|“||We're here to save Lydia... We're here to save our friend.||”|
The two first met at the end of Season 3B, when Malia, who had just been released from Eichen House, enrolled at Beacon Hills High School where Lydia attended school. Malia immediately joined the McCall Pack, and though the two took some time to warm up to each other as a result of Malia learning to be human again and shed some of her animal instincts, the two eventually became very close when they worked together to both decode the Deadpool hit-list and shut down the computers that ran it. The two grew even closer during the six months between the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5A, with Malia and Lydia spending a lot of time together, often joined by Kira Yukimura as well. Lydia helped Malia learn how to drive, and when Lydia was locked up in Eichen House by her mother, Natalie Martin, Malia was determined to help the rest of the pack break her out to save her life. Now that Kira has returned to New Mexico to train with the Skinwalkers, Malia and Lydia have been seen spending even more time together to deal with it.
Lydia and Malia's relationship is referred to as "Malydia" by fans.
Throughout Teen Wolf
In More Bad Than Good, Lydia, along with Scott McCall, Stiles Stilinski, Allison Argent, and Isaac Lahey, worked together to save Malia, still trapped in her coyote form, from being killed by her adopted father Henry Tate, who believed her to be the coyote that killed his wife and children. With Lydia's help, Scott was able to Alpha roar Malia into shifting back into human form, and after a brief reunion with her father, Malia was sent to Eichen House to learn to adapt to human life again.
In The Divine Move, Malia was shown enrolling at Beacon Hills High School. When Coach Finstock showed Malia around, she saw Lydia and Kira standing in the hallway. Lydia smiled at Malia, and Malia smiled back, starting the beginning of their friendship.
In The Dark Moon, Lydia and Malia, along with Scott, Kira, and Stiles, traveled to Mexico to infiltrate the Calavera Family's compound, where they believed Derek Hale was being held captive. When the five of them were captured as well, they realized that Lydia had been taken upstairs by Araya Calavera and began to brainstorm what to do. Malia suggested taking out whoever opened the door next and making a run for it, but when the others insisted that they couldn't leave Lydia behind, Malia seemed confused, since as a coyote, she would leave anyone who was weak and injured behind in order to ensure her survival. However, when Kira and Scott were taken upstairs by Severo Calavera to join Lydia, Stiles helped Malia focus her hearing so she could figure out what was happening to Lydia and the others.
While the McCall Pack was following Braeden to La Iglesia where Derek was being held hostage by Kate Argent, Lydia seemed slightly annoyed by Malia's insistence on knowing who Kate was and why she would want Derek. After Scott explained that Kate had caused the Hale House Fire that killed most of the Hales and caused Peter Hale to be seriously burned, Lydia quietly informed her that Kate was Allison Argent's aunt and a complete psychopath. Lydia and Malia were left behind with Stiles and Kira when the Jeep broke down and Scott left for La Iglesia with Braeden. After Malia got into a scuffle with a Berserker, the four were on their way to catch up with Scott and Braeden at La Iglesia when Stiles anxiously informed Malia that he thought she was going to leave them behind. Malia promised that she would never leave Stiles behind before somewhat tactlessly adding that she would leave Lydia and Kira behind, causing Lydia to just as rudely point out that Malia's wound looked pretty bad, indicating that the girls still had some work to do on their friendship.
In Muted, Lydia overheard Malia talking to Stiles about how much she disliked math and tried to explain why it was an important subject to learn. When she and Malia were sent to the blackboard to do math problems in front of the class, Lydia reminded Malia that she had lent her her own math notes, but Malia embarrassedly explained that she couldn't understand them. Somewhat frustrated, Lydia helped Malia finish her math problem and quietly pointed out that her claws had popped out as a result of her anxiety regarding the class. That night, when Stiles and Malia were studying together, they looked at Lydia's math notes and realized that the reason why Malia couldn't understand them was because Lydia had unintentionally gone into a Banshee fugue state while she was writing them and had unconsciously written a computer code in them.
In The Benefactor, it was revealed that the McCall Pack had been using Lydia's family's lake house to restrain Malia during the full moon when Natalie Martin made a comment about the claw marks in the basement and how she thought a "pack of wild animals" had gotten inside. When the pack discussed what they were going to do about Liam Dunbar, who had accidentally been bitten by Scott in the previous episode and who was about to have his first full moon that night, Malia protested the suggestion that she would be sharing "her basement" with him. This caused Lydia to remind her that it was actually her basement and point out that Natalie had noticed the damage Malia had caused.
