Described as "wicked smart", she is a pre-law student at Lancer University.Her mother, Wanda Perkins (Gail O'Grady), works at the university pub and is a party girl who never grew up.The CW later gave a full season order for the series, with executives saying they were "thrilled that [it] paid off for us".
Lewis (Robbie Jones) is one of the Hellcats' bases and is an easy-going guy who has a love for action.
He was once a star on the Lancer football team but quit when he discovered a scandal of players being paid by the college. Dan Patch (Matt Barr) is a townie who is Marti's friend.
Her mother's behavior is, for the most part, an embarrassment to Marti.
When Lancer's administrative department cuts scholarships for Lancer employees and families, Marti learns she can get a new one by choosing one of Lancer's programs.
Hellcats follows Marti Perkins, a pre-law college student at Lancer University, who lost her scholarship and has no other choice but to join the college's cheer squad, the Hellcats, in order to obtain a new one.
There she meets her new roommate and team captain Savannah Monroe, the injured flyer Alice Verdura, her new partner Lewis Flynn and the Hellcats coach Vanessa Lodge who hopes to win nationals, otherwise the cheer leading program will be cut.
Her sister Charlotte, a recurring role played by Emma Lahana, is the captain of the Cyclones, the cheerleading team at Savannah's old school and a Hellcats' rival.
Alice (Heather Hemmens) is dangerously narcissistic and after she injures her wrist, she dislikes the idea of Marti replacing her on the squad, or the attention Marti receives from Alice's ex-boyfriend, Lewis Flynn.
She then auditions for a position on Lancer's cheerleading team, the Hellcats.