Lydia Martin was a student at Beacon Hills High School on the MTV series Teen Wolf.
Lydia is portrayed by Holland Roden.
Her paternal grandmother, Lorraine, was a banshee who never knew about her abilities which lead everyone to believe she was insane, but she and Lydia appeared to have a close relationship. She would read The Little Mermaid to Lydia and thought it was cute when her granddaughter wanted to be called Ariel.
Sometime after Lorraine was committed to Eichen House, young Lydia witnessed the aftermath of a treatment in which a doctor dilled into her grandmother's head. Her mother, Natalie Martin, was present and yelled at Lydia, Lorraine told the girl her that "they were coming".
Lydia's parents filed for divorce after the events of Season 2.
Lydia's character has developed quite a bit since she met Allison Argent, Scott McCall, and Stiles Stilinski. At first, Lydia was manipulative with her friends, using them whenever it suited her ambitions. She was, on the surface at least, shallow and spoiled but this turned out to be an elaborate act to hide the fact that she possesses a genius level IQ. She is well versed in chemistry and understands both classical and archaic Latin.
The ruse, along with her relationship with Jackson Whittemore, was part of a carefully orchestrated plan to maintain her popularity at Beacon Hills High School. However, she harbored real love for him that surfaced when they broke up. She showed true feelings for Jackson in order for him to be free of the Kanima and save his life.
As the supernatural elements began to close in, her carefully crafted façade began to fall apart. After being attacked at the winter formal by Peter Hale, she found herself haunted by her attacker and later possessed. This was all so that Peter could return from the dead should his death occur.
Jackson's abrupt move to London, England left Lydia emotionally numb. She returned to her "just on the surface" existence and took a number of lovers over the summer, expressing a "love them and leave them" philosophy.
When supernatural threats arose again, Lydia found herself drawn to gruesome murder scenes again and again. She learned she was a Banshee and decided to use her abilities for the greater good. With help from Peter, Meredith Walker and history from her grandmother, she mastered her abilities.
She fell in love again too. While she had entered into a purely physical relationship with Aiden to aid her friends in defeating the The Alpha Pack, she developed deeper feelings. She once again suffered genuine heartbreak when Aiden was killed.
Her feelings for Stiles developed over time. She, at first never noticed him, but she eventually built a strong, caring friendship with. When he is taken by the Ghost Riders, she is forced to look inside herself and discovers that she truly loves him.
When the Hunters return and the Anuk-Ite begins to gain power, she investigates for a way to defeat it while trying to avoid being one of Gerard's victims. When all is resolved, she and the rest of the pack decide to do all they can to take down the old man's protégé Tamora Monroe.
Lydia is one of the few characters for which we have an firmly established age.
In Season 4, Natalie Martin alluded to Lydia's upcoming 18th birthday as "a few weeks" away. It apparently passed off screen.
In Season 5, Lydia is confirmed to be 18 by Deputy Parrish.
Lydia starts having sex with a werewolf, finds out she is a Banshee and keeps finding herself at murder scenes.
Lydia figures out the recent disappearances connect with the Wild Hunt and the Ghost Riders. She is present as the riders take Stiles. She promises him she'll remember but appears to have forgotten him completely the next day. (Read More...)
Lydia notices a doctor sitting across from her in class, she confronts the woman, wondering who she is and why she's in the class. The doctor opens her mouth, emitting a high-pitched sound. Later, she begins to remember a name wondering "What the hell is a Stiles"? (Read More...)
Lydia spots an elderly woman inside Sheriff Stilinski's home. She excuses herself, following the woman down a hallway, Lydia calls to her, asking why she is there and what it is that she would like to tell her. (Read More...)
Lydia returns to Stilinski's home, hoping to find a relic that belonged to "Stiles," which the Ghost Riders may have left behind. She returns to the hallway where she last saw the elderly woman. (Read More...)
She is forced to pay a tow truck driver off in effort to prevent Stiles' jeep from being taken out the school parking lot. (Read More...)
