Characters on The CW's Jane the Virgin. Note that season one spoilers are untagged.
Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Played by: Gina Rodriguez, Jenna Ortega (young), Montse Hernandez (teen)
The Protagonist, a religious, hardworking woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss's sperm—while a virgin. She dreams of becoming a writer.
- Adorably Precocious Child: When younger, she was extremely serious and mature.
- Adult Fear: Having your baby kidnapped by a drug lord's minion disguised as a hospital nurse definitely counts, and is the reason Jane doesn't want to trust anyone else with Mateo.
- Ambiguously Bi: Played with. Jane becomes anxious and insecure over Adam's bisexuality and decides to experiment with her own sexuality. It's mostly played for laughs, but she does attempt to kiss Lina (who jokingly reciprocates with a quick kiss and tells her that's "all she can handle").
- Artifact Title: She eventually loses her virginity.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Michael's Betty and Rafael's Veronica.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Jane's reaction to the first positive pregnancy test, because she's a virgin.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Jane's default setting, because of the way she was brought up, and her desire not to have secrets kept from her. Of course, this causes problems
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: She's a writer, but her son Mateo struggles with reading. She lampshades it as ironic.
- Doting Parent: She genuinely wants what's best for Mateo.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Sports a shorter haircut during the 3 year timeskip after Michael's death, and then reverts back to longer hair after finding out he's still alive.
- Family Versus Career: Season 2 focuses on her struggling to balance her new baby, her tangle of personal relationships, and going to grad school.
- Fangirl: She's a giant fan of Angelique Harper and Amanda Elaine, both famous romance authors who drop by the Marbella.
- Genre Savvy: A huge fan of telenovelas and romance stories, as well as a budding writer, so she's familiar with the genre conventions of both (eg. wanting to set up a 'telenovela atmosphere', wanting a Meet Cute).
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: She briefly considers aborting the baby, but changes her mind once she's informed that it's Rafael's last chance to have a biological child.
- Good Parents: She aspires to be this for Mateo, and wants to be a Good Stepmother to Anna and Ellie.
- Happily Married: To Michael, for as brief as their marriage was before his death. The show portrays them as a normal couple — although they have several fights, these are ultimately all rooted in a solid foundation of love and trust.
- Heroic Bastard: Xo and Rogelio were not married at the time of her birth, but she's still one of the most morally upstanding people on the show.
- Holier Than Thou: Downplayed, but Jane's judgmental-ness (as a result of being Raised Catholic and having to mediate between her mom and grandmother growing up) is a consistent character flaw. She has a tendency to focus on her own sense of morality and quickly lay judgement on other people. This is in fact why Petra (who, to be fair, has other reasons for being defensive) is hesitant to come to her for mom advice.
- Honor Before Reason: Jane has very high expectations of the people in her life, or anyone that she sees becoming a part of her life — and woe betide anyone who falls short of this.
- Honorary Aunt: She's "Aunt Jane" to Anna and Elsa. Justified, since she's their brother's mother.
- The Ingenue: Subverted.Latin Lover Narrator: Jane was a virgin, but she was definitely not a saint.
- Mama Bear: She was willing to leave the hospital just a few hours after giving birth to save Mateo.
- Maternally Challenged: She fears being incompetent at caring for children, and thus overcompensates.
- Most Writers Are Writers: The protagonist and an aspiring novelist.
- My Beloved Smother: At the start of season 2 she obsesses over every minute detail of Mateo's life and despairs at being separated from him even for a second. Justified, of course, her baby had just been returned from a kidnapping. She does eventually get better.
- Nice Girl: Jane is caring, loving, optimistic, and always tries to see the best in people.
- Not with Them for the Money: She's genuinely not interested in Rafael's cash, and is determined to be financially independent from him even if they raise their kid together. After Mateo is born she is even hesitant to accept money from him.
- Only Friend: Against all odds, Petra starts to consider her this after they grow closer.
- Protagonist Title: She's the titular protagonist.
- Pursue the Dream Job: Jane is torn between becoming a teacher (a practical job with stable income that will allow her to reach out to kids) and becoming a writer, which is less stable but ultimately her dream.
- Raised Catholic: Alba's Catholicism influenced her greatly.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Subverted. Jane's high morals eventually win out and she doesn't convince Rafael to save her friend's job when the hotel starts firing people.
- Shipper on Deck: She's delighted at the thought of her parents getting together because it means her mother will be happy.
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: A consistent flaw. According to Xo, Jane has a 'compulsive need to be liked'; she is affected when people don't immediately take to her (like Patricia and Jane R.) and tries to warm them to her.
- The Tell: According to Michael, she can't make eye contact when she's lying.
- They Do: Marries Michael in the Season 2 finale. And then marries Rafael in the Series Finale.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Grilled cheese. It's one of the very first things we learn about her.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: She and Petra argue a lot, but after a long time of animosity the two come to see each other as family, to the point they are practically sisters.Jane: You know I love you.
Petra: Yeah, but do you like me?
Jane: I grew up without a sister, now it feels like I have one!
Petra: Me too!
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While growing up, Jane was the Serious Child to Xo's Wacky Parent; she was serious, grounded, and frequently parented her flightier mother. She's also the Serious Child to the more clueless, extravagant Rogelio, whom she often has to rein in.
- Widow Woman: After Michael's death. She remains in relative mourning over him for a good three years before finding the strength to at least try to find love again, knowing full well he would want her to be happy.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She calls out Michael for lying to her about Petra's affair, because even if it was part of an ongoing police investigation he knew how important it was to her that the baby's parents would be stable.
- She's also upset at her mother for lying to her about her father's identity for her whole life.
- After learning about Rafael's manipulations to keep her and Michael apart, she verbally rips him a new one.
- Write Who You Know:
- In-universe, Jane writes a story and bases the main character on her mother.
- Her thesis for school involves her writing a dramatized version of her grandmother's life.
- She writes a novel loosely based on her and Michael's romance after his death. It ends up getting published.
- In season four, she decides to write about her mother. In the finale, she decides to combine her drafts into a Generational Saga.
Xiomara "Xo" Gloriana Villanueva
Played by: Andrea Navedo, Catherine Toribio (teen)
Jane's outgoing mother, who had her as a result of a one-night stand when she was young. Her goal is to become a singer.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
- See: launching into a raunchy musical number at her daughter's quinceañera. Granted, she was doing it to keep Jane from noticing her date macking on someone else, but still.
- Acting like "a drunken sorority girl" at Jane's 21st birthday party, then at her bachelorette party four years later.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Regarding her feelings for Rogelio. Jane has to sit them both down and help them spill it.
- Establishing Character Moment: Doing her nails and rolling her eyes at Alba's virginity lecture.
- Ethical Slut: Xo is fundamentally a good person who just happens to really like sex.
- Good Bad Girl: A loving mother whose promiscuity clashes with her religious upbringing.
- Good Parents: She's genuinely well-meaning and supportive towards her daughter.
- Happily Married: To Rogelio in Season 4; while their relationship has its obstacles they are constantly supportive of each other.
- Immigrant Parents: Her parents, Alba and Mateo, immigrated from Venezuela.
- Large Ham: Not Rogelio-level hamminess, but when it comes to comedy or passionate anger she can chew the scenery with the best of them.
- Make-Out Kids: Played for laughs when she and Rogelio move in together.Michael: So, do you two like living together so far?
Xo: It's amazing.
Rogelio: You are amazing.
Xo: No, you are.
Rogelio: I know.
[they then proceed to make out in front of Michael for a full minute]]
- The Mistress: To Bruce, whom she was in an on-off relationship with for three years because he kept the fact that he was married from her. It's later revealed that she knew he was married the whole time, and his daughter sees her as a homewrecker.
- The Heart: Develops into this in season 4, though traces of this were present as early as Season 1.
- Ms. Fanservice: Xo can normally be found in booty shorts and low-cut blouses or dresses with high hemlines. Becomes less and less prominent as the series progresses as she transitions into The Heart but doesn't fully go away.
Xo: "They like being naked and I do too. I like my body. And I like showing it off, it's part of who I am."
- This is Played for Drama In-Universe in "Chapter Seventy-Eight" after she receives her breast cancer diagnosis, Xo's acknowledges her self-confidence is tied to her attractive body and is concerned the treatment options, which would require her breast tissue be removed, would permanently lose that aspect of her identity in the process.
- Parents as People: The flashbacks give focus to her sometimes struggling to raise Jane and juggle her fledgling career.
- Raised Catholic: She's nowhere as devout as her mother or daughter, but even Xo has her own level of faith, and does attend mass with Jane and Alba, but the moment that hilariously signifies her belief is her immediately falling to her knees and crossing herself while praying to her daughter after Jane is revealed to be a pregnant virgin.Xo: You're Immaculado! Immaculado!
- Really Gets Around: She apparently had lots of casual boyfriends while Jane was growing up.
- Sex with the Ex: It doesn't take long for her to, uh, reconnect with Jane's father.
- Stepford Smiler: In season four, she tries to put on a brave face regarding her cancer treatments, but it breaks down after the death of her chemo buddy.
- Spicy Latina:
- The straightest example on the show; of the three Villanuevas she's the most impulsive and sensual.
- Subverted towards the latter half of the series, where she becomes the voice of reason/emotional pillar for multiple different characters.
- Teen Pregnancy: Xo had Jane when she was 16.
- The Topic of Cancer: Xo is diagnosed with breast cancer in season 4 and fears the risks and the possibility of early death.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Was the Wacky Parent to Jane's Serious Child when the latter was growing up.
- Waiting for a Break: She teaches dance classes out of her living room while waiting for her big break as a singer.
Alba Gloriana Villanueva
Played by: Ivonne Coll, Rosie Garcia (young)
Mother to Xo and grandmother to Jane, Alba is a home healthcare provider. She is very religious and cares deeply about her family.
- Almighty Mom: Alba for Xo and Jane, whom she doesn't hesitate to tell off if she disagrees with them. Arguably, the premise of the show, in-universe, is due to her teachings and influence on Jane.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Alba rarely speaks anything but Spanish, and the only person who doesn't respond to her exclusively in English is Rogelio. (Seasons 2 and onward demonstrate that while she can speak English, she prefers Spanish amongst her friends and family.)
- Citizenship Marriage: She offers to marry Jorge so the latter can visit his mother in Mexico without the risk of being deported on his way back. He accepts.
- DecemberDecember Romance: Alba is a great-grandmother, but will occasionally have Ship Tease with men her age. She eventually remarries; her second husband Jorge is also elderly.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: She disapproves of Xo's promiscuity and orders Jane not to lose her virginity until marriage, but this was in part due to how it was valued in Venezuela during her youth. Specifically, not being a virgin on her wedding night had great consequences for her relationship with her family.
- Establishing Character Moment: Telling a young Jane firmly that you can never get your virginity back once you lose it.
- Fourth Date Marriage:
- She knew Jane's grandfather for 41 days before his proposal and their marriage.
- Her First Love, Pablo Alonso Segura, manages to charm her into an engagement after only having been back in her life for a week.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: It's implied her relationship with Cecilia was something like this. Cecilia was gregarious and the life of the party, while Alba is level-headed and sensible in the flashbacks to her youth. They are mentioned to have had a complicated dynamic.
- Good Parents: She is this for Xiomara, and in a way also to Jane, as Xiomara wasn't even out of her teens by the time Jane was born. She's responsible for them growing up the way they are.
