Tyler: "These are thousand dollar cameras--"
Montgomery: "Oh yeah, and I'll break 'em on your face."
―  Montgomery to Tyler[src]


Montgomery "Monty" de la Cruz was a recurring character in the first and second seasons and a main character in the third and fourth season of 13 Reasons Why, serving as the secondary antagonist of the series overall. He is portrayed by Timothy Granaderos.

Although he wasn't a major tape subject, Monty played a supporting role in spreading the rumor about Hannah Baker that Courtney Crimsen started.

He serves as a supporting antagonist in the first season, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Bryce Walker) of the second season, the main antagonist of the third season, and a posthumous antagonist in the fourth season.

Throughout the Series

Season 1

He was first seen playing video games with the other guys in Bryce's house.[1]

At the Winter Formal, he walked up to Courtney and asked if she and Hannah are up for some fun later, implying that he knows that it's them in the picture Tyler took. Courtney proceeded to tell Montgomery a secret, which threw Hannah under the bus and protected only Courtney. Montgomery then confronted Hannah and asked where her girlfriend was. He then explains the lie that Courtney told, which left her visibly pissed. She left to confront Courtney in the hallway, who was visibly upset and ashamed. Hannah angrily explained that she just wanted to be her friend. The lie Courtney told was that Hannah was dating the openly gay student, Laura. Hannah asked for a three-way and not only did Justin Foley finger Hannah, but that she also went down on him. That blew up her reputation and newly mended friendship with her.[2]

Montgomery sped through the road with Justin, to get to school and was stopped by Alex Standall, who he almost hit. The two got into a fight, which attracted a crowd of students, who watched and filmed. Mr. Porter then came to the scene to take them to the school for further consequences. After the school Honor Board had made their decision, Montgomery was sentenced to three days of suspension, while Alex was off the hook with only a warning.[3]

Season 2

5 months after Hannah's death, the trial against the Evergreen School District begun. Montgomery went to great lengths to send threatening messages and intimidating gestures to the witnesses that were to testify in court. This included: running Clay Jensen off the road, after he spotted him while he rode his bike late at night, sending a sex doll to Jessica Davis, a bullet and later a gun to Alex, leaving a dead rat in Zach Dempsey's gym bag, and vandalizing Tony Padilla's car to encourage them to keep quiet about Bryce's involvement in Hannah's death. He, along with three others, also ambushed and severely beat Clay in the locker room.

It is revealed, after Alex remembers, in a flashback that he and Alex were present at Bryce's house the night Hannah was raped. Monty looked through a window and witnessed the rape, while Alex played a game and could only hear sounds. Monty didn't alert Alex or do anything to stop it.[4]

After the groups' efforts to destroy Bryce and the jocks, it caused enough problems for the school to cancel the rest of the sports season, Montgomery and two other jocks got revenge and they assaulted Tyler Down, Monty took it further and sexually assaulted him via sodomization with a mop handle.[5]

Season 3

On the night of Bryce's murder, Monty has sex with Winston Williams, though he continues to insist he's not gay. He's eventually arrested for his assault on Tyler Down and stands up to his father for the first time, stating that while he may get beaten in prison, at least he won't be beaten by his own father. When his father demands to know if Monty's gay, he finally admits it and gets spit in the face by his father before the man leaves.

The group subsequently pins Bryce's murder on Monty to protect Alex Standall after being informed that Monty's dead, killed in his jail cell hours before. Though she's sorry that both Monty and Bryce are dead, Ani convinces Deputy Standall to let Monty take the fall as he and Bryce hurt a lot of people in their lives and they should "let the dead bury the dead." As a result, Clay Jensen is exonerated and most everyone believes Monty to be the culprit. Despite Monty's cruel behavior, he was mourned by Clay and his friends with Alex expressing sorrow after Zach Dempsey explained how they knew of his death. Winston is shown to be upset about Monty's death as well, knowing he was innocent since they were together at the time of the murder. Winston later angrily confronts Ani for framing Monty when they both know he's innocent, especially since Monty didn't deserve to die like he did.[6]

Personality

Montgomery seems to be naturally violent, as he gets into fights and squabbles easily. Fighting is almost a second nature to him probably because he has an extremely abusive father. He is an arrogant, selfish, and cruel person, who regularly hangs out with the likes of Bryce Walker, Zach Dempsey, and the other jocks. However, when it comes to Bryce, he has shown a psychotic devotion to him and will do whatever it takes to protect him, including orchestrating violent attacks and attempted murder. Monty is however proven homosexual when he has sex with Winston the night of Bryce's tragic death.

