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Love, Victor is a Hulu teen drama and spinoff sequel series to the 2018 film Love, Simon, which in turn was based on the novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, the writers Love, Simon, also created the series.

Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino) is a new transfer student at Creekwood High School, previously attended by Simon Spier (Nick Robinson). When Victor starts questioning his place in the world (especially regarding his sexuality) he reaches out to Simon for advice on how to figure things out, but soon realizes that his story isn't going to unfold the exact same way.



Love, Victor contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Bi: Lake offhandedly mentions she would hook up with Mia if Victor won't.
    • At first Victor dates Mia to fight off his attraction to Benji but finds himself becoming attracted to her as well. As he remarks, he doesn't know his sexuality label yet, just that he's "not straight".
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: One of Simon and Bram's friends is gender nonconforming, which takes Victor by surprise.
  • The Beard: Deconstructed. Victor starts dating Mia to keep fight off his feelings of same-sex attraction to Benji, but things get complicated when he finds himself growing close to her.. which doesn't stop Victor from staying interested enough in Benji to make a move on him.
  • Beta Couple: Felix and Lake start hooking up when, ironically, Victor and Mia don't.
  • Big Applesauce: Victor takes a spontaneous trip to New York to see Simon after kissing Benji and feeling stressed about it, but ends up spending time with Bram and their roommates instead when he learns Simon won't be there.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Victor acts this way towards his younger siblings.
  • The Bus Came Back: Some of the film's cast returns for the show:
    • Simon corresponds with Victor through narration and appears in the New York episode.
    • Keiynan Lonsdale also returns as Bram when Victor goes to visit Simon in New York.
    • Natasha Rothwell's Ms. Albright returns, and has since been prompted to Vice Principal.
  • Canon Foreigner: Victor, as well as most of the supporting characters, don't exist in the books.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Victor chastises his parents for making their marital troubles so obvious to their family, particularly his younger brother.
  • The Cameo: Katya appears as herself in the New York episode.
  • Cliffhanger: Season 1 ends with Victor telling his parents and sister that he is gay, but it ends before we can see how they react to it.
  • Closet Key: Benji is this for Victor.
  • Continuity Nod / Ironic Echo: Victor has a dream where he kisses Benji on the ferris wheel like Simon and Bram did in the film, but unlike their positive reception, Victor's turns into a nightmare when the crowd starts booing at them.
  • Coming-Out Story: Much like Simon, this is one for Victor.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Victor is deliberately one to Simon not so much in personality, but in how their home lives and external circumstances affect their coming outs. Whereas Simon came from a well-off white family who were completely accepting of him being gay, Victor comes from a working class Latino family with more "traditional" cultural values.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Victor and Felix, respectively.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Mia claims her mother is an addict to cover up the reality that she left the family while sober.
    • Benji wrecked a car while still distraught about his sexuality and hasn't told anyone but Victor.
    • Felix never invites Victor over to his apartment; it's later established that his mom suffers from deep depression and became a hoarder because of it.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Unlike Simon, Victor isn't so lucky to have a family who's immediately accepting of his sexuality, which is especially noticeable in "Sweet Sixteen", when Victor is uncomfortable having Benji and his boyfriend around his homophobic grandather.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Benji training Victor for the cafe job, when he accidentally spills liquid all over his hands.
  • Expy: Felix is reminiscent of Martin from the movie in terms of personality, but not as aggressively a dogged nice guy as Martin was.
  • Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Inverted. Victor is the popular (but closeted) jock who is interested in Benji, a sensitive artist who is the openly gay one.
  • Gayngst: Victor's struggles with his sexuality are more pronounced here than with Simon in the movie, which is acknowledged by both.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Felix informs Victor that Benji is gay immediately after meeting him.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Victor's parents were this.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Victor's ferris wheel kiss dream with Benji.
  • Informed Attribute: In the first episode, Mia is said to be an extremely popular student, to the extent that Victor catching her attention on his first day and riding the Ferris Wheel with her is notable. The rest of the series? She has one close friend, receives no male attention outside of Anthony, and spends much of her time at home alone, when she’s not with Victor or Lake.
  • Informed Poverty: Downplayed. While it's clear that Victor's family isn't as well-off as Simon's, he acknowledges that they're not "Creekwood rich", implying they not exactly bereft either.
  • Longing Look: Victor makes one at Benji on his first day of school.
  • Meaningful Name: "Victor" means winner, befitting the protagonist of a story about overcoming adversity.
  • Mentor in Queerness: Simon fills this role for Victor. In "Boy's Trip", Bram and the rest of his & Simon's friend group step in to help out as well.
  • Mid-Season Twist: Victor kisses Benji in the exact seventh episode after dating Mia for most of the first season, which marks the first major development in him exploring same-sex attraction.
  • Missing Mom: Mia's mom left when she was young.
  • More Diverse Sequel: While Love, Simon had a fairly diverse supporting cast, it being centered on a white male lead from a privileged, supportive family drew some criticism, especially since another gay character in the film (the camp gay Ethan) bore the brunt of in-universe homophobia. While Victor is more like Simon than Ethan in terms of personality and gender expression, he still comes from a different cultural and economic background where his security isn't quite as guaranteed as Simon's was.
  • No Bisexuals: Discussed. Victor isn't quite sure if he's gay or bisexual, he just knows he's not straight.
  • Passing the Torch: Almost literally occurs in the New York episode, when Simon gives Victor his iconic jacket with the fur trimming seen on the Love, Simon poster and in the movie, signifying his role as the new protagonist in this universe.
  • Pen Pals: Victor and Simon grow close though online correspondence.
  • Put on a Bus: It's revealed that Vice Principal Worth is no longer at Creekwood after a medical emergency outside the country.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: Ms. Albright comes off this way in her first interaction with Victor.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Felix gives one to Andrew for not realizing how much of a bully he's being. A bit of Truth in Television here, as the same "just a joke" attitude is how many bullies see themselves in real life.
  • Road Trip Plot: The seventh episode has Victor and Benji traveling to fix their work's espresso machine. Victor takes the opportunity to grow closer to Benji and ultimately kiss him, which Benji (who has a boyfriend) doesn't receive well.
  • Romantic False Lead: Although more visibly interested in Benji, Victor starts pursuing Mia to keep himself from having to come out, but starts forming a connection her which leaves him with even more confusion.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Benji's boyfriend doesn't get much development compared to the other characters.
  • Secret Relationship: Felix and Lake start a relationship, which the latter is reticent to acknowledge publicly.
  • Sequel Series / Spinoff: Follows Love, Simon chronologically, but features an entirely different cast aside a few returning cast members.
  • Stepford Smiler: Mia admits to being this, as a result of her mother abandoning the family when she was young.
  • Straight Gay: Victor isn't outwardly flamboyant.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Victor is Latino and not straight.
  • The Voice: Simon is only heard through his correspondence with Victor until "Boys' Trip".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Subverted with Victor's reaction to learning Simon shared the details of their messages with Bram and their friends, which he quickly walks back when Simon explains he wanted to pool all their life experiences to give Victor good advice.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Victor's trip to New York has him visiting a gay bar for the first time.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Victor's mom cheated on his dad, which prompted them to move to Texas.


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