- Hypocrite: Played with. Xo calls her out for disapproving of her sleeping around when Alba herself wasn't a virgin on her wedding night. However, that had destroyed her relationships with her husband's family, and she's now estranged from her own.
- The Illegal: She's in the country illegally, which becomes a problem after she's hospitalized and the hospital is unwilling to shoulder the expense. She finally does apply for her green card in Season 2, and gets it. And in the season 4 finale, she finally becomes a citizen.
- Immigrant Parents: She and Xo's father Mateo were this to Xo; Alba acts like a typical Catholic grandmother who speaks exclusively in Spanish.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Seen in flashbacks, she was just as lovely as Jane or Xo, and is still quite a bit of a Silver Fox. Helped in part by being played by former Beauty Queen/Model Ivonne Colle.
- Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Her reaction when it turns out Xo's theft charge didn't go away years later.
- Raised Catholic: Her deep faith and religious upbringing is at the very center of her personality.
- Sibling Triangle: Jane figures out that her sister Cecilia was in love with Alba's husband Mateo.
- Slut-Shaming: Her disapproval of Xo's promiscuity gets on her daughter's nerves.
- Staircase Tumble: Magda pushes her down the stairs when she thinks she's snooping around Petra. She's comatose for the next episode.
- Uptown Girl: Alba mentions how Jane's grandfather came from a wealthy family, but gave it up to be with Alba.
- Voice of Reason: Often serves as this to Jane's and Xiomara's wackier antics. Of course, she sometimes shows she's Not So Above It All.
Michael Cordero Jr.
Played by: Brett Dier
Jane's boyfriend of two years, a police detective.
- Amnesiac Lover: After recovering from his surgery in season 3, he jokes about not remembering Jane. In season 5, he's legitimately forgotten not just Jane but everything in his life, apparently thanks to electroshock therapy at the hands of Rose.
- Blackmail: He finds out about Petra's affair and holds it above her head so she'll stay with Rafael and get the baby off his hands.
- The Bus Came Back: He makes one last appearance in Chapter Ninety-Eight for closure with Jane, with a new wife and a baby on the way.
- Came Back Wrong: While Michael didn't die, his severe amnesia makes him different from how he was before. He's now slow of speech, has a different accent, lacks Michael's goofy sense of humour, and is a dog person.
- Career Versus Family: When he and Jane get together, is pressured by Rafael between his dangerous career as a cop, and Mateo's safety. He is willing to choose Jane and Mateo, but Jane stops him from quitting his job and lets Rafael know that.
- Career Versus Man: Like Rafael, also finds himself in this situation in the season 2 premiere: Jane and Rafael get Mateo back but he has to let Nadine, his only lead on the Sin Rostro case, go. He agrees.
- Cheated Death, Died Anyway: Michael survives being shot by Rose, only to collapse and apparently die half a season later.
- Cowboy Cop: Not an extreme example, but is one where Sin Rostro or Rafael Solano are concerned. He ignores his orders to not to talk to the contractor that built the tunnels beneath the Marbella and subsequently gets suspended for it. Also Played With in that he'll compromise an investigation if it means making Jane happy. In Chapter 26, he asks for permission to for extreme measures to take down Sin Rostro. In Chapter 27, all the cowboy-copping gets him fired. Subverted, this was faked so he could go undercover and get close to Nadine. Rafael even brings it up later in season two, but Michael admits that he's moved past this style, as it could put Jane and Mateo in danger.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Any indication of Jane with Rafael will set him on edge. At one point, he tries to convince Jane to quit her job in order to avoid him. And in Chapter 27, immediately jumps to the conclusion that Rafael turned him in and caused him to lose his jobnote , and initiates a fight with him while he's holding the baby carrier.
- Deadpan Snarker: He tends to tone it down around Jane, but he does have his moments.Michael: Are you okay?
Petra: Just feeling a little nauseous.
Michael: Probably just karma.
- Dirty Cop: Removes Petra's necklace from a crime scene-though she's married and was secretly cheating with the murder victim-because he wants Jane to give Rafael and Petra her baby. Later hires his shady brother to help him break into Rafael's safe.
- Endearingly Dorky: Has a thing for doing goofy faces and impressions, which is a bit of an Inside Joke with him and Jane — she loves it.
- Fair Cop: A detective with the Miami PD. So handsome, that Jane innocently mistook him for a stripper when he arrived in his Patrol uniform at her 21st birthday.
- Fatal Flaw: His refusal to admit when he isn't fine, including to himself. This is well-illustrated in a flashback where little Michael is sick but says he isn't, just so he could go out and trick-or-treat. As an adult, this has more dire consequences, and he dies because — as his mother later tearfully acknowledges — he should've gone to the hospital.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Although they have a shared criminal past, Michael became a (mostly) upstanding police detective while his brother Billy is still somewhat shady and prone to asking money from him.
- Former Teen Rebel: He and his brother stole cars in their teen years.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: A subtler one, but incredibly moving nonetheless: He has Alba teach him to say his wedding vows to Jane in Spanish.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of Rafael from the beginning, when he finds out that Jane is (mistakenly) carrying Rafael's baby, and this motivates his actions. It's unclear how much of his theory that Rafael is/is tied to Sin Rostro is because of genuine suspicion or jealousy that Rafael is with Jane. Highlighted by Nadine, who dismisses it entirely because she thinks he has a "vendetta." He eventually turns out to be right, but not in the way he suspects. It doesn't really go away, and in Chapter 27 he ends up throwing Rafael into a glass table in front of Jane and Mateo because of a conclusion he quickly jumped to note .
- Happily Married: He and Jane eventually have a loving, stable marriage.
- Has a Type: Both Jane and Andie are both excitable, romantic, idealistic nice girls. The narrator even lampshades how similar they are.
- Identity Amnesia: After Rose electrified his brain, he not only cannot remember Jane but also anything about himself, his family, or his name (he goes by "Jason" now).
- Intergenerational Friendship: Forms one with Rogelio. He was a bit irritated at first when Rogelio insisted on shadowing him for his show, but they end up getting along like a house on fire. It's even punctuated with a Handshake Substitute. This is, of course, a way for him to rile up Rafael (whom Rogelio disapproves of).
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Michael is a cat lover and generally a Nice Guy.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The opening to season 5 reveals the reason why he hasn't contacted Jane in four years to tell her he's alive is that he doesn't remember her at all.
- Nice Guy: One of the reasons Xo is on his side. Overall, he is a patient and friendly person to pretty much anyone that isn't a criminal or Rafael.
- Not Quite Dead: The final moments "Chapter Eighty-One" show him alive, in Rafael's apartment.
- Put on a Bus: He returns to Montana in "Chapter Eighty-Eight" after Jane realizes she still loves Rafael.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The poor suitor (working-class detective) to Rafael's Rich Suitor.
Played by: Justin Baldoni
Owner of the hotel Jane works at and the biological father of her baby.
- Adoption Angst: He discovers in Season 3 that he is adopted, which causes a great personal crisis (since he had a tumultuous relationship with his overbearing father), a financial upheaval, and a largely unsuccessful search for his birth parents.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts civil to Jane and Michael, while constantly trying to find ways and petty excuses to break them up behind their backs. He gets better once he gets over Jane, and the two of them become Amicable Exes.
- Break Her Heart to Save Her: Breaks up with Jane because he believes that staying away from him and his baggage is her best course of action. He later begins to consider this a mistake on his part.
- Butt-Monkey: Rafael's life pretty much falls apart over the course of the first season—his marriage (which was already in a bad place to begin with) ends, his father is murdered by his criminal overlord stepmother, his mother resurfaces to tell him she was paid off to stay away from him, and the hotel begins to fail under his management. Then he breaks off with Jane. In Season 2, just when it seems that things are looking up for him and Jane, he lies to her, they break up again, and then we find out his real mother is also a criminal overlord.
- Career Versus Man: Rare Male Example. He struggles to balance his commitment to Jane and their child and his commitments to the hotel, which he considers his father's legacy.
- The Casanova: Was formerly a playboy before his marriage to Petra. The chyrons take note of this and scratch out the "Playboy" and leave it with "Trapped Husband."
- Character Development: Slowly becomes more secure in his place in the family and less reliant on his father's money as the series goes on.
- The Charmer: As part of his Millionaire Playboy past, he can really turn up the charm on women when he wants to.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Ends up as this to Luisa in Season 2, having to play the Straight Man to her more outrageous suggestions.
- Doting Parent: Because of his own boatload of Parental Issues, he's devoted to being the best father ever for Mateo, Anna, and Elsa. Having a lot of money certainly helps.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He notably drinks more in the back episodes of season 1—and he has pretty good reason to.
- Former Teen Rebel: He has a shady past.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for all his manipulations and desperation to keep Jane and Mateo near him is how absolutely screwed up his own familial history is.
- Greeneyed Monster: He's jealous of Michael, his closeness to Jane's parents, and his constant presence in his and Jane's lives, believing that Michael is trying to win her back. (He's not wrong, though.)
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Jane's tiny girl, especially with the height difference (Justin Baldoni is 6'2" while Gina Rodriguez is 5'3").
- Informed Attractiveness: Rafael's handsomeness and overall attractiveness is commented on several times.
- Insecure Love Interest:
- In a way, he is one to Jane—he breaks up with her in Chapter Nineteen because he believes he's in too dark a place for someone like her.
- Again with Jane in season 5. After Michael is revealed to be alive and suffering from complete Identity Amnesia (thanks to Rose electrocuting his brain repeatedly), Rafael is worried that Jane (who chose Michael over Rafael way back in season 2) is going to leave him for Michael.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a philanderer, a supposedly reformed Bad-Boy, who is just as skilled in the art of manipulation as much as Petra, whom he stole from Lachlan, seemingly out of spite, and not above using underhanded tactics to ensure that Jane and Michael never reconnect. Despite this, his kids are clearly his entire world and he donates to anonymous charities on the down-low. He dials back on the "jerk" and gets more of the "heart of gold" following the Time Skip.
- Ladykiller in Love: His cancer diagnosis certainly helped in making him realize he needed to change his womanizing ways, but it's shown in the flashbacks that he and Petra did actually fall in love. From then onward, his relationships are serious when he can help it.
- Manipulative Bastard: As said above, the man is no stranger to using people and situations around him to get what he wants. As revealed in that he was playing Petra to get her to give him her shares of the hotel, and had turned in Michael to keep him and Jane from getting back together and playing on her emotions for him to get her to turn her mother in for pushing Alba. He generally gets along best with Petra when he's about to stab her in the back.
- Millionaire Playboy: He used to be one, shown in a flashback where he attends a dinner celebrating Lachlan's promotion with a girl on his arm and then schmoozes on Petra, Lachlan's then-fiancee, seemingly to get back at him.
- Mr. Fanservice: Frequently seen wearing tight shirts or no shirt at all.
- Oblivious Adoption: Season 3 reveals that he was born in Italy and given to Elena around the time she lost a baby — he's not the Solanos' biological son. To his relief, he finds out that his deceased birth parents were normal people.
- Parental Issues: A boatload. His father was never the best dad and was always critical of his actions, while his mom walked out on him for money. Because of never having a working family model while growing up, he wants to be a good father to Mateo.
- Properly Paranoid: He's suspicious of Luisa's girlfriends following Rose, and runs a myriad of tests on them to make sure they aren't Rose in disguise. He's right to be paranoid, but Rose sidesteps his tests by having a duplicate test in her place.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The Rich Suitor (wealthy hotel owner) to Michael's Poor Suitor.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Subverted. While Jane does marry Michael, some years after his death she starts seeing Rafael as a romantic prospect again.
