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Lydia Martin is a of the main character and the current female lead of Teen Wolf. She is the daughter of Natalie Martin and Mr. Martin, and the granddaughter of Lorraine Martin and her wife Maddy. She is also the girlfriend of Stiles Stilinski and best friend of Scott McCall and Malia Tate. When first introduced, Lydia could be as described as a shallow, vain, mean-girl who played dumb to hide just how smart she really was. However, after she became friends with Allison Argent, Scott McCall, and Stiles Stilinski, Lydia began to shed this persona and has since grown into a brave, compassionate person who genuinely enjoys helping others who are struggling, particularly those who have been traumatized by the supernatural like herself.
At the end of Season One, Lydia was attacked and bitten by then-Alpha Werewolf Peter Hale, but in a shocking turn of events, she neither died nor turned into a Werewolf herself, a feat that was virtually unheard of in the supernatural community. However, she began to hear voices, go into fugue states similar to sleepwalking, and have terrifying hallucinations about Peter, revealing that, unbeknownst to her at the time, Peter's attack had activated the latent Banshee abilities that she had inherited from her paternal grandmother.
It was eventually revealed that his attack against her also allowed his spirit to live on in her mind, affording him a connection with Lydia that he could use to manipulate her into resurrecting him with a special ritual on the Worm Moon. Even after he had vacated her consciousness, Lydia began to be drawn to dead bodies in Beacon Hills, particularly those whose deaths were related to the supernatural, and began unconsciously screaming, which steadily began to worry her. It was eventually revealed to her by Jennifer Blake that Lydia was, in fact, a Banshee, also known as the Wailing Woman, a harbinger of death who was drawn to the dead and the supernatural.
Since this revelation, Lydia has struggled to learn the full scope of her powers and how to use them, often lamenting the fact that her powers were passive, spontaneous, and largely out of her control, unlike the comparatively easier-to-use powers of shapeshifters such as her Werewolf and Werecoyote friends that could be used both actively and defensively. Despite her frustrations, Lydia's ability to sense imminent death has given the pack numerous advantages in battles, though very few people give her credit for just how powerful she is. When the Deadpool started in Beacon Hills in January 2012, Lydia was the second-highest valued target at $20 million, both as a result of her powerful ability to foretell death and the equally-powerful and unique pack who was sure to fight to protect her.
Recently, due to injuries sustained when Theo Raeken entered her mind to sense her memories, Lydia became temporarily catatonic, causing her to be admitted into the supernatural ward of Eichen House. While there, Dr. Gabriel Valack performed trephination on her, which amplified her abilities to the point that she briefly possessed extra-sensory perception. It was confirmed by Alan Deaton in Amplification that Lydia is an exceptionally powerful Banshee, even despite the fact that Lydia still does not yet know the full extent of her powers, which is likely at least part of why Valack was so determined to use her to figure out the identity of the Beast of Gevaudan.
As of Lie Ability, Lydia was rescued from Eichen House and returned to her loved ones, with Alan Deaton using mistletoe paste to reverse the effects of Valack's trephination and causing her to lose her extra-sensory perception. However, thanks to Meredith Walker, a fellow Banshee and a friend an ally of Lydia and the McCall Pack, Lydia has since learned how to use her voice as an offensive weapon, allowing her to channel the power of her voice through her hands to create concussive blasts that can forcefully throw a grown person backward away from her. This combined with her newly-learned close-quarters combat skills, taught to her by Jordan Parrish, has given her the ability to better defend herself from threats even if the pack is not around to assist her.
In Season 6, Lydia's powers have continued to grow, which included Lydia experiencing an astral premonition of a past event in 1987 where she was able to physically interact with another Banshee, Lenore, and she demonstrated the ability to use her scream to kill a Ghost Rider and the phantom version of Claudia Stilinski that they conjured. As of the end of the first half of the final season, Lydia has graduated from Beacon Hills High School and has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will be starting college as a junior.
Lydia was born to Natalie Martin and Mr. Martin in mid-March of 1994 and has attended school with Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski for most of her life, judging by Stiles' comments that he has had a crush on her since the third grade ("Formality"). At some point during her academic career, her IQ was tested, and she rated a genius-level score of 170. ("Unleashed") When she was young, she was very close to her paternal grandmother Lorraine, with whom she read many books. Her favorite was The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, which she loved so much that she insisted she be called Ariel for several months as a child, a trait Lorraine found adorable. ("Monstrous")
When Lydia was in elementary school, her grandmother was sent to Eichen House; while Lydia's parents were sure that Lorraine was mentally ill, in reality, she was a Banshee who could hear voices and other sounds on a level of the universe no one else could perceive, as well as experience almost psychic-esque premonitions of impending deaths. ("Time of Death") One day, Lorraine performed trephination on herself while in the bathtub at Eichen House, which caused Natalie to be called to help deal with it. Though the young Lydia was told to stay in the car, she eventually got bored and followed her mother inside, where she found Lorraine surrounded by a pool of blood. Lorraine saw her in the doorway and stated, "They're coming, Lydia. They're coming for all of us," but for some yet-unexplained reason, Lydia repressed the memory until she read Gabriel Valack's novel The Dread Doctors, which was intended to trigger suppressed memories, specifically those that were suppressed by the Dread Doctors themselves. ("Required Reading")
According to Lydia, her mother made her go to a hypnotist when she was ten years old to help her stop biting her fingernails. ("Memory Found") It has also been implied that Natalie and Mr. Martin's marriage was not great when Lydia was growing up, and the constant fighting between Lydia's parents seemed to have an effect on Lydia's behavior, likely contributing to the mean-girl persona she adopted until mid-way through high school. Natalie also once mentioned that, after their divorce, Mr. Martin gave Lydia the option to choose which parent she would live with, which appeared to have had a negative effect on Lydia's self-esteem; Lydia seemingly chose her mother, Natalie, and was shown living with her the entirety of the series. ("The Tell") Despite this, Lydia excelled in school and demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, something that surprised both of her parents.
