"Hey, handsome."
— Jake in The Time of My Life

Jacob "Jake" Martin is a graduate of Degrassi Community School's Class of 2013. He spends most of his free time outdoors. After his mom died, he and his dad renovated their lake cabin in her honor. A hard worker with a high interest in girls, he enjoys watching sports, hanging with friends, fishing, and camping. A comical joker, yet a guy who doesn’t play games and means what he says one hundred percent all the time. He is known for smoking marijuana regularly and is allowed to do so, so long as he remain level headed and responsible. He is the step-brother of Clare and Darcy Edwards.

In his senior year, Jake decided to take an interest in environmentalism, doing recycling experiments and even starting Degrassi's Green Space along with his high school sweetheart Katie Matlin.  Despite a rough patch when he saw him as a failure, Jake became close with his father, Glen Martin, after working on architecture and renovations with him and earning his respect. He is best friends with Mo Mashkour and Eli Goldsworthy. He is good friends with Jenna MiddletonClare Edwards, Katie Matlin, and Marisol Lewis. He used to have a heated conflict with Mike Dallas and Luke Baker. Jake Martin was portrayed by Justin Kelly.

Character History

Season 11

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Jake in season 11

In LoveGame, Jake is first seen walking down the hallway looking for his class. Later that day he and his father, Glen Martin, visit the Edwards' household for dinner, and he expresses an interest in Alli when he first sees her. During dinner, Clare suggests that she and Jake go to Above the Dot, so that she could introduce him to all of her friends, as he is a new student at Degrassi. Clare introduces him to Sadie, Dave, Alli, K.C., and Eli. He asks Clare if they should make out to make Eli jealous, and she gives him a look before walking away. He has a conversation with Adam and Eli, while Clare stares at them. When Clare begins to have a scene, he tries to calm her down, but then takes her outside. He yells at Clare when they walk back to her house, telling her that she needs the closure, not Eli, and to move on. Jake kisses her, and the next day, Clare tells Alli that he is a good kisser.

In Cry Me A River (1), Jake is seen setting up an Orienteering booth at the Clubs Fair when Alli says that Clare should join (referring to the Jake and Clare kiss in LoveGame). Clare then exclaims that she is not interested and that she and Jake were a one time thing.

In Dirt Off Your Shoulder (1), Jake and Clare are seen standing in the foyer and talking to each other before walking away together, when Eli has his meltdown.


In Should've Said No (1), Clare walks in on Jake working in her kitchen without his shirt on, leaving her flustered. The next day, Jake is back at her house doing renovations in the kitchen and tells her about it being awkward when his parents started dating again after their divorce. Clare soon after kisses him. The next day, Katie is interviewing him for the Degrassi Daily for a profile on new students. At lunch, Clare is talking with Katie, and Katie confides in her that she and Jake are going out to a movie night together. This discovery creates tension between Jake and Clare, now knowing that Jake doesn't do committed relationships. She invites him over to her house after school, and they decide to be friends with benefits and seal it with a kiss.


In Should've Said No (2), Jake and Clare are crazy about each other, and he tells her that he likes their "casual relationship." He offers to cancel his date with Katie, and Clare likes the idea. Later on, Clare finds her parents' divorce papers and discovers that her father cheated on her mother. She tells Jake to go out with Katie because she feels that their relationship is no longer casual. Jake is seen looking devastated and jealous when Clare goes to movie night with Liam, leading him to follow Clare and Liam to the corridor. Jake eventually decides to be Clare's boyfriend, but must keep their relationship a secret because their parents are dating.

In U Don’t Know (2), Jake and Clare are talking about how they should tell their parents at Little Miss Steaks when Imogen and Eli come over. After an awkward moment Eli leaves. The next day, Jake joins Drama Club as the new contractor to get some extra credit. It is revealed that Eli still has feelings for Clare and considers Jake an enemy. Eli implies to Imogen that he will try something.

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Clare and Jake on their date at Little Miss Steaks.

