Characters / Bittersweet Candy Bowl

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Our female protagonist. Sometimes sweet and sometimes mean, Lucy is wrought with insecurity and would rather punch you in the face than expose it. She has spent most of her childhood lonely, with Mike as her only friend until middle school. This gave her a streak of dependency, which, combined with her violent tendencies, has led to a split between her and Mike. She proceeded to desperately look for solace in Paulo, and later develop suicidal tendencies.

Michael "Mike" Scott

Our male protagonist. A star athlete and regular “nice guy”, Mike often finds that the girls who vie for his attention are the source of most of his problems.

Much of the early days of the comic were spent attempting to deal with his long-distance True Love, Sandy, and his rocky relationship with Lucy and Daisy. This lasted for years, until a love confession by Lucy prompted him to show his True Colors, changing the status quo of the comic forever.

Mike is the only character so far to have had his full name revealed, after Taeshi mentioned his full name in a recent livestream.

Daisy "Daze"

Smart and hardworking, this bubbly cheerleader spends her time immersed in books. She longs to be more than everybody’s “little sister”.

After a long time of playing second fiddle to Lucy, then third fiddle to Sandy, she spent some time exploring her wild side in middle school, culminating into strong-arming Mike into a date with her. It took a long time to realize that her efforts were meaningless, and settled into a steady relationship with Abbey in the summer of sophomore year.

  • Beta Couple: With Abbey.
    • Or so it seems; It was slightly smoothed out, but it's still uncertain.
  • Bookworm
  • Broken Pedestal: As of Chapter 90, Paulo is this to her.
  • Brown Eyes
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For a few chapters. She gets better.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: Inverted with her crush on Mike. She waited so long for him that she didn't even notice Abbey liked her.
  • Generic Cuteness: While still seen as pretty (Augustus has called her 'gorgeous' and Carter at one point even mistook her for Lucy), Daisy is regarded as being much less attractive and slightly fatter than most of the other main girls. However, Daisy is part Ragamuffin, which develop later than most cat breeds, so her lack of attention probably stems from her poor self-confidence and the fact she isn't as developed as the other females.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She can be quite oblivious to the feelings of others, despite usually being very kind. She also finds euthanasia "fascinating," which creeps Sue out.
  • In with the In Crowd: She spends some of Freshman year away from her standard clique, and insteaad with Dumb Blonde Katie and pseudo-bullies Jess and Rachel.
  • Love Triangle: AbbeyxDaisyxAugustus. In canon, Abbey got her. In a What If? chapter, Augustus did.
    • Also, Type 10 Triang Relations, with Daisy in the middle between Abbey and Mike. As it turns out, she never really let go of her feelings for Mike, even while she was dating Abbey. As a result, Abbey dumps her for it.
  • Morality Pet: For Augustus, truth be told. Her mere presence keeps him from committing theft.
  • Nice Girl: Daisy, despite being very occasionally immature or jealous, is very kind-hearted and supportive of her friends, often going to huge lengths to help them out.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork
  • Running Gag: "Hi, I'm Daisy!"
  • Teen Genius
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Her response to Paolo admitting he might be attracted to guys is 2 panels of glittery happiness and Squee!.
    Daisy: That is so cool!


Paulo spends more time hitting on girls than paying attention to class. Despite his talent for timewasting, he is fiercely loyal and will always stand up for his friends.

