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|“||What? They think that these are gonna save someones' life? 'Suicide's not an option' . Yeah, you know what? Clearly it is an option, you know? Why don't they put up a poster that says 'Don't be a fucking dick to people'?||”|
|— to Clay about the anti-suicide posters, put up after Hannah's suicide, in "Tape 2, Side A"|
Alexander "Alex" Dean Standall is one of the main characters in 13 Reasons Why. Alex is a former student at Liberty High School. He is the younger brother of Peter Standall, the son of Carolyn and Bill Standall, the former best friend of Hannah Baker, the boyfriend of Charlie St. George, the ex-boyfriend of Jessica Davis, the ex-lover of Winston Williams, a member of F.M.L. and Bryce Walker's killer. He is portrayed by Miles Heizer.
In the first season, Alex moves to Evergreen County and makes friends with Hannah and Jessica and later, ends up becoming friends with the "popular" crowd in school. Wanting to fit in with the crowd he creates a "hot or not" list as a revenge for his breakup with Jessica. Throughout the season, he also feels guilty about his actions and goes as far as to attempt suicide.
In the second season, Alex is slowly recovering from his injuries and goes back to school together with Jessica. He has lost an entire month of memories. That was the time he spent listening to Hannah's tapes and discovered something that made him so tremendously guilty that he decided to kill himself. Throughout the season, he tries to piece together fragments of his past as it will help him uncover his role in Hannah's story.
In the third season, Alex, along with his friends, helps Tyler Down recover after Tyler's attempt at a school shooting. His relationship with Jessica becomes rocky after she broke up with him and went back to Justin. Alex has his own huge secrets that he tries to keep hidden until they get uncovered by new girl Ani Achola and Clay Jensen as they play detective in a murder case of one of their classmates.
In the fourth season, Alex has to deal with the aftermath of Bryce's murder while discovering a new side to his sexuality through relationships with Winston Williams and Charlie St. George. His rocky relationship with Jessica finally becomes stable as she accepts his sexuality, he confesses to murder to protect her from further hurt and they get into the same college. Alex is eventually able to move on with his life with the sheriff closing the investigation into Bryce's murder for good and Winston giving up due to his love for Alex after finally learning the truth.
Throughout the Series
Alex and Jessica began dating after being friends for a while but broke up because she refused to have sex with him. To get back at her, he created a "Hot List" where he awarded Hannah with "Best Ass" and Jessica with "Worst Ass." This worsens the relationship between Hannah and Jessica because Jessica, in turn, blames her breakup with Alex on Hannah.
Alex attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. This is revealed when the principal of Liberty High tells Mr. Porter that Alex shot himself in the head the night before and remains in critical condition at the hospital.
Despite the second season's cliffhanger, Alex is alive. Because he put a bullet through his head, he now has trouble using one of his arms and needs a cane to support him while walking. Unfortunately, he can't remember what happened before he shot himself, which means he doesn't remember what happened on the tapes, he seems to have been roughly told what each or some subjects did. He spends most of this season trying to remember because he's sure that he's forgotten something important. He even gets Clay to give him the tapes again so that he can re-listen to what he did to Hannah, but clay declines most of the time.
Alex begins having flashbacks after certain events and motions trigger his memory of the night he shot himself. After replaying a video game he was playing before shooting himself, Alex finally remembers he was at Bryce’s party the night Hannah was raped, in Bryce’s pool house with Montgomery playing the exact same video game. They heard Bryce rape Hannah outside but Montgomery watched as Bryce raped Hannah and Alex was too distracted with video games. While Alex wasn’t aware of what was happening outside, Montgomery witnessed the whole act but did not tell Alex. Alex was so guilt-ridden that he shot himself for realizing too late that his friend was raped and could have saved her.
Alex and Jessica officially get back together in "Bye", however when they go to the Spring Fling, Jessica is implied to have cheated on Alex by sleeping with Justin after reconnecting with him.
In the third season, Alex helped Tyler recover and cover up his attempted school shooting, along with the rest of the group. When Jessica broke up with him and went back to Justin, Alex became insecure and tried to build up muscles. A jock, Luke Holliday, encouraged him to try using steroids to get started up.
Alex bought his steroids from Bryce, who gave him discount. They did cocaine together and Bryce took Alex to a prostitute. Alex also joined Bryce when he went to break in and mess up his Dad's house. A kid appeared in the room and they realized they broke into the wrong house, and Bryce threatened him. This upset Alex, who told Bryce he's a horrible person and doesn't ever want to see him again.
Alex was one of the few non-athletes who joined the fight during the Homecoming game. After the game, Jessica called him up to join her to meet up with Bryce. They found Bryce heavily injured at the pier. After Bryce gave Jessica the tape and they wanted to leave, Bryce begged them to help him. When Alex helped him up, Bryce started accusing Jessica of setting him up and threatened Zach, which angered Alex. Alex told Bryce "You hurt everyone I've ever loved" and pushed him in the water so he drowned.
Alex and Jessica hid this from everyone else, but eventually innocent people were arrested for Bryce's murder and Alex planned to commit suicide and leave a confession note. Jessica confessed to Ani what happened, and the group blamed the deceased Monty for the murder to protect Alex.
A month after the events of season 3, Alex, Clay, Jessica, Ani, Tyler, Tony, and Charlie gathered for the first time since Bryce's murder case to welcome Justin home from rehab. Zach’s now been drinking heavily, showing up to the party drunk. After the party, the mood shifted as they discussed the guns upon Tyler’s leave. Doubt spread over the group, the question being, could they trust Tyler?
As Alex grew close to Zach Dempsey, following his suicide attempt and rehabilitation, trying to understand why his best friend had begun acting so reckless and weird lately, Alex agreed to walk on the ledge of building rooftops with him. When Alex almost fell from the roof, Zach caught him and while laughing, Alex took the chance and tried to kiss him. Zach immediately rejected Alex, explaining he was not into guys. After a little bit of awkwardness, Zach swore to Alex that he would always stay by his side, and their friendship grew even stronger.
