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Jade West

 
Jade West
General information
Gender: Female
Age: 16-17
Hair Color: Brown w / blue, blonde, pink, white, and red highlights (Season 1)
Dyed black w / blue and green highlights (Season 2)
Dark brown with blue, green, and purple highlights (Season 3)
Dark brown with purple and teal highlights (Season 4)
Brown with blue and purple highlights (iParty with Victorious and Sam & Cat)
Eye Color: Blue-green
Address: Hollywood, California
Occupation (s): Student at Hollywood Arts High School
Aliases: Betty Sue Goldenheart
(Sleepover at Sikowitz's)
Gank (by Sikowitz, André, Beck, and Tori) (Freak The Freak Out and Tori Gets Stuck)
Crabby Kathy by Sikowitz (Locked Up!)
Tori Vega (Brain Squeezers)
Nancy
Family & Friends
Family: Mr. West (father)
Ms. West (mother)
Step-mother (unnamed)
Grandfather (unnamed)
Grandmother (unnamed)
Unnamed brother
Friends: André Harris
Cat Valentine (best friend)
Robbie Shapiro
Tori Vega
Beck Oliver (boyfriend)
Erwin Sikowitz
Relationships: Beck Oliver (boyfriend)
Enemies: Trina Vega
Rex Powers
Sinjin Van Cleef (one-sided)
Hayley Ferguson
Tara Ganz
Tori Vega (formerly)
Other information
Interests: The color black
Acting
Script writing
The scissoring
Singing
Scissors
Blood
Seeing people in pain
Heavy metal music
Annoying Tori
Bad smells
Education: Hollywood Arts High School
Talent: Singing
Acting
Script writing
Weaknesses: Jealousy
Anger
Trust Issues with Beck
Series information
First appearance: pilot
Last appearance: Victori-Yes
Portrayed By: Elizabeth Gillies

"No one likes you."
- Jade to Trina

Jade West is one of the eight main characters and is one of the four main characters to appear in every episode in the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious. She used to often serve as an antagonist to Tori Vega on the show, but they are still members of the same friend group. She is one of Cat's best friends, Tori's former frenemy, and Beck's girlfriend.

She is portrayed by Elizabeth Gillies.

Biography

Jade's childhood has been noted to be an unhappy one on a few occasions throughout the series. She says that the ice cream reminds her of it, and that her favorite toy was a hammer (Ice Cream for Ke $ ha).

She was friends with André Harris, Robbie Shapiro, Cat Valentine, and Beck Oliver since at least 2008, where they formed an official ping pong team at Hollywood Arts High School (The Great Ping Pong Scam). She and Beck also began dating at some point this year (Jade Dumps Beck).

Appearance

  • Eye Color: Blue-Green
  • Hair Color: Brown (Season 1); Black (Season 2); Dark Brown (Season 3-4)
  • Trademark: Piercings, tattoos, and colored streaks in hair.

Jade started off as a brunette with blue-green eyes. Her skin is noticeably pale, but she got slightly tanner and dyed her hair darker for the second season.

Jade has a Gothic sense of style, and aside from her dark, occasionally laced clothing she wears dark makeup and paints her nails black as well. The jewelry she wears is designed by real life artist Dre Swain, and she also wears dark red Doc Martens and black combat boots. She carries a Gears of War messenger bag. Jade also has multiple streaks in her hair that change color periodically.

In season one, her streaks in her brown hair are at first pink, blonde and light blue before going red for the rest of the season.

In season two, she dyed her hair black and her streaks are blue and green.

In season three, her hair is a dark brown and her streaks are mostly green, but also blue in a couple of episodes.

In season four, her hair is shorter and her streaks are purple for 10 of the 13 episodes. She also has two piercings, one in her left eyebrow and one on her nose. Jade has a rebel star tattoo on her right forearm and has since gotten at least one more that was never shown onscreen (Beck mentions that "Jade's getting her new tattoo" in Tori Takes Requests # 2).

