You killed my father, and you framed me for a murder I didn't commit. You took everything from me! But I'm still here. And I swear to God, Ward, I will come back one day and take what's mine. So you listen to me, all right? I'm comin' for you.
John B in The Phantom

John Booker Routledge, otherwise known as John B, is the main protagonist in Outer Banks. He is portrayed by Chase Stokes.

He is the charismatic leader of the Pogues crew. His father went missing while trying to salvage a sunken ship, and he will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets behind his disappearance. John B convinces his friends to join him on the epic search for his father, and what his father was looking for, leading them on an unforgettable summer adventure.

History[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

John B is sixteen years old and grew up as a Pogue on the poor side of Outer Banks, also known as The Cut. In the intro, John B explains that he grew up as an only child and was raised by his father. His mother bailed to Colorado when he was three years old. Nine months prior to the Pilot, John B's father went missing at sea and is presumed dead, but his body has never been found. John B remains convinced however that his father is still alive. He had been living with his uncle following his father's disappearance, but his uncle left some months prior to the pilot to build houses in Mississippi.

John B is the leader of his friend group, The Pogues. This group consists of JJ, who has been John B's best friend since the 3rd grade, Pope, and Kiara.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Throughout Season 1, John B goes on an adventure with his best friends to continue what his father started and to find the gold from the famous Royal Merchant wreck. John B also hopes to solve the mystery of his father after he disappeared 9 months earlier.

John B follows a series of clues throughout the season that eventually lead him to the gold - but he encounters several obstacles along the way. First, is DCS, who are trying to put him into foster care. Eventually, he gets adopted by Ward Cameron, although under false pretences because Ward just wants to get more information about the gold.

John B goes on an adventure with Sarah Cameron and they end up falling in love with each other, despite being from different worlds. They start to date, at first to the shock and horror of his friends, but eventually they get on board.

At the end of the season, John B witnesses Rafe Cameron shoot Sheriff Peterkin to defend his father after the Sheriff tried to arrest him. John B runs and Ward ends up blaming the murder on John B instead of his son, which turns the whole city and police force against him.

There is a giant manhunt for John B at the end of Season 1, but he manages to get away with the help of Sarah. They get on a boat and start to ride away but are forced into the storm when the police chase them which results in their boat capsizing and they almost die. A passing ship ends up saving them and they ask to be dropped off at the nearest dock so they can continue their escape from the police.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Sarah Cameron[edit | edit source]

Main article: John B and Sarah

John B and Sarah are dating. They first met while he was stealing scuba gear off the Druthers to explore the sunken Grady White. Then in Episode 4, they grow closer as she helps him get into Chapel Hill.

Kiara[edit | edit source]

John B and Kiara are best friends. He tried to kiss her once but she turned him down. Since then, she has been looking out for him while he has been dating Sarah. Once, he was asked to choose, and he said both.

JJ[edit | edit source]

JJ and John B are best friends. They are always there for each other. They can relate to each other the most out of the Pogues. It is constantly stated that they would do anything for each other. They have also been friends for the longest, as stated by John B in the intro.

Pope[edit | edit source]

Pope and John B are best friends. They remain close throughout the season, except when Kiara and John B get closer. Pope has a crush on Kiara so he lashes out in one episode saying "Why is it always about John B?". In the end, he cares about him and grieves him when he thinks he is dead.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

John B is a tall, tan, freckled teen with brown hair and eyes. He's usually seen wearing board shorts and a patterned button-down short sleeve shirt with a faded light blue bandana tied around his neck.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

John B: The Outer Banks: Paradise on earth. It's the sort of place where you either have two jobs or two houses. Two tribes, one island.

John B: Pogues, Pogies, the throwaway fish, the lowest member of the food chain. Okay. So, the downside of Pogue life is that we're ignored and neglected. The upside of Pogue life? We're ignored and neglected, which means we do whatever we want, whenever we want.

John B: And that’s where the story starts. My dad missing, my uncle MIA, and the bride of Frankenstein threatening foster care.

John B (to Sarah): It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.

John B: Denials underrated, you should try sometime. It's always effective and it's only denial if you're wrong.


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His father's nickname for him is "Bird".
  • His boat's name is the HMS Pogue, presumably in honor of The Pogues.
  • John B. was a good student until his father's sudden disappearance.
  • He took Sarah's virginity.

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