I am not a Panther, I'm a Kanay! Son of fire! Last of my tribe!
~ Diego in Lunch at Lola's

Diego Rueda
Full Name

Diego Rueda


Proxy (by Maddie)
Betraygo (by Mia)
Twitchy (by Mia)
D-Mayo (by Andi)




June 14, 1999

Resides In

Miami, Florida


Churi Kanay
The Sharks
The Panthers


Iridium High


Gigi Rueda (Twin Sister)


Maddie Van Pelt (Girlfriend)
Katie Rice (Former Crush)


Katie Rice (Friend Sometimes/Enemy Sometimes)
Sophie Johnson (Close Friend)
Mia Black (Close Friend)
Mac Davis (Best Friend/Former Teammate)
Daniel Miller (Best Friend/Former Teammate)
Tony Myers(Friend/Teammate)
Jax Novoa (Friend/Teammate)
Andi Cruz (Friend/Former Teammate)
Philip Van Pelt (Friend)
Emma Alonso (Close Friend)
Hector (Cousin)
Oscar (Cousin)

Eye Color


Hair Color



1, 2, 3, 4

First Seen


Last Seen

A Girl's Sacrifice

Portrayed By

Tyler Alvarez

Diego Rueda is a Churi Kanay. He can freeze people with his bare hands! This element controlling Churi Kanay is perfecting his powers while figuring out how to survive as a teenager. And you thought you had it tough! His girlfriend (since Season 2) is Maddie Van Pelt.

He is portrayed by Tyler Alvarez.

Physical Appearance

Diego has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He wears the blue shirt and orange striped tie version of the school uniform.


Diego is a loyal and trustworthy friend who loves using his Kanay powers to control the elements like Earth, air, Fire and Water. He is very protective of his friends' wellbeing.

Powers and Abilities

  • Elemental Control- He can control the 4 natural elements (although the full extent isn't known, as Mia has other powers).
  • Transformation- He was turning into the sofa. He nearly Transformed into a Chair at the seven. 
  • Portal Creation- He discovers the ability to create portals in BF-Never. He can make portals to Limbo when he morphs objects.
  • Firework Creation- He has the ability to generate fireworks at will. He did it for Katie's birthday party at the beach


Maddie Van Pelt


Maddie and Diego become friends in Season 2. During the summertime Diego hung out with Maddie and tried to help gain her powers back. Most of the time Maddie doesn't remember Diego's name even though he took her to the Anime dance last year in Season 1. Diego has a very big crush on Maddie and now will do anything for her. Maddie even may like him back we don't know for sure though. Diego and Maddie went to the play together and then on a date. They almost kissed but Maddie's mom Ursula walked in and Diego hid behind the couch so she wouldn't see him. They had their first kiss at the end of Season 2. In Season 3, their realtionship becomes stronger, and Maddie helps him find out more about kanays.

Mac Davis

Former Teammate/Best Friend

Mac and Diego hang out a lot during Season 1. Mac also knows about Diego's powers and try's to help him with becoming a stronger Kanay. But in Season 2 Mac does move and goes back home to Texas. Although, Diego does seem to cope well without his best friend, probably due to hanging out with his new girlfriend, Maddie Van Pelt.

Gigi Rueda

Twin Sister

They're brother and sister who seem to fight a lot, due to her constant blogging, even when Diego needs her assistance. If not, Diego is really protective of Gigi and makes sure no one hurts her, like in I'll Stop the World in Season 2. In Season 4, he gets very worried when she, along with Katie and Sophie, get lost out in the Everglades.

Daniel Miller

Best Friend/Former Teammate

Daniel and Diego are Good Friends. Diego and Daniel did not interact much in Season 1; although they were teammates. Probably because Mac and Diego loved hanging out together, and Daniel was focusing on his new crush Emma (The Protagonist). They share notes and are on the same swim team together too. Diego gives advice to Daniel when it comes to girls but he gets annoyed when Daniel points out that him and Maddie used to date. Although the two are close, Diego does still forget about Daniel when the continuum break happens. Also, in Season 4, they do not hang out even after the continuum break, maybe because Daniel isn't quite the same, and Diego is more focused on Maddie. 

Andi Cruz

Close Friend/Former Teammate

Andi and Diego are shown to be good friends. They also danced together at the seven. and stand close to each other sometimes. Andi is usually suportive of Diego. They are both on the same swim team (The Sharks).

