General Hospital characters, places, companies, and events

Updated 9/21


CHARACTERS WHO ARE HERE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT:

MICHAEL "SONNY" CORINTHOS, JR. (played by Maurice Benard) – Why not start with Mr. I'm-the-Center-of-the-Universe? Sonny moved to Port Charles, New York in the early '90s and quickly became one of the most powerful men in town. He'll deny it if asked, but he's a mob boss with a long list of enemies. He uses a coffee business as a front but absolutely no one believes he's a legitimate businessman and nothing more. Sonny's father, Mike Corbin, left when he was young and his mother remarried an abusive cop, leaving him with childhood trauma on top of his bipolar disorder. Sonny is a serial monogamist whose past girlfriends/wives include Connie Falconeri, Brenda Barrett, and Sam Morgan. He also had flings with Olivia Quartermaine, Alexis Davis, and Ava Jerome that resulted in three of his six children (that he knows of). His current wife is Carly Corinthos; they're on something like their sixth marriage to each other. Sonny's living children are Dante Falconeri, Michael Corinthos III, Kristina Corinthos Davis, Avery Jerome (Corinthos? I don't even know), and Donna Corinthos. He lost his son, Morgan, in 2016, plus fathered countless numbers of miscarried babies. Sonny is currently living in Nixon Falls, Pennsylvania under the name Mike, thanks to amnesia.

CAROLINE "CARLY" CORINTHOS (Laura Wright) – Carly (real name: Caroline Benson) first arrived in Port Charles using her dead best friend's name and seeking revenge on her birth mother, Bobbie Spencer. Poor little Carly grew up in a trailer park in Florida and wanted to get back at her mother for placing her for adoption. Her notorious acts include stealing her own stepfather from her mother, drugging A.J. Quartermaine and putting him in a laundry cart, and telling everyone Jason Morgan was her son Michael's father when she wasn't sure who it really was. She somehow wound up with Sonny, who adopted Michael, and had Morgan with him. After that fell apart, she hooked up with one of Sonny's enemies, Jax Jacks, which left her with a daughter, Josslyn, and the Metro Court Hotel. After that, she dated Johnny Zacchara and had a brief fling with Todd Manning, both of which ended when they lied to her. For some reason even Carly doesn't understand, she hooked up with Franco Baldwin and almost married him. He called things off when he found out she'd cheated on him with Sonny. Carly and Sonny remarried and were fine for a while, but now she's about to marry Jason (for mob reasons). They're both unaware that the marriage won't be legal, since Sonny and Carly are still married.

JASON MORGAN (Steve Burton) – Once upon a time, Jason was a Quartermaine, the good son who wanted to become a doctor like his parents. Then he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident caused by his brother A.J. (or possibly from a drug given to him by a crazy psychiatrist A.J. hired to kill him; I'm not sure that was ever made clear). He emerged from a coma with memory loss, ditched medical school and his family, and became Sonny's best friend/second-in-command/servant/whipping boy/doormat. He slept with Carly, dated Robin Scorpio, and had a fling with Elizabeth Webber that led to a child, Jake, and the fictional premise that they were meant for each other, or something. Jason eventually settled down with Sam and was just about to raise their son Danny with her when he was kidnapped and presumed dead. He remained missing for five years, being kept drugged and hidden by Peter August. After returning to town, Jason waited patiently for months while Sam took some me time, then finally got back together with him. They were hoping to live happily ever after, raising Danny and Sam's daughter Scout together, but then the writers started coming up with ways to keep them apart. Jason wound up briefly getting together with Britt Westbourne, and when he ditched her to marry Carly, it made him all broody.

SAMANTHA "SAM" MORGAN (Kelly Monaco) – Raised by people who didn't really like her, Sam didn't learn she was adopted until she was an adult (and even then, it was from her brother Danny, not one of her parents). She was shocked to learn that her birth mother was Alexis, a woman she didn't get along with. Sam first came to Port Charles as a love interest for Jax, then moved on to Sonny (who fathered her stillborn daughter) and ultimately wound up with Jason. After some on-and-off stuff, Sam and Jason were about to finally be happy when Franco showed up. Long story short, Sam got pregnant, didn't know who the baby's father was, almost hooked up with a cop, and thought Danny was dead for months before she got him back. (Todd and Heather Webber gave him to Todd's ex, Téa, letting Sam believe Téa's deceased baby was really hers). Then, when Sam and Jason were about to be happy AGAIN, he supposedly died. Oh, and then Danny got cancer. (He's okay now.) Sam moved on with Silas Clay and Patrick Drake, then thought she was getting back together with Jason, who was really Drew Cain. She eventually reunited with the real Jason, then put things on hold to go undercover in a cult to save Kristina. Things spiraled, and Sam wound up in prison for killing the cult leader, Shiloh Archer, but she was paroled early. Then the writers came up with more ways to keep Sam and Jason apart, so people are mad. Now she's started dating Dante, and they're surprisingly cute together.

MICHAEL CORINTHOS III (Chad Duell) – If Michael wrote a book about his life story, everyone would say it was too unbelievable to be true. Named for Sonny, Michael was originally raised by Jason (whom everyone thought was his father) after postpartum depression left Carly unable to take care of him. When A.J. found out he was the real dad, he nursed a grudge against Carly and Sonny (Michael's adoptive father) that eventually led him to kidnap Michael and fake his death. Michael later spent a year in a coma after being shot in the head by a sniper aiming for Sonny. The night his sister Josslyn was born, Michael stopped her from being abducted by accidentally killing her kidnapper, Claudia Zacchara. Even though it was clear he was acting in Carly and Josslyn's defense, he was sent to prison, where he was raped. Michael overcame the trauma with help from his girlfriend Abby, who was then killed in a freak construction accident. When his biological father came back into the picture, Michael developed a relationship with him, despite Sonny and Carly's protests. Sonny ended up killing A.J. and keeping that from Michael, who was furious when he found out. He reacted by cutting pretty much everyone out of his life, denouncing the Corinthoses, becoming a true Quartermaine, taking over ELQ, and winning a custody battle to raise Avery. After a few months of grumping around, Michael calmed down, with help from Sabrina Santiago, and got into an on-and-off relationship with her. Just before he proposed, she was murdered. Then his brother Morgan died. Michael found comfort with Nelle Benson, who it turned out was in town to get revenge on Carly for stuff she didn't even do. After Nelle's sins were revealed and Michael broke up with her, she announced that she was pregnant with his child. The night the baby, Wiley, was born, Nelle orchestrated a swap to make everyone think he'd died. In reality, Brad Cooper had used him to replace his and Lucas Jones' deceased newborn. After more than a year and a half, Michael finally learned that Wiley is his, and was about to build a family with him and his girlfriend, Sasha Gilmore, when Nelle was released from prison and filed for custody of Wiley. Sasha and Harrison Chase decided it would be better for Michael to marry Willow Tait, which meant pretending Sasha and Chase were hooking up so Michael and Willow would break up with them and get married. It worked, with the unintended side effect of Michael and Willow developing feelings for each other.

ELIZABETH WEBBER (Rebecca Herbst) – Upon her arrival in Port Charles in the '90s, Elizabeth was the bad-girl alternative to her goody-two-shoes sister Sarah. She managed to steal the spotlight from Sarah and overhauled her image after dealing with the trauma of a sexual assault. Elizabeth and her high school sweetheart Lucky Spencer were on and off for years; he always took her back, even after she got pregnant (with sons Cameron and Jake) by two other guys (Zander Smith and Jason, respectively), cheated on him WITH HIS BROTHER, got pregnant with son Aiden, and didn't tell Lucky he was the father. After a brief fling with A.J. and some on-and-off nonsense with ex-husband Ric Lansing, Elizabeth turned her attentions to Drew. Once she learned that he was supposedly Jason, she kept his identity secret until she was busted. Elizabeth bonded with Franco over their mutual status as town pariahs, which led to romance and marriage up until his death in early 2021. Now she's inching toward a relationship with Hamilton Finn.

DREW CAIN (Cameron Mathison) – Most of Drew's background was a mystery to both him and the audience. We know he was Jason's identical twin, and he lived with Franco's adoptive mother Betsy until he was three, when he was sent to a group home. At some point, he became a Navy SEAL and dated Kim, who got pregnant with their son, Oscar. All we know for sure is that Drew turned up in 2014 with Jason's memories, but reconstructive surgery and amnesia kept his identity hidden for waaaaay longer than the writers should have allowed. Oh, and Helena was using mind control to make him commit crimes. After months of using the alias Jake Doe, Drew was led to believe that he was Jason. He went "back" to Sam and the two of them had a daughter, Scout. Just when everything was looking peachy for the happy family, the real Jason showed up. Eventually, the audience's suspicions that that would spell the end for Drew were confirmed, and Drew was "killed off," but after two years, the writers resurrected him. His current location is unknown, but with Sam, Dante, and Curtis on the case, he'll probably be back in Port Charles in no time.

ANNA DEVANE (Finola Hughes) – On and off the show since the '80s, Anna is a former spy turned federal agent turned spy again. Two of her husbands – Robert Scorpio and Duke Lavery – were presumed dead at various times, as was Anna herself. Anna served as Port Charles' police commissioner before a rigged election cost her her job. A reunion with Duke almost led to them leaving town together, but that plan went out the window when Duke was killed by Carlos Rivera. For nearly 40 years, Anna kept the secret that she'd had a son, Peter, with notorious killer Cesar Faison. When the truth came out, Peter and Anna slowly warmed to each other...but it turns out he's not really her son. His real mother is Anna's twin sister, Alex Merrick, who did some weird memory stuff to make Anna think Peter was hers. Anna recently broke off her engagement to Hamilton Finn, which is fine because no one thought they were actually going to get married.

MAXIE JONES (Kirsten Storms) – Maxie's life could be its own soap opera. As a child, she suffered from a heart condition and received a transplant from her cousin. Her father, Frisco, left when she was young and didn't keep in touch. Then her mother, Felicia, took off as well, leaving Maxie and her younger sister Georgie in the care of their stepfather, Mac Scorpio. Maxie rebelled as a teenager, focusing her sights on Lucky, who was married to Elizabeth. She was so determined to break them up that she enabled Lucky's prescription-drug addiction, got him into bed, and claimed to be pregnant with his child. Once she realized she didn't want to be that kind of person, Maxie mellowed into a somewhat flighty fashion lover who happened to fall in love with a geek, Damian Spinelli. Maxie agreed to be a surrogate for best friend Lulu Falconeri but miscarried the baby. Soon after, she slept with Spinelli and got pregnant again, this time with Spinelli's baby. She kept quiet (and got her roommate/Spinelli's girlfriend Ellie Trout to keep quiet, too), but eventually the truth came out, almost ruining Maxie's friendship with Lulu. After a custody disaster over Lil' Georgie and a whole different kind of disaster with a bad boyfriend named Levi, Maxie was able to find love with Nathan West...who turned out to still be married to a woman named Claudette Beaulieu. Just as Maxie and Nathan were settling down and starting a family, he was killed by his own father. She moved on to Peter August, unaware that/in denial about how he's a murderer and kidnapper. She had his baby, Louise, but pretended Louise was kidnapped so Peter can't get to her.

