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Owners and tenants of the ten apartments and the commercial premises in the building, the employees of the community...

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    The Recio 

Antonio Recio

"I'm Antonio Recio, wholesaler, I don't clean fish!"
Antonio Recio

Antonio is a fish wholesaler who lives with his wife Berta in the apartment 1-C. He has a son who lives abroad, Álvaro, and a schizophrenic sister, Violeta. He is good friends with Enrique and Coque, but practically everyone else hates him due to his anti-social and Jerkass personality. From Episode 11 of Season 2, he becomes the President of the community until the end of Season 4. He's one of the most popular characters from the series, and the longest lasting President of the Community.

  • A Friend in Need: In the Season 4 finale, Antonio breaks up with Berta and has nowhere to go so he ends up staying at his friend Enrique's flat, resulting in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. The entirety of the episode (and especially the end) also qualifies. Subverted in Season 5 when Enrique refuses to take a homeless Antonio in. Played straight again in Season 7 when Antonio moves in at Enrique's for the whole season.
  • All Take and No Give: Berta and Enrique as the Givers and Antonio as the Taker.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Although he is often obsessed with women and is an absolute homophobe, his behaviour also suggests that he might not be as heterosexual as he wants to believe.
    • In the Season 2 finale, he confessed his love for his friend Enrique, kissed him and told him that he was gay, yet in the Season 3 premiere that fact was not acknowledged by neither Antonio nor Enrique and the writers basically acted like it never happened.
    • Throughout the series he's kissed other men, got an erection due to a male massager, masturbated in front of Enrique, it's assumed that he had sex with Enrique once while both were high when they could have hooked up with two sexy women, and has a psychotically co-dependent obsession with Enrique, to the point that he cares more about him than about his own wife.
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point that sometimes his schizophrenic sister Violeta looks sane in comparison.
    • Well, Antonio may not be schizophrenic but he does have other mental problems. Neither of the siblings are actually mentally stable.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Antonio is an extremely flawed character and Berta had an affair and is unhappy with Antonio; their son lives abroad and is gay, much to their parents' disgust; Antonio had another son with Nines through IVF, -the boy was a "birthday present" for Berta but she didn't want more children- and he doesn't care much about either of his sons; Antonio's dead parents were neglectful and in Season 6 he found out he was adopted; his sister Violeta is schizophrenic; Berta's mother is a pessimist who's always in pain and her father despises Antonio; and in Season 7, Antonio and Berta divorce each other and Berta comes out of the closet and has a short relationship with Enrique's ex-wife Araceli before making up with Antonio again in the season finale.
  • Break the Haughty
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catch Phrase: "Wholesaler, I don't clean fish!"
    • "Well then I confiscate your doormat!"
    • "Enrique you're very negative, you undermine my morale!" (to Enrique)
    • "You're gonna die in terrible suffering!"
    • "Uff, what a slut."
    • "Another month that you won't get paid!" (to Coque)
  • Comic Trio: With Enrique and Coque, who call themselves "the A-Team".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: During Season 4 after his wife confessed to him that she had a lover.
  • Deus Angst Machina: He is one of the characters who has suffered the most throughout the series, if not the one, as he always gets hurt both emotionally and physically in a lot of different ways.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: With Berta, during Season 7.
  • Dysfunctional Family: See Big Screwed-Up Family above.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He suffered a great deal when he found out that he was adopted in Season 6, and went to great extents to find his beloved mom. He also seemed very affected by his adopted mother's neglect.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He may be a total jerkass but he still cares deeply about (very few) people even if he treats them horribly most of the time, those being Berta, Enrique and Coque.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He won't accept bribes and will go to great extents to punish corrupt politicians. He also won't kill his loved ones, since he had to hire a hitman to kill Enrique because he couldn't do it himself, and couldn't kill his other friend Coque at gunpoint either.
  • Family Business: "Maricos Recio", to some degree, with Antonio, Berta, Violeta and Nines all helping with Antonio's small fish shop at some point in the series. However, Antonio and his employee Parrales are generally the ones who run the business.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: He hardly ever remembers his wedding anniversary and it's Berta who has to remind him.
  • Friendless Background
  • Friend Versus Lover: He has tried to sabotage his friend Enrique's relationship with Judith and other women countless times.
  • Glad I Thought of It: He does this sometimes when Enrique or Coque have an idea.
  • Gold Digger: Manolita, a woman who seduced him to take his money.
  • Hates Being Alone
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Enrique.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Often his response when Enrique says Antonio's catch phrases.
  • Holier Than Thou: Antonio and Berta, to a degree.
  • House Wife
  • Humiliation Conga / Trauma Conga Line: The Season 4 finale and episode 7x12 are this for him.
    • In the Season 4 finale, he discovrs that one of his two friends, Coque, is Berta's lover, loses the presidency of the community because the neighbors despise him and thinks that his best friend Enrique has betrayed him by becoming the new President of the community, so he leaves the building. At the end though Enrique and Coque look for him and the three friends leave together Mirador de Montepinar.
    • In episode 7x12, [[spoiler:Antonio loses at trial, Rebeca and Judith give him a cruel "The Reason You Suck" Speech that causes him to have a panic attack later on and ends up in the hospital where no one goes to see him showing just how alone Antonio truly is. He then does everything in his power to make up with Berta but she doesn't forgive him and by the end of the episode Enrique throws him out of his house due to being fed up with Antonio's jerkass behaviour. However, Antonio does make up with both Berta and Enrique in the next episode.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex
  • In-Series Nickname: The neigbours often call him by the derogatory nicknames "Rancio" and "Pescadero".
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: See Humiliation Conga
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Enrique and Berta are this for Antonio.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Love Hungry: This is why he has such a strong emotional co-dependency with Berta and Enrique. This also serves as Antonio's main motivation to find his birth parents.
  • Love Hurts
  • Love Triangle: Antonio/Berta/Coque
  • Make Up or Break Up: Happens several times between Antonio and Berta.
  • Man Hug: With Enrique and Coque, lots of times.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Except that he is never actually able to murder anyone.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He tried (or wanted) to kill many characters that he thought were Berta's lover, including Javi, Enrique, Parrales, Coque and a few guest stars.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: With Violeta due to her being mentally handicapped. Subverted with Amador and in episode 6x09 when Antonio sets her up as a prostitute to attract clients to his casino.
  • Never My Fault
  • No Means Yes: He has a tendency to think that when Enrique says "No", he means "Yes", and will just go ahead and explain to him his mater plan, much to Enrique's frustration.
  • Not So Different: With Enrique, who starts acting more and more like Antonio as time goes by. He even lampshades it in one episode from Season 7 when he says that he spends too much time with Antonio after suggesting he kills a neighbour, much to Araceli's astonishment.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents, both his adoptive ones and his birth ones.
  • Parental Neglect: His parents, and Antonio himself towards his sons, to some degree.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: He says a version of this to Enrique and Berta several times.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He is racist, sexist and homophobic.
  • Raised Catholic: "I already have The Bible, and I don't believe in it."
    • Still, he's pretty much catholic. He prays, confesses his sins at the church and even prays at the end of each neighbor board.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Many people give this kind of speech to Antonio lots of times, but the most prominent examples are: Episode 4x00, Enrique gives a heartbreaking one to him, and episode 7x12, Rebeca and Judith give another one to Antonio, which leads him to suffer a panic attack shortly after.
  • Revenge Before Reason: During Season 4.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He is the longest lasting President of the Community. In the community of neighbors, HE is the law.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He has Rebeca in Season 7 due to her being Berta's lawyer during their divorce. Judith has been this to Antonio as well, from late Season 4 onwards.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's "built an empire".
  • Something Only They Would Say: Has happened to him several times when he pretends to be someone else and says one of his numerous catch phrases.
  • Straw Hypocrite
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Enrique talks Antonio down from killing himself in the Season 4 finale. Subverted in episode 4x00.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During Season 4 and onwards.
  • Too Quirky To Lose: Antonio got the President status by bribing his neighbors with seafood.
  • True Companions: With Enrique and Coque.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Berta, during Seasons 5 and 7.

