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|— Justin, to Charlie St. George after admitting his drug addition, in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"|
Justin Foley was one of the main characters in 13 Reasons Why. He served as the secondary antagonist of the first season and one of the main protagonists of the second, third and fourth season. He was portrayed by Brandon Flynn.
Justin was the son of Amber Foley, the adoptive son of Matt Jensen and Lainie Jensen, the adoptive brother of Clay Jensen, the boyfriend of Jessica Davis and ex-boyfriend of Kat. He was a student at Liberty High School. He also appeared on two separate tapes, as the first and ninth reasons that Hannah Baker committed suicide.
In the first season, as Clay Jensen listened to the tapes, he tried to keep Clay from revealing the truth to Jessica, even threatening him; Jessica was raped by Bryce Walker and Justin knew this but lied to Jessica telling her that he and Jessica had sex and she was just drunk. His relationship with Jessica was rocky from time to time. He constantly battled between his relationship with Jessica and his loyalty and friendship with Bryce. Justin became mad at Jessica for hanging out with Bryce and ultimately told her the truth and she cut ties with Bryce and broke up with Justin. Justin also cut ties with Bryce. Having no one to stay with or stick around for, he left town.
In the second season, a trial between Hannah's parents and Liberty High began, Clay attempted to find Justin as he was the only one who could testify against Bryce in court; Jessica was reluctant to speak up about her rape as she was not yet ready. Clay found Justin homeless, and brought him back to his house, unknown to Clay's parents. Clay, Tony, and Sheri helped detox Justin. Justin later came back to Liberty High, but Jess wanted nothing to do with him. Clay and Justin started to form a brotherly relationship. He helped Clay and Sheri find the Polaroids. Jess and Justin slowly build back up their friendship and Justin testified against Bryce about Jessica's rape and got arrested for accessory to sexual assault as he didn't call the police or tell anyone. He was released to attend Hannah's wake and Clay told Justin that Clay's parents wanted to adopt him.
In the third season, Justin was released from Juvie and lived permanently with Clay and his parents, he came back to Liberty High and was back on the football team. He helped Clay with helping Tyler Down recover after he attempted a school shooting. Justin found out Bryce was dead and became a suspect to Clay and Ani Achola (a new girl) in his murder. They believed that Justin had killed Bryce after Clay found drugs that were prescribed to Bryce. Justin revealed that Bryce had helped Justin out with dealing with Seth Massey. He and Bryce talked about Justin's drug addiction at Monet's, Bryce then gave Justin Bryce's own prescribed Oxycodone Hydrochloride—an opioid medication used for treatment of moderate to severe pain—to help Justin stay away from heroin and have more control over his addiction.
In the fourth season, Justin struggled further with his addiction following relapsing and a break-up with Jessica. After collapsing at prom, he was diagnosed with AIDS from his drug use and prostitution while homeless. Having been diagnosed too late for treatment, Justin developed a fatal infection that tragically cuts his life short before graduation much to the grief of everyone that knew him. A funeral was held following his death, which many attended.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Throughout the Series
- 3 Justin's Mistakes
- 4 Personality
- 5 Physical Appearance
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 See Also
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Playlist
- 13 References
Justin was shown to have a tumultuous home life. His mother became a neglectful drug addict with a rotating set of dangerous and violent boyfriends, including Seth, who strangled Justin on screen and was implied to have abused him in the past. While talking about his absence, his basketball coach mentions that he suspects Justin has been abused, thus his long stays at Bryce's pool house. When he was eight years old, Bryce stood up for him and became his best friend. Due to his poor financial status, Bryce often helped him afford necessities for school and sportswear, such as when he bought him a pair of new trainers. Justin has never met his father. When he was five years old, he was molested by one of his mother's boyfriends.
Throughout the Series
Justin first met Hannah at her party. During this time, he was still dating her friend Kat. The two begin a relationship after Kat moved away, culminating in Hannah's first kiss. Justin eventually spreads lies and begins the downfall of Hannah's reputation and school life. They met at the playground. He took pictures as Hannah slid down the "rocket" (what she called the slide), aware of the fact that she was wearing a skirt. They made out at the bottom of the rocket, with Justin taking racy pictures of her.
The next day, Justin showed his friends the pictures, but then Bryce forwards the picture to the entire school. This caused rumors to go around about Hannah.
Hannah talked about the party where she and Clay shared their kiss. Justin and Jessica (although Jessica isn't named) entered the room to have sex, however, Justin gives up because Jessica was too drunk to have sex. Hannah was forced to hide in the closet when there was no way for her to leave the bedroom. Outside the bedroom, Bryce forced Justin to let him into Jess's room. Bryce managed to enter the room and began raping a sleepy and drunk Jessica. Justin opened the door and tried to pull Bryce off of Jessica, but Bryce threw him out of the room. Drunk and feeling he couldn't confront Bryce, Justin cried over his lack of control over what was happening to his girlfriend. Hannah stated that she carried just as much blame as Justin did, as she couldn't stop Jessica's rape but because she was too paralyzed and scared to move.
After Hannah's death, Justin was seen confronting Clay and claiming that Clay isn't innocent. After getting asked by Kevin Porter about Hannah, he skipped school and stayed over at Bryce's pool house, drinking and smoking. Here Jessica confronted him for skipping the assembly and for hiding something from her. Justin denied this, but stayed silent after Jessica asked "If Hannah was lying, why are you here?"
Bryce asked Justin about when he's going back home and Justin explained that it's because his mom's boyfriend Seth is back. After Bryce had left, Justin wandered around the Walker Mansion and got emotional looking at Bryce's family pictures and awards. Jessica arrived and he cried in her arms.
