Maricela Melena Gutierrez is the daughter of the mayor of Miradero, and a classmate of the PALs. She is stuck up, snooty, and ladylike at the beginning but eventually warms to Lucky and the PALs despite their differences.
Maricela hoped for to find a friend in Lucky when Lucky first moved back to Miradero, but Lucky found Maricela pretentious, and Maricela was disappointed by Lucky's attraction to horses–and her connection to Pru and Abigail, local girls Maricela deemed unrefined and unworthy of friendship.
Maricela and Lucky became friends when they were paired as booth partners for the school bazaar, but Lucky was turned off by Maricela's competitiveness and willingness to do anything–even cheat–to win Student of the Month.
Throughout the day of the fiesta, Maricela competed with Lucky for attention from the trick rider Javier (even trying to impress him with her fluency in Spanish), and after disposing of Lucky from the festivities by embarrassing her, then competed with Pru on the singing stage.
On the night of Turo's Harvest Hunt, Maricela announced (to the indifference of everyone else) that she had given up her pursuit of Javier's affections in favor of Lucky's cousin Julian. She joined the girls' team (suggesting a rename of the "PALs" to the "PALMs" to include herself) but was more hindrance than help in winning the competition.
When Miradero was overcome with frontier flu, Maricela joined Lucky on a mission to discover the fate of a waylaid train that was supposed to deliver vital medicine. Maricela began to get along with Lucky, and even to develop a respect for, if not a fondness of, Junipero. Maricela saved Lucky's life by ringing the bell of the church to guide Lucky and Spirit back to town in the blizzard. They became closer friends after that.
Over the summer, while the PALs joined El Circo Dos Grillos, Maricela acquired a bicycle, and took a liking to Turo. With her bike, she became a nuisance to the PALs, following them everywhere, and again referring to them as the "PALMs".
The following Halloween, Maricela assisted Turo in orchestrating a prank on the PALs in Miner's Grove. She impersonated the ghost of Sadie Crouthers, scaring Lucky and her friends, and all of them had a laugh.
- "Careful, or you'll end up covered in mud and smelling like a stable, although most of the kids in this town prefer it that way."
- "She was being polite." [Lucky being questioned why petting the horses]
- "They're dirty, smelly animals, and their horses aren't much better." [Insulting Pru, Abigail, Boomerang, and ChicaLinda
- "A hot fudge sundae with extra ice cream, extra fudge, extra nuts, and extra, extra whip cream. And five cherries. De-stemmed...Mmm! I'm going to need a second one."
- "Stupid outdoors!"
- "Now you will be my guests for all eternity!"
- Maricela: "My beautiful hair!"
Snips: "My beautiful ice cream!" [Said multiple times (twice).]
- "I, Maricela Melena Gutierrez...am purple!" (Maricela pranked for April Fool's Day.)
- "But now that we've had our fun, never...ever...do that to me again." (Maricela, terrifying.)
Maricela sings a number of vocal warmups and songs, including "O Frontier, Thou Art My Father", "My Lady Left Me and Now I'm Blue", "Smile", and even her own spin on the chorus to "Riding Free".
Notes & trivia
- She shares many similarities with Carmelita Spats from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Although, unlike Carmelita, Maricela showed many redeeming qualities (which Carmelita lacks) and has become a true friend towards the protagonists.
- Maricela's surname, Gutierrez, was given in books before it was finally referenced on the show, along with her middle name, in "Lucky and the Jam Jam".
- Maricela saved Lucky by ringing the church bell; Lucky saved Maricela by ringing her bicycle bell.
Behind the scenes
Maricela is voiced by Darcy Rose Byrnes.
- "Lucky and the Unbreakable Spirit"
- "Lucky and the Competition Conundrum"
- "Lucky and the Cowboy Next Door"
- "Lucky and the Harvest Hunt"
- "Lucky and the Deadly Blizzard"
- "Lucky and the Two-Wheeled Terror"
- "Lucky and the Ghostly Gotcha!"
- "Lucky and the New Frontier"
- "Lucky and the Not-So-Secret Surprise"
- "Lucky and the Patchwork Plan"
- Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins
- Spirit Riding Free: Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero