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Spence
Spencer Cooper
Aliases Spence (everybody)
Big Bother (Taylor Vale)
Gender Male
Race Black
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown
Age 17-18
Grade Senior
Relationships
Love Interest Heart Allison Applebee (optional; if chosen, girlfriend)
Former Romantic Interests Heartbreak Sam Hill
Nicole Blackwell
Harper Anderson
Lindsay Vale
Candace
Friends Friends Owen Harris, Ben Kale, Erik Ericson, Allison Applebee, Kimi Chen, Paige Lenx, Emily Kessler, Candace
Enemies Enemies Nate Crawford, Nick Brown, Mr. Hart, Brinna, Cameron Clark
Appearances
First Tough Guy On Campus
Latest Series Finale
You're not weak for feeling anything. You're strong for feeling something. Don't forget that.

–Spencer Cooper to Ben Kale, Faceplace Zero

Spencer Cooper is currently a student at Twin Branches who transferred after having a long term in bootcamp and resides in the jock clique at school, being a player on the football team. During The New Girl and A New Start reboot, Spencer was a recurring character, but was later promoted to a main character in the Troublemakers reboot. Spencer's most notable storyline has been his relationship with Allison Applebee.

Duration: The New Girl Season 5- Troublemakers: Season 4

Storylines

The New Girl

Spencer first arrived as the new school bully and targeted Ben as his victim. Spencer later joins the football team and takes Phil's spot. When Ben gives him advice on how to keep his spot on the football team, Spencer and Ben become best friends. Spencer later asks out Sam and they briefly date although they later break up due to their interests and personalities being too different. Even though the relationship ended, Spencer is still protective of Sam, beating up Nick when he finds out he had cheated on her and warns him of the same fate if he were to break her heart again in Anti-Valentine's Day.

Surviving High School: The Novel

Spencer makes an appearance alongside with Ben in Surviving High School: The Novel when they are seen by Emily in the cafeteria whom notes that Spencer is visibly impressed with Dominique's ability to eat as much pizza as she did. Spencer also takes part in a prank where they dumped food coloring into the school's swimming pool before the swim team's practice. Throughout the novel Spencer admits to having a crush on Dominique whom he planned to hookup with at Ben's party. He ends up attending Homecoming with Lindsay Vale and gives his thumbs up in approval when Emily and Ben get back together after a breakup.

A New Start

Finding himself lost without football as the season draws to a close, Spencer is persuaded to join the basketball team along with Owen and Ben. All three make it onto the team after Spencer helps them train a bit beforehand.As the end of his junior year comes to a close, Spencer was dating cheerleader Nicole but at the beginning of summer they broke up. During the summer, Spencer met a Wilson girl named Porscha who used to attend Twin Branches until Taylor stalked her. Spencer met her at an ice cream shop along with Brendan and Andy. He hooked up with her, and they began dating but later broke up.

Troublemakers

The summer before Spencer's senior year, the football coach makes a comment on his strong football abilities. However, he begins to question what his future would be like academically. Spencer decides to study with Ben, but when he storms off out of frustration since he couldn't seem to understand. In the hallway, Nate pressures him into taking an answers sheet for the scholarship exam, convincing him that it would be the best for his future and the team since he would be able to focus on beating the competition without studying. Later on, his teacher finds his answer sheet in his bag and Spencer is sent to the Troublemakers program. At the Troublemakers program, in the episode Spencer's StoryKimi, Paige, Owen, Erik, and Alison, all help him to study for a Steelman Scholarship. To his surprise Nate was about to take the same test as him and reveals that he set Spencer up so he would have a bigger chance of winning the scholarship. Spencer goes and takes the test, meeting up with the Troublemakers afterwards who shoo off a nervous Nate.

Spencer wins the scholarship, instead of Nate. Meanwhile, after saving Allison from being nearly hit by a float and breaking his own legs during the process, Spencer starts developing feelings for Allison. He asks her out to the Homecoming dance, which she denies, as she already made plans to attend with Cameron Clark and so Spencer attends with fellow Troublemaker, Kimi. Spencer watches in shock and distress as Allison has her first kiss with Cameron, before he proceeds to dump her for feeling uncomfortable with their age differences. Spencer and Allison eventually do go on a first and second date, which both seem to go awry. Allison leaves the first date early, as she was overcame with guilt for going on a date with Nate and keeps this a secret from Spencer. However, Spencer ultimately finds out from Ben, during their second date, which is how their second date went awry. Allison divulges that the information was true and that she has some sort of feelings for Nate. Hurt and betrayed, Spencer breaks things off between them.

Motivated by his anger toward his friends for lying to him, Spencer joins forces with Mr. Hart to change the school. Enforcing punishment to those who disobey Mr. Hart's new rules, Spencer becomes disliked by the majority of the school because of his new attitude and behavior. While he presents a cold exterior, Spencer is internally affected by the way his friends now view him and is sensitive when Taylor calls him a bother. Saddened by the abandonment of his friends, Spencer finds a new one in Candace when she empathizes with his situation after a teasing from Veronica. Candace reveals to him that she lost friends too when they showed their true colors and the two bond over their mutual interest in wrestling.

Mr. Hart continues to manipulate Spencer furthermore, by showing him footage of Allison and Nate doing what seems to be flirting. Mr. Hart orders Spencer to track down Erik, who shows Spencer the actual footage. Realizing that Mr. Hart purposefully misrepresented the situation, Spencer abandons his and Mr. Hart's alliance and joins the Troublemakers. Spencer soon learns Erik's purpose for becoming the Town Crier and apologizes to his friends for acting poorly, following his reconciliation with Owen and Allison. Tensions between the latter and specifically former fade. Spencer even with Allison, just as she is about to ask him out. Candace subsequently approaches them and reminds Spencer that they have to catch the bus for the wrestling match they are going to see together. The two of them later go on another date to the movie theater when Spencer becomes discouraged by Allison asking out Nate. Ironically, Spencer brings Candace to the same movie Nate and Allison attend and awkwardness ensues. Spencer and Nate act civilly towards each other and Spencer continues to be so when he notices how impressed Allison is by it. When the girls leave to go to the bathroom together, Spencer warns Nate against hurting Allison.

Spencer attends Prom with Candace. While dancing with her, Candace notices that Spencer's attention is on Allison. Upset about this, she has Spencer admit to still liking Allison. They mutually agree to returning friends. Later on, in Series Finale, the player is given the option to choose if Spencer will end up dating Allison. If Spencer is chosen, the two will kiss and begin dating. If Nate is chosen to date Allison, Spencer will support her decision. Regardless of which decision is made, Nate and Spencer make amends.

Relationships

Romantic Interests

Sam Hill

Spencer had a brief relationship with Sam, although they ended it on mutual terms due to different interests. They continue to remain good friends, and Spencer is very protective of Sam.

Nicole Blackwell

At the end of year five, Spencer entered a relationship with Nicole who had a crush on him, the two were paired by Owen Harris. The two had an overall nice time together, but eventually split due to multiple bad dates, such as when they fell into a pond during a double date with Ben and Emily. The two remained friends afterwards.

Allison Applebee

Introduced in Troublemakers, Spencer and Allison are both forced into the Troublemakers program at school (Allison for judo flipping a bully and Spencer for being caught with exam answers). The two have limited interaction until Spencer's Story when Spencer shields her from toppling books in the library. Spencer eventually confides in Allison about why he had to do community service and how it might be too late to take a test to apply for a scholarship. Because of Allison's help and refusal to admit defeat, Spencer aces his exam and wins the Steelman Scholarship. These events help blossom a friendship between the pair and Spencer soon develops a crush on her.

