Todd Wilkins is a student at Sweet Valley High in Sweet Valley, California, in the Sweet Valley books series. He was portrayed by Ryan James Bittle for the first two seasons in the Sweet Valley High (T.V. Series) then portrayed by JEREMY VINCENT GARRET in the last two seasons for 3 & 4.
|Series|| Sweet Valley High|
Sweet Valley Twins
Sweet Valley University
|TV|| Ryan Bittle (Season 1-2)
Jeremy Garrett (Season 3-4)
He is the star basketball player and captain of the basketball team at S.V.H. (as well as the wide-receiver for the football team in the updated 2008 re-boot) and is very popular. He moved away to Vermont once in the Sweet Valley High series in book #23, but came back in book #58. Although he was still maintaining a long-distance relationship with Liz, he was seeing another girl and Jessica (while Liz herself was seeing Jeffrey French).
Todd is very nice and is tall and very talented in sports, especially basketball. He is not merely an athlete, but he happens to be an intellectual quite like Elizabeth herself. He is a notably bad cook, always making a mess of every culinary concoction he attempts--even when following a recipe. They share many interests and characteristics. Elizabeth and Todd are extremely compatible.
Todd, while he has a very nice friendship and romantic relationship with Elizabeth, he has a very strong hateful relationship with her twin sister, Jessica, which could hardly be called a friendship. Jessica and Todd try to get along for Elizabeth's sake, but they often argue and make mean comments about each other, like Todd saying to Jessica in the SVH TV show episode 'The Stolen Diary' that Jessica's most meaningful relationship was with her mirror, which is partly true.
A lot of the real reason for Jessica's animosity towards Todd is her anger over the fact that while both twins had feelings for Todd, he picked Elizabeth over her. She did manage to seduce him and turn him away from Elizabeth after her boyfriend Sam died in "The Morning After." They carried on a romance, which Todd himself felt especially guilty for. And after their affair in "Jessica's Secret Diary II," she does her best to keep her desire to be with him a secret.
Personality On The TV Show Edit
In the first two seasons as Todd was played by Ryan James Bittle, the character of Todd was an arrogant alpha-male with a dominant attitude. He has a quick temper and was quick to violence, heavily prone to jealousy. He immensely was quick with a retort and overly-protective of Elizabeth.
By season Three and Four, the actor was replaced with Jeremy Vincent Garrett and the character was turned into a largely thick-headed goof-ball who despite being very romantic and charming, was basically the boilerplate dumb jock-type entirely for comic relief. He wasn't just gifted as basketball, he had a knack for all sports--and was mostly a push-over whenever the girls would deal with him.
In the book series, both Elizabeth and Jessica have especially strong romantic feelings for Todd early on. Elizabeth is interested in being Todd, but Jessica attempts to sabotage the possibility as she wants Todd for herself. Jessica tells Todd that Elizabeth is dating someone else and tells Elizabeth than Todd is only interested in her. Eventually, Elizabeth and Todd do get together. Although they break up repeatedly. Elizabeth and Todd repeatedly cheat on one another throughout their tenure together. Todd has a recurring affair with Jessica herself.
In the "Sweet Valley University" series, Enid's re-invented herself by going by her last name--Alexandra--and experiments by having a relationship with Todd after her boyfriend leaves her by getting into trouble for accepting bribes. Both Alex and Todd are lost and use each other as an anchor for their time feeling lost and adrift in college. And the two even succumb to sex.