Jessica convinced Justin to take part in the school's Halloween costume contest. They dressed up as Sid, member of punkrockband Sex Pistols and his girlfriend, Nancy. Justin wasn't excited as he hated his outfit. They won the contest and received $200.
Justin and Jessica discussed what Clay was doing and going to do while listening to the tapes. Jessica was scared that Clay would tell people about the ninth tape and believe him, but Justin reassured her that he’d make sure that doesn’t happen and Clay won’t hurt her. Zach, Alex and Justin decided to try and scare Clay by forcing him in Alex’s car and interrogate him while Alex pushes the car to 120 mph. They were stopped by a cop, who turned out to be Alex's dad. Justin told Clay that he can't mess with them and took Clay's bike with him.
Justin in the car when Monty nearly ran Alex over and got into a fight. After the fight, Justin threatened Clay to beat him up, but Clay wasn't scared. At his house, he got into a fight with Jessica because he was annoyed by her being worried for Alex and he pushed her off him when he didn't want to have sex with her.
Justin and Jessica kept fighting and growing apart as Justin was still lying to Jessica about her being raped and Jessica drinking a lot as the result of getting raped. Justin also kept trying to find ways to keep Clay quiet, even proposing to kill him at some point. Clay confronted Justin at his house about why he's protecting Bryce. Justin claimed that he wasn't protecting Bryce, but protecting Jessica. He also told Clay that Hannah was a "drama queen" who killed herself for attention.
At home, Justin got into an argument with Seth and left the house. After Zach didn't answer his phone, Justin stayed over at Alex's house. He found out that Jessica was with Bryce and he and Alex drove to Bryce’s and Justin told her to leave the place. When Jessica started sitting on Bryce’s lap and threw cards at Justin, Justin got mad and dragged Jessica outside while telling her that he doesn't ever want her to be at Bryce's house again. Jessica started asking why he cares if she hangs out with Bryce; Justin screamed that Bryce had raped her. Jessica slapped him and the face, telling him "I hate you" before running off. Bryce stayed calm and asked Justin what he just did, before leaving too.
Justin snuck through Jessica's window to try and talk with her. He tried to explain his actions by saying he thought it'd be better if she didn't know and he was scared. Jessica didn't appreciate his excuses and told him to leave.
When Justin arrived home, Seth confronted him about the subpoena he received. When Justin talked back, Seth choked Justin and told him to go live with his "rich buddy". An upset Justin asked for his mom, but she left the room instead. Justin packed his stuff and left.Justin tried to talk to Jessica again at a parking lot. He told her that he can’t stop thinking about her and offered to kill Bryce. Jessica told him that she never wants to see him again in her life, leaving Justin in tears. Justin then met up with Bryce and told him about the tapes. He then told Bryce that he doesn't think he'll see him again and walked away.
At the start of the second season, it was still not known where Justin is. Later, Clay decided that Justin was the only known person that is alive–Hannah killed herself–who could testify as a witness for Jessica if she decided to testify against Bryce. So Clay enlisted Tony's help to find him. They found him on the streets and when he saw Clay he ran as fast as he could down an alleyway, but Clay caught up. Clay landed on him and an old man came out yelling at them to leave, they heard a police siren and Tony arrived around the opposite side, telling them that if they don't get in, he would leave them behind. Clay and Justin raced to get in his car and Tony drove off.
They came to a pit stop, Tony went to get something, leaving Justin and Clay talking. Clay called Skye and left a message, Justin then told him that "A girl who doesn't call you back is a girl who doesn't want to talk to you." and then said Skye is also "a piece of work" and "fucked up". Clay told Justin that he should stop talking for the foreseeable future. Tony came back out, threw Justin a drink and asked if his mom still lived in the same place. Justin revealed that he took money from her boyfriend before he left, and if he found out he was living there again he would kill him. Tony and Clay became unsure of what to do, as taking him home was their plan. Clay decided to sneak Justin into his house, which he managed to keep hidden. Justin got taken care of by Sheri, Justin, and Tony. They were the only ones except for Alex and Jessica (Clay told Jessica and Jess told Alex) who knew that Justin had been back for a long time.
One night, Justin snuck out of the house and showed up at school to see Jessica, and where she told him that she wants nothing to do with him. Bryce watched this, and when Justin turned to him he became angry and collapsed. He collapsed due to being sick and having been outside the whole night, and Clay and Tony brought him back to the house. Later that day, someone broke into the Jensen's home, and took the gun Justin had been hiding in his duffle bag. This caused Clay's Dad to find Justin, and after telling about his home situation they let him stay.
Justin returned to school on the day Hannah's tapes had been leaked. After a confrontation with Bryce, he bought heroin from another student and got high in Clay's room. Alex found him passed out, but managed to turn him over before he choked on his throw-up. Later, Justin overheard Clay's parents fighting over him so he head back to his Mom's house.
At home, Justin tried to convince him Mom to leave Seth. After she refused, Justin stole more money from Seth and tried to run away again. He missed the bus and while waiting for another one to come along, he received a bunch of text messages from Clay telling him that he needs him. Justin called Clay, who picked him up.
Justin and Clay approached Sheri with their plan to get into the Clubhouse by using bolt cutters to cut the lock on the door. She suggested instead that she'd go in and report back to them. When Sheri found out how to get in the Clubhouse, Justin and Clay broke in and got a box of Polaroids from Zach.
