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|“||I have a son. His name is Mieczyslaw Stilinski... But we call him Stiles. I remember. When Stiles was a little kid, he couldn't say his first name. I don't know why, it pretty much rolls off the tongue. But, uh... the closest he could get was "mischief." His mother called him that until... I remember when, uh... When Stiles first got his Jeep. It belonged to his mother-- she wanted him to have it. The first time when he took a spin behind the wheel, he went straight into a ditch. I gave him his first roll of duct tape that day. He was always getting into trouble, but he always had a good heart. Always. We're here tonight because my goofball son decided to drag Scott, his greatest friend in the world, into the woods to see a dead body.||”|
Sheriff Noah Stilinski, more commonly referred to as simply Sheriff or Stilinski, is a main character on Teen Wolf. He is the son of Elias Stilinski and an unknown mother, the husband of the late Claudia Stilinski and the father of Mieczyslaw "Stiles" Stilinski. As Sheriff of Beacon County, California, Stilinski has witnessed countless events that could not be explained, but it wasn't until Season 3 that he finally learned the truth about the supernatural world within Beacon Hills. Since then, he has worked as an ally to Stiles and their supernatural friends in order to both protect them and the town at large from supernatural threats. Though he finds it difficult to balance his duty as the Sheriff and his duty as a "pack parent," Stilinski has managed successfully dedicate himself to both roles.
Sheriff is good friends with Melissa McCall, Chris Argent, Jordan Parrish, and Derek Hale, and appears to have some romantic feelings for Natalie Martin. He is a member of the Stilinski Family and is also an ally of the McCall Pack.
Noah was born to Elias Stilinski, an Army engineer, and an unnamed mother in the mid-20th century. Elias was known for being both emotionally and physically abusive, and on at least one occasion, Noah stepped in to protect his mother from his abuse, causing his father to inadvertently throw him into a glass coffee table; his shoulder was scarred, and tiny fragments of glass remain under the now-healed wound even in the present day. ("Sundowning") Upon graduating from high school, Noah enlisted in the United States Army, where he served for an unknown length of time. ("The Fox and the Wolf")
Once his enlistment ended, he returned home and went to college, where he met and fell in love with Claudia Gajos, with whom he eventually married. In the mid-1990s, Noah and Claudia had a son who was named Mieczyslaw after her father and who goes by the nickname Stiles just like Noah's own father did. ("Sundowning"), ("The Tell") After graduating from college, Noah became a Sheriff's deputy, where he worked his way up the ladder until he was ultimately elected as Sheriff of Beacon County in the early 2000s. ("Visionary"), ("The Girl Who Knew Too Much"), ("Alpha Pact") At some point in his marriage, Claudia was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a devastating illness that caused her numerous ailments such as insomnia, sleepwalking, delusions, and an inability to tell dreams from reality. ("Riddled") Noah did everything he could to help her as her health deteriorated, patiently reorienting her when the delusions overwhelmed her, such as when she mistakenly believed that their son Stiles, who was then nine years old, was trying to kill her.
During his time as a Sheriff's deputy, Noah was tasked with investigating a murder of a young man, who, unbeknownst to him, was a Beta Werewolf, causing him to have a run-in with the young man's Alpha, Ennis, who was extremely distraught over his Beta's death and who physically threatened Noah until he was told to back off. ("Currents") It was implied that Noah questioned Chris Argent regarding this death but ultimately had no proof to charge him with anything, as he didn't know that it was actually Chris' father Gerard who had killed the Beta after torturing him. ("Alpha Pact") Noah was so successful at his job as a Sheriff's deputy that he was eventually elected Sheriff of Beacon County, though he continued to personally investigate cases and go to active crime scenes.
