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Daphne Paloma Vasquez
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Basic Information
Birth Name Daphne Paloma Vasquez
Age 19
Gender Female
Birthdate October 22, 1995
Ethnicity Caucasian; 1/8 Italian, (Culturally) Puerto Rican
  • High school student, basketball player, and field hockey player at
    Carlton School for the Deaf
  • Cooking class at
    Buckner Hall
  • Receptionist at
    Kennish Car Wash
  • Kitchen employee at
    Maize Restaurant
  • Founder of Occupy Carlton
  • Intern at
    State Senate
  • Status Single
    Family Members
    Parents Kathryn Kennish (biological mother)
    John Kennish (biological father)
    Regina Vasquez (legal mother)
    Angelo Sorrento (legal father)†
    Grandparents Bonnie Tamblyn-Dixon (biological maternal grandmother)
    Bill Kennish (biological paternal grandfather)
    Adrianna Vasquez (legal maternal grandmother)
    Daniel Vasquez (legal maternal grandfather)
    Siblings Toby Kennish (biological brother)
    Nikki (former sister-in-law)
    Bay Kennish (legal sister)
    Uncles & Aunts Unnamed Uncle in Toledo
    Other Relatives Felicia (legal second cousin once removed)
    carlton Summers-Kennish (nephew)
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    Portrayed by Katie Leclerc
    First appearance This Is Not a Pipe
    Latest appearance And Always Searching for Beauty

    Daphne Paloma Vasquez was born in the early morning of October 22, 1995 to biological parents Kathryn Kennish and John Kennish but was raised by Regina Vasquez and Adrianna Vasquez in a working class neighborhood where Regina worked as a hairdresser. Daphne lost her hearing after getting meningitis at the age of three. Daphne has been best friends with Emmett Bledsoe since age eight. It is mentioned in an early episode that Daphne was being teased due to her deafness and Emmett defended her and took her to his mother's house where Melody Bledsoe comforted her and met Regina. Melody became a major support to Regina in submerging Daphne in deaf culture and helped Regina learn ASL. Daphne is a couple of minutes younger than Bay Kennish.


    Daphne and Regina Vasquez were living in the neighborhood of East Riverside when they were contacted by the hospital Regina gave birth in and told that they were being sought out by the Kennish family because they wanted to meet their biological daughter who was switched at birth with the one they had been raising: Bay Kennish. Daphne encourages Regina to "be nice" to the Kennishes, whom she immediately bonds with to the chagrin of Bay. On more than one occasion we see that Daphne has inherited her father's athleticism, which pleases John when he comes to her basketball practice. John pulls Daphne aside and suggests that she leave Carlton School for the Deaf to go to the school the Kennish children attend. Daphne politely refuses but finally agrees to take a tour of Buckner Hall where she meets Bay's ex-boyfriend Liam Lupo. John urges Daphne not to tell Regina because of a fight they had had earlier that morning about getting Daphne a cochlear implant, which could let her hear again. After finding out that Daphne's mother is in financial trouble, the Kennishes invite Regina and Daphne to move into their guest house, which they accept. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities.

    After that, the Kennishes start to argue with Regina about her parenting decisions, especially Daphne getting a ride from Emmett on his motorcycle.  In The Persistence of Memory, Kathryn Kennish notices Daphne's talent for cooking and suggests she take the advanced cooking classes offered at Buckner Hall where she inadvertently causes the classroom to catch on fire because she cannot hear the warning bell, but Wilke helped her and also stood up for her. Daphne and her cooking partner Wilke begin to form a friendship after he pulls her out of the path of an oncoming car, and he becomes one of her main support systems. When Bay and Emmett start dating, Daphne constantly tells Bay that she's not right for Emmett. Daphne feels betrayed when she discovers that her mother's ex, Angelo, wishes to connect with his biological daughter Bay and not her, as Daphne is doing with her biological family.

    In The Declaration of Independence Daphne struggles to decipher Jeff's signals.

