Travis Phelps is a classmate and enemy of Sal. He is constantly bullying him and often uses homophobic slurs.


At first glance, he is seen as a typical bully that tortures Sal. All of Sal's friends treat him aggressively. Travis is a rather complex character. It turns out that Travis is a vulnerable character who is in love with another boy.

His father had taught him all his life that feeling attracted to his own sex is abnormal and shameful. Thus, causing him to spout hateful comments towards others. Travis is afraid to be seen as a good child in the eyes of others.


Travis is the son of a Christian pastor, and although he has doubts about his religion as far as sexuality goes. He is usually a religious kid.


Travis makes his first appearance in Episode 3 where he appears at the beginning of the episode; in the same classroom as Sal. He is seen glaring at Sal as the teacher, Mrs. Packerton, speaks to him during testing. Then Travis is reprimanded by the teacher to turn back to his paper.

After class Travis begins to heckle Sal with insults and homophobic slurs in the school hallway. It is noted that Travis has no regards with how he treats other people as he has been shown to call Ash a "bitch" and later calls Sal and Larry "flamers" while also claiming he "thought he smelled trash" hinting at them in the cafeteria.

Travis also appears to enjoy Bologna Day as is was earlier stated by Ashley to be "the crappiest lunch day". It is worth noting that Travis sits alone at the table possibly indicating that he may not have many if any friends to socialize with.

We eventually meet up with Travis in the boy's bathroom; where a crumpled up note written by him is found on the floor next to a garbage can.

"I know we don't really know each other and you probably have your opinions of me. I thought maybe if I told you how I feel, things could be different.

The truth is, I can't stop thinking about you. I'm crazy about you. I think you're amazing! But I know these feelings are wrong. It's not the way a boy should feel. Shame swallows me whole. My father would kill me but I can't live in his shadow forever I just...."

Followed by a bunch of illegible scribbles. Travis is not directly seen crying but is implied as Sal chats with him. Given the proper dialogue, Travis is revealed to be a vulnerable character; who lives in a severely Christian household and is attracted to the same sex. He also confesses to Sal that he does not really hate him or his friends. After having a heart to heart conversation with Sal he gives him an envelope which contains a page from Jim's journal page.


  • It is heavily implied that Travis is homosexual.
  • He is the son of a Christian pastor.
  • It is implied that Travis's note was for Sal. This is hinted at due to his seemingly nervous mannerisms while chatting with Sal.
  • It is also implied that Travis's father physically abuses him due to his black eye.
  • Or it is noted that he has insomnia (albeit this is unlikely).