"If I gave up after every time I failed, I wouldn't even be walking."
Tristan Milligan is a graduate of Degrassi Community School from the Class of 2016. Tristan is out, proud, and had his eyes set on running the school. From school musicals and dance committees, to top of the Power Squad pyramid, he wanted it all.
Like his personality, his heart is big, which often finds himself searching for "Mr. Right." Tristan is currently best friends with Zoë Rivas, Maya Matlin and Tori Santamaria before her move. He is also friends with Winston Chu, Goldi Nahir, Jenna Middleton, Alli Bhandari, Grace Cardinal, Imogen Moreno, Dave Turner, Eli Goldsworthy, and Zig Novak. He also dated Miles Hollingsworth III. Additional friends include Campbell Saunders and Adam Torres before their deaths. Tristan has had conflicts with Hunter Hollingsworth and Maya Matlin. He is labelled as "The Boy Looking For Love." He was portrayed by Lyle Lettau.
In Dead and Gone (1), Tristan was in the same room with Bianca and Drew at the Grade 9 Orientation while they were arguing. Tristan interrupts them, demanding to know why he could not get on YouTube. He tested Bianca's patience and she informed him that just because he was new, that doesn't mean she won't stuff him into a locker, which seems to frighten Tristan. He was later seen attending a science class.
In Underneath It All, Tristan and his best friend Tori warn Maya Matlin that Zig Novak is bad news. He was assigned by Ms. Oh to play the French horn, which he did not seem happy to be about. He and Tori were seen watching Maya and Zig. Tristan tries to back up Tori and says she only commented 50 times on Zig's Facerange wall, as it sounds better than 100.
In Can't Tell Me Nothing (1), Tristan faces a dilemma concerning Tori picking to spend time with Zig over himself. In desperation, he approaches his brother, Owen in the weights room on how to break Tori and Zig up so that he can spend more time with Tori. Owen has no desire to allow the school to know that Tristan's his brother, and despite finding Tristan's dilemma pathetic, he eventually suggested that he tells Tori that Zig thinks that she's fat.
Later in the music room, Tristan lies to Tori about overhearing Zig calling Tori curvy to some of his friends at the skatepark. However, when Tori began to cry, Tristan admitted that he was lying in an attempt to sabotage their relationship. Tori becomes obviously furious with him for doing something like that. Tristan later creates two notes, one for Tori and one for Zig, both instructing the receiver to meet at the Dot at a specific time. When they both arrive, Tristan reveals that he created the notes.
They assemble at a table, and Tristan attempts to re-establish the friendship between him and Tori, and to establish one with Zig. He suggested that they put on a musical performance to the song that Tori and him wrote at Summer camp at the upcoming Degrassi Coffee House musical gala.
In Can't Tell Me Nothing (2), Zig doesn’t see a spot for him in Tristan and Tori’s two man cabaret show Half a Heart. Tori tries to convince Tristan that Zig doesn’t have to be in the performance with them, but Tristan wouldn’t hear it. He thought if Tori had to choose between her bff and bf, Zig would win. Zig tries to work with Tristan and suggests a rap. Unfortunately, Tristan saw this as an insult to his creative masterpiece. Zig tells Tristan that his song was campy and Tori admits that she thinks they should leave Half A Heart as a good memory from their summer camp performance.
Owen finds Tristan outside of the school crying, and waits for the coast to clear. Tristan explains the cause of his tears and Owen suggest that he skip the performance. Owen reminds Tristan that when Tristan was 7 he put on a play for the entire neighborhood. Owen admits that the standing ovation was a result of Owen’s verbal warning to beat the snot out of anyone who didn’t clap. Even with his brother ruining a great memory (but also showing that he cares), Tristan decides to forge ahead with Half a Heart.
While Tristan is onstage performing, someone threw food at him. Unable to watch her best friend booed, Tori runs on stage to complete the half of Tristan’s Half a heart song. Zig also joins them for his rap part. The trio received a standing ovation from the crowd.
In Smash Into You (2), Tristan shows up on the blind double date with Tori, Zig and a reluctant Adam. However, Adam tells them that while he is in the LGBT community, he is the "T" part, not the gay part. Tristan, humiliated, tells Tori he knew he should have never agreed to come along and walks off. She insists that she didn't know and follows after him.
Later, Adam talks with Tristan and says how what happened to him wasn't as bad as he thinks it is. Tristan doesn't believe him and Adam laments about his time in high school and how he was humiliated by the girl he liked and outed as transgender in the hallway and later slammed into a glass door by school bullies. Tristan realizes that his brother Owen was one of them, bringing up how he had been suspended for doing such a thing, and begins to apologize, but Adam shrugs it off. He manages to cheer him up.
During In the Cold, Cold Night (2), Tristan arrives at the winter concert, relieved when Maya's shows up and says she came to save them from humiliation. However, he is disappointed when seeing she is trying out fresh on a new instrument. He laughs, along with everyone else, at her attempt at the trumpet.
Season 12In Come As You Are (1), Tristan was first seen with Maya and Tori as they are excited about going shopping for new clothes. They all talk about their plans for the semester and Maya reveals she is joining a band, which he and Tori are excited for. When she asks for him to join also, he says that his schedule is full. When the hockey team makes fun of Maya's breasts without her knowing, he begins to tell her while Tori stops him. Later he is seen at the mall with Maya, Tori, and Zig, telling her that she doesn't need to worry about her body. When the girls talk about Maya needing bigger breasts he tells her that she is not getting a boob-job. Gives You Hell (1), he sits in French class with Maya. When their teacher tells Campbell that he needs a group, Tristan pinches Maya's arm, raising her hand and Campbell joins them. He is immediately infatuated with Campbell and makes it obvious, yet Campbell shrugs it off. Tristan meets Owen in the weight room who asks what he wants. He begins talking about Cam and Owen immediately says he's not gay and wouldn't be interested anyway which causes Tristan to angrily leave.
The next day, Maya asks if Cam requested him on FaceRange too. Tristan says that it's worse than he thought and says he made a bad impression. Maya says it'll all be ok and leaves, while Tristan discovers that Maya left her FaceRange logged in onto the computer and begins talking to Cam through it.
At lunch, Cam walks up to Tristan and Maya, asking if she'd like to borrow his Lost DVD. She is confused and Tristan improvises. When Cam leaves, he tells her he's been using her account and that it's been magical. She tells him to just go up and talk to him. Tristan takes his lunch to the table with Cam and his teammates and asks if there was room for him. The hockey team laughs as Cam says he's at the wrong table and Tristan walks back to Maya, upset. Later he is shown talking to Maya and Cam walks up and apologizes, giving Tristan hope and asking for Maya's password again.
In Gives You Hell (2), he continues to talk to Cam through Maya's FaceRange account in exchange for doing her French homework. Cam meets the two in French class and wishes Maya good luck in which Tristan states that they are both trying out for Romeo and Juliet. Maya "remembers" and glares at Tristan. Later that day, Tristan is seen auditioning with Tori. He performs and Eli says that they'll find something for him.
Later on, Tristan is seen looking at the cast listing to discover that his name is nowhere on the list. He messages Cam (still from Maya's account), saying that he didn't make it and that he is depressed. Cam bumps into him asking where Maya is and says he is so mad for her and that she should tell the director off. Tristan agrees and finds Eli to complain. Eli then tells Tristan that he wants him to be Juliet. Tristan asks that he's going to play a girl, and Eli tells him that the character's new name is "Jules." This leaves Tristan very excited that he is going to be in the lead for the school musical.
Later on in the day, accidentally tells Cam that he's the lead from Maya's account which he forgot to log out of. When Cam walks up to Maya and Tristan, not only does he congratulate Maya for making Juliet, but is also told by Maya that it's not her, and Tristan says it's him. Cam is confused and Tristan explains the whole situation, saying that now that everything is cleared up, they can all have a fresh start and be friends. Cam tells the two that they will never be friends and leaves Tristan upset with Maya saying that he'll come around.
In Got Your Money (1), Tristan meets Dave with Eli and reveals that he will be Dave's Juliet. At practice, he watches as Dave struggles to make it work and complains that they had been doing the same scene for an hour. He then goes on a granola break to let Eli and Dave talk. At a later practice, he watches Dave pretend to be 'gay' and gets offended. At another practice after that, he perfectly performs a musical number with no problems with Dave.
In Waterfalls (1), he was seen in class with Tori and Maya and listens to them talk about how Cam asked out Maya. Maya asks Tristan if he is ok with her going out with Cam since she was aware that Tristan previously had a crush on him. He then tells Maya that he has a new love for music and theatre and to "catch Cam as fast you can." Later, he was seen rehearsing for the musical with Tori.
In Waterfalls (2), he was seen in French class texting Maya with Tori about Maya's earlier date with Cam. When he reads about her embarrassing moment, the teachers takes his and Tori's phones, reads the conversation aloud, and makes them repeat it in French.
In Rusty Cage (1), he was seen in class with Cam, Maya, and Tori talking about karaoke night at Little Miss Steaks. He tried to convince Cam to come but was shrugged off like the others. At Little Miss Steaks that night he was seen watching Zig perform and later dances with Tori when Cam and Maya perform.
In Rusty Cage (2), he was seen watching the Ice Hounds game with Maya and also cheering for Cam. When Maya was worried about Cam's absence the next day, he told her there's probably a reason why and for her not to be jealous.