Tony Myers

Former Teammate/Friend

Tony only appeared in Season 1, and they seemed to be on good terms even though there wasn't as many interactions. In Season 2, it was said that Tony went to a magic academy, which Diego seemed sad about.

Emma Alonso

Good Friend

Emma and Diego are friends but don't really interact with each other that often. But in the season 1 finale, Diego and the Sharks help Emma keep her powers. In season 2, Diego tried to help Emma get over her break up with Daniel by making her an ice cream sundae. 

Coach Julio

Good Friend/Former Helper/Former Coach

Julio and Diego interact a lot in Season 1. One because Diego is on the swim team. Second because Diego is a Kanay. Julio helps Diego on trying to contain his powers but it spirals out of control like in the episode Beach Ball. In some of the episodes it shows Diego asking advice from Coach Julio or helping him control the elements. Coach Julio doesn't appear in Season 2 along with the principal who was defeated by Maddie and Emma.

Mia Black

Good Friend/Former Enemy

Mia and Diego met after finding out they are the last two Kanays (that they know of). Mia tells him that he shouldn't be dating a witch, and that witches are evil because they destroyed most of their kind. He tries to tell her that times have changed and that not all witches are like the principal, but she isn't easily persuaded. After she challenges him to a Kanay duel and wins, he is forced to do everything she says and help her get her crystal back. After saving Emma, Emma promises her protection. She thanks her, stops seeking revenge, and releases Diego.

Sophie Johnson

Close Friend

Diego and Sophie don't talk very often but Diego has started to like her more (as a friend) since he started hanging out with The Panthers. Sophie is the captain of the sharks in the continuum break.

Katie Rice

Somewhat Friend/Somewhat Enemy

Katie and Diego didn't get along very well in Season 2 but soon became friends towards the end of the season.

Jax Novoa

Good Friend/Teammate

Diego has considered Jax a good friend of his until he found out he casted spells on Maddie and took advantage of her
not having her powers. Jax seems to hate that Diego is a Kanay and Diego finds out he's a wizard. They seem to be civil in Season 3, and work together with Andi to separate Emma and Maddie from El Cristal de Caballero. They both loose memory of Daniel in Season 4, and agree to travel to the Everglades with the gang and help Emma find him. They both are worried that Daniel apparently has dated both of their girlfriend, and they make a pact to look out for each other. They also do a "shark chant."


Memorable Character Quotes

Runaway Witch 

Diego (to Daniel, about Jax): He's legit.


Diego (to Maddie, amazed): We work? *turns around* Yes!

El Cristal de Caballero 

Diego (excited, to Lily): Are you saying that there could be a third kanay that did this?

The Abyss

Diego to Maddie: What's gotten into you? Whatever it is I like it.

The Truth About Kanays

Diego (to Maddie about the witch-kanay feud): We can't change the past, but we can make the future better.

New Witch Order 

Diego (to Mia): Whoo! All that electricity woke me right up.

Diego's Wipedown 

Diego (to Maddie, about her): Nobody messes with my girl, Chosen One or not.

Stop Emma 

Diego (to Andi, about seltzer): What? It's soda's slightly healthier little brother.

A Girl's Sacrifice 

Diego (to Liana): Hey! I gave her that sweater!
Diego (to Andi, as she leaves for the academy): You're the best.


  • Diego is on The Sharks Swim Team.
  • As said in his bio, he is the son of fire.
  • Diego has special powers.
  • He can control the elements.
  • He can control wind, ice and fire and he can also make portals
  • He hates studying.
  • He is a Churi Kanay.
  • He is dating Maddie Van Pelt.
  • He is very sweet, loyal and kind.
  • He is the American counterpart of Diego Forlan.
  • He is portrayed by Tyler Alvarez.
  • Diego believed that he is the last living Kanay until he met Mia.
  • Coach Julio used to help him with his magic.
  • He misses Mac.
  • He likes onions.
  • Diego learned more about Kanays and himself in Season 3 with the help of Maddie.
  • Diego and Maddie will try to repair the relationship between witches and Kanay in Breaking All the Rules.
  • He unwillingly became a Kanay servant to Mia in Season 3, however she frees him in the Season 3 finale.
  • He is allergic to guinea pigs.
  • His gesture his showing his kanay marking then using his powers.


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