) than her older sister and she is seen wearing neutrals, jewel tones, grays, autumnal tones, and dark colors.
  • Nice Girl: Like her sister, she is pretty friendly and supportive, especially of Rue.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Some of her comments imply that she's insecure about her physical appearance.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside Fezco and Ethan, Lexi seems to be the only one who doesn't seem to have major personal issues. She also serves as the most mature and responsible member of her family which has a naive and promiscuous teenage girl, an alcoholic mother who acts more like a Jaded Washout, and a father who left the family.
  • Practice Kiss: After being asked to the dance, Lexi practices French kissing with Rue in preparation.
  • Shipper on Deck: She cheers very loudly when Kat and Ethan kiss at Winter Formal.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's a lot less irresponsible and outgoing than most of her peers, but it often leads to her being overlooked or ignored (particularly in comparison to her sister Cassie).
  • Sweater Girl: Despite not being considered as attractive as Cassie and in contrast to the older sister's Ms. Fanservice outfits, she dresses very modestly albeit not unattractively so, appearing in a soft, curve hugging sweater in her first scene of the series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The "Girly Girl" to Rue's Tomboy, as Lexi is often femininely attired and presented.
  • True Blue Femininity: Although using a darker palette than her blonde sister, she is seen wearing a midnight blue shade and eyeshadow for Winter Formal.
  • The Unfavorite: While it’s clear that Lexi’s mother loves her, it’s also very obvious that she gets along with Cassie more, due to having more in common with her, shown when she’s complimenting Cassie’s style after criticizing Lexi’s— in front of their friends. It’s also implied that her father favored Cassie, from the way he compliments her and not Lexi as well as the fact that it’s Cassie he (initially) keeps on touch with through secret text messages and no mention is made of him messaging Lexi.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed. Lexi and Rue are still kind of friends, but are much, much, much more distant than they used to be, and Lexi seems to feel that she's been replaced by Jules.
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     Nate Jacobs 
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Played By: Jacob Elordi

Maddy's Jerk Jock boyfriend and a devout homophobic crusader. He also turns out to be Jules's blackmailer.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's in a relationship with Maddy, whom he's obsessed over and subjects to domestic abuse. At the same time, he has also seems to be following in his dad's footsteps by using Grindr, a gay dating app, but it later turns out he'd only used it to find Jules so that he could blackmail her into leaving his father alone. However, he does confess to his girlfriend to being confused, adding ambiguity to the situation. Plus there's the matter of him having numerous dick pics on his phone that aren't his.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Maybe. Just maybe.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's very likely that Nate is a sociopath. He has an anger-fueled, violent emotional fit the last time we see him in season 1.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Towards his father Cal, whom he resents to the point of nearly assaulting him in the season 1 finale. In Rue's narration, she also mentions that Nate doesn't like his mother because he considers her "weak."
  • Bastard Boyfriend: He is horrible to Maddy, who he physically abuses, but he's also this to Jules, as he blackmails her with the nudes she sent him while he was catfishing her.
  • Break Them by Talking: He's pretty damn good at psychological manipulation, as shown with Jules in "Shook One Pt. II".
  • Broken Ace: He's a star football player who has ambiguous sexuality issues and anger problems, abuses his girlfriend, assaults the guy who slept with her, frames the guy for his girlfriend's abuse, goads a girl into framing the guy by using her solicited nudes as blackmail, and calls the police on a guy who knew what he did to the girl he's blackmailing.
  • Biggus Dickus: According to the pictures he sends Jules, he's got a pretty impressive member (and a clean room to boot).
  • Big Man on Campus: Extremely popular and a good sportsman.
  • Bigot with a Crush: It's implied that he feels this way towards the transgender Jules, who he's equal parts repulsed by and attracted to.
  • Domestic Abuse: He abuses Maddy.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jacob Elordi is 6'4" while Alexa Demie is 5'4".
  • Jacob and Esau: His father, Cal, adores him and dislikes his brother. (Ironically, Cal also moulded Nate into being the truly horrible person he is.)
  • Jerk Jock: Nate fits this to a T.
  • Jerkass: Nate is an abhorrent person who mentally and physically abuses his girlfriend, beats up a man for having sex with Maddy and blackmails Jules in the cruelest manner possible to secure his family's reputation. While not above flashes of humanity, he's a ridiculously nasty and cruel person for most of his screentime.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • For his horrible personality, Nate does points out to Rue that her relationship with Jules likely won't last.
    • He is also correct about how dangerous Jules's self-destructive tendencies are. "I can't trust you. Because you're so fucking broken, you can't even trust yourself. And that's scary."
  • Karma Houdini: By the end of the season 1, Nate has gotten away with his domestic abuse of Maddy, assault on Tyler, and blackmailing Jules. And only a couple of people really know how despicable he really is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Much of his storyline has him blackmailing Jules so he would get off the hook for abuse charges.
  • Official Couple: With Maddy, although he manipulates this status through physically abusing to her.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Nate's beliefs about women are an inversion of this trope, as revealed in episode 2:
    Rue: "He made a long mental checklist of the things he liked and disliked about women. He liked tennis skirts and jean cut-offs, but not the kind so short you could see the pockets. He liked ballet flats and heels. He hated sneakers and dress shoes. What was fine with sandals, as long as they were worn with a fresh pedicure. He liked thigh gaps, hated cankles. He liked tan lines, long necks, slender shoulders. He liked good posture and fruit-scented body mist. He liked full lips and small noses. He liked chokers, but the lacy ones with flower cutouts or delicate patterns. He hated girls who sat like boys, talked like boys, acted like boys. But there was nothing on planet Earth he hated more than body hair."
  • Secret Keeper: To his father's filmed sexual encounters, though Nate makes it clear that he doesn't like keeping that secret.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Nate is highly attracted to, but also seems to almost despise, Jules, but it doesn't stop him constantly fantasizing about her and pretending that Maddy is her during sex.
  • Smug Snake: Nate had shades of this in his interaction with Fezco.
  • Straw Misogynist: Subverted. Nate isn't the stereotypical straw misogynist, but it is clear through his monologues about women that he has very antiquated views on women and he hates girls who don't fit into his version of what womanhood is. Because Nate is not overt in his misogyny, most people don't realize it (or don't care to) and give him a pass since he fits into the "All-American boy" stereotype on the surface.:
  • Troubled Abuser: Nate has a heap of issues himself, particularly with his father. He has massive esteem and self-image issues, might be struggling with his own sexuality, and is a mess of psychological problems. He's also an abusive boyfriend to Maddy.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He's an abuser with good looks and a brooding demeanor, which causes multiple people to trivialise his actions, both in the context of the show and in Real Life.
  • Unfocused During Intimacy: As Nate becomes obsessed with Jules after seeing a video of his father having sex with her, he forces his girlfriend Maddy to let him have sex with her from behind so that he can imagine that she's Jules.
  • Villain Has a Point: Nate points out that Fez has little room to take the high ground when he makes his living selling drugs to teenagers, regardless of whether or not he's friends with any of them.