In Sabotage (1), he is seen rehearsing with Tori and Dave for Romeo and Jules. Once they go on break he tells them that there is a contest at the mall for a guest role on West Drive. All three of them agree to go and say that the role is theirs. He is later seen at the mall for the contest. You never see him audition but he has a number on so you know he did. It is announced that Dave is the winner and Dave offers to buy him, Tori and Zig pizza to celebrate.
In Sabotage (2), he is seen walking through the halls with Dave and Tori talking about Dave's upcoming role on West Drive. When Alli approaches them both him and Tori leave.
In Scream (1), he was seen trying on his outfit for Romeo and Jules and telling Eli that the outfits got mixed up. He was then practicing for the play with Dave and Tori and said that Dave and him will wing the kissing scene on opening night. Then he is talking to Tori about how he has never been kissed, and when Zig comes up and says that there still time for him to find someone before the play, Tori tells him Zig doesn't no how hard it is to be outed and Tristan tells her he's right and he has to find someone before the play to be his first kiss.
In the all way, he is watching people walk by, looking sad when he spots Fiona and Imogen. He watches them for a minute, and finally walks over when they are kissing. He asks Fiona when she started liking Imogen, how she knew she would go for a girl and Fiona and Imogen give him advice. Fiona says he is such a button and Fiona and Imogen lock arms with him while Fiona says he is cute, nice, and polite and that Dallas can learn from him and they all walk away. While practicing for the play, he falls and looks lost and tried to get back on stage, while trying to get his mask he touches Fabs hand and they share a moment. He later tells Tori and Maya about his moment with Fab.
In Scream (2), Tori asks if Maya and Zig know where Tristan is, because no one can find him. When Maya says 'Way to go Tris', Tori starts wondering if they're having the same conversation. Maya explains that Tristan got a note on his locker and a flower from his secret admirer and that he went meeting him. Tori is upset that Tristan risks to get late for the play to meet a guy he barely knows and she wants to get him out of there, but Zig says that this might means it's his first kiss and they shouldn't ruin it.
When Adam walks in class he asks if anyone have seen Tristan, but no one has. Then Becky starts wondering if it isn't her brother Luke who have something to do with Tristan's disappearance. When Tori, Maya and ZIg walk in the hallway they here Tristan's phone ringing in Luke's pocket, so they approach him, but he acts like he didn't hear a phone, so they tell Owen about Tristan's disappearance and he wants to help find his brother so he threatens Luke until he says where Tristan is.When they find Tristan he's really sad, because he's starting to realize that no one loves him, but then Tori tells him that he's in a room with four people who love him (Tori, Maya, Zig and Owen). To prove that he knows what love is, Tori kisses him. Now he has had his first kissed with his best friend and he can go on stage and kiss Dave. In shock from having his first kiss still, he quickly takes off.
He manages to get the show just in time, disappointing Becky Baker who was ready to replace the role (in male costume), and rocks the stage and kisses Dave. As he goes backstage with Tori, she tells him how the applause was for him. But he tells her it was for all of them. Fab then talks to both of them, telling them to prepare for the curtain call. He then pats Tristan on the shoulder, complimenting him on his performance. As he walks off, Tristan declares that being the best part of the night, jokingly telling Tori to hold him since he "can't feel his legs".
In I Want It That Way (1), Tristan, Tori, and Maya are all taking a yoga class together. Tristan expresses interest in Fab to the two girls. During yoga, Tristan has trouble doing the exercises, and Fab tells him about a modified position he could use that would be easier for him. This offends and upsets Tristan, as he thinks Fab called him fat.
Later, the three of them go shopping together. Tristan expresses his unhappiness with his weight, saying that Fab basically called him fat during yoga. He says that he wants love and thinks that maybe he isn't finding it because of his weight. Tori suggests that he goes on a diet, but Maya disapproves of her suggestion. Tori and Maya try to get him to try on a shirt to make him feel better, but he says that not even retail therapy could help him.
The next day, Tristan tells Tori and Maya that he plans to go on a cleanse diet. Maya protests the idea, but Tori decides to do the diet with him. Tori and Tristan vlog their cleanse diet online, trying to lose 7 pounds in a week, but Tori tries talking to Tristan one last time about how the diet might not be a good idea. He tells her that if he can't even like himself, then no one can, which convinces Tori to participate with him.
In I Want It That Way (2), Tristan succeeds in losing 7 pounds in 7 days and goes to talk to Fab about helping him with his yoga which he agrees to. However, as he begins to practice with Fab Tristan has a heart attack and is sent to the hospital. Owen goes to see him where Tristan asks if he is going to die, but is told it was a minor one.
Despite this, Owen scolds him for losing weight in such an unhealthy manner and he will show him how lose weight the right way. He then tells Tristan to eat the food given to him, but he says it tastes like feet. Owen doesn't believe him and tries it himself before saying, "Wow, you weren't kidding".
In Tonight, Tonight, he is seen in french watch Cam take his oral exam. After Cam passes, he claps for him. Tristan also seems to have recovered from his recent heart attack.
In Bitter Sweet Symphony (1), he and Tori walk by Maya and Cam and he makes a snide remark about Maya and Zig being on the same team for spirit week, remarking "How cute". He later warns Cam that Zig will do anything to steal Maya away from him.
In Bitter Sweet Symphony (2), he is seen grieving over Cam's death in the hallway, crying. Tori then joins him and wraps her arm around his and cries as well.
In Ray of Light (1), he is seen with Maya and Tori at lunch when Katie joins them. He and Tori welcome her and tell her that Maya will be performing at Little Miss Steaks that night. Katie asks if she can join them and they accept.
While Maya is performing, Tristan asks Katie if she broke up with Jake, or if Jake broke up with her. He is scolded at by Tori and Maya, but Katie responds by saying that she wanted to go to Stanford, but made a bad decision to do so, causing the relationship to end. Tristan and Tori seem shocked and give each other a look. When Maya is done, they all congratulate her and Maya tells them that a manager gave her his business card so she can perform there whenever she wants. Because of that, Katie flips the manager, believing him to have bad intentions for Maya. Her actions leave Tristan, Maya, and Tori shocked.
In Ray of Light (2), Tristan is seen in the video yearbook making faces with Tori.
In Karma Police (1), he watches Tori tell the class that she wishes she could go back in time and help Cam before he committed suicide. Tori is in tears and Tristan runs to her and comforts her. That annoys Zig and he tells her that she didn't even know him for that long. Tristan gets angry and reminds him of the time he cheated on Tori by kissing Maya. Then, he watches Zig tell the class that he wishes the assignment didn't exist and storm out of the room.
In Karma Police (2), Zig apologizes to Tristan, Tori, and Maya for his actions and Tristan forgives him.
In Zombie (1), Tristan is seen filming Eli's zombie film and appears to be the lead actor. The next day, Maya sees Tristan down the hall and walks toward him, but then trips into his arms because she's wearing high heels. Tristan asks why she can't wear sneakers instead and Maya tells him that she wants to change her look because she wants to meet cute boys. Tristan agrees to it and Maya asks him about Fab and he tells her that he's not into him anymore because he thinks Fashion Week is shallow. Then, they both receive an invitation to Drew's campaign party. Maya realizes that it's a senior party and cute boys go to them and they both agree to go. Tristan questions her on why she wants to meet boys so bad and she tells him that she doesn't have a boyfriend anymore, which makes Tristan very concerned.
When Maya's mother sees her raunchy outfit and finds out she's attending the party, she tells her she can't and Maya calls Tristan in front of her mom and tells him that she can't go, but then she leaves the room and tells him that they will be going to the party. They then arrive and seem awkward being there. Then, Maya goes and gets an alcoholic beverage and offers to Tristan and he rejects. Then, Tristan sees Dave and tells Maya he needs to say hi to him, leaving Maya mad.
Tristan then is seen hanging out with Dave and Drew and Dallas tell the two of them why they should vote for Drew. Zig arrives at the party and asks Tristan if Maya's okay, and he looks over at her while she's intoxicated and says she's fine and says she's had a few coolers.. When Zig offers to walk her home, Maya rejects him and Tristan tells him that he'll make sure she gets home safely. After Zig leaves, Maya drinks more coolers and goes crazy, leaving Tristan frustrated at Maya's behavior.
In Summertime, Tristan appears to have dyed his hair blond. Maya and Tristan begin to walk into Degrassi for their meeting about their trip to Paris this summer when Maya sees the new kid, Miles, gets distracted then walks into a board that Drew and Dallas were working on.
Tristan is excited that Maya would be his new BFF since Tori and her family moved away. They get into the classroom where the meeting is alongside many people such as Alli and Jenna.
Then suddenly, the new girl, Zoë who happens to be the star of the show West Drive, appears. Madame Jean-Aux introduces her and says that she will be joining the class going to Paris. Tristan is excited when Zoë tells him that the whole cast of West Drive watched his blog that he did with Tori. She also tells him that there is this concert that night and they should go. Then Maya tags along. Zoë, Tristan, and Maya are seen going to the concert together and Tristan and Zoë seem to be bonding. Zoë says that they don't have to wait in line since she is a star but only her and Tristan gets in because the security guard thinks that Maya is under 13 so she couldn't go in so she has to go out back.Later, Miles, Maya, Zoë, and Tristan are seen backstage when Tristan mentions that last year, Maya has two guys fight over her. Miles asks what happens but Maya quickly says nothing happened. Then Zoë makes a comment that if Maya ditched Tristan for some boy in Paris then she will be by Tristan's side. Maya then retorts by saying that Zoë's character is off West Drive. Tristan is shocked and says that can't be true. Zoë then stomps on Maya's foot making her spill her drink all over the sound board which stops the concert.