Personality

Jade has a very prickly personality; she is known for being sassy, ​​dark, grouchy, and sarcastic to those around her. She was described as "freaky" by the boy in Ice Cream for Ke $ ha, to which she took offense to, but when she was described as "weird" by Moose in Three Girls and a Moose, she acknowledged and admitted it, nodding along (though that was because she was attracted to him). Jade is obsessed with scissors, as evidenced by her Slap username of "ScissorLuv", as well as her locker being decorated with numerous scissors. Her favorite movie is The Scissoring. She even has a favorite pair as shown in her videos on TheSlap and is known to buy herself new pairs (Jade Gets Crushed). She seems to have a sadistic personality, taking a great interest in pain. She has a macabre sense of humor, usually saying things about people being hit by a bus at various episodes, as well as somewhat sadistic tendencies, such as enjoying people getting hurt, even her own boyfriend being slapped (though this was in a scene) .

Jade is defined by being jealous, usually irrationally so, insatiably mean, and needlessly rude to many people. She sometimes shows authority and control at Hollywood Arts, yelling at others and even using physical force at times. Although she does not usually fight directly, she often retaliates in way "that will make [someone] sad for a long time". She is very possessive of Beck, and is even envious of those that seem interested in him only as friends. Jade is extremely proud of their relationship, often flaunting it in the face of others, which seems to factor into how deeply unpopular it is. Jade appears to be aware of how uncontrollable her jealousy is and seems to want others to experience it second-hand. Despite her tough attitude, she is capable of getting scared by a few things.

Jade fits the stereotype of a "bad girl" much more than a "mean girl." She is very rebellious, as she doesn't like being told what to do and often points out that she's doing something because she wants to, not because someone told her to (for instance, she got her piercings 45 minutes after her mother said no to Jade), and often claims that she is only doing something because she wants to and not because someone tells her to (The Great Ping Pong Scam, The Hambone King). However, she seems to obey Beck, and he is the only one able to calm her down and make her at least somewhat polite and nice to other people. That said, most of the time she forces him to go along with whatever depraved act she's doing.

Jade is a hardworking student at Hollywood Arts, where she dedicates her time to writing, acting, and singing. She seems to favor script writing, as she writes the play Well Wishes in Wok Star and manages to get it produced entirely through Tori's efforts. She seems to prefer to star in works she both writes and directs, and these works include: Clowns Don't Bounce (Prom Wrecker), an unnamed TV series where she plays the main character and her evil twin (only written; talked about in a post on TheSlap), and her re-audition in Helen Back Again. All of these were dark and scary. She also seems to prefer film over stage, as her re-audition for Principal Helen Dubois was in the form of a short film while Beck's was a monologue on stage. Often, her performances are considered "weird" and "disturbing", and while some, such as Well Wishes appear to be popular and well-received, others, namely Clowns Don't Bounce, seem to have been rather unpopular. All that said, she displays several bouts of indifference towards performing at times, only rushing into action if she thinks she could usurp Tori (such as The Wood) and she seemed perfectly willing to pass up several opportunities to make a name for herself because she found the role humiliating and / or beneath her (The Diddly-Bops, Terror on Cupcake Street, and Victori-Yes). Another instance, from a slap post, has her stating that she quit a job when she wanted her to wear pink, even burning the costume in question, showing that she only cares to work hard when she is in charge. In The Slap Fight, she also blew off an important short film merely for petty gratification, showing that she is not as dedicated to her craft as she would like to think she is. She has also shown an unwillingness, or inability, to actually solve her own problems such as forcing Tori to help her get back together with Beck or put on her play (Jade Dumps Beck and Wok Star) or bullying everyone else into doing the actual work involved in removing a bad picture of her (The Bad Roomate) showing that Jade is prone to bouts of extreme laziness.

She is also very full of herself, being fully conscious, even over confident, of her talents in the performing arts and enjoys boasting about her accomplishments to the point that Beck accused her of making his profile video all about her. Such is her ego that she can barely seem to stand being chosen as second for anything (Tori the Zombie, Rex Dies, Tori Gets Stuck, and Tori Goes Platinum), an attitude that shows her to be decidedly unprepared for the world of the performing arts. Somewhat ironically, this casts her as very similar to Trina, being prone to overstating her talents and expecting good things to happen to her with no hard work.