Throughout Teen Wolf
In Wolf Moon, Lydia arrived at the school in the morning, and when Stiles Stilinski greeted her and complimented her on her appearance, Lydia either didn't hear him or purposely ignored him. In between classes, Lydia approached new student Allison Argent at her locker and complimented her on her jacket, declaring Allison to be her new best friend as a result of her fashion sense. She was then joined by her boyfriend Jackson Whittemore, who kissed her before they invited Allison to the party Lydia was throwing at her house after the lacrosse team's scrimmage on Friday. They discussed the fact that lacrosse was the sport of choice at Beacon Hills High School rather than football, and Lydia bragged that the team had won three state championships thanks to Jackson's leadership as team captain.
Lydia and Allison went to the lacrosse try-outs that afternoon to support Jackson. When Scott McCall, who had been bitten by an Alpha Werewolf the night before and who was unknowingly becoming once himself, demonstrated uncharacteristically amazing lacrosse skills due to his superhuman agility and reflexes, Allison asked Lydia if she knew who he was. Lydia, confused, stated that she didn't know him, which Scott overheard with his Werewolf hearing, but it became clear that she was impressed by his athletic prowess when she commented on how good he was.
At her party on Friday night, Lydia was seen in the backyard, where she was making out with Jackson against the house. However, when Jackson began kissing her neck, Lydia's eyes were fully on Scott as he danced with Allison nearby, indicating that she was beginning to develop feelings for him.
In Second Chance at First Line, Lydia and Scott were standing beside each other in math class while the two were completing math equations for their teacher. She used this proximity to confront Scott about why she had heard rumors that he wouldn't be playing in the upcoming lacrosse game despite recently making the first line. When Scott confirmed that the rumors were true, Lydia snidely informed him that he would be playing in the game since he had "brutally injured" her boyfriend Jackson by ramming into him at in practice that morning. Scott argued that Jackson "brutally injured" himself by ramming into him, causing Lydia to argue that while Jackson would indeed be playing in the upcoming game as well, he wouldn't be at "peak performance," which was her preference when it came to her boyfriends.
She went on to remind him that she was dating the captain of the winning lacrosse team and implied that Scott not playing in the opening game would hurt her reputation. When Scott anxiously retorted that potentially losing one game wouldn't kill anyone, Lydia threatened to introduce his crush Allison to the hottest members of the lacrosse team if he didn't play his part in the game. Later in the day, Lydia showed Scott that she was serious by introducing Allison to several of Jackson and Scott's lacrosse teammates in between classes, leading Scott to become torn as to whether he should chance Derek Hale's wrath by playing in the game as he wanted, which would also risk him accidentally losing control of his shift.
After school, Lydia was sitting in the waiting room of Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital's clinic when she was approached by Stiles Stilinski, who was keeping watch while Scott sneaked into the morgue to get a scent on the dead body so he could confirm whether or not it was the same scent as what he sensed at the Hale House. Stiles anxiously began talking to Lydia about how he believed the two of them had an unspoken connection, but when he began saying that he thought it would be cool to get to know each other better, Lydia revealed that she was talking to someone on her Bluetooth headset and asked them to hold on before informing Stiles that she hadn't heard anything he was saying. She further embarrassed Stiles by asking him if anything he was saying was worth repeating, Stiles gave up and replied that it wasn't before sitting down elsewhere.
Just then, Jackson came out of the clinic and asked him if the doctor did the cortisone shot for his injured shoulder, and Jackson answered that he did, though he also said not to make it a habit. Lydia pressured him into getting one more right before the game, explaining that professional athletes did it all the time. When Jackson hesitated to agree to this plan, Lydia snidely asked him if he wanted to be an amateur or if he wanted to "go pro," leading Jackson to ultimately agree to get the second cortisone shot.
Lydia entered the field the night of the big game and approached Scott on the sidelines, reminding him that he needed to remember that no one likes a loser before sarcastically patting him on the shoulder. She then found Allison and her father Chris Argent in the stands and sat next to them during the game. When Chris asked which player was Scott, Lydia responded that he was #11, adding, "Otherwise known as the only one who hasn't caught a single ball this entire game," as Scott was desperately trying to avoid shifting on the field. Lydia then asked Allison for her help in holding up a sign that cheered for Jackson. Despite her less-than-supportive comments, Lydia became more and more attracted to Scott as the game went on, and was clearly impressed by his athletic improvement.