After his promotion, Noah was one of the police officers who found the mauled Julia Baccari in the Beacon Hills Preserve after she was attacked by Kali, another Alpha Werewolf who had killed her own pack and attempted to kill Julia, her Emissary, as her initiation into Deucalion's new Alpha Pack, though this, too, was unknown to Sheriff at the time. ("The Girl Who Knew Too Much", "The Overlooked") His first case as a Sheriff was investigating the car crash that killed the female members of the Tate Family, including Evelyn, her biological daughter Kylie, and presumably her adopted daughter Malia, who was never found but assumed to have been dragged away and eaten by coyotes. ("Anchors")
In the early 2000s, Stilinski dealt with a stressful situation with Claudia when, during a delusional episode, she went up to the roof of Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital. When he found her up there, she claimed that she needed to get away because she was sure that Stiles was trying to kill her, and knew that Sheriff didn't believe her about this. Stilinski remained calm and reminded her that this was just the delusions talking and that Stiles, as a young child and her only son, couldn't possibly want to do her harm. When the young Stiles followed them up to the roof, Claudia once again accused him of trying to kill her and even lunged at him, clawing at him furiously until she was presumably stopped by her husband. ("Required Reading")
In 2004, Sheriff was called to the scene of another car crash, where a young girl's car had overturned upon impact and knew she was about to die. Sheriff decided to stay with her and comfort her until she passed, but became alarmed when the girl suddenly squeezed his hand so hard he was sure she would break his bones. She then told him, "If you want to be with her, you need to leave now," alluding to Sheriff's wife Claudia, who had since been permanently hospitalized at Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital. Sheriff, not knowing that the girl was a Banshee who had a premonition of Claudia's death, and not believing that she could possibly know that his wife was sick, ignored this warning and stayed with the girl until she finally died. Afterward, he returned to the hospital to visit his wife, where he found the nine-year-old Stiles waiting sadly in the hallway and learned that Claudia had, in fact, died just as the girl had predicted. ("Alpha Pact")
At his wife's funeral, Sheriff saw how distraught Stiles was at the loss of his mother and assured him that he would always have him, which is what initiated the even closer bond the two would develop as a result of being each other's only remaining family. ("The Last Chimera") It has been implied that in the years following Claudia's death, Stilinski skirted the line between recreational drinking and alcoholism with his fondness for whiskey, to the point where he was encouraged to limit his drinking by his fellow deputies. ("Alpha Pact")
Throughout Teen Wolf
Noah Stilinski is a strict and confident man who is known for being tough and even a hot-head at times; however, despite these traits, he has proven himself to be a very intelligent person with a highly-developed intuition, which is what makes him such a good police officer and ally to the McCall Pack. His moral compass, code of ethics, and sense of duty to protect the innocent is what guides him-- even if he knows it would be easier, more convenient, or simply better to lie-- and his dedication to upholding the law is what typically keeps him from doing so.
This caused him a great deal of internal conflict upon finally learning about the supernatural, as he is someone who relies on logic, intellect and reason to understand the world, which made the revelation of creatures who defied everything he knew to be true difficult to accept, especially given that this world often existed outside of the law. As a result, he was forced to learn how to bend the rules in order to both protect the town from supernatural threats while also protecting the members of the McCall Pack and their allies-- who essentially act as his supernatural police force-- from having their supernatural identities exposed to the town.
Stilinski enjoys eating unhealthy fast food, much to his son's disapproval; Stiles even once switched his meal of a cheeseburger and curly fries to a salad for the sake of his father's health, as the Sheriff was the only family he had left and he wanted him to live as long as possible. Recently, the Sheriff's wife, Claudia (who, due to the shift in reality by the Ghost Riders, was conjured back into his life as a phantom) jokingly gave her husband a large quinoa and kale salad for dinner before revealing that she had actually bought him a hamburger and fries, which the Sheriff gleefully ate instead, demonstrating that his love for unhealthy food is well-known to anyone who knows him.
As a police officer and a former soldier, Stilinski has a great deal of self-control over his emotions and has been trained to remain calm even in the most tense and life-threatening of scenarios. This also makes him great at being able to negotiate with those who threaten the lives of innocent people and mediate between opposing parties, such as when he tried to talk down Matt Daehler when he and Jackson Whittemore, the Kanima under his control after they had taken over the Sheriff's station, or when he tried to negotiate a deal between the McCall Pack and their allies (including Jiang and Tierney, both of whom were the only remaining survivors of Satomi Ito's pack of Buddhist Werewolves), and Quinn Finch, a member of a pack known as The Primal) and Monroe's army of Hunters. He has also used this trait of his to help calm down victims of traumatizing or violent crimes.
Above all, Stilinski's strongest quality is his sense of loyalty. It does not matter if it his blood family, his friends, his allies, or his coworkers-- if Stilinski believes someone to be a person he likes and trust, he will fight for, protect, and defend them, even at the risk of his own safety and well-being. This has been shown to be true on numerous occasions over the course of the series, but was proven to the highest degree during the second half of Season 6, when Stilinski was given the chance to stay out of the battle over the course of several weeks by his fellow deputies who had joined Tamora Monroe and Gerard Argent's army of Hunters and refused it every time; the final time, when Deputy Ferrell argued that they had no interest in coming after him, Stilinski retorted that if they were coming for his friends, they were coming for him, and refused to choose a life of safety at the expense of his loved ones.