The four teenagers get in trouble and are sent to concert jail. Maya and Tristan talk and she says that he has been ditching her for the whole night. He says he was afraid that she was going to ditch him for Miles. She says that isn't going to happen and they wants to go home but doesn't have any money. Miles then walks over and gives her his credit card and tells her his pin. She thanks him and she and Tristan goes home.
The next day, Tristan and Maya are at the Dot having breakfast and when they get the bill, Maya takes out Miles' credit card and uses it. Then she says she should return it to him but Tristan thinks it is a bad idea. Maya says her mom already thinks she is a badass so she decided to why not be one. Tristan and Maya get on the bus to go to Paris and sit next to each other. Miles and Chewy get on and Miles assumes that he'll spend the summer with Maya and she tells him that she'll actually be spending it with Tristan. Tristan and Maya laugh after Zoë tells her that she doesn't want Miles and Maya involved with each other.
In All I Wanna Do, he arrives in Paris with Maya and they are both very excited. He sits in his room and appears to be roommates with Miles and Winston. He stares at Miles as he changes and Miles catches him and Tristan lies and says he was thinking about his "girlfriend", Maya. He later gives Maya flowers in front of their class and Maya pulls him away to tell him that Miles and Winston will accept him, but Tristan assumes that they won't feel comfortable with a gay roommate. Maya then kisses Tristan in front of everyone, grossing Tristan out.
Tristan later puts a sheet over his bed so Miles and Winston don't feel uncomfortable with him. Miles questions him about it and Tristan accuses him of bullying him for laughing at him earlier. Miles tries to tell him that they were only laughing because they knew he was gay and he was pretending to be straight. Tristan is still angered and walks out of the room.
When Tristan comes back, he finds the sheet gone and there's a mint on his pillow. He assumes that Miles is kicking him out of the room, but Miles removed the sheet because he is perfectly fine with Tristan as a roommate and is looking forward to spending time with him over the summer. Tristan is satisfied and they hug.
In My Own Worst Enemy, Tristan enters the hotel lobby with Miles. Tristan goes to talk to Maya, and he tells her that he is happy with how his Summer is going so far. Maya asks Tristan why he is all of a sudden friends with Miles when yesterday they were enemies and Tristan says that he has a crush on Miles. Maya says that she doesn't think that Miles is gay.
Zoë overhears, thinking that Tristan and Maya are talking about Winston, and Tristan tells Zoë that they were talking about Miles. Zoë tells Tristan that she wants to date Miles and that she shouldn't underestimate him. Madame enters and tells the students that she wants everyone to buy French food for the rest of the class to sample and that they should be in groups of two people. Miles agrees to be partners with Tristan, which Zoë is angered by.
Tristan and Miles go to a restaurant and Tristan orders food for them. Tristan says that the waitress is cute but Miles says that she's not his type. A hip hop song comes on and Tristan says that he likes the song. Miles says that he knows a dance to the song and Tristan is surprised that Miles is a dancer.
Miles tells him how he took a hip hop dance class because his sister was a tap dancer and he had to go to the dance studio with her anyway three nights a week. Tristan tells Miles to show him the dance but Miles says he doesn't remember. Miles explains that when his father found out he was in the dance class he made Miles withdraw from the class. Miles says that his dad doesn't get him and Tristan says that he understands and that he's sorry.
Miles thanks Tristan for being "easy to talk to" and Tristan kisses Miles. Tristan apologizes but Miles says it's alright and they proceed to go to find more food. He tells Maya that he kissed Miles and Maya asks if they are dating now. Tristan says he doesn't know and that he needs to ask Miles out first unless Miles asks him first. Tristan says all his dreams are coming true but they walk in on Zoë sitting on Miles' lap. Maya says that she can't believe it and Tristan, upset, leaves.
In About a Girl, Tristan and Maya are talking before class, and Tristan insists that he is sick and wants to skip. Maya knows he's lying, and Tristan reveals that he can't stand to see Miles and Zoë kissing all the time. Maya encourages him to attend class saying that "it's not like they're going to make out in class" only to walk into the classroom to see Miles and Zoë kissing against a desk. Tristan is upset and leaves the room.
Later on, Tristan walks into the room to see Maya with a bucket of water. Confused, he asks her what she's doing and she tells him that Miles and Zoë are sucking face outside and that she's going to douse them with water, much to his glee. Maya then pours the water off the balcony and goes back in the room. Maya and Tristan then hear a woman yelling in french, and go onto the balcony only to find that she poured water on their french teacher, who gives them both detention.
The detention consists of them scrubbing the school floor with sponges. Maya tries making fun of the scenario, but Tristan is upset. He gets and begins to leave, going to get some rubber gloves. He later walks in on Maya chewing Miles out for leading him on, causing to walk off in humiliation.
Maya enters Tristan's room to find him with the sheet up covering his bed. Maya says, "Special delivery. One best friend who's really, really sorry". Tristan ignores her. Maya insists how she never meant to spill his secret, and he asks her what she did. She said Miles accused her of being into him. Tristan pulls back the sheet and asks Maya if she does. Maya says no, and Tristan replies "But you still had to sell me out to prove your point?". Maya says that's not what happened, and Tristan tells her that it is. Maya insists that she can fix this. Tristan replies "No thanks. We're done" and pulls back the sheet. Maya asks him what that means, and Tristan says "I'm not going to sign for your best friend package. Return to sender". Maya, distraught, leaves.
In Cannonball, Tristan leaves early in order to walk around in Paris in thought. Maya spends the entire day and night looking for him, eventually turning to Miles for help. He is eventually found in front of a fast food restaurant for a meal. Maya comes up to him and again apologizes for selling him out to Miles. Having missed her, he accepts her apology on the condition they never fight over a boy again.
In class, Maya and Tristan are doing a presentation on the pillory as a form of public humiliation, and Maya suggests Miles try it out. Tristan jokingly asks if anyone has any rotten fruit to throw at Miles. When the bell rings, Maya and Tristan almost leave Miles stuck in the pillory. When Miles calls to be let out, Maya stays back and asks quietly why he was so nice to her the other day. Miles says she caught him on a good day. They stare at each other for a little bit before Zoë interrupts, telling Miles he promised to take her out to this fancy restaurant. Miles seems slightly reluctant. Maya lets him out of the pillory, but before he leaves the classroom following Zoë, Miles tells Maya he'll see her around with a smile.
In Honey, he is seen in class listening to Madame Criquet about going to a fancy French restaurant. He and Maya laugh and whisper to each other about how they're going to order their food. Then, Madame tells the class about the attire they need to wear and they aren't supposed to wear vulgar t-shirts. Tristan then convinces Maya to go on a fashion montage with him.
Tristan and Maya go on their fashion montage and are seeing trying on hats and posing. They go across the street and see a dress in the window. They both decide to go to dinner very dressed up to show up Zoë. When they arrive at dinner, Miles seems flattered by how Maya looks, which angers Zoë. Zoë then spills her drink on Maya's dress on purpose, angering everyone. Tristan then takes Maya into the bathroom to clean up. They come back and Miles informs them that he ended his relationship with Zoë because of how she treated Maya. Maya looks back at Zoë who looks very angry and in tears. The next day, everyone leaves Paris and Maya looks very tired. She kisses Madame goodbye and gets on the bus. She complains about leaving at 4am and rests her head on Tristan's shoulder to go to sleep. Tristan then tells her to sleep with one eye open because Zoë is starring back at them crying.
In This Is How We Do It, Tristan is seen in the assembly with Maya talking about Miles, Maya tells him she wants to focus on music, not boys causing Tristan to make a comment about her getting contacts. Later, Tristan is seen in class laughing with Maya when Miles walks in and is shocked to see Zoë. He then watches Zoë splash her drink on Mr. Perino and calls it her go to move. He is then seen walking in the hallway with Maya and Miles talking about music and basketball. Zoë approaches them and he watches Miles tell her off, and follows him and Maya.
In You Got Me, Tristan, Miles and Maya interrupt Zoë talking about Drew at the ticket table to purchase tickets for the dance. He is shocked when Zoë reveals she and Drew are together now. At the dance, Tristan is seen walking in with Maya, Miles and Winston.
In You Oughta Know, Tristan is seen during the basketball practice. Coach Armstrong says that results of the tryouts, including the staring lineup, will be sent in e-mails this afternoon. Miles tells Tristan he wants to be a starter, otherwise his dad won't be satisfied. Miles also invites Tristan to his home after school, and Tristan says it sounds good.
Later on, Tristan is seen walking into a classroom with Miles and Maya. Tristan displays about his basketball skills and Maya says she forgot about his tryouts. She also says that she never took him for an athlete. A moment later, she sees how Tristan stares at Miles and asks if they haven't establish that Miles doesn't play for Tristan's team. Tristan responds that he doesn't want a boyfriend, but a guy best friend. He also tells Maya that Miles invited him over after school. Maya responds that he invited her too, because it's a party. Tristan says that at least it's a start.