When Winston moved to Liberty High, after spending some time together, despite Alex initially insisting he was not gay, Alex and Winston began dating and eventually ended up kissing in a bowling alley and then going to the Valentine's Day dance together. The two were also spotted by Ani and Clay making out onto the school’s field. They departed during the senior camping trip, shortly after learning about Winston's romantic past with Monty and the real intentions that led him to move to Liberty High.
At the “Find Your Drink” party, Alex was approached by Charlie St. George and the two automatically bonded watching “It's a Wonderful Life” and eating marijuana cookies made by Charlie.
During the school's active shooter drill, Alex experienced a panic attack resulting from his traumatic brain injury, but Charlie was able to keep him calm, revealing he even googled how to handle traumatic brain injury symptoms in the past, so he'd know how to care for him in a hypothetical future. Charlie came near him and gave him a long kiss on the lips. However, their kiss was cut short when they are interrupted by the arrival of Tony.
Due to his struggles in the past, Alex was initially hesitant to date Charlie. Alex's attempts to push Charlie away failed and they eventually reunited after the school’s riot, where Charlie was wounded, but recovered. They started dating properly and were accepted into each other's families. Charlie and Alex even went to the school’s prom together, overcoming Alex's diffidence, where they were crowned royalties. After winning prom king and king, Alex even confessed his feelings for Charlie, soon realizing Charlie really made him happy.
At Monet, Alex revealed the truth about Bryce’s murder to Winston. Winston chooses not to do anything with the information, stating that while he'd loved Monty, he also loved and still loves Alex too much to ruin his life.
Alex's Mistake (Reason #3)
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Alex is Hannah's third reason for why she committed suicide.
Shortly after becoming friends with Hannah and Jessica, Alex eventually drifted away and made a new group of friends, though he still remained friendly with Hannah. Alex eventually started dating Jessica, and because of this, both of them drifted away from Hannah as they wanted to hang out on their own
However, Jessica and Alex eventually hit a bump in their relationship when Jessica refused to have sex with Alex, which upset him and he then decided to break up with her, though Jessica remained oblivious to the reason why. Eventually, at school one day, Bryce and some of the other jocks created a "hot or not" list, and Alex decided to contribute and thus nominated Jessica with the worst ass and Hannah with the best ass in order to "piss" Jessica off due to her refusal to have sex with him during their relationship. This action ultimately led to Jessica confronting Hannah at Monet's because she thought Hannah made Alex break up with her, she insulted and slapped Hannah and it completely ruined their friendship. Alex's contribution to the list also led to Hannah being sexually harassed by Bryce and numerous others at school, all the while boosting his own popularity.
|“||I'm a fucking weak, pathetic loser who ruined the one good thing that I ever had because I wanted a fucking rapist to think I was just like him.||”|
|— Alex describing himself.[src]|
Alex, despite having a minor reason for being on the tapes, is greatly emphasized throughout the series. He is a bright, kind, and caring person who is willing to accept responsibility for his actions. However Alex is somewhat selfish as he deliberately helped make a list in order to get revenge against Jessica for refusing to have sex with him, and in the process destroyed Hannah's friendship with Jessica and completely humiliated her and led her to be sexually harassed by the jocks in the school. He even appeared to enjoy the popularity he received as a result of making the list and becoming liked by the more popular crowd. When she was alive, Alex appeared to show little remorse for what he did to Hannah and never attempted to rectify the situation between her and Jessica, nor did he apologize for the humiliation he caused her.
After Hannah's suicide, however, Alex is shown to be well aware that his actions are indeed part of what led to her suicide and is shown to be completely devastated over her death and hates himself for destroying his friendship with Hannah, her friendship with Jessica and his relationship with Jessica. Unlike a majority of the others on Hannah's list, Alex shows genuine remorse and is willing, to tell the truth about his actions and claims that Hannah was his friend and that they should not lie about her. While he helps to intimidate Clay once along with Zach and Justin, Alex tells the others on the list to leave Clay alone numerous times and does not agree with plans to silence him and claims that he and the others deserve what is coming to them. He is also disgusted at the group's willingness to hide the tapes and lie about their actions and to also suggest hiding behind Bryce in order to escape punishment for their actions and he claims that the one thing that is worse than being a rapist is hiding behind one. Despite his remorse, Alex still does not choose to expose the truth of Hannah's death to the public and maintains his loyalty to the others on Hannah's list possibly due to being afraid of reprisals by them.
As a result of Hannah's death, Alex is shown to be filled with complete rage as seen when he gets into a brutal fight with Montgomery and is shown to now be suicidal himself as he nearly drowns himself in Bryce's pool and later shoots himself in the head as a result of his immense guilt.
Alex is of average height, skinny and around 5 ft 10". His features consist of bleached blond hair, pale skin, bright blue eyes, and long eyelashes. He also wears a gold septum ring. His sense of style is very similar to Clay's, and he is often seen wearing jeans and a t-shirt with some sort of jacket. In the second season, Alex is recovering from an unsuccessful suicide attempt. He moves with a crutch, and his natural auburn hair has grown back. He also has a scar on his head after the surgery and isn't wearing his septum ring. He also has a tattoo of the head of an alien just below his elbow which is seen in "The Second Polaroid".
Alex's Attempted Suicide
Alex is shown to have a history of bullying and depression, and possibly being suicidal for a long time. He said that he was used as a 'punching bag' in the previous school, possibly for not being 'hypermasculine' and being assumed as 'gay'. In "The Little Girl", Justin says he used to defend him when Liberty kids called Alex homophobic slurs because of his 'gay' hair. In "The Third Polaroid", flashbacks to before Alex's suicide attempt showed him taking MDMA with a group of his friends, including Hannah, Clay, and Jeff. When they were coming down the next morning, Hannah asked what they believed was a rhetorical question if any of them ever just wanted to die, and Alex replied, "Every second of every day." This seemed to have been shrugged off as part of the depression caused by a drop in serotonin after taking MDMA and wasn't taken seriously. In "Nobody's Clean", Alex confesses to Clay and Ani that nothing in his life felt right even before he shot himself.