It is shown throughout the series that deep down, Jade is lonely, sad, insecure and her heart is broken, which is part of the reason she is so rude towards people. For example, she has often assumed that Beck was cheating on her, based on minimal and circumstantial evidence or taken throwaway jokes as confirmation that he wants to break up with her. A prime example exists in Wi-Fi in the Sky where she barged into Beck's trailer to await his cheerleading neighbor, for whom Beck was dog-sitting, only to be mortified when she found the neighbor to be nine years old, her own stubbornness having denied Beck any chance to explain. Likewise, she was devastated when she briefly broke up with him and he wouldn't take her back, and didn't want anyone "cool" to see her crying (Jade Dumps Beck). She also seems to be worried about her father's opinion of her hopes and dreams valuing what he thought of her play, "Well Wishes", even inviting him as the guest of honor. She also competed with the rest of the gang to get the most followers on TheSlap to maintain popularity and dominance and got very upset when a satellite picture of her made it look like she was picking her nose in The Bad Roommate.

While Jade has frequently been shown not to be as smart as Tori, she does sometimes help solve the group's challenges. For instance, in Ice Cream for Ke $ ha, she thought of the idea that the "S" would be found in the least popular flavor of ice cream. In Terror on Cupcake Street, she mentioned that the confetti cannon would scare the thugs away and it did. Before Tori (and even Trina) joined the gang, she masterminded all the solutions to the gang's troubles as shown in The Great Ping Pong Scam, but the same episode showed that her plans do not always work out (Tori found out about the team, was let on by the others despite Jade's attempts to keep her out, and Jade failed to account for someone (Robbie in this case) ordering a more expensive meal). Likewise, her plan in A Film by Dale Squires fell through and ended up only bringing needless pain onto the man. In her profile video on TheSlap, she describes herself as smart and deep, in spite of frequently displaying immature and childish tendencies, to the point that Beck non-verbally agreed with Tori when she said that Jade couldn't be mature. Whatever intelligence she may have is undercut by her pettiness and foolhardiness, for example she never considered the possibility that her fake black eye might get wet and rushed into Brain Squeezers not knowing the answers or the risks, resulting in her being heavily doinked to the point of losing several teeth.

Jade hates many things for rather petty reasons, as reflected in her TheSlap segment, What I Hate, but she also has two episodes of these segments titled "What I Love", because she does not want to be predictable.

Although Jade seems tough and scary at times, she has been proven to only be very intimidating and she lost her only physical altercation with someone other than Tori (The Wood) and Cat (Crazy Ponnie) (it should also be noted that neither Tori and Cat were fighting back); Sheema quickly knocked her to the ground in Locked Up !. Likewise, she has a very poor track record of actually following through on her threats. Examples include the fact that she often swore to break André's phone for constant pro-Bori Slap posts yet never followed through on this, telling Tori she was not allowed to post on Beck's Slap board yet both Beck and Tori continued to message each other with no fear whatsoever, or when, after seeing a slap picture of Beck and Trina kissing, she swore to physically attack Trina but failed to ever do so. Despite acting as creepy as she does, she is disgusted by many "gross" things such as Trina Vega's pimple in Victori-Yes.

