Tobias Christopher "Toby" Kennish is one of the main characters on Switched at Birth. He is the son of Kathryn and John Kennish, the older brother of Daphne Vasquez and Bay Kennish. He made his first appearance in This Is Not a Pipe, the show's pilot episode. He is portrayed by Lucas Grabeel.


Toby is the legal brother to Bay Kennish and the biological brother to Daphne Vasquez. Toby is in a band called Guitar Face with his friend Wilke and Daphne's best friend, Emmett Bledsoe. Emmett joined the band in the episode Dance Amongst Daggers.

In the episode Dogs Playing Poker- Toby is proven to be an avid poker player, but it has gotten him into some financial trouble in the past. He tells his parents that he's 'playing miniature golf' with his friends when he goes to play poker. He has Daphne and Emmett help him win a few poker games to help him get out of debt with Wilke, but after Daphne misreads Wilke's body language, Toby loses a lot of money and is furious with Daphne. He subsequently goes to sell his band equipment in order to help him pay off the debt, he admits he has a problem and goes to get help after talking to his parents about it as well has getting rid of his "lucky" deck.

When the band decides to record a music video, he is coerced by Wilke to start a fake ID business to finance their music video. While preparing to shoot the music video, he kisses their director, Simone Sinclair, one of Bay's old friends and Daphne's new friend.

In Expulsion From the Garden of Eden- when Daphne asks him about Sarah Lazar, he becomes quite hostile to her. He reveals that there have always been rumors swirling around about Sarah and his father, but tells Daphne that they're not true. He seems keen on not letting his mother know about Sarah Lazar and tells Daphne to never ask about her again. He seems very protective of his family, especially his sisters.

In Write a Lonely Soldier- Simone signs Toby up to sing during the nine o'clock time slot at Take Five for Saturday night. Toby tells her he can't go because Guitar Face is playing at a kegger on Saturday at Annie Barker's house. At school, Wilke tells Toby that he has been working on a set list for the party, prompting Toby to tell Wilke that something came up on Saturday. This causes Wilke to be upset because he believes that playing at this party will open up opportunities to play at college parties. Wilke accuses Toby of doing something for Simone. Toby decides to keep his original plans for Saturday and cancel with Simone, which Simone accepts, but the party is later cancelled due to an anonymous tip to Annie's parents. Toby is suspicious and confronts Simone about the anonymous tip, and she confirms his suspicions and reveals her interference with the party. Simone claims that her actions were in Toby's best interests, but Toby dislikes Simone's attempts at controlling his life.

It's quite apparent when Wilke asks him for advice in regards to dating Daphne. Toby infers that Wilke isn't that interesting or deep enough to date Daphne. He warns him not to play around with Daphne, making it clear that she's his sister and he doesn't want her to get hurt.

He always seems to play middle ground between Bay and Daphne, though he tends to ignore problems and focuses on his music when they fight.

In The Intruder- Toby was not happy to see Emmett at the house and when Emmett tried to talk to him Toby pushed him on the ground and said "don't touch me".

In The Declaration of Independence- Toby goes back to the church for an event and asks Nikki out. In We Are the Kraken of Our Own Sinking Ships- Toby finds out that Nikki already has a boyfriend, Toby has started to develop feelings for her. Toby decided to forgive Emmett for sleeping with Simone because he was inspired by Nikki's ability to forgive the man that shot her father. Toby felt that if Nikki could forgive someone for doing something so awful, he could forgive Emmett for having sex with his girlfriend. Toby and Emmett started off new, became friends again, and agreed to make music together again.

In Introducing the Miracle- Toby and Nikki get engaged.

In Departure Of Summer- Toby prepares for his wedding and both his parents and Nikki's mom contemplate being truthful with him. in the end of the episode Toby and Nikki got marry the two seen exiting the city hall with Nikki in the dress she'd planned to wear all along.

In Drowning Girl,

In Your Body Is a Battleground,

In Fountain,

In Have You Really the Courage?,

In The Scream,

In Memory is Your Image of Perfection,

In Dance Me to the End of Love,

In The Past (Forgotten-Swallowed),

In The Ambush, Toby's wife, Nikki makes a surprise visit. She tells him that she wants to stay in Peru to help the poor. When he asks if she doesn't want to be with him, she replies that she does, but her work in Peru will be her life. Toby and Nikki sadly and reluctantly separate, knowing that the distance would affect their marriage.

In Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows, Toby is devastated over his break up with Nikki. He eventually decides to buy a plane ticket to join Nikki in Peru, but after talking with Kathryn, he changes his mind and goes to Iceland instead.

In And We Bring the Light, Toby returns home from his trip to Iceland with a fresh new outlook on life. He even asked John to fire him from the Kennish Car Wash so he could be a D.J., to which he complies.

In The Image Disappears,

In Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone), Bay's ex-boyfriend, Tank becomes Toby's new roommate. Toby also meets Lily Summers

In It Isn't What You Think, Toby and Tank set some ground rules about their living arrangements. He also finds out that Sharee flunked her exam and that her teacher, Ms. Summers refuses to let her have a retake. Toby tries to convince her, but she won't listen. Later, Lily appears at his apartment, angry at him because Melody Bledsoe talked to her about Sharee's exam. They end up having sex that night. Afterwards, he brings up Sharee again, which makes Lily angrily storm out, thinking that he only seduced her to change her mind. The next morning, he catches up with her and insists that he had no such intentions. Lily explains that the reason she was so hard on Sharee was because everyone was always soft on her deaf brother. They make amends and Lily walks away to give Sharee her make-up exam.

In Girl on the Cliff,

In And Life Begins Right Away,

In Yuletide Fortune Tellers,

​Physical Appearance & PersonalityEdit

Physical AppearanceEdit

Toby has straight reddish-blonde hair and green eyes. Slim body.Toby is the lead singer and a guitarist in a band called Guitar Face, which also includes Wilke (guitarist) and Emmett (drummer). Toby has been Wilke's best friend since they were kids. Toby is 5 foot 8


Toby is very passionate about his music. He does not like it when others try to dictate his life. He is very kind and thoughtful. Though not very temperamental, he has shown it from time to time, such as when he shoved Emmett to the ground. Despite this, he is very forgiving and tries to be sympathetic and reasonable in most situations. He had a gambling problem for a while, but when Regina told him of her alcoholism, he realized that he needed to stop and take responsibility.


Biological Sister



Melissa (ex-girlfriend)

  • Start Up: Prior to This Is Not a Pipe (1x01)
  • Break Up: Prior to This Is Not a Pipe (1x01)
    • Reason: Unknown, but Kathryn didn't like her, although she never said anything, and Bay thinks that Kathryn not approving is what lead to their break up.

Simone Sinclair (ex-girlfriend)

Jenna (ex-girlfriend)

Nikki (wife, separated)

Lily Summers (Wife)

Wilke was Toby's best friend before he left for Boarding School.

At first, Emmett did not like Toby because he was always talking to Daphne first. However, after Emmett showed his excellent drumming skills when he was filling in for someone, they started a friendship. Their friendship went into huge decline after Toby found out that he slept with his then-girlfriend, Simone, he became all-around hostile towards Emmett, even shoving him to the ground once. Toby later forgave Emmett and they started a new band with Nikki. Emmett even served as the best man for Toby and Nikki's wedding.

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Tank and Toby became roommates after the former dropped out of his fraternity and the latter separated from Nikki.

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