During Justin's testimony, Justin revealed more about his and Hannah's relationship and why he sent the picture of Hannah, and called out Bryce for being a rapist. After his testimony, he and Jessica went to the police station to report Bryce, even though Mrs. Jensen had told him he could get arrested if he did so. Justin and Bryce both get arrested.Justin was sentenced to six months probation and had to spend time in juvenile detention due to not having a guardian bail him out, until Mrs. Jensen filled for emergency custody. During Hannah Baker’s wake, Justin arrived and was happily greeted upon by everyone. When Clay and Justin had a moment alone to talk, Clay revealed that because of the issues he will face with not finishing high school, becoming a ward of the state and both his parents being no shows, his parents had offered to adopt Justin as they now see him as one of the family. Despite Clay being initially reluctant he understood that Justin needs a real family, to which a speechless and emotional Justin accepted. Back at the Jensen's house, it's revealed that Justin is still addicted to heroin and keeping it a secret.
After Tyler's attempted school shooting, Justin and the rest of the group covered up for Tyler, claiming it was a prank. He agreed to hang out with Tyler to keep an eye on him and get better. He rekindled his relationship with Jessica, but kept it a secret due to people judging them for it. He also started working at Monet's.
After Seth's released from jail, he made Justin sell drugs for him to pay back the money he stole. When finding out that Justin had taken some of the drugs he was supposed to sell himself, Seth demanded Justin to pay him the next day or he'd go "ask his new rich family". Justin got arrested for misdemeanor and called Bryce to bail him out, to which he explained his situation with Seth. Bryce paid Seth back the money Justin stole, plus some money to leave Justin alone. Bryce also started giving Justin his Oxy prescription to get him to stay away from heroin.
Zach convinced Justin to play football in his senior year. However, he had trouble keeping up with the other players due to his drug addiction. During a football game, he admitted to Zach that he had been using, who switched his drug test to prevent Justin getting in trouble.
At the Homecoming game, Justin led a fight with the Hillcrest football players after one of them grabbed Jessica's breasts. He stopped Clay from attacking Bryce, telling him that he's going to get crushed and helped Zach off the field after Bryce attacked him. After the game, Justin went to the docks to buy drugs and get high.
Justin mourned Bryce after his death because of their previous close bond, and attended his funeral. At the wake, Justin stole Bryce's watch and traded it for drugs.
Clay found out that Justin had Bryce's Oxy prescription, and confronted him about it. At first Justin lied and claimed it was a one time thing. He showed Clay and Ani a text that insinuated Seth had killed Bryce and went to his place to find proof, where he was exposed by Seth for trading the watch for drugs. Justin admitted everything to Clay, who then gave him his own Oxy prescription, saying he would do anything for him.
Meanwhile Justin and Jessica's relationship was exposed by Alex, and they decided to not care anymore and make their relationship public. Shortly afterwards, Justin started thinking she deserves better than him because of his drug addiction and broke up with her, claiming he cheated. They got back together after Clay told Jessica the reason Justin thinks she's better off without him.
After finding out who murdered Bryce and about Monty's death, Justin and Ani came up with a plan to blame the murder on Monty and he, with the help of the others, set up proof for the lie Ani told the police.At the Thanksgiving dinner, Justin admitted to the Jensens that he's not clean and asked for help, which Mrs. Jensen then promised to get him.
Justin appeared in Clay's dream. During the dream, Justin woke up Clay and claimed Monty is still alive. After he got dressed, they visited Monty in jail, where it then became apparent that it’s just a dream. Monty raged at the fact that they set him up for murder. The dream sequence ended with Monty attacking Clay, and him waking up in a sweaty body.
It is revealed that Justin had been at rehab getting help for his drug addiction. He was finally returning home after several weeks. Upon his return, he was greeted by Clay, Jessica, Ani, Zach, Alex, Tyler, Tony, and Charlie all of whom had thrown a welcome home party for him. The group had got together for the first time since Bryce's murder case. After the party, the mood shifted as they discussed the guns upon Tyler’s leave. Doubt spread over the group, the question being, can they trust Tyler? To dampen the mood further, Justin broke up with Jessica his reasoning being that he needed to prioritize his sobriety.
It was Christmas morning and the Jensens were opening presents. Clay had one of his anxiety attacks but shrugged it off upon Justin’s concern.
At Liberty High, the students wre in for a surprise. Metal detectors had been placed at the entrance of the school building accompanied by school resource officers (SROs). Jessica was far from happy about this, especially when she walked through the metal detector and her bra set it off making one of the male SROs tell her she needed a pat-down. Justin, Ani, and Clay watched as Jessica refused and stormed off towards the principal’s office.
At Future Fair, Liberty students gathered to check out the club and institution representatives. Justin approached Clay at the Robotics Club stand. He told Clay that there's an admission officer at Occidental that's interested in him, according to Dr. Singh. Clay didn't seem as excited about the news, though he tried to reassure him otherwise.
Later, Justin observed from a distance as football team forced Estela to wear “De la Cruz” jersey to honor her brother Monty. Charlie, then later Clay, confront them. After Diego Torres claimed he’s innocent in Bryce’s death, the two engaged in a fistfight. It ended up with only Diego getting detention as SROs think he started it.
At Jensen residence, Justin told Clay’s parents that he got into a fight. This angered Clay and he got up and stormed off. In the morning, Clay woke up to Justin who told him he’d been talking and screaming in his sleep all night. Justin asked if Clay was tried of having those nightmares, like when enough is enough. And what are you trying to be? Clay asked. Alive, not insane, he replied.
After collapsing at prom, Justin was hospitalized and allowed his doctor to reveal that he had been diagnosed with AIDS stemming from his drug use and prostitution while homeless. Having never been tested or diagnosed before, Justin's illness had progressed quite far before it was caught and he developed AIDS-related pneumonia and a fungal meningitis brain infection. As his friends struggled with Justin's illness, he grew worse to the point that he was put on a ventilator and it became clear that Justin would never recover.