In Pack Mentality, Lydia was at school, where she joined her boyfriend Jackson Whittemore, her new best friend Allison Argent, and Jackson's best friend Danny Mahealani at lunch, where they sat next to Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski and began discussing the alleged animal attack in the school's bus bay the night before. When Danny and Jackson began debating over whether the animal was a mountain lion or a cougar, Lydia reflexively piped up that cougars are mountain lions; when the entire table looked at Lydia, confused by this seemingly uncharacteristic display of intelligence, Lydia backpedaled by asking, "Isn't it?"
She then changed the topic of discussion to the double date she and Jackson would be going on with Scott and Allison, revealing that she had invited herself and Jackson along on their previously-arranged date. The girls eventually decided on bowling, and when Jackson assumed that Scott was terrible at the sport, Scott lied and assured them he was great despite the fact that he had never excelled at it before, satisfying Lydia, who declared that they would go the following evening.
The next night, Lydia went to Allison's house so the two could get ready before their date. Lydia began combing through Allison's closet, clearly unimpressed by her collection and remarking that her high opinion of Allison's sense of style was slowly going out the window. However, she eventually found an outfit to her liking and handed it to Allison to put on. Just then, Chris Argent, Allison's father, strode into the room and immediately apologized for not knocking first. Lydia, clearly taken aback by Argent's handsome appearance, flopped onto Allison's bed and flirtatiously greeted him, though he did not notice this attraction. The girls were then disappointed when Argent reminded them that there was a town-wide curfew due to the murder of Garrison Myers at the high school and forbade Allison from going on their double date.
Unfortunately for Argent, Allison was feeling rebellious and insisted that she would, in fact, be attending the date after all, with Lydia watching in alarm and awe as Allison sneaked out of her window and did a front flip off the roof, landing lightly on her feet and remarking that she was in gymnastics for eight years. When she asked if Lydia was coming, Lydia glibly retorted that she was going to take the stairs.
At the bowling alley, Lydia started the quad's game and immediately got a gutter ball, causing her to pout about the fact that she was apparently "terrible" at bowling. Jackson went next and got a strike right off the bat, allowing Lydia to brag that her boyfriend brought his A-game. She joined Jackson in laughing at Scott when he, too, got a gutter ball on the first try, but when Allison managed to restore Scott's confidence, his Werewolf agility and reflexes kicked in and caused him to get strike after strike, which immediately caught Lydia's attention, as he began performing even better than Jackson.
Lydia, now interested in Scott, flirtatiously asked him if he would help her with her shot, but when Scott, who only had eyes for Allison, assured her that she could do it, Lydia, annoyed, dropped her previous pretenses and bowled her next frame with perfect form, causing Allison to realize that Lydia was actually very talented but was simply pretending to be terrible to make Jackson less insecure. Allison pointed this out to Lydia and suggested that she stop sucking on purpose for Jackson's benefit, Lydia irritably retorted that she did plenty of "sucking" for his benefit, implying her sexual prowess with him.
After the date was over and the couples split up for their respective homes, Allison and Scott agreed that the double-date was a disaster and vowed not to allow Lydia and Jackson to tag along again, instead spending time together just the two of them.
In Magic Bullet, Lydia and Allison were walking together through the hallway of Beacon Hills High School, where Lydia was surprised to hear that Scott was coming to Allison's house to hang out that evening. When Allison defensively reiterated that they would just be studying, Lydia joked that "studying" was just like getting into a hot tub with someone, as sooner or later, someone would "cop a feel."
Allison anxiously asked Lydia what she was trying to say, not understanding the meaning of her instruction to "make sure he covered up," leading Lydia to exasperatedly call Allison "Snow White" and bluntly explained that she needed to make sure Scott wore a condom. Allison awkwardly argued that she wouldn't sleep with him on the first solo date, but was curious as to what Lydia's idea of "giving him a taste" would be like, so Lydia promised to tell her what to do. Unbeknownst to both of them, Derek Hale (who had been poisoned with wolfsbane by Kate Argent the previous evening) was eavesdropping on their conversation with his Werewolf hearing as he desperately looked for Scott for help.
In The Tell, Lydia witnessed the Alpha werewolf burst through the window of the video store while she was waiting for Jackson to rent The Notebook. The next day, she stayed home from school due to stress and was shown to have been heavily medicated when Stiles came to visit her and find out what she knew about the attack. During parent-teacher conferences, her parents seem surprised when Ms. Ramsey informed them that Lydia was one of the most gifted students at Beacon Hills High School, and that not only did her AP classes and excellent grades push her above a 5.0 GPA, but that she also demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, which made Ms. Ramsey want to have Lydia's IQ tested.
In Heart Monitor, Allison, who was starting to learn about her family's history, showed Lydia a picture of a La Bête du Gévaudan, which Lydia recognized as looking very similar to the creature she saw at the video store in the previous episode. However, when Allison questioned her further on it, she denied any interest in the topic and continued eating her lunch, despite very obviously being triggered due to its connection to her recent traumatic experience.
In Night School, Lydia went to the high school with Jackson and Allison after receiving a text message from "Scott" (who, in reality, had his phone stolen by the Alpha) that summoned them there. Once they found Scott and Stiles, they realized that they had been trapped inside the school; Scott and Stiles left out the part that it was an Alpha Werewolf and instead claimed that Derek Hale was a serial killer and had trapped them inside, as the two believed he had already been killed by the Alpha anyway.