PETER AUGUST (Wes Ramsey) – Alex secretly gave birth to Peter and placed him for adoption with a loving family, but Valentin Cassadine had other ideas. He gave Peter to his father, Faison, who tried to get Peter to follow in his homicidal footsteps. For a while, Peter made his father proud, but he threw a wrench into things by not killing Jason when he was supposed to. Instead, he used Jason to kill Faison (though he also inadvertently got Nathan killed as well). Peter built a normal life for himself, running a newspaper, the Invader, and trying not to get caught while doing things like hiring inept assassins and hiding exactly how responsible he was for Jason and Drew's saga. Everyone's on to him now, so it's only a matter of time before he's tracked down and arrested (or killed).

ALEXIS DAVIS (Nancy Lee Grahn) – Alexis was raised as a distant Cassadine relative and didn't discover until she was an adult that her father was Cassadine patriarch Mikkos. Her real name is Natasha, but only a couple of people call her that. As a teenager, Alexis placed a baby for adoption, then coincidentally wound up living in the same town as her now-grown daughter, Sam. She went on to have two more daughters – Kristina, with Sonny, and Molly, with Sonny's brother, Ric. Alexis had a long-term relationship with Ned Quartermaine but couldn't commit. Instead, she fake-married Jax, who she still calls her favorite ex-husband. Other poor relationship choices include Ric (who cheated on her with Sam) and Jerry Jacks (who tried to kill her kids). Alexis eventually got back with Julian Jerome, Sam's father, but then he murdered people and tried to kill her, so she got the heck out of there. She started drinking but got sober, started therapy to deal with her multiple other issues, and met Neil Byrne. After a bunch of writer-orchestrated angst, Alexis and Neil finally got together...and then he died. Alexis fell off the wagon and caused some mischief, such as sleeping with the very married Ned and trying to kill Franco. She's now serving a three-year prison sentence in the least prison-like facility in the world.

JASPER "JAX" JACKS (Ingo Rademacher) – Australian-born Jax is a playboy businessman with a weakness for hot women and anything expensive. Since 1996, he's had numerous love interests and crushes, but his heart has usually belonged to Brenda, which is why he and Sonny hate each other. He was also briefly married to Alexis, which was awesome. Then he married Carly, which was less awesome. After overcoming obstacles like Sonny's failed attempt to kill him and his success at having Jax deported, Jax is back in Port Charles. He came with the intention to bring down Valentin, and as a bonus, started dating Valentin's ex, Nina Reeves. That's over now, so Jax really needs a new plot, other than fighting with Carly.

DANTE FALCONERI (Dominic Zamprogna) – Dante first came to town as a junior mobster who wanted to work for Sonny. In actuality, he was a) an undercover cop, b) Olivia's son, and c) fathered by Sonny, who never knew he existed. Often a moral compass (at least until he cheated on Lulu), Dante usually finds himself torn between family ties and being a good police officer. When Dominic Zamprogna left the show in 2018, Dante was sent to treatment for PTSD, but two years later, he's back and ready to bring peace back to Port Charles.

AUSTIN GATLIN-HOLT (Roger Howarth) – We know next to nothing about Austin, except that he's a doctor and he likes the outdoors. He's the son of former character Jimmy Lee Holt, one of Edward Quartermaine's children, whom he disinherited decades ago. Austin now has proof that Edward was going to write Jimmy Lee back into his will, and he wants what he feels he deserves as a Quartermaine.

LAURA COLLINS (Genie Francis) – Laura was half of the soap super-couple Luke and Laura, which fell apart because someone behind the scenes was a jerk and Genie Francis was smart enough not to put up with her. Laura married her childhood sweetheart, Scott, but he couldn't really compete with Luke, even after Luke raped Laura. Despite being cursed on their wedding day by Helena Cassadine, Luke and Laura spent a good 20+ years married to each other, and raised children Lulu and Lucky together. Bumps in the road included the fact that Laura had a son, Nikolas Cassadine, and never mentioned him to her husband; her being the object of Stefan Cassadine's affections/obsessions; and an illness that left Laura catatonic for years at a time. Laura, now the mayor of Port Charles, is married to Kevin Collins and is coming to terms with the fact that she has two half-brothers she never knew about, Cyrus Renault and Martin Grey.

VALENTIN CASSADINE (James Patrick Stuart) – Rumors of Valentin's evildoings circulated in the family for years, but he didn't make an appearance on the show until 2016. Supposedly the result of one of Mikkos' many affairs, he spent his childhood in an English boarding school, outcast from his family. At some point he popped up at the WSB and had run-ins with Anna and Alex. Upon learning that Helena planned to use one of Lulu's eggs to create a child fathered by her (presumably) dead son Stavros, Valentin stole the egg and fathered the child himself, using Claudette as a surrogate. The result was Charlotte, one of only two people Valentin loves more than himself. (The other is Nina, but he burned her one too many times for her to stick around.) Valentin recently learned that he's not really a Cassadine; instead of his parents being Mikkos and an unknown women, they were Helena and an unknown man. Left without the Cassadine fortune, Valentin sneakily took control of ELQ, and is trying to keep from being ousted as CEO.

NINA REEVES (Cynthia Watros) – Nina spent 20 years in a coma, thanks to her mother, Madeline Reeves. Psychological problems led Nina to force Ava into early labor and kidnap her child, the icing on the cake of a months-long campaign to get revenge on anyone who had ever wronged her. She landed in a psychiatric facility and was deemed cured, but she faked a relapse to hang out with Franco. When that relationship went south, Nina actually got awesome for a while, running Crimson magazine and telling Julian where to go. A fling with Valentin led her to a whirlwind courtship and surprise wedding, in part because Nina wanted to help Valentin keep Lulu from getting custody of Charlotte. Nina spent years believing she'd miscarried the child she was pregnant with when she went into her coma, but apparently that's not true. Valentin hired Sasha to pose as Nina's daughter, which Nina bought for a long time. Apparently the real daughter is Nelle, but I don't want to talk about it. Nina is currently the only person who knows that Sonny is alive, and has developed feelings for him, which isn't going to end well for anyone.

AVA JEROME (Maura West) – Ava had daughter Kiki Jerome with Silas but never told him about her. Instead, she told Franco he was Kiki's father, then never let him see her. She's an art dealer with a penchant for stirring up trouble and sleeping with younger men, including her daughter's boyfriend, Morgan. Ava tried to take over Port Charles with her brother, Julian, but was sidetracked with an arrest (for murdering Connie) and a jailbreak. While playing dead, she was diagnosed with cancer, entering remission only after a bone marrow transplant from daughter Avery. When Ava returned to Port Charles, it was as her non-existent sister, Denise. Amazingly, people fell for that. Also, she slept with Morgan AGAIN, as her own fake sister. When the truth came out, Ava only avoided prison time for Connie's murder because the flash drive containing her confession disappeared, thanks to corrupt DA Paul Hornsby. The Corinthoses hate Ava for that, as well as for switching Morgan's bipolar medications, which contributed to his death. For a while, Ava was on the path to redemption while dating Griffin Munro, but all bets are off now. In the wake of Kiki's death, Ava has informally adopted Trina Robinson, who we all hope is smart enough not to let Ava be a bad influence on her. Ava and Nikolas are currently married for ridiculous reasons, but separated because Spencer doesn't want them together.

NIKOLAS CASSADINE (Marcus Coloma) – Nikolas was raised by his uncle Stefan after Laura left him behind to be with the rest of her family. As a teenager, Nikolas saved half-sister Lulu's life and set off another round of the Spencer/Cassadine feud. He and half-brother Lucky patched up their rivalry, and Nikolas even managed to win over Luke (sort of). He went through a Mrs. Robinson phase, bedding his uncle's ex-girlfriend, Katherine, then wound up with Emily Quartermaine. He cheated on her, had a baby (Spencer) with Courtney Matthews, and got back together with Emily, who then died. Failed relationships with Elizabeth and Brook Lynn Quartermaine ended with Nikolas moving to Europe with Spencer. When he returned to Port Charles, he hoped to win back Elizabeth, but instead wound up with Britt Westbourne. That ended disastrously. Nikolas then mixed it up with Hayden Barnes, a con woman who threatened to destroy his plans to keep Drew's identity secret so Nikolas could take over ELQ. Unable to silence Hayden, he tried to have her killed. She survived, then went on to marry Nikolas. (I know, gross, right?) When things between them went south, Nikolas faked his death and jetted off to Europe, where he was then supposedly killed for real by Valentin. Three years later, he resurfaced and nabbed the Cassadine fortune back from Valentin. He and Ava married for business purposes but apparently love each other now.

HAMILTON FINN (Michael Easton) – This infectious disease specialist has a service lizard named Roxie, a dead wife, and an addiction to the medication he took to prolong his own life for years. A whirlwind romance with Hayden left Finn depressed and unaware that he was a father, since Hayden told him she'd miscarried their baby. Recently, the truth came out and Finn happily became a father to Violet Barnes. He's now with Anna and is working on improving his relationship with his brother Chase and father Gregory. They've been estranged for years because, unbeknownst to Gregory, Finn slept with his fiancée Jackie the night before she married Gregory. Finn is, no joke, Easton's fourth role on this show.

HARRISON CHASE (Josh Swickard) – Chase hasn't gotten much backstory yet, other than his disappearing rivalry with Finn and his previous fling with Nelle. He and Willow were happy and adorable together, until he and Sasha decided to torpedo both of their relationships to try to get Willow and Michael together. Willow fell for Michael but agreed to marry Chase when everyone thought he was minutes away from dying. Surprise: He didn't die. He and Willow are over now, and Chase's future is wide open.

WILLOW TAIT (Katelyn MacMullen) – Willow, born Kali Miller, got involved in Shiloh's cult, Dawn of Day, through her mother Harmony. Willow got pregnant, fled the cult, and placed the baby for adoption. Brad and Lucas adopted the baby, but just hours later, he died. Thanks to Brad and Nelle's baby swap, Willow bonded with a child who wasn't really her son, but who is now her adopted son. She developed feelings for both Michael and Chase, eventually choosing Michael, for some reason.

SASHA GILMORE (Sofia Mattsson) – Sasha came to town when Valentin hired her to pose as Nina's daughter. She had the good grace to feel bad about her lies, though her reputation was effectively ruined. Guilt over her fake fling with Chase led Sasha to an addition to cocaine, which she's working to get past. She's having a baby with Brando Corbin, and though the two of them are cute together, there's just not much going on there. We don't know much about Sasha's past, so I look forward to finding out she's related to an established character or has a secret child out there somewhere.