A few weeks after Hannah Baker's suicide, Alex attempts suicide because he feels guilty and his new friends have only made him miserable. (In the second season, it is revealed that he was a witness to Hannah's rape which played a major role in intensifying his guilt.) He takes his father's gun, who is an officer, and tries to put a bullet through his brain. The bullet ricochets and bounces through his head, to the ceiling and dents the wall. He is taken to the hospital, announced with a "gunshot wound to the head". We are not aware of who is in the ambulance being treated, but it is later revealed to be him. There are a few signs that point to Alex wanting to die.
- In "Tape 2, Side A", Alex takes down posters that say 'Suicide's not an option'. Later on, he is at Bryce's house, he becomes overwhelmed and throws himself carelessly and hopelessly into the pool. He sinks further into the water, hoping to drown himself.
- In "Tape 5, Side A", Justin asks Alex what they're going to do about Clay, they argue and Justin tells him that whatever Alex does will affect Justin too. Alex asks "So if I kill myself, you die too?".
- In "Tape 7, Side A", Alex starts to feel incredibly lonely and becomes suicidal.
Alex wants to attempt suicide for a second time in the third season, after the murder of Bryce Walker. He asks Tyler Down for a gun and writes a confession note in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead".
In the fourth season, he's completely over his suicidal tendencies, as he tells Winston that he regrets the decision hugely in "College Tour". He also tells his friends that he's happy to be alive in "Graduation".
|“||It makes sense. It always has been you and me.||”|
|— Alex to Jessica about how they've always been there for each other, in "Acceptance/Rejection"|
Their interactions in the first two seasons are written in chronological order- from before Hannah's death to after Hannah's death.
In the first season, Alex and Jessica become friends when Hannah and Jessica decide that he could be in their group, after making him take a test and getting a "good enough" from Hannah. Monet's become their "office" and they would go there when they have anything to talk about, for example, Alex's problems in Math, Jess's Dad being deployed again, and the photo of Hannah that was sent around. The motto of their friendship becomes "F.M.L. Forever". Jess perceives Alex as weird most of the time, especially when he reveals he is going through the drinks section on Monet's menu. Alex tells Jess he is "a searcher", she tells him that him calling himself "a searcher" is also weird.
They also go to Jess's house together and play 'Never Have I Ever', where Alex says that he's never kissed his best friend and Hannah, Alex and Jess end up kissing each other. However, Alex and Jess found out that they were attracted to each other. This group didn't stay so stuck together for long. On the tapes, Hannah says Alex stopped coming first, finding some other friends and trading up and then, a little later, Jess.
However, when Clay confronts Jess in Present Day, she says that Hannah was the first one to stop coming. On the tapes, Hannah says that they all went their separate ways, but, in a flashback, during lunch in school one day she sees Alex and Jess laughing and holding hands realizing that they are spending time together without her. Hannah is working at The Crestmont on a Wednesday, which Jess wasn't expecting. While talking to Hannah, Jess is joined by Alex (in the second season, while Jessica is under oath on the witness stand, Jessica saw Hannah working from afar and told Alex that she will go and get a ticket and he will wait a while and then come and get a ticket after she is gone, but he didn't and joined Jessica instead of coming after, "...but of course he didn't wait, he didn't get what it would feel like for a girl" Jessica states.) Hannah realizes that they are on a date.
Hannah charges Alex after allowing Jessica in for free. In the middle of the movie, Alex went out for popcorn and has an argument with Hannah. To save face, he lies to Jessica and says that Hannah is jealous and they should 'lay low'. Later, we learn that Jessica and Alex are fighting although we don't know what it's about. We later understand that it's about Alex breaking up with Jessica because she refused to have sex with him.
A few weeks later, Alex contributes to a list, that labels girls as having the best or worst body parts. Jessica is listed as having the worst ass by Alex and Hannah is listed as having the best by him. Jessica and Hannah meet at Monet's one last time. Hannah is unaware of her suspicions. Jessica confronts Hannah about the list that was made, with Alex's contributions. Jessica thinks it meant that Alex and Hannah had got together and that she was the reason for their break up and the contribution being made. Alex reveals to Clay in Present Day that the contribution was supposed to make Jessica mad but not at Hannah, he felt a lot of guilt about breaking up a friendship that he didn't mean to. Hannah tries to tell the truth but Jessica was so convinced that she sees it as lying and manipulation. The list destroys both Jessica and Hannah's relationship and Jessica and Alex's relationship. Jess refuses to speak to Alex although, he keeps trying. He tells her at the Winter Formal that he loves her after she tells him not to say it. He tells Clay that he will hang out around Jessica and piss her off until she loves him back again.
After Hannah's suicide, they are seen hanging out again. Even though they were still having disagreements, It's shown that Alex still loves her, and Jessica still cares for him a lot. After he gets beaten up by Monty, Jess is shown to be really upset. She also expresses her concerns to Justin, who gets mad. In the middle of a meeting, Alex gets a bad stomach ache. Jessica gets worked up and helps him sit down. She tries to comfort him, much to Justin's annoyance. She also defends him to Justin, saying, that Alex might be a pain in the ass at times, but he's a decent person who has never lied to her.
The night Justin becomes homeless, he goes to Alex's house to take shelter. A drunk Jess calls Justin. Realizing Jess is at Bryce's house, Alex and Justin go to pick her up. There, they find Jess playing poker with Zach, Bryce, Monty and some other guys. Jessica enthusiastically tells Alex to join, but Alex says that he hates poker. Jess doesn't listen and makes him sit in her own seat, sitting on Bryce's lap herself. Jess and Justin end up fighting. Zach tries to stop Justin but Alex tells Justin to tell her the truth, which he does. The next day, Alex tells the group at Monet's that Jess now knows that she was raped.
By the beginning of the second season, Alex and Jessica have reconciled their once damaged friendship and have supported each other over the five months they were away. When Alex's father tells him it's finally time for him to go back to school, he calls Jess as they had a pact that they'd go back to school together and asks if she's worried about having to see Bryce again. The next day, Jessica and Alex enters the school together, earning looks and whispers from the students. They jokingly argue about who the students are talking about and point out how differently they are affected by their trauma- Jessica is pretty and sad because all her scars are inside, and Alex has got a cane and a scar. Later, Alex asks Zach and Jess about her suicide note, only to learn that talking about suicide is now banned at school. He starts to lose his temper as Bryce welcomes them back, but Jessica stops him and says that it's gonna be a good day.
