Sex education features a great cast of full characters who have become loved by fans of the show. In season 3, the show further developed many of the established characters like Otis and Maeve, taking them down exciting and unexpected paths.
The season also intertwined a host of new characters with the existing cast, including director villain Hope and non-binary student Cal. While different people in the show’s world vary in sympathy, each of them is remarkably three-dimensional and layered. in their characterization, and each one has a main personality trait that stands out as the best.
Ruby is a stereotypical bad girl at the beginning of the series, but she reveals different sides of her personality over time, especially in season 3 when she develops a relationship with Otis and introduces him to her father. The season also shows that Ruby has some insecurities and vulnerabilities, but they don’t outweigh her confidence and self-assurance.
Despite her obvious reservations about her relationship with Otis, Ruby tells him that she loves him and that she maintains his trust even after he rejects her. Over the course of three seasons, Ruby grows into a three-dimensional character, and her fight with Hope in season 3 shows just how safe she truly is, as she seems to be unafraid of the consequences of facing her teacher.
Lily is quirky and unique, has a strong interest in aliens and is one of the best characters in Sex education. Although she is sometimes forced to question her individuality, she always seems happier when she is her true unfiltered self.
Lily is fun and funny for most of the first two seasons, but goes on a great journey in season 3. After Hope teases her for her story and publicly humiliates her, she becomes depressed and drastically alters her appearance. However, at the end of the season, Lily returns to her old self. Although her unusual beliefs sometimes lead people to insult her, Lily’s best trait is her individuality.
During her relationship with Otis, Ola lets her jealousy get the best of her and is particularly hostile towards Maeve. Both she and Otis act quite immature when forced to move in together, and there are times when Ola seems to belittle his girlfriend Lily’s beliefs. All that said, Ola shows on several occasions that she is a good listener and a faithful friend.
Although Adam is one of the more cautious characters on the show, he opens up to Ola and, in a memorable scene from season 3, confides in her about his relationship issues and identity. Many of the Moordale students have little time for Adam due to his past, but Ola does her best to be there for him and listen to his concerns.
While Aimee is one of the funniest characters in Sex education, is also extremely affectionate on various occasions. Aimee is an amazing friend to Maeve and is always there to advise and help her, even when Maeve doesn’t appreciate it.
Although Maeve is offended that Aimee pays the school trip for her, it is clear that Aimee does it to help her friend and because she did not want to be without her. Aimee is also supportive of Maeve’s love life and seems to secretly support her possible relationship with Otis. While it’s unclear why Aimee wants to break up with Steve, her struggle to do so and her anxiety about hurting his feelings further demonstrate just how caring she is.
Jackson appears to be a typical high school athlete at the beginning of the series, but viewers soon discover that there is much more to him than that. You are extremely motivated, but this often comes at the price of your mental health. The harder you try, the worse your anxiety becomes.
However, when things really matter, Jackson stands up for what is right and what he believes in. Eventually, he confronts his mother for pushing him too hard. Despite their close friendship, he calls Viv in season 3 about his alliance with Hope and his questionable treatment of Cal. Jackson also takes on Hope and loses his spot as director as a result, proving just how fundamental he is. actually.
At the beginning of the series, Adam is the bully of the school, he is dating Aimee and has a difficult relationship with his father. It soon becomes clear that Adam is attracted to Eric, whom he constantly bullies.
Adam’s tough exterior appears to be a defense mechanism that he uses to ward off other people and hide his own insecurities. Although it takes him some time, he eventually realizes his own past flaws and mistakes, and actively works to improve himself. In season 3, Adam seems to realize that he doesn’t communicate well and tries to change this to become a supportive boyfriend for Eric. These efforts make their eventual breakup even more concerning.
As a therapist, Jean is non-judgmental and significantly helpful to various characters throughout the three seasons. Although he sometimes embarrasses Otis, it is clear that he really wants to help and understand his son.
In season 3, Jean has some heartwarming scenes with Aimee when he helps her realize that her assault wasn’t her fault and that it’s okay that she changed as a result of her trauma. Jean is very compassionate and obviously cares about others, even when they are not particularly close to her. Although Jean appears prominently, she is one of the Sex education characters who deserved more screen time in season 3.
Maeve is heavily guarded and struggles to let people in, which is understandable considering her difficult upbringing. Despite her young age, she is independent and has to be self-sufficient as she is often abandoned by her mother and brother.
While going through many ups and downs, Maeve is able to bounce back from adversity and hold her head high. During the course of the series, Maeve has an abortion, calls her mother for social services, and is betrayed by various other characters. Yet for all her troubles, Maeve is one of the strongest and most resilient characters on the show.
Despite being judged often by others, including his own family, Eric is at times comfortable in his own skin and is not afraid to express himself. In fact, one of the main points of tension in his relationship with Adam is the latter’s struggle with his own identity. While this tension reveals a lack of understanding on Eric’s part, it also shows how important his identity is to him.
Even when faced with bigotry and ignorance, Eric remains relaxed and fun. He happily explores his own identity, is excited at the prospect of exploring his sexuality, and is refreshingly self-confident.
Asa Butterfield is one of the most popular cast members of Sex education, which isn’t surprising considering he plays the lead role, Otis. The character is often ashamed of her mother’s profession of sex therapist, but uses what she hears in her sessions. She sets up a sex clinic at school, and in the process, she can also get close to her crush, Maeve.
Otis can be selfish and cowardly at times, but remains determined to help others. He helps many students at school with their therapy sessions and also uses his skills to help himself in different ways. Season 3 suggested that Otis can use his self-taught skills to become a professional therapist in the future.