In I.E.D., it was shown in flashbacks that both Malia and Kira had stayed with Lydia at the lake house all weekend while she listened to the blank record in the Banshee study in hopes of divining the keywords for the last two sections of the Deadpool hit-list. When Lydia stayed up all night with no results, Malia and Kira pulled Lydia away and forced her to get some rest.
After the weekend was over, Malia and Lydia worked together to try to use other methods to trigger a Banshee premonition so they could unlock the rest of the Deadpool, which started with Malia watching Lydia try to free-draw in the art room. It was there that Malia got the idea to get help from another Banshee, Meredith Walker, who Malia had befriended while they were at Eichen House together. Later, when they learned that they would be unable to sign Meredith out themselves, Malia suggested going to the music room to try to get a Banshee premonition, causing Lydia to lose her temper. She reminded Malia that she wasn't like the rest of them, because she didn't have claws and fangs and super senses-- she only had voices in her head.
When Lydia stormed away, Malia, feeling guilty for pressuring her, tracked Lydia down, and eventually went to the Sheriff's station with Lydia when they learned that Meredith had heard their call for help and had broken out of Eichen House herself to talk to them. Malia helped Lydia question Meredith, and tried to be more gentle with Meredith when Lydia's frustration got the better of her and caused Meredith to shut down. Afterward, Malia realized that the 4-digit code that Meredith had given them corresponded with the numbers and letters on a telephone, leading Lydia to realize that the second keyword was "Aiden." Upon putting the name in the Deadpool code, they unlocked the second list, which included Noshiko Yukimura, Satomi Ito, Kate Argent, and Jordan Parrish.
In Monstrous, Lydia was at the Beacon County Sheriff's Station with Sheriff Stilinski and Jordan Parrish to try to get answers about the Deadpool from Meredith Walker and Peter Hale when Malia, who was with Stiles at the lake house, called her to try to figure out how to shut down the computers they found in the walls that were running the payments. While they were video-chatting, Lydia noticed, with help from Stiles and Malia, that the wine stain from The Benefactor had disappeared, leading her to realize that the key to stopping the Deadpool code in the computers must be hidden in the bottle of wine that was spilled. On Lydia's instructions, Malia located the bottle of wine and smashed it on the floor so that Stiles could get the key inside and use it to shut down the computers, successfully ending the Deadpool once and for all.
In A Promise to the Dead, Malia, Lydia, and Kira were in Economics class when Coach Finstock passed back tests to the students. Malia showed Lydia the 78% she had recently gotten on a math test, and though Lydia, a straight-A student, wasn't that impressed with the grade, Malia was thrilled to have passed and thanked Lydia for her help with her studies, joking that her math notes helped her a lot when they weren't written in code. Kira and Malia both looked at Lydia with concern when she seemed to get an ominous Banshee premonition and assured her that things were okay, but Lydia didn't seem sure.
In Dreamcatchers, Lydia, along with Kira, gave Malia a driving lesson in Malia's new car, though Lydia slowly began losing patience when Malia proved to be a less than impressive driver. However, Kira and Malia quickly became concerned when Lydia began to get a Banshee premonition that led them downtown, where they found a prison transport van stopped in the middle of the road. In front of the van was the driver of the van, who had just been mauled and was crawling toward them, and when they saw him, Lydia told Malia to call 911. Afterward, Lydia, Malia, and Kira stayed behind to talk to Sheriff Stilinski, which was where they learned that it was Tracy Stewart who attacked the van.
The next day, Malia and Lydia joined Scott, Stiles, Kira, Liam, and Mason to talk about what they needed to do about Tracy. When Malia suggested that they put her down, both Stiles and Lydia looked as though they were considering it, while everyone else just looked bewildered. After Malia recovered from being paralyzed by Tracy at the animal clinic, she rushed to the Beacon County Sheriff's Station to find Kira and Lydia. When she got there, she saw Kira kneeling on the floor of Sheriff Stilinski's office with Lydia in her lap, bleeding out from a wound on her side that Tracy caused with her tail. When Malia rushed to help, Lydia stopped her and insisted that she go find Tracy and convince her that she wasn't dreaming and that everything was real, which Malia reluctantly did.
In Condition Terminal, Malia went to Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital with the rest of the pack to ensure that Lydia would be okay, and once Melissa assured them that she would make it, Malia informed them about the masked men she saw kill Tracy.
In Required Reading, Malia supervised Lydia, along with Scott, Stiles, Kira, and Theo Raeken while they read The Dread Doctors novel by Gabriel Valack in an attempt to trigger any memories that the Dread Doctors may have repressed if they experimented on them, since Malia had already read the book and nearly got run over by a car during her flashback-hallucination.