That same day, Tristan is seen at Miles' house with him and Winston. Tristan tells Miles that he loves his house. Suddenly, they both got e-mails from the basketball team. Miles says that they got in. Tristan is happy, but Miles says to screw this and leaves. Tristan asks Winston if he said something inappropriate, but Winston responds that when it comes to Miles, it's always unknown. Tristan goes after Miles and they sit by the pool. Miles is mad that only seniors are the starters and says that his dad will be pissed off. Tristan thinks that he'll be happy, because his son made the team, but Miles responds it's not his style. He also says that he needs something which will give him an edge. Tristan asks if he's talking about steroids.
A moment later, Tristan is talking to Maya about Miles' idea. He says that he told him not to do steroids, but he doesn't want to listen. Zoë approaches them and asks what are they talking about. When she finds out about the topic, she says that it's not a big deal. Tristan tells her it is and that he feels like Gatsby Garcia in one of "West Drive" episodes. Zoë then suggests Tristan to do the same as her character.
The next day, Tristan is seen in the changing room. He gives Miles a tiny bag of steroids and says he got them from his brother. Miles hugs Tristan and thanks him. He then wants to leave for the practice, but Tristan sits down on a bench. Miles asks him if he's coming and Tristan responds that he'll be right there.
In Everything You've Done Wrong, Tristan is seen cheering at the basketball practice after Miles' layup. Dallas approaches them and says that Miles did a great job, so he transferred him to the starting lineup. Miles thanks Tristan and says that he couldn't have done this without him. Tristan responds that he's very happy for Miles, especially because he doesn't have to take steroids anymore. Miles says that he can't stop now and the other guys wants them too. Tristan is shocked that Miles told everybody and says that he can't run around Degrassi and give out drugs like candy. Miles says that he didn't tell them who he got the steroids from and that he'll handle the distribution. He also says that he'll be the only one who will know that Tristan's involved. Tristan agrees but asks Miles to be quiet about this.
Later on, Tristan is seen by his locker pouring the pills from a package to a bag. Dallas sees him and says that they need to talk. He tells Tristan to stop giving the team steroids, because they'll fail the drug test. Tristan says that the drugs are fake and it's just vitamin D. Dallas asks him why he does it and Tristan responds that he needs to protect a friend. Dallas wonders what his friend will say, when he'll find out about steroids being vitamins by passing his drug test.
That same day, Tristan is seen approaching Miles. Miles asks him if he wants to skip class and get burritos instead, but Tristan responds that they need to talk first. Tristan says that Miles can't give the pills out, however Miles responds it's too late. Tristan then confesses that the steroids are just vitamins D what upsets Miles. Tristan tells him that he was worrying about him, but Miles responds that he doesn't need to worry. He also adds that he must have thought he's stupid and now the whole team will think that he's stupid as well, just like his dad and everyone else. Tristan offers to tell the team it was his idea, but Miles responds that he can't believe he lied to him and he thought they were friends. Tristan says that he is his friend, but Miles leaves. Maya then approaches Tristan and he says that he messed up. She can't believe that Tristan gave fake steroids to the whole team. Tristan asks her what he should do and Maya tells him to tell the team the truth. Tristan says it would humiliate Miles and he needs to do something without the whole team realizing they were taking fake drugs. Suddenly, he comes up with an idea.
Before the basketball practice, Tristan is in the changing room with the team and tells them that he's the supplier of the steroids they've been taking. He continues that they will need to pass the drug test, but he found pills that can flush the steroids from their bodies. He gives out the pills and says that he's no longer going to supply them with steroids. After everyone leaves, Miles asks Tristan what he has given to them and Tristan responds that vitamin B12. Miles says it's a clever move. Tristan apologizes to Miles, but he says that it was him who was acting crazy. Tristan says that he was worried and Miles responds he appreciate it and he's happy he made the starter all by himself. Dallas adds that he's impressed as Tristan is definitely smarter than his brother, Owen.
In Who Do You Think You Are, Tristan is briefly seen in a classroom, where Maya performs a song. He sees a jealous look in Zoë's eyes and makes a comment about it, but Zoë tells him he's deluded. After Maya finishes singing, Tristan and Zoë approach her and tell her she was amazing. When they're leaving the classroom, Zoë sees that Miles tries to ask Maya out, but Tristan tells her to leave them alone.
A moment later, Tristan asks Maya when the big date with Miles is, but Maya responds that she doesn't know, since she wants to focus on music and she's going to be too busy. Tristan thinks that she's just scared and Maya responds that she doesn't have the best luck with guys. Tristan comforts her that just because her first relationship ended tragically, doesn't mean she can't take risk with Miles. Maya tells him to be quiet, because she doesn't want Zoë to hear it. She says that she's not sure how Zoë feels about her dating Miles and it's another reason to focus on music. Suddenly, Zoë approaches them and Tristan tries to convince her that they were talking about Mr. Townsend and that Maya has a crush on him. Zoë changes the subject and tells Maya that she can help her with making her first music video and they might be able to use one of "West Drive" sets. Maya agrees as Tristan tells her to. She also asks Zoë what's in it for her and she responds that she wants to direct it.
Later on, Tristan is seen with Maya and Zoë on one of "West Drive" sets. The three talk about Maya's concept for the video, but Zoë says she has a better idea. When the lights switch, impressed Tristan says that it's Gatsby's room. Then, Oliver Dean joins them and Zoë says he will be Maya's partner in the video. Tristan is captivated while he introduces himself. Zoë then tells everyone her concept for the video which includes Maya being naked. Maya doesn't want to agree, but Zoë says she won't actually be naked and it will only look that way. Maya asks Tristan what does he think and he responds that lots of musicians have sexy videos. In the end, Maya agrees to Zoë's concept for the video.
Tristan is briefly seen during Maya's music video shooting. He's also seen during the presentation of it with Miles, Maya and Zoë. Tristan loves the music video, but Miles isn't impressed and leaves the room.
That same day, Tristan sits down next to Maya in a classroom and says he can't believe that someone set a mean Facerange page about her. He asks her if the naked photos are real, but Maya denies it. Tristan also asks how is she feeling, and Maya responds with "haters gonna hate." Their talk is interrupted by Mr. Townsend who asks Maya to present a project in front of the class. When everybody starts to laugh at Maya, Tristan watches sadly as she leaves the classroom.
In Barely Breathing, Tristan is briefly seen in a classroom while Maya performs a song about Zoë.
In Black or White, Tristan is seen during his drama class with Zoë. Mr. Townsend says that he prepared monologue assignments for everyone. Tristan wants to get the part of Hamlet, but Zoë makes fun of him, saying that if he gets the part of Hamlet, it would mean emphasizing on "ham." Tristan responds that Maya was right and Zoë is a bully. Then, Mr. Townsend approaches Tristan and says that he gets the part of Bottom from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Tristan is disappointed, but Mr. Townsend says that he's counting on Tristan to deliver a flamboyant performance.
Later that day, Tristan is in Maya's house and reads his monologue in front of Maya and Miles. He makes a donkey bray, what forces Maya and Miles to laugh. Tristan asks them not to laugh, but Maya responds that it's supposed to be funny. Tristan says that it's because Mr. Townsend thinks that the only thing Tristan can play is an ass. He also mentions how Townsend asked him to deliver a flamboyant performance, what Tristan finds as a code for "gay." Miles tells Tristan to give Townsend a piece of his mind, while Maya says that Tristan has to show Townsend that he deserves a dramatic role. Tristan thanks them for their advice.
Tristan decides to perform the part of Bottom during the rehearsal as a dramatic one, what Mr. Townsend doesn't appreciate. He says that the scene needs to be funny. When Tristan says he doesn't want it to be funny, Townsend responds that he'll then receive a zero on this assignment.
Later on, Tristan sits in a hallway, when Zoë comes by and sits down next to him. Zoë says that he may not like her right now because he's Maya's pet, but she has a piece of advice for him. Tristan asks if she always gives advice by insulting people and Zoë tells him to have fun failing the drama class, since he doesn't want to listen. Tristan decides to step down. Zoë's advice is to do the monologue as scripted, but Tristan doesn't want to agree. He says that he doesn't want to be the funny guy, the fool or the sidekick, and he wants to show the people that he can be a leading man. Zoë responds that what he is showing right now is that he can't do anything.
During the drama class, Tristan decides to perform a funny monologue. Everyone laughs and cheers when he finishes. Mr. Townsend says that Tristan's performance was delightful. The bell rings and Zoë approaches Tristan, saying that he was great. She also says that she wants to start a comedy troupe with Tristan in it. Tristan would like to join, but he says that Maya still hates Zoë. Zoë responds that she can keep a secret, but Tristan is hesitating if he's doing the right thing.
In Spiderwebs, Tristan is seen rehearsing with Zoë and Winston. Tristan breaks the scene and tells Zoë that he thinks it's juvenile, however Zoë responds that is the point, because she booked a performance for them during the Degrassi Family Feast. Tristan isn't excited and tells Zoë that he promised Maya to spend the next day with her. Zoë tells Tristan to invite Maya, but he responds that she's under house arrest and he didn't tell her that they're hanging out. Tristan says he can't lie to her anymore and Zoë tells him to pick a side.