JORDAN ASHFORD (Briana Nicole Henry) – Jordan supposedly spent two years in prison after being busted for selling drugs. In actuality, she was working undercover as a DEA agent. She continued her undercover assignment when she first came to town, but off the books on a mission for Anna, attempting to bring down mobsters. She claimed that son T.J.'s father was Thomas Ashford, but it was really Shawn Butler, her ex who's now in prison. Jordan and Thomas' brother Curtis used to work together, but when he developed a drug addiction, their friendship fell apart. After a rocky relationship with Andre Maddox, Jordan married Curtis, but secrets about her past and attempts to protect her family led to divorce.

CURTIS ASHFORD (Donnell Turner) – Originally in Port Charles to help Hayden look into her shooting, Curtis stuck around when he learned his nephew and former sister-in-law lived there. We know very little about Curtis' past, except that he was raised by his mother and her sister, Stella Henry; had a cocaine problem; and was a cop. He spent a few years working as a PI, often teaming with Sam, but has shifted to a new career as a club owner. He dated Valerie Spencer for a while, then married Jordan, but is now back with his ex, Portia Robinson.

LIESL OBRECHT (Kathleen Gati) – Swiss-born Obrecht always gets what she wants, even if it means breaking the law. She had two children with Faison, but only told him about one, Britt. She gave the other, Nathan, to her sister Madeline to raise as her own. Obrecht helped orchestrate Robin's kidnapping and fake-death hoax, blackmailed her way to the position as Chief of Staff at General Hospital, and arranged some complicated plan where Britt passed off Dante and Lulu's son Rocco as her own, though her motives were never explained. Obrecht should be in prison for at least a dozen crimes, but after being exonerated for a frame job by Peter, she's free and plotting to bring him down.

BRITT WESTBOURNE (Kelly Thiebaud) – Awful human being Britt's crimes included stealing Lulu and Dante's embryo, implanting it in herself, and passing their baby off as her own. She also managed to make an entire town think her totally Caucasian baby was half Asian, which is, admittedly, impressive. A lot of her bad behavior could be blamed on her horrible parents, Obrecht and Faison. After helping Spencer fake his kidnapping, Britt fled the country to avoid criminal charges. She turned herself in to the police in early 2018 and served some time, but made a deal with Anna in exchange for Obrecht, and is now free. Cyrus made her Chief of Staff at General Hospital, most likely because he thought she would be easy to manipulate, which is ironic, considering all the manipulating Britt has done in her life. Recently diagnosed with Huntington's, Britt is trying to become a better person. I say she has a 50/50 shot at success.

VICTOR CASSADINE (Charles Shaughnessy) – Victor briefly made an appearance in the '80s, then resurfaced in the 2010s to try to live up to his family's name. He was responsible for Jason's imprisonment, among other crimes. Obrecht supposedly killed him, but he resurfaced seven years later, alive and well.

THOMAS "T.J." ASHFORD, JR. (Tajh Bellow) – T.J. arrived in town with a bad attitude and a reading disability, both of which have disappeared, thanks to his girlfriend (now domestic partner) Molly. He's an intern, generally kind and helpful, and not on the show nearly enough.

MOLLY LANSING DAVIS (Haley Pullos) – With the same mother, and fathers who are brothers, Molly and Kristina are both half-sisters and first cousins. (Add to this the fact that their other half-sister, Sam, almost had a baby with their father/uncle and you have a very twisted family tree.) Molly is wise beyond her years, and a romantic at heart. She wrote a novel and almost got it published, but Connie stole it from her, sexed it up, and put her own name on it. Molly just finished law school and is in a domestic partnership with her high school boyfriend, who loves her so much that he wanted to stay with her even after she had a one-night stand with Brando Corbin.

ROBERT SCORPIO (Tristan Rogers) – Robert is one of the more famous characters from GH and was once half of a super-couple with Anna (and also another super-couple with Holly Sutton). In the '80s, he was a spy who hung out with Luke Spencer and helped save the world and stuff. He was in and out of Port Charles in the '00s and '10s, then moved back permanently in 2019. A retcon says Robert went to law school, so he somehow became the DA, but he never actually does DA stuff.

NED QUARTERMAINE (Wallace Kurth) – Ned wears many hats: rock star Eddie Maine, executive at L&B Records, and ELQ second in command. His former loves include Monica (his aunt by marriage – I KNOW), Jenny Eckert (his half-brother Dillon's stepmother), Lois Cerullo (his daughter Brook's mother), Katherine Bell (to whom he was married illegally while he was married to Lois, and whom he didn't actually love), Alexis (whom he actually had a good relationship with, but she had commitment issues), and Skye Quartermaine (even though they once thought they were cousins). Ned also spent two years pretending to be Kristina's father with no consolation prize when the truth came out about her paternity. He tried the same scheme with Olivia's son Leo, but it didn't last nearly as long. Their relationship lasted longer than the lie, and they're now married and raising Leo together. Ned had a drunken fling with Alexis, but Olivia is close to forgiving him.

OLIVIA QUARTERMAINE (Lisa LoCicero) – As a teen mom, Olivia raised Dante on her own, claiming she didn't know who his father was. No one challenged this because Olivia is kind of scary. Once in Port Charles, she dated Johnny, despite being old enough to be his mother. Heather injected her with LSD, which left her with visions and hallucinations that eerily came true. Olivia and Sonny briefly got back together, but she ditched him after he slept with Ava. A drunken New Year's Eve fling with Julian left Olivia pregnant, and for the second time in her life, she decided to keep her baby's father's identity a secret. Now married to Ned (for now, at least), Olivia is rich for the first time in her life and on her way to becoming the next Quartermaine matriarch.

BROOK LYNN QUARTERMAINE (Amanda Setton) – Brook was around as a teen, then in and out for years as an adult. She had a brief relationship with Nikolas, tried to steal Dante from Lulu, and maybe did some other stuff I don't remember. She moved back to town in 2019 and promptly started causing trouble by fighting with Lulu and selling her ELQ stock. She also slept with Valentin and might be pregnant with his child. Brook was a singer and had just gotten out from under an oppressive contract and manager, Linc (think Ke$ha), when Nelle slashed her throat. Brook survived the attack, but her singing career didn't. She slept with Valentin, left town for a while, and returned pregnant...but not really.

BRANDO CORBIN (Johnny Wactor) – Gladys told everyone that her son (Dev Corbin's fake father) was dead. He's not. Brando spent some time working undercover for Cyrus, feeding info to Cyrus' enemy, Jason. Now he's promised girlfriend Sasha that he's done with the mob.

GLADYS CORBIN (Bonnie Burroughs) – Sonny cooked up a plot to pretend Mike's cousin Gladys was Dev's grandmother, who sent Dev to live with Sonny in Port Charles. Gladys only cooperated because she was handsomely compensated. She keeps inserting herself in the middle of mob stuff, so I'm pretty confident that it's only a matter of time before she gets killed.

PORTIA ROBINSON (Brook Kerr) – Portia has supposedly lived in town for years, but we've only met her recently. She's Trina's mother and a doctor, and cheated on then-husband Taggert with Curtis. I suspect Curtis is Trina's biological father, despite Portia's insistence that he's not.

SHAWN BUTLER (Sean Blakemore) – Shawn originally came to Port Charles as a mercenary working against Sonny. Later, he became Sonny's right-hand man/Jason 2.0. Shawn served in the Marines in Afghanistan and was dishonorably discharged for "accidentally" killing a fellow Marine. (He actually killed him in self-defense because the Marine found out Shawn slept with his wife. Oh, and the Marine was Shawn's best friend, and the wife was Jordan.) Shawn became the guardian of T.J., the "son" of the man he killed, without knowing that he was really Shawn's son. He served a few years in prison for trying to kill Drew (NOT, as many people believe, for shooting Hayden) but is now free.

KEVIN COLLINS (Jon Lindstrom) – Psychiatrist Kevin is one of the calmer people in town. He had a daughter, Livvie, who is apparently dead, but for some reason, he doesn't remember her. After a long romance with Lucy, Kevin is now married to Laura, and they're pretty great together.

JOSSLYN JACKS (Eden McCoy) – Carly and Jax's daughter has survived a near-kidnapping moments after her birth, kidney cancer, a subsequent kidney transplant, and the death of her first love, Oscar. She just started college and is dating Cameron.

CAMERON WEBBER (William Lipton) – Cameron is Elizabeth's son, the result of a one-night fling with Zander. He's a bit of a rebel, but also secretly a sweetheart.

TRINA ROBINSON (Sydney Mikayla) – Josslyn's BFF is someone we should all want as a friend. She's wise, level-headed, and self-assured. I'm excited to see if my theory that Curtis is her biological father plays out.

SPENCER CASSADINE (Nicholas Chavez) – Spencer is Nikolas' son with Courtney, Mike's late daughter. He loves being rich and hates townies (though a near-death experience and a conversation with his dead mother have helped his attitude a little). Spencer was sent off to boarding school in Europe after Nikolas' supposed death, and at first refused to return to Port Charles after Nikolas resurfaced, since Nikolas spent so much time in hiding. When he finally came back to town, he was in the midst of a campaign to make Nikolas and Ava break up. Speaking of campaigns, Spencer hacked Port Charles' mayoral election, delaying the vote for weeks, which led to his grandmother, Laura, winning the seat. Since he's an adult now, that'll probably just get filed under youthful indiscretions and will never come back to haunt him.

ESME PRINCE (Avery Kristen Pohl) – Esme is Spencer's girlfriend, though I maintain that he doesn't actually like her. She's here to cause trouble and give you unattainable hair goals.

MONICA QUARTERMAINE (Leslie Charleson) – Monica has been around since the late '70s and used to get to do stuff. The Quartermaine mansion is hers, but Alan gave it to her.

SCOTT BALDWIN (Kin Shriner) – Scott (AKA Scotty) is a lawyer with almost as many kids as Sonny. He and Obrecht just started hooking up. It's weird.

BARBARA "BOBBIE" SPENCER (Jacklyn Zeman) – Bobbie, a staple from the '70s through the '90s, was a prostitute turned scheming nurse, as well as Luke's sister. As a teenager, she got pregnant with Carly and placed her for adoption, only to come face-to-face with her years later and have to face her wrath. Bobbie mainly counsels Carly on what not to do and talks about how proud she is of her son Lucas.

MALCOLM "MAC" SCORPIO (John J. York) – Mac arrived in town in the early '90s and had to dodge the law for a while. Naturally, he later became the police commissioner. He raised his niece Robin, which prepared him to help raise stepdaughters Maxie and Georgie, though none of the three ever really listened to him. Removed from his position as police commissioner for never being able to keep a mobster behind bars, Mac moved on to tending bar for a few years before recently returning to the police department as head of the detectives.

