"I hurt the people I care about."
|Full Name||Zigmund Novak|
|Nickname(s)|| Zig (by Everyone)|
The Zig Man (by Mo)
Ziggy (by Tori)
Blood Sucker (by Tristan)
Zig Man (by Maya)
Zig Zee (via Twitter)
Novak (by Damon)
Brutus (By Himself)
Zig McZigzig (by Maya)
Black Dog (By Winston
|Date of Birth||1997 (retcon 1998)|
|Family|| Mrs. Novak (Mother) |
|Relationships|| Tori Santamaria (Ex-Girlfriend)|
Maya Matlin (Kissed, Attraction)
|School(s)|| Degrassi Community School|
Unnamed Junior High
|Affiliation(s)||Power Squad (Mascot)|
|First Episode||Underneath It All (1) (1132)|
|Portrayed By||Ricardo Hoyos|
Zigmund "Zig" Novak is a sophomore (Grade 10) at Degrassi Community School. He's handsome, charming, and obsessed with skateboarding and playing music. His home life isn't much fun, so he makes the most of his time at Degrassi—flirting with the girls and making his guy friends laugh. Zig finds himself in detention on a regular basis, but he can usually talk his way out of trouble.
Trouble follows Zig, whether it's talking to girls or even doing nothing, he always finds himself in a tight situation. Zig even feels that he hurts the ones he cares about the most. He is best friends with Damon, and is good friends with his band mates Mo Mashkour, Imogen Moreno and Adam Torres (before his death). He is also friends with Grace, Maya, who he has a crush on, and Tiny.
He was enemies with Campbell Saunders, and has a dislike towards Miles Hollingsworth III. He is the Power Squad mascot and currently a member in the band, WhisperHug. He changed drastically during the summer before his sophomore year, now a bad boy who is involved with the wrong crowd. Zig is portrayed by Ricardo Hoyos.
Season 11In Underneath It All, Zig begins at Degrassi Community School along with his fellow Junior High classmates, Tori and Tristan. On his first day, he encounters a new, artsy girl named Maya, who he invites to the Dot after school. Zig tells Maya that he broke up with Tori because he didn't want to start high school with a girlfriend. Zig takes Tori back because he realizes that wasn't really a good reason, but remains friends with Maya.
In Can't Tell Me Nothing (1), Zig is seen waiting for Tori to come to the skatepark with him. She agrees and leaves with him, upsetting Tristan. Later, Zig is seen in The Dot after receiving an invitation to meet someone there. He assumes the invitation is from Tori, but she shows up and hugs him after receiving the same invitation thinking she was invited there by him. Tristan explains he gave them the invitations, and tells them he wants to be friends with both of them, and suggests they do a music act for the Coffee House. Zig agrees but looks unsure.In Can't Tell Me Nothing (2), Zig doesn’t see a spot for him in Tristan and Tori's two man cabaret show Half a Heart. Zig tries to work with Tristan and suggests a rap. Unfortunately, Tristan sees this as an insult to his creative masterpiece. Zig tells Tristan that his song is campy and Tori admits that she thinks they should leave Half A Heart as a good memory from their summer camp performance.Tristan decides to forge ahead with Half a Heart. After Tristan gets booed onstage, Tori runs on stage to complete the half of Tristan’s heart that’s missing. Zig also joins them for his rap part.
In Need You Now (1), Zig wants Tori to film him skateboarding for a contest. When Tori has to leave he tells her the deadline is tonight and he wants it to be good, and suggest Maya would help him to get Tori to stay.In Need You Now (2), Zig goes to the gym looking for Tori, and see's her as the mascot. Zig tells her he can't come support her due to skateboarding. Zig is then asked by Tori to come to the game, he once again rather go with the guy skateboarding than the football game and support Tori. Saying that's not really his thing, Tori leaves the room, and Zig is left compelled. Zig shows up at the game as the new mascot, and now Tori can be on the team.
In Smash Into You (1), Zig is seen at the skatepark skateboarding.