In Lose Yourself (1), Jake is walking Clare to class when he tells her that he is working on the school play. He later jokes that he needs something else to do besides her, before leaving. He is later shown hanging lights, from the top of an unsteady scaffolding, which Clare volunteers to hold still after Jake teases her about how safe the scaffolding is. When Clare confronts Eli about possibly trying to hurt Jake, Eli says that Jake will be "out of the picture soon enough" before laughing and walking away, worrying Clare.

In Lose Yourself (2), Jake is asked by Eli to be Fritz during a read-through of Love Roulette. After Clare comes clean about what really happened, Jake tells her that he doesn't believe the play Eli wrote. He hands her the draft for her to read. Jake also tells Clare that he thinks Eli is weird due to the fact that he wears eyeliner and writes plays.

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Jake in Season 11.

In Extraordinary Machine (1), Jake arrives at Degrassi and kisses Clare; Eli and Bullfrog see it. When Eli reveals that Fritz has been changed to Jack, everyone looks at Jake, knowing that Jack is based on him. Jake comes up to Eli with the newest version of Love Roulette in his hands and says that he joined the play to build sets and he ended up with a role and now a character based on him. He tells Eli that he knows that the play is about his relationship with Clare and that he's tried to be cool with it. But now with the Jack character, Jake loses his cool and tells Eli that he's crossing a line and that the play will not impress Clare. Eli, trying to get in Jake's head, tells him that Clare's already impressed and that all Clare is thinking about while she rides in Jake's truck is how much she loves his play. Jake then tells Eli to stop messing with Clare's head and asks Eli, "Haven't you put her through enough?" Jake tells Eli that he's lost it and he needs help. Eli then fires Jake, and Jake throws out Love Roulette, saying to Eli, "Good luck finding replacement." Jake had told Clare that Eli had fired him. When Clare is interviewing Eli at The Dot, Jake walks into The Dot, once Jake touches Clare's shoulder, Eli can't focus. Jake is there waiting for Clare to finish so they can go on their date. When Eli loses his cool and screams at Clare, Jake comes over and asks if everything's okay. When Eli says he can't do the interview, he and Clare walk off with their arms around each other.

In Extraordinary Machine (2), Jake comes up to Clare after she's written her article on the play and asks her what she thought of the ending. Clare tells him that she doesn't think Eli will ever be done re-writing Love Roulette and she's just happy to be done covering and they can go their separate ways. Jake seems happy by this news and tells her it's about time. Jake tells Clare that he'll see her at lunch and kisses her.

In Don't Panic (1), Jake and Eli become project partners in History class. However, Jake isn't to happy about it since Eli tried to break-up him and Clare. Even though Eli apologized to Jake about it, Jake states that apology won't cut it. Later on he and Clare hit a rough patch after they fight about spending time together.

In Dead and Gone (1), Jake finds out that his dad and Helen are getting married, however, he has to keep it a secret from Clare. While having a dinner, Helen reveals to Clare that she and Glen are getting married. Jake is okay with it while Clare isn't. Clare tells them she and Jake have been dating since probably when they got together and later leaves.

In Dead and Gone (2), Jake breaks-up with Clare at prom. He later goes to the cabin for the summer until the wedding.

Jake & Alli Sitting By The Fire Roasting Marshmallows With Their Faces Close To Each Other With Bianca & Clare Watching From Behind

In Nowhere to Run, he comes back for the wedding and tries to get back together with Clare. She angrily rejects him. He tries to throw a party down at the cabin and ends up kissing Alli. Clare finds them and runs off into the woods. When she comes back he pins the situation on Alli and they get back together.

In Underneath It All, Jake is seen talking to Drew and Owen about his new living arrangements with Clare. He then tells Clare that the guys thought they were doing other things since they live together. So, Clare tells him that they should talk later about sex. Later that day, Jake is given a pop quiz from a magazine to see if they are "emotionally" ready for sex. Instead of taking it seriously, he starts to jokes about it and tells Clare that she will "feel it" when she's ready to have sex. In return, Clare says she doesn't "feel it" and leaves.

In Can't Tell Me Nothing (1), Jake encourages Jenna to try something new with her music, and not fake emotions in her writing.

