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A group of Tumblr roleplayers centering around an entire family as the collective Desert Bluffs Carlos from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.

Basically, someone decided to create Desert Bluffs Carlos, and then so did someone else and someone else. Rather than getting into a full-out Flame War over whose was the “real” Desert Bluffs Carlos, they all stood back, looked at each other, and asked “What if we became a family instead?”

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The main family blogs are as follows: the original creator of what as far as anyone can tell was one of the first Desert Bluffs Carloses is videntefernandez (previously known as nazi-nurse). The other family members are Sergio, Ricardo, Diego, Divina, Luciano, Noah Santiago, Caesar Santiago (who has been revealed to be related by blood to Noah Santiago), Antonio, and Jezebel (note that Diego has at least two more blogs as he is believed to have been one of the originals.) Assorted other blogs include Sergio’s wife Stella, Ricardo’s secretary Cleopatra and his PA Christopher, head of security Walter, newly created biomachine Samuel, canon character Daniel, and a great many Kevin, Cecil, and Marcus Vanston blogs attached to the main group that can be found here.

There are a great many Spin-Off and AlternateUniverse fics and settings in which members of the Family feature or make appearances, with frequent contributors including LittleMissLiesmith, notable for their High School AU fan fiction, A History of Mondays (Better Lives To Lead) ((now abandoned)), Tumblr user, Jathis, Tumblr user, demonbillionaireofdesertbluffs/unitc223ofstrex, notable for their Five Nights At Freddy's AU and Tumblr usergoddess-in-green, notable for their popular Stripper Vale AU.

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Has a character sheet and YMMV.


The fanfic and roleplay provide examples of:

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Sergio, as part of his reeducation and employee orientation.
  • The Alcoholic: Diego from the Family, Miguel of the Reverse Family
  • Anything That Moves: Diego. While usually portryayed in a very loving and committed relationship with Kevin, he also has miniverses where he’s involved with Christopher Rose, Scoutmistress Eileen, Carlos, Cecil…
  • Apron Matron: Stella Vega
  • Arranged Marriage: Stella/Strexy and Sergio Vega, detailed here.
  • Asexual: Luciano is demisexual.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Strex Family, of course.
    • The family also has reverse doubles created as a concept for Carlos’s family, known simply as the Reverse Strex Family. Conceived of by Tumblr user howlingandholloweyes, they include patriarch Miguel (reverse Ricardo), tattoo artist and break-in specialist, Silvio (reverse Sergio), pediatrician Dr. Julius Feliciano (reverse Caesar), forgery expert Lovino (reverse Luciano), homemaker and mother of four, Carmen (reverse Divina), school nurse Jonah Feliciano (reverse Santiago), seamstress and fashion designer Isabelle (reverse Jezabel), and accomplished chef, Alejandro (reverse Antonio.) They are equally badass, and seem to have an uncanny knack for being able to get into and out of the Strex Corp compound without invoking dire consequences.
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    • The Sorriso Family, an entire family of gods.
  • Berserk Button: Mr. Santiago?
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Pretty much the entirety of everything surrounding them.
  • Bi the Way: Very few (possibly no) exceptions
  • Broken Bird: Any of the reeducated siblings after realizing what they did, but especially Jezebel.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Antonio and Jezebel
  • Camp Gay: Diego, to an extent. He wears high heels and regularly steals his sister's party dresses (and is afraid of flirting with girls, if one thread with Cleopatra is anything to go by).
    • Zacharie, Strexy's PA, is more like Camp Pansexual
  • Canon: Everything found at this Ao3 account. Includes consolidated editions of old blog threads into more easily readable format, and/or stories co-written by some of the main Family members that set up pertinent plot points.
  • Character Blog: Set up like this for the asks and non-roleplaying posts. Sometimes goes into Breaking the Fourth Wall territories.
  • Creepy Twins: Diego and Divina, especially when you see their younger selves.
  • Cute Mute: Santiago's son Robin is literally mute, and undeniably very cute as well.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Jezebel and Divina both fit this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sergio, as detailed in his reeducation file, but this also applies to almost all of them.
  • Emo Teen: Diego and Divina, at times, which is understandable considering they are technically teenagers. Also, Luciano in his younger years.
  • Enemy Within: Luciano when hearing the voices of the Disciples of a Smiling God in his head
  • Everyone Is Related: The huge family, the equally huge alter ego family, all of their adopted children, actual children, love interests, cousins, sons, daughters, friends, employees...
  • Evil Twin: A good portion of the characters started off as Evil Twins of Carlos, the canon Love Interest.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Santiago. Birds nest in his hair, Snow White-style.
  • Glasgow Grin: Luciano has one thanks to his reeducation.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: A big part of reeducation and Strexcorp in general.
  • Gun Nut: Diego, for sure. At least one of his blogs regularly posts nothing but photsets of guns.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Diego and Divina. Justified in that they were genetically engineered by Ricardo to take over the company.
  • Happily Married: Sergio and Stella Vega.
  • High School A.U.: It has one.
  • Jerkass: Most of the Family
  • Keet: Samuel the biomachine, who loves strawberries, has freckles, and is in a loving and committed relationship with the Smiling God.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jezebel during the Masquerade
  • Knife Nut: Antonio is very…fond of his knives.
  • Like a Son to Me / Parental Substitute: Sergio with Daniel and Samuel
  • Mad Scientist: Several of the characters, namely Luciano, Sergio, sometimes Diego…
  • Mama Bear: Stella
  • Manipulative Bastard: Most of the Strex Family; particularly Sergio, Luciano, Divina, and in unexpected ways, Ricardo, who is a spy working toward Strex's downfall and may be more accurately described as a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Martial Pacifist: Caesar, who is an expert in Muay Thai.
  • Masquerade Ball: One occurred from October 15 to the night of Halloween; which served as a springboard for a number significant plot and character development points and threads, including Ricardo and Luciano recognizing themselves as belonging on opposite sides of a coming conflict between the Angels and Disciples of a Smiling God, Luciano realizing his romantic feelings for Sergio and Stella, as well as Stella realizing her romantic feelings for Luciano, and Jezabel's death.
  • Master Poisoner: Sergio, who often crafts his poisons from the plants in his greenhouse.
  • Me's a Crowd: The main group is made up of nine people, all of whom are versions of a Desert Bluffs Carlos.
  • No Social Skills: Santiago.
  • Papa Wolf: Sergio and Santiago both qualify.
  • Plot Threads: The main format for the blogs. There's often a few major storylines (for example, one centering on the interactions of various Family members with the Disciples of the Smiling God), but the other blogs create their own subplots and storylines that often have some relation to the main plot.
  • Poisoned Weapon: Sergio with his poison-capsule containing, augmented dentition which he uses to breathe poisonous vapor onto his victims
  • Proud Beauty: Pretty much the group as a whole; they're sexy and they know it.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Santiago and Luciano each have it. This has resulted in a comic wherin they try to braid it together and get stuck and the idea that after his transition, Santiago cut his hair only to realize that he (and Jezebel) liked it long…
    Santiago: I FUCKED UP.
    Jezebel: YOU FUCKED UP.
  • Sadistic Choice: It appears as though Diego is going to have to choose between killing Jezebel quickly or letting someone or something else kill her painfully.
  • Sanity Slippage: Oftentimes Diego and Luciano.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The entire family as the owners of Strexcorp.
  • Shout-Out: Luciano loves The Phantom of the Opera
    • There are a lot of jokes by the fans of the blogs that the Strex Family is like Repo The Genetic Opera, but with less singing (except on Luciano’s part).
  • The Sociopath: Diego, especially on this blog.
  • Sticky Fingers: The Reverse Strex Family is apparently an entire family of Lovable Rogues. They arrive at the mansion and, after they get over their initial shock, begin to steal everything in sight.
  • Super Soldier: Stella
  • Team Mom: Stella to the group at large.
  • Torture Technician: Sergio
  • Transgender: Santiago is a trans man.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The entire group.
  • Weight Woe: Caesar, who suffers from anorexia athletica
  • Younger Than They Look: Diego and Divina were genetically engineered and appear 33 while actually being fifteen or sixteen.
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