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The Doomed Class

The Doomed Class, a.k.a. the Senior Class of Shadyside High 1999, was the subject of the year long Fear Street Seniors maxi-series. In an attempt to get revenge on her math teacher for giving her a bad grade, Josie Maxwell accidentally cursed her entire grade with a "Doom Spell," leading to over a dozen deaths in the senior class and the fear that no one would live to see graduation.

    Dana Palmer 
The Beta Bitch to Jade Feldman and another member of the cheer squad. She helps Jade stage a coup against Phoebe Yamura. When she's not with the squad she's either with her longtime boyfriend Mickey or with her twin sister Deirdre.

  • Auto Erotica: Lists "the back seat" as something she'll remember about high school in her yearbook page.
  • Beta Bitch: Specifically in Fight, Team, Fight! She suddenly starts acting as Jade Feldman's second-in-command and helps her screw with Phoebe's head so Jade can becoming captain.
  • Break the Haughty: Has had it really bad by Graduation Day. She loses a few of her friends and her twin sister, and by June she's almost a nervous wreck.
  • Cain and Abel: She's somewhat Cain compared to Deirdre, if only because she acts like such a bitch.
  • Expy: She comes across as a version of Jessica Wakefield.
  • Moment Killer: Deliberately. While serving as a summer camp counselor she makes sure to keep reminding Kenny that he has a girlfriend (her friend Jade) when another counselor keeps flirting with him.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Deidre (one example is how sharing clothes is listed as one of Deidre's likes and Dana's dislikes in their yearbook pages), although they still form a Sibling Team for the climax of The Thirst.

    Danielle Cortez 
The first senior to die in The Thirst. Danielle was a member of the cheer squad, and she was killed on the first day of school. Her body was found by Dana Palmer in the school gymnasium.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Is implied to have dark skin if her pallor during her funeral is anything to go by.
  • Genki Girl: Was described as being very energetic and her yearbook entry mentions she loved dancing. Her teammates reminisce that she was always getting them to put some extra effort into their practices.
  • The Heart: Is often talked about as if she was the nicest member of the cheer squad. Seriously, no one ever says anything bad about this girl.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: She briefly awakens in her casket during her funeral, telling Dana Palmer she's cold.
  • Nice Girl: The way the rest of the squad talks about her implies Danielle was incredibly well liked because she was friendly and energetic.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Never mentioned before the book where she died, something that, given the whole Doomed Class plot line, many fans found irritating.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She only got a few pages in before she died.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her death set the tone for the rest of the school year.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She doesn't even get an addition in the yearbook section until three books after she died.

    Debra Lake 
Was the center of a love triangle between her, Josh Maxwell, and Clark Dickson. Even though Josh and Debra broke up during junior year, Josh still wants to be with her causing her no end of annoyance.

  • Agent Scully: Looks for a rational explanation for things like Trisha's vision, although never unkindly.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Strongly dislikes both male and female examples of the trope and doesn't shy away from saying so in her yearbook page.
  • The Confidant: Many of the others trust her to confide worries in, and she generally does a good job of thinking on them and replying.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Jokingly implied by her yearbook quote "I would do anything for you, but I won't do that," the context of which is vague.
  • He Knows Too Much: Mira kills Debra after she finds out about Mira's real feelings for Will and what they play in Justine Turner's death.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Josh and Clark after she dies.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Lists "sensitive guys" as being among her Yearbook likes, which probably explains why she broke up with Josh.
  • Slut-Shaming: Pulls this on Mira Block. Debra doesn't trust Mira because she's been with so many guys.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Her relationship with the mysterious Clark gets some of this, although to be fair, it's largely her jealous ex Josh whose thinking that, and Clark is believed to be a vampire by most of the class. and in fact he is, although a not necessarily a bad one.

    Greta Bradley 
Another member of the cheer squad and a friend of Dana Palmer's, Greta is considered the senior class's resident Ice Queen.

