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"The world is full of sharks, Tris. Unless you can adapt, you're gonna get eaten alive."
— Owen explaining high school to Tristan.

Owen Milligan is a graduate of Degrassi Community School's Class of 2013. He was known around school for being on Degrassi's Football and Hockey team, but his rough-and-tough personality made him come off as a womanizer. After dating Anya MacPherson, he seems to have changed his ways and matured. He also appeared to be largely homophobic but after the coming out of his brother Tristan, he seems to have come to be more accepting. He is best friends with Bianca DeSousa and Mark Fitzgerald. He is friends with Mike Dallas, Drew Torres, Julian Williams, Jake Martin, Mo Mashkour, Chloe and Pauly Garcia. He disliked Holly J. Sinclair, Adam Torres, and Zane Park. He formerly had a heated conflict with Riley Stavros. He is also the older brother of Tristan Milligan. Owen was portrayed by Daniel Kelly.

Character History

Season 10

In 99 Problems (1), Owen is seen making fun of Zane in the weights room because he's gay. Owen is insulting him by saying that he's a little flower princess and that he'd rather go shopping than playing football any day. Zane snaps back at him, and Owen is surprised at how tough Zane actually is. Later on, Owen asks Riley if there's a problem with Drew, and they agree to help each other out and make Drew pay for all the blackmail he threatened Riley with.

Owen mocking Zane.

In 99 Problems (2), Owen helps Riley tie Drew to the flagpole and strip him of his clothing. They walk past him when the bell rings and laugh at him, giving each other a high five. A few moments later, Owen is seen standing next to Riley when they and the whole team get confronted by Drew's uptight mother. Owen is nervous because he was part of the reason why Drew was on the flagpole, but he stayed calm. Later on, Owen is seen getting his football uniform and playing in the first game.

In Better Off Alone (2), Owen starts a fight with K.C. When they start tackling each other, Drew is surprised at their fight, and Coach Armstrong tries to break up the fight between them.

In You Don't Know My Name (2), Owen thinks it is a stupid idea, but he teams up with K.C., Drew, and another football player to help Drew win Alli back. When it doesn't work he feels embarrassed himself and calls it stupid, then he laughs and leaves.

Owen helping Drew impress Alli.

In My Body Is A Cage (1), Fitz is seen walking down the hall with Owen when they run into Clare and Adam. Adam had just bumped into Clare, dropping his tampons all over the floor. Owen and Fitz tease Adam, but Adam shoves the tampons at Clare and she covers for him. They then walk away. Later, Owen and Fitz corner Adam in the washroom. They tell him they heard something from B (meaning Bianca) and attempt to force him to urinate in the urinal like a male. When Adam refuses, they realize what's going on and comment, "You really are a chick!" Owen then picks him up, carries him out of the washroom and throws him against the door. After Drew, Adam's step-brother, realizes what Fitz and Owen did to him, he goes outside looking for Fitz and Owen while Adam follows, trying to stop him. Drew says, "I heard you were messing with my brother," to which Fitz replies, "Last time we checked you had a sister." Drew then proceeds to push Fitz and the two fight. Owen holds back Adam while Fitz beats up Drew.

Drew attempts to impress Alli with the help of Owen.

In the episode Tears Dry On Their Own (1), Riley is in desperate need of someone to hang out with after school, but he doesn't feel that he's ready to hang with the football team yet, as he can't bear hearing them make gay jokes. After rejecting Owen's offer of hanging out with the guys in the breakroom to shoot some pool and checkout some chicks, Riley hears Owen's new nickname for Zane, "Rockette." Riley asks Zane what that is all about, and Zane tells him that it's a new gay nickname that Owen made up.

Owen expressing his displeasure working with Drew to impress Alli.

In Still Fighting It (1), Riley is still falling for Zane, and takes advice from Anya. In the locker room, Riley makes plans with Zane for after school, and when Owen walks in and starts making fun of Zane, Riley sort of chimes in too. Zane cancels the plans, and is mad at Riley. Later Riley tells the team that they'll have to all wear pink. Owen refuses and leaves, but the whole team supports it and Zane is happy. But, after practice, Zane and Riley see "Homo" written in shaving cream on Riley's locker, pissing Riley off.

In Still Fighting It (2), Riley confronts Owen outside of school, despite listening to Zane's instigation not to, and falcon punches Owen in his face. Owen gets pissed and tells him he's lucky that they're at school, and leaves, Riley is pissed and wipes the shaving cream "Riley Is A Fag" that Owen wrote the football bus.

