You're too easy to sneak up on. Should work on that. Your kids too. Easy to snare. No eye for booby traps.
— Mr. Garcia to Mr. Spender ( )
Mr. Garcia is shown to be exhausted most of the time, causing him to be easily irritated out of his normally apathetic and informal disposition. In Chapter 4, Mr. Garcia is shown attempting to follow along with an episode of Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting in his spare time. In Chapter 5, he is revealed to become flustered at the mention of his relationship with his boyfriend, Mr. Spender.
Mr. Garcia has brown, slicked-back hair with a loose strand hanging over his face, as well as noticeable stubble.
In Chapter 1 and Chapter 3, he wears a white dress shirt with rolled-up sleeves, a black belt, and beige slacks. In Chapter 4, he wears a black dress shirt with chest pockets over his previous pants and belt. In Chapter 5, he wears a light purple vest over a white dress shirt, blue jeans, and brown shoes.
According to Jeff, Mr. Garcia has a history of telling bad jokes. While taking Max Puckett around the school, Suzy mentions that Mr. Garcia was involved in an incident involving an "entire pizza". On Zack Morrison's Tumblr account, it was revealed that he threw the pizza out of a window.
On his first day at Mayview Middle School, Max attends Mr. Garcia's first period science class. After being woken up on his desk by Max, Mr. Garcia proceeds to introduce Max to the class before going into his lesson. At the end of the class, Mr. Garcia hands out textbooks to his students while telling Jeff Flavors to get a haircut.
After shooing Johnny and his gang away, Mr. Garcia tries to bribe Max into not telling anyone about his escapade in the river with a Starchman Star. Later on, he is seen in a photograph on Suzy's computer screen, depicting him being caught painting along with a Bob Ross video.
After gym class is over, Mr. Garcia is listed as one of the potential suspects who Hijack could have taken over in order to get into the teacher's lounge. He is pursued by Isaac O'Connor, who trails him through the back of the school into the woods before being ambushed by him. Mr. Garcia counters Isaac's nature powers with both strength and his box of juice, ultimately catching him in one of his previously placed rope traps. There, Mr. Garcia reveals to Isaac that he has a casual relationship with Mr. Spender and knows he's been acting strangely, leading Isaac to come to the conclusion that Mr. Spender was the one under Hijack's control.
After Hijack's defeat, Mr. Garcia eavesdrops on Mr. Spender speaking with Agent Day about having a boyfriend. While trying to crawl away discreetly, he is seen by Mina Zarei. After Mr. Spender talks to the rest of the Activity Club, Mr. Garcia sneaks up on him and offers to walk home so Mr. Spender can drive the kids. Mr. Spender reassures him that they're fine on their own; when Mr. Garcia expresses doubt, Mr. Spender responds, "I'm sure. They're together. They'll be just fine."
- "...so here's your textbook, and you can Jeff get a haircut finish this packet at your leisure so that you're caught up."
- — Mr. Garcia to his class ( )
- "From the blighted womb of your worst nightmare, quivering on legs innumerable, soaked in the black ooze of your greatest fears. I rear back my heavy head, and howl:
...for AAAALLL three of you! I swear, I'm the only one around here that doesn't find threats and violence to be charming. Kids these days!
OK, now listen up, punk-"
- — Mr. Garcia to Max Puckett ( )
- On Chapter 5, Pages 229-235, it is revealed that this eye was Mr. Garcia, who had noticed Mr. Spender was not acting like himself. , a mysterious eye is shown looking back at Mr. Spender while he pushes the teachers out of the lounge. On
- Prior to its reveal, there were several hints towards Mr. Garcia's relationship with Mr. Spender:
- On , Max says that he'd quit the club if Mr. Spender gave his car a woman's name. Mr. Spender whispers under his breath "se llama Giancarlo", or "it's called Giancarlo" in Spanish.
- On , Mr. Spender is shown studying a book in his home while a shadowed figure stands in the kitchen. The book at the center of the shot is entitled "Queer Happenings".
- On , Mr. Spender is shown carrying a lunchbag with "Rick ❤️" written on its front.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Chapter 5, Pages 229-235
- ↑ Mr. Garcia: ""I heard all that. You woke me up."
- ↑ Suzy: "Here we go! Mr. Garcia! Nice guy! This one time... [...] ...the entire pizza!")
- ↑ Zack Morrison's Tumblr