  • Alpha Bitch: Carries this vibe, although she doesn't come off as nearly as bitchy as Jade Feldman does.
  • Ascended Extra: In The Gift, where she finally gets an entry in the yearbook section and dies.
  • Death by Irony: Ceramics and New Year's Eve are listed as her dislikes in the yearbook section. She's killed at Jennifer Fear's New Year's party, when a heavy decorative bowl is brought down on her head and cracks her skull open.
  • Ice Queen: Is described as being "made of ice" by Jennifer Fear.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Possibly towards Jennifer Fear. Some of her dialogue implies she assumed Jennifer had known Ty had multiple girlfriends and was ok with it.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Dominique Fear possesses Trisha and uses her to kill Greta because she's seeing Ty, or as she thinks of him, "Nigel." While Dominique eventually tries to murder Ty as well, it's distressing Greta was killed off first before Ty.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied by her quote in the yearbook section, "That Boy Is Mine." Sort of makes more sense as to why she'd go out with Ty Sullivan who has a similar reputation, since it looks as though she didn't care if he saw other people.
  • Satellite Character: Particularly around Jade Feldman and Ty Sullivan.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She suddenly becomes much more fun when she's with Ty Sullivan.

    Jade Feldman 
The Alpha Bitch of the cheerleading squad and girlfriend of Kenny Klein. Jade is jealous of Phoebe Yamura for getting the captain slot since this is their last year on the squad before graduating, and will do anything to get it from her.

  • Alpha Bitch: The most prominent example in the Seniors books besides Trisha Conrad.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Or rather, contrasting sequel rival and Red Herring. She serves as one in many respects to Kimmy Bass from the Cheerleaders miniseries, who also ends up feuding with their cheer captain (and her sister), and rallies a lot of the squad in a campaign against her. Kimmy is a Big Beautiful Woman whose spirit and pep are emphasized over her athleticism, was recently dumped by her boyfriend the quarterback, has low self-confidence, first turns against the main character on behalf of a friend (who got cut from the team when the Corcoran sisters were accepted) and gradually becomes Fire-Forged Friends with Corky. Jade is in better shape, with her athleticism being emphasized over her pep and spirit, is in a stable relationship with the valedictorian, is kind of arrogant, turns on Phoebe out of resentment for a perceived wrong to herself, and doesn't end up Fire-Forged Friends with Phoebe although she might have if she'd gotten away from the stalker, like Dana did based on the epilogue.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Deconstructed. She spends the summer before senior year at a study camp to prepare for the SATs. It doesn't seem to have been either enjoyable or successful, considering she lists SAT prep as something she hates (along with cheer captains and ghosts) in her yearbook and she has to cheat on a test to keep her grades high enough to stay on the squad.
  • Dirty Coward: When the cheerleaders are abducted by Phoebe's real stalker, Jade quickly loses her bluster.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: She believes she deserves to be the head cheerleader because she can perform a triple back flip.
  • Flanderization: While upset Phoebe got to be head cheerleader over her all the way back in her first appearance, it's not portrayed as being such a toxic and driving obsession for her until Fight Team, Fight!
  • Gossipy Hens: Lists "gab fests with Dana" as one of her yearbook highlights.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: To Phoebe.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Only gets kidnapped along with Phoebe by the stalker due to having engineered a fake kidnapping right beforehand as a cruel prank. Possibly a Call-Back to her yearbook quote: "You get what you pay for."
  • Jerkass to One: Aside from showing Jennifer Fear some of the wariness and distrust that everyone else does, she isn't mean to anyone besides Phoebe, but her treatment of Phoebe is awful and entirely undeserved.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Jade gets impaled on a hook inside an old meat locker.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She leads most of the cheerleaders, except Caitlin Lemonda and Samantha, against Phoebe.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Her boyfriend Kenny is the valedictorian and a fairly mellow person, while Jade's arguably the most athletic of the cheerleaders and a volatile when it comes to things like who gets to be head cheerleader.
  • Serious Business: Being head cheerleader is this for her.
  • Sweet Tooth: Lists ice cream as something she looks back on in her yearbook page.
  • Teens Love Shopping: Yet another tidbit from her yearbook page, and she's seen at the mall with Greta and Dana a few times.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her worst qualities aren't really apparent until the seventh book, although delayed character focus is probably part of that (and how she doesn't share much screen time with Phoebe until that book) making it hard to tell if she's this or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: She has this on Dana Palmer. Compare Dana in The Thirst to Fight Team Fight! Dana's generally more nasty if she's around Jade.