Montgomery, by all accounts, is a one-dimensional bully. He is often shown antagonizing and intimidating other students, such as when he taunts Hannah about the fabricated rumors about her or when he consistently attacks Tyler, often unprovoked.

In "Bye", the finale of Season 2. Monty shows just how cruel and depraved he can be, as he confronts Tyler Down in the boys' bathroom. There he smashes Tyler's head against a mirror, pummels his head on the sink, dunks his head into a toilet. He then has his two friends hold Tyler down, while Monty takes a broom shaft and brutally sodomizes him with it. Monty then leaves Tyler on the bathroom floor, hurt and bleeding.

In the second season, Monty is revealed to have an extremely abusive father. He is shown to sometimes run away from home to sleep under a certain bridge (which Scott knows about). He tells Alex that the reason he intimidated him and the others was that he couldn't stand to have Bryce and the jocks held responsible for Hannah's death despite their role in it, as they are his "family" and the only thing he has to protect him from his father. This is the only time where he is ever shown to have a human side to him. In the season finale, he has a cast on his arm, which Bryce believes is due to his father beating him. This shows that Montgomery, like Justin, comes from an abusive home, and releases his frustrations on other students weaker than himself, as it is the only way he knows how to release his emotions.

In the third season, we see Monty has changed little, though his violent tendencies have bordered on psychopathic. He shows no remorse for his rape of Tyler and continually mocks him for it, as well as mocking Justin for his drug addiction and Clay for being suspected in Bryce's murder. His actions become so extreme that even Bryce, as bad as he is, is shocked by Monty's actions. He does have some humanizing moments though, such as him mourning Bryce's death as well as the reveal of his homosexuality, which implies that his virulent and obsessive homophobia is a result of a deep-seated self-loathing. According to Ani Achola after his death, Monty did have some good qualities such as loyalty and fearlessness and he would stand up for his friends. Indeed, both Ani and Alex Standall are shown to mourn Monty despite his evil actions. Near the end of his life, he finally stood up to his father and admitted to being gay. Though he was told he'd get beaten in prison, which presumably led to his death, Monty's response was that at least it would be by someone other than his own father for once. However, the confrontation was shown to leave him emotional.

Physical Appearance

Montgomery is portrayed with a tall, strong, handsome appearance, with spiked up brown hair. He appears to have great physical strength.

Relationships

Bryce Walker

Bryce and Monty in "The Chalk Machine"

In Season 1, Bryce and Montgomery appear to be friends. They are shown together on numerous occasions. In particular, Montgomery is shown with Bryce, Justin, and Zach pushing Clay and Alex into a drinking contest, and later is at a party at Bryce's house. He and Bryce are seen together with other jocks at the winter formal, and they both, at some point, harass Hannah and Courtney over the kiss photo. He and Bryce both moon Tyler after Clay takes a photo of his ass. He is also at the party at Bryce's house when Justin calls Bryce a rapist. He and Bryce are later shown hitting baseballs together and discussing the next season, and the past. It appears, however, that Bryce does not trust him with everything. When Montgomery asks how Bryce injured his hand, Bryce lies and claims he punched the wall (he punched Clay Jensen). Later, when Montgomery and Tyler fight (which Montgomery initiated), Bryce breaks it up.