- Shirtless Scene: He gets a few. It comes with being the resident Mr. Fanservice.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tall? Check. Dark-haired? Check. Mr. Fanservice? Check. Rich ex-playboy? Check. Implied shady connections? Check.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Season 2 has shown him become incredibly petty with Jane and Michael, and extremely selfish in regards to Mateo. He's much nicer to them by Season 3, though he's still a Manipulative Bastard towards Petra.
- Uptown Girl: Rafael is very rich. Jane isn't. This is the reason Jane (and Xo) are a bit anxious about her developing relationship with Rafael, because they're "from two different worlds." It's also a frequent cause of friction regarding their co-parenting of Mateo, since Rafael doesn't want Mateo to struggle with money, while Jane doesn't want him to get used to wealth.
- The Un-Favourite: Emilio coddled Luisa and was always more critical towards Rafael.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ever since bouncing back from cancer, Rafael's been trying to get his father's approval (as his father had considered him a disappointment before).
- Workaholic: He throws himself into his work once he and Jane break up.
- Working with the Ex: Once Petra manages to become a major shareholder at the hotel, she and Rafael are forced to work together to manage it.
Petra Solano (née Natalia Andel)
Played by: Yael Grobglas
Rafael's scheming wife. Not who she says she is.
- Altar the Speed: Milos proposes to her in Chapter 26 and they're married by Chapter 27. Jane and Rafael give her an out by giving her material she can hold over Milos, but she stays with him for her own reasons (once she realizes that he's still dangerous, listening to her every conversation using bugs).
- Always Second Best: Petra can't help but see herself as always second to Jane in Rafael's heart.
- The Baby Trap: She tried this with Rafael's last sperm sample so she could guilt him into staying with her so she could get the money from her prenup, but Luisa accidentally inseminates Jane instead. In Season 2, it's revealed that There Is Another sperm sample, and she inseminates herself with a turkey baster and succeeds. Her late-term miscarriage prior to the first season is outright stated to be part of what caused Rafael to fall out of love with her.
- Best Friend: Becomes this to Jane throughout the course of the show
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
- Initially comes off as a sweet and loving wife, but is actually a Gold Digger trying to keep her marriage alive for the sake of the serious bank her prenup entailed.
- Though, by early-middle season 2, it's a Deconstructed Trope and part of the show's commentary on class and gender. It's clear that Petra had talent, dreams and interests before choosing to be a Gold Digger, and could have had a more fulfilling life ahead of her if she'd stuck to her goals and her identity. Like a Shadow Archetype of the ever-motivated, honest and ambitious Jane, Petra faced the same challenges (growing up without a father, sexism, classism, a struggling career), but abandoned everything she worked for, created a wholly fake persona and relied on manipulating rich men because she's lacked real self-worth and felt powerless all along.
- Butt-Monkey: For all that she's manipulative and scheming, things just don't go right for her. Highlights include her lover being murdered, then revealed to be alive and tries to kill her, Magda exploiting her at her convenience, her husband leaving her for another woman who was accidentally artificially inseminated by the sperm sample Petra wanted for herself, inseminating herself in an attempt to win him back and winding up having twins, and ending up taking the fall for her manipulative mother. And finally being sedated by her long lost twin sister, twice.
- Character Development: Goes from a manipulative gold digger to a genuinely well-meaning mother who sees Jane as a sister.
- Children Raise You: Played with. Her daughters' upcoming birth causes her to overall become nicer, although she winds up with postpartum depression symptoms.
- Damsel out of Distress: When kidnapped by Roman Zazo, she seduces him in order to get a hold of his phone and uses it to call Michael—who didn't need to do all that much, because Petra ends up impaling Zaz in self-defense.
- Dead Person Impersonation: "Petra" is actually the name of a Czech girl who died suddenly, whose identity Natalia took over in order to run from Milos.
- Elegant Classical Musician: She used to be a street violinist; her skill was what drew Milos to her in the first place.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Magda is one of Petra's primary concerns in life. She does not take it well when her mother inadvertently reveals she had been lying the whole time. Even after Magda's arrest, Petra still sees her as a source of comfort and advice.
- Exact Eavesdropping: In the first season finale, she is about to enter a room to talk to Rafael right before hearing him tell Luisa that he wants Petra out of his life after manipulating her to suit his ends.
- Fall Guy: For Magda, who sets her up to be arrested in her place after the former murders Ivan.
- Femme Fatale: She has no qualms using her sexual wiles and underhanded manipulations to get what she wants. The chyrons even call her a "Man-eater." Oh yeah, and she has ties to the Czech Mafia.
- Freudian Excuse: Petra's the way she is because her mother (and only parental figure) was an emotionally abusive Stage Mom who only got worse after Petra's violent ex-boyfriend scarred and injured her for life in what seemed like an attempt on Petra's life, and she's been trying to make it up to her mother while constantly on the run from him. The trauma hit her pretty hard, and she seems to have developped a sort of survival mentality since. Not to mention that even during her marriage to Rafael, she has had to contend with both a miscarriage and his cancer, only to see him fall out of love with her (he secretely planed on leaving her even before he knew she'd done anything wrong).
- Gold Digger: (Seemingly) married Rafael for his money, although she seemed to have been genuinely in love with him at some point, and her feelings for him resurface a couple of times over the course of the show.
- HeelFace Turn: Fully a good character by late season 3.
- Honorary Aunt: "Aunt Petra" to Mateo. Justified, since she's the mother of his sisters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even Petra has a heart, as it's becoming more and more visible, thanks in part to her growing friendship with Jane. In fact, she secretly starts subletting the house that Jane and Michael are renting, so that they could afford the rent.
- Mama Bear: Petra is very protective of her daughters, to the point that she pushes Anezka off a balcony because the latter threatened them.
- Manipulative Bitch:
- Goes through increasingly convoluted plots in order to get money out of Rafael.
- Comes back to bite her in season four, when Jane R. accuses her of knowingly manipulating her way to acquittal after she is accused of Anezka's murder at the cost of Jane R.'s life and career. Petra insists that she didn't mean for it to happen, it just turned out that way.
- Maternally Challenged: During her pregnancy, she's scared of being that way. The postpartum depression after her daughters' birth does not help. After her postpartum medication takes effect, it becomes a Deconstructed Trope: she realizes that while she isn't very maternal and needs time for herself and her job, she does love her daughters and can care for them in her way, making sure they inherit her and Rafael's legacy and spend time with their father. She still sometimes mistakes one twin for the other, though.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her mother had taught her that her beauty was her greatest weapon, and damn does she know how to use it.
- Properly Paranoid: After spending time with Aaron, suspects that Aaron is really Roman pretending to be his own twin brother. Fingerprint analysis by Michael confirms this.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Sets up several plots seemingly just to screw over Rafael after he ends their marriage. Played with—she's done some despicable things but is also portrayed sympathetically, and she actually has a psycho ex-boyfriend, Milos, whom she's on the run from.
- Sensual Slav: She's Czech and the local Ms. Fanservice.
- She's Got Legs: And she's fond of showing them off, too.
- Slashed Throat: Invokes this by having Milos pretend to do so to freak her mother off enough to throw off the disability.
- Street Musician: She used to be a street violinist in Prague.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 3, after spending season 2 taking a level in kindness, she's full of resentment after being paralyzed for three months without anyone noticing, and returns to the warpath against Rafael. This is subverted — her actions are justifiably as a result of insecurity and paranoia, and she genuinely wants to protect the hotel and her family.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Zig-zagged.
- She's still a bit of a bitch, but as of season 2 she actively seems to be trying to be a better person for the sake of her daughters and is at least civil, when not outright friendly, with Jane, including secretly subsidizing a home for her and Michael to afford.
- After her girls are born, however, her Postpartum Depression gets the better of her and she thinks of running away and leaving everybody else to deal with her problems. It seems like she does, but this is Double Subverted once the viewers realize who they saw running away: Petra's twin Anezka, coming to meet her.
- Fully in place by late season 3. Petra genuinely wants a good familial relationship with both Jane and Rafael and works towards that end.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: She and Jane argue a lot, but after a long time of animosity the two come to see each other as family, to the point they're practically sisters.Jane: You know I love you.
Petra: Yeah, but do you like me?
Jane: I grew up without a sister, now it feels like I have one!
Petra: Me too!
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- While heavily hormonal from her pregnancy, she gives an epic one towards Rafael, after his selfishness is preventing Jane and Michael from purchasing their dream home.
- Also gives one to him after his continual piss-poor treatment and condescending attitude towards her, while refusing to ever acknowledge or grow beyond his own flaws.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Petra does! Even while six months pregnant.
Rogelio de la Vega
Played by: Jaime Camil
Star of popular telenovela The Passions of Santos. Also Jane's biological father, who tries to reconnect with the Villanueva family.
- Amicable Exes: Implied to be this with his ex-wife Melissa; she's his manager and he still considers her daughters to be family even if he's not biologically related to them. On the other hand; Xo suspects that he's not entirely over Luciana despite their spiny interactions.
- Apology Gift: Personalized apology gift baskets are a trademark of his. He calls them "Ropology" baskets.
- Arch-Enemy: Played for Laughs: His telenovela nemesis is Esteban Santiago, but Chapter 27 reveals he and Britney Spears have been on the outs since 2009.
- Bumbling Dad: A wealthy variant. Rogelio is initially clueless when it comes to getting to know his daughter. When Jane calls him out for randomly giving her a car, he responds with gifting his two ex-stepdaughters cars as well.
- Captain Oblivious: Rogelio is generally unconcerned with other people's lives and tends to be surprised when they turn out to be different from his own.
- Camp Straight: He's very attracted to women, but also so In Touch with His Feminine Side that he can be quite effeminate. This is Played With, however, in that his prominent, traditionally feminine qualities frequently have roots in hypermasculinity (e.g. he's so arrogant that he winds up being vain and prissy, etc.). Perhaps best illustrated when Alba says Rogelio possesses machismo, and Xiomara scoffs, pointing out that this is the man with cosmetics-brand aspirations.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Regarding his feelings for Xo. Jane has to sit them both down and help them spill it.
- The Charmer: Rogelio really knows how to get the ladies to like him.
- The Dandy: He cares greatly about his appearance and fashion.
- Dark Secret: The blackmail that Luciana holds over his head to get him to hire her on The Passions of Santos? His dabblings in Scientology.
- Disappeared Dad: Wasn't in the picture until the start of the series. Seems to have become this unwittingly, as he was surprised when Xo told him he had a daughter.
- Disguised in Drag: Disguises himself as a woman, "Judy", so he can convince the other women to keep Guillermo on "Los Viajes de Guillermo".
- Distressed Dude: After coming across a Loony Fan disguised as his assistant, Rogelio is imprisoned in his own home for a couple of weeks, eventually rescued by Michael.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted and discussed. After being kidnapped by a stalker, he is understandably traumatized and struggles with his fear of being mocked for it.
- Doting Parent:
- Once he finds out about Jane, he's a clueless but loving father who showers her with gifts and attention.
- He takes a yearlong leave from acting in order to be the best father ever for his new daughter, Baby.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Invoked in-universe for The Passions of Santos: He wants his death scene to be bombastic and absolutely heartbreaking.
