Jane the Virgin is full of quotable characters — from the writer Jane to the wise Alba to the whip-smart narrator. But no character is as quotable as Jane's father and telenovela star Rogelio de la Vega. While he's best known for his ego, there are some rather profound Rogelio quotes from Jane the Virgin. Whether it's knowing which lighting will be the most flattering to die by or supporting a woman's right to choose, Rogelio is full of way more sage advice than people give him credit for. And it certainly doesn't hurt that this advice is often accompanied by his flair for the dramatic.
When Jane the Virgin began, Jane wasn't so sure what to make of her long-lost biological father. But he quickly won over the Villanueva women and fans to become one of the most beloved characters on the show. Now that Jane the Virgin is in its final season and his brogelio Michael is back, it seems only appropriate to look back at the words of wisdom he has shared over the years. Because before this series comes to an end, Jane is going to need her dad — and fans are going to need to be able to access Rogelio's superior knowledge once he's no longer dispensing it on a weekly basis.
So without further fanfare (*gasp* how Rogelio would hate that!), here's some of the best advice Rogelio has given on Jane the Virgin.
When He Wanted To Make An Effort
"I missed all the big things, so I wanted to do something as a father ... so, a little misguided, yes, but it wasn't meaningless."
Jane was annoyed by Rogelio's "big, meaningless" gesture of getting her a car, but turns out, it was far more thoughtful than she realized.
When He Knew The Value Of Family
"We're family and nothing is more important."
Rogelio might have been pretty new to the Villanueva family when he said this, but he realized how special these women were right off the bat.
When He Showed How #Woke He Was
"Dear heavenly father, thank you for making the world such a beautifully diverse place filled with all kinds of people, who love whoever they want."
Sure, his efforts to show that he was cool with this dad being gay were misguided, but you can't deny that the sentiment is sound.
When He Showed His Great Taste In Film
"Of course, that's what makes The Parent Trap such an evocative film."
When Ro and Xo were broken up, Rogelio was still able to commiserate with Jane's disappointment.
When He Didn't Let Terms Limit Him
"I don't like to use the term 'triple threat' because it suggests that I'm limited to only three skills."
Don't be limited to just singing, dancing, and acting!
When He Helped Luisa Seek Preventative Care
"Put your own oxygen mask before assisting others."
When Rogelio "babysat" Luisa for Rafael, he used his experience of playing an alcoholic airline pilot to help Luisa get preventative treatment for her alcoholism.
When He Shared The Power Of Perseverance
"I became an international star just a few years ago. Imagine what a disservice it would been to the world if I had given up."
You might not want Rogelio's ego, but his tenacity is to be admired.
When His Understanding Makeup Came In Handy
"Jane, please stop running! Your makeup will melt! Let me carry you!"
You can't be running in the Miami heat on your wedding day! And it seems safe to say that most dads wouldn't be as thoughtful about this as Rogelio.
When He Recognized The Importance Of Male Self-Care
"Men these days ... they don't take enough time for themselves."
We could all learn a thing or two about relaxation and spa days from Rogelio.
When He Showed His Fans The Love They Deserved
"Each and every fan is a gift, Xiomara."
That is true, but you probably shouldn't write the same things to your girlfriend as you do to your adoring fans.
When He Opened The World's Eyes To New Pants Wednesday
"But I love New Pants Wednesday. It's a perfect antidote to the midweek blahs."
Forget about Hump Day. Let's all do New Pants Wednesday.
When He Was #TeamJane
"First and foremost, I must remain #TeamJane."
Fans may still be divided over #TeamMichael or #TeamRafael, but Rogelio reminded us that we should all be #TeamJane.
When He Acknowledged Alba's Sex Appeal
"I personally think that any man would be blessed to have Alba as a lover."
Sure, it's inappropriate and just downright weird, but kudos to Rogelio for seeing older women as sexual beings!
When He Got Consent First
"At this moment, I would love to grab you in my embrace and kiss you, but I must ask first since Donald Trump has ruined romance for all of us."
With political commentary and mutual respect like this, Rogelio is a man in the entertainment industry who won't let you down.
When He Encouraged Xo To Start A New Career
"But the wait is over now, I'm telling you it's time to step up."
He channeled his best Frankie Avalon in Grease to help Xo figure out her next career step.
When He Schooled River Fields On Telenovelas
"If you knew anything about telenovelas, you'd know that everything is supposed to be dramatic!"
Oh, you have so much to learn before you star in The Passions of Steve and Brenda, River Fields!
When He Finally Realized That He's Too Much Sometimes
"You're too much!" ... "Exactly. And I am you. So maybe now you know how your wife feels."
Rogelio got schooled by his inner critic.
While Rogelio often doesn't get the respect he deserves for being the thoughtful, kind, and considerate man he truly is, these quotes prove he's profound. Just don't tell Rogelio since his ego doesn't need another boost.