His insecurities of not being smart enough for her are shown in The Float when he angrily throws darts at balloons while expressing his frustrations over previous rejections from girls over his intelligence. Risking his life when Erik's truck is unable to be stopped due to tampering, Spencer throws himself over Allison in order to save her from the oncoming truck. The truck ends up breaking Spencer's leg and he is therefore demoted to waterboy on the football team. Despite her guilt, Spencer tells her in The Unusual Suspects that he would have done it again for her regardless of the consequences. At the end of the episode, Allison kisses him on the cheek.

In The Tutors, Allison offers to help him study to raise his average. While Allison is secretly trying to figure out if she has feelings for him or not, Spencer plans on asking her to the upcoming Homecoming dance. His nerves get the best of him though and he stops himself every time he gets close to popping the question. By the time he is prepared to ask, it is revealed that Cameron has already asked her during his fifteen minute absence from the lounge they were staying in.

Spencer was shown as jealous and upset that Allison was going with another guy but decided to attend the dance with Kimi anyway. Unknowingly, Allison exhibited a bit of jealousy of seeing him with her. Losing his crutch halfway through the dance, Spencer goes to search for it and ends up watching through the window as Cameron kisses Allison outside. Seeing Allison cry after Cameron breaks things off with her, Spencer goes to comfort her when he realizes that he's locked inside the room. Spencer then texts Erik to go talk to her while also telling him not to tell her it was him who sent Erik. Since then, Spencer is shown to hold a grudge over these events, hating Cameron for breaking her heart.

Spencer finally gains enough motivation to ask Allison out on a date. Their first date appears to at first be going well, but Allison leaves during the date, claiming that her older sister, Amanda, was locked out of their house, when really, Allison left due to an overwhelming feeling of guilt she suddenly develops at the mention of her book club meeting, which ended with Allison and Nate on a date. Spencer and Allison have their second date in Exposed. Using Ben's tips to have a triumphant date, Spencer is able to have his first kiss with Allison—almost. At this moment, Spencer receives a text from Ben about Allison's secret that she had a date with Nate. Spencer questions Allison about this, who admits that it is true. Allison confesses she is unsure of what she feels for Nate, but that she knows she does feel something for her. Pained by the newly disclosed knowledge, Spencer declares that they're over and walks out on the date.

The information initially leaves much tension between the two to the point their conversations culminate in an awkward silence the majority of the time. Spencer is well upset by the fact Nate and Allison had a date, but proves to still have feelings for Allison, based on the events of The Winter Dance, in which he defends Allison against Veronica's insults about her. Spencer does not deny Veronica's accusation that he still likes her. Furthermore, they share a moment a few days after they overthrew Mr. Hart from his position as counselor.

Spencer's continues liking Allison, as his other feelings for Candace grow as well. Seeing Allison ask out Nate to the movies, Spencer then asks Candace out. He remains protective over her, warning Nate not to hurt her. During Prom, which he attends with Candace, his attention is on Allison throughout the dance, irritating Candace. She gets him to admit that he still likes her, following their return to staying as friends. Subsequently, Spencer approaches Allison, where they have a conversation in which Spencer agrees with Allison that he is important to her. In the series finale, if Spencer is chosen to be with Allison, the two will kiss and enter an exclusive relationship. If Nate is chosen, Spencer will respect her decision.

Dominique Clark

Spencer has a crush on Dominique in the first Surviving High School novel. After watching her scarf down multiple pizza slices, Spencer develops a strong attraction to her but it unfortunately goes unnoticed and unreciprocated by her as she only has eyes for his friend, Ben. Spencer has Ben invite Dominique to his parties so that he has a chance to get to know her and hookup. Nothing comes out of this crush and Spencer attends Homecoming with her best friend, Lindsay.

Lindsay Vale

I know, I know! I mean, I think maybe Lindsay started liking me so much because I was just going after Dom and ignoring her, right? Girls are totally like that. I can’t believe it. I totally gamed her without even meaning to!