Later that day, Tristan visits Maya at her home. She comes out of a fort made from sheets and says that she has the next day all planned out. Tristan tells Maya that he has to cancel their plans, but distraught Maya says that he can't since she will be all alone. Tristan tells her that his comedy troupe was invited to perform at the Family Feast. Maya wants him to come back after. Tristan also reveals that Zoë's with him in the troupe what really upsets Maya. Tristan says that he can skip the Family Feast if Maya wants him to, but in the end Maya gives him her blessing.
Before the performance, a person wearing a turkey suit approaches Tristan. It turns out to be Maya, what surprises Tristan. Suddenly, Zoë comes to Tristan and says that she can't believe the big day is finally there. She also asks if the person in the suit is Winston, but then Winston approaches the three and says that it's not him. Tristan says the person in the suit is just some lost kid and he quickly leaves with Maya. Maya says that Tristan and Zoë seem tight, but Tristan asks her to stop thinking about Zoë as they need to find her a hiding spot. Maya agrees but she also gives Tristan a pie which she wants him to throw at Zoë during the show. Tristan responds that Maya and Zoë deserve each other, because they both care about getting revenge more than about being his friend.
During the performance, Zoë sees Maya backstage and hugs Tristan to make her jealous. In the end, Tristan decides to throw the pie at Zoë's face, what amuses not only Maya, but also the kids in the audience.
Later on, Tristan meets up with Maya and Zoë in the resource center. Tristan says that all they care about is beating each other. He adds that Maya will always be his best friend, but now he gave her the revenge she needed, so he asks the girls for a truce, because he wants to be friends with both of them. Zoë says that she still doesn't like Maya and Maya says the same, but the girls decide to shake each other hands. Tristan hugs them and says that he thinks it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
In The World I Know, Tristan and Miles approach Maya at the cafeteria. They want to go for chicken wings, but Maya says that she has so much work to do, she won't have time for that. She also says that she's partnered with Zig in the Rubber Room, what makes her situation even worse. Miles asks who is he, and Tristan says Zig is Maya's ex, but Maya denies it and explains the whole story to Miles. Miles says he's not going to get jealous, however Tristan adds it's obvious that Zig is still in love with Maya. Maya responds that Tristan watches too many teen soaps, and then she tells them to leave, because she needs to finish her assignment.
In Better Man, Tristan works on Maya's makeover. She asks him if he knows what he's doing, but Tristan says he watched a YouTube video. When Miles approaches them, Tristan explains that Maya's paying Grace for a crazy list of Rubber Room dos and don'ts. Maya responds it's not crazy, but Tristan passes her telephone to Miles, so he can read it. After the makeover, Tristan asks Maya not to turn into a "weirdo in the back of a class." Also, the three is impressed by the effect of Maya's makeover.
In Unbelievable, Tristan is seen during the basketball practice. When Dallas throws a ball at Miles and he doesn't catch it, he explains that he's distracted, because Maya's still mad at him for throwing a party. Luke and Neil say the party was amazing, but Miles responds that apparently it's not Maya's cup of tea. Dallas tells him to apologize, while Neil tells him to buy Maya a gift, but Miles says that neither of these ideas worked. Then, Tristan says that they're amateurs and Miles needs a grand gesture. Everyone agrees to brainstorm and Tristan says it's the best basketball practice ever.
Later on, Tristan is briefly seen in the back during the 1st Annual Degrassi Sing-Off while Miles is performing his song for Maya. He is also seen in the changing room with the basketball team. He says that he would feel better if there would still be a pep rally, but Miles responds that he shouldn't care about it since someone on this team assaulted Zoë. After a short discussion, Miles decides to leave.
A moment later, Tristan is seen next to Frankie and Luke in the foyer. Zoë breaks down and pushes Luke on Tristan. When Luke and Miles start a fight, Tristan tries to break them up. Tristan is also seen in the background while Luke and Neil are being arrested.
When Zoë gets back to school, Tristan is waiting for her in the foyer with Maya, Miles, Drew and Dallas. Zoë asks what's going on and Tristan responds that they're there to walk her to class, sit with her at lunch and make sure that no one bugs her. Miles adds that they want her to know that she's not alone. Zoë then walks away for a second to thank Becky for what she did to her. When she comes back, the six goes happily to class.
In Close to Me, Tristan and Grace are at the dance and compliments her on her shoes. Grace thinks he is insulting her, but he says he is being nice and means it. He later talks to her again and asks if her facial piercings are real. She says they are and he asks if he can touch them, but she puts him in a lockhold and he backs off.
In Army of Me, Maya is comforting Tristan about his parents fighting, which caused him to stay up all night because he could overhear them yelling at each other. When their new teacher comes in, Tristan is shown to immediately develop a crush on him. Tristan is seeing Zoë talking to Mr. Yates.
In Everything Is Everything, he is seen in the hallway spinning around and Maya giving a "whoa" at Tristan's new dark and mature look. When he asks if Maya likes it, she says she needs to work on her sarcasm delivery. When he says how much he loves Grant's style, Maya asks who that is, causing Tristan to confirm it's their new teacher. When he says Grant basically called him his favorite student, she reminds him of how he needed to almost beg him into his playwriting society. Tristan tells her how she doesn't understand the connection between two like minded artists. When Maya warns him against becoming close with a teacher, he brings up how he believes two members of the opposite sex can't live together without impending drama. Maya gives a "zing" at his comeback and he excuses himself to go work on a character bio.
In Sparks Will Fly (1), Tristan is first seen with Maya putting the gift Miles gave her in his locker he says you really must hate the gift and she says it's super sweet and says that she is afraid if she sees him she'll crawl to him and take him back. Then he is seen again with Zoë and they are bumping into each other and Tristan helps her pick up her books and Tristan sees the book for the quiz team and he says Zoë no people will judge people like me. Zoë says that she doesn't think she nailed her audition so Tristan brings up and says why don't you bring up the assault and maybe they'll give you a second chance and she responds you think that will work? he says yes. so she gives it a shot.
In Sparks Will Fly (2), Tristan is seen protecting Maya from Miles by pushing Miles away from Maya and Tristan hugs Maya and tells her it will be ok and she says I can't go through this again while they are walking away from Miles.
In You Are Not Alone Tristan is seen with Zig and Maya at Maya's house where he comments on how Zig has changed and hints that Maya might have a crush on him, which Maya says she does not. Maya asks where the markers are and Tristan tells her that Zig had them, so Maya looks through his bag. When she finds his weed, Tristan is surprised to see Zig hasn't changed as much as he thought. He is later giving his audition for the panorama and stops mid-sentence to show his idea of anticipation.
In Enjoy the Silence, Tristan is seen talking to Winston about Frankie and telling Winston to tell Miles it was him who kissed Frankie. Then he is seen getting ready for the artsy night at school.
In Hypnotize, Tristan is seen auditioning for the fashion show and Mr. Yates comes in and compliments him on his performance. After class Tristan asks Mr. Yates if he could help him with writing banter for the fashion show. Mr. Yates replies that he has to be home to receive a package, so he invites Tristan to his apartment. Tristan arrives at Mr. Yates' apartment, and after short conversation he kisses Mr. Yates. Mr. Yates gets on top of Tristan and begins to undo Tristan's pants buckle, but Tristan stopped him and left because he got nervous. Tristan comes to ask Maya's advice, but only finds Zig. Since he has no one else to talk to, he asks Zig about his situation. Zig is unsure how to act, so they consult a magazine. The magazine convinces Tristan that he is ready for Grant Yates. In school, Tristan goes up to Mr. Yates and apologize for the events that occurred the night before. Mr. Yates says that it doesn't matter and the events need to stay between him and Tristan. Tristan agrees to keep it between just the two of them. Mr. Yates calls him immature due to running away and leaving after the kiss. Tristan later goes back to Mr. Yates' apartment and says he is mature enough and is ready to have sex. Mr. Yates then pulls Tristan into his apartment then the door shuts, ending the episode.
In Out of My Head, Maya is in the hallways as Tristan comes in happily singing. She brings up how he only sings at school when something "exceptional" happens. But Tristan blows it off, saying he is just happy. As he opens up his locker, she notices a note falling out and tries to grab it only to be beat by Tristan. He says it is just Becky about the fashion show, but she brings up how she can just text him. He takes off as she looks at him in confusion.
Later, in class, she overhears Zig teasing Tristan about meeting a mystery guy. She asks Tristan about it, who once again tries blowing it off. But she brings up the noticeable hickey on his neck as he sits down. Realizing he is with someone, she begins teasing him for details only to be snapped at to mind her own business. Stunned, she looks down in hurt and says she is happy as long as he is. Just then Mr. Yates comes into class late and fixing his shirt. She then notices the way Tristan is looking at him and puts it together - Mr. Yates is hooking up with Tristan. Shocked, she demands him to confirm it. After he does, she is disgusted because he is their teacher and taking advantage over him and insists he tell Simpson about it. However, Tristan insists they are in love and that Yates isn't like other teachers. Still completely against the relationship, she tries reasoning with him only for him to demand to keep it a secret otherwise she is "seriously dead to him". Quietly, she agrees.