Alex and Jessica have lunch together, mostly talking about their traumas and how kids are treating them. Jess changes her hair before going to court, which Alex does not like. Jessica sarcastically tells him that she'd noted it. After they both receive threatening notes and Clay is ran off the road, Alex and Clay talk about Bryce with her. At her testimony, when she's asked who contributed her and Hannah's name in the list, she looks at Alex and answers after he nods in approval. After her testimony, Alex sticks around and asks her how he can help, but Jessica tells him to leave.
After Justin comes back in town and Chlöe invites her to Bryce's party, Jess skips school with Alex. They go to The Crestmont, but Alex starts getting flashbacks of Hannah and starts feeling guilty. Jess comforts him. They also go to see Olivia Baker and talk to her about their recovery and Hannah's case. They go to the docks afterwards. Jessica helps Alex to get in the water. They end up kissing, but Jessica freaks out and pushes him off. Alex starts apologizing but she tells him it's not his fault. She also tells him about Justin being back in town. They sit on a bench at the beach and talk about how Jessica feels after her rape. Later, Alex tells Zach that he couldn't feel anything physically during the kiss because of his paralysis, but he had hoped that kissing a real girl would change this.
After Justin comes to see Jess at school, Alex isn't happy about it but he doesn't say anything either. After the tapes are leaked, he tells Jess about it and proposes to skip school again. He goes to Clay's house to confront him but finds Justin instead. Justin and Alex talk about how Justin is still in love with Jess. After Clay comes home, he and Justin criticize him for hurting her.
On Alex's birthday, Jessica, Clay and Zach put a 'Happy Birthday Alex' poster up in the hallway. Alex becomes very happy and thanks him, but Bryce and Scott come and subtly make fun of him, which angers Alex and he lashes out, calling Bryce a 'fucking rapist'. Jess gets mad at him and leaves. Later, Alex comes to know that Jessica hasn't invited Tyler to the Birthday Party even though she was supposed to. At the arcade, Zach notices Jess and waves at her, and Alex gets up. He apologizes to Jess for the morning with a teddy bear and jokes about its cuteness after Jess tells him he didn't need to get her anything. Alex gets mad at Jess when she kicks Tyler out, and later has a full-on breakdown about his attempted suicide. Jessica gets cross at this and calls him out for leaving her behind, alone, when he was the only one she could trust. Alex understands and apologizes.
After Bryce lies in Court, Alex tells the group that they can't tell Jess because she'd be hurt but Clay insists on telling her, as they need Chloe. After Jessica talks Chlöe into testifying and Chlöe lies in Court, Alex reaches out for Jessica's hand and Jessica holds it. After the Polaroids are stolen and the group find that Monty does not have it anymore, Clay and Alex along with the others go to visit her and convince her to report Bryce. Alex assures him that they all believe her and will stand by her, and whenever she is ready, everyone else is too. He also jokes that he told Clay not to be cheesy, which he did not listen to. Jessica smiles with tears in her eyes and agrees.
Everyone escorts her to the Police Station and wait outside. After Jessica comes out, Alex tells her that he's really proud of her. She smiles and hugs him tightly. Later, they wait at Monet's together for the verdict. Alex keeps making noises with his spoon, but Jessica grabs his spoon and throws it away, holding his hand herself. They stare at each other. At the time of the verdict, they are seen sitting side by side. They attend Hannah's funeral together as they were both best friends of Hannah. Jessica reaches out for Alex's hand at the funeral.
They go to Monet's afterwards and talk about Hannah. Alex tells her that he felt that Jessica and Hannah were fearless and he was intimidated the first time he talked to them. They make their relationship official. Jessica says that Hannah would be happy to see them happy.The next day, they go to the Spring Fling together as a couple. They dance and kiss, and later join the group hug when Clay breaks down in the dance floor. However, she cheats on Alex with Justin afterwards.
In the third season, Jessica and the others meet up at Monet's, where she tells Justin that whatever happened between them the other night was a one-time thing that will never happen again, making it clear that she's not interested in continuing an affair with him and is staying with Alex. Justin keeps apologizing, which makes Jessica mad and she threatens to cut him. Alex comes up and asks why she is cutting him, to which Jessica awkwardly replies that Justin is evil. She says that Alex looks really cute and kisses him in front of Justin. Later, they both are seen when Clay makes plans to watch Tyler and they agree to carry out his plans.
Jessica starts to talk about misogyny and rape culture in student council meetings, and starts to be vocal against male sports. Alex is supportive towards her. After Jessica wins the election, Alex is very happy and he and Clay are the first ones to congratulate her. Jessica goes to see Bryce after the election, and tells Bryce that she knows Alex cares about her and treats her very well. However, Ani sees Alex and Jessica kissing at the hallway and after Alex is out of earshot, Jessica informs Ani that they are having awful sex and she thinks it's her fault but she doesn't think Alex notices. Ani teaches her how to masturbate. Jessica figures out that she's attracted to Justin and kisses Justin a few days later, cheating on Alex the second time.After they have sex, Alex tells Jessica that he loves her. In reply, Jessica tells him that she doesn't want to hurt him. Alex suggests that she should take a break, but she tells him that she need their relationship to be done because sex and being in a relationship are not working for her. Feeling hurt, Alex politely tells her to go. Lying next to him, Jessica wipes tears from her eyes.
Jessica tells Alex that she doesn't want to watch Tyler, so Alex decides to watch him instead and tells her that he misses her. Jessica seems annoyed, but Alex insists that they could still be friends. Justin enters the Crestmont. Realizing that Jessica and Justin are seeing each other, Alex gets mad and starts asking questions. Jessica and Justin both lie but Alex isn't sold. Jessica looks very hurt as he leaves. Later, Jessica goes to the Monet's to see Justin, but finds Alex asking her to sit with him. He jokingly asks if they can be the kind of friends who drink coffee, to which Jessica agrees. However, the conversation gets heated as Alex asks her why she chose Justin over him. When Jessica replies that she is attracted to Justin and he makes her feel safe, Alex bursts out, asking how a guy who let his best friend rape her makes her feel safe. He also accidentally spills beverage on her and apologizes, but Justin quickly comes and helps her clean up. Alex leaves with a rising temper.