    Jennifer Fear 
Jennifer has been picked on her whole life for being associated with the cursed Fear Family, and while her bullying isn't as severe now that she's in high school, her family roots still make life difficult for her.

  • Berserk Button: She's quietly resigned to it for the most part, but lists people being afraid of the Fear Family as something she hates in her yearbook entry.
  • Butt-Monkey: For being a Fear.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After her father admits that she's not a Fear, Jennifer calls him out for lying to her all her life even as the kids in school bullied and mocked her because of her supposed background.
  • Daddy Issues: When Jennifer discovers she's not actually a Fear and that her father lied to her and her mother about their heritage, Jennifer goes absolutely ballistic realizing her life has been a living hell for nothing. Her relationship with her father gets badly damaged as a result of this, as Jennifer believes she can no longer trust him. This goes on for months.
  • Demonic Possession: Dominique Fear briefly used her in her early stages of trying to kill Ty Sullivan, in an effort to set Jennifer up as a patsy.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Jennifer's family aren't actually related to the Fears. Her grandfather just took the last name when he moved to Shadyside because it had influence.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Despite how much she has to gain from revealing that she's not really a Fear. She chooses not to because of the negative side effect it would have in revealing that Trisha is a Fear.

    Justin Thompson 
A computer geek regularly picked on by most of the other guys in the senior class.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Trisha Conrad.
  • Ascended Extra: Suddenly becomes prominent in Sweetheart, Evil Heart where he kills Ty Sullivan and tries to kill Trisha Conrad.
  • Best Years of Your Life: Absolutely hates Shadyside High and mentions in his yearbook page that he doesn't want to remember a single thing from it afterwards.
  • The Chew Toy: Is beaten up, dunked in the toilets, and overall is used as a punching bag by most of the guy seniors.
  • Entitled Bastard: He thinks he's owed Trisha Conrad's love for "Saving her" from Ty Sullivan, even though Trisha had already humiliated and dumped Ty shortly before his death.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: In Sweetheart Evil Heart.
  • Freudian Excuse: After all the humiliation and physical abuse he endured from most of his guy classmates, it's no wonder he finally had enough and killed Ty.
  • Hidden Depths: Lists the Beach Boys and Barry White as among his Yearbook likes.
  • If I Can't Have You…: He expected Trisha Conrad would be grateful when he told her he killed Ty, and when she rejects him he decides to kill her too.
  • Nerd: Seriously, just look at his photo in the yearbook entry as proof.
  • Not So Harmless: When Trisha finds out he ran down Ty in cold blood. Justin suddenly becomes utterly terrifying and tries to kill Trisha when she rebuffs him.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: He kills Ty Sullivan as payback for all the abuse Ty's heaped on him, and probably would've done the same to the other guys if he hadn't died.

    Marla Newman 
Contender for Valedictorian with Kenny Klein, Marla is rather haughty and has a prominent dislike of Josie Maxwell.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Has a high opinion of herself and looks down on others.
  • The B Grade: Receives one on an important French exam, ruining her chances for valedictorian... until her latent magical abilities, boosted by Roxanne and Elena, turns the grade into a 98.
  • Break the Haughty: The opening chapters of Wicked has got Marla humiliated numerous times, leaving her stressed and desperate enough to join Roxanne and Elena's coven.
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: After a particularly stressful day, Marla relieves her tension by writing a list of everybody she dislikes and why. The next day the list is tacked on one of the school's bulletin board, royally pissing off most of her classmates.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Wicked ends with Marla dragged under the ground by black roots due to her disobeying the rules of the contract she signed.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: A common criticism of her fate is that it made no sense, given how Roxanne and Elena had also broken the rules of the coven and not been punished for it.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She joins a coven with two juniors in Wicked and learns all too quickly why messing with dark forces beyond her understanding is not a good thing.
  • For the Evulz: She took a job at her dad's hardware store during the summer simply because Josie Maxwell applied for it and knew it would mess Josie's summer.
  • Gass Hole: She embarrasses herself during a class debate by loudly belching in front of the whole class. It gets worse when someone made a recording of it and played it over the school's intercom system.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Roxanne and Elena use their power to push Josie through the school's glass doors, severely injuring Josie and sending her to the hospital. Marla feels guilty because she secretly wanted to make Josie suffer and likes to screw with her, but didn't actually want to hurt Josie. She even sends Josie flowers while she's in the hospital.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her mom sets some unhealthy standards of achievements from Marla.
  • Woman Scorned: A lighter version when she Trisha and Phoebe prank Ty for three-timing them.