At the doctor's suggestion, with Justin's brain infection advancing rapidly, he was removed from the ventilator so he could speak with his family and friends one last time. Jessica told Justin that he taught her how to love, while Clay thanked Justin for saving his life more times than Justin would know. The two affirmed their brotherly love for each other and Clay promised to hold Justin's hand until he's gone. A while later, with the waiting room full of his classmates and the Jensen's at his side, Justin died with Clay still holding his hand as he promised. Having previously signed a DNR, Justin was allowed to pass without any attempts at reviving him.At Justin's funeral, only Zach could bring himself to talk. Clay later imagined himself talking to both Justin and Hannah Baker at his graduation. Later, before leaving with Tony, Clay imagined another conversation between himself and Justin as he reads Justin's college admissions essay. In the essay, Justin listed Clay, his brother, as the one positive influence he had in his life.
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Justin is Hannah's first reason of why she committed suicide.
Justin first meets Hannah while he’s still dating Hannah’s best friend, Kat. After Kat moves away, Hannah and Justin spark an interest with each other. When Hannah wants confirmation from Kat to date him, she expresses permission for Hannah to go for it. After a flirtatious game of cat-and-mouse, Hannah eventually meets up with Justin in the park. Their sweet date in the playground ends in a kiss, and Hannah is really into him. However, during their date, Justin sneaks a photograph with a flash of Hannah's underwear as she's coming down the slide. After the date ends, Justin shows the photograph to Bryce and other friends, Bryce takes the phone from Justin and sends it to the school; causing rumors of Hannah being a 'slut'. This rumor that she is a 'slut' continues throughout all 13 episodes and is the very start of the downfall of Hannah Baker.
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Justin is also Hannah's ninth reason of why she committed suicide and one of the reasons Jessica was raped.
Hannah is hiding in the closet because a couple came in while she was in the room and she hid, after this, she was going to come out but Justin and Jessica enter the room, Justin leaves Jessica -drunk and sleeping- and comes out, to meet Bryce, from here Hannah overhears Justin and Bryce have an argument which leads to Bryce pushing Justin out the door, closing the door, and raping Jessica, who is unconsciously drunk, during the incident she becomes a little bit conscious, but not being able to fight back and tries to mumble. After Justin tries to stop this and fails, he goes downstairs and feels guilty and disgusted at what Bryce could be doing to his girlfriend. On the other hand, Hannah is hearing and somewhat witnessing what Bryce is doing to Jessica as she hasn't come out of the closet, being too scared to move. After Bryce leaves, Hannah removes herself from the closet, throws up in the nearest bin, and puts a cover on Jessica whilst distraught at what she just witnessed happen to her friend. Hannah blames both herself, for not being able to stop Bryce and Justin, for not pushing Bryce back and defending Jessica. But she heavily blames Bryce more than anything.
Justin, despite his mistakes, is shown to care about those he loves. He shows how much he cares about Jessica throughout and regrets the mistakes he made. He even shows concern for his troubled mother and seems to want her to be free of her abusive boyfriend, though she in return does not show much care or loyalty towards Justin.
Justin is also quite irrational and short-tempered and is shown to be extremely arrogant and cruel when he wants to be. He does not appear to show much remorse for what he did to Hannah and insults her numerous times after her death, claiming she was a crazy drama queen and a liar who just "killed herself for attention". Like a majority of the others on Hannah's list he is shown to be willing to resort to extreme measures to hide the tapes and even at one point suggests they kill Clay and stage it as a suicide in order to prevent him from revealing the tapes and also intimidates him alongside Alex and Zach and threatens that he will physically assault him if he has to. Justin is even shown to be angered at Clay for the simple reason that he is the only person on Hannah's list who is not considered one of the reasons why she killed herself but just part of her story. He even tries to convince him that he is not as innocent as Hannah claims, though this is completely false as Hannah makes it clear Clay's name does not belong on her list, unlike Justin and the others who are guilty of horrible things and are responsible for Hannah's suicide. This is evident that Justin is afraid of the potential consequences of his actions and is desperate to protect himself and the others he cares about on the list from having their lives destroyed.
It is possible however that his primary motivation for hiding the tapes is simply so that Jessica can be spared the pain of truly learning that she was raped by Bryce and that he allowed it to happen but when the truth comes out to Jessica at the end, he shows his softer side and meets breaking point. He regrets lying to Jessica about Bryce raping her but genuinely felt as though he was doing the best thing to protect her. When Bryce sends the photo of Hannah around the school he does try to stop him, although he laughs it off and does nothing to help Hannah escape the humiliation she suffered as a result of the photo. He depended a lot on Bryce in the beginning, so he goes along with many of the things he does, whether he is sure of it or not, and says, as not to seem ungrateful. It is because of his gratitude and appreciation of/to Bryce that Justin allows Bryce to control him as seen when Justin allows Bryce to rape Jessica in which Bryce reminds him; "What's mine is yours, right?" to which Justin simply allows him to enter the bedroom. After letting him in, he tries to pull him off but Bryce pushes him out the door. And before letting him in the guards the door to protect Jessica.After revealing to Jessica that Bryce did rape her, after consistently convincingly lying to her, Jessica is angry at him, telling him "I hate you" after slapping him. Justin is shown to be completely broken-hearted after Jessica breaks up with him and even more so after she tells him that she never wants to see him again even after he offers to kill Bryce with his hands and face the consequences of murder. At the end of the season, it is not known where Justin is, he doesn't choose to stay at his mother's, and since he has nowhere known to stay–usually he stays at Bryce's house but he despises Bryce now and wants nothing to do with him–he seems to be homeless.