In Strange Frequencies, Malia and Lydia worked with Scott, Liam, and Parrish to protect Hayden Romero, a recently-revealed Chimera, from the Dread Doctors. Malia and Lydia, along with Scott and Parrish, also experienced terrifying hallucinations caused by the Doctors so they could capture Hayden and Liam without their interference.
In The Sword and the Spirit, Lydia, who was still catatonic in Eichen House after Theo Raeken's attack in Status Asthmaticus, was using her shared Banshee connection with Meredith Walker so Meredith could teach her how to use her voice as a weapon in hopes that she could use it to wake up and break out of Eichen. However, during their practice session, after Meredith had telepathically trapped Lydia in a cell with the intention of forcing her to scream her way out, Lydia began to experience a Banshee premonition in which Malia was being threatened by her mother, the Desert Wolf. However, while the real battle was going down at Fort Jewett Army Base, Lydia's premonition showed Malia being attacked by the Desert Wolf in her old coyote den in the Beacon Hills Preserve. Despite these differences, Lydia was still able to hear Theo shooting Malia to weaken her, and the Desert Wolf taunting Malia about the fact that "Malia" technically wasn't her name, since Talia Hale had taken her away before she could be named.
When Lydia began to panic, Meredith urged her not to get lost in the premonition and insisted that she could still save Malia and the rest of her friends, but that she had to get out of Eichen first. Lydia then continued to watch the premonition as the Desert Wolf grabbed Malia by the throat, punched her in the face, and then threw her backward against one of the armored military vehicles, where she fell onto the ground. Lydia seemed horrified when she saw the Desert Wolf reveal that Malia had supposedly stolen part of her werecoyote powers in childbirth before she stomped her boot-clad foot into Malia's stomach where she had been shot, grinding the heel in and asking her if it hurt. The Desert Wolf pointed out that Malia had strength, speed, and the capacity to heal before insisting that she was going to take it back by killing her. Fortunately, Alan Deaton interrupted her and frantically reminded her that if she didn't kill Malia on the full moon, she wouldn't get her powers, hoping that it would at least buy Malia some time.
Lydia continued to panic about Malia being close to dying, causing Meredith to remind her that she could help her, but only if she learned to break the glass of her cell with her scream. In the real world, a sadistic orderly, Schrader, attempted to give Lydia injections of antipsychotic medications, taking pleasure in doing so and pretending as though he missed her blood vessels so he could continue doing it. Just before he was about to inject Lydia in the carotid artery, Lydia managed to channel her scream through her hands in her mind space, which caused her to awaken in the real world and scream as well, causing not only the lights in Eichen House to explode, but also all the lights in Fort Jewett and possible everywhere in between as well. She then took advantage of Schrader's distraction to start her escape, fighting orderlies and guards on her way out while Malia, taking advantage of the distraction Lydia had caused at the Army base, began fighting the Desert Wolf.
However, though Lydia's efforts did allow Malia to get the upper-hand until the Beast of Gevaudan showed up and scared the Desert Wolf away, Lydia ended up being re-captured by the armed guards of Eichen House and put in Gabriel Valack's custody, where he performed trephination on her in hopes that by amplifying her abilities, she would be able to help him learn the identity of the Beast's vessel.
In Amplification, Malia, along with the rest of the McCall Pack and their allies, such as Jordan Parrish, Mason Hewitt, and Hayden Romero, made plans to break Lydia out of Eichen House before the trephination Gabriel Valack performed on her caused her to not only die due to being consumed by her amplified power, but also kill everyone around her with her dying scream.
To do this, Malia helped Kira Yukimura practice her electrokinetic abilities in the science laboratory at school so that she would be ready to siphon enough of the electricity in Eichen House's electrical system that it would cause a brown-out and allow them to use the keycard Stiles Stilinski stole to get inside the closed unit where Lydia was being held. When Kira's efforts to siphon electricity from a small machine in the lab failed, she became extremely discouraged and convinced that she couldn't do what needed to be done, which caused Malia to remind her that she had to figure out how to do it, because, without Kira's help, they would never be able to get Lydia out of Eichen.
