Gary López is an antagonist introduced in Season 2 of Soy Luna. He is Nico's uncle. Gary has had great success in business and he thinks his new Red Sharks skating team will be no different.

He is portrayed by Joaquín Berthold.

Personality

Gary is an influential businessman who will do anything to get what he wants. When it comes to money and businesses Gary is unscrupulous. While being mean and arrogant to most of the main characters, including Eric Andrade, whom he bullies the most, Gary sometimes shows a soft side whenever he is around Ana, his crush.

Gary was also nice to Nina only because he thought that she and Nico were dating while most of the time he did not like it when she was writing negative things about the Red Sharks. At one point, when Gary wanted to punish Jam & Roller for using the rink behind his back, Nina stood up for her friends in a very intelligent way that left Gary stunned and he, because of the supposed romance with his nephew, decided to relent. When Ana discovered his true identity, Gary seemed to be genuinely repented for deceiving her and tried to make things right with her, even to the point of bringing her flowers. However, Gary still resented the Roller team and felt no remorse for his unfair treatment or actions against them.

Gary also had a vengeful side whenever he was "betrayed" or things didn't go his way with very drastic measures. As punishment for allowing the Roller team inside the rink, Gary had forced Nico, Pedro and Simón into paying his loft's rent once a month, something that was very unfair since they didn't have enough money to afford it, though at the last minute Matteo offered to assist them and fired Juliana for her involvement while initially considering to have her training license suspended. He briefly rehires Juliana before firing her again, concluding that she is to blame for the ruining of the Red Shark Festival. Later on, after Red Sharks are disbanded due to the abrupt cancellation of their event, Gary proposed to the Roller team that they be the new Red Sharks and replace their mean-spirited rivals. As they all refused to accept, Gary, in response to the rejection, ended up kicking Nico, Pedro, Simón and Matteo from his loft.

History

Before the Show

Gary lived in a coastal Brazilian town with his son Sebastián. He owned the Red Sharks surfing team that his son surfs on.

Season 2

Part 2

He comes to Jam & Roller, planning to invest money into the team. Gary also has Matteo's album cancelled, which leaves him frustrated.

Season 3

Part 1

After Jam & Roller's loss at Roda Fest, he re-brands the restaurant and team into the "Red Sharks," named after his surf team, with Ámbar, Emilia, Benicio and Ramiro as the official teammates. Although they are excellent skaters, Gary is usually very harsh on them for their overconfidence and selfishness. Nevertheless, Gary does whatever it takes to prevent Jam & Roller from being brought back to its former glory and keeping them out of the rink at all times. Eric Andrade is the new rink assistant, whom Gary often intimidates. He briefly fires Juliana for her involvement with the Roller in using the rink to rehearse and record a video. He also considered to have her training license suspended by the skating federation. When he tried to punish Jam & Roller for their defiance, Nina strikes back at Gary with blackmailing and he relents. However, since his nephew Nico was the one looking after the place, Gary, as punishment for his betrayal, gives him and Pedro an ultimatum: They will have to pay monthly rents of his loft or face being kicked out if they don't have the money. They manage to keep the loft thanks to Matteo's cooperation. Gary is then forced to hire Juliana back for two reasons: The trainer who replaced her decided to quit due to Red Shark's rude behaviour while other trainers turned him down. Gary later hires Ada as a supervisor and also to spy on Jam & Roller, though she never does it out of affection for the team after her previous visit.

Gary's hiding his identity of César Morina, while Nina's mom Ana works to expose César. Oblivious to Gary's true identity, Ana starts to date Gary. The day of the Red Shark Festival arrives and things could not get any worse. The Roller team is barred from attending on Gary's orders and, to lift their spirits, they decide to skate outside. Felipe Mendevilla, an olympic skater, was also in attendance and struck by Luna's talent, but Gary tricks him into believing that she had an injury when asked about her. To his an the Red Shark's shock, people started to leave so they could watch Jam & Roller skating outside and their performance went viral. Felipe is disappointed that Gary lied to him. Furious, Gary lashed out at the Red Sharks, accusing them of being completely unproffesional and only thinking about themselves. In addition, he argues that the Jam & Roller were active in promoting their team to the media while Red Sharks did nothing that could boost their popularity, only posting memes and couple pictures. He feels that trusting them was a mistake, though they refuse to take responsibility as they believe that Luna planned the whole thing as revenge for not being allowed inside. Later on, Gary (in an emotional outburst) reprimands Eric for his incompetence in doing his job of keeping the Roller team out. Unbeknownst to him, Ana walks in and realizes Gary's true identity.

Part 2

For the second part, Gary has a smaller role than the one he had in the previous part since there is little future ahead for the Red Sharks team and lots of possibilities for the revival of Jam & Roller. After he's done arguing with Eric and leaves, Ana asks Ada if the man is actually Gary and she confirms it. Despite the Red Sharks' refusal of accepting defeat, Gary suspends all trainings until further notice. Ana confronts Gary and he tries to explain himself, but Ana refuses to hear anything and cuts ties with him. However, this doesn't seem to take any effect on Gary as he fires Juliana again, deeming her responsible for the festival's cancellation. Juliana is pleased about this now that she won't have to stick to his authority anymore. Still disappointed for their incompetence, Gary eventually and permanently disbands the Red Sharks, much to their distraught and fury; Emilia (who left her country and family to pursue her dream) and Ramiro (who aspires to commit himself to the skating) are the most affected by the news. As a last minute back-up plan, Gary proposes that Jam & Roller be the new Red Sharks and replace the former teammates. After giving them time to discuss it, they adamantly refuse. As revenge for being rejected, Gary kicks Nico, Pedro, Simón and Matteo out of his loft, leaving them with no other choice but to move to the Benson Mansion. Gary was further angered to learn that Nina wrote another article that exposes his true character. Because of this, he no longer had any influence over VIDIA's decisions, leaving Gary unable to renew the contract for the Red Sharks team. Gary once again tries to make things right with Ana, yet she rejects him again and pleads with him to stop tormenting the Roller team. With nothing else to do, Gary leaves Jam & Roller for good and Ámbar takes his place as the sole administrator.

Trivia

  • He originally made his debut appearance on the Brazilian TV series Juacas representing the Red Sharks surf team.
  • He does not like losers.
  • Gary's son and Nico's cousin, Sebastián López, made a cameo appearance in the seventh episode when he visited his father's loft to pick up his surfboard.
  • He is the fifth and final male main character to depart the series and the sixth and final main character overall.
  • Given his arrogant and selfish personality towards everyone, Gary is the only main character in the series who isn't able to change with little to no redeemable traits, having only reformed for the way he deceived Ana while refusing to acknowledge how harsh he was to both the Roller and Red Sharks team.

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