Berta Escobar

"Judicial lawsuit!"
Berta Escobar

Berta is Antonio's wife, the perfect match for him. She is a highly puritanical woman, which leads to her husband to where he wants. She is the typical Heckler who thinks that her marriage and her life are perfect and presumes of that. In the third and fourth seasons, she has an affair with the doorman, Coque, and in the seventh season has a lesbian relationship with Araceli. Like Antonio, Berta is a very lonely and unfriendly character, but in later seasons becomes friends with some of the other female neighbours, like Judith, Raquel, Nines and Rebeca.

Violeta Recio

"Hello, you want to fuck?"
Violeta Recio, to everyone

Violeta is Antonio's younger sister, and is a recurring character who was first introduced in Season 2. She is schizophrenic since childhood and most of the time is admitted to a mental hospital. She has a good relationship with her brother, but Berta can't stand her because of her mental instability.

    The Pastor 

Enrique Pastor

"I'm Enrique Pastor, youth and leisure council."
Enrique Pastor

Enrique is a city councillor who lives in the apartment 1-B with his son Fran and his business associate, Maxi, with whom he runs a café. His wife Araceli left him in Season 2, and they divorced each other when she returned in the fifth season. From Season 4 onwards, Enrique has an on-again off-again relationship with Judith, marrying her and then divorcing her at one point, and in Season 7 their son Dylan is born. He is Antonio's best friend, and also has a friendship with Coque and Maxi.

Araceli Madariaga

Araceli started out as Enrique's wife but left him and their son Fran with a note in Season 2 to "find herself". She came back three years later, in the fifth season, with her girlfriend Reyes with whom she broke up at the end of the season. Araceli remains on good terms with Enrique, but despises his friend Antonio which in Season 7 motivates her to try to convince Berta that she's better off without him. As a result, Berta and Antonio get divorced, and while Antonio moves in with Enrique, Araceli moves out to go live with Berta at her flat and they get into a sexual relationship until Araceli leaves her with a note. She returns in Season 8.

