Best 13 Reasons Why Characters

Best characters from the show based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher.

The Top Ten

1 Jeff Atkins Jeff Atkins

Even though he wasn't truly alive and only appeared in flash backs he was the best character, especially for him to stand out this brightly in my head though not present for the actual series

He's great.

He influenced Clay as his mentor and friend. The most positive, kind and caring character on the show. - Drake_thelistmaker

The best

2 Tony Tony

Tony is the most likable character on the show. He's a good person and friend, kind, compassionate, smart, hard-working and mature for his age. - Drake_thelistmaker

He’s sweet I love him and feel bad for him too, overall the most underrated character - Yoshiandaglover

He's the guy who is really a true friend - to Hannah and Clay. He proved himself as not just a "fair-weather friend", but stuck with Clay despite everything Clay did to him and blamed him for. Level-headed, funny, protective, cool, (dang good looking), and kind, Tony's #1.

Just a sweet guy.

3 Justin Foley Justin Foley

Look at his eyes!

Easily the best and most character development by far

I truly feel so bad for Justin it's not his fault how he acts and clay is super annoying Justin is my number one character he tried to save Jess he did

His character development is great. Poor guy was born into a hopeless situation causing him to rely on the wrong person and associate himself with the wrong people. Justin made a lot of bad decisions but he's really sorry for them so I hope he finds a way recover and get his life back on track. I just want a happy ending for him.

4 Alex Standall Alex Standall

He killed Bryce

He is the best period, he is adorable, the best personality, I love him

He's very realistic and he sees things as they are. He's smart and even though he doesn't talk that much, his words says a lot.

If this show was directed at Alex and not Clay, I would 100% still like it. Alex plays such a good rule

5 Zach Dempsey Zach Dempsey

I think that zach should be the 2 one and not the first.

2nd favorite hottie - Luckys

I have 13333333 reasons why I love zach mostly

The kind-hearted jock. Lonely and misunderstood, the character you didn't expect to like. - Drake_thelistmaker

6 Clay Jensen Clay Jensen

The main character. Sweet, kind and good, but also irrational. We all know that he might have just listened those tapes at once and help people who needed that (Tyler). - Drake_thelistmaker

He was a caring, kind, and likable protagonist. His only problem was taking so LONG to hear the tapes. Otherwise his socially awkward, and emotional character was a standout in the series along with characters like Tony, Alex and Jeff.

How is he only at 5? he's obviously the best character.

This guy shows true emotion to losing Hannah... but he does so when losing Jeff; because both collide? How is this Clay's fault?

7 Hannah Baker Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker. I cry over this girl's words. My mom commit suicide a few months ago so it's really hard. She's so beautiful and she is just a innocent person.

When she died I felt really bad about myself because I tried to kill myself and I just kinda feel what she felt.

The main character, she was kind and smart. The story focuses around her suicide. Bullied by her peers and misunderstood. - Drake_thelistmaker

Hannah is my favourite character by far! She was not selfish, "a dick" anything like that. I know many people say that it was awful that she made these tapes and that they could cause that 13 persons will now kill themselves as well but I don't think so. The point of the tapes is not to make them suicidal she just doesn't want them to get away with what they did and in my opinion that's totally understandable. I mean they practically killed someone. Hannah is for me just really relateable and gorgeous. And she's extremly sassy! She deserved better!

8 Jessica Davis Jessica Davis

Jessica is definitely my favorite. Especially after season 2 and 3. She is such a strong character. She's been through a lot and came out as a badass, funny and unbelievably strong warrior. She truly is a survivor and she deserved so much better. I hope she'll get happiness in season 4

My favorite - Luckys


I love her she’s really caring, personally my favorite - Yoshiandaglover

9 Sheri Holland Sheri Holland

Good person, scared of the consequences of her deeds. Tries to fix things up. - Drake_thelistmaker

Nice person that was scared

Boyfriend kisser

She 's a nice girl

10 Ryan Shaver Ryan Shaver

The must funny guy in the serie!

He's ' hillarious.

He is the ONE thing that prevents me from crying 24/7 of watching.

I'm surprised by how low he is. Here's real list
5. Alex Standall
4. Jeff Atkins
3. Hannah Baker
2. Scott Reed
1. Ryan Shaver


The Contenders

11 Bryce Walker Bryce Walker

Bryce has been my favourite character since season one. I believe Justin Prentice is the best actor on the show, and the detail and emotion put into his character is amazing. I love watching him, despite the things Bryce has done.