Lydia meets a fellow Banshee in Canaan. She questions her on the current state of the town. Lenore knocks Lydia across the room, the two then engage in a Banshee scream-off as waves of power are radiated from their hands and propelled by the screams. (Read More...)
Lydia joins Stilinski in Stiles' bedroom. She tells him about her experience in Canaan, claiming that Stilinski is doing the same. Then she notices Stiles' lacrosse jersey hung on a chair, crying as she picks it up. (Read More...)
Lydia and Liam encounter a Ghost Rider as they make their way out the bunker. Liam surmises that the Ghost Rider fears Lydia as it lowers it's weapon, allowing them both to pass. (Read More...)
Due to her lack of supernatural healing, Lydia can't survive the cooling chamber, so she is put under regular hypnosis. There, she eventually remembers Stiles, causing a rift to form. (Read More...)
She finds Stiles and they passionately kiss and after getting him out of the rift. She also helps Stilinski save Stiles from the fake Claudia. (Read More...)
Lydia has a vision of giant spider webs. When she touches the web, she hears voices and the screams of people dying. She hears Halwyn say that they let something bad out of the Wild Hunt when they rescued Stiles. (Read More...)
With Brett missing, Lydia initiated a premonition that would hopefully lead her to him. During this premonition, she heard the school bell and footsteps. She then began furiously writing in Chinese. (Read More...)
Lydia calls Ms. Monroe to the principal's office to talk about coexistence between the natural and supernatural. She approaches Ms. Monore with the notion of a peace summit to stop the nearing war. (Read More...)
Lydia and Quinn discover that someone is jamming frequencies in the station so that they would be cut off from help. (Read More...)
Lydia and Argent take down the hunters in Gerard's army. She then uses her banshee scream to break down the steel door between her and Scott and Malia. (Read More...)
Lydia's premonition and her unique connection to Halwyn led her to the lair of a dead pack of werewolves known as The Primal. With one of the dead wolves missing their skin, she has to find the Anuk-Ite's other face. (Read More...)
Lydia and Malia break into the morgue to communicate with Halwyn. While unconscious, she finds him in Eichen House, and learns how to save him. (Read More...)
Lydia has vision of everyone dying and searches for Scott with Peter Hale's help to warn him. (Read More...)
Main Article - Banshee
Lydia is a Banshee. Peter Hale claims it was his attack on Lydia in Formality that was the spark that activated her innate abilities.
Lydia can emit a high pitch scream which can be used defensively as it harms peoples hearing. She can also sense when someone is dying by tuning into a supernatural frequency that only she can hear. Her grandmother, Lorraine Martin also had this ability.
- “Jackson is gonna perform tomorrow, but he’s not gonna be at his peak and I prefer my boyfriend at peak performance.” — Lydia to Scott in Second Chance at First Line.
- “What the hell is a Stiles?” — Lydia to her mother when he comes to see her in The Tell.
- “Nobody likes a loser.” — Lydia to Scott in Second Chance at First Line.
- “Never frown, because some one could be falling in love with your smile.” — Lydia to Allison in Formality.
- “A lot can happen in one night. ” — Lydia to Allison in Motel California.
- “Sweetheart, my last boyfriend was a homicidal lizard, so I think I can handle a werewolf.” — Lydia to Cora in Currents.
- “I'm something!” — Lydia to Jennifer Blake in The Girl Who Knew Too Much.
- “A genius, yes. A psychic, no.” — Lydia to Cora in Currents.
- “The other night, I helped save someone's life and that felt really good, but when I look at you, all I can think is how you helped kill Boyd. You're not just a bad boy, Aiden, you're a bad guy, and I don't want to be with the bad guys."” — Lydia to Aiden in Illuminated
- “I don't believe that. Not all monsters do monstrous things.” — Lydia to Meredith in Monstrous.
- “I'm in blue. Orange and blue: Not a good combination.” — Lydia to Stiles in Ice Pick