Fran Pastor

"Blow me!"
Fran Pastor, to Antonio

Francisco Javier "Fran" is the teenage son of Enrique and Araceli, a rebellious child who loves motorbikes. At some point he drops out of school and has had multiple girlfriends throughout the series. He has a difficult relationship with Enrique, but a much better one with Araceli when she comes back in Season 5. He also has a particularly good relationship with Reyes. Like Araceli and most people, he can't stand Antonio, often telling him "blow me!" or "suck my dick" whenever Antonio is at Enrique's. In Season 6, he falls in love with a 30-year-old woman and they move to Brazil.

    The Cuquis 

Amador Rivas

"You want salami?"
Amador Rivas

Amador is married to la Cuqui and has four children, but one of them, "Ojos de Pollo", is not biologically his as his wife had an affair with Sergio Arias in Season 2. Amador ends up getting fired from the bank he worked for as a result of having to apply for parental leave, and has been hired and then fired from his multiple jobs countless of times ever since. He divorced la Cuqui in the third season, but remarried in the Season 6 premiere. Amador and his family end up homeless after being evicted by the bank, and la Cuqui has to serve time in jail because of thefts in her workplace. His best friend is Leo, and he's also good friends with Javi, Vicente and Maxi. Amador is one of the most popular characters, on par with Antonio.

Maite Figueroa

"Party party!"
Maite Figueroa

Maite "la Cuqui" is Amador's wife, with whom she got divorced and later on remarried. She had an affair with a neighbour, Sergio Arias, and got pregnant with her fourth child, "Ojos de Pollo". She divorced Amador in the third season, but remarried in the Season 6 premiere. La Cuqui and her family end up homeless after being evicted by the bank, and she has to serve time in jail because of thefts in her workplace. She is a very friendly and outgoing person who usually hangs out with her friends Raquel, Nines, Judith and Lola.

Minicuquis

Carlota, Nano, Rodrigo and "Ojos de Pollo" are the Cuquis' children. Carlota is the oldest and is a clever and naughty girl who often takes advantage of her parents through bribery and knows when they are lying to her. Nano and Rodrigo are outgoing kids who get along well but aren't normally aware of their parents' problems and lies. "Ojos de Pollo" is the fourth and last child of the Cuquis, although his father is in fact Sergio Arias, with whom la Cuqui had an affair; he has autistic-like issues and the neighbours say he's ugly and has very big and focused eyes (hence his nickname "Ojos de Pollo" (Chicken Eyes)). In Season 7, Carlota, Nano and Rodrigo have to go live at their grandma's because of the economical problems their parents face, but they return at the end of the season.

    The Maroto-Trujillo 

Javi Maroto

"Coffee?"
Javi Maroto

Javier "Javi" lives with his wife Lola in the attic B. He works as a computer programmer in a multinational company and was the first president of the community. He has a good relationship with his parents, Goya and Vicente, but fears his mother-in-law, Estela, and always gets in trouble because of her due to her bipolar and histrionic personality. He doesn't have a closer relationship with his father-in-law, Fermín, either. During Season 5, while Lola was living in Miami, he develops feelings for Raquel, one of Lola's friends, and they get in a relationship. After Lola finds out, she and Javi spend the next season at odds until they make up towards the end. In Season 7 Javi and Lola have a daughter, Úrsula. His best friends are Amador, Leo, Maxi and his own father Vicente.

Lola Trujillo

"¡Jaaaavi!"
Lola Trujillo, to Javi

María Dolores "Lola" is Javi's carefree wife who works as a photographer, and in later seasons, also as an actress which she takes after her mother Estela. Lola's relationship with her is difficult at best, as Estela was a neglectful mother who has always prioritized her professional career over taking care of her daughter. Lola didn't know who her father was until the sixth season, when she met Fermín, and ever since she has had a close relationship with him. During Season 5, while Lola was living in Miami, Javi develops feelings for Raquel, one of Lola's friends, and they get in a relationship. After Lola finds out, she and Javi spend the next season at odds until they make up towards the end. In Season 7 Javi and Lola have a daughter, Úrsula. Lola is friends with Raquel, Nines, Judith etc., but doesn't spend much time with them because of her chaotic life at home.

Vicente Maroto

"¡Ay, Gregoria!"
Vicente Maroto

Vicente lives in the apartment 2-B and is Javi's father, a retired man who spends his time watching football on TV and in the bar Max & Henry with his friends Amador, Leo, Maxi and his own son Javi, with whom he has an unusual but positive father-son relationship. He was married to Goya until she died at the end of the fourth season, and hasn't had a relationship with anybody ever since.

Goya Gutiérrez

"Vicente, let's go!"
Goya Gutiérrez, to Vicente

Gregoria "Goya" is Javi's obstructing mother and Vicente's wife. She is very close to her son, which often bothers her daughter-in-law Lola, who she also despises. Goya and Vicente are the series' The Masochism Tango as most of the time they can't stand each other. Her hobbies are gossiping about the neighbours and cooking, with her speciality being croquettes.She died in a domestic accident in the Season 4 finale.

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