At Homecoming, Alex jumps in to fight after Dean grabs Jessica. After the game, She calls Alex to come to meet Bryce at the Navy Pier with her after multiple failed attempts to call Justin. Arriving at the pier, they find a heavily injured Bryce due to being beaten up by Zach. Bryce gives her an apology tape and begs her and Alex to help him. Jessica tells Alex not to help him as he can get Zach in trouble. Alex refuses to listen to her and goes back to help. Bryce starts threatening Zach and Jessica, which angers Alex and reminds him that Bryce has hurt everyone he's ever loved. It ends up with him pushing Bryce into the water, causing him to drown. Jessica and Alex both helplessly watch him drown. When dropping Jessica off at her house, Alex tells Jessica he loves her. Jessica responds by saying he can't ever say that again and they have to stay apart.
The day they come to school after the murder, Jessica approaches Alex and tells him that cops took Clay in. Alex does not show much concern, which disgusts Jessica and she storms off. Zach asks Alex if he and Jessica were okay, to which Alex replies that they agreed to be friends. After it is announced that Bryce's dead body has been found, Alex reaches out to Jessica, asking how she's doing. She gets mad and tells him that everyone is looking at her like she did something. Alex insists that she didn't do anything, but she tells him not to say anything and walks away.
Alex seems upset at Jessica at class over Justin. She asks him with sadness that how long he is gonna be mad at her for. Alex replies he'd be mad at her for as long time as he was in love with her. when the gang meets up at the library to discuss Tyler and Jessica suspects him, Alex gets mad at her. Later, Alex tells Jess and Justin that the police are searching the lockers. After it is revealed that he's using steroids, Alex confesses to Ani and Clay that he's insecure of his body as Jessica has left him for a 'muscular' guy. In the meantime, Justin tells Jessica that Alex is using steroids.
After Ani tells Alex that Jessica told him that she was with Justin at the homecoming night, Alex gets mad at her since she's providing an allibi for Justin instead of him. He yells at her in front of the whole class, exposing her and Justin's relationship. Jessica tells him that it's the Steroids that have changed him and leaves the class. However, as upset she was, she does not participate in Justin's attempts to blame or insult Alex for anything. The next day, Alex apologizes to her for his behavior. He also gets into a fight with Justin over Justin's drug addiction and Jessica. Alex asks Justin if Jessica knows about his addiction. Justin accuses him of trying to cause problems between Jessica and him, but Alex replies that he's been dealing with Justin ruining her life for two years and that she deserves to know the truth.
After Clay gets arrested, Ani suspects Jessica is hiding something. Unbeknownst to Alex, Jessica finally confesses her and Alex's involvements in the murder. Ani, Justin, Jessica and the others make a plan to frame Monty. Tyler tells the group that Alex asked him for a gun, suspecting that he's about to attempt suicide again. After putting the plan into action, they send Clay to fill Alex in. Alex comes to the room with Clay but doesn't enter. Seeing him, Jessica gets up and runs for a hug. Alex hugs her back. Jessica looks peaceful finally being able to reach him. Alex looks at Justin and the others over her shoulder, showing that he's finally coming to accept Jessica and Justin's relationship . Later, they both hear to Bryce's tape together.
Jessica joins the Standalls for Thanksgiving dinner to show support for their newly mended friendship. Later, they go to Monet's together to celebrate Tyler's recovery. Jessica and Alex attend the photo exhibition together. After everyone went back inside, Jessica notices Alex is still at the exhibition and goes to check on him. There she sees him standing and crying, looking at a photo of Justin and Jessica's. Jessica tells him that she would always love him and that he is the best friend she'd ever had. Alex apologizes to her for everything but she told him not to. With tears in his eyes, Alex asks how they are gonna live with this, expressing his guilt about the murder and the cover-up. Jessica tells him that they are survivors. They shake hands saying "FML forever", and smile at each other.
At the beginning of the fourth season, Alex has stopped talking to her but they are still hanging out. They attend Justin's Welcome Back party together and later, discusses about Tyler and the murder cover-up. At their first day of second semester, Jessica asks Clay what Alex said about Tyler (as Alex's dad is the Deputy) but gets distracted before Clay could answer. At the morning of the college tour, Alex and Jessica start to freak out as the whole school find out a graffiti saying "MONTY WAS FRAMED". Alex swears in a low voice and asks her if she has any guess of who did it. Jessica replies that she has no clue. Zach comes up and laughs it off. Jessica and Alex are pissed but convinced that Zach wouldn't do something like this. Alex suspects it is Estela, but Jessica tells her that she joined HO and she knows what her brother was like. Alex insists that he was still her brother. They walk out of there together, looking tense.
At Valentines's Day, Jessica comes up to Alex at lunch and asks him out for the Love is Love Dance. Alex rejects her offer outright and sarcastically apologizes. Jessica pleads him to go at least as friends, but Alex calls her out for only speaking to him when she needs something. Jessica reminds him that he was the one who stopped talking to her. She also accuses Alex of completely 'dropping' her after Thanksgiving. Alex denies this and explains her that she reminds him of the murder and he freaks out, and that's why he stopped talking to her. Jessica understands this but insists that not talking to her is not the solution, and Alex agrees. However, he still doesn't agree to go to the Dance with her. Surprised, Jessica asks him if he already had a date, earning another snarky comment from him for undermining him. Alex asks her why she wants to go so bad, and she replies that it's because she's the President. He suggests she should go alone, but Jessica says that having their lives back is no good if they can't live. Alex agrees with this. Together, they sit silently for a while.
At the Camping Trip, Jessica approaches Alex to talk about the e-mail of the previous day. Alex says that Clay told him that his e-mail was hacked. Jessica doesn't buy this and tells him that they have to take control of this. Alex doesn't seem fond of this idea, as he thinks that that is exactly what the e-mail sender wants- to make them look crazy or guilty. Jessica reminds him that someone wants a confession and it needs to be made sure that they don't get it. After this conversation, they walk off to the woods together. Later, they partner up for the treasure hunt and listens to the instructions together.