Jade frequently displays signs of hypocrisy, the most prominent of which would be her utter hatred of anyone trying to censor her personality while constantly silencing others and forcing them to do things her way. On other occasions, such as in Locked Up! and Terror on Cupcake Street, she shows herself to be far less brave than she claims to be, being visibly terrified at things that only slightly unnerved Tori. She is also completely unwilling to take any responsibility for her actions, such as inciting anger and jealousy within Tori in Cat's New Boyfriend and being angry for Tori butting into Cat and Daniel's relationship, or endorsing Tori lying on her resume in Beck Falls for Tori yet later saying she shouldn't have done that, and never accepting that her own issues and insecurities play a large role in her and Beck's many arguments. Likewise, she is shown to deny and take offense at anyone referring to her as mean and scary in spite of the persona she has built for herself and seemed to become depressed both times she and Beck broke up despite her frequent claims of not needing anyone. Perhaps the biggest display of this attitude would be her asking one of the tots in her "Jade with Tots" videos, why she has no friends she can count on despite the other five gang members trying very hard to become genuine friends with her and frequently doing what she commands, her own statement in The Worst Couple where she listed why she didn't consider the gang to be her friends, and the fact that it is her own obstinate attitude and unwillingness to mature that drives them away. A lesser example of her hypocrisy exists in Tori Gets Stuck where she chides Tori for potentially passing up a chance to work with Lady Gaga in favor of "some little play" despite Jade herself going to any lengths (including twice breaking the law) to attain the lead in the same "little play." Survival of the Hottest also has her being visibly hurt that Trina didn't share her water with her, despite having spent the whole day telling Trina "No one likes you." The events of Pilot and Prom Wrecker also suggest that, despite all the torment Jade inflicts on others, she is rather cowardly and cannot handle someone fighting back, being dumbstruck both times that Tori did, having the sheer gall to act like such retaliation was totally unprovoked. In many of her Slap posts, there are examples of her demanding people behave one way, or drop everything to solve her problems, and Jade throwing a virtual temper tantrum when they refuse or meet her challenge, showing her to be rather thin-skinned.

Jade is also subject to bouts of entitlement, feeling that she was owed the lead in Tori Gets Stuck (to the point of literally throwing a temper tantrum over it), barging into Beck's RV in Wi-Fi in the Sky in spite of him doing homework and preventing the project from being completed, inviting herself to be part of the parade parade, forcibly making out with Moose even as Cat and Tori went to apologize to the guys, and demanding everyone's aid to remove the bad picture of her The Bad Roommate while being borderline abusive to them despite their efforts to help her. She is also frequently shown to be spoiled and ungrateful, such as the aforementioned bad picture incident, refusing to drive Tori home in Jade Dumps Beck despite Tori helping her get Beck back and Jade herself saying beforehand that she now owed Tori a favor (something she never followed through on), dismissing Tori protecting her from Sheema, forcing Cat to spend the night with her in André's Horrible Girl while keeping her friend at arm's length, or simply being unwilling to help her friends, without Beck scolding her first, despite all that they have done for her.

An unusually consistent aspect of Jade's personality seems to be that while she is cruel and abrasive to everyone when the gang is together, she seems much kinder to them (even to Tori) when they are interacting individually. Despite this, the former trait seems to cement her as the least popular member of the gang (with the possible exceptions of Trina and Rex).

For reasons unknown, Jade utterly loathes anyone touching her (specifically on or around her shoulders) even refusing to allow Cat, her best friend, to hug her and often threatening people for touching her. The only exceptions to this rule are Beck (assuming the gesture is romantic, but even then, Jade can still force him off) and Tori (who is never forced off or threatened for touching Jade). She has no issue, however, if she is the one who instigated the touching.

Despite her usual personality, she seems to have a bit of a soft side for young kids, as shown on her TheSlap.com segment, "Jade With Tots." In her conversations with preschoolers, although she is still herself, she seems more kind towards the kids. For example, when one of the kids talks too quietly, she loosely says "Gotta speak up, sweetheart." Also, when talking to another child, she smiles and says casually, "So I hear you're a little artist. You like art?" She displayed a similar attitude towards Cat in the first half of Season 1 but quickly abandoned this.

Relationships with Other Characters

Beck Oliver

(2008 – present, Boyfriend, with brief break-ups in between, Good Friends)

"jade: You love me again.
Beck: Who said I stopped?
"
- An exchange between Jade and Beck in Jade Dumps Beck

Beck has been Jade's boyfriend and the love of her life for over three years, and she is very possessive of him.Such is this possessiveness that doesn't like him even talking to other girls whom she does not know, being constantly paranoid that Beck might be cheating on her. This sometimes irritates Beck; he once deleted his account on TheSlap.com because Jade kept spamming him and "freaking out", but he rejoined after she promised to stop. She has not done this since he re-joined, showing that she can make compromises and that she truly does love and respect him.

