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28

Liberty Van Zandt

Liberty and J.T. were an original 'Degrassi' supercouple, which I guess makes her significant? Their adoption storyline was really one of the earliest major, ground-breaking stories on "TNG." But Liberty on her own was hit-or-miss — early Liberty was usually a one-note know-it-all, and later Liberty had some extremely weird, out-of-character moments (making out with Emma’s boyfriend at prom?!).

27

Declan Coyne

There was something admittedly charming about Declan, despite trying my best to avoid falling for the misunderstood poor little rich boy cliche. He and Holly J should have been endgame because their chemistry was off the charts. He was basically male Holly J (only less flawless), and their matching sassiness paired together nicely.

26

Sav Bhandari

Sav, his swooshy hair, and his musical abilities were great. He made some questionable choices, but I liked him with both Anya and Holly J (that's kind of blasphemous to say, isn't it?). The very brief Ms. Oh romance near the end of his time on the show was weird, though, and I'm still kinda creeped out that "Degrassi" was explicitly condoning a teacher-student relationship.

25

Clare Edwards

One half of the second best Degrassi couple of all time, Clare was so, so much better (and a more well-developed character) than her older sister Darcy, but also often suffered from Emma Nelson know-it-all syndrome. Also bad? Her relationship choices (aside from Eli) were head-scratchers. She gets all the bonus points available for the utter hilarity that was "Madame Degrassi's" vampire erotica, though.

24

Jay Hogart

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I admittedly have a soft spot for Jay, despite his indirectly getting Jimmy shot. He was a big ol' cheater at first, cheating on Alex with both Emma and that random chick Amy. But the unintentional hilarity of Emma confronting Jay with "You gave me a social disease!" cannot possibly be overstated, and Jay's relationship with Manny was amazing and transformative for both of them.

23

Mike Dallas (aka "Dallas")

photo: MTV Canada

The boy was fine as heck. His storyline in the aftermath of Cam’s suicide was amazing and heartbreaking, and his relationship with Alli ended up being surprisingly great.

22

Alli Bhandari

Beautiful Alli and her three foot long fake eyelashes were too often used in relationship storylines, but Clare's best friend had her moment when she graduated and went off to Cambridge University like the BAMF she is. Alli was great.

21

Emma Nelson

Meh. Maybe it's weird to rank the very first de facto protagonist this low, but Emma had an often unbearable holier-than-thou, sanctimonious attitude. Her friendship with Manny and relationship with Sean were the two best things about her. Her "rebellious" arc ("social disease!") was so completely out of left field and lame AF. Emma's eating disorder storyline was fantastic, but that was the best she ever was on her own.

20

Miles Hollingsworth III

In a show that often relies on character types, Miles is a breath of fresh air. The misunderstood poor little rich boy (Declan 2.0) became so much more through the discovery of his fluid sexuality, his abusive father, and his dealings with his obviously-disturbed little brother Hunter. His unhealthy relationship with Tristan is awful, though. He's gotta find another guy or girl to start fresh with.

19

Maya Matlin

Maya has become one of the best female heroines that the show has had in years. Her trolling/doxxing storyline was devastating and so, so important. Maya spiraling in the aftermath of her boyfriend Cam's death was incredible, too. She needs to get far away from fuckboy Zig asap, though. Really, she's better off focusing on her cello because the only guy that's come close to measuring up to her was now-dead Cam. She's also just a tad too *perfect*/universally adored by every male to rank higher.

18

Imogen Moreno

The human personification of the word "adorkable." Imogen was super cute, particularly her bra protest storyline and her relationship with equally-adorable Fiona.

17

Fiona Coyne

Fiona was truly adorable, much more so than her twin brother. Her friendship with Holly J was consistently great and the Fiona/Imogen romance was almost too adorable to handle. Fimogen should have been endgame, obvs.

16

Bianca DeSousa

Bianca arrived at Degrassi as an obvious Alex Nuñez knock off — a troublemaker, a rebel, a promiscuous girl. She was also pretty transphobic and rude, most of the time. But Bianca had a fantastic arc after accidentally killing Anson the gangbanger and, thanks to great and gradual character development, became one of the best characters that the show's ever had. Plus, she was consistently funny and managed to make Drew likable (a feat in its own right).

15

Gavin "Spinner" Mason

I've got a complicated relationship with Spinner. On the one hand, I'll never quite forgive him for getting Jimmy shot and for marrying Emma, thereby preventing the inevitable Sean/Emma endgame that literally everyone knew was meant to be. He also never treated Paige like the actual goddess that she was. His romance with Manny and a few of his hairstyles still give me nightmares. His testicular cancer storyline was pretty good, though, and he was on the show for so damn long that eventually, of course, he became a real boy. Yay, character development!

14

Jimmy Brooks

Don't be all up in his fries, dawg. Jimmy was a good friend and sidekick, but not terribly interesting pre-paralysis. There was his relationship with Ashley (which went up in smoke once she flipped out and kissed Sean while on ecstasy) and his basketball playing, but that was pretty much all there was to Jimmy. Post-paralysis, Jimmy became more interesting, as we watched him come to terms with his new situation. Jimmy was also one of the most consistent characters — unlike nearly every other Degrassi male, he was a good boyfriend to all of his girlfriends and never actually cheated on anyone. For that, Wheelchair Jimmy gets all the kudos.