In Come As You Are (1), he joined Tori, Maya and Tristan at the mall. When Tori mentioned getting breast reduction surgery, Zig expressed concern, but Tori quickly reassured him that her parents said no. As the topic shifted to lingerie and the possibility of Maya getting breast implants, Zig quietly walked away from the group. Later, he tweeted "Lesson learned. Shopping with (them) is informative. I’ll stay at the skate park next time."
In Got Your Money (1), Zig is first seen talking to Maya where she reveals that he made it into WhisperHug. Tori comes up and congratulates him and they all walk into class where she states that their four-month anniversary is the next day. He says he has a great surprise planned and she claps excitedly, saying that she'll wear her new dress and he can wear anything except the khaki uniform pants.
She says the reason being that the only other person that still wears them is his friend Damon because he can't afford anything else. Upon walking out of class, he spots the lost-and-found and steals a pair of jeans. He is later shown with Damon at his mother's store where he is looking for something to give to Tori. His mother gives him a bracelet that had just came in and he says that she will love it.
After rehearsing Be My Someone with his band the next day, Mo brings up the times for more practices where Zig says he can't do anything that night because of his anniversary. Imogen asks what he got her and he excitedly shows the bracelet but is shot down by his bandmates and called cheap. Maya then tells him that Tori spent her allowance from the past five years for his present.
After walking out of practice, he is greeted by Tori in the hallway and says he has to cancel their date due to band practice and the fact that a four-month anniversary isn't really a thing. She gets upset and walks away from him saying that they were gonna make it their thing. In another class, he tries to join a group with Tori and Maya but Tori is ignoring him and Maya says he should leave.
Damon joins him and tells him about the dine-and-dash to win back Tori. He asks for Maya's help and meets her and Tori at Little Miss Steaks where he apologizes and they make up. Marisol hands them the menu and he tells Tori to get whatever she'd like. Upon receiving the bill, Zig tells Tori to meet him outside and he leaves without paying. He runs out of the street with Tori and kisses her saying his heart is racing.
In Got Your Money (2), he is sitting with his guitar the day after where Tori comes behind him, happy to see him. They walk to the front of the school where Maya meets them and says that Marisol got WhisperHug to perform at the dance. They are all excited when the girls leave for class and Marisol approaches Zig. She says that he owes him $50 for the $35 bill, and the fact that she deserves a generous tip for the stunt he pulled.
He says he doesn't have the money on him and she threatens him by saying if she doesn't get the money in 24 hours, she will tell Tori what he did and send Mo to collect.Later that day, he is walking with Tori in the main hall of the school where she points out the booth for tickets for the dance. They discover that nobody is covering the booth and that the ticket money is still there. Tori says she'll meet him later as the bell rings and Zig takes the money and hides it in his binder. Later on, Zig walks into one of the hallways to see lockers being searched. Maya and Tori tell him that somebody stole the dance money and he begins to get nervous. Officer Turner tells him to open his locker and it is searched. He then tells Zig to open his guitar case and he is clean there too.
Zig nervously speeds into the band room and takes out the money pouch where Tori and Maya walk in. He gives Maya the money and she says she won't say anything but Tori is very upset. She asks why he would do it and says it's like she doesn't even know him to which he agrees and walks out. While working at his mother's store, his mom asks if he should be preparing for his dance. He tells her what he did, saying everybody hates him, especially Tori. She gives him the money to pay back Marisol and tells him to go to the dance because people are counting on him.
He joins his bandmates and hands Marisol her money and before they go to perform, Tori pulls him back asking why he gave her the money and he reveals that he dined-and-dashed. He tells her that he is poor and he didn't want to lose her for not being able to give her nice things. He performs Be My Someone with the band and gets a loud applause, while Tori walks to the front of the crowd and stares at him.
At the end of the night, he helps his mom with the trash and tells her to go inside the store and watch TV. Damon approaches and Zig says he doesn't want company. Damon then shows that Tori followed him. The two rekindle their relationship and Zig brings Tori inside to meet his mother.
In Rusty Cage (1), Zig is seen with Tori, Tristan, Cam and Maya at karaoke night. He is seen singing on stage when Cam arrives and playing air guitar with Tori and Tristan as Cam and Maya sang their duet.