     Christopher "Chris" McKay 
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”The truth was McKay was shy, but winning gave him confidence. And that confidence was the result of his dad’s beliefs. Routine. Routine. Routine.”

Played By: Algee Smith

McKay is Cassie's boyfriend and a gifted football player. He has trouble adjusting to college, citing a worry of not being "the best of the best".


  • Child Hater: Downplayed. He proclaims that "children are fucking scary" upon finding out that Cassie's pregnant and eventually pushes her to get an abortion, as he doesn't feel ready to be a dad.
  • Freudian Excuse: His dad pushed him to be the best in football and to suppress his emotions, though this pressure has led to McKay having jerkass tendencies.
  • Jaded Washout: Downplayed, as he is still young, but his football dreams have essentially gone bust. He used to be a Big Man on Campus and the star of the team, and at the college level he's surrounded by athletes who are equally if not more so talented than him, and barely gets time on the field.
  • Hidden Depths: McKay knows that his chances of going pro are near nothing and doesn't adjust well to college.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: McKay appears to be a shallow jock at first, but he does genuinely like Cassie.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's mostly known by his surname.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Struggles with this trope in regards to his relationship with Cassie. On one hand, he genuinely values her and defends her when his brothers bring up her leaked nudes. On the other hand, he's quick to downplay their relationship to Nate, and seems significantly more comfortable with physical intimacy than emotional intimacy with her. He engages in some casual Slut-Shaming from time to time as well.
  • Stepford Smiler: McKay regularly hides his real emotions. For example, after being hazed, he doesn't discuss the incident with Cassie (who was right there when it happened) though it appears to have troubled him.
  • Tough Love: His father is a strict man who pressured McKay into football, while also warning him of the dangers of "acting out" when out in public. However, this has led to insecurity and anger issues in McKay since he really took the "bottle your emotions up" advice to heart.

     Fezco 
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”I don't know what type of fucked up shit you got going inside your head. I don't know how to help, but I could tell you one thing: this drug shit, it's not the answer.”