FELICIA JONES (Kristina Wagner) – Half of the '80s super-couple Frisco and Felicia, Felicia has been in and out of Port Charles for 30 years, paying various amounts of attention to daughters Maxie and Georgie. She's become a stable, calming presence, especially for Maxie. Until it was destroyed by a bomb, Felicia ran the Floating Rib and put on fun-sounding events like Drag Bingo.

LUCY COE (Lynn Herring) – Wacky Lucy Coe has both annoyed and charmed everyone in Port Charles since the '80s. She used to own a cosmetics company, but the SEC shut her down. She believes in vampires, which is the least weird thing about her. Her roller-coaster relationship with Kevin ended when she decided she wanted to be with Scott. Then Scott chose Bobbie over her, so Lucy moved on to Duke, who died not long after. Lucy is now a real estate agent but recently revived Deception Cosmetics with Sasha and Maxie.

RYAN CHAMBERLAIN (Jon Lindstrom) – Ryan, Kevin's identical twin brother, was a psychotic serial killer who terrorized Port Charles in the mid-'90s before his death in a carnival fire. Except – surprise! – he didn't really die. He repaid Kevin's attempts to rehabilitate him by keeping him hidden at Ferncliff and taking his place. In his time back in Port Charles, Ryan killed three more people, almost killed Lulu and Carly, and plotted against many more. He also carried on a relationship with Ava without her discovering that he'd killed her daughter, Kiki. Ryan spent some time in prison, grumbling about how a bunch of people conspired to take his kidney so Jordan could have a transplant. He popped up again when Nelle dragged him into the Julian/Sonny rivalry, and wound up with a knife in his back, which somehow led to him falling into a coma. Now he has locked-in syndrome and can supposedly only communicate through eye blinks.

DIANE MILLER (Carolyn Hennesy) – Diane is a lawyer/writer who used to be on Sonny's payroll. Now she'll defend anyone who can pay. (Seriously, anyone. Just ask Franco.) Despite often being opponents in court, Diane and Alexis are close and have been known to play strip pool together. The status of Diane's on-and-off relationship with Max Giambetti is currently on.

DAMIAN SPINELLI (Bradford Anderson) – Spinelli first appeared as a Port Charles University computer geek/stoner hired to manufacture evidence to frame Sam, who's now one of his best friends. He spent numerous years living in Jason's penthouse (in the "regrettably pink room") and running a P.I. business with Sam. Spinelli has a nickname for everyone, including himself (the Jackal). After living Portland for a few years, he's now back in Port Charles.

EPIPHANY JOHNSON (Sonya Eddy) – The former head nurse at General Hospital, Epiphany is a no-nonsense taskmaster who will let someone see her softer side every once in a while. But don't ever tell anyone she has one.

TERRY RANDOLPH (Cassandra James) – The show was all excited to brag that they'd hired a trans actress to play a trans character, but they've never actually done anything with her. All we know is that Terry and Elizabeth were childhood BFFs, and that Terry's family wasn't supportive of her transition but seems to have come around. She recently got to actually be in some episodes while being made co-Chief of Staff with Britt, but since then...not much. She is too normal for this crazy town.

FELIX DuBOIS (Marc Anthony Samuel) – Felix is a criminally underused nurse with an eye for fashion. A love triangle with Lucas and Brad left him the odd man out, but Lucas is giving him another chance now that he and Brad are over, so...fingers crossed.

PHYLLIS CAULFIELD (Joyce Guy) – Phyllis has a past connection to Nina, as the nurse who sent Nelle to live with her horrible adoptive father, believing she was protecting her from an abusive biological father. In the decades since, she's become a mother hen, which explains her willingness to take in amnesiac Mike (really Sonny). She still works as a nurse but also runs a bar called the Tan-O.

HARMONY MILLER (Inga Cadranel) – Willow's mother (real name: Lorraine) did some horrible stuff while in Dawn of Day, but Willow helped her see that Shiloh was awful, and she became repentant...at least until Cyrus pressured her into going to the dark side. Harmony now works at Spring Ridge, the prison facility that's the current home to Alexis and Ryan Chamberlain.

BRICK (Stephen A. Smith) – Brick is Spinelli when Spinelli is unavailable. Sonny uses him for surveillance, tech stuff, and other possibly-not-completely-legal activities. And yes, he's THAT Stephen A. Smith.

KRISTINA DAVIS (Lexi Ainsworth) – Kristina spent her childhood being told by mom Alexis that her father was dangerous, which explains why her relationship with Sonny as a teenager was strained at best. Like her mother, Kristina makes poor relationship choices – first boyfriend Kiefer was abusive, and second boyfriend Trey tricked her into marrying him so his father could get her money. After he died, Kristina left town to attend college, but a bad breakup led to failing grades. Her Hail Mary pass, offering to trade a professor sex for a passing grade, got her suspended, but she and the professor, Parker Forsythe, ended up together, so I guess the joke's on the people who kicked her out. After ending things with Parker, Kristina returned to Port Charles to have a quarter-life crisis that led to her joining a cult. Sounds about right.

LUCAS JONES (Matt Trudeau) – Lucas has been around since he was born, but never got anything to do until he was in high school. Not long after coming out, he left for college and was rarely mentioned for years. In 2014, he returned to develop relationships with Julian and Sam, the biological father and sister he never knew. Sometime in his years away, he went to medical school, but he didn't actually become a doctor until 2015. He spent 18+ months being lied to about Wiley, and now that the truth is out, he and Brad are done. But that's okay because he and Felix may get together, which is something that should have happened years ago.

MARCUS TAGGERT (Réal Andrews) – Taggert was a detective in Port Charles in the late '90s/early '00s, then left town. He resurfaced in 2020 as an old DEA partner of Jordan's, and he spent some time helping her deal with an old enemy, Cyrus, before faking his death to protect his daughter, Trina. He's back now, and...actually, I don't know what he's doing.

MARTIN GREY (Michael E. Knight) – Martin is a semi-shady lawyer whose uncertain morality looks a lot better in comparison with brother Cyrus'.

JACKIE TEMPLETON (Kim Delaney) – Played by Demi Moore in the '80s, Jackie was involved in major storylines with Luke and Robert before leaving town for decades and becoming a famous journalist. She returned in 2020 and we learned that she's Chase's mom. We also learned that, before she was with Gregory, she was with his son, Finn. Yiiiiikes.

GREGORY CHASE (Gregory Harrison) – Gregory came to Port Charles to spend more time with his sons. Once the Chase family's secrets came out in the open, that whole situation seemed unfixable, but happily, everyone has kind of called a truce.

CHARLOTTE CASSADINE (Scarlett Fernandez) – Charlotte first popped up as Claudette and Nathan's daughter. Then Claudette said Griffin was her father. Then a DNA test proved it's really Valentin. Then ANOTHER test proved that Lulu, not Claudette, is her mother. All this craziness may explain why she bullied Aiden. She's mad that Valentin and Nina broke up and she wants everyone to know it.

JAKE WEBBER (Hudson West) – Jake is Elizabeth and Jason's son, conceived on a night when a bunch of people were having sex with people who weren't their partners. Elizabeth told Lucky he was Jake's father, and Lucky raised him as his own son even after he learned the truth. When Jake was three, Luke accidentally hit him with his car, supposedly killing him. Jake spent a few years on Cassadine Island and had trouble adjusting when he returned to Port Charles but now seems to be doing well.

AIDEN SPENCER (Jason David) – Aiden is Elizabeth's son with Lucky, though she first made everyone believe his father was Nikolas. He underwent a long period of being bullied at school but now seems fine. He likes to bake.

DANIEL "DANNY" MORGAN (Porter Fasullo) – Danny is Sam and Jason's son. By the time you see him next, he may be taller than his mother.

EMILY "SCOUT" CAIN (Ella Ramacieri)– Sam and Drew named Scout after her late aunt, Emily, and call her Scout because it was a name Danny liked. She's too young to know that she and her brother Danny are both half-siblings and first cousins.

VIOLET BARNES (Jophielle Love) – Hayden and Finn's daughter is super-lovable and has awesome hair.

AVERY JEROME (Ava and Grace Scarola) – Sonny and Ava's fling in the Quartermaine crypt just after A.J.'s funeral resulted in this cutie. The poor kid has an insane family and lived in five or six different places before her first birthday.

WILEY CORINTHOS (Erik and Theo Olsen) – Michael's son with Nelle is going to have a heck of a story to tell someday about spending the first 18 months of his life with someone who stole him.

ROCCO FALCONERI – Previously known as Ben Westbourne, Rocco is Lulu and Dante's son. Britt stole their fertilized egg and implanted herself, then pretended she was Rocco's mother for months before getting busted. Fortunately, Rocco was quickly reunited with his parents. Unfortunately, they changed his name to Rocco.

LEO FALCONERI – Leo has barely been seen since his birth, but the fact that we didn't have to suffer through a drawn-out custody battle over him makes up for it.

GEORGIE SPINELLI (Lily Fisher)– Maxie and Spinelli conceived Lil' Georgie and tried to pass her off as the child Maxie was carrying as Dante and Lulu's surrogate. That led to a big mess that separated mother and daughter for a year. Things are fine now, and Maxie gets to see Georgie all the time, as she's moved back to Port Charles.

JAMES WEST – Maxie and Nathan's son is very cute.

LOUISE JONES – Maxie's baby with Peter is hiding in plain sight, living at the Quartermaines' with "mom" Brook and "dad" Valentin.

BRAD COOPER (Parry Shen) – Devious lab tech Brad teamed up with Britt to cause lots of trouble, then wondered why no one would ever trust him. He went after Felix DuBois for a while, then switched his sights to Lucas. Brad's background hasn't been explored much, but he's the son of a Chinese mobster adopted by a Caucasian family, and was married to Rosalie Martinez for a reason we'll probably never know. He's currently in prison.

STELLA HENRY (Vernee Watson-Johnson) – Stella is Curtis' aunt, who helped raise him and his brother Thomas. She has a lot of resentment toward Jordan for cheating on Thomas, but she's slowly getting past it. As a social worker, Stella was very helpful to the Corinthoses while they were dealing with Mike's Alzheimer's. She seems to be living in England now, but she comes to visit every once in a while.

VALERIE SPENCER (Paulina Bugembe) – No one knew that Luke and Bobbie had a sister named Patricia, so no one knew that she had a daughter, Valerie, until 2015. Valerie moved to Port Charles after her mother died, and took a liking to Dante. Their subsequent affair made any friendship she'd hoped to have with cousin Lulu nearly impossible. She has since become a cop and dated, then dumped, Curtis. She may or may not be fighting feelings for Kristina.