In Sabotage (1), he joins Tori, Tristan and Dave at the mall for the West Drive talent contest, but apparently doesn't participate as he isn't wearing a contestant number. When Dave wins the contest, he joins them for pizza.In Scream (1), he is seen wandering around backstage when Tori and Tristan are talking about how his first kiss will be with Dave. While Tori tells him not to worry, Zig tells him he should find one and she implies for him to leave.
In Scream (2), he is seen searching for Tristan with Maya and Tori. He keeps calling him while the others search for him. He goes with the girls to tell Owen and helps convince Tristan to go perform.
In Building a Mystery (1), Zig is seen heading to band practice when Becky asks him if Adam is able to hang out with her. He then tells her that they need to practice for Battle the Bands.In Doll Parts (1), Zig finds Maya crying her eyes out and comforts her, which leads to the decision to join the beauty pageant that Tori is entering. While there, Maya is disappointed that Cam is not there and is afraid she did this for nothing. When she is called on stage, she falls on her face, but laughs it off. After her performance, she and Zig have a chat and Maya is surprised to find she has made it to the second round.
In Doll Parts (2), Zig agrees, to perform with Maya, at the pageant. Later at the pageant, Zig performs with Maya, and they share a kiss backstage, which he doesn't seem to mind. The next day, while Tori and Maya are back on good terms, Zig expresses his jealousy of her and Cam's relationship, saying they both "felt it" the other night when they kissed.
In Tonight, Tonight, Zig is walking along studying chemicals when Maya catches up to him and tells him to stop whatever he is doing. Zig points out that only Maya agreed to acting normal, and their kiss is hard to forget. He then agrees to be nice to Tori.Later at the Matlin house, Zig walks in with a bag, only expecting Maya, and has to follow her deception saying she told him Tori would be there. Zig sits next to Tori. He gives Cam the bag and he opens it, revealing 2 bags of Ketchup chips. Cam asks him why he only brought 2, as his parents own the convenience store and Zig says he had a "brain fart" and that he should have brought more.
Zig then suggests they add harmonies to the Superman song, and goes to get drinks with Maya. Zig tells Maya that he was unaware of Cam and Tori's premature presence at her house. He tells her that he is going to break up with Tori after exams and the Battle of the Bands. Zig reminds her that she wanted him to be nice to Tori, and it is not nice to make her think he still likes her.
Zig enters the door at rehearsal and complains that he had a hard time on his exams due to slope-related questions (which is exactly the only thing he had not studied), He is also in awe at Battle Of The Bands when the Superman song is tolen.Back in the their tent, Maya is packing her instruments when Zig jokingly suggests that they go out onstage and play regardless of the debarment. Zig reminds her that he is still dumping Tori afterwards. When he puts his hand on Maya’s, she becomes frustrated and tells him that she loves Cam and that they will not happen.
Zig asks her if she loves Cam so much why they kissed. Suddenly, someone clears their throat from behind, and when they turn to see who it is, they know they are in trouble. It is Tori, who had brought them drinks to cheer them up for being disqualified, but her initial stammering tells them that she heard every word of their conversation. Zig can only remain silent in shame, ending their relationship. Zig agrees to cover bass, and performs “Up In Our Cloud”.In Bitter Sweet Symphony (1), Zig greets Maya after noticing they're on the same spirit week team, causing Campbell to become jealous. Tristan walks past the two and makes a rude remark how the two were placed on the same team. Later on in the gymnasium, the green and red spirit teams were preparing for their first spirit week competition, a game of floor hockey. Zig helps Maya with her headband as Campbell looks on angrily.
When the game began, Cam attacked Zig by elbowing in the face and continued to fight him until Mr. Simpson and Dallas pulled him off. In Mr. Simpson's office, Zig angrily states that Cam attacked him and said that Maya could vouch for him. After Maya admits that Cam attacked Zig, he left to get ice for his black eye.
