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Life Lessons: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Part one brought you the wonderful Amy Santiago. Part two brings you the bomb-ass Rosa Diaz.


Rosa Diaz

Sergeant Jeffords: It feels like you’re being a little harsh.
Rosa: Thanks, good note. I was going for extremely harsh. I’ll turn it up.


Amy: Rosa is even wearing her formal leather jacket.
Rosa: It’s the one without any blood on it.

Rosa is the inventor of what shall hereby forever be known as Resting Fierce Face. Rosa has zero fucks to give and zero time for your crap. Give her a reason to, and she’ll kick your butt. That’s kind of the thing about her though. You have to give her a reason. If you hurt someone she loves, or maybe you ate her ice cream that one time, be prepared to say a friendly hello to her knuckles. She’s scary as hell and keeps her life a closely guarded secret – you ain’t gonna see any FB drama or brunch pics from this girl. Rosa bucks the “emotional, hysterical female” trope with absolute perfection. The closest she comes to losing her shit is when she breaks up with her boyfriend and sheds approx. 6 tears. So she doesn’t do empathy very well, but so what? Not everyone does, and there’s room for all types of people on this planet. Besides, there’s only one thing you need to know about Rosa – she may not be the best and giving you a shoulder to cry on, but she’s got your back.

Rosa: We work in a police force full of dudes. We got to have each other’s backs, okay?
Amy: You’re saying you have my back?
Rosa: Yeah, I got your back. Don’t smile. I’m still mad at you.
Amy: I thought we were having a moment.
Rosa: Moment’s over. Shut up.


Independent is her middle name. It should be, anyway. Rosa doesn’t rely on anyone else to make her feel validated, loved or safe. She knows she’s shit hot at her job, she doesn’t need anyone to tell her. She’s an advocate of every woman owning an axe – I think that’s for practical reasons as well as safety…right? Sure, her schtick is that she’s a tough girl, but she’s also smart AF. Rosa is just as good at her job as Amy, but in a totally different way. Rosa shows us that even if you don’t go about things in a conventional way, you can still get the job done. With fucking bells on it. Maybe a few spots of blood too.

The take-away:

  • Be a badass.
  • If you’re not that emotional, it doesn’t make you any less of a woman.
  • Want to keep your personal life personal? That’s cool. FB and Snapchat isn’t for everyone, don’t feel like you have to because everyone else is.
  • Just because you don’t do things the way everyone else does, doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.
  • You can be tough and supportive and feisty and caring. You don’t have to pick.
  • Leather jackets will always make you feel like you can take on the world.

2 thoughts on “Life Lessons: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  1. Another awesome B99 post. I have always loved that Rosa’s a badass but does occasionally show some emotion: she falls in love, she tears up. But she can still be the toughest person in the room at any moment. Every character is so amazing and multifaceted. Again, thanks for this series, I’m loving it.
    Oh hey, I also nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award (because I am majorly digging your blog), check it out, here:

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