    Mary O'Connor 
A girl from the poor side of town who's got it rather rough. She gets arrested for shoplifting, and early in the school year it becomes an open secret that her boyfriend is seeing Trisha Conrad behind her back. This is all before she becomes the subject of a disturbing project...

  • Broken Bird: Gets it rather hard in the beginning of the school year when she gets arrested for shoplifting and her boyfriend cheats on her with Trisha Conrad.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father walked out on her family a few years ago.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She gets some very epic revenge on Mr. Morley and Rob by tricking them into thinking she's poisoned them as revenge for manipulating them, when she just spiked their drinks with sleeping pills she got from her mother.
  • True Companions: She's very close with Stacey Malcolm, and Stacey is the only person willing to get angry at both Gary and Trisha for how much they've hurt Mary.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She seems to completely disappear from the series after her focus in Last Chance.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: When she actually tries to tell someone about what Mr. Morley is making her do, they don't believe her.

    Mira Block 
One of Clarissa Turner's best friends. Mira is absolutely boy crazy and if she's got her eyes on someone, she'll stop at nothing to get him. She's even willing to resort to murder.

  • False Friend: To Clarissa.
  • Hero Killer: The first character to kill a prominent and sympathetic Senior.
  • Karma Houdini: In a much broader sense. She gets sent to a mental hospital after she's revealed as the killer of Justine Turner and Debra Lake, but this means she might be one of the few surviving seniors left after the Doom Spell entity's implied to kill the rest at the end of Graduation Day.
  • Really Gets Around: Has a new boyfriend almost every week.
  • Slut-Shaming: She gets scrutiny from Debra Lake because she has so many boyfriends.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She openly torments Clarissa's adopted brother Aaron by taking him on a boat ride on Fear Lake, knowing full well he's deathly afraid of water. She planned to kill him along with Clarissa.
  • Yandere: She's been lusting after Will Reynolds for years and murdered both Justine Turner and Debra Lake when they got in the way of making that happen.

    Phoebe Yamura 
Captain of the Cheerleading Squad and one of the smartest kids in class, Phoebe's life isn't exactly easier when her parents hover over her shoulder to make sure she gets straight A's, and when certain other members of the squad wish to make life miserable for her.

  • Asian and Nerdy: Phoebe is Japanese-American and probably the third or fourth smartest student in her class, although she's also a cheerleader.
  • Butt-Monkey: To most of the cheer squad thanks to Jade's influence.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The one time she decides to be Not So Above It All and gets involved in pranking anyone, out of revenge for being cheated on, she ends up feeling guilty about it even before Ty gets murdered by one of their other enemies and she is briefly suspected of killing him by the police.
  • Class Princess: Phoebe is the head cheerleader, and a straight-A student, perfectly nice, and well-liked by everyone except a couple of jealous rivals who bully her.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: After making it up to the last book, she's killed off during the school's award ceremony in Graduation Day.
    • Given how this incident receives no real explanation, it almost felt like a buildup to a Faking the Dead or He's Just Hiding! reveals but as far as we know, it was neither.
  • Immigrant Parents: Both of her parents were born in Japan and have conservative views about dating.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Jade Feldman.
  • Woman Scorned: A lighter version when she, Trisha and Marla prank Ty for three-timing them.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Things are looking up for her at the end of Fight Team, Fight! with her relationship with Ty seeming more stable her fences being mended with her parents and fellow cheerleaders, and no one threatening her life. By the next book She's found out Ty is cheating on her. and then things start going bad for her again.