Owen walks away after writing "Riley's a fag" on the school bus in shaving cream.

Riley enrages Owen

Later in the day, Riley picks up Zane's dropped apple, but instead of returning it, he gets more pressure from Zane. Zane tells him he doesn't understand that when you hurt a homophobe it makes them more homophobic. Riley agrees to stop, but doesn't, he threatens Owen again in the halls, against Zane's wishes. But, posts a sticky on Zane's locker, asking him to lunch, which Owen reads. At The Dot, Riley hears Zane's scream for help, and sees Owen and Fitz running away and laughing, Zane tells them that they jumped him and threw him in the dumpster. They get into another fight, and Zane leaves mad. At home, Riley tries to tell his mom he's gay, but it doesn't work out the way he wanted. Later on, Riley goes to the Bachelor Auction, and auctions $50 for Zane, and he wins. Drew confronts them, but Zane covers for Riley, they are all cool and Riley and Zane are now a couple.

Owen offers $50 to Alli in exchange for a hook up with him.

In All Falls Down (2), Owen is first seen in the background during Drew and Alli's fight. Later when Alli is in the hallway crying he shows up and asks if she's seen Bianca. She replies saying that she is probably hooking up with someone else's boyfriend. Owen sees that there is something wrong with the pretty girl and asks her what it is. She tells him about Drew and Owen replies saying that people would pay big money to hook up with a girl like her. When she asks how much he says a million dollars but he only has 50. They then decide to meet in the boiler room after he gets his wallet. Then, in the boiler room, he shows her the 50 dollars but she says this isn't about money. Owen seems excited by this and goes in to kiss her. She backs from him and asks if they want to talk. He replies saying that this isn't how it works and proceeds to kiss her. Alli gets a little angry and says don't touch me. Owen tells her that her boyfriend just cheated on her and that she's a tease and attempts to force himself on her. Then Drew comes into the scene telling Owen to stay away from her. They come face to face and look like they may begin a fight. Then Owen just leaves the room saying it's so not worth it. He is last seen, after the lockdown is announced, telling Audra Torres that Drew is in the boiler room, probably having oral sex.


In Chasing Pavements (1), Owen is taking a CPR class with Anya, and sexually harasses her - making her feel incredibly uncomfortable. Anya gets him thrown out, and he goes to apologize, even though he states she overreacted and making sexist remarks. Later, Owen admits to liking Anya, and she responds by saying she will never like him like that. He again sexually harasses her at The Dot, which she responds angrily too. He argues that plenty of girls would love to date him. She then addresses customers at The Dot by asking if they would also like to be touched by Owen, enraging and embarrassing him. He then leaves, disappointed.


In Chasing Pavements (2), Anya confesses to Chantay about Owen's apology and if she really did overreact. Later she talks to Coach Armstrong (although no dialogue is heard) and he seems to understand the situation. Owen comes into The Dot and thanks Anya for letting him back into CPR and asks for her number. She acknowledges his thanks but still shows no interest in him. Owen tries to hug her and smells her hair. She shoves him back and yells at him. He then asks, "What's wrong with you?" and tells her that any girl would want him to flirt with them. Anya then disproves him when she asks the girls at The Dot if they would want Owen to flirt with them and no one raises their hands. She then leaves a wronged Owen at The Dot.

Season 11


In What's My Age Again?, he teases Anya MacPherson about Dr. Chris. But after they don't work out, he finds Anya at her birthday party in Fiona's room crying and he tries to comfort her. Anya then kisses him, during her frustration and lack of judgement. The two lay down on the bed making out and have sex.

In Idioteque, Owen was confronted by Anya after his recent post on Facerange about him and Anya having sex. Later in the episode, Owen meets her at The Dot later on, telling her that he only did it to get her attention, as well as to admit that his feelings for her were true. After asking Anya out on a date, she says yes. This episode marks the start of their relationship.


