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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 a life-changing summer adventure with good and bad obstacles along the way.



John B is seventeen years old and grew up as a Pogue on the poor side of Outer Banks, also known as The Cut. In the intro, John Booker Routledge 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

Season 1

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 pretenses 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 the first season, 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.

Season 2

John B's new wanted poster

John B is still running away, and wanted to turn himself in so he could show that he is innocent and Ward is not. While at, Nassau he met a lady called Cleo, he helped him have a home and save his life, they then escaped everything there with Sarah almost dying, on the Camerons' Nassau boat to Charleston, South Carolina. There, Sarah Cameron and him reunited with Kiara, JJ, and Pope, and escaped back to the OBX, to party at John B's house.

He went to jail after he was sentenced to death for the murder of Susan Peterkin. While there, he was attacked in his jail cell by a man assigned to attack him by Deputy Plumb. He almost died but the man escaped.

His charges were dropped after the gun used by Rafe to kill Peterkin was found to have his fingerprints.

After an escape from the Coastal Venture on a rescue boat, John B, along with the other Pogues and Cleo, arrived on a deserted island where they talked about what just happened and then came to the compromise that they should find surfboards and surf the waves. They then made a campfire and chilled out together.


John B is a loyal and caring friend, he is protective and out-going. He is kind and friendly to most people, although he can be quite rude to the people he despises. He is emotional and gets angry fast, especially when people he cares about are involved. Just like JJ, he normally doesn't have the safest plan as the first option but goes for the more dangerous plan. His main goal is to find his father, which gets him into a lot of trouble. John B is smart, but sometimes he has stupid or weird ideas that don't seem to make sense at all, like when he had the idea to throw a rock at the motion censor lights which obviously was not helpful at all.


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Sarah Cameron

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.


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 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 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

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.


Season 1

Season 2


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.


  • 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.
  • He took his driver's license in North Carolina.[1]



  1. Season 2 - Episode 3