AMY DRISCOLL (Risa Dorken) – Amy is a semi-annoying nurse whose most memorable plot (uh, only plot, really) was using Nathan as a front while she wrote a popular column called "Ask Man Landers." She did it to earn money for her brother Chet's medical treatments, because this country's healthcare system sucks.



CHARACTERS WHO DROP IN EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE:

ROBIN SCORPIO (Kimberly McCullough) – Robin was raised by her uncle Mac after her parents, Robert and Anna, were supposedly killed in the early '90s. She grew up in Port Charles, came and went for college, and ultimately returned for good in the 2000s. Robin contracted HIV from her high school sweetheart, Stone Cates, but has maintained a low viral load, allowing her to have two children, Emma and Noah, with her husband Patrick. Robin was kidnapped and presumed dead, but returned two years later. Then she left town willingly, revived Jason, and was promptly kidnapped again. Finally, she made it back to her family, remarried Patrick, and rode off into the sunset (well, Berkeley) with her family. She comes back to town from time to time, mostly for special occasions.

CYRUS RENAULT (Jeff Kober) – Every few years, a new Big Bad emerges to battle with Sonny and/or the police. Cyrus is the current Big Bad. His known weaknesses are his mother, Florence, and his half-sister, Laura. He's in prison somewhere in the Midwest, but still has some influence in Port Charles.

EMMA DRAKE (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) – Emma is Patrick and Robin's awesome daughter. She basically has a heart of gold. When she cries, you'll cry, too.

TRACY QUARTERMAINE (Jane Elliot) – Edward Quartermaine was always disappointed that his son Alan didn't join the family business, ELQ, but daughter Tracy was eager to fill his spot. She's ruthless, controlling, and willing to break the law to get what she wants – or, if that can't happen, prevent her enemies from getting what they want. Her sons, Ned and Dillon, vacillate between supporting her and avoiding her. A brief marriage to Gino Soleito (which ended when she had him killed) gave her money she used to revive ELQ. That crime cost her the chance to maintain control of ELQ – and, more importantly, keep it away from nephew A.J. – and it took her a long time to get it back. A health crisis in 2016 made Tracy kind of a nicer person, which was weird but fun. In 2017, she decided she needed a change of scenery and moved out of the country, but sometimes she comes back to visit.

HEATHER WEBBER (Robin Mattson) – So much craziness happened with Heather in the '80s that I can't begin to get into it. Basically, she's nuts, and she sold both of her sons, Franco and Steven Webber. She's a murderer, a baby-napper, an amateur painter (sandwiches are her favorite subject), and a general nutbar, thanks to an accidental overdose of LSD. She likes BLTs, and hates it when people don't deliver letters for her.

HAYDEN BARNES (Rebecca Budig) – When Hayden first came to Port Charles, it was as "Jason"'s wife, which the audience knew was impossible. It turned out she was working with Ric to keep Elizabeth and Jason (really Drew) apart. Hayden almost paid for her meddling with her life, but ultimately won over her would-be assassin, Nikolas. She convinced him to marry her for business purposes, but considered using his hit on her to blackmail him. Hayden was then revealed to be Rachel Berlin, daughter of the notorious Raymond Berlin (think Bernie Madoff). But then it turned out that Raymond wasn't her father – Jeff Webber was, making her Elizabeth's sister. Neither was too happy about that. Hayden was about to settle down with Finn when her ex-husband surfaced, wanting revenge for taking the fall for a crime Hayden committed. Rather than face the music, Hayden fled the country and lay low for a few years. She briefly resurfaced, dropped daughter Violet off with Finn, and went into hiding from Valentin, who isn't actually out to get her. I miss her.

LESLEY WEBBER (Denise Alexander) – Lesley is Laura's mother and basically raised Lulu. In the '70s, she had plots. Now, not so much.

ALEX MERRICK (Finola Hughes) – Alex is Anna's scheming twin and Peter's real mother. She's supposedly dead, but come on.



DEAD/GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:

LUCAS "LUKE" SPENCER (Anthony Geary) – It would take about ten pages to describe all of the major pieces of Luke's past, since he was on the show off and on from the '70s through 2015. Mainly, he was half of the super-couple Luke and Laura, stopped the Cassadines from freezing the world (no, really), held a number of jobs (including mobster, mayor, club owner, and disco manager), and did a lot of illegal things (including rape, but we don't talk about that anymore). He and Laura have two kids together, Lucky and Lulu; Luke also has a son, Ethan Lovett, with former fling Holly. Luke married Tracy for her money, then wound up falling in love with her. In 2014, Luke started acting really weird, and was revealed to have an alternate personality as a result of killing his mother (accidentally) and father (not so accidentally) as a teen. He left town in 2015 and is now hanging out with Tracy in Amsterdam.

ROBERT "FRANCO" FRANK BALDWIN (Roger Howarth) – Franco first came to the show in the form of James Franco, and was a serial killer/artist. He believed he was Jason's twin brother but lived to make him miserable. It turned out that his parents were Heather and Scott Baldwin, which almost makes me feel sorry for him. After years of murdering, fake-raping, and various other horrible deeds, Franco was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was conveniently to blame for all his sins. He got together with Carly, somehow, and mostly behaved until she cheated on him, then went back to his wicked ways. He became an art therapist at General Hospital, and now strives to be a good person worthy of Elizabeth's love. In 2018, Franco recovered a repressed memory of being molested as a child, so...that was fun. He redeemed himself with a lot of people when he volunteered to take Cameron's place in a memory-transfer procedure (don't ask) and spent a few months thinking he was Drew. The return of his tumor in late 2020 brought along some lost Drew memories that incriminated Peter for crimes he'd sworn he didn't commit. Before Franco could tell anyone official, Peter killed him.

LESLEY LU "LULU" SPENCER-FALCONERI (Emme Rylan) – Lulu is the daughter of super-couple Luke and Laura. Her bout with SORAS left her bitter about her childhood; she claims Luke was never around but we have video evidence to the contrary. She once had a major crush on her then-stepbrother Dillon Quartermaine, and even managed to steal him from his girlfriend, Georgie, long enough for a romp in the sack (well, a romp in the Quartermaine boathouse). It ended with an abortion and lots of tears. Lulu also had a long relationship with Johnny, and here's your reminder that he also dated her former mother-in-law, Olivia. Her long relationship with Dante almost ended after he had an affair with her cousin (!), Valerie, then ended for real after he decided he shouldn't be around her while he was dealing with PTSD. Lulu's children are Rocco, her son with Dante, and Charlotte, who's the result of modern science, surrogacy, and years of Valentin's lies (long story). Lulu was a journalist with the Invader but also rented out her yacht, the Haunted Star, for parties. While trying to sort through a messy love triangle involving Dante and Dustin Phillips, Lulu was injured by a bomb that put her in a coma. She's currently in a long-term-care facility in Manhattan.

JULIAN JEROME (William DeVry) – Julian, his father Victor, and his sister Olivia (not Quartermaine) were a big mob presence on Port Charles in the '80s and early '90s. Julian was presumed dead but resurfaced years later with a new face and name. He was surprised to learn that his one-night stand with Alexis produced a daughter (Sam), and that another relationship produced a son (Lucas). Julian was previously desperate to take over Port Charles and destroy the Corinthos organization, but relationships with Alexis and Kim Nero made him want to be a good little boy. Then Brad sucked him into his lies about Wiley, and when Julian got fed up, he tried to kill Brad. Nelle used that information to blackmail Julian into marrying her in an attempt to make her look like she was stable enough to get custody of Wiley. When Cyrus learned of Julian's crimes, he blackmailed Julian into planting a bomb at the Floating Rib in an attempt to kill Jason. Instead, it killed Dev and Dustin, put Lulu in a coma, and ended the truce between Cyrus and Sonny's organization. Julian became collateral damage and died on a bridge in Secaucus, New Jersey, possibly the least dignified death ever on this show.

HELENA CASSADINE (Constance Towers) – Possibly the most entertaining GH villain ever, Helena lived mostly to try to win over grandson Nikolas and torture Luke. She hated Alexis for being her late husband Mikkos' daughter with his mistress Kristen, and she hated pretty much everyone else just for living. She once killed her own daughter. Helena was "killed" by Luke, but brother-in-law Victor cryogenically froze her, then forced Robin to revive her. Helena controlled Drew for a while and attempted to take over ELQ before Nikolas had her banished to the family's island. In the year before her death, she called a truce with Luke and revealed that Jake was alive. She supposedly died in late 2015 (possibly at Nikolas' hand), but there's roughly an 80% chance she's not really dead.

MORGAN CORINTHOS (Bryan Craig) – After various SORAS-ings and years at military school, Morgan, Carly and Sonny's son, somehow made it to Vanderbilt University, but soon showed that he'd inherited his grandfather Mike's gambling addiction. He wound up in debt to some bad guys, but also picked up a girlfriend, Kiki. She left him for his brother, so he slept with her mother. Yes, that really happened. Morgan made a few attempts to be a big boy, but his bipolar disorder ultimately got the better of him, with an assist from Ava, who swapped out his medication so he and Kiki would break up. He stole Julian's car while drunk and was killed by a car bomb meant for Julian. I put the odds at Morgan really being alive at slightly higher than Helena's.

MIKE CORBIN (Max Gail) – Sonny's father left him as a child and waited too long to improve their relationship. He came back into Sonny's life just in time to develop Alzheimer's. He had the longest death ever, and after he finally died in 2020, people immediately stopped talking about him.

NELLE BENSON (Chloe Lanier) – Nelle (involuntarily) donated a kidney to Josslyn some years ago, then came to Port Charles to destroy Carly's life, as she thought Carly orchestrated the organ sale. Nelle basically took a page from Carly's book, drugging Sonny and pretending they slept together. She and Michael had a weird relationship that ended while she was pregnant with his child. She tried to enlist Chase to kill Michael for her, but Michael and Chase were secretly working together and busted her for conspiracy to commit murder (as well as an actual murder she committed years ago). Nelle managed to dodge prison time for the baby swap that made everyone think Wiley was dead, but she just couldn't stop herself from doing bad things. After being stopped from fleeing the country with Wiley, Nelle fell off a cliff and died. Yeah, it was anticlimactic, but at least she's gone.

LENNY CAULFIELD (Rif Hutton) – Lenny was reluctant to agree to Phyllis' plan to help Sonny, but he came around and turned out to be a good guy. Then he suddenly developed some medical issues and even more suddenly dropped dead.

KIM NERO (Tamara Braun) – Kim's backstory was never filled in; we only know that she and Drew dated years ago, leading to Oscar. She, like Drew, was unceremoniously written out of the show. We found out later that she was pregnant when she left town, and no one knows that she had Julian's baby, Andy.

OSCAR NERO (Garren Stitt) – If your daughter were Josslyn, and she were in a relationship for the first time, you would want it to be with Oscar. Too bad he died of an inoperable brain tumor.