Her obsession with Beck is first made apparent in the pilot, when she sees Tori wiping coffee off of Beck's shirt and immediately misinterprets the action as flirting. Of the two, Jade seems far more emotionally invested in the relationship, almost to the point of neuroticism. She dumps Beck briefly in the episode Jade Dumps Beck, but has second thoughts about it and quickly wants him back. She goes through a short state of depression when Beck doesn't take her back, even resorting to asking for help from her frenemy, Tori. At the end of the same episode, they rekindled their relationship and continue dating.

Beck also clearly loves to tease and rile up Jade, either by making her jealous or letting her get carried away by her own theories. This is exemplified in Wi-Fi in the Sky when he doesn't tell her his cheerleader neighbor, Allie, was only 9 years old, though this could easily have been the result of Jade's steamroller attitude preventing him from explaining. Jade later claims that he does this all the time. In Beck's Profile Video on TheSlap.com, Jade states that they've been dating for two years and been exclusive for a year and a half.

Jade seems to show a softer side when she and Beck are alone, which has been seen on some of their videos on TheSlap. Jade also seems to be meaner and gets into fights with Tori more often when Beck is not there with her. In the last "Jade With Tots" episode, Beck tells Jade that he loves her, which makes Jade’s heart melt and she starts kissing him.

Their constant arguing and Jade's irrational jealousy inevitably came to a head in The Worst Couple where they broke up. After this, they rarely interacted, and when they did, they were bitter towards each other. For instance, in How Trina Got In, Jade mocks Beck and says (sarcastically) that he knows everything except how to keep a girlfriend happy. Additionally, both Jade and Beck acted very awkward around each other in André's Horrible Girl, both whispering to a friend that no one told them the other would be there, and they aren't happy about it. It was shown, however, that she still has lingering feelings for him as she was truly upset and hurt when she saw Beck hugging Tori and trying to kiss her in Tori Goes Platinum. Also, Beck seems to still care about her as shown in Opposite Date, when he wants to check if Jade is truly okay with him dating other girls, even though they were broken up at that point (it is quite possible he didn't want to hurt Jade's feelings).

In the episode, Tori Fixes Beck and Jade, after Beck realizes he still loves Jade, she coincidentally sings a song called "You Don't Know Me". They finally get back together and have remained that way for the rest of the show. They became more affectionate towards each other, no longer fight, and are much more physical. (Lake: bathing)

Tori Vega

(2010 – present: Frenemy)

"Dude, why are you rubbing my boyfriend?"
- Jade to Tori in Pilot

Jade and Tori's friendship is complicated, and is full of insults and fighting, but it's also one of the closest relationships on Victorious. Jade appears to have had an open rivalry with Tori ever since the first episode (Pilot), where Tori spilled coffee on Beck and was wiping the coffee off him, then when Jade poured coffee on Tori, then Tori kissed Beck for revenge. As of Stage Fighting, they seem to be developing a possible friendship, though Jade still displays a dislike for Tori. In The Birthweek Song however, Jade gave Tori a coffee she found in the garbage and says "Yeah, I'm not really her friend." Despite saying this, Jade comes to Tori when she breaks up with Beck in Jade Dumps Beck, and asks for her advice (though Jade claims this is because she wouldn't want anyone cool to see her in that state). In Freak the Freak Out, Jade tries to use Tori to defeat two stuck-up girls at the Karaoke Dokie after she and Cat were unfairly banned from performing there, indicating that regardless of her hostility toward her, she regards Tori as a worthy, perhaps even superior, performer. In Wok Star, Tori helps Jade produce a play she wrote herself to impress her dad. When her dad admits that Jade's play was excellent, Tori and Jade hug, signaling that the two are now considered friends. In The Wood, they both work together against Beck and André to act out something good for The Wood. They even didn’t fight at all in the episode, like they didn’t fight in Survival of the Hottest. In Beck Falls for Tori, Jade helps Tori by forcing her to do the stunt and overcome her fear. In Tori Gets Stuck, Jade tries relentlessly to steal Tori's role in Steamboat Suzy and they seem to become enemies once again. In Prom Wrecker, Tori plans her prome on the same day as Jade's play "Clowns Don't Bounce" by accident, so Jade seeks revenge and tries to ruin Tori's prome. Eventually, Jade's plan backfires. They seem to be back on bad terms, as in Helen Back Again, Jade didn't help Tori get her spot in the school back, in Who Did It to Trina ?, Jade blames Tori for her sister's injuries, and in Jade Gets Crushed , Tori states multiple times that Jade is evil. In Tori & Jade's Play Date they work together to revenge against two boys who are annoying them. They finally become good friends in Tori Goes Platinum, when Jade sees Tori refuse to kiss Beck because she considers Jade to be her friend and she believes kissing a friend's ex-boyfriend would be wrong. Because of this, Jade gives Tori her spot in the Platinum Music Awards back and cheers her on in the audience, even hugging her after her performance, thus showing that the two have finally come to terms. In spite of this, Jade continues to enjoy getting a rise out of Tori.