At the end of the day, Maya is walking in the hallway reading a book when Tristan slams his locker hard and loud, getting her attention. He furiously demands to know how she could have reported his relationship to Simpson and do this to him. She calmly tells him that she didn't have a choice and was worried about him. He remarks if she was worried about him "being too happy". She says that she was worried because the nature of his relationship with Yates was wrong and illegal. He insists he and Yates are in love and because of her Yates has been suspended and going under investigation. He then insists how she has ruined his life. Maya tells him that it may feel like that now, but she has done all of this to protect him.
Tristan, throwing her book to the ground in anger, tells her that she doesn't need to protect him and that he knows what love is. He goes on that she has had epic romances and that he wants to have one as well. Maya answers how she wants him to have that as well, but not with a guy like Yates. In tears, he tells her how has had "a million guys in love with her", a perfect home life and everything so good for her. He just wanted this one thing and she had to go and take that away. Walking away, she follows him and says how much he means to her, but he swats her hands away and tells her that he never wants to speak to her or see her ever again. Shocked, she whispers, "What?" before he walks away and she breaks down in tears.
In Believe (1), Maya comes up to Tristan to warn him about the reporters wanting to hound Zoë outside the school regarding her trial case. However, he states how she is still dead to him and ignores her completely, bringing her to force him to talk to her. They begin arguing, causing Zoë to come up to see what is going on. Tristan goes to Zoë's trial and tries to make her feel better.
In Believe (2), Tristan talks to Zoë in the gym and Tristan was going to show her the video that the reporters are doing about her but Zoë says she wants to move on after Tristan shows her the video.
In Thunderstruck Tristan and Miles get in a bit of a confrontation while playing a game with Frankie and Winston by saying no one will ever love him. While Tristan standing outside by the pool, Miles comes to get him while the storm approaches. He apologizes and while avoiding being hit by a metal plate as they dive to the ground. Tristan joking says that if that were a Rom-Com they would be kissing, almost leading to that happening. Later while they play "Murder" Tristan compliments Miles, and Winston says Tristan wants Miles. Later when Miles finds Tristan they are alone and Tristan checks Miles for the weapon. While doing so as Miles comes toward him he says come any closer and I'll kiss you, Miles' response is "Go ahead." leading to a steamy kiss which is then interrupted by Winston.
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Tristan is walking up to the school with Zoë when the two of them see that Becky is looking for members for Power Cheer. Zoë approaches, saying that she'll look totally hot in the uniform. Tristan adds on with a "that makes two of us" and reached out for a flyer, but Becky insists that it's just for girls. He seems disappointed, but he walks off with Zoë without another word.
Later, he and Zoë skip into class, arms hooked together as she talks about how excited she is for the new term to start. Tristan asks her about "even for the school part" and she insists that she's just glad that all of the trial stuff is behind her. The two of them talk about how Zoë will be trying out for Power Cheer before Zig and Maya arrive. Zoë and Tristan both greet Zig, but while Tristan says hi to Zig, he ignores Maya. Tristan then receives a text from Miles, telling Tristan to meet him in the greenhouse. Tristan insists that he has to go, and Zoë says that it could only mean one thing. Maya says that it's him trying to ignore her, but Zoë continues by saying that he has a secret lover. Tristan replies to Zoë with an "I don't kiss and tell" before turning to Maya and agreeing with her statement before leaving the classroom.
Miles and Tristan are later shown making out in the greenhouse before Tristan pulls away, asking if they can talk. Miles allows the discussion, to which Tristan says that he doesn't mind having a secret relationship, but he wants to make sure that it isn't all about Maya. Miles insists that he doesn't care about her opinion, and Tristan continues by asking Miles about his dad. Miles jokingly replies with "mood killer" but proceeds to explain that things are good between him and his dad and that he even agreed to do a family photoshoot with his father in order to promote the man's campaign. Tristan asks Miles when it is, and Miles checks the time, realizing that it's in fifteen minutes and that he's going to be late. He runs out of the greenhouse, leaving behind a shocked Tristan.
The next day, Miles rushes over to Tristan, insisting that the two of them ditch the check ceremony. Tristan seems shocked and asks him about it. Miles says that his father and his "campaign stooges" would be there at any minute, and that he didn't want to be. Miles grabs Tristan's wrist and begins pulling him out of the room in a rush. The two of them are stopped by a reporter asking Miles to say a few words about his father. At first he's reluctant, but he eventually asks Tristan if he could wait for a moment before walking off with the reporter.
In Wise Up, Miles walks into a classroom and finds Zoë and Winston, asking them if they've seen Tristan. Zoë points out how Miles suddenly likes guys, and Miles replies with "just one" and asks if they know where he is. They tell Miles that Tristan doesn't want to see him after he outed their relationship in the newspaper and that everyone is teasing him to which Miles asks why. Tristan appears and says because they think he is just using Tristan to piss of his dad, Tristan tells Miles that he promised to keep their relationship a secret until they figured things out, and Miles tries to explain but Tristan tells him he doesn't want to talk to him right now. He says that he thought Miles actually liked him but he only manipulated Tristan. Miles is upset to hear this, insisting that he doesn't manipulate people and that he needs to speak to Tristan. The bell rings and Tristan goes to his seat. Zoë and Winston stand in front of Tristan's desk so Miles can't get to him, and Miles sees that he's beaten so he bails out of the classroom.
Miles arrives at school in his new black car, and he approaches Zoë, Maya and Tristan. Zoë asks him about the car, and he tells them that his dad got it for him and how they're in a "better place" now. He points out how his father would also like his "boyfriend" to come over for dinner and asks Tristan if he still has one. Tristan says that depends on if will a ride be provided in the car, and Miles replies with "if that's what it takes." Miles then smiles and walks up to Tristan, kissing him. Miles ask if he's forgiven, and Tristan points out how he's happy that Miles worked things out with his dad. Miles proceeds his arm around Tristan, and the two begin to walk towards the school together.Hush, Tristan is met by Miles in the hallway. Miles is wearing the uniform he was supposed to wear for their presentation. Tristan gives him the cold shoulder for ditching him for pot. Miles apologizes and asks for for forgiveness to which Tristan appears to give in. They arrange to meet up for lunch and prepare for the presentation. Later, instead of meeting for lunch, Tristan has miles meet him in an empty classroom where Winston, Frankie, and Hunter also await. Tristan reveals to Miles that it is an intervention and believe he is addicted to pot. Miles then yells at Tristan for not understanding him. When Miles begins to storm off, Tristan tells him he does understand him. Miles reassures him he doesn't and calls him pathetic, telling Tristan that despite his behavior towards him, he continues to come back for more. Before he leaves, he asks Tristan if he is truly desperate for someone to love him, bringing Tristan to tears. In Hero vs. Villain, Tristan tries to make up with Miles, but Miles is not interested. Tristan then decides that he should go above and beyond to win him back. Tristan arranges a sushi lunch, to try to get Miles to like him, and Miles reluctantly joins him. Tristan tells Winston that the lunch didn't go to well, and Winston tells him it's probably because Miles is still in love with Maya. Tristan later confronts Miles, telling him he's done with him because he still has feelings for Maya. He also tells Miles what a bad person he is.
In Watch Out Now, Tristan is seen several times in the hallway and in class with Zoë.
In Walking in My Shoes, Tristan is seen walking and talking with Zoë in the hallway until Ms. Pill confronts Zoë.
In Get It Together, Tristan is in gym class awaiting his dance partner assignment when he is then paired with Maya, his ex-best friend. He shows his distaste of this and as they attempt to do dance, they continue to mess up. He tells her she's ruining something else for him and walks off. Later, Maya confronts Tristan about her feelings for their friendship and Tristan finally expresses himself to her. He tells her he hates how she gets everything and he gets nothing. After expressing themselves, the two make up and become friends again.
In I Wanna Be Adored, Tristan tries out online dating and creates a Teendr account. Realizing his profile wasn't getting much attention, he adjusts it to fit what he believes others would like. Later, his profile catches the attention of someone. He and his suitor, Gage, schedule a date but Tristan then realizes he is nothing like his online profile. After hiking, Gage realizes that is none of Tristan's interests but reveals he feels the same way. Instead, the two decide to just hang out at The Dot instead of going bike riding. Gage then tells Tristan he'd like to see him again.
In the Degrassi movie Don't Look Back, Tristan records himself vlogging and narrates everything that happened in the episode so he can compete with Gloria Chin. During the summer, Tristan is attending summer school with Zoë. They plan to coast through the summer session until it's over. Later, Tristan is then seen on the beach with Zoë when Miles confronts her about them still meeting for the summer. At school, the class does a lesson in the woods and Tristan, Shay, Hunter, Grace, and Zoë talk about Gloria Chin going missing. Throughout the episode, Tristan can be seen talking to the camera. At the Hollingsworth house, Tristan is seated with Grace,and Hunter as they do their school work. When Zoë shows up holding Miles hand, everyone at the table, looks puzzled. Later, after Maya ends up going missing, Tristan is seen in the Hollingsworth living room with everyone gathered.In the closing moments of the episode, Tristan is once again seen talking to the camera and pictures a fantasy of him and Miles kissing. Although this didn't happen, he finished by narrating what did happen.