  • Amicable Exes: With Tess. And Jazz.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In the chapter "Boy Toy", Paulo's attempt at Gay Bravado backfired and he was worried he might actually start liking guys. At the end of it, he states that he's still not quite figured it out. Also, in a poster series that depicts certain characters and their prospective romantic choices, Paulo's poster features Lucy, Rachel, Jazz, and Mike.
  • Beta Couple: He and Jasmine were at first considered this, but then Pillow Talk subverted this, and as of "Ten Seconds to Midnight", it's completely averted.
  • Brutal Honesty: Paulo in "Another Path" failed at tact. A few times. And Lucy thanked him a few times.
  • Butt Monkey: Paulo had some butt monkey time randomly if Lucy (and sometimes Yashy) was nearby until high school. And then...
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Paulo is particularly protective of Daisy, and immediately shapes up when she's watching.
    • In the chapter "Return", it's revealed that Paulo now thinks of Daisy as more of a sister anyway, and doesn't mind her going out with another guy.
      • However, it is hinted at in "Back and Forth" that he still doesn't want to be seen as a sexual deviant in her eyes, as he immediately notices her and seems worried about her opinion of him when Tess and Lucy start some drama because of his sleeping around and being a man-whore in general.
      • At one point, Daisy wonders if Paulo hates her, just because he's the only girl he's never hit on.
  • Catch Phrase: Paulo's abuse of the word "AWESOME" and common usage of kid, wimp, wuss, etc. when referring to Mike.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When the well-being of Daisy or Lucy is in danger, Paulo tends to forget his perversion in favor of helping them or, at least, trying to. He also reacted this way when Sue got hurt in Confrontation.
    • Also, he absolutely refuses to make use of Lucy's fragile state when she almost imposes herself on him.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Rachel. He's still hoping Lucy will come back to him, and Rachel's wanting a family of her own in the future, and so he's feeling guilty about her struggling feelings for him in turn.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has started undergoing this with Lucy's departure.
  • Gay Bravado: At one point he decides to mess with Abbey's head by kissing him. He messes it up and becomes scared that he's actually gay.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deconstructed. One of the central themes of the comic is that bullying and the bullies responsible for it are remembered by the people they do it to. As such, while Paolo is a nice person at heart, it doesn't excuse his Jerkassery, and that is starting to catch up with him. This leads to several blistering The Reason You Suck Speeches being given him, and Abbey outright attacking him in the bathroom and warning him to stay away from Daisy due to Paolo's Casanova Wannabe tendencies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His arguably tactless and manipulative attempt at getting Abbey to reconcile with Daisy via guilt tripping, and then spending an inordinate time around Daisy and indirectly inspiring jealously from Abbey, while continuing to annoy and taunt Abbey every now and then results in Abbey finally snapping and attacking Paulo in the bathroom during Daisy's convention trip, demanding him to stay away from Daisy from now on.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is a frequent recipient of these. Jasmine gives him a short but stinging one that picks apart his character in four panels, then walks off and leaves him to think about it. He receives one by proxy from Mike when Mike finally cuts loose on all of his friends regarding the situation with Lucy. He receives a more violent one from Abbey later on, regarding Paolo's treatment of the women in his life along with a threat to stay away from Daisy as a result of it. After that, he receives one from Daisy, of all people for his previous treatment of Abbey and being a Jerkass to him.
  • Sex for Solace: "Another Path" shows what would happen if he gave this to Lucy after her breakdown following Mike rejecting her confession. Later, he himself gets in on it (canonically, no less) at the end of "Leaving Home", after Lucy leaves.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Instead of getting together with Lucy or Daisy as expected, he joins with new character Jasmine. Double Subverted.


Chipper and dimwitted David sees the world a little differently to those around him. His distance from the others sometimes yields surprisingly astute observations.

He's never had any solid relationship, if not for trying. He's too busy stalking other girls or goofing off to really get one.

  • Bi the Way: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And this or this makes it seem that David likes touching Abbey while having fun.
    • Now according to the new chart, he also adores Augustus.
    • According to a banner ad (Sue scrolling through dating site profiles of the other characters), he's labelled as Bi in the sexuality spot.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both David and Jess.
    • Claims in total seriousness to love Paulo, though it's unclear whether it's platonic or otherwise.
  • Brown Eyes: Really dark though.
  • Catch Phrase: David to Kizuna: "Who are you?" Poor girl can't get a break...
    • David also tends to come out of nowhere with an "AWKWARD" announcement.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: It's only gotten worse with Flanderization. Because of this, his profession of love to Paulo goes ignored... at first.
  • Flat Character: Although he actually tries to be this, as he attempts to protect himself, and sometimes Paulo, from drama and Character Development. His attempts to stay flat and keep the status quo is only hinted at in one or two occasions, but those two occasions actually cause the caracter development he tried to avoid.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer
  • Occidental Otaku
  • Reference Overdosed: He constitutes over half the references alone.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Looks up to Paulo.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: David admonishes Paulo for his positve character development, since David looked to to Paulo when he was more womanizing.

Abraham "Abbey"

Bound by a strong moral code, Abbey struggles to balance his protective nature with his short temper. While he may butt heads with the more easygoing members of the class, he’s working on it.

     Secondary Characters 

Susan "Sue"

Always busy behind the scenes, Sue's interest in the dramatic doesn't always extend to her social life. She'd much rather be writing or directing.


Mike’s very own green light on the horizon, Sandy is Mike’s earliest childhood friend and his current love interest. Having found success as a young model, she struggles with the demands of work, school, and a budding long-distance relationship.

Jessica "Jess"

Jessica is a proud, quick-witted member of the cheerleading team who is never afraid to voice her opinion. Together with her closest friend Rachel, she has been quick to offer compassion to Daisy.