In Season 2, Montgomery is concerned about what could happen to Bryce as a result of the trial. Bryce simply reassures him that everything will be fine. They are shown together on the field and off it regularly throughout the season. However, Montgomery disregards Bryce's advice and takes matters into his own hands, threatening the tape subjects and Tony by leaving intimate objects and threatening notes in their lockers behind Bryce's back. It is also revealed that he saw Bryce rape Hannah, but did nothing, though he was far enough away to not see much, so he may have assumed the sex was consensual. He even uses Bryce's car to run Clay off the road and damages Tony's car. He is also shown to sometimes sleep under a bridge, which Bryce does not know about. When Bryce finds out that Montgomery is the one who threatened others on his behalf, he is disgusted, but still gives Montgomery his lawyer to make sure charges are not pressed, though he admits he only did this because Montgomery used his car, and he knows after the rape charges have been filed, no jury would believe he had no idea. After Montgomery wants to get revenge on Tyler for his actions despite Bryce's probation, Bryce becomes even more disgusted and ends their friendship, hurting Montgomery, which may have been a contributing factor to his assault on Tyler.

In Season 3, right before the Homecoming game, Monty is confronted by a reforming Bryce about Tyler's assault who threatens to tell the police about everything Monty did the year before if he doesn't leave Tyler alone from now on. Monty feels hurt and betrayed and threatens to kill Bryce as he's leaving the game. After Bryce's death, Monty mourns over him and has a hard time admitting to people that he loved him.

Tyler Down

Monty confronting Tyler in the bathroom

Montgomery and Tyler hate each other. Montgomery is sometimes shown slamming Tyler into walls through Season 1, never provoked. He also moons Tyler after a picture of the photographer's ass is shared throughout the school. Tyler eventually fights back, and at the end of the season, Montgomery's picture is shown on Tyler's photographic "hit list", implying Tyler may want to kill him in revenge for bullying him.

In Season 2, their relationship does not change. Montgomery is still a bully to Tyler, and Tyler still despises him. Tyler takes revenge on the entire team, by burning the field. After Tyler is caught, he is sent to a program to control his anger. When he returns, Montgomery confronts him, because his actions caused the season to be canceled. Tyler attempts to apologize for his actions, showing some regret, but Montgomery refuses, and beats him up, before sodomizing him with a mop.

In the third season, Monty keeps bullying and mocking Tyler over what happened. Eventually, Tyler reports Monty and he gets arrested for sexual assault in the first degree. After he is murdered by the other inmates, Tyler is aware that he is framed for Bryce's murder to protect Alex.

Clay Jensen

Clay confronting Monty about raping Tyler in "In High School, Even on a Good Day, It's Hard to Tell Who's on Your Side"

In Season 1, Montgomery and Clay appear to be mere acquaintances who don't interact at all unless brought together by circumstance. Montgomery accompanies Bryce, Justin and Zach to push Clay into a drinking contest with Alex, and afterward, he waves Clay off when he leaves. In a flashback, it is shown that Montgomery harassed Hannah over the picture in front of Clay, and afterward, called him Cory, showing he does not even bother to learn Clay's name. After he nearly hits Alex with his car, Clay is among the honor board that suspends Montgomery for three days.

In Season 2, Montgomery again calls Clay "Cory" before being corrected by Bryce. Though it is unknown at the time, he is the one who runs Clay off the road, and later he and three other jocks beat Clay up in the locker room in an attempt to silence him. After finding out that Montgomery is the one intimidating them, Clay is among the group of male students that force him to give the polaroids back, though it turns out he doesn't have them.

In Season 3, they are enemies. Montgomery frequently states his belief that Clay killed Bryce, and seems to despise him. When Clay confronts him at his house, Montgomery is disgusted that Clay even thinks he could have murdered Bryce. After Tyler tells Clay about his rape, Clay confronts Montgomery, who is unfazed. Montgomery continually taunts others by suggesting Clay's guilt following this. After Montgomery is killed in prison, Clay helps frame him for Bryce's murder to protect Alex.

Alex Standall

Monty and Alex playing video games at Bryce's house in "Bryce and Chloe"

In Season 1, Alex and Montgomery had a slight friendship. Montgomery is shown pushing Alex into a drinking contest and later playing video games with him at Bryce's house, which Alex wins. However, he later nearly hits Alex with his car and laughs. After he and Alex get into a fight because of this, he blames Alex for it. He is suspended, while Alex is not. This appears to end any friendship they had. He and Alex are later both shown at the party at Bryce's house where Justin admits Bryce raped Jessica, though they do not interact. Later, Alex stops Montgomery from antagonizing Tyler and brings up his recently ended suspension, which Montgomery does not take kindly to.