When Clay and Tony find Justin, Justin is still quite rude and irritational, especially towards Clay. When he sees Clay, he immediately runs away and keeps telling Clay "fuck you". As Clay tells him that Jessica wants him back, he doesn't believe him. He also gets mad and wants to leave when Clay tells him that they might have to detox him.
Justin is shown to still be very much in love with Jessica. In the first half of the season, Justin only wants to come back, stay and detox because of Jessica, who, at first unbeknown to him, don't want to see him. Whenever Clay brings up Jessica, he seems to become quiet and emotional. One day he shows up at the school, where he tells Jessica that he came back for her and will go if she wants him to. He tells her that he tried to forget her, but can't stop thinking about her. Eventually, he and Jessica go to the police, while he knows that he would likely get arrested. Justin is in juvie for a month and gets six months probation, while Bryce gets three months probation. However; Justin isn't mad about the difference as it doesn't surprise him.
Justin is also very emotional this season. He cries or seems emotional during his detoxing, when talking to or about Jessica, after passing out at school, during his testimony, when Clay asks him if he wants him to be adopted and various other scenes. In "Bye", after he sees Jessica kissing Alex, he goes to sit alone brooding in the locker rooms. He also claims to be happy when asks him if he's okay but seems to lie about that as he uses heroin a few minutes later and doesn't seem to be very happy at the Spring Fling the next day.
Justin is addicted to drugs, and detoxes and relapses twice. He seems to use drugs to deal with the bad things happening in his life; after a confrontation with Bryce and seeing Jessica walk away when she sees him, he shoots up heroin in Clay's room and uses it after being released from juvie.
Through the season, Justin becomes nice and caring towards Clay. In the first season and the beginning of the second season, Justin hates Clay. As Justin stays in Clay's room, they talk and are around each other a lot. He defends and lies for Clay to Matt and Lainie. When going to school or somewhere else, he often stays around Clay. Justin comforts Clay when he finds him curled up on the bed and when Clay almost shoots himself. He also seems to be a lot nicer towards other people; in the first season, he could also be mean to most people around him, which you never really see in the second season.
Besides that, Justin lies a lot to everyone, even when he has no reason to. He's also still a little short-tempered, as he started a school fight after Bryce lied in court. However, in the first season, he seemed to easily get mad at his friends, but in the second season, he stays calm even when people are rude to him.Justin's personality notably changed a lot in the second season. He said himself that he is done doing "fucked up" things and that he wants to get away from who he was. This shows that he regrets his former behavior and wants to change. He also calls himself "really fucked up" at the end of the season.
Justin has brown hair, blue eyes, and wears a Liberty High Tigers Basketball jersey jacket in most episodes of the first and third season. He also has been seen wearing some simple white t-shirts and blue flannel shirts. In the second and third season, he often wears button-up shirts and sweaters.
Hannah was Justin's former love interest. They went on a date and Hannah had her first kiss with Justin. Afterwards, Justin showed his friends a photo that suggested they have had sex which started rumors about Hannah. Justin was Hannah's first and ninth reason she killed herself.
During Ryan’s testimony, it was revealed that Hannah and Justin kept in touch. Justin texted her multiple apologies and they kept texting. Hannah started writing poems about Justin, describing him as a “forbidden fruit” she doesn’t miss but still wants a bite of. Justin went to meet up with Hannah at Monet’s, but Hannah didn’t seem to appreciate him being there. Justin didn’t want any of his friends to see him talking to her because of their “tags” at Liberty. Justin apologized again and left when Ryan Shaver showed up.In Justin’s testimony, he described Hannah as a kind and funny girl who he liked from the moment he saw her. Justin revealed that after their date, he got in a fight at home and texted Hannah. Hannah let him come over, took care of his injuries and let him sleep on her bed while she slept on the floor. The next morning, Justin kissed her before sneaking out. Bryce noticed him coming from another direction, and bothered him about who he had slept with that night; Justin mentioned that he showed Bryce the picture to make him stop asking.
Jessica was Justin's girlfriend. They had an on- and off relationship throughout the series; they dated and broke up at the end of the first season, hooked up in the second season, got back together in the third season and broke up again in the fourth season.
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Bryce was Justin's former best friend. They became friends when Justin was eight years old and Bryce started to look after him because of his bad life circumstances. Their friendship fell apart after Bryce raped Justin's girlfriend and Justin started to hate Bryce. However, Bryce still appeared to care about Justin and Justin was upset over Bryce's death. They would frequently refer to each other as brothers.
After Justin returned from rehab, Clay asked him if he had talked about Bryce. Justin told him he did, he had talked about the kind of person Bryce was to him and him being gone.
Jessica had a hallucination of Bryce while Justin was dying in the hospital. Jessica told him that he killed Justin, which the hallucination confirmed because if he didn’t rape Hannah, Justin wouldn’t have run away and live on the streets, where he contracted HIV.Following Justin’s death, Clay saw hallucinations of Bryce and Justin together at graduation. Clay asked hallucination Justin why he was hanging out with hallucination Bryce. The hallucination told him that they loved each other and were brothers. He also stated that you can love and forgive people who did bad things.
Clay was Justin's adoptive brother. They started out as enemies, as Justin tried to keep Clay quiet about the tapes by repeatedly threatening him. In the second season, Clay got Justin from the streets and let him stay in his room. They became much closer and Clay's parents decided to adopt Justin, making them brothers.
Before Justin dies, the two reaffirm their brotherly love for each other and Clay holds Justin's hand at his request as he dies. As revealed by Justin's college admissions essay, he considered Clay his brother, the one positive influence in his whole life and the reason he was alive as long as he was. Though Clay was aware of Justin's drug use, Justin never told him about his prostitution while living on the street.
