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A list of the characters appearing in the Spanish series Estoy Vivo and the tropes applying to them.

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Main cast


Manuel Márquez / Andrés Vargas

Played by: Roberto Álamo (Vargas) and Javier Gutiérrez (Márquez)

  • Action Dad: Even if his daughters don't know it anymore.
  • Bald of Awesome: Both as Márquez and Vargas.
  • Cold Ham: A very expressive and emotional man who in turn rarely lifts his voice, which makes him sound appropriately bitter.
  • Cowboy Cop: Becomes technically this upon his return to Earth, as he is forced to break laws a few times to do his supernatural job.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is very short-tempered, noticeably more as Márquez than as himself (quite understandably, given his situation).
  • Healing Factor: His new body has a regenerative ability, making him effectively immortal. He is shown to be able to heal from headshots, supernatural poisons and falls from great weights, and it could probably go down to From a Single Cell if the occasion required it.
  • Hot-Blooded: A version who manages to be impulsive and somber at once.
  • Hurting Hero: Due to all the traume he is put through, which includes dying and being reborn many years later as another person.
  • Internal Affairs: Subverted. It isn't the case, but his arrival to the police station and subsequent behavior around made the locals suspect he might work for them.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Márquez proves to be it, as in his fistfight with the much taller and stronger David, he manages to eat a punch, break his grip and land a solid hook before they are separated.


The Liaison / Iago Márquez

Played by: Alejo Sauras

  • Adorkable: Constantly, due to his childlike approach to his new world.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Is always in a pimpy two-piece white suit. Interestingly, upon closer inspection his attire actually reveals his Cloudcuckoolander status, as he wears sockless sneakers along with the suit.
  • Characterization Marches On: At the beginning of the series, he was a superb martial artist whom not even guns could stop. Later on, he became a Non-Action Guy who got captured and taken out all the day.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has little knowledge about the human world and is quite enthusiastic towards everything related to it, and one gets the impression he actually enjoys annoying Márquez with his antics.
  • The Gadfly: Although he is very supportive of Márquez's new life, he seems unable to stop himself from angering him (and other people) with his gleeful lack of diplomacy.
  • Genius Bruiser: A self-described expert in science and technology who was introduced as incredibly good in hand-to-hand fighting.
  • Glass Cannon: Unlike Márquez, he has no Healing Factor. That means that, although he has the advantage of being physically superhuman, he can die for real.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To emphasize his otherworldy and naive nature.
  • Man in White: Like the rest of his race.
  • Mr. Exposition: Of supernatural affairs, helped by his holograms.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Subverted. He claims to be immune to alcohol, but in reality gets quite shitfaced while drinking with Susana. Interestingly, by the end of the night he seems to be only slightly drunker than her despite being a total novice in the custom, meaning his biology is certainly more resistent to alcohol after all.
  • No Social Skills: He is very fresh and confident in his interactions, but clearly has trouble understanding how the human world works.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Looks almost perplexed by Márquez's worry when he informs him (while held in gunpoint) that Walkway workers like him can die. Given that accompanying people to death is actually his job, it makes sense that the process doesn't bother him.
  • Older Than They Look: According to his references to famous people whose souls he guided to afterlife, he is clearly much older than the twenty-something years old he seems to be. He is still a case of Immortal Immaturity, though.
  • Satellite Character: At least to everybody's eyes, he is one to Márquez, as he is constantly by his side with the excuse of being his criminologist nephew.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: He is an angel incarnate that goes under a rather peculiar, almost redneck-ish name ("Iago" is a Spanish Galician variation of "James" that is stereotypically asociated to the region's country).


Susana Vargas Bertrán

Played by: Anna Castillo

Vargas family


Laura Bertrán

Played by: Cristina Plazas


Arturo Vargas

Played by: Zorión Eguileor



Beatriz Vargas Bertrán

Played by: Lucía Caraballo

Police force


Óscar Santos García

Played by: Fele Martínez

  • The Atoner: Downplayed. It's shown that he does feel some remorse for letting Vargas die, but it is not a big part of his character as it is for Sebas or Laura.
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Catchphrase: "Be careful! They don't give candy out there" whenever the cops part to their missions.
  • Da Chief: To the rest of cops.
  • Inspector Javert: Nothing indicates he is not a dutiful cop, if only a bit of a pompous jerk, but he starts the series becoming an enemy of Márquez due to the latter's admittedly shady ways and improbable knowledge about the Vargas case. It turns worse because they both pin for the same woman with good reasons and after Márquez lets her down.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is cocky, conceited and clearly likes too much to be the boss, and Sebas claims he has been an ass through his entire life, but Santos is still a relatively good police chief and a dedicated husband to Laura.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Definitely tries to be, but circumstances and personal troubles are against the idea.
  • Romancing the Widow: Towards Laura.


David Aranda

Played by: Alfonso Bassave

  • Dumb Muscle: Not overly, but his characterization (classically handsome and muscled, significantly taller than most characters, quick-angered and slightly a womanizer) does paint him as the kind of cop who is more cut for the physical aspect of his job.
  • Inspector Javert: He might be the protagonist of his own series, but here he is a perennial enemy to Márquez due to how often the latter intrudes in his relationship with Susana.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite Márquez's understandable reserves, he does prove to be a nice boyfriend to Susana and a good cop.


María Fernández

Played by: Goizalde Núñez

  • Genki Woman: The sassiest and happiest in the police force.
  • The Coroner: Her role in the police station.
  • The Pollyanna: Happy, optimistic and chipper, always trying to heighten Laura's mood.

Supernatural beings

    The Butcher 

The Butcher

Played by: Mon Ceballos

  • Our Demons Are Different: He is a "hostile agent", a being of chaos and evil.
  • The Stoic: His external demeanor is basically emotionless, to the point that most of his students were actually more amused than scared for how serious he was.

    The Chairwoman 

The Chairwoman

Played by: Julia Gutiérrez Caba

Other characters


Sebastián Rey

Played by: Jesús Castejón



Played by: Ángela Arellano

  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: The first subject on her mind when she wants to distract Bea is boys, and she is shown to rank them, flirt with them and make some dirty comments towards them.
  • Lovable Coward: She's very supportive of Bea, but terrified of her bullies.
  • Meganekko: Sports some big glasses.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: She blackmails rather aggressively a fellow female classmate with telling everybody she had sexual contact with a boy in order to silence her. The victim gets the trope painted in her face when she replies to it.



Played by: Iván Mendes

  • Everything Is Racist: He snarkily asks Márquez if he believes John is bad for Bea is because he's black. Márquez curtly replies it is rather because John works with sleazy people.
  • The Quiet One: Talks little and with some accent, implying he was brought up abroad and doesn't talk Spanish as well as he would like.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Doesn't speak much and is more than a head taller than Bea, who is crushing hard on him. (And is black, as in literally dark.)



Played by: Sara Jiménez

    Ms. Samper 

Ms. Gloria Samper

Played by: Carolina Lapausa

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