In Can't Tell Me Nothing (2), Jake warns Jenna that K.C. might not like her new song, and tells her it's obvious who's it about. He introuduces her at the coffee house, and watches her talk to K.C. after the showur.

In Not Ready To Make Nice (1), Jake invites his "new girl" Jenna over for dinner on his birthday, which causes Clare to snap.

In Not Ready To Make Nice (2), Jake decides to investigate Clare's new living arrangements.

In Need You Now (1) Jake and Jenna are talking in the halls until K.C. approaches them to talk to Jenna and Jake leaves them to it.

In Need You Now (2), Jake is walking to class with Imogen Moreno, much to Eli's jealousy.

In Smash Into You (2), Clare gives Adam one of Jake's most stylish shirts for his date.

In Hollaback Girl (1), Jake is partnered with Mo in science class and Mo tells him his troubles about Marisol.

In Hollaback Girl (2), Jake is seen coming out of his truck and is approached by a depressed Mo. Jake gives a solution to Mo's problem. Later, the two are decorating a strip club.

Season 12

In Come As You Are (1), he gives Clare, Alli, and Jenna advice about Eli.


Katie kissing Jake

In Gives You Hell (1), Jake, Marisol, and Mo all go over to Katie's to play a board game, though Jake did not know that Marisol intended him to be a rebound for Katie. Jake and Katie are on good terms, and as soon as Marisol and Mo leave the room, Katie kisses him. However, she begins to cry over Drew while kissing Jake, which leads him to comment that he feels slightly used. To help Katie get over Drew, he takes her to Drew's house, so that she can egg it, and receive her closure. However, Katie notices Bianca's car in front of the house, and eggs her car instead. Really getting into it, she kicks off Bianca's left wing mirror, essentially damaging her car. Jake hurries her along after she knocks the part off, so that they wouldn't get caught.


Jake about to attack Luke.

In Say It Ain't So (1), he is first seen with Marisol and Mo watching them prepare for their college surveys. He laughs at them and how they'll be spending their time when Katie walks in and he notices her new hairstyle. The two bicker about how he isn't making college plans to make a 'green' difference in the world and Marisol tells the two to kiss already. When he is in the truck with his dad, he talks about eco-friendly plans for a project that they're working on and the future name-change of the company. When his father tells him he needs to finish school before anything, he reminds his father what goes in what bin. At school, we watches Luke pass by and toss a soda can into the trash bin and tells him to pick it up. Luke takes it out of the can, tosses it at him, and begins to walk away when Jake pushes him. The two start to fight when Ms. Oh comes and breaks them up and gives them detention. In detention, he watches Luke try to flirt with Katie who states that Jake is her boyfriend to shut him up. The pair leave the room to go to the roof where Jake talks about all the eco-friendly things that could be placed up there and is encouraged by Katie.

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Jake fails to stop the sprinkler system.

In Say It Ain't So (2), he is first seen proposing his idea for Degrassi to have a green roof to Simpson with Katie. When Simpson says he's on board, he lies that his dad will be apart of the project and just wants to prove that he can take this career into his own hands without help. Katie is walking and suddenly trips, Jake catches her and they share a moment.

Jake catches Katie after she trips

He and Katie begin working on the sprinkler systems and right away, it goes off on him. He keeps trying to stop it but doesn't know how and Katie suggests that they call his father which he rejects. He tries placing a bucket over the sprinkler which ultimately sets the one of next to Katie. Cold and frustrated, she tells him that they need to call his dad or the project will fail. He calls but it goes to voicemail. Later on, he is seen leaving the school with Glen and he has solved the problem. Glen tells him he didn't even have the right utilities and that the roof wouldn't even be able to support a garden. Jake says he just wants to prove that he can get into the career on his own and his father tells him he doesn't need to prove it, just needs to finish school first. The two then hug.

In Closer to Free (1), he is seen working around the school's plants while Jenna sings. He walks by and smiles as she says "Jake can't hear me because I'm not a tomato."

In Waterfalls (1), he is seen working in the garden with Katie when Maya comes by.