Lydia revealed her talent for science when she created self-igniting Molotov cocktails for Scott to use against the so-called serial killer, but the cocktails ended up not working because Jackson handed her the wrong ingredient. She, along with Allison, Stiles, and Jackson, were then locked into a room by Scott, who had been forced to transform due to the Alpha's power over him and was trying to prevent them from being harmed by him or the Alpha. Later that night, she was finally released from the school by the police after Alan Deaton managed to summon help.
In Lunatic, Lydia assured Allison that her decision to break up with Scott was the right thing to do after making a snarky comment about Allison's outfit. However, Lydia, who had become more and more attracted to Scott throughout the episodes, decided to make a play for Scott herself by luring him into Coach Finstock's office and assured him that she knew that he had locked them all into the room to protect them. She then showed her gratitude at his attempts to save her by making out with him, kisses which Scott returned in kind due to the impending full moon affecting his personality.
In Co-Captain, Jackson broke up with Lydia via text, and though Lydia tried to shrug it off as something that didn't bother her, it was clear that she was very hurt by Jackson's actions. After school, Allison and Lydia went out into the Beacon Hills Preserve with Allison's bow so she could see what the special arrowhead her aunt Kate left out for her did. Before Allison practiced her archery, she made a comment to Lydia that indicated that she knew that Lydia had made out with Scott the other day after she informed Lydia that she was going to the Winter Formal with Jackson, but just as friends.
Lydia then watched in shock as Allison attached the arrowhead to one of her arrows and shot it at a nearby tree, realizing upon its impact that it was a flash-bang arrowhead when it explodes in a small burst of fire and light. When Lydia asked her if she had any other lethal weapons she wanted to check out, Allison, who had heard something in the woods nearby, told her to stay where she was while she checked it out and told Lydia to use the bow and arrows if anyone attacked her. Allison ultimately ran into Scott, who had allegedly been following her to return her lost Argent pendent, but her reunion with Lydia afterward was not seen.
In Formality, as an apology for making out with with Scott, Lydia took Allison shopping for a dress for the Winter Formal, though Allison did take advantage of Lydia's guilt by convincing her to ask Stiles to be her date to the dance. While they shopped, Lydia dumped an armful of dress choices into Stiles' arms, leaving him standing awkwardly while she continued to browse.
That night at the dance, Jackson was rude to Lydia upon their arrival, which clearly hurt Lydia's feelings, but after Stiles assured her that she looked beautiful, Lydia seemed to really see Stiles for who he was for the first time and allowed Stiles to lead her inside. However, she spent most of the start of the dance sitting sullenly at a table while Stiles tried to convince her to dance with him.
After several rejections on Lydia's part, Stiles admitted to having had a crush on Lydia since he was in third grade before pointing out that he is probably the only person who knows just how smart Lydia really is, and that she would probably one day win a Nobel Prize for a mathematical theorem she would eventually invent. Lydia, touched by the fact that Stiles seemed to see through her fake dumb-mean-girl façade, confidently retorted that since Nobel didn't have a prize for mathematics, she would be instead winning a Field's medal before finally agreeing to dance with him.
The two danced for several music numbers until Stiles realized that Lydia was worried about Jackson, who hadn't been seen for quite a while. Feeling somewhat guilty, Lydia left Stiles to look for Jackson, eventually wandering onto the lacrosse field, where she anxiously watched as the overhead lights snapped on one after another. Suddenly, Lydia heard Stiles screaming her name as he quickly ran after her, but before he could get to her, the Alpha (who by then had been revealed as Peter Hale, Derek Hale's previously-comatose uncle who had killed Derek's sister Laura to become an Alpha) began to maul her by biting and scratching her body.
In Code Breaker, Stiles managed to convince Peter to stop attacking Lydia, though she had already been bitten several times by this point. However, Peter forced Stiles to leave Lydia behind so he could help him find Scott, who he needed to find Derek. Stiles then called Jackson, who rushed to find Lydia on the lacrosse field and frantically carried her back to the school to get her medical attention.
Once taken to Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital, Lydia began to go into shock, and, according to Sheriff Stilinski, she began experiencing what almost appeared to be anaphylactic reaction, as though she was allergic to the attack, though the doctors were eventually able to stabilize her condition. She remained unconscious through the various visits from Allison, Scott, and Stiles, the latter two of whom came to both make sure she was okay and to check her wounds. Since the Bite was known to either kill the human or turn them into a Werewolf, Scott and Stiles assumed that Lydia, who had managed to survive the ordeal, would result in the latter scenario, but when Scott checked her wounds, he was shocked to find that they hadn't healed yet, indicating that she wasn't actually turning and making them concerned about what this could mean for her.
In Omega, Lydia was shown having mostly recovered from her ordeal at the hands of Peter Hale and was nearly at the end of her hospital stay, though Stiles was still sitting vigil in the lobby outside of her room. She got into a brief argument with her father, Mr. Martin, about whether she was well enough to take a shower on her own before Lydia won and entered the bathroom alone, revealing the still-bandaged bite wound on her ribs.
