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|Friday Night Lights character|
|Portrayed by||Adrianne Palicki|
|Occupation||Waitress, high school student
College student at the University of Texas at Austin
|Family||Angela Collette (mother)
Mindy Colette-Riggins (sister)
Billy Riggins (brother-in-law)
|Significant other(s)||Tim Riggins (ex-boyfriend)
Landry Clarke (boyfriend; ambiguous)
Tyra is a resident of the fictional Dillon, Texas. She works at Applebee's and lives with her mother and sister. The former girlfriend of Tim Riggins, she spends most of the series actively hating football and the Dillon Panthers.
At the beginning of season one Tyra is dating Tim Riggins despite engaging in a flirtation with Smash Williams. She eventually dumps Tim but is still devastated when she learns that he slept with his best friend's girlfriend, Lyla Garrity.
After witnessing her mother's abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, Tyra encourages her mother to get a job and become independent. She is able to secure an interview for her mother through Tim Riggins who calls in a favour with Buddy Garrity. However her mother and Buddy begin an affair and her mother is let go from her job when Buddy decides to end it.
Tyra also strikes up a friendship with Julie Taylor. While the Taylor's initially object to the friendship because Tyra's sister Mindy is a stripper and they fear Tyra is a bad influence, Tami Taylor changes her mind after she sees Tyra cleaning up after her drunk mother. Tami encourages Tyra to focus on school and getting into college.
Tyra is assaulted by a stranger while waiting to meet Landry Clarke to study. She asks Landry to keep the assault a secret, trying to minimize its severity. However, encouraged by Matt to tell someone, Landry goes to Tami Taylor, who in turn convinces Tyra to file a police report. She is severely shaken after the attempted rape and becomes much closer to Landry.
In season two Tyra is stalked and attacked for a second time. Landry kills her attempted rapist and the two dispose of the body together. They begin a relationship, though Tyra eventually leaves him at the request of Landry's father. Tyra remains confused by the intensity of her feelings for Landry, keeping him at arms length until interest in him comes from another girl.
In season three Tyra becomes dispirited after learning that despite the hard work she put into her last two years of school her GPA is still too low to get her into most colleges. Tyra spends most of the season alternating between thinking that her situation is hopeless and trying hard to remain on top of her academic career. She eventually runs off for a few weeks with a cowboy named Cash. In Dallas he turns abusive after she discovers he has a gambling problem and owed another woman child support.
After refocusing on her education she is wait-listed at the University of Texas and is eventually offered a place there. She ends the season in a relationship with Landry after they reconnect after he helps her with her SATs. While thinking of what to write for her college essay, she confesses to Landry that she had been angry and bitter over her dysfunctional family life and "had enough hate in my heart to start a freaking car". Her perception changed after watching Jason Street, the Panthers' "All-American" golden boy who had everything Tyra didn't – loving parents, close friends and the chance to go to college – lose his dreams of playing college football in a single play and it made her realize that life "isn't fair for anybody" regardless of background and status.
Tyra is absent from season 4, presumably spending her time at the University of Texas. She is mentioned by Landry briefly in one episode when she fails to meet him at their designated meeting spot.