The next day, Zig was walking up the steps where Cam was waiting for Maya with his lunch. Cam begins to gloat about how Maya forgave him. Angrily, Zig calls Cam a psycho and tells him to get out of Maya's life now and forever, because she'd be better off without him. That comment caused Cam to go over the edge and committ Suicide.In Bitter Sweet Symphony (2), He is seen leaning against the lockers looking very upset after finding out that Cam committed suicide. Zig feels guilty for what he said to Cam and tells Maya that he is the reason Cam killed himself, saying "I told Cam to get out of your life, so he did - its all my fault". Maya tells Zig that that is ridiculous, and starts to laugh. Zig angrily asks her how she is laughing. He then watches her speech at the vigil.
In Ray of Light (2) , he is seen in the yearbook video.In Karma Police (1), Zig is in French class sitting next to Damon, and they are presenting oral project assigned by Madame Jean-Aux. It's Tori's turn to present and she says that if she could go back in time, she'd go back to before Cam committed suicide. This annoyed Zig so he expresses it, and calls Tori a drama queen, despite Tristan's retorts. Madame tells him that if he's so eager to speak he should present next. Zig said he'd go back to before the assignment existed, and walks out.
Damon approaches Zig, tells him it's time for French, but Zig doesn't want to go; he suggests they both skip it. Zig then gets angry and says that he doesn't want to be in that class with "stupid Tori" and "stupid Tristan" talking about "stupid Cam", and then he grabs a trash barrel and dumps it over Madame's car, and he's contemplating about doing more, but Damon convinces him otherwise. Madame then comes out and gives them both detention.Zig and Damon finish cleaning up trash for Madame when she dismisses them, but requests to talk to Zig first. Zig tells her that he doesn't want to present his oral, and expresses his guilt over what he said to Cam. Madame reassures him it wasn't his fault, and suggests that he help set up an event for French with her.
Zig decides he'll help her, and brings along Damon to help as well. Madame announces that her musical act cancelled on them, and Damon tells Zig that he should volunteer to cover for them, Zig agrees, he thinks that he owes it to her.In Karma Police (2), Zig tries to make it up to Madame Jean-Aux by singing a French song, dedicated to her, not knowing its about two lovers. Zig gets laughed off the stage and runs into the hallway, where he is confronted by Madame. She tells him what the song is about and Zig apologizes then leaves. Damon catches him outside where he is crying. Zig tells him he could have ruined Madame's life, by that one mistake. He says he tried to steal Cam's girlfriend while he was with Tori. "Maya begged me to stop, but of course I didn't listen. He says he keeps hurting the ones he cares about. '
The next day, he asks Madame if he could present his time travel assignment. She says yes. At first, Zig says he would go back in time to before he dumps trash on Madame's car, but he then says he would go back in time to before he came between his friends. He then apologizes to everyone who he has hurt. Later Zig is seen at lunch and he walks over and talks to Maya, Tori and Tristan after class and apologizes again. Before walking away, Maya invites Zig and Damon to be extras in Eli's zombie movie.In Zombie (1), Zig is an extra in Eli's zombie movie along with Maya. He and Maya talk and he tells her he's glad to see her happy. Zig is then asked by Maya out on a date, but he asks her about Cam. He then watches as Maya flirts with Harry. He later texts Maya asking to talk, while she is at the party. Zig shows up at the party after Maya sends him a pic of her, Harry and Talia.
Zig aproaches Tristan asking about Maya. Zig offers to walk Maya home, after finding out she's been drinking. He is worried about her, and leaves after Maya insults him. He sends her a message on facerange later asking if she is okay.In Zombie (2), Zig notices Maya outside by the parking lot and doesn't want to fight with her.Zig is upset about how Maya has been acting and the video of her and Harry. Zig asks why she would even want to be with him, and tells her this isn't her. Maya tells him she's tired of people telling her who's she supposed to be, and tells him about her audition. Zig tells her to tell them about Cam. Zig tries to stop Maya as she storms away and throws her cello in the dumpster.
Zig is later outside with Maya as she reads her letter to the orchestra. She tells him that worst part was treating him like garbage. Zig tells her that he got her Cello out the dumpster and told Ms.Oh to keep it in the music room until Maya comes to her senses. He tells Maya saying no to her was the hardest thing ever since he really likes her, but he wants a relationship when she wants one too. He promises to wait for Maya and walks away smiling.