That night, despite Kira failing all of her practice, tries earlier in the day, Kira and Malia sneaked into Eichen House's electrical room so that Kira could cause the brownout. When Kira touched the wires and found that nothing was happening, she once again lamented the fact that she had no idea what she was doing and didn't have control over her powers, which had been heightened by the Dread Doctors' experimentation. Finally, when it became clear that time was running out, Malia reminded Kira that this wasn't about either of them-- it was about Lydia, and they were there to save their friend, who desperately needed their help. This reminder gave Kira the motivation and confidence she needed to successfully create the brownout necessary to get Stiles into the closed unit, though the rest of the escape did not go as planned, and the interference of the Chimera Pack members Theo Raeken, Tracy Stewart, Josh Diaz and Corey led to Eichen going into lockdown, trapping everyone inside the facility.
In The Beast of Beacon Hills, Lydia and Malia were separated due to having separate tasks in their attempt to locate and save Mason Hewitt from being consumed by the Beast of Gevaudan; Lydia was with Stiles and Sheriff Stilinski at the Sheriff's station while Malia was with Braeden at the McCall House in case Mason showed up there. Later that day, Malia called Lydia to check in and see if there were any updates, but neither of them had heard any news about the search. When Malia complained about feeling like she was being in a prison due to the Mountain Ash barrier around the house, Lydia reminded that it was just there to keep her safe from the Desert Wolf due to the impending full moon. Malia retorted that she should be at the station with Lydia and Stiles to keep Stiles safe from the Desert Wolf as well, since she wanted to kill him, but Lydia assured her that he would be fine, even after Stiles clumsily ran into a door.
In Apotheosis, Lydia pulled into the parking lot at the high school, where Malia was sitting on the hood of her own car and studying while she waited for Lydia to arrive. When Lydia joined her, the two young women looked around at their fellow students milling about outside the school before looking at each other and smiling warmly. Afterward, Lydia linked her arm through Malia's so they could walk into the school together, their friendship seemingly strong as ever.
The friendship between Lydia and Malia is getting better since the start of this new season. It's been 3 months since 5B and it seems like the two are on the path towards becoming best friends.
In Memory Lost, Lydia and Malia are seen together when the pack investigates together what happened with the kid his parents. Malia investigates the location as Werecoyote form and when she's turning back to the back, she transformed back to human. Lydia, who act totally normal when Malia is seen naked, give Malia her clothes as she stepped out of the car. Lydia doesn’t believe Alex’s parents are dead. Malia disagrees and says they have likely torn apart. She doesn’t understand why the lack of blood. Lydia says Alex’s parents can’t be dead because she’d be able to sense if they were. As she gets dressed, Malia says, if they were alive, she would smell it. Scott agrees, there’s no lingering scent. After the conversation of Lydia and Stiles, Lydia walks away as Malia follows her. Later the episode, Lydia calls for Malia at the school. Malia arrives at school and Lydia explains that something bad is about to happen. Malia questions Lydia about when she first got her premonition. It was when she was with Stiles, and they figured out they were facing the Ghost Riders. Malia reads from an entry on the Wild Hunt, “Those who see the Wild Hunt beware, for you are already lost.” Lydia remembers that Stiles saw the riders and realizes that they’re coming for him. Malia doesn’t know who she’s talking about as she’s forgotten Stiles as well. Lydia later runs for Stiles as she tells him that Malia forgot about him. At the end of the episode, when Lydia arrives at school, Malia looks up to her asking what is wrong with her.
In Superposition, Lydia and Malia share much interaction. Lydia enters the class and sits. The desk next to hers is empty. She stares at it in confusion. Mrs. Flemming (Rahnuma Panthaky) hands back tests. Malia scored a D-. Malia gets angry, she grips the top of her desk and her claws extend. Lydia notices and tries to distract the teacher. Flemming tells Lydia that she won’t “give extra credit for alternate equations based on your own theoretical findings.” As the teacher moves on, Lydia whispers “claws Malia!” Calmer now, Malia’s claws retract. Later the episode, Lydia enters the basement at school and finds Malia partially chained to the wall. Malia explains that she has a problem, she’s growling at people, clawing her desk, and turning the floor of her bedroom into a coyote den. She says she remembers coming down to the basement before when she used to lose control of her Werecoyote side. She notes that this was before they took her to Lydia’s lake house. (see The Benefactor). Malia says she remembers being chained but that Scott and Lydia weren’t there and she couldn’t reach far enough to chain herself. They decide someone had to have been with her. Scott calls Lydia and Malia to come out to the woods. He explains how he woke up near the spot where he was bitten and turned into a werewolf. (see Wolf Moon) Lydia says she didn’t know Scott then and Malia points out that she was still stuck in coyote form at the time. Scott remembers looking for a body that night but certain facts, like how he heard about the body, how he got five miles from his house without a car and why Sheriff Stilinski suspected he was out there, don’t make sense. He concludes he wasn’t out there alone. At the end of the episode, the two, together with Scott are at the Animal Clinic, as they discover the name: S.T.I.L.E.S.