–Spencer to Ben Kale, Surviving High School: The Novel

It is revealed at the end of the novel that Dominique's friend, Lindsay, had taken an interest in him while he was chasing after her friend. The two go to Homecoming together but no relationship comes out of this as they are both single in A New Start and the second novel. It is also possible that they both simply lost interest in each other as Spencer mentions that Lindsay developed an interest in him when she was ignored in his chase for Dominique's attention.

Candace

Candace and Spencer meet at the Winter Dance. Although initially brought over to insult Spencer for 'losing the most pathetic girl', Allison, Candace and Spencer find common ground in how both of their friends dislike them because of Spencer's decision to side with Mr. Hart and Candace's interest in wrestling, which Spencer is known to be an immense fan of.

Spencer and Candace's encounter results in a blossoming friendship. They both go to a wrestling match together. The two later go on a movie date in season four; however, Spencer asks her out, upon noticing Allison ask Nate out to the movies. Candace goes with Spencer to Prom, but notices his attention is elsewhere. Following his confession to liking Allison, they agree to give each other space and remain friends.

Friends

Owen Harris

Meeting in A New Start reboot featuring Owen as one of the new main characters, Spencer quickly befriends Owen when he is recruited to join the football team. The two of them, along with Ben Kale, have since then become best friends and often go to each other when they are having trouble with their girlfriends, By given Owen some advice with his Paige problems and Owen helps Spencer by pairing him up with Nicole. Spencer and Owen end up in the Troublemakers program together in the Troublemakers reboot where they have to work together to complete daily tasks and assignments. In The Tutors, Owen and Spencer are shown to understand each other well when Owen admits that he already knows of his crush on Allison.

Spencer is betrayed for the second time that week by Owen. Prior to the betrayal, Spencer seemed to believe that Owen was a loyal and trustworthy student at Twin Branches, who, like the majority of the students at Twin Branches, was resentful of Wilson High, due to their ongoing rivalry with them. Spencer's perspective soon changes when he learns that Owen is on Wilson High's wrestling team and although initially angered by the news, him and Owen settle their differences. Spencer is seemingly supportive of Owen's membership on the wrestling team, as he attended his final match, encouraging him to win.

Ben Kale

Introduced as a bully who takes over Ryan and Travis's "business", he quickly starts to bond and create a friendship with Ben Kale, all the while joining the football team (and later basketball team). Spencer is shown as Ben's most prominent and mentioned friend in the Surviving High School novels where Ben's girlfriend, Emily Kessler, is the protagonist. The two join the basketball team together along with Owen Harris in Basketball Tryouts. In Spencer's Story, Ben is enlisted by Spencer to help him study in order to get the Steelman Scholarship before Spencer is discouraged and walks out on their lesson. Ben also gives Spencer advice when needed such as in Homecoming Kiss when Ben advises Spencer on how to ask Allison out to the Homecoming Dance.

Enemies

Nate Crawford

Nate is Spencer's enemy. The two both competed for the Steelman Scholarship. Nate tricks Spencer into thinking Nate likes him and that Nate believes Spencer is an essential member of the football team. Subsequently, Nate gives Spencer an answer sheet to the test, explaining he can focus on the football game, then. However, Nate gave Spencer the answer sheet so that he would get caught with it. Thus, although not the outcome, Spencer would not be able to get the Steelman Scholarship.

Despite what he did and his intentions, Nate falsely claims that he wanted to apologize to Spencer in The Float. But in spite of that, in Nate's Revenge, Nate wants vengeance for getting the Steelman Scholarship. As a result, Nate tries to steal Allison away from Spencer, by bonding with her over books. Unfortunately, Nate's eventual feelings for Allison become genuine and Spencer is hurt when he finds out about a date that the two went on.

Due to his experience with Nate, Spencer displays his lack of trust in Nate multiple times. Instances include in Hart Attack. After receiving assistance from Nate in their attempt to prevent Mr. Hart from becoming the new principal at Twin Branches, Spencer is the only known person to not believe Nate has good intentions, as opposed to Allison, however admits that he is not as bad as before. Gradually, however, his opinion for Nate changes, though he remains reserved at first. During Prom, Spencer in fact admits that Nate is not as bad as he used to be and makes amends with him later on in Series Finale.

