Manuel Alberto Javier Alejandro "Manny" Delgado is Gloria's Colombian-American son from her previous marriage, who is very outgoing and has evolved from being not the least bit self-conscious to maybe being even overly conscious about his outfits. He is very mature and intuitive for his age and is often shown doing adult-like things, such as having conversations with Claire about her marriage and kids, drinking coffee and handling problems like a man. He has inherited his mother's passion for life which causes him to be very romantic. His support is mainly channeled through his mother, Gloria, and almost nonexistent in his stepfather Jay, who only in Season 3 and onwards has been getting a bit closer to Manny.
Manny isn't afraid to take chances, leading him to ask out older girls, and develop somewhat of a crush on Haley. Once something goes wrong he never gives up. He idolizes his absentee father often speaking about him in a positive light, even after being repeatedly flaked on. He plays for a soccer team and fences. He is also shown to have a big fear of butterflies, which was never shown in Season 1, however, it was shown on several instances in Season 2.
Throughout all the Modern Family seasons, Manny has not been afraid to show his affection towards his crushes. He definitely falls too hard for other girls and consequently gets his heart broken. He likes coffee and suits. For many episodes Manny tried to win over Haley Dunphy, his step-niece, but, eventually he gave up and moved on. Manny is also so known as the ladies man. But not the common kind he is sweet and kind. Manny is incredibly eccentric, idiosyncratic and pompous. He cares immensely about his appearance, and Claire remarks that he 'dresses like a count' in "Coal Digger". Manny is extremely pompous and somewhat conceited, shown in the quote 'Kids? You don't need to tell me. My school is full of them' from "Come Fly with Me". This shows that he not only has poor observation skills, but he sees himself above the other children in his school. This also leads to exceptional insensitivity, as he arrogantly refers to himself as 'Luke's uncle', which Luke has a strong disliking for, but gets used to after a while. He also thinks that he is the center of attention, shown in 'Hawaii' when he sits at a table with his family, oblivious or ignorant to the incredible problems that the others are facing, says 'Ok. Everyone's thinking it, I'm just saying it: My jacket's a mess!'
However, despite his eccentricity and arrogance, Manny is a surprisingly affable to people and is polite to everyone he meets.
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- Manny has lepidopterophobia, which is a fear of butterflies.
- Manny was born in Florida ("Grill, Interrupted").
- Gloria used to dress baby Manny up as a girl, she stopped before it messed with his mind and when Manny found out she told him it was his dead twin sister.
- Season 3 and Season 4 are the only Seasons in which Manny appears in all episodes.
- Taught by his father, Manny is extremely good at chess, beating Jay in four moves though not as good as Gloria ("Game Changer").
Javier Delgado is Manny's father. Manny has a good relationship with his father and always looks up to him, despite always letting him down.
Joe Pritchett is Manny's younger half-brother.
In "Phil's Sexy, Sexy House", Manny sees that his little brother seems to be getting more love than him, but later on, he uses this cuteness that he doesn't see, but everyone else seems to, to get a girl he likes. However this backfires on him, although he has already told Joe his plan, unknowingly Joe doesn't seem to like it and ruins it, by biting the girl's leg. In his won way of saying "Don't use me to get a girl".
Jay Pritchett is Manny's stepfather.
In "Pilot", Manny wants to recite a love poem to a girl he likes from school, Jay tells him not to as it may crush his feelings, however Manny goes through with it and gets his feelings hurt, when she tells him she has a boyfriend.
Gloria Pritchett is Manny's mother.
Claire Dunphy is Manny's stepsister.
Phil Dunphy is Manny's stepbrother in law.
Haley Dunphy is Manny's stepniece. She once used this premise to trick his parents into having a party supervised by an "uncle".
Luke Dunphy is Manny's stepnephew.
In "Coal Digger", Manny and Luke get into a fight at school, the reason they do is because Manny said he was his uncle, which Luke takes a disliking to. They later on start to become friends and realise it was stupid to fight. Luke then lets slip that they were also fighting because he told Manny that his mom calls his mom a "Coal Digger" which is actually meant to be "Gold Digger", but Luke mishears his mom, and Manny mishears his stepnephew.
Alex Dunphy is Manny's stepniece.
Cameron Tucker is Manny's stepbrother in law.
Mitchell Pritchett is Manny's stepbrother.
Lily Tucker-Pritchett is Manny's adoptive stepniece.
Luke and Manny have a childlike friendship which changes a little as they grew up. Luke and Manny played a lot more and were more childlike when they were children they fought like family do and spent more time together. Their friendship has changed since the first few seasons. In Season 7 we see that Manny and Luke are rarely seen with each other unless it's a family occassion. They've both had to figure themselves out and they both went from attending Primary School to High School together.
- Started: "Pilot"
- Ended: "Pilot"
- Reason: Brenda told Manny she had a boyfriend.
- Information: Brenda Feldman is a 16 year old girl who appears in the "Pilot" episode. Manny falls in love with her and decides to go to the Mall to read her a poem which Jay declines worried he may get hurt, which he does as Manny still goes through with it.
- Started: After "Pilot"
- Ended: Before Season 5, after Season 3.
- Reason: Manny and Haley are related, Haley didn't like him back.
- Information: Haley Dunphy is Manny's stepniece he develops a brief crush on her although this ends when he knows it'll never happen as Haley gets a boyfriend and Haley tells him it'll never happen.
In "Great Expectations" we see Manny get very excited that Haley is coming over. He's excited that Alex and Luke are also coming over. But he's mostly excited for Haley. Jay knows he is crushing on her and says that he'll get out the hose if he does anything stupid as they are related and his crush is genuinely weird. Eventually Manny does go too far and Jay overhears and walks into the room with a spray bottle. Jay sprays Manny 3 times to warn him and walks out of the room again. Jay gets into a mix up with Haley over a party and Dylan. Haley and Dylan are eventually allowed (by Jays permission, from being convinced by Gloria) to go to the party with Dylan, but Dylan sees a western movie on and smells Sloppy Jays and makes a decision to stay at the house to which Haley gets upset at, Gloria tells her that this is what boys are like, and they don't always grow out of it, so Haley goes along with it and they both end up not going to the party. Later we see Manny ask himself what Haley sees in Dylan.
- Started: "Integrity"
- Ended: "Integrity"
- Reason: Unknown
- Information: She is Mannys' lab partner in Science. He talks about her in "Integrity" eventually Manny does get his heart broken when he sees one of his friends hitting on her, Manny afterwards starts to describes her as "Cold, unresponsive, heartless".
This relationships starts in "Integrity", and ends in the same episode.
| Manny: Have you noticed a spring in my step? |
Jay: Kids can be so cruel. That doesn't mean you'll turn out that way.
— From "Two Monkeys and a Panda"
| Jay: Why does everybody always assume I'm having a stroke? |
Gloria: You forgot to bring my bread.
— From "See You Next Fall"
| Manny: I don't like the looks of this guy. |
Phil: He looks just like everyone else.
Manny: Great, you can tell that to the police sketch artist.
— From "Express Christmas"
|Manny: First you lose me at the grocery store, then you leave me alone in a dark alley. Why don't you just put a sign on me that says "Free Kid"?|
— From "Express Christmas"
| Manny: Look, I'm Mexico, again. Doesn't anyone care that I'm not from Mexico? |
Luke: You keep saying that, but we've never seen a birth certificate.
— From "When a Tree Falls"
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