Season 13In You Got Me, Zig is re-introduced as a "bad boy" and drug dealer. Zoë goes up to him in the hallway saying him that she's heard he's the type of guy that can get her drugs. He then tells her that he recognizes her from West Drive and how she played a mean girl. Zoë then requests to buy sleeping pills from him and he accepts once she shows him her wallet full of cash.
Later at the Beach Bash, Zig is glaring at Maya and Miles flirting with each other. Maya looks to the side and sees him. He waves to her and she awkwardly waves back, much to his obvious disdain. Zoë sees this and comes up to him and comments that it's disgusting and how everybody thinks that she's a bitch and Maya's a sweetheart. Zig tells her that Maya promised she'd wait, but is ready for "this idiot" instead. Zoë then tells him that she's going to teach Maya a lesson and he inquires as to how. She assures him that she'll "think of something". Zig wishes her luck and walks away.In The World I Know, Zig strolls in late for the remedial class just as Maya is required to have a partner. The teacher asks if the two have met and Zig casually answers that he and Maya go "way back" as he puts his arm around her back, making Maya uncomfortable. While being interviewed by Maya, Zig refers to himself as "Brutus". Maya asks him what employable skills he has and Zig remarks, "stabbing people in the back".
When Maya asks for him to work with her to prove they don't belong there, Zig says he is never getting out, and continues to rebel. As a teacher asks how things are going, Maya tensely says, "Just great" as she stares at him. During their presentation during Remedial class, the two go up to play each other where concering why they are there. When Maya remarks he could have dressed up for the part, Zig says he did before putting on a blonde wig, glasses and a princess crown.
During their presenation, Zig begins to make fun of Maya, calling her, "a princess." who believes herself to be above the rest of them, frustrating her. When the teacher demands they get back on track, Zig recites his line, asking why Maya (in the role of himself) is there. Maya remarks he is there because a girl broke his heart and he can't get over it like a normal person. Furious, Zig storms out of the room.In Better Man, Zig is seen playing smackball when Maya tries to apologize for calling him out the other day.Zig tells her to save her apolgy and declares that he hates her, leaving Maya upset. When Maya is dressed all rebelious, Zig mistakes her for Grace before realizing who she is and stares at her in shock.
Later on, when Maya comes over to the "rebels" table, Zig asks why she is there and Grace tells him that she invited her over. He continues to act cold towards her and clearly is no where near wanting to make amends with her.
In Basket Case, Zig is seen at Miles party. Zoe walks past him while drunk.
In Unbelievable, Zig and Grace are questioned by Drew about the video of Zoe. Zig says the video doesn't surprise him and calls Zoe crazy. Photos of him and Tiny at the party, are seen while Becky is labeling possible suspects.
Afterwards, Maya begins following Zig out of class and out of school with Miles.The two then sneak off and watch Zig break into an abandoned house. Zig opens the door, stunned to see Maya. He demands to know why and if she's stalking him. After telling her to go,He slams the door in her face.
- Zig has appeared in 33 episodes.
- He shares strong similarities with former Degrassi students, Spinner Mason and Craig Manning.
- Zig was the only main character to make no appearances during the summer block of Season 13.
- His Twitter
- He is an Aquarius, according to his facerange profile.
- He and Tori were in a relationship for about a month before coming to Degrassi. They got back together with the help of Maya, who also had a crush on him.
- He is the fifth mascot for the Power Squad. The other three being J.T., Danny, Derek (who were mascot at the same time), and Tori.
- He is of Russian descent.
- His family owns a convenience store.
- Adam tweeted that his nickname is Zig Zee (presumably based on Jay-Z but spelled out by Adam so it wouldn't be pronounced "zed".)
- Zig is the guitarist in the band WhisperHug.
- He is the last character that interacted with Campbell Saunders.
- His first line, "If you could save a life, would you?" refers to the movie To Save A Life, which is about a friend losing his best friend to suicide because they became enemies and he wasn't there for him.
- He and Damon have been best friends since before junior high, while he knew Tori and Tristan since junior high, and met Maya in high school.
- Zig had a conflict with Campbell Saunders and currently has one with Miles Hollingsworth III, who are both romantically interested in Maya.
