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She is a minor character who was first introduced as a possible love interest for Elena in "To Zir With Love".

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[[folder:Dani]]
!!Dani

-->'''Played By:''' Gabrielle Elyse
* LipstickLesbian: She is more feminine in appearance than Elena.


* NoSocialSkills: Doesn't have friends at school because of her exaggerated SoapboxSadie tendencies. Her poor social skills nearly sabotage her relationship with Syd almost straight out of the gate. Her cousin Prilla even makes note of this at her aunt's funeral when Elena greets her and immediately brings up how she's gay.

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* NoSocialSkills: Doesn't have friends at school because of her exaggerated SoapboxSadie tendencies. Her poor social skills nearly sabotage her relationship with Syd almost straight out of the gate. Her cousin Prilla Pilar even makes note of this at her aunt's funeral when Elena greets her and immediately brings up how she's gay.


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* DumbBlonde: On overhearing Penelope and Mateo speaking Spanish, she calls it their "cute little secret language".

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* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: Penelope has a few traits she shares with her mother, such as being a bit too overprotective of her kids, and even mimicking some of her mannerisms.


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* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: A lot of her traits can be seen mirrored in her daughter at some times.


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* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: She has some similar traits and ticks to her mother, like the two of them having moments of anxiety attacks.


* NoSocialSkills: Doesn't have friends at school because of her exaggerated SoapboxSadie tendencies. Her poor social skills nearly sabotage her relationship with Syd almost straight out of the gate.

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* NoSocialSkills: Doesn't have friends at school because of her exaggerated SoapboxSadie tendencies. Her poor social skills nearly sabotage her relationship with Syd almost straight out of the gate. Her cousin Prilla even makes note of this at her aunt's funeral when Elena greets her and immediately brings up how she's gay.
* NotWantingKidsIsWeird: Penelope jokes that Elena can use her quinces photos to one day scare her own children and Elena immediately says she's not having kids. Penelope drops that topic for another day.

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* FatalFlaw: Her lack of moderation. Elena takes an "all or nothing" approach to what she does, whether it's tests, activism, playing video games, being a lesbian, or ''relaxing''. While this drive to succeed helps her sometimes, it also causes her to burn herself out and take losses too hard.

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* CompassionateCritic: Deconstructed. She really does mean well with her constant harping on Penelope and Elena, and loves them both deeply. However, her well-intentioned criticism comes off in a way that Penelope frequently feels like she'll ''never'' be good enough for Lydia, and Elena, as a kid, got so sick of it that she faked not being able to speak Spanish to avoid talking to her (though she did later come to regret this).

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* HasAType: His fiance Nicole is an almost literal copy of Penelope.


* SharedFamilyQuirks: When she starts having anxiety attacks in season 3, she can be calmed down in the same way that her mother Penelope: by being shown pictures of dogs in wigs. Similarly, the two don't react well to cute pictures of fat babies because they worry about their health.



* ShareFamilyQuirks: After finishing a bag of cheetos, she likes to open it up and lick off the remaining dust on the inside like her mother and grandmother.

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After finishing a bag of cheetos, she likes to open it up and lick off the remaining dust on the inside like her mother and grandmother. grandmother.
** When she starts having anxiety attacks in season 3, she can be calmed down in the same way that her mother Penelope: by being shown pictures of dogs in wigs. Similarly, the two don't react well to cute pictures of fat babies because they worry about their health.

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* SharedFamilyQuirks: After eating a bag of cheetos, she likes to rip it open so she can lick off the remaining dust on the inside, something her mother and Elena do as well.


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* SharedFamilyQuirks: After she accidentally eats Leslie's marijuana drops, she eats a whole bag of cheetos and licks the dust off the inside of the bag like her daughter and granddaughter.


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* ShareFamilyQuirks: After finishing a bag of cheetos, she likes to open it up and lick off the remaining dust on the inside like her mother and grandmother.

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** When she finds out that [[spoiler:Elena's had sex, she's freaked out, partially because Elena's "only" seventeen. But when Ramona asks, she sheepishly admits that she lost her virginity when she was seventeen, too. This one is justified, though, since Penelope then goes on to explain that she ''thought'' she was ready, but freaked out the next day because she really wasn't. When she realizes that's not what happened with Elena, she's a lot more accepting.]]


* OffTheWagon: [[spoiler:Returns to alcoholism after his father's visit.]]



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* DescendedCreator: Played by one of the show's creators. Everyone noticed her resemblance to Justina Machado immediately, and it took a couple years to figure out a way to make use of it.


** [[spoiler:In an inversion, she's (rather understandably) thrown for a loop when she finds out Elena's lost her virginity. To her credit, after taking a couple hours to process (and vent to Barbara), she handles it very well, accepting that, as a fairy mature seventeen year old in a happy, committed relationship, Elena's ready to make the decision for herself.]]

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** [[spoiler:In an inversion, she's (rather understandably) thrown for a loop when she finds out Elena's lost her virginity. To her credit, after taking a couple hours to process (and vent to Barbara), Ramona), she handles it very well, accepting that, as a fairy fairly mature seventeen year old in a happy, committed relationship, Elena's ready to make the decision for herself.]]


* OpenMindedParent: When Elena comes out to her mother, Penelope calmly accepts it although the development sends her reeling. After making efforts to educate herself about gay culture, she decides the best thing she can do is support Elena without walking on eggshells.

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* OpenMindedParent: When Elena comes out to her mother, Penelope calmly accepts it although the development sends her reeling. After making efforts to educate herself about gay culture, she decides the best thing she can do is support Elena without walking on eggshells. [[spoiler:When she finds out Elena's had sex, her main concern -- apart from "oh my God, my baby's growing up" -- is that Elena might have ''thought'' she was ready, but in reality wasn't. As she explains to Elena, that's what happened to her, and she just doesn't want Elena hurt. After they talk about it, Penelope is relieved to hear that Elena really ''was'' ready.]]
* ParentalSexualitySquick:
** She's pretty weirded out when she realizes Dr. Berkowitz has a crush on Lydia.
** She also gets easily squicked by Lydia's tales of her and Berto's romantic passion -- but, to be fair, Lydia does tend to give ''way'' TooMuchInformation.
** [[spoiler:In an inversion, she's (rather understandably) thrown for a loop when she finds out Elena's lost her virginity. To her credit, after taking a couple hours to process (and vent to Barbara), she handles it very well, accepting that, as a fairy mature seventeen year old in a happy, committed relationship, Elena's ready to make the decision for herself.]]


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* TheirFirstTime: [[spoiler:In Season Three, she and Syd have sex for the first time. It's Elena's first time, period, but not Syd's. After some initial fumbling and a minor freakout, it goes extremely well and Elena has a good experience.]]


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* BrutalHonesty: She doesn't mince her words, and is usually quick to get to the crux of a matter. Especially when the crux of a matter is, "Penelope, you're being stupid." This makes her ''extremely'' effective when giving advice.

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