However, while in the shower, she soon began hallucinating that the drain had clogged and was turning the water black. Though she tried to manually unclog the tub, she initially began hallucinating that she was grabbing handfuls of hair from the drain before a burned hand reached out of the pipe and grabbed her. This spooked Lydia so much that she screamed at the top of her lungs before jumping out the window and running into the Beacon Hills Preserve without any clothes on; when Mr. Martin, Stiles, and Melissa McCall ran into the room to check on her, they found the tub completely clean, indicating that Lydia's newly-activated Banshee nature and semi-possession by Peter's spirit was causing her to see things that weren't there.
Some time later, Lydia screamed once again while in the woods, which Scott heard and recognized while hiding out on the roof of the Argent House from Victoria Argent. After Sheriff Stilinski took statements from Mr. Martin and Melissa, Stiles stole Lydia's gown from the crime scene and gave it to Scott to use to help track Lydia's scent, which led them into the woods as they searched for her. They eventually end up at the Hale House ruins, leading Scott and Allison to speculate that perhaps Lydia was indeed a newly-turned Werewolf after all, and that she was unconsciously seeking an Alpha in Derek Hale, who had recently ascended after killing Peter and stealing his powers.
The next night, Scott went back into the woods to track what he believed was Lydia, but which turned out to be an Omega Werewolf; Lydia was ultimately found by Stilinski and his son Stiles Stilinski on the other side of the woods, where Lydia hysterically asked if they were going to cover her up, causing Stilinski to strip off his uniform jacket and hand it to her without argument.
In Shape Shifted, Lydia met up with her best friend Allison before school, where Allison was surprised to learn that Lydia didn't remember anything from the beginning of the week. Lydia, trying to maintain a blasé attitude about it all to protect herself from ridicule, explained that the doctors at the hospital called it a "fugue state," which she took to mean "We have no idea why you can't remember running through the woods naked for two days." When Allison continued to look concerned, Lydia fakely shrugged it off, stating that she didn't care, as she lost nine pounds through the ordeal.
Unconvinced, Allison asked Lydia if she was ready to face everyone at school as they reached the entrance, but Lydia snidely retorted that she had nothing to worry about, because it's not like her aunt is a serial killer, taking a not-so-subtle dig at Allison, who was still recovering from the death of her aunt Kate Argent and processing all of those she killed prior to her death. Lydia wasted no time strutting into the school like she owned it, and Allison followed behind her until the sight of all of the students in the hallway stopping and staring motionlessly at Lydia caused them both to freeze in their place. After a moment, Allison, trying to lighten the mood, suggested the attention could be from the nine pounds Lydia lost, but Lydia simply took a deep breath, centered herself, and continued to walk through the hall while ignoring everyone around her.
Later on that day, Lydia saw her ex-boyfriend Jackson in the hallway and rushed to catch up with him, nervously remarking that they hadn't really talked since the night of the Winter Formal. When this failed to get his attention, Lydia stopped and asked if he could look at her for half a second, causing Jackson, who was preoccupied by what he believed was his impending transformation into a Werewolf after receiving the Bite from Derek Hale, finally paused to look at her impatiently.
Lydia went on to say that she was told that if he hadn't found her and carried her back to the school, she could have died, so she just wanted to thank him for saving her life. However, Jackson got the wrong idea and coldly informed her that they weren't getting back together. Lydia, who never suggested they should, became confused, only for Jackson to go on to irritably rant that, just because he saved her once, didn't mean she should expect him to come running every time she started screaming. When Lydia tried to explain that she never said any of that, Jackson cut her off and firmly stated that he was no longer responsible for her, though he did give her one piece of advice as a parting gift--"If I were you, I'd stay home tonight." Even more confused, Lydia asked Jackson what that was supposed to mean, leading Jackson to smile smugly and reply, "the full moon."
That night, unbeknownst to Lydia, Allison's father Argent and grandfather Gerard began questioning Allison about Lydia and her behavior since she had been attacked by the Alpha Werewolf Peter Hale, as they still suspected that she may be supernatural even if she hadn't yet shown signs of turning into a Werewolf herself. She was then instructed to keep a close eye on her friend to make sure that she was okay.
In Ice Pick, Lydia was in gym class with Scott, Allison, Stiles, and other students including Erica Reyes, a shy, quiet student who kept to herself. They were practicing climbing on the climbing wall when Erica and Stiles were chosen to go up next. Though Erica was intent on proving herself, she began to have a panic attack midway up and held up the line. Coach Finstock, concerned for her, asked her if she was having a dizzy spell or vertigo, but Lydia explained that vertigo is a dysfunction of the vestibular system of the inner ear and snidely declared that Erica was just "freaking out." Coach assured Erica that she had a mat to fall down on, and Lydia and the others watched as Erica tearfully did just that.
That day, after class, Jackson, who had just seen a video in biology class that led him to believe that Lydia had something to do with why he didn't turn into a Werewolf during the last full moon, confronted her in the hallway. He demanded that she show him her powers, and when she was unable to do so, Jackson reiterated his shock that she hadn't turned into a Werewolf after being bitten by Peter Hale and insisted that it was like she was immune or something, and that she somehow exposed him to this immunity as well, explaining his lack of lycanthropy. He then declared that she ruined everything for him, causing Lydia to burst into tears and run into the girls' restroom.