- Family Man: Rogelio cares greatly about the Villanuevas and generally looks out for their well-being in his own eccentric way.
- Family Versus Career: When forced to choose between playing the lead in a series shooting in Mexico (sure to catapult him to superstardom) and staying in Miami and playing second lead to his fiercest rival, he chooses the latter because it will allow him to stay close to Jane and Xo. By the first season finale, when torn between Jane's going into labor and doing a show that would potentially catapult him to (Jesus Christ) superstardom, he chooses to be at the former without a second thought and is offended that Xiomara would ever think otherwise.
- Genre Savvy: Due to being a telenovela star, he will often discuss, converse, and lampshade dramatic telenovela tropes, including ones that the show uses.
- History with Celebrity: Will frequently namedrop his famous friends, enemies, and associates, some of whom (like Charo, Bruno Mars, and Gloria Estefan) actually show up on the show. Justified due to actually being an in-universe celebrity.
- House Husband: He attempts it in season 4, and quickly gets bored out of his mind.
- Hypocrite: Gets upset at Xiomara for kissing Marco even though he kissed his old girlfriend afterwards... while he and Xo were together.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Downplayed, but he suggests that the reason he throws cash around so flippantly is that he doesn't ever want to go back to the times he was a Starving Artist.
- Insistent Terminology: Re: Jane accidentally calling him "Dad," and calling him "Rogelio" later: "You are locked into 'Dad' now."
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Oh, yes. Rogelio loves fashion, photoshoots, and makeup (because they all feed his ego) and is always up for the occasional pedicure.Rogelio: Come on, it's 2015! Men get pedicures! Or what was all this equal rights talk all about?
- Intergenerational Friendship:
- Rogelio adores Michael to the point of considering him his best friend and vocally approves of Jane's relationship with him.
- It's slower going, but he eventually forms one with Rafael as his grandson's biological father and eventual son-in-law, even pushing him to call Rogelio "dad".
- It's All About Me: Frequently lapses into this from time to time. He's usually able to snap out of it with the help of his family though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rogelio can be extremely irritating and narcissistic at times, but he always manages to come through for his family.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's had a string of past romances, but he seems to genuinely love Xo and wants to be with her.
- Large Ham: Inherently dramatic both off-and onscreen.
- Lovable Coward: Easily intimidated by his stalker and captor Lola, despite being bigger than her.
- Manchild: Jane describes him so it on their first meeting, calling him "vain" and "shallow" and he does little to refute that assertion. He means well, though.
- Meaningful Name: "de la Vega," referring to his, well, superstardom.
- Narcissist: Rogelio's extreme narcissism is played for laughs. His face features heavily into his interior design.Darci: We're both aging narcissists!
Rogelio: How dare you call me aging!
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Manages to be a Rare Male Example despite being a middle-aged man with a grown daughter. Rogelio starts to want the experience of raising another child, since he missed out on raising Jane, to the point of Xiomara breaking up with him because of it, so he visits Darci in the hopes of finding a woman willing to have a baby with him before it's too late. Subverted when he realizes his baby grandson can fill that void for him, and double subverted when Darci unwittingly gets pregnant with his daughter.
- New Old Flame: For Xiomara; he pops up in her life 23 years after their last meeting and they quickly fall in love.
- The Prima Donna: He's apparently very unreasonable and demanding while on the set of The Passions of Santos, to the point of it getting him fired. Subverted, as his assistant Nicholas had been pulling strings the whole time to get him to come off as this.Rogelio: Considering my immense gifts, I'm one of the most humble men in the world!
- Rags to Riches: As his backstory. Explains to Jane that he was once broke and living off instant noodles. He doesn't want to go back to that.
- Really Gets Around: If the tabloids are to be believed, Rogelio has a new girl every week.
- Serial Romeo: He's extremely prone to falling in love fast. In the examples we see onscreen, he mostly falls first as with Dina and Darci.
- Serial Spouse:
- Has been married twice before reconnecting with the Villanuevas, and has had many more flings. His mother implies that his flightiness and refusal to listen to her advice is the cause of this.
- Over the course of the series he marries Xiomara twice. This takes his total up to four weddings.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jane/Michael, although he makes it clear he prioritizes Jane's happiness above that.
- Shrine to Self: Rogelio's a narcissist, so his residences are filled with his face — not just on paintings and photographs, but also on things like pillowcases.
- Starving Artist: He spent some time in a tiny apartment living on ramen noodles before he got his big break.
- Uncle Pennybags: The other wealthy member of the family besides Rafael, and generally has no problem throwing money around if the situation requires it. Jane rarely takes his financial assistance because of her practicality, so he made up a scholarship in order to pay for her grad school.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's a huge sucker for his mom's good opinion, which is why he never told her that Xiomara told him she was pregnant.
Voiced by: Anthony Mendez
Our storyteller, guiding us through the story with the smoothest voice known to man and accompanied by typewriter-style chyrons. His identity is unclear until the finale.
- Ambiguously Gay: He comments on the attractiveness of both men and women on the show, but is specifically disappointed when it's mentioned that there is a lack of single men in NYC in "Chapter Ninety-Eight".
- Aroused by Their Voice: There's a reason the Narrator's closed-captioned dialogue is attributed to "Latin Lover Narrator."
- Audience Surrogate: Despite being the narrator, he will often react in the way the audience will at the goings-on.
- "I know, right?" Said when narrating something "cray-cray".
- "Straight out of a telenovela!"
- "Okay, peeps!"
- "It should be noted" that he also uses that phrase often to explain something else.
- "Which brings us here. Now."
- "I should explain." Said when a character does something seemingly OOC, or says something odd.
- Did Not See That Coming: The reveal of Sin Rostro is such a shock that even he's caught off guard. He generally drops this phrase when a character performs an unexpected action.
- Latin Lover: Parodied. He's referred to as the "Latin Lover Narrator," and has an accent to match.
- Lemony Narrator: Goes with the territory of being a Deadpan Snarker and addressing the audience. He'll frequently make sarcastic comments about the characters and their actions.
- Mr. Exposition: Provides episode and plot recaps, sets up flashbacks, defines terms that the audience may not know, and generally explains anything that needs explaining.
- Narrator All Along: The finale reveals that he is a grown-up Mateo.
- Previously On : Responsible for catching the viewers up to speed with recent events at the beginning of each episode.
- Spear Counterpart: He has a female counterpart in Adam's "Latina Lover Narrator", a female Lemony Narrator who narrates Adam's life.
- Unreliable Narrator: Being a Lemony Narrator who is staunchly pro-Jane and the Villanuevas, he never really tries to be unbiased, but discusses the possibility of him being one in "Chapter Fifty-Four". Mateo's diagnosis of ADHD in "Chapter Ninety-One" drew parallels between the kid and the Narrator as well.
Main Characters' Relatives
Mateo Gloriano Rogelio Solano Villanueva
Played by: Aiden Fernandes (toddler), Joseph Sanders (S3), Elias Janssen (S4-S5)
Jane and Rafael's beloved son.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Mr. Sweetface" to Jane, "Matelio" to Rogelio.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He's impulsive, has a short attention span, upbeat, and struggles with reading. He's diagnosed with ADHD in season 5 which foreshadows the revelation that he is the Narrator.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed and justified. Mateo can get bratty, but there are often realistic explanations for his bad behavior, such as lashing out because of his disrupted routine or not having an outlet for his restlessness and feelings.
- Cheerful Child: As noted by Alex, is very energetic and upbeat despite having potentially traumatic events occur early in his life.
- Dead Guy Junior: Is named after Jane's grandfather and Alba's husband, Mateo.
- Overly Long Name: His full name is "Mateo Gloriano Rogelio Solano Villanueva". Rafael lampshades this. Mateo's name is a result of Spanish naming tradition: when a baby is born, they usually given their first name(s), their middle name(s), and then either the father's last name and the mother's maiden name or vice versa.
- Rich Kids: A source of stress for Jane — although Mateo will inherit wealth, she wants him to remain grounded.
Played by: Dennis Mencia
Alba's husband, Xo's father, and Jane's grandfather. He died an unspecified amount of time before the start of the show.
- Family Man: He seems to have been a genuinely good, hardworking man who'd always put his family first.
- The Illegal: Was likely undocumented, just like Alba.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead for decades, so what we know of him is filtered through Xo and Alba.
- Uptown Girl: He was from a family who made it big in Venezuelan oil, but gave it up in order to be with Alba.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Xo at one point relates that he worked multiple jobs to support them, so she rarely got to spend time with him.
Liliana & Manuel de la Vega
Played by: Rita Moreno (Liliana), Castulo Guerra (Manuel)
Rogelio's parents, making them Jane's grandparents. Liliana notably disapproves of her son's relationship with Xo.
- All Gays Love Theater: One of Manuel's dreams is to see Bette Midler in concert and Wicked on Broadway. He mentions not being so into Rogelio's theater passions when he was younger because of all the gay guys who'd hang around the theater.
- Back for the Finale: Both show up in the Series Finale after being absent in seasons 3 and 4.
- The Beard: Liliana pretended to have a happy marriage with Manuel for Rogelio's sake.
- Incompatible Orientation: Manuel is actually gay—they kept it secret from Rogelio for forty years.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Many years ago, Liliana walked in on Xo and Rogelio doing it and tripped over a wire in her shock. She ended up electrocuting her cat.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Liliana's right — Rogelio and Xiomara did rush into a relationship without thinking about the long-term.
- My Beloved Smother: Because Rogelio is such a sucker for Liliana's good opinion, he ends up being pushed around by her. Subverted, though—by the end of Chapter 18, he puts Xiomara above that.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Well, Xo and Rogelio aren't married yet, but Liliana certainly fits the bill of being a snooty mother-in-law who goes out of her way to humiliate her son's significant other. Zig-zagged, actually—she has her reasons (Rogelio didn't listen to her about his first two marriages) but continues to be a jerk after this is all explained.
- The Prima Donna: While on set as Rogelio's manager, Liliana is extremely demanding and fussy to the point that Rogelio has to fire her.
- Stage Mom: Liliana was this when Rogelio was younger. Manuel even points out that Liliana was more interested in Rogelio's career than in their marriage. When Rogelio offers her a position as his manager, she becomes a full-on prima donna. This is later explored; much of Rogelio's issues with the women in his life stem from her parenting.
- You Killed My Father: Played for laughs. Xiomara initially thinks the reason Liliana hates her is because she and Rogelio indirectly caused the death of her beloved cat by electrocution.
Catalina Maria Mora
Played by: Sofia Pernas
Jane's third cousin (the granddaughter of Alba's sister Cecilia), who reconnects with Jane and drops by for a visit in season three.
- Ambiguously Bi: Is very into Rafael and is married to a man, but seems game when she thinks Petra is propositioning her.
- Ambiguously Evil: Jane is initially enamored with her, but soon grows suspicious when some details she tells Jane don't check out. Jane accuses her of stealing cash and jewels, and Catalina explains that she didn't steal them and is taking them home to Venezuela — but after Jane leaves, it's revealed that she did steal them and is on the run from her husband. Overall, despite seeming sincere in wanting to get to know Jane and her family, she's a very shady character, and while she does eventually come clean to Rafael about the deal she struck with Petra, he admits that he can't keep seeing her because she's not trustworthy.
- Foil: To Jane. She's wealthy, cultured, and well-traveled, to the point that it makes Jane feel like her life is boring.
- Gold Digger: She insists that she didn't marry Arnaud for his money, but it's transparently obvious that she did.
