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    Lindsey Strauss 

Lindsey Strauss (Portrayed by Michaela Mc Manus)

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Peyton's Veronica for Lucas' Archie.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a book-editor and owns a publishing company. In one episode Haley says Lindsey is one of the smartest people she knows.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Lindsey attended an Ivy League school.
  • Nice Girl: Surprisingly sympathetic for a Romantic False Lead. In fact, outside of Peyton, she was liked by most characters, even the ones who were still rooting for the couple Lucas and Peyton (like Skills, their Shipper on Deck in season 5).
  • Put on a Bus: Episode 6x05, "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It".
  • Romantic False Lead: Word of God states on the Season 5 DVD that the intention behind Lindsey was (whilst still working towards Lucas & Peyton getting back together) to introduce a new love interest for Lucas, who wasn't blatantly there just to serve as an obvious false lead & could very easily be the right girl for Lucas in a different way to Peyton.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Along with Brooke in the season 6 premiere.
  • Runaway Bride: Lindsey abandons Lucas at the altar when she realizes that Lucas' book isn't actually about a comet at all... because Peyton's car is the Comet, and Lucas unconsciously wrote the book with her in mind.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Lucas - she’s the editor on his first two books & winds up in a relationship with him at some point after Ravens was published.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Played with in the seasons 5 and 6's finale and premiere. Lindsey is Lucas' current/recent girlfriend and the Love Triangle was between Lucas, her and Peyton. However, Lucas also "called" Brooke to propose.

    Nanny Carrie 

Carrie (Portayed by Torrey DeVitto)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Nathan, who despite finding her attractive, is still in love with Haley.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Initially. This gradually falls away over the first half of the fifth season.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Scott family in general, particularly Haley.
  • Ax-Crazy: A literal example. The girl attempted to attack Deb and Haley with an axe!
  • Back for the Dead: In season 6, she kidnaps Dan in an elaborate plot to kidnap Jamie again, but ends up killed by Dan.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seemed perfectly nice in the beginning.
  • Dark Action Girl: Especially in season 6, when she becomes even more psychotic, manipulative and...violent.
  • Frame-Up: She invades Nathan's shower trying to seduce, but even when he rejects her Haley catches them and assumes the worst and Carrie eagerly confirms her suspicions.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's revealed in the sixth season that her obsession with replacing Haley as Jamie's mother is down to her own son dying.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Towards Haley, wanting to steal both her husband and her child.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's very attractive, which made Haley uncomfortable even before Carrie revealed her true colors, in one episode she's asked by Haley not to wear her bikini at the pool. So the next time she goes for a swim, she wears nothing at all.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is not revealed.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She had a son that was taken from her and murdered. She never fully recovered from it and took a job as a nanny because she was desperate to develop an attachment to a child that would replace her son... which she did with Jamie.
  • Sanity Slippage: Carrie’s introduction shows her returning Jamie to his parents’ back yard after he walks out with supervision - a far cry from the woman who tries to kill Haley & Dan before abducting Jamie.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Nathan. How much of it was genuine attraction & how much is down to her desire to replace Haley as Jamie’s mother is up for debate.
  • The Tease: When she tries to flirt with Nathan. She even makes sure to have him catch her Skinny Dipping at the pool.
  • Traitor Shot: At first, Nathan catching her Skinny Dipping just as she's surfacing from the pool looks like an Accidental Pervert moment, until the camera moves to her face and we see her smiling knowingly deviously, meaning she set the whole thing up. This is the first hint the viewer gets about her true character.
  • White Shirt of Death: Killed by Dan whilst in a Naughty Nurse Outfit.
  • Woman Scorned: Every time her attempt to replace Haley as Jamie’s mother failed, she wound up resorting to a more insane plan.

    Victoria Davis 

Victoria Davis (Portrayed by Daphne Zuniga)

  • Abusive Parents: Emotionally abusive to Brooke, initially.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her primary character arc during Seasons 5 & 6.
  • Evil Is Petty: Didn’t want kids, and wanted to focus on chasing a career. After Ted repeatedly cheated on her whilst she was pregnant with Brooke, she had her tubes tied to rob him of the opportunity to have the son he wanted.
  • For the Evulz: Most of her actions in season 5.
  • The Ghost: She's mentioned through the show, but only makes her first appearance in Season 5.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Bitchtoria".
  • Jerkass: A particularly cruel and nasty one, before she finally turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When warning Brooke about her father, it plays as if Victoria is jealous that Brooke is creating her new company with her father & not her. Ted goes onto validate her claims.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of season 6 when she reconciles with Brooke.
  • Hypocrite: She accuses Haley, Peyton, Rachel, and Sam all of leeching money off of Brooke, despite only being in Brooke's life because the girl finally made something of herself and is making Victoria money.
  • My Beloved Smother: Trying to control all aspects of Brooke's life and career.
  • Parental Neglect: She wasn't particularly interested in Brooke's life until she'd proven her worth as a clothing designer.
  • Recurring Character: In later seasons.

