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The characters from The L Word.

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    Jenny Schecter
Played By: Mia Kirshner

  • Author Avatar: Loosely based on one of the show's creators-who Ilene Chaiken got kicked off later.
  • Betty and Veronica: She is the Archie to Marina's Veronica and Tim's Betty in season 1, and to Claude's Veronica and Max's Betty near the end of season 4.
  • Broken Bird: Zig-zags between this and Jerkass Woobie.
  • Brutally Honest: With her friends, not her sexual or romantic partners.
  • Chewing the Scenery: From season 3 onward. Part of the reason fans really started hating her.
  • Coming-Out Story: Her arc in season 1.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was always a bit off, but it doesn't get explained in detail until season 2. She was sexually abused as a kid, and her parents chose to ignore it instead of helping her, allowing it to "fester into this psychosis" as she puts it. She makes the best of it, though-her autobiographical book about it puts her into the spotlight that allows her to write a serialized novel, Lez Girls, and make it into a movie.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pale, dark-haired, and melancholic. It's particularly noticeable in season 2, when her hair is short and spare, and her eye makeup is darker and more dramatic, emphasizing her waifish looks.
  • Face–Heel Turn: A less dramatic variation in seasons 4-6. She doesn't betray anyone, per se, but she does become more impulsive and self-centered, leaning towards The Friend Nobody Likes.
  • Fish out of Water: In LA in seasons 1 and 2. She gets over it.
  • The Gadfly: She loves bringing up inappropriate topics to shock the conservative and stuffy. Best displayed when Max tries to take her to a posh company dinner in season 3.
    Corporate Executive: My wife zones out when I talk shop too, Jenny.
    The Mrs.: I do; I think about golfing, I think about my manicure, I think about my kids....
    Jenny: I was just thinking about how when I was a kid, I used to masturbate like twenty times a day and I'm writing a story about it, but I don't know if it should be straight-up fiction or like, a New Yorker-style essay piece. I just don't know.
  • Important Haircut: Gets one in season 2, because Long Hair Is Feminine and she wants to show up on the Gaydar.
  • It's All About Me: Often lampshaded.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • Psycho Lesbian: Best displayed in season 4. She does not take criticism well.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: It seems she was perfectly happy with Tim - romantically and sexually, until Marina showed up.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Shane.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Tim with Marina and on Max with Claude, sort of.

    Bette Porter
Played By: Jennifer Beals

    Tina Kennard
Played By: Laurel Holloman

  • All Lesbians Want Kids: Part of her Establishing Character Moment in the pilot. However, it's a bigger part of her character, especially in early seasons than Bette's.
  • Amicably Divorced: She eventually gets there with Bette, after things get really really ugly.
  • Bi the Way: Tina had only ever been with men before she hooked up with Bette. Several years later, she found herself craving male companionship again, but less than a year after that she drifted back to women. At one point, she clarifies her self-identification as a lesbian is mostly political.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Downplayed, mostly.
  • Ethical Slut: For a short while after ending things with Bette. Must have gotten it from Helena...
  • Has a Type: Tall, dark, bossy, snarky and handsome.
  • Hippie Parents: She and Bette are this to Angelica.
  • Holier Than Thou: She gives everyone shit about cheating, then she hooks up with Bette in all sorts of inappropriate occasions, including when Bette is with Jodi.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Helps Bette get Jodi back, when she still has feelings for Bette herself.
  • New Old Flame: With Bette.
  • Soapbox Sadie: More so than Bette-but although she goes there often, she doesn't really play it straight either.

    Alice Pieszecki
Played By: Leisha Hailey

    Shane McCutcheon
Played By: Katherine Moennig

    Kit Porter
Played By: Pam Grier

    Helena Peabody
Played By: Rachel Shelley

    Moira/Max Sweeney
Played By: Daniela Sea

  • Bi the Way: Originally presenting as a Butch Lesbian, he eventually identifies as a bisexual man.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Gets pregnant with Tom the interpreter's baby. Didn't think this could be possible after taking so much male hormones.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Brooke, who had a fit when she found out he was trans.
  • Fish out of Water: In glitzy West Hollywood. He never entirely gets over it.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Of the just-not-that-close variety. Except for Shane and Jenny (who is rarely nice to him), no one seems to really like him. Not even Alice, who works with him.
  • Incompatible Orientation: with Jenny. An interesting example, as in the beginning of the relationship they were two compatible female lesbians. After Max comes out of the closet as male and undergoes changes, Jenny is no longer interested, and they become Just Friends.
    Max: I know I've been kind of a jerk since I've been on the testosterone, but I'm getting better. I don't see what the problem is.
    Jenny: The problem is, Max, you identify as a straight man, and you want me to be your straight girlfriend, and I identify as a lesbian who likes to fuck girls.
  • Mr. Seahorse
  • Nice Guy: Too nice for his own good, probably.
  • The Quiet One: Especially when compared with his very talkative surroundings..
  • Only Sane Man: He has his fair share of drama, but compared to the soapy, wild lives of the rest, he's pretty down-to-earth.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: After he started taking testosterone, he found himself attracted to men.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Briefly in season 3, due to the hormones he'd been taking. He gets better after finding out that the dose he was on was way too much.
  • Transgender: A trans man.

    Tasha Williams
Played By: Rose Rollins

Former Main Characters

    Dana Fairbanks
Played By: Erin Daniels

    Tim Haspel 
Played By: Eric Mabius

    Marina Ferrer 
Played By: Karina Lombard

    Carmen de la Pica Morales
Played By: Sarah Shahi

    Eva "Papi" Torres 
Played By: Janina Gavankar


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