- I Am Very British: She has a high-class British accent, which is apparently because she was born and raised in Europe.
- MayDecember Romance: She's married to a much older French nobleman.
- Temporary Love Interest: For Rafael, who cuts their liaison short after a few episodes.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Her supposed one-day stay turned into a two-week stay, much to Jane and Michael's frustration.
Baby Michaelina De La Vega Factor
Darci and Rogelio's daughter, born in season 4.
- Dead Guy Junior: She is eventually named for Michael, whom the other characters had thought dead at the time of her birth.
- Morality Pet: For Esteban, of all people, who becomes a somewhat nicer person for her sake and genuinely has her well-being in mind.
- Satellite Character: Defined entirely by her relationship to Darci and Rogelio, and how she affects them.
Played by: Yara Martinez
Rafael's elder half-sister and the doctor responsible for mistakenly artificially inseminating Jane.
- The Alcoholic: She's a recovering one. By her own admission, she practically got through med school drunk.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed. She's normally friendly and approachable but being called "crazy" will set her off. Triggers her FaceHeel Turn in Chapter Sixty-Four.
- Butt-Monkey: The day after her wife cheats on her she inseminates a random woman with a sperm sample meant for her sister-in-law. She then gets sued for medical malpractice, disappears, comes back in the nick of time only to get stuck in a mental hospital by her stepmother/girlfriend and then her father dies and she believes that Rafael was nice to her so he could get her shares to the hotel. As she lampshades herself in Chapter Seventy-Seven, her life really is one big tragedy after another.
- Cassandra Truth: No one believes her when she insists that her affair with Rose was real, until Rose is exposed as Sin Rostro.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: After Jane sues her for medical malpractice, Luisa goes off the grid, resurfacing just in time—apparently, she'd been on a magical journey of self-discovery. This makes her end up strange.
- The Confidant: She used to be one of Rafael's closest confidants before the events of the series happened (shown in the pilot where he talks to her about the state of his marriage, and again in Chapter Twenty).
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Despite just getting out of rehab at the time, five years ago she was the responsible sibling to Rafael's foolish sibling (as she had a medical degree while he was a Millionaire Playboy.) The positions shift by the start of the series, where Rafael works to get his life together while Luisa artificially inseminates Jane and goes on a bender.
- Genki Girl: When she's in a good place, she's very upbeat and cheerful to the point of making Rafael and Petra just a tad uncomfortable.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Luisa swings between both sides depending on the situation between herself and Rafael/Rose.
- She does, however undergo a major FaceHeel Turn in Chapter Sixty-Four after an argument with Rafael about his faking his cancer's return in order to attract Rose back to the Marbella. She ends taking full control of the Marbella after Anezka shows her the addendum to the her father's will stating that only his biological children will receive his inheritance. Rafael, however, was found to be an orphan. They seem to make up in Chapter Seventy-Seven after Luisa committs herself again convinced she is hallunicating a guy convincing her to burn down the Marbella
- Chapter Ninety-Seven confirms that she ends on the show with a HeelFace Turn, allying with the police to become The Mole in order to stop Sin Rostro once and for all, even teaching them the trick to Rose's disguises.
- Horrible Judge of Character:
- She maintains an undying love for Rose, even after Rose murdered her dad and kidnapped her brother's son. Later explored — she's well-aware that it's a dangerous road to go down, but she compares it to her own addiction problems.
- She later decides the most trustworthy person in her life is Anezka, despite knowing Anezka is the sort of person who will happily abduct her own sister at gunpoint. Naturally, this ends badly.
- Interrupted Suicide: Chapter Seventy-Seven reveals that Luisa was about to kill herself after Jane's pregnancy was revealed, but a well-timed phone call from Rose reminding her that Rose loved her was enough to talk her down.
- Missing Mom: Her mother had a psychotic break and killed herself. Later revealed to not be the case, but Mia was still out of Luisa's life until she died.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Parodied in Chapter Ninety-Eight after she takes a "cyanide" pillRose: Wait... was that a Tic-Tac?
- Put on a Bus: Her absences from the series are usually explained by her going to rehab for her problems or running off with Rose.
- Sex with the Ex: Ends up doing it with Rose after they break up.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kicks off the whole plot by artificially inseminating Jane when the sperm sample should have gone to Petra because she was upset that her wife cheated on her. Lampshaded and played for laughs in Chapter One Hundred.Luisa: Jane, a long time ago, I was going through a rough time, and I accidentally inseminated you. So I just want to take this moment to say you're welcome."
Played by: Carlo Rota
Luisa and Rafael's father, a real estate mogul who owns the Marbella at the start of the show.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: After his death, it becomes obvious that he engaged in transparently shady dealings, including art theft.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He dies by being drowned in wet cement.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Managed to marry not one, but two secret evil crime lords.
- Jerkass: An unrepentantly abusive spouse and father. He drove Luisa's mother Mia to a mental breakdown and paid off Rafael's mother Elena to stay away from them.
- Parental Favoritism: Very obviously favored Luisa over Rafael. It's likely that he rightly suspected Rafael wasn't his biological son.
- Serial Spouse: Rose is his third known spouse, after Luisa's and Rafael's respective mothers.
Anna and Elsa "Ellie" Solano
Played by: Mia and Ella Allan
Petra and Rafael's twin daughters.
- Morality Pet: To their mother, Petra, who takes great strides in positive Character Development for their sake.
- Nice Girl: Both girls are sweet and even-tempered. This is a point of contrast against Mateo, who is much rowdier. Not so much in seasons 4 and 5, where they're more mean-spirited.
- Out of Focus: Despite their parents figuring heavily into the plot, the twins don't get nearly as much focus as Mateo; justified since they're not the title character's kids and Petra is not a hands-on mother, initially delegating most of their care to a couple of nurses.
- Single-Minded Twins: They dress and act extremely similarly in all their appearances.
- Spoiled Brat: By late season four they're notably more entitled and brattier. JR is frustrated with them because of it.
- Theme Twin Naming: Inadvertently. Petra and Rafael randomly picked names out of a bowl and came up with "Anna and Elsa", not knowing they were the sisters from Frozen. Lampshaded multiple times. By season three, Elsa now goes by "Ellie" because Petra got tired of the Frozen connection.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: They show a brattier side in the latter episodes of season 4, when they were notably Nice Girls in season 3.
Elena Di Nola/Mutter
Played by: Fabiana Udenio
Mother to Rafael, and the infamous crime lord Mutter.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In season 2 she genuinely seems to want to reconnect with Rafael. Psych! Turns out Rafael's two-for-two in criminal overlord maternal figures, and she just wanted information on the flashdrive Michael traded for Mateo.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She is built up to be worst than Sin Rostro! That is until Rose, who is revealed to be her step-daughter, who pretended to be working for her, betrays her and kills her off!
- Everyone Is Related: Her stepdaughter Rose ended up becoming the wife of her ex-husband Emilio, and lover of her former stepdaughter Luisa, as well as the stepmother of her Son Rafael.
- Missing Mom: She left when he was a kid.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: She's quickly and mysteriously offed by Rose early in season three to everyone's surprise, although more episodes are spent deciphering the fallout of her death.
Played by: Mat Vairo
Rafael's half-brother through his mother Elena.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. By the end of season two, he's successfully blackmailed the neighboring property out of Rafael and double-crosses his mother to get the money Rose left behind. And then season three reveals Rose somehow dealt with him offscreen.
- Killed Offscreen: Luisa finds his name on Rose's list of victims in season three.
- Long-Lost Relative: To Rafael, who had no idea that he had a brother before meeting his mother again.
- Shadow Archetype: To Rafael, pre-Character Development. He leads a similar rich and careless lifestyle, but is distinctly amoral about it.
- Upper-Class Twit: According to the Miami PD, he's a typical trust fund bro who spends money like it's going out of style.
Played by: Priscilla Barnes
Petra's equally scheming, wheelchair-using mother.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses a hand to Milos's grenade, resulting in a Hook Hand.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Implied to have been plenty mean before her accident, but now seemingly uses her wheelchair as an excuse to be even more of a jerk. Played with/exploited, she's not actually disabled but willingly takes advantage of her seeming so in order to be a bitch. And played straight again after she loses an eye and a hand to a grenade, with her attitude having gotten worse.
- Eye Scream: She loses an eye to Milos's grenade, and winds up having to wear an eyepatch.
- Frame-Up: Frames Petra for Ivan's murder.
- Gaslighting: In season 4, she and Anezka convince Luisa that she's hallucinating someone, which makes her admit herself into a mental institution. This was all a ploy so Magda and Anezka could gain control of the hotel.
- He Knows Too Much: She pushed Alba down the stairs because Alba knew she was holding a hostage, and murdered Ivan because he knew of an undisclosed secret regarding her.
- Hook Hand: After losing a hand. She uses it to slit Ivan's throat.
- Manipulative Bitch: Apparently lied a lot to keep her daughter and her boyfriend apart, and continued doing so after that to keep them on the run.
- My Beloved Smother: She's very controlling of her daughter; a lot of Petra's actions are for her mother's wellbeing.
- Obfuscating Disability: She's not actually disabled. Later, though, her Hook Hand is very real.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: She's not a very nice lady to begin with, but she despises Milos after he marries Petra and goes out of her way to be mean to him. Not that he doesn't have it coming, of course.
- Put On The Bus: Her imprisonment gets her out of the plot's way unless one of the other characters needs something from her.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Gets off the wheelchair to push Alba down the stairs and to protect her daughter.
Played by: Yael Grobglas
Petra's twin sister.
- Alliterative Name: Anezka Archuletta, once she marries Scott.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She presents herself as a sweet girl who hurts Jane to protect her sister. Except she's actually driving a wedge between them to make taking her place easier.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Especially after they find out that your ex is not actually a biological son to the former owner of the Marbella.
- Catchphrase: "Hello, beautiful sister."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She always seems weird and out there.
- Evil Brunette Twin: A classic example: she is brunette and the evil twin to the blonde Petra.
- Evil Twin: Played with. She first posits herself as the ditzier, more sensitive twin to the ice-cold Petra. Flipped on its head when it's revealed she was plotting with Magda to replace Petra and blackmail Rafael into money. Then played with some more when Petra gets out of her paralysis and realizes that Anezka genuinely likes Scott and is adept at taking care of Elsa and Anna. In season four she's back to attempting to screwing Petra over. On the whole, while Anezka is more timid and docile than Petra, she's also far more selfish and willing to go to extremes.
- Faking the Dead: She fakes hanging herself in Chapter Seventy.
- Fish out of Water: As an eccentric orphan from the Czech Republic, she's hilariously out of place in Miami, and Jane has a nightmare training her to become a decent waitress. Given how easily she impersonates Petra, however, at least some of it may be an act.
- Fortune Teller: Becomes a tarot card reader after Petra casts her out.
- Funny Foreigner: Her thick accent and her culture are played for laughs.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: She's brunette, Petra is blonde. Later parodied when Petra forcibly tattoos "Not Petra" on her forehead.
- Long-Lost Relative: Petra was completely unaware that she had a twin.
- Mark of Shame: Has "Not Petra" tattooed on her forehead as part of Petra's payback from her paralysis in "Chapter Forty-Nine". She grows bangs as a result.
- Morality Pet: Scott is an absolute prick, but he does seem to genuinely love her. Even when he finds out it was actually Anezka, not Petra, he was dating, he says he loves her anyway.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Her mousiness and eccentricity contrast greatly against Petra's cold, calculating demeanor.
