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Since the show has had Loads and Loads of Characters since day one, it's high time we got started on one of these.

    Introduced in the 80's 

Alf Stewart

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Ray Meagher (with Robert Jago playing him as a Timeshifted Actor in flashbacks)

Makes sense to start with him: He's the only character to stay with the show since the first episode. He started out as the most sane member of Summer Bay's most influential family, and has since undergone considerable Character Development to become the Cool Old Guy. He has two children and two grandchildren (neither of whom use the Stewart name). He has another illegitimate daughter but she was largely forgotten after 1995.

Tropes associated with Alf:

Ailsa Stewart

Year Introduced: 1988
Played by: Judy Nunn

Tropes associated with Ailsa:

  • Child by Rape: Shauna.
  • Dark Secret: Wanting to break up Ailsa's recent engagement to her father, Roo had Morag do some digging on her. Even she was unprepared for what she found out; Ailsa had spent time in prison for murdering her father (although self-defence, Ailsa was sent to prison due to her total lack of remorse for the crime). Although shocked, Alf stood by her.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him
  • The Other Darrin: A temporary case, as when Judy Nunn suddenly fell ill in 2000 Nancye Hayes was brought in to fill the role. Unfortunately this happened just as a big storyline was kicking off for Ailsa, as she was reunited with the daughter she'd given up for adoption as well as being forced to confront the demons of her past.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: The revelation of her father beating her mother and sibligs invokes this trope.

Sally Fletcher (née Copeland, previously Keating)

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Kate Ritchie

Second longest serving cast member (and longest serving regular female cast member), Sally first appeared in the pilot episode as a small child, when her foster family bought the caravan park from Alf. When first we saw her, she had adjusted well to her life with the Fletchers, leaving only her imaginary friend Milko. She went on to grow up before the eyes of the nation, eventually taking on a teaching job at the high school (and becoming principal after Fisher). She eventually discovered she had a long-lost brother, "Milco" (Miles Copeland), who took over her position in the cast.

Tropes associated with Sally:

  • Expansion Pack Past: We weren't told about Miles until after he first appeared: her name was given as "Keating" until it changed.
  • Happily Adopted: By Tom and Pippa in 1989.

Tom Fletcher

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Roger Oakley

Introduced with Pippa as the lynchpin couple of the show. The first episode dealt with Tom losing his job the day after his 40th birthday, with him and Pippa deciding to relocate from the city to Summer Bay to appease the social department so their foster children wouldn't be removed. Died of a stroke in 1990.

Pippa Fletcher/Ross

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Carole Willessee (pilot, scenes cut) Vanessa Downing (1988-90), Debra Lawrence (1990-8, with guest appearances thereafter)

Tropes associated with Pippa:

  • The Other Darrin: When Vanessa Downing suddenly chose to leave the series after two years (reportedly because she missed working with Roger Oakley), rather than lose their other main character in less than a year the producers recast Pippa with Debra Lawrence. Lawrence lasted eight years with many guest-spots after and became so well-known in the role that it was easy to forget there was ever anyone else playing Pippa.

Colleen Smart (née Hickey)

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Lyn Collingwood

Mother to Lance (or "my Lancie" as she calls him), town gossip, and the bane of Morag's life. As Irene once said, there's no one in Summer Bay she hasn't offended at some point with her interfering gossipy ways. She recently found out she's the half-sister of Alf and Morag, much to her delight and their dismay.

Tropes associated with Colleen:

Morag Bellingham (née Stewart)

Alf's formidable lawyer sister. Not the nicest of people when she first appeared, she's mellowed a bit over the years and now helps out with the many legal problems Summer Bay's residents get themselves into. Still not someone to cross though....

Tropes associated with Morag:

Donald Fisher

Year Introduced: 1988
Played By: Norman Coburn

Third-longest serving original character (although Irene has since overtaken him). Initially the school principal.

Tropes associated with Fisher:

  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first episode, Fisher is presented as an outright villain. He is so eager to send Bobby to jail that he suggests to Tom and Pippa that they create some fake evidence, and when they refuse he begins a campaign to run them out of town. He very quickly loses these undesirable aspects and becomes a stern but Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After his son Alan's death.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a hardass, he genuinely cared for his students (Viv, Shane, Angel, etc)

Marilyn Chambers (previously Fisher)

Year Introduced: 1989
Tropes associated with Marilyn:

  • Genki Girl
  • Psychic Powers
  • Prophecy Twist: Her 2010 storyline revolved her best friend Mitzy predicting her death. During the year, she sold her possessions and got her affairs in order...only to be dead for about 5 minutes after drowning.

