Juan is a resident of Sherwood Forest and one of the Merry Men. He is 1st-generation Mexican-American and the younger brother of Stout and Lester, all of whom act in harmony as street thieves in and outside of the ranks of the Merry Men. Juan's father died at some point prior to meeting Robin Hood, leaving him and his brothers to care for their widowed mother, who they are close to and deeply respect. Like his brothers, Juan was raised a devout Catholic and while he does not attend service on regular basis, he observes major holidays and services at Friar Tuck 's church.