Played By:Angus Cloud

A sweet, non-threatening drug dealer and one of Rue's close friends. Fezco has a mild demeanor, but can easily resort to violence when provoked.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He threatens to kill Nate when he goes near Rue, and later beats a doctor into unconsciousness when robbing the man's home (though, to be fair, he didn't expect the man or his son to be home at that time).
  • Big Brother Instinct: A lot around Rue. He's constantly worried about her asking for drugs, especially when she was forced to take fentanyl. During a party, he admits that he actually cares for her wellbeing and to being scared as fuck when he found out about her overdosing and emergency trip to the hospital. After the fentanyl incident, he cuts her off from drugs.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's a drug dealer who's not opposed to physical violence when it comes to resolving fights, but he does seem to genuinely care for Ashtray and Rue.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, he slips into this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Evil is stretching it but sure, he'll sell drugs to children, but he draws the line when one of them is close to dying.
  • Fiery Redhead: He is redhaired and tends to be chill (once noting that he doesn't take what an addict says personally because they don't mean it, it's all the same to them) but the few moments he is fired up it's usually done out of impatience or panic (such as telling Rue to sit her "manic ass down").
  • For Your Own Good: Fezco cuts off Rue's access to drugs after her fentanyl misadventure, being justifiably afraid that if she keeps doing drugs, she'll overdose again. Rue is not exactly grateful for this at the time. She does later thank him however.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few nice guys among the cast. Drug dealer or no, Fezco cares about others and prioritizes Rue's wellbeing over profits.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Currently, his real name is unknown.
  • Parental Substitute: He has a close relationship with the younger Ashtray, though actor Angus Cloud states they aren't related.
  • Properly Paranoid: Fezco keeps a supply of Narcan (an opioid blocker) on hand, just in case.
  • The Stoic: He's not the one to express overt emotions.

     Leslie Bennett 
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Played By:Nika King

Rue and Gia's strong and empathetic mother, who struggles to keep her two daughters in check. It appears as if she's still mourning the loss of Rue's dad, even though she does gain a string of boyfriends.
  • Adult Fear: She lives with the terror of her daughter being a self-destructive drug addict.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Subverted. It's made abundantly clear that Leslie is fearful for Rue's health while also appearing frightened at the possibility of her daughter Gia going down the same route.
  • Has a Type: Based on her late husband and her boyfriend Rick, she likes long-nosed, somewhat dorky white Nice Guy types.
  • Parents as People: She is a kind woman with progressive views but her panic for young Rue obsessively counting ceiling tiles led to her later addictions after being prescribed medicines to keep her calm.
  • Parent with New Paramour: When Leslie begins dating Rick, Rue outright tells him to go fuck himself.
  • Properly Paranoid: She fears that her daughter Rue might fall back into drug use since she returned home from rehab, unaware that Rue has already started back up on drugs and has no intention of stopping.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She is trying to get back to the dating scene and actively is seeking men who remind her of her husband and she can bring to see her daughters.

     Gia Bennett 
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Played By:Storm Reid

Rue's sweet and insecure younger sister, who ends up dabbling in drugs by the end of season one. One of the few people Rue genuinely cares about.
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     Cal Jacobs 
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Played By: Eric Dane

Nate's strict father and a closeted bisexual, who is hiding some predatory behavior from the rest of his town.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Jules reveals herself to him at chili cookoff, Cal finds her when she's alone and says he knows she can destroy him by revealing they had sex. He outright begs her not to, unaware Jules has no intention of doing so.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He's married to a woman, but has sex sessions with both male and female hookups, and seems to like them young (such as Jules).
  • Dirty Old Man: He seems to have a serious preference towards very young looking people, with whom he cheats on his wife.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Of course, it's debatable whether he's actually evil, but he seems to have cultivated an image as a traditional family man in the town. In reality, he consistently and often cheats on his wife, mainly with much younger partners such as the seventeen-year-old Jules.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He notes that Maddy and Nate's relationship will bring them both down, implying that he senses that their romance is toxic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While theres no doubt his sexual behavior is very predatory and borderline illegal, it's made abundantly clear as the season progresses that he has no evil intentions (prevalent when he politely and desperately asks Jules not to tell anyone about their hookup).
  • Parental Favouritism: He much prefers Nate to Aaron.
  • Pervert Dad: Played with. He doesn't seem to have much of a perverted interest in his kids, but he and Nate both share some warped sexual tastes, possibly rooted in Nate seeing his videos.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: He presents his games as this with Jules, but he gets far, far too rough with her and is not that concerned with her safety during them.
  • Silver Fox: A non-binary hookup actually remarks to him (upon seeing his face), "Oh my God, you're actually hot", as a note that it's unusual for someone in Cal's position to be physically attractive.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He views his elder son as a disappointment. Ironically, Cal's younger son Nate, whom he more or less helped form into his image, is worse.