    In We Are the Kraken of Our Own Sinking Ships Chef Jeff ended his affair with Melody and made out with Daphne again before working hours.Daphne's co-worker Scuba realized there was something going on between her and Chef Scuba asked her to cover for his mistakenly over cooked shrimp. When Daphne refused, Scuba told all of his co-workers about chef Jeff and Daphne's relationship.

    In The Trial, Daphne and Jeff been hanging out a lot more. Daphne later reveals to Bay that she was about to take the next step with Jeff and to Bay's surprise, it wouldn't have been her first time. Daphne is also surprised Bay is still a virgin. Melody confronts Daphne about her relationship with Jeff, but Daphne is conviced that she was just jealous of them. Jeff begins to have doubts about him and Daphne's relationship but Daphne goes to his home and the two end up having sex. After word gets to the owner about Daphne and Jeff's relationship, Daphne quits her job so they could be together, but Jeff breaks it off to her.

    In Dressing for the Charade, Daphne gets the truth from Travis's mother regarding his so called problems at home.

    In The Acquired Inability to Escape, Daphne takes on more then she can handle while venturing into new territory.

    In Drive in the Knife, Daphne breaks up with Travis. Afterwards, the police find the man who robbed the food truck and Travis lies when he's asked to ID the man at the police station.

    In Mother and Child Divided, Daphne meets a boy named Jace who works at the Coffee Booth at the Senator Kennish Office.

    In The Good Samaritan", Daphne gets introduced to Geocatching.

    In He Did What He Wanted, Daphne getting mixed signals from Jace.

    In The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living", Daphne's torn between her family and Jace.

    In As The Shadows Deepen, Daphne's looking for a job and finds out that Jeff is back and he's getting married. In Departure Of Summer", Daphne now faces at worst,felony blackmail charge and could wind up behind bars. John and Kathryn are willing to pay the $50,000 to Coto wants to be quiet,but Daphne being Daphne,she can't stand for the sleaze get away with what he'd done.Daphne goes to Jace and ask him to publish her side of the story on his blog. knowing full well it'll probebly get Jace deported and herself locked up.

    In Drowning Girl, Daphne begins serving a community service sentence at the clinic. There she meets her supervisor, Jorge, and Campbell, the survivor of an athletic accident.

    In Your Body Is a Battleground, Daphne wrongfully releases a patient from the clinic, but receives Campbell's help searching. Meanwhile, she recruits Sharee for the new field hockey team. 

    In Fountain, Daphne and Sharee land in detention and miss the first field hockey game of the season.

    In It Hurts to Wait With Love if Love is Somewhere Else,  Jorge's sister chastises Daphne about the blackmailing incident, causing Daphne to leave the family barbacue she was attending. Daphne kisses both Jorge, and the recently-single Campbell.

    In Have You Really the Courage?, Daphne and Regina are worried about Sharee's home life.

    In The Scream, Daphne throws Campbell a 21st birthday party. His feelings for her make things awkward, since she is now dating Jorge.

    In Memory is Your Image of Perfection, Sharee takes her mentally ill mother to the clinic at Daphne's suggestion, but Daphne must act quickly when the attending doctor is stabbed.

    In Dance Me to the End of Love, Daphne's actions in the last episode lead to a possible interest in studying medicine.

    In The Past (Forgotten-Swallowed), Daphne is invited to a clinic fundraiser. She finds herself the object of both Jorge and Campbell's affections.

    In The Ambush, Daphne prepares for the field hockey game, while trying to decide between Jorge and Campbell.

    In Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows, Daphne faces someone from the past, the man who harassed her on her food truck.

    In Love Among the Ruins, Daphne and Bay look to track down the studio vandal. Meanwhile, Daphne asks Angelo to move into the guest house.

    In Like a Snowball Down a Mountain, Daphne receives a new opportunity at the clinic.

    In Oh, Future, Daphne interviews for a scholarship, while Kathryn, Regina, and John argue over who will fund her higher education.