Degrassi: Next Class
In #BootyCall, Tristan is running for Student Council President and chooses Zoë as his campaign manager. As he is showing his excitement, Miles walks into the room. Tristan is annoyed and asks what Miles was doing there, noting Miles was supposed to be going to a boarding school. As Miles stands next to Zoë, Tristan pretends to be on his when Miles asks him if he's running. Tristan pretends he was unaware that Miles had said anything and Miles tells him may the better man win, to which Tristan agrees . Later, in the main lobby, Tristan is seen handing out his election posters with Zoë. He then calls for Hunter and Yael to come see and asks them what they'd like improved. After telling him, he tells them he'll strive to make it happen and quotes his slogan, "Your gay best friend". Hunter then notes to him that his slogan is a lot like his brothers, when a giant poster of Miles is then unfolded on the wall with the slogan "I play for all teams". Zoë then tells Tristan that they've been invited to a Campaign Party for Miles. At the party, Tristan asks Miles to talk and grabs Miles away. In a room, Tristan confronts Miles about his slogan. Miles tells Tristan his reasons for running and Tristan doesn't believe him. Miles tells Tristan that he believes Tristan's only running because he's not over him, to which Tristan disagrees.
Miles then says he's not over Tristan and kisses him. Tristan then returns the kiss. Before the debate, Tristan is shown to be all happy as Zoë meets up with him. He tells her about the kiss and that he felt a connection, to which she seems annoyed with. She tries to tell him that Miles is just toying with him, but Tristan isn't having it. When walking to the back of the stage, Tristan sees Miles with his hand around a grade 9 student, signing her arm. Later, Tristan, Goldi and Miles are debating and Tristan begins to become irritated at Miles' answers. An argument begins and after being told he's not being professional and no one would want a President like Miles, Tristan tells Miles no one would want a President who could not choose between boys and girls. In the girls bathroom, Tristan sits against the wall with Zoë and recounts the debate and how he ruined it for himself. Mr. Simpson then announces over the intercom that Miles won and Tristan was Vice President. Goldi walks in and tries to tell Tristan it's the girls' bathroom. After he ignores her, she tells him she was the only one to run a fair election and that he and Miles ruined everything. She then quips that Miles went over the budget, to which Tristan says she is right. Tristan is then seen in the hallway after Miles was disqualified from being President. Miles confronts him on telling on him and tells him that he will destroy Tristan. After, he tells Tristan he wasn't over him but that he is now, to which Tristan begins to cry.
In #NoFilter, Tristan is in English class and hears Miles' poem about him and tells him if wanted to president shouldn't have cheated. He is later seen in class with Zoë giving her advice on Grace. Tristan later tells Zoë that her presentation is morbid.
In #YesMeansYes, Tristan is seen looking excited about implementing the new Intrumurals, much to Hunter's dislike. Hunter later comes into Tristan's office and asks him if he'll allow gaming as an Intrumural. Tristan decides to take it to the council, and they're all for it. Tristan reveals the news to Hunter and seems excited.
In #NotOkay, Tristan is holding a Student Council meeting and is shocked to see Miles and Esme together. He asks Winston what's going on, and is disgusted to hear that they're together. Winston points out to Tristan that Vijay wants to go on a date with him. Later, Tristan is on a date with Vijay and tells him about how his last relationship ended. He talks about how he feels like he's the problem. Tristan seems happy that Vijay thinks so good of him. Later, Tristan talks to Zoë about Vijay and how excited he was about the date. Tristan says he sees himself in Vijay, when he was younger. Later, at Lola's Cantina, Tristan is waiting for Vijay with a rose, and sees Miles and Esme. He confronts them and is disgusted when they relate their relationship to siblings. Miles thinks it's funny how Tristan is dating Vijay. On the date, Tristan seems to be out of it and more interested in Miles. He realizes he still has feelings for Miles, and ends his relationship with Vijay, who causes a dramatic scene. At the bar, he and Zoë are talking about he's not over Miles. Zoë suggests that he just plays around more with online dating. He and Zoë watch Maya's band perform.
In #NotAllMen, Tristan talks to Zoë asking if she's fighting with her mom again, and notices her binging on Gilmore Girls. Tristan tells Zoë that his parents were pretty accepting of him, whereas Zoë's parents are more strict. Later, Tritsan tells Hunter and his friends that their club is being shut down because of mysogony. He seems shocked when Hunter yells at him. Tristan is then seen administering the meeting about the future of the gaming club. He, along with everyone else, seems shocked at Hunter's outburst. He is later seen comforting Goldi. He tells Hunter that the club has been completely discontinued, and tells Hunter that there's nothing he can do and it's a battle he can't win.
In #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin', Tristan is briefly seen talking to Zoë about her kiss with Grace and asks if they're dating.
In #TeamFollowBack, Tristan is seen making out with a boy, and gets some pain in his groin. He tells the boy that he has to leave and texts Zoë telling her in emoji-language that his penis feels like it's on fire. Tristan worries that he has testicular cancer, but Zoë tells him that he probably doesn't. They go through his symptoms which include discharge from his penis. Zoë Internet-diagnoses him with chlamydia. He then confronts Miles, thinking he was the one who gave him chlamydia. Miles tells him that he's been checked and he doesn't have it. Tristan wonders how he got it, and has to go through all the boys he's been with. Zoë and him are later talking and she tells him that he probably needs to tell everyone he's been with, since it can spread. Tristan would rather keep it a secret, but Zoë suggests that he sends an anonymous email to all the guys he's hooked up with telling them that they might have chlamydia. Tristan is seen in the Student Council office, and Vijay storms in yelling at him for giving him an STI. Tristan tells Vijay to calm down saying it's "just chlamydia". Everyone laughs, and the rumor spreads throughout the school. Tristan is later seen walking in the hallway trying to shield his face, when Hunter comes up and starts teasing him. Miles confronts him and Tristan tells him to go away. Miles seems concerned, and Tristan reveals that it was a simply a UTI. Miles laughs, and they decide to go for some cranberry juice.
In #SinceWeBeinHonest, Tristan tells Miles to stop flirting with him. Miles asks him if he can help with the Snowball. Tristan tells him that he would rather have someone who's reliable to help out with the dance. Miles tells him that he's no longer talking to Esme, so he can count on him. Tristan later asks Miles if he'd want to grab lunch with him, but Miles decides to go with Esme. Later, Tristan is seen in the foyer telling Miles that he can't protect Esme, and that she needs to go see a doctor.
In #SorryNotSorry, Tristan is seen in the foyer asking Zoë why she's at school when she's so sick. Miles comes up to him, telling him that he heard the Snowball is going to be memorable. Tristan is angry that Miles didn't help out and Miles reveals that he'll be going to boarding school. Miles apologizes to Tristan for everything. Tristan is later seen in the lockdown when he leads students into the Student Council office. He gets a text from Miles saying that Hunter has a gun, and Tristan gets worried. He shushes Zig when he's uttering death threats to Hunter, as he's worried that Hunter might retaliate. Tristan gets a call from Miles, and gives the phone to Hunter. He is relieved to see that Miles was able to calm Hunter down. Later, Tristan is seen excitedly telling everyone that they can get back to the dance, and starts assigning jobs when he sees Miles. He talks to Miles and comments on how he was right about the Snowball being memorable. Miles says goodbye to Tristan, as he needs to help Hunter.
In #CheckYourPrivilege, he and Miles officially become a couple again after fighting over a parenting project. When Winston comments on how only Tristan seems to be doing the project Tristan tries to defend Miles, but realizes he's right and confronts Miles while he's playing basketball. He tells Miles he can't do this by himself, and that the doll represents their relationship. He then drops it in anger resulting in the baby starting to cry. Miles then takes it, and the next day they get their grade back and they have an A. Tristan asks Miles how he did it, and Miles says he took it to Hunter in the hospital, who found the restart button.
He tries to help set Zoë up with a girl when she asks if they can double date but she refuses saying, "I'm not gay," he rolls his eyes at her.
In #ThrowbackThursday, he at first is against Lola's protest but eventually gives in because he realizes he was in the wrong. He tries to make the Degrassi 60th Gala memorable and perfect.
In #RiseAndGrind, he and Miles have sex for the first time and it is revealed this was his first time having sex. He says "I love you" to Miles for the first time.
In #OMFG, he is on the bus that crashed on the way to the volleyball game.
- (To Bianca and Drew): "Hey! Bickersons! Why can't I get onto YouTube?" (first line) - Dead and Gone (1)
- (To Zoë): "Preach!" (final line) - #KThxBye
- Tristan: "I am here for grade 9 orientation and I have yet to be-"
Bianca: "Hey! Big red! Just because you're new here doesn't mean I won't stuff you in a locker!" - Dead and Gone (1)
- "I'm not changing. Not for you, not for anyone."
- (To Tori): "I walked by the skatepark, and I heard Zig tell some of his friends that he likes that you're a little bit...curvy..." - Can't Tell Me Nothing (1)
- Ms. Oh: "Tristan, right? We need more volunteers for the French horn."
Tristan: "Are you serious?" - Underneath It All
- (To Maya): "Zig Novak is not a friend." - Underneath It All
- (To Maya, on Tori commenting on Zig's Facerange): "It's better than 100..." - Underneath It All
- (To Owen): "We were gonna take over grade nine together. The Power Squad. The play. Everything..."
- (To Owen): "Tori's my bestie - I can't lose her and I'm not leaving until you tell me how to break them up!"
- (To Tori, on their music assignment)": You're a rational person who likes Adele, or you're a moron. Break time!"
- (To Tori): "Zig doesn't get a lot of things, like how not to talk beside people's backs..."
- (To Tori): "Cause you're spending all of your time with him! We're supposed to be best friends!"