His character may be an ass but hs character development in season 3 was beautiful and is acting was amazing.

Along with Tony, he was the only character in season 3 who made sense.

Just the best

12 Mr. Porter

He is on e of the characters who showed the most developmwent from season 1 to 2, although sometimes displays anger on level with Clahy when he tries to write other pepople's (and his own) wrongs

13 Cyrus
14 Olivia Baker Olivia Baker

Hannah's mom. Wants the justice and truth. Struggles after losing her only child and shows what parents feel. - Drake_thelistmaker

Next to Sheri and her Husband, the only characters I liked and didn't want to punch in the face every time they made a dumb decision o simply said something annoying as hell.

15 Deputy Bill Standall
16 Montgomery de la Cruz Montgomery de la Cruz

LMAOO okay to be honest I can't hate montgomery. I really just can't- I love him and it hurts

Sorry how is he number 10 someone please explain - pjo

Literally all this guy did was bully people though - pjo

nice broom - judo8alex

17 Kevin Porter Kevin Porter

Actually not a bad guy to be honest, he is caring as he has a family for his own. I really like him, as he cares for a lot of children.

Totally kidding

Did nothing wrong but ok hannah - pjo

18 Scott Reed Scott Reed


Nice guy, realised that. Bryce was not the right person to be friends with.

The new Jeff - Drake_thelistmaker

He’s cute especially when he stops Clay from getting beat up again.

19 Coach Rick
20 Tyler Down Tyler Down

To be honest, not as bad as he's made out to be. hannah was really rude to him and no one acknowledges that - pjo

I cannot help myself, but I find him cute, even though his character is perceived as a bad parson. There's a way I understand why he's done all the things - koulovamarketa

He was just doing what he does with pictures. Also, he may have a death list and may shoot some people. Lastly, he sent the picture of Hannah and Courtney around because when Tyler asked Hannah if she would like to hang out, Hannah laughed. So Hannah was rude to Tyler - Jets

Tyler is down.

21 May Dempsey

She cared for zach and she was just doing her duty like all mothers do

This girl is so amazing I can’t even express my love for her! She is breath taking and such a talented young soul! I think you would love her too if you met her she is wonderful

What a goddess ma life

The actress who plays her is so talented!

22 Matt Jensen Matt Jensen

The future is him

Looks like Messi

This man is amazing. A very good father. Vote for him

Underrated. He is a good father and helped supported his son good. Also he gave Clay privacy when he needed it unlike her mother.

23 Caleb
24 Lainie Jensen Lainie Jensen
25 Kat Kat

She is a strong woman with a good heart

She should be higher, she was only a minor character but she was a lot better than bryce or courtney - pjo

26 Chloe

I feel really sorry for her - pjo

27 Sherry
28 Clay's Father
29 Skye Miller Skye Miller

She was super annoying. she acted like hannah was a coward for killing herself, and although I have some issues with hannah too, it wasn't a good thing to say at all - pjo

Clay's childhood friend, cares and loves him. - Drake_thelistmaker

30 Courtney Crimson Courtney Crimson

What Courtney has changed significantly since the 1st season. Not only can one admit that she's being herself, but she's also become a great deal more approachable in comparison to the beginning. Besides, she must have comprehended how she mistreated Hannah before she died.

She is a horrible character...even after spreading rumours about Hannah to save her own ass, she continued to deny the fact that what Hannah said on the tapes weren't true (after she killed herself)...very cruel and irrational. - m2710

31 Marcus

He is a guy who made a big mistake and doesn't know what to do because he doesn't know a lot about girls

Yeah, I would say a lot of mistakes. He's just as bad or even worse than Bryce. At least Monty has abusive father, a father that beats him, breaks his bones. If something like this doesn't eff you up, nothing will. - Drake_thelistmaker

32 Luke Holliday
33 Charlie St. George
34 Sheriff Diaz
35 Andrew Baker
36 Principal Gary Bolan
37 Dennis Vasquez
38 Tori Vega Tori Vega Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) is the younger sister of Trina Vega, which makes her the youngest daughter of the Vega family and attends Hollywood Arts, a performing arts high school, along with her sister. more.

She is so nice, I love her when she sang make it shine, she cares for her friends, she is smarter and preetier then her sister.

39 Carly Shay Carly Shay

I love Carly, a very good friend and a good girl

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Updated 26 Sep 2019

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