    In And We Bring the Light,

    In The Image Disappears,

    In Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone),

    In It Isn't What You Think,

    In You Will Not Escape,

    In Girl on the Cliff,

    In And Life Begins Right Away,

    In Yuletide Fortune Tellers,

    Physical Appearance and Personality

    Daphne has long, straight strawberry blonde hair, and green eyes. Daphne is very attractive and beautiful. She is 5'4", and loves basketball, she won a basketball tournament for Carlton due to two free point shots. She is always happy and optimistic. She is proud to be deaf, and always fights for what she believes in, she considerably honest and very confident. She looks very much like her biological mother Kathryn. She has stolen $5,000 from her biological parents, and $47 from a wallet she found in Maui, Kansas. She knew whose it was as she met the guy earlier that day and disrespected her over her deafness, both times she’d stolen were for selfless purposes and didn't keep the money for herself, in fact she returned the $5,000 and told her parents the truth.


    • Daphne grew up in East Riverside and was raised under Puerto Rican/Latina culture.
    • Daphne went completely deaf when she was 3 years old due to meningitis.
    • Daphne's mother Regina Vasquez knew Daphne was switched with another baby girl and kept it a secret for 13 years until the girls were 16.
    • Daphne's dad Angelo Sorrento left her when she went deaf because he knew she wasn't his biological daughter.
    • Had she and Bay Kennish not been switched at birth, Daphne would have never went deaf. Had John and Kathryn adopted her at the age of 3 she would have gotten the cochlear implant. Either way she would have been a snobby, spoiled rich girl in contrast to her kind hearted outgoing down to Earth personality.
    • She is very athletic, playing basketball and field hockey.
    • Daphne is very vocal for a deaf person.
    • She blackmailed a state senator when she was 17, alongside her British boyfriend.
    • She also sabotaged city property on her mother's Riverside project with another boy a year later.
    • Daphne did cocaine once before college.
    • Wants to be a doctor, used to want to be a chef.
    • Dated her boss during junior year while he was an engaged adult.

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    Liam Lupo (ex-boyfriend)

    Wilke Wilkerson (ex-boyfriend)

    Jeff Reycraft (ex-boyfriend) 

    • Break Up: Street Noises Invade the House (1x30)
      • Reason: Jeff felt that their relationship was inappropriate because of the age difference, but Daphne didn't want to abandon the relationship, so they stayed a couple until Daphne's friend Scuba, upset about Jeff firing him, reported that Daphne and Jeff were dating.

    Travis Barnes (kissed)

    • Break Up: Drive in the Knife (2x07)
      • Reason: Daphne was drawn to Travis and kissed him, but told Travis it was a mistake.

    Noah (Kissed)

    Jace (ex-boyfriend)

    • Start Up: The Good Samaritan (2x13)
    • Break Up: What goes Up Must Come Down (2x19)
      • Reason: Jace wanted to find out the truth about what  Chip Coto is doing by spying on him and posting stuff online and Daphne told him she was sick of lying to everyone about what they are doing; so Jace told her he's done with her.

    Jorge (ex-boyfriend)

    • Start Up: Have You Really the Courage? (3x05)
    • Break Up: The Ambush (3x10)
      • Reason: After much deliberation over whether to choose Jorge or Campbell, after discussing the issue with Kathryn, Daphne finally chooses Campbell over Jorge.

    Campbell (ex-boyfriend)

    • Start Up: The Ambush (3x10)
    • Break Up: Like a Snowball Down a Mountain (3x13)
      • Reason: Campbell got a new job across town. This plus the fact that he believed he would be to busy to see Daphne caused their break up.

    Nacho (fling)

    Emmett is Daphne's best friend. They have known each other for a long time and it was Emmett who first introduced her to the deaf world.

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    • Daphne Vasquez

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      • Yeah. I sometimes feel frustrated with Daphne, but I'm attention to her character development. I love the fact that Bay is definitely chan...
      • yeah i think she would benefit from therapy. she is the one who got the short end of the stick with the switch. so i could see how she wo...

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