While in the stall, someone came in and knocked on the stall door, leading the sniffling Lydia to call out that it was occupied. When they continued to knock, she looked down and saw that the person was a man with bare, dirty feet, so she called out that it was a girl's bathroom and was surprised to see the person walk away. She followed the man out and ended up at the trophy case, where she found a picture of the 1988 Beacon Hills High School basketball team and stared at it as she tried to figure out the connection.
At lunch, Lydia was about to approach Scott and Stiles in the cafeteria when everyone was stricken speechless at the sight of the newly-made-over Erica Reyes, who, unbeknownst to her, had been bitten and turned into a Werewolf by Derek Hale. She asked, "What... the holy hell... is that?", leading Stiles to identify the new girl as Erica.
After school, Lydia went on a double-date with Stiles, Scott, and Allison at the Beacon Hills Ice Rink after hours due to Vernon Boyd, an employee of the rink, lending them the keys. Once there, Stiles offered Lydia his jacket when he saw she was cold, but Lydia rejected the offer, stating that his jacket was orange, and she was wearing blue, which was not a good color combination. Stiles went on to cryptically state that some things that one would think would be a terrible combination could actually be great, trying to hint that the two of them would be a good match, but Lydia mistakenly believed Stiles was talking about Scott and Allison and remarked that they were a cute couple.
As expected, Lydia demonstrated that she was an excellent ice skater as she literally did spins around Stiles, but the date was cut short when Lydia suddenly hallucinated that Peter Hale and a bunch of purple wolfsbane was trapped under the ice, causing her to scream at the top of her lungs in horror as Stiles held her.
In Abomination, Lydia's mother Natalie Martin came into her bedroom to wake her up early for school. When Lydia grumbled and told her to go away, Natalie reminded her that she had an appointment with the high school guidance counselor as per their deal following the trauma of Lydia's attack by the Alpha. Lydia, still half-asleep, assured her mother that she was fine, but Natalie continued to urge her to get her out of bed, eventually yanking the covers off of her to get her moving faster.
However, once she pulled away the comforter, she was horrified to see Lydia's sheets were stained with blood, and upon closer inspection, she realized that Lydia's knuckles on her right hand were bleeding because she had punched the mirror on her vanity. Natalie, now extremely concerned, demanded to know what she did to herself, but it was clear by the confused look on Lydia's face that she didn't remember doing it, implying that she was sleepwalking.
As promised, Lydia made it to the guidance office at the high school, where an unknown young teenage boy decided to strike up a conversation with her. He complimented her on her pink leather fingerless gloves, which she seemed to be wearing to conceal the still-bloody wounds on her knuckles from punching the mirror. Lydia, not in the mood for conversation, curtly thanked him for the compliment, but immediately became annoyed when the boy asked her what her "brand of psychosis" was.
Appalled, Lydia asked him if he was serious, but the boy pragmatically pointed out that they were both obviously there for something and that they didn't have to be ashamed of it. Lydia retorted in a sarcastic voice that she had an "acute phobia of people prying into her personal life" before patronizingly asking him what his issue was, leading the boy to reply in just as sarcastic a tone, "Compulsively drawn to cute but narcissistic girls." Impressed with his ability to keep up with her banter, but before she could talk to him further, the guidance counselor Marin Morrell came out to welcome Lydia into her office.
During her counseling session, Lydia noticed a poster in French hanging in Marin's office and snidely asked if she was even French, causing the bemused Marin to inform her that she was actually French-Canadian (which, as Lydia replied, meant "You're a Canadian... who speaks French.") Not wanting to be in therapy, Lydia questioned her counselor on her credentials, but when Marin assured her that she had a master's degree in behavioral psychology and has done over three-hundred hours of field work, Lydia, realizing she had no argument, simply retorted, "Ç'est va bien," French for "It's fine."
Marin was unconvinced and asked her what she was doing there if she really was fine, and Lydia snidely retorted that she was there to appease her parents so they didn't take her car. The topic turned to Lydia's friends and whether she felt comfortable confiding in them about what happened to her, and Lydia's sense of pride forced her to lie and state that her friends were totally supportive, despite the fact that she had either shrugged off or completely avoided talking about her feelings about the attack with her best friend Allison Argent and was no longer close with her now-ex-boyfriend Jackson Whittemore.
When she went on to insist that she trusted her friends implicitly, Marin warned her to be cautious anyway, leading Lydia to unconsciously quote something Peter Hale said in Co-Captain-- "Why? Because sometimes, the people closest to you can be the ones holding you back the most?" Picking up on the fact that Lydia was clearly quoting someone, Marin asked if Lydia had read that somewhere, and Lydia, who couldn't remember how she knew it, lied and assumed she heard it elsewhere. Still unconvinced, Marin cryptically stated that whomever said it seemed to have left an impression on her, not realizing that Peter had truly done so by attacking her.
That night, Lydia was in her car, crying for an unknown reason (likely flashbacks to her traumatic attack by Peter Hale), when Stiles Stilinski, who had a long-time crush on Lydia, saw her and immediately rushed over to see if she was okay. Lydia, embarrassed to be caught crying, snapped at him to go away, but Stiles, undeterred, begged her to tell him what was wrong. Lydia once again reiterated that she didn't need anyone seeing her cry, but Stiles assured her that she shouldn't care if people see her, because he thought she looked beautiful when she cried.