In Never Ever (1), he walks up behind Katie who is singing in the garden. He brings her over to a plant that she had grown and she thanks him. He thanks her back saying that she was inspiration for the garden. In the hallways, he walks up to Katie and Marisol asking Katie to a garden show. She says that she can't because of homework and ends up going alone. He comes back to the garden with a bag of fertilizer to walk in on Dallas and Katie golfing. He asks her about her homework and she tells him that this is her homework. Realizing that he got blown off, he walks back out.

In Never Ever (2), he meets Katie by her locker and asks why she bailed on him the other day. He tells her that if she doesn't want to hang out she should just tell him. He asks if she's really going to the Ice Hounds game and she tells him that he has no right to be mad and that she'll do it out of spite. He finds and meets Katie and Marisol at the game that night and tells them he likes hockey. He and Katie begin to argue when Marisol leaves to get tea and Katie tries to follow but he pulls her back. He tells her that he likes her and she admits that she likes him and not Dallas. The two kiss, beginning their relationship, and it is captured on the big screen. He walks into class with Katie the next day, happy, and she tells him to save her a seat while she gets her assignment from Dallas and they meet up again. Later in the day, they hang out by the garden and when they turn the corner, they find it completely destroyed, leaving Jake infuriated.

In Sabotage (1), he was seen making out with Katie Matlin before encountering a drunk Clare Edwards, Clare later told them about the kiss from Dallas and they told Clare that the garden might be destroyed by the Ice Hounds. Next day, after Clare's article about the hockey team was published, Jake and Katie thanked her.

In Sabotage (2), he was defending Katie after Dallas told her to shut her "Damn" mouth, he and Eli started the massive fight between the un-welcomed hockey team, The Ice Hounds, and the other kids welcomed at Clare's party. He later was kissing Katie after the hockey team left in defeat.

In Building A Mystery (1), he is seen in the library with Clare and Eli, working on his film. Eli asks him how he came up with his idea, and Jake admits to Eli that he was high on marijuana when he made his film. Eli tells Jake he's desperate and accepts Jake's offer. They are later seen at Clare and Jake's house, where Eli works on his film while they are both high.

Jake reveals to Marisol that Mo has Diabetes.

In Building A Mystery (2), he is the star of Eli's film project and excitedly watches when it is presented. He is the only person in the class to be enthusiastic about the film.

In Doll Parts (1), he is seen with Katie and Mo when Marisol walks in revealing that her parents will allow them to go on vacation during spring break. He is excited and lets Katie fill out his health form.

In Doll Parts (2) , he is seen talking to Marisol about Mo's "drug" problem when he reveals to her that he has type 1 diabetes.

In Tonight, Tonight, Clare questions Jake about why Katie gets to stay at their house longer than Eli does because Helen and Glen have different rules about when visitors have to leave.  Jake tells her that Glen says it's okay for Katie to longer.  The next day, Clare goes to Jake and offers him a sandwich and starts to refer to him as "Jakie."  She then asks him he notices a double standard in their household when it comes to visitors.  Clare then asks Jake to have Eli over as his guest later that day because Glen and Helen are going out.  Jake goes along with the plan and it seems to make Clare happy.

Later, the plan fails because Glen had to work and Helen forces Clare to come to the crafts fair with her.  When Clare comes home, she walks in on Eli spraying Jake who is riding on roller skates.  She can tell that the two are high and sneaks Eli into her room.  After Helen catches Eli in Clare's room and finds the marijuana, Clare tells Helen that it's Jake's while he rolls past the room.   The next day at school, Clare asks Jake how much trouble he's in and if he has to go to rehab.  Jake tells her that his punishment is not to smoke weed again and Clare is still angry that there's still a double standard and decides there needs to be a family meeting.  

At the meeting, Clare tells Glen and Helen about how Jake can have Katie over whenever he wants and Eli can only stay for a limited time and how Jake can use the trunk when he wants and Clare can't.  Helen and Glen start to argue about each other's parenting styles and Clare decides to take the keys to the trunk and drives off to see Eli.