- Railing Kill: She eventually falls to her death off a balcony.
- Skilled, but Naïve: She's not faking how emotionally fragile, gullible, and ditzy she is. In some ways, however, she's pretty tremendously skilled. There's a great disparity between her grasp of things such as entrepreneurship and the English language vs. her near-perfect impersonation of Petra, right down to her precise manner of speech.
- Twin Switch: Can impersonate Petra well enough that the other characters don't catch it.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: After binge-watching Game of Thrones, she thinks the solution to all her problems is to emulate the characters' cunning schemes, categorizing herself as a "Sansa Stark" typenote who will eventually rise to power from her pain. She's decidedly unaware that she's in fact a familial nuisance and antagonist, and then she dies almost immediately.
Played by: Ryan Devlin
Michael's brother. Was in a relationship with Lina.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has not appeared since season 2 began. He gets a very brief mention as not going to Michael's wedding, but that's it.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Michael's Responsible.
- The Scapegoat: Apparently took the fall for Michael when their criminal activity was exposed—an event which changed his brother for the better but changed him for the worse.
Played by: Molly Hagan
Michael's mother, who has mixed feelings towards Jane.
- Arch-Enemy: Discussed. She and Michael's father went through a very bitter divorce, so Jane expects them to disagree on everything. She's wrong — they agree on one thing, and it's that her relationship with Michael should end.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Played with. She was very friendly to Jane in the past, but acts very coldly to her after Jane and Michael get engaged. It worsens after Michael's death. While she softens up a bit to Jane, she outright admits that they'll probably never be friends.
- Jerkass: She's pretty awful to Jane. While it's understandable she'd be hesitant to be on board with Michael marrying her, given everything that happened in the first two and a half seasons, Patricia is often needlessly nasty. One good example is when she guilt-trips Jane for eating when Michael has been shot, and then tells her to stop being a drama queen when she starts to put her food away. Xo starts to call her out on how unfair this is, but Jane stops her.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Despite Jane being on good terms with them before, this is Michael's parents' reaction when Jane and Michael invite them to the wedding, as they were upset at how their relationship ended last time.
- Shipping Torpedo: She is adamant that Michael and Jane shouldn't get married. While she does eventually come around, she never really makes friends with Jane, either.
Played by: Diane Guerrero, Dayrin Martinez (young)
Jane's best friend since childhood and fellow waitress at the Marbella.
- Big Applesauce: Moves to New York City during season 3's time skip.
- Book Dumb: Jane's more academic references go over her head.
- Brutal Honesty: Lina doesn't have much of a filter.
- Celebrity Paradox: Jane mentions Orange Is the New Black in Chapter Fourteen—perhaps Lina just looks a lot like Maritza?
- Childhood Friends: Flashbacks show that Jane and Lina have known each other since elementary school and were in the same high school as well, which explains how tight she and Jane are.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.Trainer at Jane's class: You look amazing. What's your secret?Lina: Birth control.
- The Fashionista: Is frequently seen in trendier, skimpier clothing compared to Jane's more sensible style. It's mentioned that she wants to become a celebrity stylist.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Very much so, especially compared to the more reserved Jane. In one episode, she makes reference to drinking at work and implies she does it regularly, to the point of bringing her own alcohol.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jane and Lina are especially close and sisterlike, including being maids of honor at their weddings.
- Hidden Depths: It's shown during Jane's bachelorette party that Lina isn't quite happy with her life and aspires for something more.
- Huge Schoolgirl: In flashbacks, she towers over Jane and other girls in their class.
- Large Ham: She can be quite dramatic when she wants to be.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's fond of tight and revealing outfits.
- Nice Girl: Lina is overall a very pleasant and fun person.
- Really Gets Around: Seemingly has a new boyfriend every other time she shows up and admits to casually sleeping around. Settles down after meeting Danny, however.
- Odd Friendship: She and Jane couldn't be more different, but they're very good friends.
- Opposites Attract: Her fiance, Danny, is a down-to-earth accountant with weird dinner party tastes — not the person Jane thought the gregarious and fun-loving Lina would end up with. They actually realize that Jane and Danny are a lot alike, and Danny reminds Lina of Jane.
- Put on a Bus: During the timeskip, she moved to New York, got engaged, and started working for Marchesa. She's appeared sparingly since then.
- Satellite Character: Her main purpose on the show is to be a friend to Jane external to the telenovela drama. Ironically she gets more of a story after being Put on a Bus (meeting her future husband, and then trying for a baby).
Luca and Frankie
Played by: Brian Dare and Camille Collard
Jane and Lina's friends and coworkers at the Marbella.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Along with Lina. Frankie is the blonde, Lina is the brunette, and Luca is the redhead.
- Gender-Blender Name: Luca is a man, Frankie a woman.
- Greek Chorus: Along with Lina, their main function is to give Jane advice and comment on the happenings in her life. They do have a few storylines of their own, however.
- Put on a Bus: Frankie is fired from the Marbella. Luca has significantly less appearances during season 2, his last canon appearance being Chapter Thirty-Six (though he does appear in a flashback in Season 4's Chapter Seventy-Seven).
- Satellite Character: They weren't really fleshed out much beyond being "Jane's friends" during season 1.
Roman "Zaz" & Aaron Zazo
Played by: Alano Miller
Roman was a close friend and associate of Rafael or so the latter thought. Aaron was Roman's twin brother.
- Dead Person Impersonation: What Petra suspects Roman of doing to Aaron. She's right.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Chapter Two, Zaz is murdered by someone throwing him out of a window and onto an ice sculpture. It turns out that was Aaron. In Chapter Nineteen, Petra harpoons Roman in almost the exact same spot (which is of course, lovingly lampshaded by the narrator).
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Not only was he carrying on an affair with Petra, he was also using his position at the hotel in his dealings with Sin Rostro.
- Kill and Replace: What Roman actually does to Aaron.
- Not Quite Dead: Petra deduces in Chapter Seventeen that the man posing as Aaron Zazo was actually Roman.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Roman is much more jocular and violent than Aaron, who has converted to Jainism. Maybe, anyway. Since Roman has been posing as Aaron ever since killing him in Chapter Two, it's difficult to tell how much of what he said was true.
Played by: Wes Armstrong
Butt-kissing assistant to Emilio, and later Petra. Promoted to lounge manager in season 2.
- Bad Boss: Makes sexist remarks and is quick to pin the blame on Lina when alcohol goes missing. He's described as a 'tyrant' but despite this was a relatively competent lounge manager.
- Blackmail: He holds Petra stealing Rafael's last sperm sample over her head in order to get promoted to lounge manager.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Invoked. When told to make a fake resume, Scott claims to be a Harvard graduate in order to look more legitimate. Rafael has his doubts.
- Killed Offscreen: He is murdered during the three-year timeskip, and figuring out his murder is a plot thread in season 3.
- Waistcoat of Style: Subverted. He wears vests enough for it to be pointed out numerous times, however, people don't find them cool and mostly think they're lame.
Played by: Michael Rady
Rafael's rival and Petra's former fiance.
- Jerkass: He pretended to sympathize with Petra's plight and promised to care for her in between gaslighting her by leaving yellow tulips (Milos's signature) in places. Solidified when he promises to take her on a trip in order to get away from Miami and then drives off without her, admitting it was his own way of getting petty revenge.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The end of the first season has him doing nothing but tedious paperwork for the Marbella in an attempt to get him to quit.
- The Rival: Rafael already disliked him before Petra left Lachlan for him. That just made Lachlan angrier at both of them.
- Sex with the Ex: He sleeps with Petra, although they're both trying to manipulate the other—she's trying to get away from Milos, he's just looking to kick her while she's down.
Played by: Shelly Bhalla
- Ascended Extra: Gets more scenes and a larger role in season 4.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Petra. Not only does she have to assist with hotel management (which is particularly harrowing given how cold Petra is as a boss), she also has to deal with Petra's bonkers personal life, right up to going to jail for it.
- The Dog Bites Back: Helps implicate Petra in Anezka's murder because she was fed up with how Petra treated her, although she later falsely turns herself in after Milos blackmails her.
- Girl Friday: Petra's reliable assistant who handles everything from laundry to appointments to Petra's sketchy requests.
- Good All Along: Despite implicating Petra in her sister's murder in season 4, she nonetheless works with Petra to gain the Marbella shares back from Milos. She gets rewarded handsomely for it too.
- Straight Gay: Petra had no idea she was a lesbian despite being Krishna's boss for five years (then again, Petra is generally oblivious about her employees).
Jorge Antonio Garcia
Played by: Alfonso DiLuca
The manager of the Marbella gift shop.
Miami Police Department
Played by: Azie Tesfai
- By-the-Book Cop: In contrast to Michael's Cowboy Cop. Nadine prefers to catch Sin Rostro within the confines of the law, and dobs Michael in after he tries to implicate Rafael when he was specifically told not to. As it turns out, she was deliberately opposing him because she was on Sin Rostro's payroll.
- Dead Partner: She's this for Michael in season 2; he's pretty haunted by her death and the illegal dealings he got drawn in thanks to her.
- Fair Cop: Pretty attractive for a cop. And Michael certainly thinks so as well.
- The Mole: For Sin Rostro, and how she always seemed to be one step ahead of Michael—because Sin Rostro was holding her family hostage.
- Taking the Bullet: Ends up doing this for Michael, which kills her.
Played by: Christopher Allen
A detective, and Michael's closest friend on the force.
- Nice Guy: Seems to be an affable guy. Not only is he good friends with Michael, he also looks out for Jane after the former's death.
- Put on a Bus: After Chapter Sixty-Three once he arrests Rose upon removing her Eileen mask. Returns in Chapter Eighty-Two after both Michael returns to Miami and Sin Rostro breaks out of prison
- Satellite Character: Is less fleshed out than Nadine or Susanna, and mainly exists to give Michael a work friend unconnected to the Sin Rostro case.
Played by: Megan Ketch
Michael's new partner, replacing Nadine.
- By-the-Book Cop: Like Nadine, although she seems to be firmly on the side of the law. She's (rightly) skeptical of Michael's motives and actions and calls him out on them.
- Disappeared Dad: She mentions to Luisa that her father left her and her mother when Susanna was only five, and that she hasn't seen or heard from him since.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Upon hearing Michael mention that his partner is from Tuscaloosa, one of Rogelio's staff tells Michael to say "Roll Tide"note to her. When he does, Susanna doesn't reply correctly, alerting Michael to the fact that she is not who she claims to be.
- Straight Gay: She's into women, as seen with her interest in Luisa. The Narrator has since told us she's lesbian.
Played by: Keller Wortham
Rogelio's fiercest rival in the telenovela industry.
- Birds of a Feather: With the similarly narcissistic and dramatic Darci.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even Esteban gets fed up with Darci and Rogelio's arguing in season 4, and demands that they sort out their issues.
- Foil: He shares Rogelio's fame and vanity but is a much bigger jerk about it.
- It's All About Me: Like Rogelio, he's also incredibly self-absorbed.
- Morality Pet: Of all people, Rogelio and Darci's daughter Baby seems to be one to him; she's the only person he treats nicely without any ulterior motives (besides one-upping Rogelio).
- Pet the Dog: He seems to sincerely like Darci. And say what you like about him, but he's a genuinely good quasi-stepdad to Baby, fawning over her and helping take care of her well beyond the call of duty, and even shouting at a warring Darci and Rogelio and demanding they get their act together for her sake.