NEIL BYRNE (Joe Flanigan) – Neil hit on Alexis just minutes before learning that she was his newest patient at his psychiatric practice. She thought she needed him as a therapist more than as a boyfriend, but fortunately, she was wrong. They were only allowed to be together and happy for about five hours before he died of a drug overdose.

DEV CERCI/CORBIN (Ashton Arbab) – Dev helped Sonny out during a dangerous mission in Turkey, so when he showed up in Port Charles looking for help, Sonny gave it. A summer with the Corinthoses turned into a long-term living arrangement. Dev, Josslyn, Cameron, and Trina came close to having a love rectangle, but Dev's death, caused by the Floating Rib bomb, ended that.

NATHAN WEST (Ryan Paevey) – Born James Nathan Reeves, Nathan came to town to investigate whether Silas was responsible for his wife/Nathan's sister Nina's coma. He wasn't, but Madeline (Nathan and Nina's mother) was. Except Madeline wasn't really Nathan's mother – she was his aunt. His real mother, Obrecht, told Nathan that his father was Victor, but it was really Faison. While trying to lure Faison out of hiding so he could finally be captured and sent to prison, Nathan was killed by his own father.

CESAR FAISON (Anders Hove) – Long-time baddie Faison was usually behind any weird happenings in town. His one true love was always Anna, the mother of one of his children. For some reason, Obrecht was in love with him and had two kids with him, Nathan and Britt. Faison and Britt split town to avoid arrest, but he returned when he learned that his son Peter had betrayed him by not killing Jason on Faison's orders. Peter's secret plan was to have Jason kill Faison, which worked.

LAUREN "KIKI" JEROME (Hayley Erin) – Ava's daughter Kiki grew up thinking her father was Franco. He was actually Silas, which was nice, because Silas was normal. (Kiki still had a good relationship with Franco, though.) Unbeknownst to Kiki, Ava set things in motion so she would get into a relationship with Morgan. It didn't work out the way Ava planned, and Kiki wound up falling for Michael. When that fell apart, Kiki and Morgan got close again, but it was always heading for an inevitable disaster. He died just before she was going to break up for him, which made it harder for her to move on with her new love interest, Dillon. Just when things were settling down for them, Dillon left town, and things fell apart. Kiki turned her attention to medicine, deciding to become a doctor. She became the pet project, then prey, of David Bensch, but she took him down. Unfortunately, Kiki herself was then taken down herself when Ryan murdered her.

DUKE LAVERY (Ian Buchanan) – After a stint on the show in the '80s and '90s, Duke spent 20 years in a Turkish prison before returning to reunite with Anna. He harbored a long grudge against Julian and even joined the Corinthos organization to try to take him down. That drove him and Anna apart for a while, but they eventually decided to leave town together. Unfortunately, Duke was killed by Carlos before they could depart.

GRIFFIN MUNRO (Matt Cohen) – Griffin is Duke's son (though they never met), and somehow managed to finish both med school and divinity school before he hit his mid-30s. He was previously involved with Claudette while she was married to Nathan, and totally regrets it. Griffin left the priesthood for Ava, who seriously couldn't have been worth it. While they were on a break, he got together with Kiki, and they had a sweet little relationship until she was brutally murdered. He left town in early 2019 to try to get past her death.

SHILOH ARCHER (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) – Born David Henry Archer, Shiloh grew up rich but blew through his trust fund in his 20s. Sam wiped out the rest of his family's money thanks to a con, so Shiloh...became a government contractor, somehow. In Iraq, Drew saved his life and inadvertently set him on a path to self-actualization or something like that. Shiloh formed his own cult, which was really just an excuse for him to manipulate and rape women. Just as he was plotting to flee town to avoid prison time, Sam killed him.

DUSTIN PHILLIPS (Mark Lawson) – Dustin was Lulu's post-divorce rebound boyfriend, though the relationship lasted a lot longer than most rebounds do. We knew virtually nothing about him, other than that he was a high school English teacher and he was involved with Brook years ago. Dustin was collateral damage in the Floating Rib bombing and a footnote on the list of Julian's victims.

MAX GIAMBETTI (Derk Cheetwood) – Max is one of Sonny's guards and can usually be seen opening or closing doors.

MILO GIAMBETTI (Drew Cheetwood) – Milo is Max's younger, not-as-intelligent brother, and used to be one of Sonny's guards. After harboring a long-time crush on Lulu, he got together with Epiphany, but that seems to be over. Milo is a part-time personal trainer and famously stripped at a bachelorette party, earning himself the nickname Magic Milo (and a repeat invitation to the Nurses' Ball).

CHET DRISCOLL (Chris Van Etten) – Chet served in the military and, after he returned minus his legs, nursed a painkiller addiction for a while. He seems to have turned things around and was last seen working at the Floating Rib.

ANDRE MADDOX (Anthony Montgomery) – Andre started out seemingly normal, but then we learned that he'd used a memory-mapping program to mess with Jason and Drew's lives. A failed relationship with Jordan and a never-got-off-the-ground romance with Anna have led to his singleness. He's working to redeem himself for his past sins.

LUCAS "LUCKY" SPENCER, JR. (Jonathan Jackson) – Once upon a time, Lucky was a gambler, a computer whiz, a photographer, and a romantic. He lived above a motorcycle shop and hung out with girlfriend Elizabeth, brother Nikolas, and friend Emily (AKA the Four Musketeers). Then he was kidnapped by Helena and presumed dead for almost a year. When he came back, he was sullen, broody, annoying, and played by Jacob Young, who sucked. After a while, Jacob Young finally left and Lucky became fun again. Then he got addicted to painkillers and cheated on Elizabeth (then his wife) with Maxie. He pretended to be Jake's father, and all he got in return was cheated on. After a green-card marriage to some Irish chick everyone's forgotten about, Lucky left town to find himself, or something.

PATRICK DRAKE (Jason Thompson) – Patrick started out as your typical cocky surgeon who knows how hot he is and knows that everyone else knows. After falling in love with Robin, he transformed into a family man and doting father to Emma. Things were derailed for a while when Patrick had an affair with ex-girlfriend Lisa Niles, but Robin took him back, only to be kidnapped and have her death faked. Patrick had a brief fling with Britt, who led him to believe that she was pregnant with his baby. (She was pregnant, but the baby wasn't either of theirs.) Patrick then dated Sabrina, who he really did get pregnant, but the baby died after being born prematurely. When Robin returned from the "dead," she and Patrick briefly reconciled, but broke up when she left to tend to Jason. He got serious with Sam, but her love for Jason and Patrick's love for Robin kept them from fully committing to each other. Robin, Patrick, and Emma reunited as a family and moved to California in early 2016.

ALAN "A.J." QUARTERMAINE, JR. (Sean Kanan) – A.J., always the black sheep of the Quartermaine family, spent years struggling with alcoholism and his inability to prove his worth to his relatives. Said alcoholism led to a car accident that left his brother Jason with amnesia but still didn't elevate A.J. to the position of favored son. After being presumed dead for seven years, A.J. returned with the goal of turning his son Michael against his adoptive father, Sonny. It worked, but not until after Sonny killed A.J.

ALAN QUARTERMAINE (Stuart Damon) – Alan and Monica used to get into all sorts of trouble in the '70s and '80s. They divorced and remarried each other so many times, everyone's lost count. His children – Skye, A.J., Jason, and Emily – spent years fighting for his attention. Alan died of a heart attack after Jerry refused to let him get medical attention during a hostage situation at the Metro Court. He left all his money to Jason's children, which means Jake and Danny are some rich kids.

EDWARD QUARTERMAINE (John Ingle) – The patriarch of the Quartermaine family and head of ELQ Industries, a Fortune 500 company, Edward was known as a shrewd businessman who would pit his own family members against each other if he felt the need. He had a long, loving relationship with his wife Lila, even though he cheated on her a bunch and had two children with other women. After Lila's death, Edward was briefly married to Heather; there was some scam going on there but I honestly don't remember the details. Edward passed away in 2012, leaving various amounts of ELQ stock to his heirs, which they fought over for years.

LILA QUARTERMAINE (Anna Lee) – Lila was the matriarch of the Quartermaine family and everyone's favorite person. She put up with her husband Edward's wandering eye and managed to keep as many people in line as she could. Everyone was sad when she died, but Skye made us all feel a little better by naming her daughter after her.

EMILY QUARTERMAINE (Natalia Livingston) – When she first arrived in Port Charles in the mid-'90s, Emily was a welcome addition to the Quartermaine family. She developed a drug problem and had a string of bad boyfriends, but at least she was entertaining. Then they recast and everything went downhill. New Emily was a breast cancer survivor, a woman continually torn between guys, and Little Miss I'm-So-Perfect-It's-Not-Even-Funny-How-Unrealistic-I've-Become. She was either a med student or an intern, depending on the day of the week. Emily married Nikolas, who cheated on her AFTER SHE WAS RAPED, and I hated Emily but come on, that was awful. They got back together, but then Diego Sanchez put us all out of our misery by killing her. She's appeared a few times since then as a ghost, but never when we actually need her to yell at people for being idiots.

JERRY JACKS (Sebastian Roché) – In his early incarnation, Jerry was a suave white-collar criminal always looking out for his brother Jax. He was wanted for some federal crime involving money and fled the country, leaving Bobbie at the altar. Years later, he returned with a new face, a new accent, and an endless list of criminal schemes, most of them involving violence and/or faking his own death. Jerry has an unexplored love of Alexis and of using James Bond actors' names as aliases. His crimes have always been ambitious, but he kidnapped Robin one too many times and was sent to prison in 2016. Last we heard, he had escaped, so there's still hope that he'll return to Port Charles one day.

MADELINE REEVES (Donna Mills) – Almost as scheming as her sister Liesl, Madeline's bad behaviors include using Ava to break up Silas and Nina, injecting Nina with an overdose of antidepressants to kill her unborn baby, murdering a pharmacist so he couldn't rat her out for getting the antidepressants, and declining to tell Nathan that he was really her sister's son. The nail in her coffin was when she murdered Silas, earning herself a one-way ticket to Pentonville. Valentin started digging around in Nina's past and questioned Madeline about Nina's child, but Madeline up and died (allegedly) before she could provide any useful information.

SABRINA SANTIAGO (Teresa Castillo) – Nurse Sabrina nursed (ha, see what I did there?) a huge crush on Patrick, which finally developed into a relationship. After getting over a major roadblock in the form of Britt and her lies that Patrick fathered her baby, everything looked like sunshine and roses for Sabrina and Patrick. Then Sabrina's ex, Carlos, showed up. And then Patrick's not-really-dead wife resurfaced. And then Sabrina got pregnant with Patrick's baby and didn't want to rock the boat with him and Robin, so she kept that quiet for a while. After her baby, Gabriel, died, Sabrina mistakenly blamed Ava and retaliated by trying to make her miscarry Avery. She moved past that brief insanity and accepted a new job...as a nanny for the baby she almost killed. This led to a relationship with Michael, which ended when she got pregnant and he learned the baby wasn't his, as she'd claimed, but Carlos'. Eventually Sabrina split with Carlos and was ready to make a family with Michael and her son, Teddy, but Paul killed her before it could happen.