In Degrassi: Las Vegas, Katie and Jake chat about their spring break trip before kissing but stop when Maya and Campbell enter the room, Maya gives Katie a letter that says Katie got accepted to her dream school Stanford, she hugs Jake in excitement. Jake is later seen with Katie when her parents tell her they can't afford to send her to Stanford, Jake tries to cheer her up before pulling her into a hug. Katie, Jake, Marisol and Mo arrive at the airport to learn their fight was cancelled after Katie convinces the others to go to Las Vegas she hugs Jake. When Drew approaches and chats to them on the plane they get invited to Drew and Bianca's wedding. Jake gives Katie advice  on playing cards at the casino and they briefly hold hands and kiss. Katie lies to Jake to get out of hanging out with him, Marisol and Mo and kisses him on the check before bailing to spend the afternoon with another guy. Katie arrives at the wedding to find Marisol has told Jake the truth and they get into a fight and break-up. Later on the plane back home they can't even look at each other and Katie admits to Marisol that she lost a great guy in Jake but is going to focus on herself right now.
In Bitter Sweet Symphony (1)Jake is written about in Clare's diary and is seen a couple times when Eli is looking at him in jealousy, having read the diary entries about her past romantic feelings for him.

In Bitter Sweet Symphony (2), Jake and Eli get high together instead of going to Campbell's candlelight vigil, which Jake's excuse for not going was he didn't want to make things complicated for Katie. Jake tells Eli that if he hadn't found Campbell, then it probably would have been him. Then he asks if his garden will be haunted and Eli responds that he will be the one that's haunted by the visual of Campbell's body. They play video games together.

In Ray of Light (1) , Jake is first seen playing a video game with Eli and Mo, and when Mo mentions dead bodies in the game, Jake reminds him not to talk like that around Eli, who is still vulnerable from discovering Cam. Jake is then seen in the cafeteria, where Katie tries to make up with him. He is still angry with her and they remain on bad terms. Because Jake is single, Eli offers him and Mo to come to a secret party for a guy's night out. The trio go to the party, which is paint-themed, and Jake instantly gets into the paint and starts having fun.
In Ray of Light (2), he comes into the PTA meeting and sits next to Katie. She questions him why he is ignoring her in the hallways when she's tried to tell him about the meeting. He then tells her that Marisol told him about the meeting. He, Mo, Marisol, and Katie wait for Mr. Simpson to tell them whether or not the garden will be reopened. Katie is fed up and tears the barricade down and Jake, Marisol, and Mo help her. Mr. Simpson catches them and informs them that the PTA approved of the garden being reopened, but Jake, Mo, Katie, and Marisol all have a week's worth of morning detention. In detention, Jake expresses how happy he is that he gets the garden back and gives Katie a pamphlet for a job that involves coaching soccer, leaving Katie happy.

Jake accepting his diploma.

In The Time Of My Life , Jake is amazed that high school is really over. and he tells Mo that he isn't going to prom. He later arrives at prom after being paid by Marisol and spends time with Mo. Jake is then seen talking to Katie about their plans after graduation, and the two kiss, but tell Mo they're just friends after they're interrupted by him. He graduates along with his class, and agrees with Mo about locking down a "bromance" for the summer.


Season 14

In Can't Stop This Thing We Started when Audra Torres and Helen Martin were discussing Clare and Drew's unborn baby Helen mentions that the baby could stay in Jake's room.


Season 11

Season 12


Jake Martin Character

Jake Martin

Jake Martin can be described as a tall, skinny guy with light brown hair and green eyes. He often wears a red plaid jacket and dark blue jeans. He wears plaid classic shirts with t-shirts or polo shirts under them.