Jade's key issue with Tori is frequently implied to be jealousy as the two girls seem to be able to do anything the other can do, but Tori seems to always be regarded as more talented, better liked, and smarter despite Jade having been at Hollywood Arts for, at least, two years, before Tori arrived, with Tori accomplishing very easily what Jade must struggle for, even simply getting into Hollywood Arts. As a result, Jade seems to rely on Tori to provide her with the motivation necessary to perform. An example exists in Cell Block where Jade is disinterested in the play rehearsal, with this being the only time Tori is not shown to have competed with Jade for a lead role. Another factor may be how similar Tori and Beck are, with Jade seemingly afraid that Tori could be a better girlfriend to Beck than she ever could, which seems a popular opinion in Hollywood Arts. Another reason may simply be annoyance as, for all the time and energy that Jade spends on tormenting Tori, Tori has only twice (Pilot and Prom Wrecker) viewed Jade as worth fighting back against. All that said, Jade has shown herself to be reliant on Tori for aid and support in several instances such as Jade Dumps Beck and Wok Star.

Their relationship would be summarized as 'frenemies' with Jade constantly shifting their relationship back and forth between being friends and enemies. (See: Jori)

Cat Valentine

(2008 - present: Best Friend)

Jade and Cat are best friends. While Cat is a textbook girly-girl, Jade is more of a tomboy. They usually express concern for each other when they're hurt and call out the person who caused it, though this attitude disappeared following Season 1. Jade is also less hostile and more patient towards Cat than towards most people (even though she did once say , "Is it a device that can beam you to another table? Because if it is, which button do I push ?!" and tells her she's "screwed up"). Cat is not as easily offended by Jade (although in Rex Dies, Jade makes a death threat to Cat, saying, "If someone fell off this cat-walk and hit the floor really hard, do you think they'd live?" And in A Film by Dale Squires, she uses the fact that she's acting as an excuse to slap Cat's face) and actually seems to adore her. In the same episode, Jade also does not display her characteristic jealousy when Cat and Beck kiss for the film, though it could be argued that slapping Cat to the point of needing an ice pack was her subtly getting revenge. Even though Cat unintentionally electrocuted Jade in Rex Dies, Jade is shown as not being extremely upset by it, while she has done far worse to others for doing far less. In the episode Survival of the Hottest, they hug and she spins her around, which implies that they're very good friends since Jade rarely hugs anyone willingly. They seem to love each other like sisters. In Freak the Freak Out, they sing the song Give it up together. Jade and Cat often comment on each other's boards on TheSlap.

Jade seems to exercise a parental sort of control over Cat and seems to know her very well. Jade admittedly doesn't hate Cat's video profile, and Beck tells Cat how this is a big compliment from Jade. Jade also slept over at Cat's house before in a video on TheSlap. It is also mentioned that Beck and Jade babysit Cat sometimes. Though Cat is Jade's best friend, some of Cat's posts imply the opposite is not true, as Cat often lists Tori as her best friend, as early as Survival of the Hottest, or that Cat views both girls as her best friends.