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- "I have had a hard life. Yeah, I know. "Who hasn't?", right? But I mean before all this. My dad left when I was young... which sucked... a lot. Later, when I was ten, my mom remarried, and the guy brought my evil step-brother with him. He was pretty much an adult already. So suddenly there were these two men just moving in with my mom and me. Things got worse from there. I wasn't what you'd call a model child. I acted up, I acted out. You name it, I did it. Having a new step-dad with all kinds of new, messed-up rules didn't help. I got punished a lot. But not your typical... They worked together, my new step family. Both of them... they'd tie me up, lock me in a... closet. They'd leave me in there for hours... sometimes... I'd pee my pants. That'd just make them more mad. They'd take turns beating me. When one got tired, the other one would jump in. My mom, she didn't seem to care... she was just happy she wasn't alone anymore. I don't mind being alone. So that was my life... my whole life, until all this happened... which is worse, I'll admit. It changes things, growing up like that. When most people see a man... I see an evil monster. Long before people were actually dying and coming back as monsters. It was hard with you... seeing you as something not evil... but in that moment after we'd killed all those dead, you were a hero. So...because that was my life for so long... I don't let the darkness into my life if I can help it. That's why I'm so cheerful... if I'm happy, it seems make others chill out a little and... be happy. That's why I can't be here for this. If things get bad... or seem like they're going to get bad... I'm not like my mom. I'd rather just be alone."
- —Juanita saying goodbye to Mercer.[src]
Juanita Sanchez, more commonly known as "Princess" or "Princess of Pittsburgh", is a character first encountered in Issue 171 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. She is a somewhat silly and good natured lone survivor living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone after being brought back to the community by Eugene's group.
As she hasn't had much interaction with other people for some time, Juanita comes off as awkward to the scavenger group. She admits that she's a 'little loopy from not being around people for so long', even questioning at first if they were actually real or just hallucinations. Regardless, Juanita is open to try and build trust with the survivors.
Juanita comes off as extremely talkative and easy-going. She is willing to make jokes despite being outnumbered and having guns pointed at her. One of these jokes almost gets her killed, acting as if she brought the Survivors' horses to a group of people waiting at her building, which she hysterically laughs off. She also admits that due to how she looks and dresses, it would be understandable how people would be hesitant to trust her. She admits that she was told she had a temper at some point, initially becoming angered at Michonne for asking if she was alone.
Juanita also appears to be very childish, as she dyed her hair purple and chose to wear a pink fur jacket and goggles, just for fun. She also gave herself a nickname, "Princess" and announces herself to be the Princess of Pittsburgh. She also states that being called a "Queen" would sound like she was older than she is. Regardless, she can be taken seriously in a combat and is able to mow down walkers easily.
It is later revealed that Juanita has a dark past, and displays a cheerful personality to keep the darkness out.
Juanita had a rather troubled childhood, with her father leaving when she was young and her mother remarrying soon after. Juanita often acted out, and was abused by her stepfather and stepbrother, who would punish her by tying her up and locking her in a closet for hours, and would also take turns beating her. She used to work at a coffee shop and a record store.
Juanita meets up with the scavenge team as they traverse through Pittsburgh and is happy to see them since last time she saw people was over a year ago. After introductions, Juanita offers to travel with them but Michonne says no due to neither side knowing what the other is capable of.
After the survivors reach her place, Juanita yells that they have arrived to the house. Michonne points a gun at her telling not to move, but Juanita starts to laugh and tells them she was just kidding. She then invites everyone inside.
While the group debates letting Juanita tag along with them, she emerges out of the building with a giant spear which she proudly displays. When asked if she can give back her gun, Michonne declines; Juanita shrugs it off, stating she has others.
The group continue to travel through Pittsburgh on their way to Ohio.
During their journey the need to pause and eliminate a group of walkers that have slowly gained on them. Michonne finally allows Juanita to join her in taking out some walkers, much to the latter's excitement. When the pair are finished, Yumiko blurts out to the group that her and Magna are gay. Michonne offers a confused congratulation while Eugene and Siddiq say they already knew. Juanita beams with approval and states that she had friends once who were lesbians who happened to throw wild parties. The group then continue on to Ohio, once they arrive they are found by The Commonwealth.
When first meeting The Commonwealth, Juanita makes jokes about their uniforms. Juanita along with the group met and are questioned by Lance Hornsby, who takes them back to The Commonwealth. Juanita is amazed when she first sees The Commonwealth
Juanita along with the group later met Sebastian Milton who slyly offers to take Yumiko on a private tour, leading Yumiko to rebuff his advances. This causes Sebastian to get rough with Yumiko, shoving Magna to the ground in the process. Enraged Juanita defends her newly found friends. Mercer intervenes, Sebastian demands her arrest, to no avail. He then let's Juanita and the rest know that he will have them banished if they don't know their place.
After this the group convene in Elodies apartment, the system of The Commonwealth comes up as a topic on conversation and Juanita likens the system to a video game and, approves of it. This however prompts Magna's indignation. After, Juanita joins Eugene, Siddiq and Stephanie to eat at a local cafe, they join the rest of the group to see a football game held in the stadium of The Commonwealth. Later she accompanies Eugene, Magna, Siddiq and Yumiko on the way to Alexandria. Juanita expresses her excitement to meet Rick and see The Hilltop. While passing through Pittsburgh she tells Eugene she might miss it.
After arriving at Alexandria, Juanita excitedly jumps off her horse greeting Rick. Rick welcomes her to Alexandria before politely asking her to leave so Pamela and him can talk. She obliges and walks away whistling.
This list shows the victims Juanita has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
Juanita and Michonne have a stable relationship. At first it starts out very cautious with them not trusting each other, but as time goes on from their journey to the Commonwealth they begin to trust each other.
Eugene and a steady relationship. He was the first one to suggest the idea that she join along with him on the journey to the Commonwealth.
Juanita and Magna have a good relationship. She was thrilled when she finds out that Magna is a lesbian. When Sebastian attacks Magna, Juanita rushes to her side to defend her.
Juanita and Yumiko have a good relationship. She was thrilled when she finds out that Yumiko is a lesbian. When Sebastian attacks Yumiko, Juanita rushes to her side to defend her.
Juanita and Siddiq seem to have an okay relationship. They haven't interacted much with each other, but seem to have mutual respect for each other.
Juanita and Sebastian have a very poor relationship. After he attacks Yumiko, Juanita points her spear at him threatening to use it on him.
Juanita seems to have developed a crush on Mercer, going as far to kiss him after he saves her from a herd of zombies.
Later on, after arriving at the Commonwealth, Juanita and Mercer have sex. Their conversation afterwards shows they feel something for eachother. Mercer mentions that he really likes listening to Juanita talk and that it's definitely not a casual thing. They kiss and Juanita says that her life is getting better every day now, to which Mercer smiles happily in response.
Juanita and Carl have a good relationship.
- Juanita is one of the many characters given a nickname. She prefers being called "Princess" because she does not like her actual name.
- Juanita mentions she hadn't seen a living person for almost a year before finding Eugene's group.