Amber was Justin's biological mother. Amber has been mentioned to be a neglectful mother to Justin and appeared to care more about her boyfriends and drugs. Justin ran away from her, but still showed to care about her and was devastated by her death.
In the fourth season, Amber returned to Evergreen and stayed at her old neighborhood. She started calling and texting Justin, wanting money from him. Justin began to frequently visit her and kept it a secret from the Jensens. According to Justin, she didn't care about how he was doing.
Amber passed away from a presumable drug overdose. Justin was informed at school by Deputy Standall, whom he lied to that he hasn't been in contact with her. Justin is seen crying over her death in the restroom. He had a college interview that day, where he's clearly not doing well and appears to be on the verge of tears. When the interviewer complimented Justin on his fortitude, he told her that he was just lucky, but nobody has ever given his mom the chance to get out of her situation.The Jensens discussed with Justin what he wants to do for a service for Amber, but Justin didn't want a service because she didn't have family or friends. Mr. Jensen told Justin that she had him, but Justin denied this. When the Jensens continued naming options, Justin got mad and screamed that he doesn't need "some bullshit service" so they can feel better about "some broke junkie being dead". He went to his room, took off his clothes and the sheets off his bed and broke down crying. The reason for this might've been to be reminded of when he still lived with his mom or of his mom's own circumstances. Amber's death appeared to have been a huge contributing factor to Justin's relapse.
Zach was Justin's best friend. They were often seen hanging out and helping each other throughout the seasons.
Zach and Justin went to summer school together. At the end of summer, Zach tried to convince Justin to get back to playing football because he thought it’d be good for him. Justin refused for the reason that he felt like he wasn’t that kind of person anymore. Zach didn’t give up, he kept trying to convince Justin until he eventually agreed.
Zach waited outside Justin’s house to go to their first football game of the season and had to wake him up. During the bus ride, the football coaches announced that everyone would get drug tested, which worried Justin as he had been using. Justin messed up during the game which caused the opponent to score; Zach encouraged Justin by saying that he’ll come back in the second half. Justin then revealed that he’s not clean, which disappointed Zach. Zach told Justin that he can’t help him, and Justin replied that he knows, he just wanted Zach to be the first person he told. After the game, Zach told Justin that he got him and he switched the tests. Justin tried to ask how he did it, but Zach told him to shut up and get clean.
During the Homecoming Football Game Bryce broke Zach's knee. As Zach lied on the field, Justin ran to his side and called Charlie over to help.
Throughout the season, Zach and Justin are often seen together during football practices, in the locker rooms and during group meetings.Zach lied to Clay that Justin hadn’t been using as he passed the football coaches’ drug tests. When Clay suggested that Zach was lying for Justin, Zach still denied it. He told Clay that Justin has been doing well and assured that he’s healthy.
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Matt and Lainie Jensen
Matt and Lainie were Justin's adoptive parents. They took Justin, who was homeless, in during the second season and eventually adopted him.
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Seth was Justin's mother's boyfriend and abuser. When Justin still lived with his mom, they would often get into fights and at one point Seth strangled Justin. After Justin steals money from Seth, Seth would repeatedly threaten him, even after the money was paid back.
Seth is the abusive boyfriend of Justin’s mother. When Justin was staying over with Bryce, he explained that he didn’t go home because Seth was back and he can’t deal with him. When Jessica visited the Foley apartment, Seth told her to tell “that punk” that his mother is worried and he if he doesn’t call her, he can’t come home.When Justin was back home, Justin got mad at Seth for putting his feet on his books. To piss Justin off, Seth rubbed his feet over the books. They started arguing and Justin told his mother that either Seth goes, or he does. Amber didn’t answer but went to get Seth a beer instead. Seth told Justin to not "fuck" with him, and Justin left. After receiving a subpoena for Justin about Hannah’s suicide, Seth confronted him because he doesn’t appreciate cops at the door as he’s a drug dealer. Justin yelled at him that it’s not his door, and Seth slammed Justin against the wall while choking him. Seth told him that he’s no good to anybody and to go live with Bryce. Justin ran away and took money and a gun from Seth with him.
When Mr. Porter came to the Foley Residence to ask about Justin, Seth mentioned that Justin owed him a 1000 dollars and if he wasn’t going to give it to him, he could leave.
Justin stole money from Seth for a second time when he went to see his mother. He planned to use the money to run away again.When Justin was at Hannah’s memorial at Monet’s, Seth stares at him outside the café from his car, likely due to wanting his money back from Justin.
|“||I'm not protecting Bryce, you little fuck! God, I'm protecting Jessica! I care more about Jessica than I do about Hannah, than I do about you, than I do about anybody else.||”|
|— Justin revealing why he is hiding Jessica's rape.[src]|
|“||She lied about it on those tapes because she's a crazy fucking drama queen who just killed herself for attention!||”|
|— Justin to Clay about Hannah[src]|
- Jessica: "Tell me why you care."
- Justin: "Come on, let's go."
- Jessica: "Tell me why you fucking care!"
- Justin: "Because he fucking raped you!"
- ― Justin admitting what Bryce did to Jessica
|“||Last night, I walked every street in this shitty-ass town. And I ended up by the water, by the docks. I climbed up this crane, all the way up there, and I could see the whole city. And I was gonna jump. Or shoot myself. But I couldn't. Because I couldn't stop thinking about you. I can't stop.||”|
|— Justin to Jessica[src]|
- Bryce: "You know the real story, right? You know what's true."
- Justin: "I do now."
- Bryce: "So I'll see you around?"
- Justin: "Nah, I don't think you will."
- ― Justin and Bryce before Justin leaves town[src]
- Justin: "I came back for you. It's the only reason why I'm here. If you want me to stay, I promise you I'm here for good. Look, if you want me to go, I'll go. Forever, this time."