Sheriff Stilinski is a tall, handsome middle-aged man with a lean, athletic build. He has short, light brown hair, slightly tanned white skin, and hazel eyes. He is typically seen as wearing his Sheriff uniform due to nearly always being on duty, but in his free time, he is seen wearing casual and comfortable clothing such as relaxed fit jeans and henley shirts. On special occasions, he has been seen wearing suits and ties, such as during the parent-teacher conference at school, or during his date with Natalie Martin. He wore his simple gold wedding band on his left ring finger throughout his marriage to Claudia and for years after her death until he finally removed it in Season 5 when he decided to finally start dating again.
Powers and Abilities
As a human, Stilinski has no supernatural powers to speak of. However, he is not without helpful abilities; due to having been a former soldier in the US Army and currently being a Sheriff, he is highly trained in close-quarters combat and has a high-level of knowledge in weaponry, as evidenced when he used a powerful shotgun against the Oni and was able to identify Violet's necklace as being a thermowire garrote. He is a very skilled marksman, as he was able to free Alan Deaton when his wrists were bound with rope and suspended from the ceiling by carefully shooting the short length of rope between his hands and the ceiling itself without harming Deaton in the process.
His combat skills remain at a high level even despite being in his early middle-age, as proven when he fought three young Sheriff's deputies, including Deputy Ferrell, all at once without any assistance; he was able to quickly incapacitate all three deputies without any weaponry and while only sustaining a bloody nose in the fight, earning respect from his opponents after the fact. Stilinski is also quite good at thinking on his feet, such as when he used a claymore mine that was initially used by The Mute to kill Derek Hale to blow up a Berserker who was threatening Mason Hewitt and Lydia Martin.
He is also very knowledgeable when it comes to the law and how criminals operate, and is quite skilled in strategy and problem-solving due to his long career as a law enforcement officer and a soldier, making him very capable when it comes to solving the supernatural mysteries of Beacon Hills, albeit with help from the McCall Pack and their allies. This was evidenced on several occasions, including: when he figured out that Alan Deaton was being held at the First National Bank after finding the Celtic symbol in his clinic that matched the logo of the bank; when he figured out that Julia Baccari, the woman he found mauled in the woods years earlier, and the high school English teacher Jennifer Blake were the same person; and when made the connection between the Dread Doctors and their choice of teenagers (i.e. choosing teens who were already genetic chimeras due to organ and/or tissue transplants) to be turned into Chimeras, among many other instances.
- Sheriff's Cruiser
- Sheriff's Badge
- .9mm Beretta
- Crime-Solving Board
- Wedding Band
- Noah: Noah is a masculine given name derived from the Hebrew name נוֹחַ (Noach), which itself was likely of Babylonian or Assyrian origin from the word nukhu, meaning "rest, repose." Another possible source of the name is derived from the Hebrew root nahum, meaning "to comfort." According to the Old Testament, Noah was the builder of the Ark that allowed him, his family, and two members of each animal species to survive the great Flood. After the Flood, he received the sign of the rainbow as a covenant from God. As an English Christian name, Noah has been used since the Protestant Reformation and was especially popular among Puritans. Variants of the name in other languages include: Nuh (Arabic, Turkish); Now (Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin); Noach (Dutch, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew); Nooa (Finnish); Noé (French, Portuguese, Spanish); Nojus (Lithuanian); Noak (Swedish).
- Stilinski: Though this name has been implied to be of Slavic (specifically Polish) origin, it appears to be a made-up surname with no discernible etymology as far as it is known.
- In Season 5's Dreamcatchers, Stilinski went on a date with Natalie Martin. In an interesting twist, Linden Ashby and Natalie Martin's actress, Susan Walters, have been married in real life since 1986, after they met on the set of the television show Loving several years earlier.
- Stilinski has appeared in more episodes of Teen Wolf than any other parent character in the series, and has even appeared in more episodes than several of the main characters, such as Allison Argent, Derek Hale, Jackson Whittemore, Malia Tate, Kira Yukimura, and Liam Dunbar.
- As of Season 6, Linden Ashby has been promoted to a main character, and now appears in the intro credits.
- Until Season 6, his first name was unknown, as the majority of people referred to him as "Sheriff," or "Stilinski," or "Mr. Stilinski" until his father, Elias Stilinski, referred to him as "Noah" in the episode Sundowning. This is similar to how Stiles's first name was unknown until Noah revealed it himself in Season 6's Blitzkrieg after he finally regained his memories of his son after he had been captured by the Ghost Riders and erased from reality in Memory Lost.