In Paper Planes (1), Owen is with Anya at a club. When he offers to take her home, she turns him down, saying that she would then have to tell them that she didn't get into TU, where they thought she would live out her dreams. He introduces her to Bianca when she sits down by them with Pauly and Chloe. When Chloe offers them cocaine, Owen says that Anya doesn't want to. When asked if he'd ever done it, he says no, but that he wouldn't stop Anya from doing it if she wanted to. He is seen next at school after hockey practice, telling Anya that the interview with Mr Simpson might not be so bad. Later, he convinces Anya to call the admissions office to explain that the reason she's applying late was because she helped her mother through cancer. He is at Holly J.'s volleyball tournament with members of his hockey team. When Holly J. begins insulting him to Anya, he squirts her with water from his water bottle. Later, at the club with Anya, he tells her that he doesn't want her hanging out with Holly J. because 'she's trying to turn you against me.' After their fight, Anya goes back to dancing.

In Paper Planes (2), he is seen at the beginning of the episode about to go on his hockey tournament talking to Anya. They decide that they will talk about their relationship when he gets back.


In Should've Said No (1), he is seen playing dodge-ball in gym class and witnesses Drew's meltdown.

In Should've Said No (2), he and Julian are extreme fighting during Degrassi's Movie Night. The decide to teach Drew, and in twenty minutes Drew is able to beat Owen.

In Mr. Brightside (1), Owen is the lookout for the fight club and warns the other guys that Coach Armstrong is coming. Later, he is seen in class with Drew and Julian discussing Drew's fight with Mo. When they go back to train in the weight room, they discover that Mr. Simpson has put a lock on the room and supervision is now needed.

In Mr. Brightside (2), he, along with Julian, tell Drew about an underground MMA fight, after being shunned and being called a pretty boy by Owen. He goes there with Julian, but they both decide that it's too dangerous. Drew then shows up and challenges a man to a fight. When Drew gets knocked out, he runs into the cage with Julian to try and wake him up.

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In Extraordinary Machine (1), Anya apologizes for her actions in Paper Planes 1 & 2 and she invites him to a career fair she is going to with her mother. He tells Anya's mother that he plans to be a coach, which annoys Anya because she wanted her mother to think that she was not the only person without her future planned out. Later they are at Above The Dot playing pool. Anya and Owen fight because she couldn't find anything that interested her at the fair and because Owen got along with her mother. Anya leaves to do cocaine, and when she comes back high, she upsets Owen, who leaves.

In Don't Panic (2), he is seen in Ms. Oh's class.


In Take a Bow (1), Owen is in the weight room when Anya shows up. When he sees her struggling, he asks is she needs help. Anya agrees and Owen helps her train for the army. They also get back together in this episode.

In Dead and Gone (2), he attends prom with Anya and seems to enjoy himself. When Adam is shot and taken to the hospital, he looks shocked.

In Underneath It All (1), he attends Fiona's party with fellow seniors, and dares Fiona to chug tequila.

In Can't Tell Me Nothing (1), he gives his brother Tristan advice on breaking up a couple. While lifting weights together, he tells Tristan to tell Tori that he heard Zig calling her fat. Owen seemed sort of embarrassed to be seen with Tristan, however seemed to accept his homosexuality.


In Can't Tell Me Nothing (2), Owen notices his brother upset, and asks him what's wrong. Owen gives Tristan some more advice. He reveals he threatened kids not to make fun of Tristan when he did a play when they were little. He tells him to be himself or get eaten alive.

In Not Ready To Make Nice (1), he is at football tryouts with Mo, Conner, K.C. and Drew. Later, he is seen viewing the roster and jokes about Mo with Conner.

In Not Ready To Make Nice (2), Owen is seen in the locker room before the game. During the game, he is talking to Conner, wondering where Mo is until Mo finally shows up.

In Hollaback Girl (1), he is seen coming out the locker room when he witnesses Bianca walking over to Drew.

Season 12


In Come As You Are (1), he is shown to be a member of the Toronto Ice Hounds. He attends Drew's party, and records a drunk Drew during the party. He expresses concern for his friend when he blacks out.

In Come As You Are (2), he teases Maya about her chicken cutlet, but Maya throws her remaining one at the back of his head, telling him to keep it as it was the most action he would receive all year.


In Gives You Hell (1), he is first seen in the weight-room working out. He watches Tristan come in and sit next to him and asks what he wants. Tristan asks about Campbell and Owen says he's an all-star and also says he's not gay and he wouldn't be interested either way. Tristan angrily leaves, and he says he's trying to protect him. He is mortified in the cafeteria when Tristan tries to sit with Cam and them and the team laughs at him. He is later seen with the other Ice Hounds being cheered for during the sizzle reel. When the reel switches over to the video of Drew at the party, he is motioning for people to cut the video.