CARLOS RIVERA (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) – Carlos came to Port Charles to work with Julian and Ava, by which I mean they told him to kill people, and he did. Carlos spent most of his years on the show in hiding, going to Sabrina for medical help, and pretending to be dead. Eventually Julian killed him for real, though who knows, he could turn up again in five years.

PAUL HORNSBY (Richard Burgi) – Paul was around in the '90s, when he was forced by a drug cartel to marry Tracy while his heart was with Ned's love, Jenny Eckert. After years away, Paul returned to town in 2015 and became the DA – the perfect cover to hide behind while he schemed to take out Sonny and rule the town. Secretly, Paul was also killing people connected to an attack on his daughter Susan, and somehow managing to hide the fact that he was completely nuts. He was last seen going to prison for multiple murders.

DILLON QUARTERMAINE (Robert Palmer Watkins) – Dillon was once one of the more entertaining characters before he left to entertain people on another soap. He and Georgie dated for a long time and eventually got married because Dillon was dying. Then he didn't die. Then he cheated on her with Lulu, who got pregnant. Dillon left town to do movie stuff, and when he came back, he was kind of annoying and served no purpose. He tried to fulfill his dream of making a movie, but he ran out of money and was more interested in ending Lulu and Dante's marriage so he could have Lulu anyway. He switched from movies to photography, worked for Crimson for a while, and dated Kiki, then left town to do...something? I don't know. He never came back.

RICHARD "RIC" LANSING (Rick Hearst) – Budget cuts prevent Ric from spelling his name with a K, but not from being alternately annoying and charming. He and Sonny have an on-again, off-again good relationship, mainly because, to quote Carly, "Mom liked [Sonny] better." His past deeds and crimes include kidnapping Carly and locking her in a panic room while she was pregnant with Morgan, not telling anyone that he knew Sonny was Kristina's father, paying Hayden to pretend to be "Jason"'s wife, and being smarmy to the point of amusement. He also made the bad decision to sleep with Sam, which angered both Alexis and Jason, and he got his revenge by framing Sam for a felony she didn't commit. Ric briefly dated Skye, then left for a soap that would give him an actual storyline. When he returned in 2014, he promised he'd turned over a new leaf. He developed a good relationship with daughter Molly and got back together with ex-wife Elizabeth, though that didn't last. Ric never officially left the show, and may still live in town, out of sight and out of mind.

CONNIE FALCONERI, AKA KATE HOWARD (Kelly Sullivan) – Olivia's cousin was born Constanza Falconeri and dated Sonny when they were teenagers. A sexual assault by Sonny's enemy left her pregnant and so traumatized that she developed Dissociative Identity Disorder. She left her infant son, Trey, in a boardinghouse and went to Manhattan, where she reinvented herself as Kate Howard, a hard, upper-class fashion editor. Years later she brought her magazine to Port Charles and reunited with Sonny. But their wedding day left her with a gunshot wound instead of a wedding ring, so she swore off Sonny. A couple years and a recast later, Kate rekindled things with Sonny. She began exhibiting strange behavior, and it became clear that she had two distinct personalities: the refined Kate and the homicidal/entertaining Connie. It didn't help that the doctor who tried to integrate her personalities was also homicidal. After becoming integrated, Connie continued her on/off relationship with Sonny. At the time of her murder (by Ava), they were on. Kind of.

BRENDA BARRETT (Vanessa Marcil) – Brenda was a popular character from the mid-'90s through the early '00s. After on-and-off relationships with both Sonny and Jax, then a four-year disappearance, she returned to Port Charles to finally bring closure to the neverending will-she-pick-Sonny-or-Jax? dilemma. She chose neither, instead marrying Jason, even though they hated each other. Brenda left town again, then returned just long enough to marry Sonny, reveal she'd had a child, and almost get herself killed a few times. She's probably in Europe, wishing bad things on Carly.

SKYE QUARTERMAINE (Robin Christopher) – Skye was raised by adoptive parents and arrived in Port Charles in 2001 in search of Alan, who she thought was her birth father. He wasn't, but she stayed anyway. Skye is a recovering alcoholic, which gave her and A.J. something to bond over. She was married to Jax and dated Ned, then fell in love with Luke before randomly settling on Lorenzo Alcazar, who fathered her daughter, Lila Rae. I have no idea where Skye lives now and don't particularly care.

ELLIE TROUT (Emily Wilson) – Ellie was a lab tech who dated Spinelli and helped him raise Georgie until his lingering feelings for Maxie grew to be too much for her. They split for a while, but ultimately realized they don't want to be without each other. Ellie moved back to Port Charles with Spinelli and Georgie, but her relationship with Spinelli didn't work out, so we'll probably never see her again.

PARKER FORSYTHE (Ashley Jones) – Parker was last seen leaving town with Kristina after one too many fights with Alexis over their relationship. I don't like her.

CLAUDETTE BEAULIEU (Bree Williamson) – This troublemaker was previously involved with Nathan, Griffin, and Valentin. Most of us were happy when she left town. She's believed to be dead by everyone except Valentin (who's keeping her in an unknown location) and Nina (who, amazingly, believed another one of Valentin's lies and thinks he rescued her). Jax asked Curtis to look into her "suicide," but that got dropped pretty quickly.

DAVID BENSCH (James DePaiva) – David seemed like a nice guy at first, and a good match for Alexis. When that relationship stalled out, he started mentoring Kiki, but it turned out he was just trying to get her into bed. She successfully took him to court for sexual harassment, and he subsequently lost his job.

CASSANDRA PIERCE (Jessica Tuck) – Cassandra knew Valentin years ago, and returned in the mid-2010s to try to wreak more havoc with him. Instead, she landed in a coma, thanks to Nina. Once conscious again, Cassandra teamed up with Nikolas to take down Valentin, but she flew too close to the sun by kidnapping Charlotte. Valentin blew her up, but knowing this show, she's not really dead.

BETSY FRANK (Deborah Strang) – Betsy secretly raised Franco (and, briefly, Drew) after Heather decided to keep him a secret. She's haunted by her mistakes, including dating a man who molested her son.

STAVROS CASSADINE (Robert Kelker Kelly) – A true psychopath among psychopaths. Helena's favorite son fathered Nikolas, then spent the next 20 years frozen. He emerged for a few months, was presumed dead, and came back to life, like, three more times. He's probably really dead now, but to be on the safe side, I'll say his current status is unknown.

SILAS CLAY (Michael Easton) – Silas came to Port Charles hoping to connect with Rafe Kovitch, the nephew he'd only recently learned he had. First he had to fight the stigma that came with looking exactly like his late brother, Stephen Clay, a serial killer. Silas dated Sam for a while, but that fell apart when his comatose wife Nina came out of her coma and schemed to either get him back or get back at him for cheating on her and having a child with Ava (it was never really clear). Just as Silas was getting to know his long-lost daughter, Kiki, he was killed by Madeline.

ROSALIE MARTINEZ (Linda Elena Tovar) – Filed under Promising Characters Who Were Never Allowed to Live Up to Their Potential, Rosalie first showed up pretending to be Nina's unneeded nurse. Then she became Michael's assistant, having been planted by Helena. After months of hearing about some big secret she was keeping, all we learned about Rosalie was that she and Brad were in a marriage of convenience so one of them wouldn't have to testify against the other about some unnamed crime. They've since divorced and Rosalie has disappeared, so we'll probably never find out what that was all about.

AUDREY HARDY (Rachel Ames) – Audrey's the longest-running character, having been around since the show's first year, 1963. Rachel Ames retired a while ago, so Audrey has only made one or two appearances in the past few years, but she's often mentioned by her granddaughter Elizabeth, since she takes care of Elizabeth's kids a lot.

JOHNNY ZACCHARA (Brandon Barash) – Johnny was raised by Anthony Zacchara, a mobster he thought was his father. It wasn't until Johnny was an adult that he found out Anthony was really his grandfather, and the woman he thought was his sister, Claudia, was really his mother. His father was really Gino, yet another mobster. Torn between being a good guy and continuing his families' mob traditions, Johnny mainly lives to annoy Sonny. He has been involved with Lulu, Olivia, Carly, and Connie, though that last hookup was mainly to annoy...well, you know. Johnny accidentally killed Starr Manning's daughter and boyfriend while trying to murder Anthony (who he did eventually kill), then convinced Connie to take the blame. This landed him in prison, but he somehow got a cop to testify that he was set up. After being released, Johnny went right back to his Sonny-hating ways. He spent some time on the lam, then resurfaced to help Lulu get rid of Valerie. That didn't work, and he apparently had a psychotic break or something (there was barking; I don't know). He's now back in his old cell in Pentonville.

ANTHONY ZACCHARA (Bruce Weitz) – Johnny's grandfather was a crazy mobster who accidentally killed his own wife while trying to kill Johnny. Johnny repaid the favor years later by killing him. Anthony was briefly married to Tracy, but it was all about blackmail.

KYLE SLOANE (Grayson McCouch) – Former Special Agent Kyle Sloane rigged an election to get himself hired as Port Charles' police commissioner. He helped Anna cover up her "murder" of Carlos, but when Paul decided he'd outlived his usefulness, he killed Sloane.

JIM HARVEY (Greg Evigan) – Jim dated Betsy decades ago and molested Franco. Drew killed him, and everyone rejoiced.

GEORGIE JONES (Lindze Letherman) – Georgie never should have been killed off, and I say that as someone who didn't even like her. She was Maxie's younger, nicer, more patient sister, who had a chance at super-couple status with Dillon. Instead of just writing Georgie out by sending her off to study abroad, the writers had her murdered by a guy she was supposed to be friends with. Sometimes she visits as a ghost, and her name lives on with Lil' Georgie.

ETHAN LOVETT (Nathan Parsons) – Ethan came to Port Charles looking for his birth father, who was either Luke or Robert, according to his birth mother, Holly (it was Luke). Ethan takes after his father in that they're both con men. He's off jaunting around Europe on Luke's dime, I think.

HOLLY SUTTON (Emma Samms) – Holly was a major character in the '80s but has barely been mentioned in recent years, at least until Robert learned she was dead. (She's not really dead.)

STARR MANNING (Kristen Alderson) – Starr came through Port Charles after One Life to Live was cancelled and wound up staying. A car accident caused by Johnny killed her daughter Hope and boyfriend Cole. Starr's grief and recovery were aided by a new relationship with Michael. Then one day she left for L.A., dumped Michael over the phone, and was never mentioned again.