  • Berserk Button: Jessica hates it when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to Lucy's button being pressed... Tess pretty much just takes the bullying.
  • Break the Cutie: Jessica got this from a lot of the school and Tess as a freshman.
  • Characterization Marches On: Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being an easy target. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".
  • Freudian Excuse: See main page.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Has been seen drunk in "Back and Forth".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Fancies Lucy.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both Jess and David.
    • invokedWord of God confirms that she only slept with Paulo to get back at Tess.

Rachel "Rachie"

A true flirt, Rachel revels in playful jokes that make light of those around her. While her open nature is often confronting to friends, her cheerful demeanour always shines through.

  • Butt Monkey: In Pillow Talk.
  • Characterization Marches On: Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being an easy target. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".
  • Friends with Benefits: With Paulo. She has her desire for a family in the future, and Paulo's still holding onto Lucy, and so she's finding it very difficult not to fall in love with him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Her teasing of Tess was never really mean spirited. During a sleepover at Daisy's, she barely cared that Tess was there, even stating that she's 'gotten used to her'.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Nice Girl: Is perhaps too understanding of Paulo's insecurities.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Secret Secret Keeper: She knew all along that Jessica wasn't nearly as experienced as she claimed.
  • Sex for Solace
  • Vitriolic... Buds: While Tess definitely doesn't feel this way, as some point Rachel's dislike for her morphed into this.
    Hey Bitch! Glad I won't be seeing your sorry face again... I was just kidding. Good luck, okay?

Jasmine "Jazz" "Jazzie"

A peppy freshman girl whose life is dominated by school activities. While she’d ordinarily keep to her own group of friends, Jasmine has taken an immediate liking to Paulo, happily adopting the role of his girlfriend and principal partner-in-crime.

Augustus "Final Fantasy Cat"

Calm and composed, Augustus is always sure of himself and executes his tasks with quiet efficiency and biting wit. While he keeps his emotions close to his vest, there’s one girl who can unravel everything…



Lucy’s first pet, and the loudest by far. Yashy is something of a prodigy, with a sharp wit that betrays her young age. Bratty, loudmouthed, and rude, deep down she wants nothing more for Mom to settle down with her flea.


Innocent and naive, Chirpy remains in awe of the world around her. She clings to Yashy and always does her best to follow the examples of grown-ups (while making frequent mistakes in the process.)


Lucy’s most mature pet, Lily is a source of wisdom for much of the cast (and babysitter to others.) Patient and understanding, she is usually able to steer her friends in the right direction.

  • Brown Eyes
  • Put on a Bus
  • There Are No Therapists: Lily averts this one single-handedly.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Yashy and Chirpy, who were raised by Lucy since birth and look up to her like a mother, Lily only met her a year before the comic started so she doesn't have the same admiration for her as they do. However, she is the only one out of the three pets that is aware of the true nature of Lucy and Mike's relationship, as well as their mental and emotional issues.
  • Secret Keeper: She's the only one of the pets who knows about Sandy and Mike's least until Lucy finally reveals the secret to Yashy and Chirpy, much to their devastation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Mike after his directly causing Lucy's breakdown.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Assuming she's not Older Than She Looks.


Mike’s pet bird Blur was rescued from a fire as a youngster and has trouble remembering what came before the incident. He counts Yashy as a close friend and can often be seen playing or arguing with her.

    Fan Characters 

Tessa "Tess" Canning

A rich party girl with a rebellious streak, Tess departed the scorched earth of Junior year to find newer, younger friends. She has since struggled to reconcile her upcoming graduation with the close friendships she quickly forged.

Alec "McCain" McCain

Alec "McCain" McCain remains detached at all times, making blunt pronouncements in situations which do not always welcome them. His tone-deaf flavour of cold rationality doesn’t earn him many favours with most of the cast.

Kizuna "Kizu"

Madly in love with David, Kizuna never has any luck getting David to notice her, let alone consider her romantically. Airheaded and clumsy, Kizuna is nevertheless a skilled cook, sadly for David. She appears oblivious to his dimwitted comments.


Carson is a manifestation of his creator’s heartfelt objection to the pervasiveness of the “token” gay stereotype in modern pop culture. (He blindly loves Michael, dresses flamboyantly and borrows his name from “Queer Eye”.)


He loves Lucy.

     Minor characters 


Mild-mannered popcorn merchant Amaya is Sue's best friend. She chooses to remain mute. Her job at the cinema can sometimes be very useful to those who know her!

Katherine "Katie" He

Precocious Katie spends most of her time worrying about makeup and hair styles and has been duly rewarded by her position as the most popular girl in school. She’s not necessarily mean and cruel… she just doesn’t think too much about others.