In Rusty Cage (1), he is seen with the Ice Hounds when they lose their match. Later on at practice, he criticizes the fact that Cam had lost them the match saying he's probably hiding. When Cam enters, he tells him he looks sick and watches him run to the trash can to throw up.

In Sabotage (1), he is seen in class partnered with Bianca when Drew sneaks in. He lets the two talk and is invited to Fiona's loft to study. When Drew is kicked out, he jokes that he'll keep Bianca company. That night he watches movies at the loft with the others. When he realizes what time it really is, he leaves without having studied at all.

Owen forcing Luke to admit where his brother is.

In Scream (2), he is seen talking to Dallas and Luke when Maya, Tori, and Zig come up. They tell him that Luke has Tristan's phone and he forces him to hand it over. When Luke lies to him about finding the phone, he physically slams him against the locker with threats to tell him where his brother is. Later on, he finds Tristan in a closet with the niners and helps convince him to get onstage telling him that he knows he loves him.


In I Want It That Way (2), Owen is surprised to see Tristan in the weight room and that Tristan lost 7 pounds from his diet. Owen tells him that losing weight that way is dangerous, and says to lose weight, he needs to do it the right way through eating right and exercise. The two proceed to work out on machines next to one another. Later, Tristan is in the hospital after having a minor heart attack, and he asks Owen if he is going to die. Owen asks him why he would do this to himself, and offers to help him set up a proper work out plan. He encourages Tristan to eat, but Tristan says the ice cream tastes like feet, to which Owen agrees after trying it.


In Karma Police (1), he is seen talking to Dallas when they enter the class. He notices that Dallas seems to have an interest in Alli and asks if he's into her because of how much time they spend together. He then tells Dallas he'll give him up as a partner so he and Alli can work together and encourages him to ask her out. Dallas tells Owen that Alli accepted and Owen seems very proud of him for asking her out.


In The Time Of My Life, Owen is seen drinking at the prom, with Dallas and Mo he mentions how last year he was with the hottest girl Anya, and how this year three not as pretty girls turned him down. While Marisol scolds Mo for missing their song and being drunk, Owen and Dallas cheer him on. He is later seen at graduation as he receives his diploma.


Season 13

In This Is How We Do It, Tristan mentions to Maya and Miles that Owen was on the Degrassi Basketball Team.

In You Oughta Know, Tristan claims that he got steroids from him, which he gives to Miles.

In Everything You've Done Wrong, Dallas mentions that he's more athletic, but not smarter than Tristan.


Season 10

Season 11

Season 12


  • When Owen was first introduced, he was homophobic. His first major storyline focused on this. When character Tristan, an out and proud gay male, was revealed to be his younger brother, Owen's homophobic nature virtually disappeared. Multiple scenes showed Owen offering support and advice dealing with Tristan's struggle to fit in due to his sexuality. This is an example of Retcon, in which a character is 'rewritten' for story purposes.
  • Owen helped Riley haze Drew in 99 Problems (2), although Riley was the only one who was punished for it.
  • Owen was the second character to almost rape somebody. The first was Jordan. The third was Anson.
  • Owen sexually harassed Anya multiple times during Chasing Pavements (1) and Chasing Pavements (2).
    • He later dated Anya in season 11.
  • He helped Fitz trap Adam in the bathroom and threw him against a glass door.
  • He once tried to force himself on Alli in the boiler room
  • Owen has bullied both of the Torres brothers.
  • Although still credited as a regular in Season 12, he only appeared in 10 episodes.
  • Owen, along with Zane, became a main character in the second half of Season 10, but they only appeared in 2 episodes.
  • Owen, like Riley, got kicked out of a lifeguard class (CPR), but Owen was eventually put back in.
  • Owen (At Anya's 18th birthday), Mia Jones (At Peter's House-Warming party), and J.T. Yorke (At Liberty's 17th birthday) all share the same line, "It's your party, you can cry if you want to."
  • Owen is the third hockey player on Degrassi. The first was Kendra Mason and the second was Dylan.
  • He has been sexist, transphobic and homophobic, though his positions on these issues have changed.
  • Owen didn't approve of Anya MacPherson doing cocaine.
  • He wants to become a coach.
  • Owen was a main antagonist in Season 10. While still often troublesome, the character softened dramatically by Season 12.
  • Owen shares similarities to former Degrassi student Jay Hogart. Interestingly, both of them were troublesome teens and had a bully-type sense of humor.
  • He blackmailed Anya into a date and it led to their dating.
  • Owen and Emma both share the same line, "You're pathetic."
  • He and Spinner both told the whole school that someone was/is gay. Owen wrote on the school bus 'Riley's a fag' in shaving cream. And Spinner wrote 'Marco's a fag' on the bathroom wall.
  • Owen seems to be getting along with Riley and Zane, which may mean he has gotten over his homophobia.
  • In Season 10, Owen was shown to be homophobic and transphobic, ironically his younger brother, Tristan is an openly gay male.
  • Owen and Spinner both threw a classmate into a dumpster with the assistance of a friend. Spinner and Jimmy threw Rick, Owen and his friend (name unknown) threw Zane.
  • Owen had shown interest in two girls that mean a lot to Sav Bhandari. He had sex with Anya (Sav's ex) and attempted to force himself on Alli (Sav's sister).
  • Owen may have lost his virginity to Anya in What's My Age Again? but this is never confirmed.
  • Though his brother Tristan is in a coma during Next Class, Owen doesn't visit him in the hospital, similar to when Darcy Edwards didn't visit her sister Clare when she had cancer, though Darcy was supposedly still in Africa.
  • Owen, along with sixteen other characters has sexually assaulted someone:


Main article: Owen-Anya Relationship


  • "Princess here bothering you?" (first line)
  • "Tell Her Baby, Tell Her!" (final line)
  • (To Riley) "Man, you're a whack job!"
  • Clare: "Silly me, always dropping my feminine hygiene products!"
    Owen: "Gross...."
  • "You want to turn us into all flamers?." -Owen to Riley, referring to pink practice shirts
  • "Practice shirts, ladies!"
  • "Oh they're fabulous! Did you borrow 'em from your sister?"
  • (To Riley) "Wanna pick that up for me? I'd do it, but then you might all get excited."
  • "I can't stand to see a pretty girl like you cry." -Owen to Alli
  • "I know some guys who would pay big bucks to hook up with a girl like you."
  • (To Alli) "You're a tease!"
  • Mrs. Torres: "Where's Drew?!"
    Owen: "Trying to have oral sex."
    Mrs. Torres: (shocked)
    Owen: (points) "Boiler Room."
  • Riley: "What do you think of the new kid?"
    Owen: "Drew? He's a cocky little bastard. Someone needs to remind him that he's just a rookie."
  • (To Anya) "You should really show more skin".
  • "I'd pay anything to be that dummy." to no one in particular while Anya is performing CPR on a practice doll.
  • (To Anya) "So you grind it with another dude in front of my face?"
  • (About Anya) "It kinda sucks, knowing the girl you're super into, is embarrassed to be with you."
  • Owen: "Now, about that date."
    Anya: *Smiles* "I am never going to hear the end of this."
  • Owen: " What, from your friends? They don't know anything about me."
  • "DUDE!"
  • (To Drew) "No, dude, not the newspaper chick." (sighs)
  • (To Anya) "What's that, you wanna go faster?"
  • "You're training for the army not the ice capades MacPherson, let's go!"
  • Owen: "Can you climb a 15 foot wall?"
    Anya: "No."
    Owen: "Can you do a 15k run in army gear?"
    Anya: "Not yet."
    Owen: "Then you don't have time for baby steps!"
  • "Good. Push-ups! Come on, let's go!"
  • Owen: "1, 2, 2!"
    Anya: "I hate you."
    Owen: "2!"
  • No, no, no on your toes like a man."
  • "The anticipation is killing me."
  • (To Anya) "Okay, well if you wanna quit, I've got better things I can be doing with my time I assure you."
  • "Cool, Freebie!" (About having sex with Alli)
  • (To Tristan): "The world is full of sharks, Tris. Unless you can adapt, you're gonna get eaten alive."
  • (To Tristan): "Not gay."
  • (To Tristan) "You know I love you bro."
  • -Takes shot of alcohol- "Anya, the hottest girl was my date last year. This year, three not as hot girls turned me down. Three."


Friendships Relationships Conflicts Attractions Love Triangles Siblings
Bianca-Owen Friendship Owen-Anya Relationship Holly J.-Owen Conflict Owen-Alli Attraction Owen-Tristan (Siblings)
Dallas-Owen Friendship Owen-Luke Conflict
Drew-Owen Friendship Riley-Owen Conflict
Owen-Fitz Friendship Zane-Owen Conflict
Owen-Julian Friendship
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