They hear Clay scream in the woods. Jessica tells Alex that Diego promised her that they wouldn't mess with Clay. Alex is frustrated that she believes everything Diego tells her despite knowing that he misses Monty. She tells him that she's got him under her hook, but Alex isn't convinced. Jessica insists that she knows what she's doing and asks if Alex only wanted to partner with her to criticize her. Alex denies it. Jessica asks him then why he wasn't with his 'new best friend'. Alex rudely says that she doesn't care. Right then, Jessica gets a lot of maggots in her hand and starts screaming. Alex throws up and leaves despite she tells him not to. Later that night, Zach tells Jessica, Justin and Charlie about Alex and Winston. Jessica looks shocked at this new information that Alex is attracted to guys. At the campfire, she looks tense when Alex gets up to confess something, but later looks relieved as it is just a joke.
Alex, Jessica, Clay and Tony meet up at Monet's after the Find Your Drink Party gets cancelled. Jessica points out the group is not as close as it used to be. When the school goes onto lockdown, Alex texts Jessica but she does not reply. In Jessica's college interview, she talks about how two of her friends (Hannah and Alex) looked at their world one day and thought that nothing was ever gonna change, and took decisions in that one terrible moment that changed their lives forever, possibly referring to Hannah's suicide and Alex's decision to kill Bryce.
Jessica meets up with Alex at Monet's and tells him what Clay told her about the parents' meeting and that both of their parents were there. Alex gets tensed and tells her about what he heard when Sheriff Diaz told his dad that he wanted to reopen the case. Jessica starts to freak out and asks him why he hasn't said anything earlier. Alex suggests that they should call a meeting, but Jessica tells him that she has pissed off everyone in her life so this is the only meeting she can call, as no one except Alex has patience with her anymore. Alex thoughtfully says that it always has been the two of them. He then asks her what they should do. She replies that she doesn't know. Later, they arrive to School together and watch Diego get arrested.
After the Dean threatens to cancel Prom, the gang have a meeting where they agree to tell their parents the truth. Alex, Charlie and Clay arrive to prom. Jessica compliments them and says that they should get married and they look adorable. Alex says that she and Ani look amazing and they are going to win Prom Queens, but Jessica lets him know that the Football team decides the Prom Royalty so she's not going to win. After a while, Jessica and Alex sit together at the table before Zach joins them.
Hannah is Alex's former best friend.
Hannah first noticed Alex as he was stalking her and Jessica at Monet's. Jess offered that they can go ask Alex who he was checking out and also be his friend. They walk up to his table and makes him pass a 'test' before becoming friends. They talked about various problems of them and used 'FML Forever' as a code to indicate that they needed to talk. They started using the code after Justin Foley took an upskirt photo of Hannah and Bryce sent it to the whole school and Alex comforted Hannah saying that she doesn't have to talk about it if she doesn't want to.
They also went to Jessica's house to play Never Have I Ever' and kissed one another. However, Alex and Jessica's kiss was more heated and Hannah got a bit insecure. Alex started dating Jessica, which caused the trio (consisting of Hannah, Jessica, and Alex) to drift apart because of Alex and Jessica wanting to hang out on their own. This left Hannah to feel outcasted and left out. In their first date, Hannah tried to express that she was hurt and felt abandoned, but Alex grew mad at her and lied to Jess that Hannah was jealous and they should 'lay low' from her. Hannah and Alex went from being best friends to distant acquaintances, even after he and Jessica broke up.
After he and Jessica broke up, he contibuted to a list that labelled girls body parts as best or worst. He labelled Jessica as having the worst ass and Hannah as having the best ass—this, later on, was a thing that contributed to Hannah being sexually harrassed. Jessica assumed that Alex broke up with her because of Hannah making him, so she confronted Hannah and ultimately slapped her across her face. Their friendship then ended and Hannah felt more alone. Hannah went to confront Alex about the list, but ended up humiliating herself. Hannah believed that she lost Jessica and became a target of constant objectification and sexual harrassment because of Alex.
In the second season, he is shown in a flashback, discouraging Zach from asking out Hannah because 'Hannah Baker is a lot to handle'. It was revealed that at a party before summer, Alex and Hannah with Clay, Jeff, Sheri and Jeff's girlfriend, did drugs. When Hannah asked the group if they ever want to die, Alex expressed that he always did. Afterwards, on the night of Hannah's rape, Alex was playing games with Monty, they started to hear a girl moaning. Monty went to check through the window and told Alex that it was just Bryce having sex with "some chick" in his hottub, Alex believed him and told him that it "Must be a desperate slut at this hour". As Alex didn't check himself, he was unaware that what he was actually hearing was Hannah grunting in pain because she was being raped by Bryce in Bryce's hot tub.
Alex was Hannah's third reason as to why she killed herself. Alex was completely distraught and saddened by Hannah's death and felt and still feels immense guilt and regret for what he did to her. He also feels guilty for not being able to do anything to stop Bryce raping Hannah, although he wasn't aware. He goes as far as attempting to kill himself due to his part in her suicide and knowing that he could have stopped her rape if he knew. He even claims that his friendship with Hannah and Jessica is the one good thing he ever had and hates himself for sacrificing it in order to make a rapist (Bryce) like him. He's also the first one among the group after Hannah's death to own up to his mistakes. He attended Hannah's funeral with Jess and took part in burying Hannah's tapes. He and Jessica continued using the acronym 'FML Forever' that Hannah introduced.
Alex and Clay are friendly acquaintances who occasionally talk to each other but don't classify themselves as full-out friends. Alex often tries to defend Clay whenever Justin, Montgomery, and Bryce tease him and try to pressure him into doing things. Although he tries to defend Clay, Alex is almost always overruled by the other guys. At the end of the third season, Clay stops Alex and checks on him after he heard Alex asked Tyler for a gun.