    Owen Morello 

Owen Morello (Portrayed by Joe Manganiello)

  • The Alcoholic: A recovered one, before suffering a relapse.
  • Badass Beard: Pre-Relapse.
  • The Bartender: A bartending alcoholic. It ends well.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Post-Relapse.
  • The Big Guy: Plays alongside Nathan in the "Slashers" Slamball team, and basically spends his time making sure no-one lays a finger on Nathan, due to his back issues.
  • The Bus Came Back: Season 7 episode "At the Bottom of Everything".
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: The Owen/Brooke ship doesn't really have any resolution during Season 5, largely due to the Writers Strike costing the season 4 episodes & Manganiello not being available for the last six episodes, which were produced after the strike. He returns midway through Season 6 as a member of Nathan's Slamball team, before suffering a relapse & sleeping with Millie in the very same episode which started the Brooke/Julian ship. He was Put on a Bus the following episode.
  • Commitment Issues: Once Brooke wanted their relationship to become more serious, he got scared and fled the town.

    Quentin "Q" Fields 

Quentin "Q" Fields (Portrayed by Robbie Jones)

    Mia Catalano 

Mia Catalano (Portrayed by Kate Voegele)

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Alex's Veronica for Chase's Archie.
  • Extreme Doormat: When she was first introduced, she was so shy she would let her Bastard Boyfriend Jason steal her songs and claim them as their own. Haley and Peyton snapped her out of it.
  • Girliness Upgrade: In the same manner as Brooke, Peyton & Haley - rather than making her more feminine, it was done to show Mia maturing.
  • Idol Singer: A successful singer and songwriter, thanks to Record Producer Peyton and Haley.

    Samantha "Sam" Walker 

Samantha "Sam" Walker (Portrayed by Ashley Rickards)


    Mick Wolf 

Mick Wolf (Portrayed by John Doe)

  • The Alcoholic: His AA token commemorating a year's sobriety is actually Ellie's from the year she was pregnant with Peyton.
  • Broken Pedestal: Peyton is initially thrilled to meet him, due to his status as a notable studio musician. Upon realizing that he's her biological father, this happens as Mick had been intentionally avoiding admitting this to her & he skipped dinner to get drunk in a bar.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Derek, abandoning him & his mother to start a relationship with Ellie Harp. He's also absent from his daughter's life until she's 22.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Peyton's biological father. He turns up at the start of season 6, looking to get to know her without actually admitting who he is.

    Charles "Chuck" Scolnik 

Charles "Chuck" Scolnik (Portrayed by Michael May)

    Miss Lauren 

Miss Lauren (Portrayed by Allison Munn)

    Xavier Daniels 

Xavier Daniels (Portrayed by Devin McGee)

    Adam Reese 

Adam Reese (Portrayed by James Van Der Beek)

  • The Alcoholic: His introduction features him snorting cocaine.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is considered to be a good director, but is a bit of-of a goof.
  • Benevolent Boss: See below.
  • Hidden Depths: After the film adaptation of Lucas' book is shut down, Julian accuses Reese of only looking at it as a job whilst the film was a passion project for Lucas & himself. Resse proceeds to not only show his understanding of their feelings of the film being canceled, but point out that they should still be proud of the attempt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the film adaptation of Lucas' book is shut down, Reese goes out & shoots a sunset on the pretense of using as stock footage for the film specifically because it meant that the studio still had to pay out on the various contracts.

    Principal Charlene Rimkus 

Principal Charlene Rimkus (Portrayed by Susan Walters)

    Sawyer Brooke Scott 

Sawyer Brooke Scott (Portrayed by Various)

    Sara Evans 

Sara Evans (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

    Katie Ryan 

Katie Ryan (Portrayed by Amanda Schull)

    Lydia Scott 

Lydia Scott (Portrayed by Various)


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