- The Rival: To Rogelio, who despises him and constantly seeks to overtake him.
- Shrine to Self: Like Rogelio, likes decorating his personal space with over-the-top photographs of himself.
Played by: Kate del Castillo
The other of Rogelio's ex-wives, who is also a telenovela actress.
Played by: Judy Reyes
The weary head writer of The Passion of Santos who finds herself frequently dealing with Rogelio's dramatic tendencies.
- Ascended Extra: She starts as a minor antagonist in the early first season before returning in season 2, first as a romantic interest and then business partner for Rogelio and then again in season 5 to assist Jane when she starts writing a telenovela pilot
- Better as Friends: Post-Character Development Rogelio realizes they work great as a creative duo rather than a romantic one.
- Didn't Think This Through: Getting Rogelio fired fell apart quick when the show's ratings dropped.
- Genre Savvy: She quickly grasps the real reason for Jane and Xo's big fight and helps Rogelio's goofy plan to solve it. She also lampshades the frequency of the Evil Twin trope in telenovelas, calling it a classic. Justified — she's a telenovela writer.
- Satellite Character: Even after gaining a larger focus, her main role is to be Rogelio's writing partner.
- Unwitting Pawn: Her machinations to finally remove Rogelio from the show was largely due to his assistant misinforming her and the crew about Rogelio's behavior.
- Woman Scorned: While she didn't fall for Rogelio, she was understandably pissed about being dumped via twitter rather than a call.
Played by: Ana De La Reguera
Lola was Rogelio's pen pal while she was imprisoned, who later kidnaps him.
- Celebrity Lie: One of her biggest selling points is that she used to work for Jennifer Lopez. Later she admits that she'd never even met J.Lo.
- Girl Friday: She initially poses as Rogelio's very reliable assistant. Subverted when it turns out she's a Stalker with a Crush.
- Loony Fan: If 'becoming your celebrity crush's assistant then locking him in his condo in the hopes that he'll develop Stockholm Syndrome' doesn't qualify one for this trope, what does?
- Stalker with a Crush: To Rogelio. It's the reason she became his assistant.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Conversed and invoked (or at least, attempted to). She imprisons Rogelio like in one of his previous telenovelas, where Rogelio's character imprisoned his love interest until she fell in love with him, in the hopes that Rogelio will develop feelings for her.
Played by: Justina Machado
The manager of a successful matchmaking company that Rogelio uses in order to find a match in order to have a child.
- Amicable Exes: Downplayed. Because of their shared dramatics, she and Rogelio remain somewhat belligerent, but both have their daughter's well-being in mind and amicably coparent by season 5.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Rogelio are completely on the same page about child rearing. Subverted when it their relationship sours offscreen. Later, she gets along well with the similarly narcissistic Esteban.
- The Matchmaker: By profession. Rogelio meets several celebrity women at a mixer she holds.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She's relatively friendly and reasonable, if self-absorbed, in season two, but post-timeskip her relationship with Rogelio has worsened considerably and she acts meanly to him.
- Trade Snark: The chyrons always point out the trademark sign whenever someone uses a phrase she's patented.
Fabian Regalo del Cielo
Played by: Francisco San Martin
Rogelio's hunky costar on Los Viajes de Guillermo, whom Jane develops an attraction to.
- Ascended Fanboy: He's a big fan of Rogelio's and is very excited to work with him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Big time. While he has justifiable reasons to get upset over Jane's manipulation, his reaction to people slighting him are downright disproportionate, and frequently indulges in actions that inconvenience Jane and her father purely out of spite. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, his "sheep's clothing" is genuine; nothing about his friendliness, earnestness, or enthusiasm is an act. He just goes pure Manchild when things don't go his way.
- Book Dumb: Exceedingly so. He doesn't read, thinks a book of his selfies makes him an author, and thinks 'genre' is pronounced 'goonra'. Nevertheless, he's excited when Jane introduces him to literature and actually starts reading things she recommends.
- Brainless Beauty: Fabian is very attractive but evidently not very bright, something Jane acknowledges when considering having a fling with him. The chyrons consider him Fantastic Looking, Intellectually No Good.
- Dreadful Musician: Fabian cannot sing, but has an album anyway.
- I Surrender, Suckers: When Jane breaks up his big fight with Rogelio, he opts to apologize to Jane for his action (complete with remorseful music), only for him to immediately attempt to sucker punch Rogelio in the face (despite previously agreeing not to hit Rogelio in the face during their duel).
- Manchild: He's very childish and eager to please. This also means he reacts very immaturely when angry or upset.
- Mr. Fanservice: A resident provider of Female Gaze and is lusted on by many female characters.
- Pet the Dog: When he offers to get a reporter to write about Jane's book launch in exchange for Jane writing his Dying Speech for the telenovela, he does fulfill his end of the deal. When things with the reporter go south, he takes to his own social media to promote.
- Really Gets Around: As he explains to Jane, he's had a lot of sex.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Fabian is often shirtless when not in costume, to drive home that he's a lust object for Jane and a source of insecurity for Rogelio.
Played by: Brooke Shields
A famous American actress whom Rogelio aspires to cast in his American remake of The Passions of Santos.
- Adam Westing: She's a light parody of Brooke Shields (note the name and her body of work, with titles like Green Lagoon), with her "America's sweetheart" and Soapbox Sadie characteristics exaggerated.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Her "bushes" are legendary. They aren't seen as making her less attractive in any way, though.
- Butt-Monkey: She tends to get the short end of the stick whenever Rogelio's around, such as by losing a toe and getting her eyebrows burnt off.
- Family Theme Naming: Has a daughter that works on the set named Pond.
- Fingore: She gets a toe bitten off as a result of a vicious wild animal appearing on the same talk show as her.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Xo thinks that the reason she acts the way she does is that she's a serial divorcee lonely in a new city, and she's jealous/curious of the tight-knit Villanuevas.
- It's All About Me: River is exceedingly self-centered. She's very vain, particular about her orders being followed, unable to take criticism, and generally oblivious to those around her.
- No Brows: In Chapter Seventy-Seven, due to Rogelio inadvertently singeing them off.
- Not So Above It All: She scoffs at the idea of putting Rogelio's beloved telenovela tropes in The Passions of Steve, but later admits to Xo she's never actually seen one. One bingewatching session (and a pot brownie) later, she finds that she loves them, and agrees to do things Rogelio's way.
- Serial Spouse: Has been married and divorced multiple times, according to Xo.
- Soapbox Sadie: Partly famous for all the causes she supports, as well as for being a vocal feminist.
- Woman Scorned: She exploits Rogelio's fear of this in "Chapter Ninety-Three". While she initially doesn't take Rogelio's rejections very well she decides not to retaliate knowing that Rogelio will automatically link any mishaps on the set to her and become paranoid regardless. The closest she comes to actually taking revenge is through hooking up with Rogelio's hunky new bodyguard - who Rogelio got from Darci to direct Rivers' attention away from him and end the situation once and for all.
Miami South University
Played by: Adam Rodriguez
Jane's grad school professor, and later her adviser.
- Hot Teacher: Jane certainly finds him attractive.
- Pet the Dog: Jane starts to warm up to him after he reveals he got Wesley kicked out of grad school.
- Stern Teacher: Jane sees him as this at first, since his style of teaching is different from the straightforward way she's used to. To wit: he kicks her out of class after she arrives late and leaves to take a call from Mateo's pediatrician.
- Teacher/Student Romance:
- Defied. Jane tries to tamp down on her attraction towards him, and decides to get a new adviser before making a move.
- To her dismay, Jane later learns that it's a pattern with him; he's been with four other advisees of his.
- The Bus Came Back: Goes unmentioned for some forty-something episodes after Jane stops being his advisee and stops pursuing a relationship with him before reappearing in "Chapter Seventy-Five".
- Third-Option Love Interest: For Jane, as she sees him as an option after being fed up with Michael and Rafael.
- Unequal Pairing: Explored through him. Jane initially doesn't see an issue with him dating her, since he was no longer her adviser and she pursued him. Some years later, however, she finds out that he has a habit of dating students, and suddenly it feels gross. As she and Xo discuss, a one-time indiscretion because he really liked Jane is forgivable. A pattern is just skeevy. Jane gives a heads-up to the girl he's currently dating, since she would've wanted to know.
Played by: Brian Jordan Alvarez
Jane's first friend at grad school.
- False Friend: To Jane, and later to Luisa. He befriended them primarily to get information about the Solanos and runs an expose on the family for fame.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After violating a schoolmate's privacy, he's kicked out of grad school.
- Malicious Slander: After being kicked out of grad school, he seemingly made it his mission in life to slander the Marbella, which causes its business to falter.
Professor Marlene Donaldson
Played by: Melanie Mayron
Jane's second grad school adviser.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's initially cold to Jane and professes a hatred of romance stories, but softens up notably over the course of the series, with her even becoming Jane's mentor as she tries to publish her own book.
- The Mentor: In terms of writing, she's this to Jane, as the latter admits.
- Straight Gay: Revealed to be in a lesbian relationship in Chapter Ninety-One, her partner is a fan of Jane's novel.
- Straw Feminist: Downplayed. While she despises romance and the marriage plot because these tend to be misogynistic and remarks on the day of Jane's wedding that she's being locked into the patriarchy, she softens up considerably and grows to care about Jane.
Played by: Bridget Regan
Rose is Rafael and Luisa's stepmother, formerly a lawyer.
She's also the diabolical mastermind Sin Rostro, also known as "The Man Without A Face", and is a drug kingpin who is central to plenty of the happenings on the show.
- Big Bad: The show's primary antagonist. She's a serious drug dealer whom the Miami PD have been chasing for years, and her actions and manipulations cause the characters no end of stress.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Luisa talks about coming clean about their relationship, Rose manipulates Rafael and his father into having her committed at a mental hospital. Oh, she's also Sin Rostro.
- Evil Redhead: The most prominent redhead on the show, and also the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Zigzagged — she's not a natural redhead, and appears with both blonde and black hair later on, but she reverts back to an auburn color in seasons 4 and 5.
- Eviler Than Thou: Sin Rostro is eviler than fellow drug kingpin Mutter, whom she gets thrown in jail and later kills.
- Everyone Is Related: She is the step-daughter of Elena, aka. Mutter, the Ex-Wife of her Husband, and mother of step-son Rafael.
- Faux Affably Evil: She comes off as a sweet, kind-hearted, supporting woman, and she can be at times when she wants too, that doesn't mean she won't throw you to the sharks, (or have you committed or drowned in cement) if you get in her way.
- Femme Fatale: She's a beautiful, charming and seductive woman, the perfect mask to hide her devious and dangerous alter ego as the infamous drug lord Sin Ros(e)tro—revealed after she drowns her husband under gallons of cement by teasing him into sex, a fact that even the Narrator did not see coming.Narrator: I don't know what to say, I'm just as surprised as you are!
- Gayngster: An international crime lord and a lesbian.Rose: I'm trying to close this deal, but, my heart's not in it.
Narrator: She was trying to close a deal, all right. She was dating a man so she could use his hotel for her illegal plastic surgery ring. And her heart wasn't in it because, well, Rose was a lesbian.
- Hello, Attorney!: She's played as very attractive, although she's not practicing anymore.