    Trisha Conrad 
One of the richest kids in class thanks to her father owning the Division Street Mall. Trisha suffers from prophetic visions she can't control, and is the one who predicted none of the senior class will live to see graduation.

  • Alpha Bitch: The books try to present her as a Lovable Alpha Bitch, but she comes across as more of an ass than that would allow.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: People act surprised when Trisha acts bitchy and mean, but the truth is she's only just barely hiding this side to her personality. She's a home wrecker who steals boyfriends, and is more than happy to make sure Jennifer Fear never lets anyone know Trisha is actually a member of the Fear Family so she doesn't get ostracized. You know, the way Jennifer has been her entire life.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her visions which she can't control. She inherited them thanks to her ancestor, Dominique Fear.
  • Demonic Possession: Was being controlled by Dominique Fear's vengeful spirit in The Gift.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Claims to have psychic visions. A lot of what she claims to see is total BS (to the point where amused chuckling is a common reaction to her announcing she's had a vision of someone dying) but some of it does indeed happen.
  • In the Blood: One explanation for some of her inner-selfishness, which a lot of her Fear ancestors also had.
  • Karma Houdini: For stealing Gary Fresno. In the long run, Trisha is still this despite what is listed in Laser-Guided Karma, as she somehow manages to survive the entire series.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Slightly subverted. She's frequently at the center of horrible events during the senior year, which can be considered payback for the way she treats everyone else. This includes being possessed by Dominique Fear and being used to kill Greta Bradley, being terrorized by Justin Thompson, and almost being pushed to her death during her vacation in Arizona. In the larger scheme of things, Trisha doesn't punished as much as some of the other Seniors for her horrible attitude since she survives.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Gary Fresno is killed in Prom Date, Trisha is absolutely horrified and blames herself for it happening.
  • Serial Homewrecker: She had two boyfriends throughout the series, and she dated them while they were dating other girls.
  • The Unfair Sex: The blame is placed solely on Gary Fresno for the fiasco with Mary O'Connor, and the only person willing to admit Trisha's being a bitch is Stacey Malcolm. Then, when she starts going out with Ty Sullivan while she's still with Gary, she has the nerve to actually get revenge on Ty for cheating on her.
  • With Friends Like These...: She never tells Jennifer Fear that she'd been going out with Ty before he broke up Jennifer, and her internal thoughts make it clear she's prepared to threaten Jennifer if she ever considers telling anyone about her family heritage.

    Ty Sullivan 
Ty's family moved to Shadyside the summer before the senior year began, and he quickly establishes himself as a ladies man.

  • Bastard Boyfriend: He was especially terrible to Jennifer Fear and treated her the worst of all his girlfriends. Ironically, she's the only one he actually broke up with yet his behavior towards her gets even worse after he's no longer seeing her.
  • Broken Ace: Is thoroughly humiliated in Sweetheart, Evil Heart before he's killed by Justin Thompson.
  • Chick Magnet: Was dating 5 girls at the same time.
  • Expy: His Day in the Limelight storyline is similar to that if Bobby Newkirk. From the original series who also Was a serial cheater who got punished by a bunch of girls he dated teaming up for a complicated prank that involved making him afraid of a girl who didn't actually exist. Although unlike Ty, No one killed Bobby afterwards.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Kenny, after the second book.
  • Jerk Jock: Like most of the prominent male characters in Seniors, he especially loved to beat up Justin Thompson. Justin gets his revenge.
  • Really Gets Around: Has dated Jennifer Fear, Greta Bradley, Trisha Conrad, Phoebe Yamura, and Marla Newman.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's God's gift to the girls of Shadyside, and openly brags about dating three girls at once with none of them being the wiser. Or so he thinks.
  • Smug Snake: He genuinely thought he was smarter than Trisha, Marla and Phoebe for seeing all of them at the same time and making sure they never knew he was cheating on all of them. Boy was he wrong.