  • He is one of many present and former Degrassi students who don't go by their full name. The others being:
  • His name was originally supposed to be Noah Bradley, but the writers changed it to Jake Martin because Justin Kelly had already played a character named Noah in The Latest Buzz.
  • Jake was the second guy who Clare had a sensual dream about; the other two being Drew and Declan.
  • He was friends with benefits with Clare for some time until Clare found her parents' divorce papers about why they were fighting.
  • Jake is one of three guys to kiss Clare in his first episode. The first was Wesley, and the third was Liam.
  • His Twitter.
  • Jake and Clare are the first couple to date and be step-siblings at the same time.
  • Jake was the first guy to have more than one relationship with Clare. The second was Eli.
  • He is the second guy that Clare liked who kissed Alli, the first was K.C.
  • He was first dark red headed, but has recently been sporting brunette hair.
  • Jake is the first character since Emma Nelson to try to make Degrassi more environmentally friendly.
  • Jake, like his sister Clare, did not attend college after he graduated.
  • He never was the centre of a love triangle.
  • He is going to be mushroom picking in British Columbia during the summer.
  • He is left-handed.
  • Jake shares his first name with two former Degrassi actors Jake Epstein and Jake Goldsbie.
  • Jake shares similarities With Emma Nelson and Craig Manning.


  • (To Clare about Alli): "Hey, Clare. Who's your friend?" (first line)
  • "Ya!" (final line)
  • (To Clare): "Let's make out. I bet it would really make your ex jealous."
  • (To Clare): "And...scene."
  • (To Clare): "Just...shut up for a sec."

  • Jake: "What'd she think you'll do?"
    Clare: "...Homework."
  • (To Clare): "I didn't know I had an audience."
  • Jake: "I don't want to force you."
    Clare: "Oh. shut up!"

-- Should've Said No (1)

  • (To Clare about the python): "He is just jealous that I get to kiss you, and he doesn't."
  • Clare: "Maybe we should just stay friends."
    Jake: "I don't think that's gonna work."

-- Should've Said No (2)

  • (To Clare about the Drama work): "You know, I'm glad I finally found something I like doing at Degrassi. (he kisses her) You know... besides you."

-- Lose Yourself (1)

  • (To Clare about Eli): "He's weird! He wears eyeliner, and writes plays."

-- Lose Yourself (2)

  • (To Eli): "Stop messing with Clare's head. Haven't you put her through enough?"

-- Extraordinary Machine (1)

  • (To Clare about her laughing after Summer and Cash are arrested): "I'd slap you out of it, but unfortunately, my hands are ziplocked at the moment." (Laughs)

-- Not Ready To Make Nice (2)

  • (To Mo) "Get as in get, or get as in... get?"

-- Hollaback Girl (1)

  • (To Mo) "They look like strippers."

-- Hollaback Girl (2)

  • Jenna: "Okay, so if a guy doesn't bring up a past kiss, does it mean he's not interested?"
    Jake: "If he's interested, he'll kiss her again."
  • Clare: "Shouldn't said people talk first?"
    Jake: "No, no, no. No talking, he'll come to you. Does said guy favor the color black?"
    Clare: "Out!"

-- Come As You Are (1)

  • To Katie: "So, where do you want the 'za?"

--Walking On Broken Glass (1)

  • Jake: "You dropped something."
    Luke: "Huh?"
    Jake: "Recycling bin's right there."
    Luke: "So?"
    Jake: "So, put the can where it belongs."
  • Katie (to Luke): "Uh...I have a boyfriend,"
    Jake: "Boyfriend, you wish."
    Katie: "Oh, no, trust me, I do not. But as far as jerks go, you're ever so slightly less jerky than that jerk."
    Jake: "Thanks for noticing."

-- Say It Ain't So (1)

  • Jake: "Make a sock monkey for me!"
    Clare: "Yeah, shut up."
  • Jake: (high from marijuana) "Look at me. Look how fast I'm going. I'm like a race car."
    Eli "Jake! Jake come back they're coming man!"

-- Tonight, Tonight

  • Jake: "Whoo! Boys' night out!" (awkward silence) "...Or not"


Main article: Jake-Clare Relationship
Main article: Jake-Katie Relationship
  • Katie Matlin
    • First Relationship:
      • Start Up: Never Ever (2) (1216)
      • Broke Up: Degrassi: Las Vegas (1230)
        • Reason: Katie went to see another man with romantic intentions, to use him for money, while still with Jake.
    • Second Relationship:
      • Start Up: Before #Woke (DNC 309)
        • Note: Degrassi writers tweeted that Jake moved to California to be with Katie.


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