- Jessica: "You said that before."
- Justin: "I… I tried to go away. I tried to forget about you. I... I tried so fucking hard. But I can't stop thinking about you."
- Jessica: "Yeah, I think about you, too. And I wish you were dead."
- Justin: "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you more."
- ― Justin and Jessica's conversation in the school cafeteria[src]
|“||I had nowhere to go. My mom is a junkie and her boyfriend a dealer, and not a very nice guy. Clay and Tony found me, and saved me.||”|
|— Justin to Mrs. and Mrs. Jensen[src]|
- Amber: "Honey, you can run as far as you want, you will never get away from who you are."
- Justin: "That's fine. Just as long as I can get away from who I was."
- ― Justin to his mom when he runs away for the second time.[src]
|“||I'll find a job, find a place. I'm used to being on my own, okay?||”|
|— Justin about his longterm plans[src]|
|“||Bryce, I've got nothing left to lose. That makes me the dangerous one.||”|
|— Justin to Bryce[src]|
|“||...and friendship is complicated, you find yourself doing things you never thought you'd do.||”|
|— Justin Foley[src]|
- Dennis: "Did you think of calling the police or calling for help?"
- Justin: "I did. I- But I was afraid."
- Dennis: "Afraid of what?"
- Justin: "I don't know. Afraid of losing my best friend. My girlfriend. My entire life. Which I guess I already lost. I'll regret this forever."
- ― Justin testifying about Jessica's rape.[src]
- Clay: "Hey. Are you okay?"
- Justin: "No, man. No, I'm not. I'm fucking sad."
- Clay: "You are"
- Justin: "Yeah, I've known him since I was eight."
- Justin: "He was the first person that gave a shit about me, the first person to look after me, man. He was my fucking brother."
- Clay: "I feel like he didn't look out for you, though."
- Justin: "Dude, you don't know what you're talking about. Okay, Clay? You don't know everything. You think you have this idea that- You knew what you knew. He was a fucking person, Clay. A human being. Now he's fucking dead."
- ― Justin and Clay after finding out about Bryce's death[src]
- Justin: "And if you're fucking lying to me-"
- Bryce: "I've never lied to you."
- Justin: "You have, though. Every time you called me brother."
- ― Bryce and Justin[src]
- Justin: "You seem awfully dark tonight."
- Clay: "How are you not?"
- Justin: "I guess I am. But I'm alive, so I figure I'm ahead of the game."
- ― Justin to Clay[src]
|“||My name is Justin Foley, and I'm a survivor||”|
|— Justin Foley[src]|
|“||When I was five my mom had this boyfriend. This fucked-up guy who would just get high with her. When she'd pass out, he would just come to my bed. At first, he would just put his hands on me. Then he started making me put my hands on his- And he would be hard. He'd put his fingers in my mouth and start to jerk off. He only lived with us for a couple of years. On and off. When I was on the streets and I needed money I would do stuff to guys. Sometimes, they would do stuff that we didn't talk about. But that I didn't want to do. I just felt like I was five again, and it was all my fault.||”|
|— Justin telling Jessica about his experience with sexual assult[src]|
|“||I made a lot of mistakes, man. Sometimes I feel like that's all life is. It's just all the mistakes you make and all the shit you gotta do to set it right.||”|
|— Justin to Charlie after admitting to his drug addiction[src]|
|“||I'm thankful to have family, at all. ...And I haven't stayed clean, all this time. I'm sorry for lying to you guys. And I... I probably need more help.||”|
|— Justin admitting he's not clean at Thanksgiving dinner[src]|
- Clay: "Nothing can just be easy, can it?"
- Justin: "Isn't that kinda the point?"
- Clay: "I mean, how is it the point?"
- Justin: "For some people, it's easy. Like Bryce, I always thought it was easy for him. Life was easy."
- Jessica: "Look how that ended up."
- Justin: "Yeah. See? It's not supposed to be easy for people like us. We're meant to go through shit and make it out alive."
- ― Clay, Justin and Jessica about life[src]
- Clay: "What are you trying to be?"
- Justin: "Alive. Not insane."
- ― Clay and Justin[src]
- Clay: "This is the guy who once said colleges are for people who couldn't get a job."
- Justin: "I didn't think that I was good enough. I didn't think I deserved a future before."
- Clay: "YOU never thought you were good enough? You were always such an arrogant asshole."
- Justin: "Yeah, those are probably related."
- ― Clay and Justin after Justin said that he was interested in going to Sanderson University[src]
- Jessica: "I don't recognize this. I don't know who this is."
- Justin: "It's me. It's me trying... trying to get better."
- ― Justin and Jessica after Justin said that he didn't worry about their secrets coming out[src]
|“||Hi, I'm Justin... and I'm an addict.||”|
|— Justin introducing himself at an AA meeting[src]|
|“||Just feels like... like no one believes in me. Like no one trusts me.||”|
|— Justin to Coach Kerba after the Jensens drug tested him.[src]|
- Justin: "Sorry, my... my circumstances?"
- Interviewer: "Your essay indicated that you've faced down a number of personal challenges. Talk to me about that."
- Justin: "I was addicted to heroin. And I had sex with men for money."
- Interviewer: "Uh... Your mother has also struggled with addiction?"
- Justin: "She, um... Yeah, she has."
- Interviewer: "You have shown such fortitude. That will serve you well in college."
- Justin: "Or did I just get really lucky? That I got out? She never did. No one ever gave her a fucking chance. Maybe "fortitude..." has fuck-all to do with it, and it really is all about circumstances."