- In Eli's zombie movie, Zig was wearing Riley's old football jersey. It is unclear whether Zig was portraying a Zombie Riley or it was just a coincidence.
- Zig is eighth of the eight to intentionally harm someone's car: He dumped garbage on Madame Jean-Aux's car. The other seven are:
- Spinner and Jimmy, who egged Ms. Kwan's car.
- Paige, who crashed Spinner's car into Dean's car.
- Rick, who sprayed painted an "X" on Spinner's and Jay's car windows.
- K.C., who keyed Coach Armstrong's car.
- Fitz, who broke a hood ornament off of Eli's hearse.
- Katie egged Bianca's car and broke off the right side review mirror.
- All of his love triangles involve Maya.
- As of What It's Like Zig has moved in with Maya.
- Zig was the third character to be kicked out of his home and then went to move into a friends house. He was kicked out of his home by his parents and went to move in with Maya Matlin. The first character was Wheels who was kicked out of his home by his Grandma and went to move with Joey Jeremiah. The second was Manny Santos who kicked out by her father and moved in with Emma.
- (To Maya): "If you could save a life, would you?" (first line)
- (To Adam about LGBT): "What does the "T" stand for, anyway?"
- "That felt good!"
- (To Tori): "You love me? That's really cool. Me too."
- (To Mrs. Novak): "I hate being poor!"
- (To Cam) "You're a psycho."
- (To Cam about Maya) "If you even cared about her at all, you'd get out of her life now. Forever."
- (To Damon) "I just can't spend another minute in that class listening to stupid Tori, and stupid Tristan talk about stupid Cam. It's so annoying!"
- (To Madame) "If I could go back in time... I'd go back to before this stupid assignment ever existed."
- (To Madame Jean-Aux): "I told Cam to go away... and he did."
- (To Damon) "I hurt people that I care about."
- (To Class) "I wouldn't have come between my friends."
- (To Class) "I wouldn't have hurt Tori, because she dosen't deserve that."
- (To Class) "I know that I don't deserve forgiveness. But I just wanted you guys to know I'm sorry."
- (To Maya) "This isn't you."
- (To Maya) "You're a mean drunk."
- Maya : "Ew, don't touch me with your stub!"
Zig: "Mr. Stumpy is very sensitive, you know that."
- (To Maya ) "Maya, saying no to you was the hardest thing ever because... I really like you. I only want us when its what you want to."
Maya: "And I don't know when that will be."
Zig: "I know... so I'll wait."
- (To Zoë ) "You were mean on that show." -smiles-
- Zoë: "Are you the type of guy I can't 'get things' from?"
Zig: "Well, sure. I got lots of 'things.'"
Zoë: "I bet you do, but I'm not talking about Herpes."
Zig: "Listen, if you're not going to ask politely, then you can forget it."
Zoë: "Pardon my manners." -pulls out wallet- "How's this?"
Zig: "I think I know a guy that can help you. What kind of 'things' do you need?"
- (To Maya): Maya save your apology for someone who cares. Ok? I hate you.
- Maya: "Why are you here? In the Rubber Room?"
Zig: "Isn't it obvious? Stabbing is hard work. I've got carpal tunnel. Roman health care doesn't cover that!"
Maya: "Come on, Zig. Just work with me, okay? We can show Ms. Grell that we don't belong here."
Zig: "Well I'm never getting out of here. Or else the Romans will get me."
- Zig: "Nice nose ring."
- Maya: "I don't care about my laptop. I care about you."
- Maya: "So what do you say? Housemates?"
Zig: *smiles* "You better not hog the bathroom."
- Zig: "Do you remember when I told you I'd wait for you?"
Maya: "Of course."
Zig: "I shouldn't have said that. I should have just kissed you."
- Main article: Zig-Tori Relationship
- Tori Santamaria
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- Main article: Zig-Tori-Maya Love Triangle
- Maya Matlin and Tori Santamaria
- Main article: Zig-Maya-Campbell Love Triangle
- Maya Matlin and Cam Saunders
- Main article: Zig-Maya-Harry Love Triangle
- Maya Matlin and Harry
- Main article: Zig-Maya-Miles Love Triangle
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