Finally comfortable enough to talk, Lydia prefaced her story by saying that Stiles was going to think she was crazy, but Stiles-- who had been very stressed dealing with his best friend Scott McCall's lycanthropy, the arrival of reinforcements to the Argent Family of Hunters, and the revelation of a new reptilian shapeshifter who was killing people-- assured her under no uncertain terms that literally nothing she could say could sound crazy to him.
However, when he realized that he was running out of time to break into Gerard Argent's office to steal the Argent Bestiary, grimaced before awkwardly asking Lydia if she could give him five minutes before they could talk. Lydia, hurt by this rejection, gave Stiles a look, and he insisted that he knew how it sounded, but that she could continue crying-- or not crying, if that was what she wanted-- and that he would return as soon as possible so they could talk about anything she wanted. Unfortunately for them both, Stiles was confronted by Derek Hale and his Beta Erica Reyes, who cornered him to interrogate him on what he knew about the new shapeshifter, preventing him from returning to talk to Lydia that night.
In Party Guessed,
In Master Plan,
In Chaos Rising,
In Motel California,
In The Overlooked,
In Alpha Pact,
In Lunar Ellipse,
In Letharia Vulpina,
In Echo House,
In The Divine Move,
In The Dark Moon,
In The Benefactor,
In Time of Death,
In A Novel Approach,
In Required Reading,
In Lies of Omission,
In The Last Chimera,
In Lie Ability,
In Maid of Gévaudan, Lydia attempted to get Parrish to stay for the story Gerard and Chris Argent were about to tell, but he refused. Though she tried to chase after him, Gerard and Chris stopped her, and she reluctantly stayed and listened as Gerard told her the story of the original Beast of Gevaudan and the young huntress who slayed him, Marie-Jeanne Valet. By the end of the story, all Lydia wanted to do was find Parrish and convince him to stay in Beacon Hills, but they warn her against it, claiming that Parrish, as a shapeshifter who was just beginning to understand the scope of his power as a Hellhound, was a danger to her and others.
Annoyed and frustrated, Lydia began to questioned why Gerard was suddenly on their side after everything he had done in the past, which caused Gerard to inform her that Marie-Jeanne married Henri Argent and took his name, making her the first Argent Hunter. When Chris and Gerard informed Lydia that they believed that Lydia could have a better chance of defeating the Beast than Parrish, Lydia realized that they intended her to be this generation's version of Marie-Jeanne, which led Lydia to remind them that she's not an Argent, and she's not Allison before she left to track down Parrish.
In Memory Lost,
In Radio Silence,
In Memory Found,
|“||Academically, Lydia is one of the finest students I've ever had. Her AP classes push her GPA above a 5.0. I'd actually like to have her IQ tested. And socially, she displays outstanding leadership qualities. I mean, she's a real leader.||”|
At the beginning of the series, Lydia put on an act of being the vain, shallow, ditzy mean-girl despite having an IQ higher than anyone at her high school, and she and her then-boyfriend Jackson ruled as the most popular kids at school. However, upon meeting Allison and befriending Scott and Stiles, Lydia's fake persona began to fade away, revealing the true Lydia underneath-- one who was kind, loyal, extremely intelligent (and unafraid to show it), and determined to help people however she can.
Her high-level intellect pushed Lydia to read in-depth and complicated textbooks and journals on a variety of academic subjects, and she is especially gifted with regards to the sciences and languages. With regards to mathematics, she once declared that she would be winning a Field's Medal in the field, and she has attempted to get extra credit from her math teacher, Ms. Flemming, by turning in equations based on her own theoretical findings. She has taught herself to speak both Classical and Archaic Latin, a skill that she used to translate the Argent Family Bestiary, and she has been shown to speak Spanish and French at conversational levels. Most recently, she has demonstrated a high level of intelligence in physics, which she applied to explaining the supernatural aspects of the Ghost Riders of the Wild Hunt.
However, being bitten and attacked by Peter Hale not only triggered her latent Banshee abilities, which likely would not have manifested until age eighteen otherwise, but also allowed him to possess her mind long enough to manipulate her into resurrecting him with a ritual involving the full moon. During this time, Lydia experienced fugue states, hallucinations, nightmares, and other terrifying symptoms that severely diminished her state of mind along with her social status at school. Even after Peter had left her consciousness, she has still regularly traumatized by the death she has witnessed and the corpses to which she has been drawn. Fortunately, the McCall Pack began to give her the support she desperately needed, and once she started to get a handle on her new life, Lydia made it her mission to do good whenever she can, particularly when it involves teenage girls like herself who are struggling just like she was, such as Tracy Stewart and Sydney.
Over time, however, the losses, injuries, and stress she has endured have matured her beyond her years and has made her begin to repress the pain and trauma, keeping it to herself rather than seeking support in dealing with the complicated emotions that resulted. When it was recently revealed that, should Beacon Hills become a "ghost town" following the attack of the Ghost Riders just like Canaan did, Lydia, as a Banshee, will be the one left behind, Lydia became incredibly distraught, though she said nothing about the horror she felt at the thought of this coming to pass until Malia, her best friend, questioned her about it. In this way, she shares much in common with her best friend Scott McCall: both were attacked and bitten by Peter Hale, activating their supernatural identities; both were thrust into the supernatural world without consent, only to become important leaders intent to save the lives of the innocents of Beacon Hills; and both choose to endure pain and even sacrifice their lives in exchange for the safety and happiness of their loved ones and fellow citizens.