Martha Mackenzie (née Stewart, previously Holden)

Tropes associated with Martha:

Daughter of Ruth "Roo" Stewart and Brett Macklin, Martha was the second character born on the show (the first was Tom and Pippa's son Christopher). She was initially given up for adoption but made her way back to the Bay many years later.

    Introduced in the 90's 

Michael Ross

Year Introduced: 1990
Played By: Dennis Coard

Pippa's second husband, introduced six months after Tom's death when someone decided Pippa as a single mother wasn't such a good idea after all. Considered a Replacement Scrappy for Tom by some fans, but, like The Other Pippa, lasted so much longer than the original that people forgot they weren't the originals.

Tropes associated with Michael:

Irene Roberts

Year Introduced: 1991
Played By: Jacqui Phillips/Lynne Mc Granger

Another long serving character. Irene arrived as Finlay and Damian's nasty alcoholic mother. She got her drinking under control, became a permanent fixture in the various diners, and fostered a truckload of waifs and strays.

Tropes associated with Irene:

  • Abusive Parents: Fin and Damien were removed from her care after she drunkenly tried to strangle them.
  • The Alcoholic: In her earliest incarnation and a relapse in 2009
  • Fatal Attractor: Her husband Mud was an abusive cheat, fiance Ken died not long before they were due to get married, boyfriend Barry turned out to be a murderer, and her latest boyfriend Lou was killed by Hugo.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She went from a villain to a pillar of the community.
  • The Other Darrin: Was played by Jacqui Phillips in her initial guest appearances. When she returned in 1993 following Fin's diving accident, she was played by Lynne Mc Granger who has remained in the role since.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: 1994 Season
  • Psychic Powers: She had a premonition of Ken's death.

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     Introduced in the 2000's 

Leah Patterson-Baker (née Poulos, previously Patterson)

Tropes associated with Leah:

  • Fatal Attractor: Two dead husbands and a boyfriend who was nearly killed by a racist gang.
  • Out of Focus: For a while but she's getting more storylines now.

Miles Copeland

Originally introduced as a Spear Counterpart to Sally just before she left the show, Miles has evolved into his own character. He still retains some aspects of Sally (such as his kind and generous nature), but has developed a tendency to make odd Deadpan Snarker remarks about particularly stupid decisions he observes.

     Introduced in the 2010's 

April Scott

Year Introduced: 2010
Portrayed By: Rhiannon Fish

  • Granola Girl: At the start. Now, not so much.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Narm: The climax of her OCD storyline, arguably the best one she's ever had, occurs when Bianca throws some of her shirts onto the floor.
  • Super OCD
  • The Woobie: Her OCD storyline, and the aftermath of Dexter's accident. Some consider this to be Wangst, though.

Darryl "Brax" Braxton

Year Introduced: 2011
Portrayed By: Stephen Peacocke

The Big Bad for at least some of the 2011 season, opinion is divided on whether or not he ever made a Heel–Face Turn. Mostly, he seemed to switch from being a Type II or III Anti-Hero to being a Type III Anti-Villain, depending on the storyline.

  • Affably Evil: One reason why most people don't hate him.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His name is Brax. Not Darryl. The only person who ever gets away with calling him Darryl is his mother.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The other reason why most people don't hate him.
  • Evil Versus Evil: It helps that most of his more brutal acts are directed against people who are at least as bad as him if not worse.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite the numerous crimes committed by him and his family, there are some things, like rape and wife beating, that Brax is dead against. Whether or not he disapproves of threatening women seems to be a case of Depending on the Writer. Or possibly Depending on the Woman.
  • Karma Houdini: While Brax receives no legal punishment for his crimes, he has both his girlfriend and his brother murdered by his rivals. It appears for a time that he has received a final Karmic Twist Ending when an attempt to manipulate his way out of jail results in him instead having to go on the run from his latest rival, letting his family, including his newborn son, believe him to be dead...but then that's completely forgotten about and he comes out of hiding to reclaim his girlfriend and son and drive off into the sunset with him.

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