TODD MANNING (Roger Howarth) – My TV boyfriend Todd was Starr's father and followed her to town even though she didn't want to see him. Most people hated him, but more of them live in Llanview than in Port Charles, so he stayed here. He was alternately in love with his ex-wife Blair (Starr's mother) and with Carly, neither of whom wanted him. Todd owned Manning Enterprises (appropriate initials: ME) and was basically the media king of Port Charles for about six months. Despite the fact that he gave Danny to his other ex-wife, Téa, and spent months letting Sam think her son had died, nothing would make me happier than having him back on the show.

JOHN McBAIN (Michael Easton) – A detective from Llanview, McBain relocated to Port Charles after his girlfriend dumped him for kissing Sam. He and Anna knew each other from his days in the FBI. He'll always have a place in the show's history as the person who delivered Danny and helped reunite him with Sam and Jason.



PLACES:

GENERAL HOSPITAL – Obviously, this is the place where it all began. If you're hurt, sick, or dying, you go here. Current employees include Britt (Chief of Staff), Finn (infectious disease specialist), Kevin (psychiatrist), Lucas (neurosurgeon), Terry (oncologist), Portia (doctor of internal medicine), T.J. (intern), Epiphany (nurse), Elizabeth (nurse), Felix (nurse), and Amy (nurse). You may have sex in a supply closet, the on-call room, or a shower, but God help you if Epiphany finds you.

KELLY'S DINER – Kelly's is home to Ruby's famous chili, BLTs, and a number of rooms that people can rent upstairs. The diner was first owned by Rose Kelly, then taken over by Ruby Anderson, Bobbie and Luke's aunt. After Ruby's death, an ex-hooker named Tammy took over, and after Tammy randomly disappeared, Mike took over. Shawn was in charge for a while, but after he went to prison, I guess the place just started running itself.

THE METRO COURT – The hotel used to be a popular spot for rich visitors and residents (such as Jax). In 2004, a huge fire damaged much of the hotel, which Jax bought and rebuilt. He also renamed it the Metro Court for Courtney, who would repay the gesture by getting pregnant with another man's baby. Carly helped Jax run the hotel while they were married; after their divorce, Jax gave his half of it to Connie, whose death left it in Olivia's control. The Metro Court also houses offices for various Port Charles businesses, including Crimson, Deception, and Aurora Media.

CHARLIE'S PUB – Julian bought this place in an attempt to be a good boy and stay away from the mob. Apparently it's gotten a bit hipster, judging by the addition of avocado toast to the menu. Ava inherited ownership after Julian's death.

QUARTERMAINE MANSION – As implied by the name, the Quartermaines live here. There are numerous wings and balconies, and apparently it's easy to enter by climbing up the side of the house to a window. The grounds include a boathouse (the ideal place for teen sex), a crypt (for when you want to have a fling but the boathouse is occupied), a gatehouse (current home to Willow), and huge fridges (which sometimes house dead bodies). If you wind up in the basement with A.J. and he has a gun, run. The house belongs to Monica, but Alan gave it to her. Current residents: Monica, Michael, Ned, Olivia, Brook, Valentin, Charlotte, Willow, Wiley, Louise, and Leo.

WYNDEMERE/SPOON ISLAND – Wyndemere is the Cassadines' family home, as well as an ideal place for fugitives to hide out or for people to stash kidnapping victims. A launch is required to reach the island, though the launch operators tend to turn the other way when intruders sneak on board. Current residents: Nikolas.

HARBORVIEW TOWERS – It's unclear how many floors of apartments Harborview Towers houses, since we've only ever seen the penthouses. Sonny, Carly, Michael, and Morgan used to live on one side of the hall, and Jason lived on the other. True story: If you fire a gun in the building, no one will call the police. Current residents: Sam, Danny, and Scout.

SONNY'S HOUSE – I'm pretty sure this place actually has a name (Greystone?), but no one calls it that. Current residents: Carly, Jason, Josslyn, and Donna.

THE FLOATING RIB – Formerly Jake's Bar, the Floating Rib was everyone's favorite place to drink beer, shoot pool, and scheme. Luke paid Coleman to change the name to the Floating Rib after the "death" of a different Jake. It was destroyed by a bomb in 2020 but will probably be resurrected in the future. Fun fact: The first Jake was a woman.

THE SAVOY – Curtis recently bought this nightclub, which quickly became a popular place to grab a drink with friends. Strangely, so far no one goes there to dance.

THE PORT CHARLES GRILLE – Formerly a popular restaurant, the Grille wasn't shown for years but was recently resurrected.

THE HAUNTED STAR – The Haunted Star is a yacht previously owned by the Cassadines and later "acquired" by Luke and Laura. After some renovations, Luke opened a casino there, and Lulu later rented it out for special occasions.

FERNCLIFF – One of at least three psychiatric facilities near Port Charles, Ferncliff has subpar security.

SHADYBROOK – Ditto.

PENTONVILLE – Port Charles' alternately maximum- and medium-security prison.

SPRING RIDGE – Port Charles' super-minimum-security prison.



COMPANIES:

ELQ INDUSTRIES – ELQ (which stands for Edward Lewis Quartermaine) is a Fortune 500 company Edward started years ago. It's the source of most of the Quartermaine family's money. In the '90s, the company was going under but was saved by an infusion of cash from Tracy. She decided not to mention that the cash came from a mobster. Nikolas was briefly the head of the company, but only because he schemed and blackmailed his way to the top. Up until 2019, Michael was in charge, despite having no college education, let alone an MBA. Valentin now runs it, but there's about to be a shake-up.

CORINTHOS COFFEE – Under Sonny's legal front for his illegal activities, he imports coffee, and possibly some other stuff. Served at a coffee shop and kiosk called Perks.

AURORA MEDIA – Formerly Derek Wells Enterprises, Julian first used this company as a cover when he came back to town, then as a front. Holdings include media outlets such as The Port Charles Sun and Crimson. Drew and Sam ran it for a while, then just Drew, and now Jax and Michael are in charge.

CRIMSON – Formed by Connie after her first magazine, Couture, was taken from her, Crimson is now run by Nina.

THE INVADER – Peter took over this tabloid in hopes of making it a legitimate news source. I guess it's working.

DECEPTION COSMETICS – Deception was the backdrop for some plots in the '90s before its founder, Lucy, left the show. She's now brought it back along with Maxie and Sasha.



EVENTS:

NURSES' BALL – The Nurses' Ball was an annual talent show/fundraiser that took place from 1994 through 2001 to raise money for AIDS research. Thanks to Sabrina, it was resurrected in 2013. It's your best chance to see Port Charles residents display their talents and/or embarrass themselves.

THANKSGIVING – The Quartermaines haven't had a turkey on Thanksgiving for more than 25 years. Highlights:

Despite never getting to have turkey, the Quartermaines still get together every year to pretend they're a normal family and eat something nontraditional. (But first they have to sing "We Gather Together.")

THE HOSPITAL CHRISTMAS PARTY – General Hospital used to host a Christmas party every year for kids who are stuck in the hospital over the holidays. It included a reading of the Christmas story and a visit from Santa. Now it comes and goes. In 2014, Obrecht added Krampus into the mix, traumatizing many of Port Charles' children (but not Josslyn).



OTHER REFERENCES:

SORAS – Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, or SORAS, is an affliction causing young characters to age overnight. Victims include Lulu, Michael, Kristina, Molly, Morgan (multiple times), Josslyn, and Charlotte and Violet, who were aged before they ever even appeared on screen.

"IT'S MY HOUSE"/"ALAN GAVE IT TO YOU" – Constant refrain of Monica and whoever's currently annoyed with her. She and Alan used to say it all the time.

THE HOSTAGE CRISIS – In 2007, Jerry (posing as James Craig) took a dozen characters hostage in the lobby of the Metro Court, which he later blew up. It was awesome.

THE WATER PLOT – Jerry's second big disaster plot, in which he poisoned the water in Port Charles and demanded a huge ransom for the cure.

THE SLEPT WITH SIBLINGS CLUB – A disturbing number of characters have bedded siblings. Sister (heh) chapters include the Slept with Mother and Daughter Club and the Slept with Cousins Club. Members include:

  • Elizabeth – slept with brothers Jason, A.J., and Drew; brothers Lucky and Nikolas; and cousins Drew and Franco. All hail the queen
  • Sam – slept with brothers Jason and Drew (she gets a bonus because she also married both of them and had kids with both of them), father and son Sonny and Dante, and brothers Sonny and Ric. Closing in on the crown
  • Nikolas – slept with sisters Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hayden; and sisters Emily and Rebecca
  • Sonny – slept with mother and daughter Alexis and Sam, and with cousins Connie and Olivia
  • Carly – slept with brothers Jason and A.J., plus Jason's cousin Franco
  • Jordan – slept with brothers Thomas and Curtis (also gets the bonus for marrying both of them)
  • Morgan – slept with mother and daughter Kiki and Ava
  • Griffin – ditto
  • Jackie – slept with father and son Gregory and Finn
  • Alexis – slept with brothers Sonny and Ric (bonus for having kids with both of them)
  • Maxie – slept with brothers Nathan and Peter (bonus for having kids with both of them)
  • Helena – slept with brothers Mikkos and Victor (bonus for having kids with both of them)
  • Kiki – slept with brothers Michael and Morgan
  • Michael – slept with sisters Kiki and Nelle
  • Johnny – slept with cousins Connie and Olivia
  • Dante – slept with cousins Lulu and Valerie
  • Sasha – slept with cousins Michael and Brando
  • Jax – slept with cousins Nina and Britt

THE NIGHT OF MUSICAL PARTNERS/THE NIGHT OF THE BLACKOUT – In 2006, there was a blackout and lots of people had sex. First Elizabeth saw Lucky having sex with Maxie. Then Jason saw Sam having sex with Ric. Then Elizabeth and Jason hooked up, conceiving Jake (thanks to a faulty condom). Somewhere in there, Alexis saw Ric with Sam and hooked up with Mayor Floyd, though no one knew about that until a few years later.

THE PANIC ROOM – Ric kidnapped Carly while she was pregnant with Morgan and kept her stashed in a panic room in his house. Elizabeth lived there at the time and had no idea. Ric never served time for the crime, but like the hostage crisis is for Jerry, it's a definitive situation proving Ric's no good.

BABY-NAPPING – Refers to Heather and Todd's months-long scam passing Danny off as Téa's baby. Baby-napping is to Heather and Todd as the panic room is to Ric and the hostage crisis is to Jerry. Not to be confused with...

THE BABY SWAP – Nelle wanted to keep Wiley away from Michael, so she convinced Brad to swap him for Willow's deceased baby so she could pretend Wiley had died. This went on for a year and a half. We all hated it.

VAMPIRES – There were vampires on Port Charles, a spinoff that aired from 1997-2003. They tried to bring them over here. No one was amused.


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