Tyler is Alex's friend. At first, they didn't talk to each other that often, but when they do, it's usually Alex defending Tyler against people making fun of him. In return, we see that Tyler, while planning a school shooting, takes Alex off of his "hit list" at the very end of Season 1 as a result of Alex's kindness. In the second season, Alex and Tyler talk more to each other and Tyler gets along well with Alex's dad. After Alex shoots himself in the head, Tyler visits Alex in the hospital and takes pictures, which Alex later asks him to show. Alex invites him to his birthday party, but Tyler gets sent away by Zach and Jessica.
In the third season, it is shown that they're still friends. Alex protects Tyler from Monty and even threatens to hurt him if he ever talks to Tyler again, and it is shown in Tyler's goodbye video that Alex is the only person he says goodbye to, besides his parents. Tyler also helped Ani to cover Alex up, saying, that he would do anything for Alex.
Even though Alex never sees Justin as a real friend, Justin thinks Alex is a good guy and liked him until the tapes came out. He pretends to be Justin's friend but is actually miserable and wants out. When Clay asks him why he pretends to be friends with Justin, Alex tells Clay that it's easier that way. Alex is often manipulated by Justin and his friends for the rest of the first season until Justin came up with the idea to kill Clay and to adjust everything like suicide because of unhappy love. Justin tries to threaten Alex, reminding that whatever happens to them, it will happen to Alex, too. Alex asks if he kills himself, will they die, too. However, when Justin asks Alex to let him spend the night in his house, Alex lets him stay, after which they go to Bryce, for Jessica, and Alex pushes Justin to tell Jessica the truth about what happened at her party. In Season 2, Alex isn't happy with Justin because it seems like Jessica isn't over him yet. When he goes to Clay's house, he finds Justin laying on the bed, choking on his puke after shooting heroin. Alex uses all his strength to turn him over so he doesn't die. After Justin reports to the police about the rape, they shake hands without saying anything. In the third season, things become tense between them again after Jessica leaves Alex for Justin.
Their relation seems deepens in season 2. Zach looks after Alex and gives him occasional rides to and from the school after Alex's attempted suicide. At one point, Alex gets a boner when making physical contact with Zach after it not hasn't been working since his suicide attempt. Alex is the first person Zach confided in that he (to his belief) killed Bryce. Zach tells Alex that they should be the kind of friends who tell each other anything.
In the fourth season, Alex kisses Zach after Zach saves his life though he is rejected. Alex later brings up the kiss to the surprise of his boyfriend Charlie St. George, stating how safe he had felt at that moment.
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|“||Why don't they put up a poster that says 'Don't be a fucking dick to people'?||”|
|— Alex to Clay in Liberty Hallway[src]|
|“||I meant it to piss Jessica off. Because she wouldn't have sex with me.||”|
|— Alex revealing to Clay why he helped to make the list that humiliated both Jessica and Hannah.[src]|
|“||So not only did everyone think Hannah gave it up for me I took away her best friend. And who knows? If she had a friend, maybe...||”|
|— Alex expressing his regret over his actions.[src]|
|“||No, it's not. It's not okay. You want it to be okay because then you get off the hook, but you're losing your shit. You want to think whatever you did couldn't be why Hannah killed herself. But the truth is that I did, I killed Hannah Baker! And Justin killed Hannah Baker. And Jessica. And you. We all killed Hannah Baker.||”|
|— Alex to Clay.[src]|
|“||Do you wanna know what's worse than being a rapist? It's hiding behind one!||”|
|— Alex to the group, after Tyler suggests using Bryce as a scapegoat to minimize the damage on themselves.[src]|
|“||You want to get the story straight? We all know the story. Everything Hannah said on the tapes is true. You're gay. So what? Tyler, you're a stalker. Ryan, you're an arrogant asshole. Zach, you're just an entitled idiot who does cruel, stupid things even though you probably have a decent heart. And Sheri's a fucking coward who got a kid killed. (.....) No, Marcus. You'll do anything to keep up your perfect reputation. And, yeah, I'm a fucking weak, pathetic loser who ruined the one good thing that I ever had because I wanted a rapist to think I was just like him. Hannah was my friend. And we should tell the truth about her. Because I know that if I had still been friends with her if anyone of us had still been friends with her, she'd be alive today.||”|
|— Alex lashing out at the group after suggesting using Bryce as a scapegoat to escape punishment for their actions.[src]|
- Alex: "You look beautiful today."
- Jessica: "So do you."
- Alex: "I look damaged."
- Jessica: "It's a good look on you. See everybody's checking you out."
- Alex: "They're checking you out. You're pretty and sad. People love that."
- Jessica: "You have a cane and a scar. All my scars are inside. "
- Alex:: "We're definitely going to hell for joking about this."
- Jessica: "Alex, my friend, we're in hell already, I plan to look like I'm enjoying it."
- ― Alex and Jessica on why people are staring at them, after coming back to Liberty High for the first time.[src]
- Alex: "I meant to ask you guys about my note."
- Zach: "What note?"
- Alex: "My suicide note. [takes it out]"
- Zach: "Jesus, put that away!"
- Alex: "It's not radioactive.
No, I know, it's just... we're not allowed to talk about suicide. Or you, or Hannah."
- Jessica: "Says who?"
- Zach: "Says the school. They made a rule, the day after you... after that day. And if you talk about it on campus, you get suspended."
- Alex: "That's so fucked up."
- Zach: "Yeah."
- ― Zach, Alex and Jess on the new suicide-suspension rule at Liberty High.[src]
|“||What does this mean 'I could've stopped it.' What does that mean? And how could I have stopped it?||”|
|— Alex to his Mom after reading his suicide note("Tape 7, Side A") for the first time.[src]|
|“||Can I just ask you one question? What is it about me that isn't good enough?||”|
|— Alex to Jessica after she broke up with him in "Nobody's Clean"|
- Ani: "I think you're very handsome. I think you're adorable."
- Alex: "Yeah. Well, you're the one girl in this county who would go for a skinny, sad kid. And you went for Clay, so..."
- Clay: "I'm gonna let that go because you're under stress."
- ― Ani, Alex and Clay[src]
|“||You've hurted everyone I've ever loved.||”|
|— Alex to Bryce before killing him in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"|
- Zach: "You asked Tyler for a gun today?"