- (To Tori and Zig at the Dot): "Tori...you're my best friend. Zig, you're a good guy...I'm sure..., but, I felt you were taking her away from me. I got jealous."
- "I say, we do 'Half-Hearted, Til I'm With You!"
Tori: "The song we wrote on Summer camp?"
Tristan: "And the one we did at your Uncle's wedding!" (Looks at Zig): "It killed. People cried.."
- "Looks like Zig has a rhyme to spit." - Can't Tell Me Nothing (2)
- Tristan: "My brother got suspended for throwing someone into a door..."
Adam: "Owen or Fitz?"
Tristan: "Owen... That was you... I'm so sorry." - Smash Into You (2)
- (To Adam): "P.S.... I never thought you were gay. Tor has terrible gaydar."
- (To Owen) "Go suck an egg!" - Gives You Hell (1)
- (To Maya): "Shut up. He's coming over! Oh god, shut up!"
- (To Eli) "Not a bit you magnificent bastard!" - Gives You Hell (2)
- (To Maya): "Are you unsane?!"
- (To Maya): "Don't be a nervous nelly!"
- Tristan: "Room for one more?"
Dallas: "Friend of yours, Cam?"
Cam: "-Smirks- I think you're at the wrong table." - Gives You Hell (1)
- (To Maya, singing): "I found a new love, music theatre is my man. You better go get Cam as fast as you can!" - Waterfalls (1)
- Tori: "Maybe some cute guy will see you in the play and fall madly in love."
Tristan (Sarcastically): "Great! After I've lost my lip virginity to some random guy in front of 200 people!"
- Maya: "How did you do?"
Tristan: "Not good. I got so nervous, I turned to run, tripped, and fell into a shrub."
Maya: "Oh my God, were you okay?"
Tristan. "Yeah. Sitting in that spruce gave me time to think."
- (To Maya): "You're a stick. I don't expect you to understand."
- "Everything will be sunshine and unicorns!"
- "If I don't like myself, how will anyone else like me?"
- "Fab pretty much said I was fat during our yoga sesh." - I Want It That Way (1)
- "Oh look. Maya and Zigmund are on the same team. How cute..."
- (To Maya about Fab) "He called Fashion Week shallow.. uhh that's the point granola cruncher!" - Zombie (1)
- (To Maya) "Uh. Watch out Taylor Swift!" - Doll Parts (2)
- (To Grant, about going further together): "I know you think I'm immature. But I'm not. I'm ready." - Hypnotize
- (To Maya): "Is that why you got contacts? So you could exchange flirty glances at your cello?"
- (To Miles): "You are a terrible person. You use and abuse people, and one day you're gonna wake up and realize you have nobody. And I am so happy that I won't be there for that sad, sad day. Because I am so done." - Hero vs. Villain
- (To Miles in Paris) "What's French for Éclair?" - My Own Worst Enemy
- (To Maya) "Oh no, back off my bf bitch."
- (To Zig about Miles) "Do you hear something Zigmund? Sounds like the buzz of an angry bee. You know the funny thing about bees? They offer you their sweet, sweet honey and then when you're least expecting it, they break your heart because they're still in love with some blonde hussy."
- (To Vijay) "Okay Vijay, calm down. It's just...chlamydia." - #TeamFollowBack
- (To Miles) "Okay" - #ImSleep
- (To Miles) "I think that we need to break up."
Miles: "No." - #GetYouAManThatCanDoBoth
- He shared a nickname with Hannah (Big Red).
- He was the first student from the Class of 2016 to be seen on-screen.
- He idolizes former student Holly J. Sinclair.
- Tristan played the French horn as a result of Ms. Oh foisting it upon him.
- Tristan is the second regular character to be out of the closet before his first episode. The first was Zane and the third was Jack.
- He and Tori host a Vlog (video-blog) about a show called West Drive called The West Drive Experience. The vlog is a nod to the real-world vlog The Degrassi Experience.
- His ringtone is the theme song from the show West Drive.
- He is an Adele and Lady Gaga fan.
- Although he's openly gay, his first kiss was with his best friend, Tori.
- Despite being openly gay, Tristan has kissed both of his former female best friends.
- Tristan is the youngest openly gay character Degrassi has ever featured.
- He is the second male main character to have a negative body image. The first was Toby.
- He is the first character in Degrassi history to suffer from a heart attack.
- Up until I Want It That Way (1), Tristan's portrayer, Lyle Lettau, had to wear a fat suit while playing him.
- Tristan is one of eight characters that have dealt with an eating disorder or negative body image (went through a strict cleanse diet which led to short term anorexia.) The other seven are Kathleen, Terri, Toby, Emma, Manny, Jenna and Katie.
- Tristan is the fourth homosexual character to have a crush on a heterosexual. The other four were Marco with Griffin, Riley with Peter, Fiona with Holly J. and Zoë with Grace.
- He dyed his hair platinum blond in Season 13.
- He is the second character to dye his hair platinum blond. The first was Spinner.
- Tristan is known to have a tragic love life and long list of crushes:
- His best friend Tori set him on a date with FTM transgender Adam, although Tristan had a feeling he wasn't gay.
- Then he had a crush on straight hockey player Cam, thinking he could get to know him first and then reveal his feelings, and used Maya's Facerange account to befriend him and become close.
- Next he had a crush on likely gay stage hand and yoga expert Fab, they flirted and went on one date but Tristan had a heart attack during it. Later he stopped pursuing Fab after he called Fashion Week shallow.
- He developed a crush on billionaire bad-boy Miles and even kissed him, believing that he was gay. However, it turned out that Miles didn't like him and was secretly interested in Tristan's best friend, Maya. The two end up getting together, but later break up in their senior year.
- His first relationship ended very rocky when Maya reported Grant Yates and their illegal relationship to Mr. Simpson, making him very upset and think that his only "perfect romance" was ruined, and now as a result of Maya revealing the relationship, Grant is now under investigation.
- Two of Tristan's former crushes Cam and Adam have passed away.
- He has a habit of pretending to be someone he's not in order to get with boys he has crushes on. He did this with both Cam and Miles.
- He is the second character to substitute vitamin pills for drugs. The first was Joey.
- Tristan is the seventh character to have a crush on a teacher. The other six were Melanie, J.T., Paige, Darcy, Dave, and Sav.
- Tristan is the fourth character that has been in a relationship with a teacher. The other three being Paige, Manny and Sav.
- Tristan is the first male character in Degrassi history to be canonically raped (statutory rape).
- Tristan, along with sixteen other characters were sexually assaulted (he was statutorily raped by Grant Yates).
- Zoë was sexually assaulted by Luke Baker and Neil Martin at a party, while she was drunk.
- Both Lucy and Susie were sexually harassed by Mr. Colby.
- Wheels was almost molested in a car by a random stranger while he was hitchhiking.
- Liz was molested by her mother's ex-boyfriend as a young girl.
- Emma was held captive by a pedophile in a hotel room and almost raped.
- Paige was raped by Dean at a party.
- Darcy was raped by a serial rapist who spiked teenage girls' drinks at a party.
- Jane was molested by her father as a child.
- K.C. was almost forced to have sex with a hooker hired by Coach Carson. Coach Carson also tried spying on K.C. and Jenna, and pressure K.C. into watching porn with him.
- Connor was almost molested in a car by his internet stalker.
- Bianca was blackmailed and forced into sex with Vince on numerous occasions and was almost raped by her ex-boyfriend Anson.
- Clare was sexually harassed by her former boss, Asher Shostak.
- Maya was sexually harassed and groped by Neil following being cyber bullied and slut shamed online.
- Winston was almost groped by Grant Yates.
- He is one of seven characters in the franchise who have been overweight, the others are:
- He and Spinner are the only two characters who have lost a significant amount of weight.
- He is the second character to be upgraded as a series regular after only one previous guest appearance, the first being Wesley and the third being Jack.
- The episode Don't Look Back was told from his point of view.
- He attended junior high with Tori and Zig.
- Tristan shares similarities with Marco Del Rossi.
- In #RiseAndGrind, he loses his virginity to Miles.
- He is the fourth main character to have been in a coma. The first was Shane McKay, the second was Terri MacGregor, and the third was Adam Torres.
- He is the third main character to use a wheelchair (the fifth character overall). Maya Goldberg, Jimmy Brooks, Trina Brooks, and Margaret Matlin all use wheelchairs. Like Jimmy and Trina, he is shown in physical therapy. It is expected that he will be able to fully walk again.
- He was granted an honorary diploma from Degrassi Community School after having missed most of his senior year due to being in the hospital and being in recovery from the bus crash.
- Main article: Tristan-Grant Relationship
- Grant Yates
- Main article: Miles-Tristan Relationship
- Miles Hollingsworth III
- First Relationship:
- Second Relationship:
- Start Up: #CheckYourPrivilege (DNC 203)
- Break Up: #GetYouAManThatCanDoBoth (DNC 408)
- Reason: Tristan didn't want to hold Miles back from going to the Writers Academy in London and he wanted to try and get better on his own.
- Note: In DNC season 4, episode 9, they do rekindle some sort of relationship. They attend "Prom" together and seen close to one another. However, it is not stated that they are officially dating again. They are at least friends, but may be more.
- Main article: Tristan-Vijay Relationship
- Vijay Maraj
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