Katie’s best friend. Fluent in the written word, Stacy’s peers haven’t (yet) deterred her from a passion for reportage, creative writing, and poetry.

Flower Girl

This mysterious girl is absent from just about everything besides David’s fantasies. While she remains unaware, she has completely captured David’s affections, and he spends a lot of his time clumsily stalking her.


Abbey’s little sister seems to have an endless reserve of childish positivity, showing strong dedication to schoolwork and her local Girl Scout troop. She loves her brother dearly, and shoulders more of their shared burden than he’d like.


A hapless kid dragged into various misadventures by other members of the cast, Justin is generally seen looking for cover and wishing he could just go back home.

Alejandro "Confrontation Cat" or "Rapecat"
  • 0% Approval Rating: Fucking nobody likes this violent jerk, not that he cares.
  • Affably Evil: Downplayed, as he is only this to the other members of his gang, Usually he is Faux Affably Evil.
  • Arch-Enemy: To pretty much everyone in the main cast, specifically Mike and Lucy for the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown they gave him.
  • Asshole Victim: Of a non-lethal sort, he is given a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Mike and Lucy, but it was in self-defense.
  • Ax-Crazy: A ruthless and sadistic gang leader, what did you expect?
  • Badass: A Lazy Bum yes, but he is far from a pushover in a real fight.
  • Bad Boss: To his own girlfriend horrifyingly enough, the worst part is, he actually treats the other members of his gang with respect.
  • Big Bad: Most certainly. His manipulations led to Paulo's jerk mentality, Paulo's phobia of barking, Confrontation in general, and he's being worked for by Augustus. He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy.
    • Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who date-raped Tess when she was a freshman.
  • Big Bad Friend: He was friends with Augustus.
  • The Bully: Implied, if he was the boy Tess was dating.
  • Child Hater: Considering he is antagonizing a bunch of teenagers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: A dark example, as he once beat his girlfriend, Melanie, because he had a dream were she cheated on him.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Alejandro took two of Lucy's kicks, had his teeth smashed into each other hard enough to chip one and draw blood, and was still okay enough to beat Lucy senseless before Mike came back, smashing his face into an alley floor and still not stopping him. It took Mike and Lucy together to turn the fight around (at which point it became a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown). And he beat Mike (and was about to crush his skull) before all this happened.
  • The Corrupter: If Augustus is anything to go by.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series was never sunshine and lollipops before, but GOOD GOD this guy brings a whole new shade of black when he shows up.
  • The Dragon: Has a Villainous Friendship with a member of his gang named Toby, making the latter this.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in the main cast is terrified of this guy, with good reason of course.
  • Dirty Coward: Abused his defenseless girlfriend, and spent a majority of his on panel time harassing a bunch of teenagers.
  • Domestic Abuser: To Melanie, in a manner disturbingly similar to Abby's dad.
  • Ephebophile: had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl named Melanie, and attempted to start one with Lucy as well.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted with Melanie, for obvious reasons.
    • However played straight with the other members of his gang.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Lucy tells a panicking Daisy to shut-up, he responded by smacking the former in the face, and telling her to shut-up.
  • Evil Duo: With his dragon, Toby.
  • Evil Gloating: Probably the only reason Lucy didn't get raped.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Until you make him mad.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In "Confrontation" Alejandro mentions that his ex-girlfriend is the one who gave him the scar on his eye, and that "Oh, but did I get even with her..." In Chapter 86, "Trapped", Augustus is having a flashback to when he met Alejandro, and Alejandro was dating a girl named Melanie. Melanie has never appeared before this flashback, and Alejandro has no scar in that chapter yet. This doesn't bode well for her.
  • For the Evulz: Probably his most defining characteristic, everything this asshole does is for no reason.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Alejandro states in "Confrontation" that his ex-girlfriend is the one who gave him his trademark scar when she tried to hurt him, which he proceeded to get her back for.
  • Greater Scope Villain: As Big Bad states above, he is the cause of a majority of the main cast's problems.
  • Hate Sink: Easily the most detestable character.
  • Jerkass: Beyond any reasonable doubt. He's aggressive, violent and extremely confrontational, it is even in his nickname.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: AND HOW.
    Sue: So um... why are you picking on us? We're like... thirteen, ya know. If you think we're loaded with cash, then you're kind of an idiot.
    Alejandro: *fingers Sue's chin* So then what's the harm in givin' us all yer money?
    Sue: *slaps Alejandro's hand away* Because we actually NEED it!
    Alejandro: *punches Sue in the face* WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT YOU?!?
  • Knight of Cerebus: This series was always a Dramedy, but the characters were never in any real danger, Alejandro changed that.
  • Kick the Dog: This is basically his entire M.O., worst of all, he mostly does it For the Evulz.
  • Lack of Empathy: This guy kicks the shit out of people, robs them blind, and possibly raped Tess For the Evulz.
  • Large Ham: "THIS FUCKING GUY!"
  • Laughably Evil: At least when in a good mood.
  • Lazy Bum: It's his one weakness as an antagonist. He completely delegates the task of devising a plan for revenge against the main cast to Augustus and has been doing so for two years.
  • Moral Myopia: He doesn't like it when people hurt his gang, even when they're the ones who started it.
  • Pet the Dog: He actually cares about his gang.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Well if he did rape Tess, it is also heavily implied he is a Serial Rapist.
  • Serial Rapist: Heavily implied, his other nickname doesn't help.
  • The Sociopath: A disturbingly realistic take on the violent gang leader.
  • Villainous Friendship: With his gang, more specifically, his dragon Toby.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And hits two on-panel. It's implied that he hit his old girlfriend.
    • Confirmed. He hit his old girlfriend Melanie when he even dreamed about her cheating on him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Alejandro is in his twenties. And while the main cast is in high school, they aren't even adults, much less his age - which doesn't stop him from beating the crap out of some of them. Or plotting vengeance against them for two straight years after they turned the tables on him.