13

Anya MacPherson

Anya was the sweetest little cupcake to ever grace the halls of Degrassi. Everything from her braces to her LARPing to her best friendship with Holly J to her relationship with Sav was adorable and perfect. Except for that one time she got addicted to cocaine for a hot minute. But we don't talk about that. Overall, though, her arc from Holly J's blah sidekick to a kickass army chick was amazing.

12

Campbell Saunders

Cam's portrayer, Dylan Everett, was probably the single best actor "Degrassi" has ever had. Cam was a sweet kid suffering from mental illness, and Cam's gradual breakdown and suicide was one of the most gut-punching, devastating stories that the series has every pulled off. They've been warning us for years that they go there, but I really didn't expect them to go there. To this day, watching the episodes leading up to Cam's death are painful.

11

Zoe Rivas

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Zoe hasn’t been around as long as characters like Bianca, Holly J, and Paige, but I sense that we’re going to get a similar complex and well-developed character arc from her. I adored the way the show handled the aftermath of her rape and her eventual coming out storyline. It was also an interesting choice to not completely redeem her — she’s still kind of a horrorshow in Season 15, when she hooks up with Zig to “punish” Grace for not loving her back, it’s a bit bonkers. She’s not all good or all bad. She’s complicated and, so far, one of the most intriguing characters the show has had. More please!

10

Eli Goldsworthy

Let's be honest: Eli was, at first, Craig Manning 2.0 — only with better hair and writing instead of music — right down to their shared bipolar disorder. But Eli's discovery of his mental illness (and eventual coming to terms with it) was remarkably well-written and acted. Munro Chambers is also one of the better actors to appear on the show. His on-off romance with Clare was swoon-worthy, despite being soapy and melodramatic AF most of the time.

9

Adam Torres

Poor Adam was too good for this world. His FTM gender transition storyline was the first of its kind on "Degrassi," so he's hugely significant in that respect alone. He was also a total sweetheart, and all anybody wanted for him was to find love with the human personification of vanilla ice cream, Becky Baker. So, naturally, he crashed into a tree and died, thanks to texting while driving. Damn it, show, stomping all over our emotions like that.

8

Sean Cameron

Sean and Emma were one of the earliest (and longest-lasting) super-couples in "Degrassi" history. He was the quintessential bad boy with a heart of gold, but he grew into so much more. Sean saving Emma and Toby from gun-toting Rick was an amazing, classic moment in the series, and that’s when he won my heart forever. However, I'm still sore over the fact that he got shipped off to war never to be seen again, and that Emma got married to Spinner. Spinner. Semma was supposed to be endgame! Oh, the humanity.

7

Manny Santos

Manny had one of the greatest and most realistic character arcs on the show. She was also the source of SO MANY iconic moments — the waist-high blue thong, the "I'm gonna be FAMOUS!" flash, and "cuckoo bananas," just to name a few. She went from Emma's "cute" and overly innocent sidekick to promiscuous (and often self-destructive) scene-stealer, and it worked. Manny gradually finding herself and Cassie Steele's incredible performance were the best. Plus, her eventual endgame relationship with Jay? One of the all-time greats — and one of the very few should-be-endgame couples that actually did wind up being endgame.

6

J.T. Yorke

Beloved J.T. was gone far too soon. His prescription drug abuse storyline was a little weird, but I loved virtually everything else about him, as did every other character on the show — making his sudden and shocking murder-by-stabbing all the more devastating. Fuck Drake Lempkey, that little shit.

5

Craig Manning

Craig was frustrating a lot of the time but I adored him, that charming asshole. Cheating on Ashley with Manny was incredibly shitty, as was his manipulation of Ellie's affections in the midst of his persistent cocaine addiction, but Craig's backstory was devastating, as was the discovery of his bipolar disorder. Poor Craig.

4

Paige Michalchuk

My beloved Paige, the queen bee of Degrassi, had the best character development of just about anyone in the series. She started off as a stereotypical high school mean girl (that iconic “Hottie” tank top, though) then eventually developed into an incredibly well-rounded and likable character. Her date rape storyline was fantastic, as was her way-too-brief relationship with Alex Nunez. She gets a few points off for sticking with Spinner for as long as she did (girl, why?), but hey, nobody’s perfect.

3

Marco Del Rossi

Marco was one of the best characters from the moment he debuted in Season 2, particularly in his friendships with Ellie and Paige. His on-and-off romance with Paige's brother Dylan was consistently adorable, and his coming out storyline was truly ground-breaking and incredible.

2

Ellie Nash

Ellie was the best and the coolest, and it repeatedly broke my heart that she never got what she wanted. Her self-harm storyline was devastating, and her friendships with Paige and Marco were two of the very best on the show. Craig/Ellie (aka, the single greatest relationship in "Degrassi" history) should have been endgame and no one can tell me otherwise. Just remember that last airport kiss and try to tell me otherwise.

1

Holly J Sinclair

I don't even know where to begin with Sinclair the younger. The mythical Heather Sinclair's little sis was the best character to ever grace Degrassi's hallways, hands down. Holly J's sass, her style, her unflappable sense of self ... even in her earliest appearances, when she was legitimately terrible, she was wonderful. Holly J consistently had the best lines, and her portrayer, Charlotte Arnold, rocked every single one of them. Her kidney damage storyline was amazing and capped off an essentially perfect character arc, taking Holly J from one-note bitchy teenager to actual kind human woman. When she left to go to Yale, her dream school, it was clear that the writers wanted to end her storyline on the best possible note because they loved her as much as we all did. She didn't need to end up with a guy — she's freakin' Holly J Sinclair. Holly J forever, y'all.