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Jake Riles was one of the original four main characters in Nowhere Boys. His elemental power was Earth and he was portrayed by Matt Testro.


Prior to the start of the series, Jake was a headstrong, arrogant jock who bullied weaker kids, along with his former friends Trent and Dylan. His victims included Oscar, Felix, Mike and Andy. He experienced family troubles due his parents being divorced, and thinks of his dad as a loser but he is very protective over his mother and would like to please her due to it normally feeling like they only had each other. This is show when he is unhappy about his mother dating his science teacher during Season 2.

Over the course of the first season, Jake began to care more about the boys that he bullied in the past, especially Mike, the boy who gave him a plush unicorn as a present after Jake defended him from bullies. He is also shown to care deeply for his mum and helps her whenever she needs.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Having earth as his element, Jake had the power to cause ground tremors. Initially, they happened when he was emotional, but he later learned to control them. He later learned to create fissures in the ground, and when angered he was able to form a deep hole with no visible bottom.

Prior to discovering his powers, Jake showed the ability to find someone's hiding spot in one go.

Outside of magic, Jake was exceptionally fit and was one of the top sports players in his school, showing his skills in football and basketball throughout the series. He was known to use his size and strength to bully weaker students.


Early lifeEdit

Before the boys were forgotten, Jake Riles was the son of Gary and Sarah Riles. Jake and his mother lived in a small house. His mother worked extra shifts constantly at Scaly Jim's Fish and Chip Shop in order to get them a bigger house and a car. Jake loved his mother very much and took every opportunity to do things for her, care for her and generally make her life easier. He would normally be seen with Trent and Dylan but would also talk to Sam in the corridors. He and the football team would egg Felix's house for good luck.

Bremin Forest ExcursionEdit

Jake was hiding behind the sofa with his mum from Phil Mason, the real estate agent, as they were late to pay the rent again. After some discussion, Sarah confronted Phil, prompting Jake to walk off to school. When arriving, he met up with Dylan and Trent, and they mockingly teased Felix and Ellen. He seemed very disappointed when paired up in an orienteering team with Andy and Felix; called them 'these two netballers'. He treated the hike as some sort of race and when he noticed the other team in the distance he agreed to use a so-called shortcut. When this led to a dead-end he was accidentally pushed off a cliff and all four boys landed painfully on the rock floor.

Stranded in another dimensionEdit

The group tried to find a way back to civilization. Jake appeared very annoyed during this event, mocking Andy and Felix even more than usual. He also seemed to act as the group's leader; he led the way through the forest and called out to see if anyone could hear him. His efforts eventually worked, finding a way onto the path, but the group are chased by a furious twister (restoring demon)They found Roland and he agreed to drive the group back to Bremin.

After this, Jake was intent on finding his mum, even when nothing was looking promising. He left the other guys to search for her. He noticed his mum wasn't home but managed to gain access inside by using the back door as his key didn't work on the front door. He checked if his mum was home but when a biker came out of the garage Jake quickly fled. He then talked to Tully, his neighbor, but he had no idea who he was or what Jake was trying to communicate to him. Jake stole his bike (despite its size) and rode off. Wondering where his mum was, he checked Scaly Jim's Fish And Chips, his mother's work. The store owner had no idea what Jake was on about, and asked him to leave unless he was buying food, in which Jake left hesitantly. He met Andy soon after, and he described how his family had no idea who he was. Sam joined them soon after and also described his tale, but Jake just called it 'sad' and rode off. He also tried to explain his ordeal to the police, but when he realized that his lazy, loser father was now a successful police officer, he fled before Gary could even see him.

When Jake incorrectly realized that Phil must have used this chance to get revenge on Sarah, he quickly turned around to Phil's work place. He arrived at the real estate agency, walked past the counter, absolutely ignoring the woman behind it, and charged into Phil's office. After Phil had no idea who he was and threatened to call the police, Jake raged and left. As he took a breath outside his mother, with a completely different hairstyle and dress sense, walked out and accidentally hit Jake in the shoulder. She apologized and got into her car and drove off. After recovering from his shock, Jake rode after her and approached her at the front of grand house. Jake asked her what had happened but Sarah didn't have a clue what he was talking about. Mr. Bates walked out to join Sarah and Jake was informed they were married. Not knowing how to react, Jake quickly got on his bike and rode off. Eventually, Jake found himself forced to re-join the group.

Restoring Demon attacksEdit

Return to Real WorldEdit

Search for AndyEdit

Jake overall blamed Felix for Andy's disappearance and would have continued if not for Sam constantly easing the tension the two had. He argued that it was probably Felix doing some magic that backfired again. Jake fell in love with Saskia, a new student at the school. He trusted her completely, even when the rest of the group blamed her for the loss of the talisman. Jake's dad from the other universe accidentally travelled to the Real World and Jake and Saskia decided to keep this a secret from the rest of the group, but when Sam found out Felix was told.

In Episode 21, it was revealed that Saskia was a golem, which meant that she never really existed. Jake was extremely upset by this and angry at Felix, who pointed out Saskia was a golem. He went to Alice and Phoebe and angrily asked them what they did, they argued that the love they had was the cause for her demise as Saskia was never meant to be distracted and fall in love. Using his elemental power, he caused a hole to appear in the garden that seemingly had no end showing how angry he was and how much strength he has.

Once reunited, Andy asked whether he missed him to which Jake replied 'not at all' before the two shared a fond hug. They were very happy about being with each other again.


  • Jake was the only one of the original Nowhere Boys who did not have any siblings.
  • Jake was shown to be extremely fond of "BLT", which was revealed to be his favourite food.
  • Jake was born when his parents were in their late teens.
  • At the start of the series Jake explains he doesn't want Felix or Andy to talk to him however was fine with Sam talking to him, showing a bond between the two.
  • Jake was the only nowhere boy who appeared in Season 4. (special appearance)
  • Jake fell in love with a golem (Saskia)
  • Jake was an earth element and could create earthquakes.



Nowhere Boys Characters
Main Characters Felix Ferne ~ Jake Riles ~ Andy Lau ~ Sam Conte
Supporting Characters Oscar Ferne (RA) ~ Ellen O'Donnell (RA) ~ Phoebe Hartley ~ Mia (RA) ~ Roland Murphy (RA) ~ Brian Bates (RA) ~ Gary Riles (RA) ~ Sarah (RA) ~ Bear ~ Saskia Bloom
Minor Characters Cathy Ferne (RA) ~ Ken Ferne (RA) ~ Dee Conte (RA) ~ Michael Lau (RA) ~ Nicole Lau (RA) ~ Telly (RA) ~ Lachlan ~ Trent Long (RA) ~ Dylan (RA) ~ Vince Conte (RA)
Antagonists Alice Hartley (RA) ~ Restoring Demon ~ Phoebe Hartley ~ Water Demon
Other Characters The 5th Boy ~ The Darkness ~ Hartley Parents

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