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Vera
Fernando Vera
Species: Human
Allies: Shayla Nico
Elliot Alderson
D.J
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Javi
Enemies: Isaac Vera
Krista Gordon
Status: Deceased
Portrayed by: Elliot Villar
People walk around, act like they know what hate means. Nah. No one does, until you hate yourself. I mean truly hate yourself, that's power.

— Fernando Vera


Fernando Vera is Shayla Nico's drug supplier.

He was portrayed by Elliot Villar.

History[]

Background[]

As a young man, Fernando Vera battled with depression and attempted suicide a number of times. Eventually, he became a gang leader, dealing guns and drugs of all kinds throughout New York City. His younger brother Isaac convinced him to make his transactions online, such as on Twitter through coded language, a cost-effective alternative. "Biscuits" and "clickety clickety" were references to guns, while "sea shells", "food", "gas" referred to ammunition or bullets.

Sometime before 2015, Vera met Shayla Nico, who was in search of a supply of Suboxone. He was the only one dealing it and Shayla's new neighbor Elliot Alderson wanted it.

2015[]

In early March, Vera aggressively asks Shayla for a date outside of her apartment. He wants to go inside, but she is adamant in refusing. Vera gets in a car with his gang and drives off just as Elliot arrives. Soon afterward, Elliot enters Shayla's apartment and finds Vera in his underwear on her bed. Vera says Shayla is in the bathtub, although she doesn't answer Elliot's calls.

Vera is interested in the meaning of Elliot's name. He also takes interest in Elliot's sullen demeanor, likening it to his own suicidal youth. Vera advises that hating yourself is true power. He then thanks Elliot for being the thing that brought him the "love of his life", Shayla. As he dresses, he tells Elliot to respect that boundary. After he leaves, Elliot discovers Shayla, bruised and unconscious in the bathtub. He determines that Vera had drugged and raped her, but she doesn't want to cut ties because she makes good money with him.

Once Elliot decodes more of Vera's Twitter/X slang and learns that hurting Shayla is a reccuring act of which Vera boasts about, Elliot uses his tweets and coinciding crime reports to deliver an anonymous tip and have Vera and his gang arrested. (“eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg”)

Within a few weeks, Vera deduces that it was Elliot who had turned him in. In the early morning of April 1st, members of his gang kidnap Shayla and confront Elliot. Vera speaks to him on the phone, explaining that he wants to be hacked out of prison tonight; his life is in danger in jail. Vera's brother, Isaac Vera and Vera's homie, D.J, stay with Elliot as he gets to work. Vera meets with Elliot in the middle of the day. Elliot threatens to disable Vera's entire operation using information hacked from Isaac's phone should either he or Shayla be harmed.

At 9:49 P.M, Elliot stages a massive prison break and waits for Vera outside the fences. Vera has his associate, D.J, kill Isaac, on the basis that it was his brother who was trying to kill him in prison and his brother was the one who got them caught in the first place. Vera and D.J escape on foot, content to let their crime operation end. Vera gives Elliot the keys to the car they've been driving in all day, as it is revealed that Shayla has been dead in the trunk all along. (“eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf”)

Vera eventually makes a return by the end of Season 3 (after Elliot and Darlene's conflict with the Dark Army at their safehouse). He is last seen introducing himself to Darlene outside of Elliot's apartment building. (“shutdown -r”)

In Season 4, Vera wants Elliot as a partner. He finds out that Krista would provide him the information to get into Elliot's mind and break him. He eventually gets killed during a therapy session with Krista and Elliot.

Personality[]

Fernando Vera was a wildly unpredictable, aggressive, and violent drug dealer. He committed violent crimes such as murder and rape for seemingly little to no reasons, such as when he shot his homie D.J for not being "detail-oriented" without any hesitation, despite the man being loyal. Vera’s behavior could seemingly go from friendly and funny to violent at the drop of a hat.

Vera is also a deeply disturbed and psychotic drug-addict with a complete lack of empathy. He showed no sadness over having to kill his brother Isaac (though his brother did betray/snitch him) and showed no consideration for the loyalty of his homie, D.J, when he murdered him.

If they weren’t the object of his twisted affection, Vera didn’t hesitate in murdering them. Even then, he showed no problem in abusing, psychologically tormenting, and threatening the loved ones of those he "liked". Despite claiming to have loved Shayla, Vera was shown to have raped her; after Elliot gets him sent to prison, he doesn’t hesitate to have Shayla killed, as Vera had moved on from Shayla and had found Elliot to be the new object of his desires. Even then, he kidnapped Elliot, threatened his therapist Krista, and forced him to relive traumatic memories.

Vera was a highly philosophical man, who believed in destiny and that fate had brought him and Elliot together. He also claimed that nobody truly knew what hate means until they hated themselves, and that hate was power. He often spoke in metaphors and allusions. However, given his drug-addiction and clear mental instability, these words could simply be the ramblings of a lunatic.

Despite his insanity, Vera is highly intelligent, cunning, manipulative and perceptive. He was able to deduce that it was Elliot that had leaked his Twitter/X account to the police and had landed him in prison. Vera was also able to realize that his younger brother, Isaac, had betrayed him by convincing him to post his highly illegal business online. Furthermore, Vera was able to blackmail and threaten Elliot into hacking him free from prison, holding the threat of Shayla's life over his head (who Elliot didn’t know had already been killed.) The plan was successful, and Vera was able to escape and return to his home in the Dominican Republic, where he established a criminal empire that took control of the country. Eventually, he returned to New York to take over and become king, wanting to recruit Elliot as the "architect".

Vera, upon returning to New York, wanted to break Elliot in order to gaslight, manipulate, and charm him into believing Vera was his savior. Upon forcing Elliot to relieve the trauma of his father molesting him, Vera empathized with Elliot and claimed that he had also been molested as a child. He claimed that now, Elliot could become his real self; that Elliot would "become the storm". However, given that he admitted he wanted to "wound his soul so that he could be the one to heal it", it is possible Vera faked emotions and lied to fool Elliot and appear vulnerable.

Trivia[]

  • He resembles Andrew Tate.[1]
  • His password is eatadick6969.
  • His Twitter username is @brvtrvllr, or brave traveler, the meaning of his given name.
  • He spends massive amounts of money on porn.
  • He is of Dominican descent.
  • He wears briefs.
  • He feels a "spiritual connection" with Elliot and seems to feel somewhat of an affection for him despite the clear lack of interest Elliot has for him.

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