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George "Pornstache" Mendez is a former Corrections Officer at Litchfield Penitentiary and a former inmate at a men's maximum security prison, and is currently out on probation. He serves as the tertiary antagonist of Season One and a supporting antagonist in Season Two. He is portrayed by Pablo Schreiber

Physical Appearance[]

Mendez is a tall man with short dark hair and an unforgettable moustache, hence the nickname "Pornstache." His paternal ancestry is apparently Cuban. In prison (as an inmate), Mendez is shown to have grown a mullet and shaved off his moustache, as of season 5, he has his hair styled in an undercut and has grown a beard.


Mendez is a corrupt, perverted and seemingly sociopathic prison guard who frequently abuses his authority. and is seen sexually assaulting and humiliating the inmates at every opportunity as well as repeatedly targeting Sophia Burset with nearly simultaneous transphobia and sexual advances. His personality can be both laughably exaggerated as well as frightening. 

In the Season One episode "Tall Men With Feelings", while drinking in a local bar with John Bennett, he reveals that his crass personality is largely due to the fact that he is incredibly lonely and feels that no one really cares about him, just seeing him as some kind of "sex object". 

After Dayanara Diaz pretends to take an interest in him, Mendez's personality suddenly seems to change. He is put on unpaid leave after being set up by Red, Daya and the Spanish Harlem and caught having sex with Daya. Mendez is shown to be obsessively in love with Daya and often sends her love letters anonymously after he leaves Litchfield. He has no idea that he is being framed and truly believes that he is in love with Daya and vice versa. After he is fired and arrested for having sex with Daya, he proudly proclaims his love for Daya and her unborn child that he believes he is the father of. In "A Tittin' and a Hairin'", when his mother comes to visit him while he's serving time in prison, Mendez's feelings for Daya show to be sincerely waiting, yet incredibly delusional. He is distraught over the fact that he has written Daya several times but she has yet to reply to any of his letters and doesn't understand why. When his mother tries to explain to him that he is not the father of Daya's baby, he refuses to believe it. He tells her that he sees this as his opportunity to be a great father and to prove that he can be a better man than he has been in the past. He also states quite plainly that Daya and her baby are the only things keeping him alive while he's serving time in prison. After finding out Daya's daughter hadn't died at birth, Pornstache proves himself a doting father to Armaria.

Pornstache has proven himself to have a very unpredictable personality as well as being emotionally unstable as seen when his mother goes to visit him. Despite his sociopathic and perverted personality, Mendez still has his good side. In the episode "Fucksgiving", when he is instructed by Healy to take Piper to the SHU for alleged inappropriate contact with Alex, he unsuccessfully argued to Healy that there was no grounds to do so, only to reluctantly comply to Healy's order. He then informed Caputo, who in turn, instructed Healy to release Piper from the SHU.


Season One[]

Officer "Pornstache" Mendez was a crooked Correctional Officer. He has a quite close undercover relationship with Bennett and the two are often seen together. He secretly smuggles drugs into the prison with the (forced) help of Red. He feeds prisoners' drug addictions by trading drugs for sexual favors, as seen with Tricia Miller and Leanne Taylor. His drugs led to Tricia's continued addiction behind bars and eventual overdose and death, which he framed as a suicide. He is mean, crude, careless and constantly harasses the inmates.

He pursues an affair with Daya Diaz, an inmate, after she realizes her pregnancy by Bennett. She and her fellow inmates, in an attempt to pin the pregnancy on him, get Caputo to catch the two having sex in the supply closet, resulting in his suspension. After his encounters with Daya, he speaks constantly about his love for her, which he believes to be reciprocated, to Bennett. Through this, Bennett, his only contact within Litchfield and the father of Daya's child, develops a discreet hatred for Mendez.

Season Two[]

In "40 OZ of Furlough", he returns from his suspension under Figueroa's orders, who feels the prison is understaffed. In "Little Mustachioed Shit", Daya is finally revealed to be pregnant and Caputo's claim that Mendez had sex with an inmate is supported leading to Mendez's subsequent termination and incarceration. Caputo himself takes great pleasure in first firing Mendez and then revealing he is to be incarcerated. As he is escorted from the prison in front of all the prisoners he loudly declares his love for Daya wanting to call "their" child "Stan".