Lydia is a beautiful, thin and petite woman with very pale skin, green eyes, and long strawberry-blonde hair. Her style leans toward the very feminine, and she is nearly always seen wearing dresses or pencil skirts with dressy blouses and high heels or booties. However, due to Lydia's developing fighting skills, she has recently started to wear shorts and jeans more often than dresses and skirts due to the fact that they're more practical, given that she may need to fight at any moment; despite this fact, she still prefers to wear boots rather than sneakers. She typically wears her hair at least partially pulled away from her face and has a tendency to braid it up in a milkmaid style. She likes to keep her eye makeup to a minimum in favor of wearing bold colored lipstick, and occasionally wears thin chain necklaces or simple rings to accessorize.
Powers and Abilities
- Mortality: Despite being a Banshee, Lydia is still technically human and has no supernatural healing ability; for that reason, she is vulnerable to any physical illness or injury as any other mundane person would be, including fatal ones.
- Loud Noises: As a Banshee with a very heightened sense of hearing, Lydia is vulnerable to very loud noises. For example, Meredith's banshee wail once caused Lydia to start bleeding from her ears because the pitch was literally ear-piercing to her.
- Psychological Turmoil: Being a Banshee is often a very traumatizing experience, as she is literally surrounded by death, whether it's because she's predicting it, witnessing it, or finding a body after they've been killed. This can have understandably negative effects on Lydia's psyche.
- Effects of Trephination: (Formerly) According to Alan Deaton, when trephination is performed on Banshees, they are completely overwhelmed by the screams and sensations of every single person in the world who is currently dying. Their highly amplified powers will eventually become so difficult for the Banshee to control that they will foresee their own death before wailing loudly and dying. Because Lydia had a hole drilled in her head in this manner, she was affected by the same consequences, though this was eventually reversed by Deaton by plugging up the trephination hole with a paste made of mistletoe, a known curative herb in the Druid arts.
- Lydia: Lydia is a feminine-given name with origins in English, German, Finnish, Biblical Latin and Greek, and Old Slavic. In Greek, Lydia means "from Lydia" due to its status as a region on the west coast of Asia Minor (which is now modern-day Turkey). In the New Testament, Lydia was the name of a woman, Lydia of Thyatira, who was converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era, the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation, and it is a variant of the German, Dutch, and Scandinavian name Adelheid, from which the name Allison and its variants are also derived, making it an appropriate name choice for Lydia Martin, given the close sisterly bond between Lydia and Allison Argent.
- Variants of the name Lydia in other languages include: Lidiya (Bulgarian, Russian); Lídia (Catalan, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish); Lidija (Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovene); Lýdie (Czech, French); Lilla (Hungarian); Lidka (Polish); Lidochka (Russian); Lýdia (Slovak).
- Martin: Martin is an English, French, German, and Czech surname derived from the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of Mars, the Roman god of war. It could also be a shortened form of the name St. Martin, the name of a once-great family in Lothian, Scotland. Variants of the name in other languages include: Martinus (Ancient Roman, Dutch); Mattin, Matxin (Basque); Martí (Catalan); Marten, Martijn, Tijn (Dutch); Máirtín (Irish); Martino, Tino (Italian); Martynes (Lithuanian); Marcin (Polish); Martim, Martinho (Portuguese); Martín (Spanish); Martyn (Ukrainian, Welsh).
- Lydia is the character with the second-most appearances in Teen Wolf after Scott McCall due to the fact that Dylan O'Brien, Stiles Stilinski's actor, was absent for seven episodes in Season 6A.
- Lydia was listed on the Deadpool hit-list for $20 million, making her the second-highest valued target on the list after Scott McCall, who was valued at $25 million.
- Lydia has a small chihuahua named Prada.
- Lydia has technically kissed the most characters of any other character on the show: Jackson, Scott, Aiden, Stiles, and Jordan. However, she has only kissed Scott on one single occasion and has only kissed Jordan in hallucinations/visions.
- According to Jeff Davis in interviews, Lydia will be one of the most important players in Season 5, likely due to her amplified powers and her ability to foresee all of the impending deaths.
- Alan Deaton described Lydia as an "exceptionally powerful" Banshee in Amplification, suggesting that she may be the strongest of the three Banshees introduced in the series thus far.
- Due to being a Banshee, Lydia isn't a target of the Ghost Riders of the Wild Hunt. Why this is the case remains unknown, though Lydia has speculated that it could be due to the Wild Hunt's connection to the Morrígan, the Irish battle goddess who herself is associated with Banshees.
- Lydia is notable for frequently wearing floral-patterned dresses, shirts, and skirts.
- Lydia is apparently the most sexually active of the main cast, as it has been implied and displayed throughout the series with her relationship with Jackson Whittemore and her encounters with Aiden. There was also an implication in Tattoo that she had been hooking up (and apparently sleeping with) with an unknown number of teenage boys during the summer break after her break-up with Jackson and seemed eager to have flings with some of the new freshmen until she met Aiden.