In Season 2, they are no longer friends. He even intimidates Alex away from testifying by sending him a target, a gun, and a bullet. It is also revealed that he and Alex played video games at Bryce's house the night Hannah was raped, and he saw it, but did nothing and told Alex it was nothing to worry about. Alex confronted him about this later, and he warned Alex to shut up, refusing to take responsibility for his actions. During the fight between the jocks and other boys, Alex hits Montgomery with his cane when he attacks Zach, and after Montgomery retaliates, Alex tells him he will go to jail. Alex later figures out Montgomery was the one intimidating them and is among the group that confronts him, even threatening him with a gun and going with him to get the polaroids. When Montgomery is revealed to not have the polaroids, he calls Alex's bluff on shooting him and escapes with the gun, leaving Alex stranded. Alex is presumably the one who told the police what Montgomery did, as his father asks Montgomery about the gun when he is questioned. After Monty's death, Alex expresses sorrow.

Scott Reed

Scott and Monty carrying Bryce on their shoulders in "Bryce and Chloe"

Scott and Montgomery appeared to be friends in Season 2. They are often shown hanging out, and Scott even knows about Montgomery sometimes sleeping somewhere other than his house and keeps his word not to tell Bryce about it. However, after Scott finds out from others that Montgomery is threatening them, he tells them about the place under the bridge and helps them intimidate him into giving the polaroids back, which shocks Montgomery. Before this, he tries to get Montgomery to understand that they have been protecting Bryce, the rapist, for long enough, though Montgomery does not appear to agree. It is unknown how their relationship continues after this, as they are not seen together again after this.

Winston Williams

Winston and Monty kissing in "Nobody's Clean"

Winston Williams is a student at Hillcrest, as well as Montgomery's secret lover. The two met after Bryce invited Monty to a Hillcrest party, where Monty wandered into a bedroom while looking for a bathroom. Noticing Monty's attraction to him, Winston proceeded to kiss him. Despite initially recoiling, Montgomery soon initiates a rather violent hook-up with Winston. However, after Winston tries to talk to him again, Monty beats him up, and Bryce is forced to pay off Winston.

The two meet again after the Homecoming game. After confronting Bryce, Monty notices Winston taking pictures and apologizes for attacking him. The two have sex at the time of Bryce's murder. Winston is possibly the only person Montgomery shows a kinder and more humanizing side to, and Winston is also possibly the only person to show acceptance to Montgomery. After Montgomery denies being gay, Winston kindly tells him that he can be whatever he wants to be. Later, when Montgomery is wrongfully accused of murdering Bryce after dying in his cell, Winston goes so far as to confront Ani and defend Montgomery.

After learning the truth about Bryce's murder, Winston tells Alex that he had loved Monty and felt like he truly understood him. However, due to his love for Alex, he chooses not to reveal the truth.

Mr. de la Cruz

Mr. de la Cruz visiting Monty in jail in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"

Little was fully know about Monty's personal life until in season two when Monty and Bryce slowly starting to hint to his toxic environment at home. In a few episodes, Monty hints how Bryce and the team mean everything to him since he doesn't have that at home. Eventually, it is shown and hinted that Monty's father is abusive. As shown when Monty explains the bruise on his face was his father coming at him with a hammer. and when Monty wants to go after Tyler, Bryce points to Montgomery's cast and says "Clearly your father didn't beat you hard enough, 'cause you're still a fucking idiot."