Season Three[]

In Season Three, he makes an appearance in "A Tittin' and a Hairin" when his mother visits him in the prison he is serving his time. He no longer has a mustache, is sporting a mullet and is in tears of joy to see his mother. When his mother tells him that Daya's baby is not his, he denies, stating "We made the love". When his mother says it again he once again denies stating "I'm gonna be the best father anybody could ever want". His mother then tells him to focus on the fact that he can possibly get out of prison faster since the baby isn't his. He then states that Daya and the baby are the only things that are keeping him alive and says that they are going to change his life and make him into the man his mother said he could be. His mother then decides to drop the conversation by saying "Okay, sweet pea. Okay".

Season Five[]

Mendez is present when his mother, Delia Powell, takes a phone call at home from Dayanara Diaz. Daya reveals that her child is in fact alive and asks Delia to adopt her. Mendez gathers from his mother's responses what is going on and becomes emotional upon realizing "his" daughter is alive. He begs his mother to let him talk to Daya but she reminds him his probation forbids it. Delia agrees to adopt the baby. ("Tied to the Tracks")

Season Seven[]

Mendez is shown to be a loving and supporting father to Armaria, playing an active part in her upbringing. ("Here's Where We Get Off")



  • Dayanara Diaz (in love with) - In a bid to frame him for Bennett's sexual misconduct via engaging in a forbidden relationship with Daya (and to further disguise the origin of her pregnancy), Daya frames Mendez by sleeping with him in order to get him charged with rape. Mendez assumes Daya has feelings for him and falls in love with her. He becomes obsessed with her when he finds out she's pregnant.
  • Tricia Miller (sexual favors in exchange for drugs) - Girls are coerced into sex with Mendez in exchange for drugs; Tricia being one of them.
  • Leanne Taylor (sexual favors in exchange for drugs) - Girls are coerced into sex with Mendez in exchange for drugs; Leanne being one of them.


  • John Bennett - Before getting fired, Mendez and Bennett were co-workers at Litchfield. When drinking at a local bar with Bennett, Mendez confides his insecurities and worries regarding Dayanara. It is implied that he not only sees Bennett as a co-worker but as a friend. 


  • Galina 'Red' Reznikov - Mendez recognizes that Red holds authority among the other inmates, and seeks to undermine her at any given chance. In a particularly obscene gesture, he urinates in her Thanksgiving food.
  • Nicky Nichols - Red's family despise Mendez.
  • Lorna Morello - Red's family despise Mendez.
  • Tricia Miller - Mendez forced Tricia to keep selling drugs. He locked her in a broom closet with her supply, which she then overdosed on.
  • Dayanara Diaz - Dayanara frames Mendez for statutory rape (Daya and her mother Aleida Diaz specifically schemed to have Mendez found out while in the process of having sex with Daya, in order to pin her pregnancy to Bennett on him, and help Bennett escape rape charges himself).
  • Tiffany Doggett Mendez Got mad at her For hanging the cross up the ceiling


  • Delia Powell - Delia is shown to care for her son, and visits him in prison.
  • Armaria Diaz - Mendez is shown to be a loving father to his adopted daughter, who he believes is his biological daughter.

Memorable Quotes[]

"Two speeds in my yard: Walk and shuffle."
— George Mendez, "The Chickening"
"Who told you there was a chicken in my yard?"
— George Mendez, "The Chickening"
"No tongue fucking in the visitation room."
— George Mendez
— George Mendez
"This shit, that shit, blue shit, bat shit. It doesn't matter what you do, it's the doin' that makes you dirty."
— George Mendez
"Thanks to this missed opportunity for cradle death, you're here with me and all these other shit birds."
— George Mendez, "The Chickening"
"Cyborg pussy. Bet it's fuckin' perfect ... I live in the present, not in the past. Besides, she used to have a dick, so she knows what it likes."
— George Mendez about Sophia Burset, "Lesbian Request Denied"
"No; fuck, not gay. The 'stache is not for fags. It's for fuckin' men. It's fuckin' all beef. Fuckin' cunt-rammin' awesome."
— George Mendez to Joe Caputo, in response to him asking whether moustaches are regarded a "gay thing".
"It doesn't matter what you do. It's the doing that makes you dirty."
— George Mendez
"I want to fuck Jesus in his hand-hole."
— George Mendez


Season 1[]

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"I Wasn't Ready"[]

Season 2[]

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  • Mendez always dated women with thin lips, but after kissing Daya he had "a fucking revelation", as he tells Bennett in "Can't Fix Crazy".
  • Mendez is seen to be in possession of a 1993-1997 Chevrolet Camaro in a few episodes, one of which is seen in "Appropriately Sized Pots".
  • Mendez is depicted as half-Cuban and half-American, whilst the actor who portrays him, Pablo Schreiber, is Canadian.