Alejandro's dragon and only true friend.

  • Affably Evil: Let's just say he is a lot nicer than his boss.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Him defending Alejandro in "confrontation" gives off this vibe, he even savagely barks as he is beating down Paulo.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Paulo, as he caused his fear of barking.
  • Asshole Victim: Like Alejandro, of a non-lethal sort, but he was given a pretty vile Groin Attack by Lucy.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Slasher Smile can be just as big as Alejandro's.
  • Badass: To earn a guy like Alejandro's respect, you have to be this.
  • The Brute: He is noticeably stronger than Alejandro, to the point were the latter usually relies on him in a fight.
  • The Bully: Just like his boss.
  • Co-Dragons: With Augustus to Alejandro, though Toby is much higher on the chain of command than him.
  • The Dragon: To Alejandro, though technically Co-Dragons with Augustus he is noticeably a lot more involved with Alejandro's crimes.
  • Disc One Final Boss: After Lucy takes him out, Alejandro steps in.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs like a scared child after Lucy kicks his ass and gives him a Groin Attack.
  • The Dreaded: To Paulo at least, as he caused his fear of barking.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is Alejandro's only real friend, and they seem to get along.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stopped Alejandro from killing Melanie.
  • Evil Duo: With Alejandro.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Implied.
  • False Friend: To Augustus.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite overweight, not that this stops him from beating the crap out of Paulo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Has his moments, like when he explained to Augustus that Alejandro can have him killed at any time, with a big friendly smile.
  • For the Evulz: He has no reason for what he does, other than being friends with Alejandro.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Downplayed, but he is ultimately the cause of Paulo's fear of barking, turning much worse after he and Alejandro discovered it back when Paulo was in sixth grade.
  • Hero Killer: He almost killed Paulo, twice.
  • Jerkass: He's a little nicer than Alejandro.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: At first it seems like he is horrified by Alejandro's treatment of Augustus, that flashback in "Trapped" reveals that he doesn't.
  • Karma Houdini: So far, he didn't seem to suffer any long term consequences for his involvement in "Confrontation".
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Paulo in "Confrontation".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Serves as this with Alejandro.
  • Laughably Evil: At least when he and Alejandro are just screwing around.
  • Near Villain Victory: He would have most likely killed Paulo if Lucy didn't show up.
  • Obviously Evil: He and Alejandro aren't the nicest looking guys.


Alejandro's old girlfriend.

  • Ephebophile: After she pierces Augustus' eyebrows, she kisses him and sleeps with him. Downplayed as she's just two years older than him (15 to 13 at the time).
  • Foregone Conclusion: Subeverted. The story seems to point to her dying or some other tragedy happening at the end of her story, but in reality she's merely hospitalized and then manages to escape Alejandro's grasp.
  • Love Confession: To Augustus.
  • Sanity Slippage: Alejandro's abuse has really taken a toll on her.
  • Starting a New Life: Dreams of this, as her entire intent is to get a scholarship to a college and escape her current life. Most specifically, she wants to get away from Alejandro.
    • She gets her wish, by being hospitalized
  • The Smurfette Principle: So far the only known female member of Alejandro's gang.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's easily the nicest member of Alejandro's crew, and objects to bringing a kid in.