Cameron Clark

Spencer and Cameron dislike each other as both liked Allison. Spencer was easily jealous in the presence and mention of Cameron's interest in her. After Cameron is the one to ask Allison out first to the dance, Spencer's resentment of the swim star grew when he witnessed Cameron breaking things off with her outside of Homecoming. Sympathetic with her situation, as Allison had just received her first kiss and heartache, Spencer became extremely protective over her and aggressive towards Cameron. Confronting him in the locker room, Spencer instigates a fight despite his injured leg.

Mr. Hart

After having been warned by Ms. Lee of Mr. Hart's suspicious attitude, Spencer's first impression towards him is hostile. Spencer is from the start skeptical of Mr. Hart's motives, despite having been greeted warmly by him. Spencer refuses any of the gifts from Mr. Hart, such as the free laptops, which frustrates Mr. Hart.

Hurt by the betrayal from two of his friends, Spencer finally agrees to siding with Mr. Hart over the school-wide dispute regarding the increase surveillance. Though, his alliance is only temporary, as Spencer soon comes to terms that no matter what, those secrets would have existed anyway.

Personality

Who needs spelling when you can just punch stuff?

–Spencer to Ben Kale, Faceplace Zero

Known for his mood swings when he quickly changes from laid back to intense in order to pep up his team, Spencer has been proven to be fiercely loyal to his friends and the people he cares about. The character has a reputation of creating a lot of the comedic relief in the game. Aside from this, Spencer is charismatic about sports and often makes a sport remark. He is slightly dim-witted, in view of the fact that him and Sam ultimately broke up because of this characteristic of his.

Appearance

Spencer has brown skin, brown eyes and brown hair (which is shaved at the sides) combed back. He wears a green shirt. In Surviving High School: The Novel, Emily Kessler describes his hair to be a "terrible buzz cut with the words GO LIZARDS shaved into the back".

Age

During the Troublemakers, Spencer competes with Nate Crawford for the Steelman Scholarship, a university grant for athletics, meaning was most recently a senior. As of 2014, Spencer was around the ages 17-18.

Quotes

Of course we'll win! We have to win! If you don't think we'll win, you might as well get off the team!

–Spencer regarding state championships, Season 1 of A New Start

Trivia

  • Spencer claims to have the talent of eating 15 hot dogs in one minute, which he proves true.[1]
Surviving High School Characters [v]

Protagonists John Johnson, Linda Carter, Zoe Davis, Emily Kessler, Owen Harris, Kimi Chen, Allison Applebee
Main Characters Ben Kale, Howard DeGeest, Paige Lenx, Taylor Vale, Brendan Berg, Colt Warren, Denni Fallon, Sam Hill, Hector Alonzo, Amanda Applebee, Autumn Brooks, Beth Morgan, Spencer Cooper, Raven Fallon, Nick Brown, Erik Ericson, Spike Chapman, Mallika Desai, Kim Johnson, Wes, Kevin Delucca, Cameron Clark, Ms. Lee
Antagonists Jessica Blaire, Nate Crawford, Adam Jay, Taylor Vale, Alexei Harp, Paula Anderson, Tom Prince, Sillas Prince, Cromwell Von Toosh, Lindsay Vale, Dominique Clark, Sal, Mr. Hart, Maria Gonzalez, Veronica Wadeye, Brinna
Background & Other Nicole Blackwell, Chuck McKenzie, Chris, Lee Chen, Skazz van Tooten, Jacob Williams, Zach Wells, Ryan Powell, Andrew Grant, Kenji Black, Dexter Albright, Jill Patterson, Hannah Holmes, Mona Stansfield, Lisa Greene, Candace See More

References

  1. Season 6 of A New Start, Talent Search

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