- Alex: "Yeah, I... I wrote a confession. And... I... I don't know."
- Zach: "Jesus. Alex.."
- Alex: "I'm sorry I couldn't tell you."
- Alex: "I think we should be the kind of friends who can tell each other anything. I mean, maybe not about the hard-ons and the masturbation so much, but..."
- ― Alex and Zach about Alex wanted to commit suicide again and their friendship[src]
- Alex: "How are we going to live with this?"
- Jessica: "We're survivors, you and me. F.M.L. Forever."
- Alex: "F.M.L. Forever."
- ― Alex and Jessica about living with knowing what they did[src]
- Alex made it his goal to try every beverage on the menu at Monet's, Jess called him weird because of it and he defended himself by saying he is "a searcher". He completed this in a flashback in "Nobody's Clean".
- It's been said that Alex was taken off of Tyler Down's photographic hit list because Tyler remembered a time when Alex defended him. In the later seasons, Alex and Tyler become very good friends, to the point where Tyler includes Alex as the only one who has ever been nice to him in his suicide video.
- According to a video posted on 13 Reasons Why's Instagram account his iPhone password is 1379.
- He was 17 in the first season & half of the second season up to the seventh episode in the second season, when he turns 18. Since he's still a Junior, he might have been held back for one year at some point. In "Tape 1, Side B", Alex states (in a flashback) at Monet's that he was put in remedial math, implying he has problems with this subject.
- According to an Instagram Story posted on 13 Reasons Whys' Instagram account, Alex's email is 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
- The name of Alex's Instagram account is 'alex.standall'.
- Despite being a witness in Hannah Baker's rape, Alex was not called upon to testify in Andrew and Olivia Baker vs The Evergreen County School District trial because of his memory loss.
- Alex was the one who killed Bryce by throwing him into a river to drown after his legs were broken by Zach Dempsey. His father realized it was him from the fact that Alex drove his mother's minivan and because of his left-side limp as denoted by the footprints he left at the scene. Jessica was also in the crime scene with Alex, which made her a witness and an accessory to Bryce's murder.
- Alex had stopped talking to Jess after Thanksgiving because she reminded him of Bryce's murder. Their friendship mends at the end of the season.
- Alex' sexuality is never explicitly stated, which makes it unclear whether he's gay or bisexual. It's presumable that he's bisexual due to his former interest in Jessica. However, it's also possible that he's gay and didn't realize until later, as he asked Tony how he found out that he's gay (instead of how he found out he liked guys) and had previously gotten a hard-on from Zach that he wasn't able to get from a girl.
- In "College Interview", Jess talks about two of her friends in her college interview, even though she does not mention any of their names. Actually, one of them is Alex and the other is Hannah.
- Alex and Jessica (and possibly Tyler) are all going to the same college.
- As it was stated that Justin had HIV, there was a possibility that Alex had it too, as Jessica had cheated on Alex with Justin and continued to have a sexual relationship with him. However. in "Graduation", Jessica is tested Negative, so it is confirmed that Alex does not have it. Alex is never seen being tested, though it is possible that he's been tested off-screen.
- Alex's Season 3 arc is hugely controversial.
- Some fans think that his storyline was understandable considering Alex was always diving deeper and deeper into the darkness after Hannah's death.
- However, some fans think that his arc was inconsistent and theorized that Alex was used as a 'plot device' to make viewers feel sympathy for Justin and Jessica's already controversial pairing, as they were being criticized by fans for their decision to cheat on Alex and painting Alex as the 'villain' of their relationship was the only way they could turn them into a sympathetic couple at that point.
- Considering how supportive Alex was of Jess after her rape, how he let Justin in when he was homeless in "Tape 6, Side A" and saved his life in "The Little Girl", betraying him in the middle of a date just months after his suicide attempt and lying to him for months did seem extremely cruel, but this was almost never discussed by any of the characters. Alex wasn't even aware of these happenings, so his outbursts made him look unsympathetic.
- Some of Alex's actions in the third season were actually inconsistent, like hanging out with Bryce for drugs when he was the one who criticized everyone else for hanging out with Bryce in the previous seasons, or how he kept taunting Justin about Jessica's rape when they've already made peace about it in the police station in "The Box of Polaroids" . However, these actions can be considered as acting out of loneliness and insecurity.
- Interestingly, this theory may be true, as in Season 4 Alex becomes an almost different and much likable version of himself now that his storyline is no longer revolving around Justin and Jessica's relationship.
- His suicidal tendencies are gone, he no longer has violent outbursts, his steroid addiction is never brought up again, he feels guilty about the murder and the frame-up and even confesses at the end, is kind and caring towards his friends- especially Zach (who Alex tries to help out of his self-destructive spiral), Clay (who he is genuinely concerned about rather than being insulting), Tyler (who he defends to everyone whenever they are suspecting him), Jessica (who he tries to protect by confessing to murder) and Justin (who he goes to visit, convinces Zach to visit and even gives a eulogy for in spite of never actually liking him) - even when he is spiraling himself, and is more mentally stable and responsible than ever.
However, his season 4 arc was still criticized by many fans for not having enough focus on his mental health and other issues aside from his sexuality.
- In Jessica's Season 4 promotional poster, Alex wrote "You deserve to be happy". In the series, Jessica says this line to Alex after Alex and Charlie are voted Prom Kings in "Prom".
- Hannah, Jessica and Alex used 'F.M.L. Forever' as an acronym of 'Fuck My Life' whenever they met up or had a tough topic to talk about. Even after Hannah's death, Alex and Jessica continued to use it as a reminder of Hannah and also a motto of their friendship. In "Let the Dead Bury the Dead", after Jessica and Alex confirmed that they were still best friends, they shook hands, saying 'F. M. L. Forever'; and in Season 4, Jessica and Alex wrote it in each other's promotional posters that appeared as their yearbook photographs.
- Alex is the second person in his family to go to college after his brother Peter. Deputy Standall mentions this in "Graduation" when discussing the love of family with Sheriff Diaz.
- See also: Category:Images of Alex Standall