Recurring Characters

     Ethan Lewis 

Played By: Austin Abrams

A boy who sits next to Kat in one of her classes. He has a crush on her.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's consistently nice towards Kat, who initially rebuffs him (granted she thought he was flirting with another girl). However, this doesn't stop him from still being kind to her and pursuing her.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: Ethan does this while giving Kat oral sex, to his embarrassment.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Not cheating per se, but when Kat sees him talking to a slim blonde supermodel type, she thinks the worst of him, but the girl was a platonic acquaintance who works with his sister (and has a boyfriend) and was asking him to ask his sister to cover her shift.
  • Nice Guy: Generally a decent and patient guy who has a crush on Kat, whom he hooks up with at the Halloween party in "The Next Episode." He might be one of the few characters who is sincerely this.
  • Sex God: He is a virgin, as in never had any sexual contact, and yet he manages to perform oral sex on Kat and make her come.
  • Stalker with a Crush: What Kat initially believes he is (there may be some projection here).
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: His frame is slender and toned while Kat is voluptuous and fleshy, their size differences being far more emphasized when she's wearing heels to add to her height (Austin Abrams is actually two inches taller than Barbie Ferierra).
  • Will They or Won't They?: They Do, at the end of season 1.

     Ali 

Played By: Colman Domingo

A wise man whom Rue meets in Narcotics Anonymous. He calls her out for lying about being clean, and makes her think about how her addiction could and has impacted her family, particularly her little sister Gia.
  • The Atoner: It's implied that his Tough Love affection for Rue stems from a deep need to make amends with the family he's harmed in the past.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. He mentions that he was a firefighter who later became addicted to cocaine. It's also suggested that he lost his family as a result of his addiction, as his daughters live in Texas and he tries to contact them when he can.
  • Older and Wiser: He's justifiably concerned for Rue's welfare, and can easily tell when she's lying about being clean.

     Daniel 

Played By: Keean Johnson

Kat's ex-boyfriend who takes an interest in Cassie.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: After going steady for a long time as kids, Daniel breaks up with Kat for her weight gain. As a young adult, he admits to only being interested in Cassie because he wanted to have sex with her. He ends up having sex with Kat, and despite her valuing their brief previous relationship, he says he already forgot about that and leaves Kat with a hurt look on her face.
  • Romantic False Lead: Initially, he seems to be a Foil to Mc Kay; he's warm and openly affectionate with Cassie. Reveals himself to be a huge Jerkass who reduces her to tears and tells her she's worthless outside of sex later on.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in a few episodes, but his childishly cruel decision to dump Kat way back when they were kids is responsible for a lot of Kat's self-esteem issues.

     Tyler Clarkson 

Played By: Lukas Gage

The guy Nate frames for his beating of Maddy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seriously, this guy cannot catch a break and the majority of his screentime is spent getting beaten up or humiliated.

     Suze Howard 

Played By: Alanna Ubach

Cassie and Lexi's well-meaning alcoholic mother, who's implied to be suffering from depression over the course of the show.
  • Alcoholic Parent: There isn't a scene with Suze where she isn't drunk.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In flashbacks she's shown getting extremely jealous whenever someone flirts with Cassie's handsome father, but then hypocritically has an affair of her own.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Suze: "Hey, creepy. The whole point of Halloween is to look attractive."
    Lexi: "No, it's not."
    Suze: "Oh really? You do me a favor and you count how many girlfriends of yours are dressed up like 50-year-old men. Report back to me."
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Subverted. She has depression and is an alcoholic, which has led to her neglecting her parental duties towards her daughters.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, Suze may not be the nicest person in the world but she does comfort Cassie when the latter falls pregnant.
  • Sleepy Depressive: There are some scenes where she's passed out, although they could be from drinking. However, Cassie mentions that Suze has depression.

     Troy McKay 

Played By: Tyler Timmons

One of McKay's twin brothers.

     Roy McKay 

Played By: Tristian Timmons

The other of McKay's twin brothers.

     Ashtray 

Played By:Javon Walton

A scarily childlike drug dealer who doesn't appear to be older than around thirteen. He's Fezco's younger brother, and the pair appear to be relatively close.


     Luke Kasten 

Played By: Will Peltz

  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Ultimately averted. Kat acknowledges that he really does have one of the biggest penises she's seen, but he just kind of goes straight for the thrusting without putting in any real effort, leaving her unimpressed.
  • Jaded Washout: He used to be a BMOC and is a famous Sex God but now he is a mediocre guy working in retail and is fucking a teenage dominatrix who concludes he is pathetic.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He's famous at the group's school because of this even years after he graduated.

     David Vaughn 

Played By: John Ales

Jules's dad. He works from home and seems to structure his whole life around his daughter.


  • Extreme Doormat: He seems to have structured his whole life around keeping Jules happy, and doesn't seem to lay down any kind of rules.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In the first-season finale, as Jules and Rue head out to the dance, he jokes that he and Leslie plan to get plastered.
  • Open-Minded Parent: He loves his transgender daughter, and doesn't bat an eye at her bringing her black girlfriend home to sleep over all the time.
  • Satellite Character: His role is limited mostly to being Jules's dad.

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