- ― Justin's college interview after he heard that his mother passed away.[src]
|“||I don't fucking want anything! OK? I don't need some bullshit service so that you all can feel better about some broke junkie being dead! Fuck! (silence) Sorry. I just... I've been to enough funerals in my life.||”|
|— Justin yelling at the Jensens after they proposed to have a service for his mother.[src]|
- Jessica: "I'm sorry... for whatever you think I did with Diego. But you pushed me away. You wouldn't let me help you, then you gave up on yourself again and again. You're the one who left."
- Justin: "I was trying to make my way back to you."
- Jessica: "But you were so angry with me."
- Justin: "You broke my fucking heart!"
- Jessica: "I think your heart was broken way before you met me."
- ― Jessica and Justin.[src]
- Clay: "Dude, I'm worried about you."
- Justin: "Yeah, I'm worried about me too."
- ― Clay and Justin worrying about Justin not feeling well.[src]
- Justin: "I love you more than life."
- Jessica: "Don't love anything more than life."
- ― Justin and Jessica at prom.[src]
- Justin: "Jess. Don't cry."
- Jessica: "I'm so sorry. I'm so... I thought I could be strong. I..."
- Justin: "Come here. Come here. You're... so strong."
- Jessica: "You're the best thing that ever happened to me."
- Justin: "You're out of your mind. I ruined your fucking life."
- Jessica: "No. You taught me what love is."
- Justin: "Yeah?"
- Jessica: "Yeah."
- Justin: "Okay. You always have that. Okay?"
- Jessica: "Okay."
- ― Justin and Jessica's last conversation[src]
- Clay: "I'm... I'm so sorry, Justin. I don't know how to do this."
- Justin: "Hey. You're doing... You're doing it great."
- Clay: "Thank you for saving my life. Like, more times than you know. I love you."
- Justin: "I love... I love... love you... you too, man."
- Clay: "I'm sorry. Are you afraid?"
- Justin: "Yeah. I am. Will you hold... Will you hold my hand... bro?"
- Clay: "Yeah."
- ― Clay and Justin's last conversation.[src]
|“||You know, you can love people who did bad shit. You can forgive people. Even the people who hurt you worst. (...) When you forgive someone, it's more for you than them.||”|
|— Justin's hallucination to Clay[src]|
|“||I really didn’t grow with much positivity in my life and if I had the influence around me, they were definitely bad. My mother was a drug addict. Her revolving door of boyfriends, mostly drug addicts too. I had a best friend I used to look up to, but then he hurt people close to me and now he’s dead. There was a time in my life I truly had nothing but the clothes on my back and the regret of the people I’d hurt. And then a person came into my life. A person named Clay Jensen. Even when I was puking all over his room, he was there. He’s always been there which is why even though I’ve never had a proper family, I know what it feels like to have one because Clay gave that to me. Because he’s my brother, he’s my positive influence, he’s the reason I am alive and able to write this college essay in the first place.||”|
|— Justin's college essay about a positive influence in his life[src]|
- Justin has stated that he loves Jessica way more than Hannah, more than anything and anyone in the world.
- Justin is the only person on Hannah's list to be the subject of two tapes Tape 1 ("Tape 1, Side A") and Tape 5 ("Tape 5, Side A"). Bryce and Jessica are mentioned on more than one tape though they are single subjects on only one tape each. Bryce is also the main focus of the B side of Tape 7 ("Tape 7, Side B") however since this tape was not created by Hannah and it's just a confession to the reason Hannah killed herself, this does not make him the subject of two separate tapes. Therefore Justin is the most recurring reason for why Hannah chose to end her life, but Bryce does become the main.
- Justin lived on the streets for five months after running away from home. Here he became addicted to heroin.
- When he needed money, he'd prostitute himself to guys. Some of the guys would sexually assault him by doing things he didn't agree to.
- He stole money from his mother's drug dealer boyfriend, Seth, twice. In Season 1 he stole a thousand dollars, it is unknown how much money he took in Season 2.
- In Season 3, Justin revealed that he's a victim of child sexual abuse, which started at the age of 5 by a boyfriend of his Mom.
- Although the reveal was unexpected to many, it might've been lightly referred to in earlier episodes, such as when Coach Patrick suspected that Justin has been abused at home in the past.
- Some fans think the reason Justin was too scared to stop Bryce from raping Jessica as it reminded him of his own experience.
- Justin was sentenced to six months probation for being an accessory to sexual assault. He had to stay in juvenile detention for a month because there was no guardian to release him to before Lainie Jensen got him released into emergency custody.
- Justin has several tattoos on his arms and one on his chest.
- The tattoos on his right arm and the left wrist are also Brandon Flynn's real tattoos. The wire around his left bicep and the chest tattoo are only Justin's tattoos.
- Justin's chest tattoo says Vires et Honestas, which is Latin for strength and honesty.
- He's on the Basketball team and on the Football team.
- Justin's Father lives in Sacramento.
- Justin and Jessica dressed up as Sid and Nancy for a Halloween contest and Justin sent Jessica a postcard that referred to the two of them as Sid and Nancy. This might have been done on purpose; Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were a real-life couple; Nancy was murdered and Sid was the suspected murderer, and Sid was a heroin addict who died from an overdose. This may refer to Justin "murdering" Jessica by letting her get raped and to Justin becoming a heroin addict, who at one point nearly overdosed.
- Throughout the series, it appears to be a common theme that Justin rarely answers his texts or phone calls. This is seen in the first season when he doesn’t call or text Jessica or Bryce back, the second season when Clay had to send Justin several messages through the day before he answered and in the third season when Jessica repeatedly called him on Homecoming night but doesn’t answer any of them.
- Before his passing, he got accepted into Occidental College.
- See also: Category:Images of Justin Foley