In Sundowning, Lydia and Malia first interact with Scott, Lydia, Natalie and Sheriff Stilinski find Malia in the basement where she used to come to lock herself upon the full moon. The Sheriff urges Scott to “Alpha” growl at her to make her calm down, but Lydia suggests they move away since they’ve invaded her territory where she feels safe. It works, Malia changes back and Mrs. Martin gives her back her clothes. The others are confused as to why Malia is suddenly shifting; they agree that the pressure of school and the recent attempt by her mother to kill her should not be having this effect. They wonder if it is connected to Stiles and the Sheriff explains that it’s a Stilinski family nickname used by his father. Scott, Lydia, and Malia head to the Goodwater Assisted Living facility. Malia knocks out the nurse and locks him in a closet. They find Elias Stilinski alone in the dayroom listening to old trumpet music. He seems confused by the intrusion. Thinking this is the Stiles they’ve been looking for, Lydia introduces herself and asks if the old man knows her. He doesn’t. Malia, impatient and uncomfortable, asks if he knows any of them. Elias has all his faculties back. He knows Scott is not his son. In fact, he knows Scott’s father and says that he “couldn’t handle his liquor” and cheated on Scott’s mother repeatedly. Malia becomes more agitated and growls as the old man continues. He also knows Lydia and says she looks like her mother. He says Natalie was “pretty once too.” Malia is pissed. Her eyes flash blue and she demands that Elias stop talking. Elias keeps talking claiming Natalie also “liked to talk like she was the smartest person in the room.” Malia loses it, flips her claws and moves toward him. The Sheriff bursts in with the formerly knocked out nurse. While the sheriff is angry, his father seems calm and says “Noah, we were just having a nice conversation.” At the Sheriff’s station, Natalie yells at Scott, Malia, and Lydia for what they did at the nursing home. She says they’re talking felony assault charges for Malia. She says she didn’t beat up the nurse, she could have but chose not to. Lydia says this is an improvement. The sheriff says all is well, by some miracle the nurse isn’t going to press charges and they’re free to go. Martin says Lydia is grounded for eternity.
In Relics, Lydia explains to Scott and Malia that Jake’s ID (See Superposition) and Gwen’s sister’s bracelet are relics that prove they existed. She says these items left behind suggest the Ghost Riders can’t erase everything. She says Conservation of Mass within an isolated system remains constant. Scott sees this as a weakness of the Ghost Riders. Malia says a relic could be proof that Stiles existed. Later the episode, Lydia joins Scott and Malia in the hall and updates them that Claudia never had children so Stiles can’t be her son. Both Scott and Malia seem ready to give up on the search for Stiles. Lydia says they have to keep trying. Malia says they should focus on defeating the Ghost Riders instead.
In Radio Silence, Lydia and Malia first interact as Malia and Scott find Lydia standing in front of the blue Jeep. The sound is coming from the police band radio inside. Scott breaks the lock on the door and they get in. The sound in the Jeep stops. Scott suddenly catches a scent of himself, Lydia and Malia inside the vehicle but he and Malia both say they’ve never been inside the Jeep. Lydia says they have but they don’t remember. Malia seems frustrated that she’s back to her “Stiles” theory again. Scott points out that Jordan Parrish checked the VIN and found it was not registered to anyone. Lydia says it didn’t just park itself outside the school. Malia says again that Stiles is not real but Lydia searches the glove compartment and comes up with a registration from 1996. It lacks a name but has an address: 129 Woodbine Lane. Lydia says she knows the house.
- Lydia and Malia have both been the objects of Stiles Stilinski's affection. Stiles has had a crush on Lydia since they were in the third grade, whereas Malia was Stiles' first girlfriend, and Stiles was Malia's first boyfriend. This has created a very subtle love triangle in the series.
- Lydia has been a kind of tutor for Malia, helping her catch up in school after spending eight years as a coyote in the woods. Thanks in part to Lydia's help, Malia was able to move on to senior year with the rest of her friends.
- As of Season 6 - with Kira gone - Malia and Lydia have gotten much closer to each other. They seem to have become best friends and spend the most time together out of all the female members of the McCall Pack.
- Shelley Hennig, the actress of Malia, likes to think of the idea that Malia looks up to Lydia like a role model.
- Holland Roden likes the Malydia friendship and their scenes together.
- Both have, in a sense, lost their best friends, which in turn made them closer.