- Hero Killer: Zigzagged. She shoots Michael at the end of season 2. Double subverted — he survives the following surgery, but dies of complications a few months later. Then it's revealed she kidnapped Michael and brainwashed him into thinking he was Jason.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: "Chapter Ninety-Eight" sees Luisa pushing her through a trapdoor where she ends up being pierced by the Martian tail attached to a golden statue of Rogelio.
- Lady in Red: In a flashback detailing their first meeting, Luisa draws special attention to the red dress Rose was wearing and how it only made her more attractive.Luisa: She was wearing this tight, red dress that highlighted every curve of her body her breasts, her hips, her—
Michael: Got it.
Luisa: I didn't pick up on that. I mentioned the red dress, right?
- Latex Perfection: Her disguise as Susanna is revealed when she pulls off the woman's mask in this way.
- Leitmotif: A 9-note sort of happy tune that she whistles, alerting people of their presence.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Rose is a very glamorous woman who's also really into girls.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Luisa, who is unhealthily attached to her despite knowing full well how dangerous Rose is. "Chapter Seventy-Seven" reveals that this is in part because Rose inadvertently talked her down from suicide after Luisa found out about Jane's pregnancy. "Chapter Ninety-Eight" also confirms the situation goes both ways
- Love Father, Love Son: She's married to Emilio and is having relations with his daughter, who's her ex-girlfriend. Although she doesn't actually love Emilio.
- Lost in Translation: "Sin Rostro" is translated as "The Man Without a Face", which isn't exactly right. "Sin" means "without", and "rostro" means "face". "The Faceless" would be a more direct translation—the original Spanish doesn't actually say that Sin Rostro is a man.
- The Mole: Rose infiltrates the Miami PD as Susanna in order to get rid of Mutter.
- Ms. Fanservice: As per usual with most of Bridget Regan's roles, the show does not shy away from showing off her body and overall beauty.
- Not Me This Time: Re the murder of Scott.
- Obliviously Evil: Downplayed. It becomes clear towards the end of the show that (despite committing numerous murders and traumatizing nearly the entire cast), Rose genuinely believes she's the hero. Of a forbidden romance love story with Luisa, to be precise. The same woman she's forced into an institution, kidnapped, and toyed with numerous times.
- Older Than They Look: Bridget Regan was in her thirties playing Rose and believably looked it. Season 5 reveals that she is actually fifty-one, a little-known fact that rankles her. Justified — she is a plastic surgery expert.
- Pet the Dog: In a flashback, she defends Jane from a rude customer with no ulterior motive. She only started manipulating Jane when she learned her connection to Michael.
- Combined with Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! in "Chapter Ninety-Eight". While holding Jane hostage she is complimentary about how she is portrayed in Jane's novel and turns down a $25,000 offer while impersonating as Jane's lawyer, this resulted in it going to auction which produced a $500,000 offer for the novel instead.
- Psycho Lesbian: She's a woman who loves other women, and is also secretly the murderous criminal overlord Sin Rostro.
- Punny Name: Lampshaded by the narrator. Sin Ros(e)tro.
- Samus Is a Girl: Many thought Sin Rostro was male until The Reveal.
- Secret Relationship: Her dalliances with Luisa have to remain secret, because Rose is married to Luisa's father.
- Sex with the Ex: Ends up doing it with Luisa.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: She kills her husband by drowning him in cement.
- Trophy Wife: Season 5 reveals she is Older Than She Looks, but she looks far younger and more attractive than her husband. Lampshaded by Luisa:Luisa: I mean, you were a pretty good lawyer before you gave it up to become a trophy wife.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She's a standard bombastic, evil telenovela antagonist in an Affectionate Parody of one, so her stone-cold actions tend to stick out.
- Villainous Breakdown: The one time in the series where she drops her cool, smug demeanor is when Luisa appears to take a cyanide pill. Rose lets out an epic Big "NO!".
- Wicked Stepmother: To Luisa; whom she locks in an asylum to keep their relationship secret. Also, she's secretly Sin Rostro.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
- She acts freaked out and terrified when Luisa talks about revealing their relationship, and plays off her advances as symptoms of mental illness to get her out of her hair.
- She confides in Rafael about her suspicions of Emilio and her fear that he'll do something drastic in order to get him on her side and throw suspicion off of her.
- Wrong Assumption: In "Chapter Ninety-Eight" it is evident that Rose believes she and Luisa are protagonists in a love story. However, the show is very firmly Jane's love story, in which Rose is the villain.
Valeria & Victoria
Played by: Vanessa Merrell (Valeria), Veronica Merrell (Victoria)
Twin daughters of Rogelio's ex-wife Melissa, who stick around because their mom is Rogelio's manager.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Victoria and Valeria. Also applies to the actresses who play them.
- Always Identical Twins: They're identical.Jane: One of them has a bigger dimple than the other, I think
- Distracted by the Sexy: Played for laughs. They're delighted enough by Rafael stripping in front of them that Jane is able to steal their phones and obtain blackmail material.
- Freudian Excuse: They're unpleasant and bitchy because their mom is shallow and distant. Self-absorbed Rogelio is the closest to a father figure they have, and even he favors Jane.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Both of them are jealous of the attention Jane gets from Rogelio, which is why they plot against her. To be fair, they were forced to move all the way to Miami because Rogelio wanted to be closer to her. They're also jealous of the fact that Jane has two loving parents.
- Phoneaholic Teenager: They spend a talk at a college taking selfies, and would prefer to forgo college entirely to run a fashion blog.
- Single-Minded Twins: Both of them are shallow, self-absorbed, and fashion-obsessed. The narration doesn't even bother pointing out which one is which.
- Spoiled Brat: They are identically unpleasant, thanks to having a famous ex-stepparent.
- Title Drop: The mocking website they start about Jane is titled "Jane the Virgin."
Played by: Max Bird-Ridnell
Petra's ex-boyfriend. A really bad guy.
- Arms Dealer: He used his wedding with Petra as a cover to smuggle arms into the Marbella, which he intends to sell.
- Flower Motifs: He's associated with yellow tulips.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: He sees buying a third of the Marbella's shares using his family's money as this. Petra isn't really enamored, but she appreciates being put back in a position of power at the hotel.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mentioned to have an explosive temper. He mentions he's taking anger management classes.
- The One That Got Away: How he sees Petra, considering he's still obsessed with her and trying to win her back over five years later.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: How Petra sees him, given that he threw acid at her mom after their breakup and followed her from the Czech Republic to Miami.
Played by: Rachel DiPillo
A girl Jane befriends at a writing workshop. Later turns out to be Michael's ex.
- The Confidant: Jane confides in her about her relationship problems.
- False Friend: Her ulterior motive for getting close to Jane was to scope out her relationship with Michael.
- Know When to Fold Them: Chooses to admit how she'd been stalking Michael after Jane realizes her manipulations and clearly knows it was a screwed-up thing to do.
- New Old Flame: Comes back into Michael's life after his breakup with Jane.
- Temporary Love Interest: To Michael.
Played by: Johnny Messner
The owner of the next-door hotel following the timeskip.
- Alliterative Name: Chuck Chesser.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Petra, Rafael, and the Miami PD become convinced that Chuck is the 'JP' Scott spoke of in his burn book, and that he's going to kill Petra to keep her quiet. That turns out to not be the case, he took her somewhere private to tell her he loved her.
- Uptight Loves Wild: The uncouth, rude, douchebro Wild to Petra's high-class Uptight. A source of tension in their relationship, as Petra is embarrassed to be seen with him.
Played by: Ricardo Chavira
One of Xiomara's boyfriends prior to the story, whom she reconnects with in season 3. He is a lawyer, and has a daughter named Tess.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: His daughter Tess is nasty to Xo and Jane and is very cold towards the notion of his relationship with Xo being rekindled, but it's because she blames Xo and Bruce for wrecking Bruce's marriage with Tess's mother.
- Disposable Fiancé: The "bland nice guy" variety. While he and Xiomara get engaged, he never gets fleshed out much, which makes the inevitable end of the engagement relatively easy to swallow.
- Temporary Love Interest: For Xiomara.
Adam Eduardo Alvaro
Played by: Tyler Posey
An ex of Jane's who comes back into her life in the series 3 finale.
- Calvinball: Plays some sort of makeshift ball shooting game on his rooftop with Jane to destress.
- Hollywood Nerd: He's very good looking for a nerd, considering the fact he's played by Tyler Posey.
- Manchild: He collects action figures, comic books and plays childish ball games.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has gotten some shirtless scenes in his appearances. In Chapter Sixty-Five, he wastes no time to strip naked to go skinny dipping with Jane.
- New Old Flame: For Jane. He was evidently her First Love, and returns to her life much later.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Chapter Seventy, he leaves for a job in LA, breaking up with Jane in the process.
- Remember the New Guy?: A variant of this. An ex of Jane's not being on the show before he reappeared in her life is perfectly plausible, but given the amount of flashbacks to her teen years, it is strange that the fact the she was once engaged to Adam has never come up before considering what a romantic she is.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's just a temporary love interest in a brief arc. However, he's both revealed to be the person who wrote Jane's mellow love theme that's constantly used and the one who illustrates the final cover for Snow Falling, Jane's novel based on her romance with Michael.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Multiple types of tattoos along his forearms, including one to honor his dead sister. This emphasizes him as a free-spirited artist type.
- Temporary Love Interest: A New Old Flame of Jane's whom she enters into a brief relationship with in season 4.
- Uptight Loves Wild: The free-spirited, childish Wild to Jane's responsible, serious Uptight.
- Winning Over the Kids: He gets along great with Mateo, which delights Jane.
Played by: Rosario Dawson
The lawyer Petra hires when she becomes a person of interest in a season four murder case.
- Amoral Attorney: Played with. While she appears shady, it's revealed she's being blackmailed by someone else because she tampered with evidence. Said evidence, however, was for a domestic abuse case that would never have favored the victim, which she points out.
- The Bus Came Back: After being Put on a Bus, she comes Back for the Finale, where she reunites with Petra at Jane's wedding.
- Closet Key: The first woman Petra has ever been with.
- Crusading Lawyer: She was being blackmailed for tampering with evidence, but it was for a domestic abuse case which the victim would never have won. She then becomes invested in getting Petra acquitted after she is convinced that Petra is being framed.
- Has a Type: Apparently prefers tall blondes.
- Hates Small Talk: On top of the list of off-limit topics, Petra tells Jane and Rafael that Jane R. hates small talk. This causes Jane, who is trying her best to make a good impression, to ask random and off-putting questions, which causes Jane R. to not like her.
- Hello, Attorney!: A smooth-talking lawyer whom the other characters freely admit is attractive.Petra: Jane Ramos, my lawyer?
Rafael: Oh, yeah.
Jane: Smokin' hot!
- Laser-Guided Karma: She gets disbarred after coming clean about her blackmail. She admits that it was a long time coming, given her past.
- One Steve Limit: An aversion — to Petra's dismay, she can't seem to escape the name Jane. Petra calls her "JR" to differentiate the two. This also inevitably causes some shenanigans when Rafael overhears Petra practicing telling "Jane" she loves her.
- Put on a Bus: In season five, she moves to Houston for another job, breaking up with Petra in the process.
- Was It All a Lie?: Her reaction after Petra is revealed to be really guilty is to point out that she essentially threw away her career and entered into a relationship with a woman based on a false premise.
- Winning Over the Kids: She makes some headway in bonding with Anna and Ellie in the season 4 finale, despite previous emphatically claiming that she doesn't like children.