In the third season, Monty's father was shown for the first time when Clay and Ani follow Monty to his house. Mr. de la Cruz was looking for Monty so he could beat him until he spots the two and collapses drunk. Monty Later walks out of the house holding a nightstick covered in both his and his father's blood. Later appearances from Mr. de la Cruz hint at his homophobia like when he questions Monty about where he was the weekend after Homecoming, Monty answers he was with Charlie, Mr. de la Cruz walks away disgusted. Finally, after Monty is incarcerated, Mr. de la Cruz visits his son disgusted less of the crime committed, and focuses more on the target victim being a boy. The last interaction seen between the two is when Mr. de la Cruz questions Monty's sexuality and Monty comes out to his father, Mr. de la Cruz spits in his son's face and leaves.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Quotes

If I sell out Bryce or lie, either way, my whole life falls apart. I got no one else on my side. I can't run home. That team's my home. Going to playoffs, winning state, being an athlete, that's not about fun for me. It's about survival. It's all I got. It's everything. So you wanna shoot me? Shoot me.
— Monty to Alex[src]

Ty, nothing happened to you that hasn't happened to a hundred guys.
— Monty when confronted by Tyler about his rape[src]
Jessica: "What's your deal? Why do you hurt people?"
Monty: "(chuckles) Is this about football?"
Jessica: "No, it's about you."
―  Jessica to Monty about his attack on Tyler.[src]
Monty: "I'm not fucking gay."
Winston: "Okay. Cool. You can be whatever you want to be."
Monty: "No. I can't."
―  Monty to Winston after having sex[src]

Trivia

  • Montgomery's arch-enemy was Tyler Down, he constantly bullied Tyler to different extents and never showed remorse for anything he did to Tyler. It seemed like out of everyone on the tapes, Tyler was the one he hated the most.
  • He is a rapist: in "Bye", he takes his hatred for Tyler to an extreme extent and assaults and brutally sodomizes Tyler with the handle of a mop. He walks out leaving him half-naked and bleeding on the floor.
    • This scene caused controversy over being 'too graphic' and 'taking it too far'.
  • Montgomery is not mentioned by name in the book.
  • His hideaway is called a 'Hobo-hotel' for when his dad got to be too much.
  • He is revealed to be the one who was intimidating many of the people that were testifying. Most of the messages he left were written with red paint.
    • He painted on Tyler's pictures and had 'you ain't seen shit' written on it.
    • He hung a sex doll with 'slut' written on it in front of Jessica's house.
    • He left a note in Jessica's locker that said 'keep your fucking mouth shut'.
    • He made a mess of a classroom.
    • He sent Alex a note with a picture of a target and the text 'Better luck next time' on it.
    • He almost drove Clay on his bike off the road.
    • He set the sign-in Marcus' yard on fire.
    • He put a dead rat in Zach's sports bag.
    • He threw a brick through Mr. Porter's car window with a paper around it that said 'know your place'.
    • He broke into the Jensens' house and stole Justin's gun.
    • He put pictures of Zach's sister in Zach's locker.
    • He destroyed Tony's car.
    • He broke into and vandalized the Baker's Drug Store.
    • He sent Alex the gun he had stolen with a note that read 'How could you live with yourself?'.
    • He followed Clay and Justin when they drove away from Bryce's house.
    • He left Justin a death threat on Clay's car.
  • It's revealed in Season 3 that Monty was in the closet as gay, confirming him as one of the recurring/main characters to be LGBT. The others being Tony, Ryan, Courtney, Caleb, Brad, Alex, Charlie, and Winston. However, Monty refused to come out due to his homophobic beliefs and family.
  • Despite Monty's horrible actions and pain he caused to many of the characters some fans believe he didn't deserve to be framed for a murder he didn't commit and feel that the show betrayed it's vaules by covering up the truth of Bryce's death making it one of the shows most controversial decision's.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Montgomery de la Cruz
See also: Category:Images of Hallucination Monty

References

  1. Son, Diana (writer) & Shaver, Helen (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 2, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 3. Netflix.
  2. Bicknell, Julia (writer) & Alvarez, Kyle Patrick (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 3, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 5. Netflix.
  3. Benjamin, Elizabeth (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 4, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 7. Netflix.
  4. Cerar, Jo Marissa & Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director). (May 18, 2018). "Bryce and Chloe". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 11.
  5. Tyler, Hayley (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director). (May 18, 2018). "Bye". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 13.
  6. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Kretchmer, John T. (director). (August 23, 2019). "Let the Dead Bury the Dead". 13 Reasons Why. Season 3. Episode 13.
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