History ComicBook / MonicasGang

27th Feb '17 12:14:12 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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** During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWB1KXpEG0 one episode]], Jimmy Five, wanting to get more than just five strands of hair, accidentally ends up with Monica's hairdo and is mistaken for her multiple times. At one point, when it's his mother that makes the mistake, he exclaims, "Mom, it's me!" and opens his towel showing her his genitals to prove his point, with the expected reaction from her. TL;DR, ''he flashed his own mother''. (It's the avatar for the parody site mentioned in MemeticMutation.)

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** During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWB1KXpEG0 one episode]], Jimmy Five, wanting to get more than just five strands of hair, accidentally ends up with Monica's hairdo and is mistaken for her multiple times. At one point, when it's his mother that makes the mistake, he exclaims, "Mom, it's me!" and opens his towel showing her his genitals to prove his point, point (and ''yes'', we actually get a view of his genitals), with the expected reaction from her. TL;DR, ''he flashed his own mother''. How THAT got past the radar is anyone's guess. (It's the avatar for the parody site mentioned in MemeticMutation.)
26th Feb '17 5:28:13 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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''Monica's Gang'' (originally titled ''[[Pt/TurmaDaMonica Turma da Mônica]]'') is a hugely popular [[{{UsefulNotes/Brazil}} Brazilian comic book series]] that has been running since the 1960s. It was created by Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Souza.

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''Monica's Gang'' (originally titled ''[[Pt/TurmaDaMonica Turma da Mônica]]'') is a hugely popular [[{{UsefulNotes/Brazil}} Brazilian Brazilian]] comic book series]] series that has been running since the 1960s. It was created by Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Souza.
19th Feb '17 1:25:54 PM AndyLA
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** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often, and sometimes is even given bat traits (many Bug-a-Booo strips show him sleeping by hanging upside down - usually on tree branches - , rather than inside a coffin).

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** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often, and sometimes is even given bat traits (many Bug-a-Booo strips show him and other vampires sleeping by hanging upside down by the legs - usually on tree branches - , rather than inside a coffin).
19th Feb '17 1:25:02 PM AndyLA
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** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often.
** FrankensteinsMonster: Frank, a ManChild whose parts frequently fall.

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** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often.
often, and sometimes is even given bat traits (many Bug-a-Booo strips show him sleeping by hanging upside down - usually on tree branches - , rather than inside a coffin).
** FrankensteinsMonster: Frank, a GentleGiant ManChild whose parts frequently fall.
8th Nov '16 8:47:53 AM Miumia
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* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Maggy and the boys is a downplayed example. They do interact in the adventures where the four main characters share the spotlight, and she ''has'' had stories with them (though usually with either Jimmy ''or'' Smudge, not with both of them at once; as in, the main gang minus Monica), but the number of those is quite overshadowed by the number of stories Monica shares with them. It's sort of justified in that Monica just has more reasons to hang out with them, being more of a {{Tomboy}} than Maggy, and often target of their provocations, not to mention of course [[OfficialCouple her relationship with Jimmy]], which guarantees that they'll have some stories as a duo (however Monica does have plenty of stories with just Smudge too; one almanac actually had ''three'' stories of just Monica and Smudge together). If Maggy's in a story with just one more character and that character is male, it's probably Junior or even Franklin. [[NonHumanSidekick Or Vanilla]].

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* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Maggy and the boys is a downplayed example. They do interact in the adventures where the four main characters share the spotlight, and she ''has'' had stories with them (though usually with either Jimmy ''or'' Smudge, not less so with both of them at once; as in, the main gang minus Monica), once), but the number of those is quite overshadowed by the number of stories Monica shares with them. It's sort of justified in that Monica just has more reasons to hang out with them, being more of a {{Tomboy}} than Maggy, and often target of their provocations, not to mention of course [[OfficialCouple her relationship with Jimmy]], which guarantees that they'll have some stories as a duo (however Monica does have plenty of stories with just Smudge too; one almanac actually had ''three'' stories of just Monica and Smudge together). If Maggy's in a story with just one more character and that character is male, it's probably Junior or even Franklin. [[NonHumanSidekick Or Vanilla]].
4th Nov '16 3:39:16 PM AndyLA
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** He's also a character in-universe, as Marina's dad, along with his wife Alice Takeda.

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** He's also a character in-universe, as Marina's dad, along with his wife Alice Takeda. While Monica's father was also based on Mauricio himself, Mr. Sousa is drawn like a young Mauricio (because Monica was created in 1963, when he was 28 years old), while Marina's father looks like the older Mauricio (Marina was created in 1995, when Mauricio was already 60 years old).



* BackFromTheDead: Believe it or not, Jimmy Five actually ''died'' in one story. While trying to flee from Monica, he accidentally fell off a cliff, died and immediately came back as a ghost. The story was basically about him accompanying Lady [=MacDeath=] (in a somewhat unusual group crossover which even made Jimmy ask if she was on visit) to Heaven and Hell before deciding to which he should go. However, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming after seeing him trying to protect Monica from the Devil]], Lady [=MacDeath=] gets emotional and decides that Jimmy deserves one more shot at living.
** This also happened to Chuck Billy once. After getting another bad grade at school, he decided to never study again and came across [[TreacherousAdvisor a man who persuaded him to just ditch school and have fun the way he wants]]. Later Chuck decided to swim in a dangerous river (kicking away the warning sign, to boot), but the rapids dragged him under and he woke up in Hell, where the man revealed himsself to be the Devil, who just wanted an opportunity to take his soul. Chuck was ultimately saved by an angel, who carried him out of Hell and back to Earth to have a second chance because God saw that, as a child, he is still prone to making mistakes (the implicit point being that Chuck could never learn from them if he died).



** Also, as of late, everyone in the gang seems to be getting a piece of the cake, thanks to the new writing team (responsible for what you see in the 2000s stories mentioned in the ItRunsOnNonsensoleum entry below). Many times the characters show an absurd lack of consideration for the problem at hand or whoever should be helped: case in point is [[http://www.monica.com.br/comics/imagem/welcome.htm this story]], where Jimmy gets his head stuck in the bathroom sink while trying to wash his hair (or lack thereof).

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** Also, as of late, everyone in the gang seems to be getting a piece of the cake, thanks to the new writing team (responsible for what you see in the 2000s stories mentioned in the ItRunsOnNonsensoleum entry below). Many times the characters show an absurd lack of consideration for the problem at hand or whoever should be helped: case in point is [[http://www.monica.com.br/comics/imagem/welcome.htm this story]], a story where Jimmy gets his head stuck in the bathroom sink while trying to wash his hair (or lack thereof).thereof). Smudge and Monica try to help him, but only make things worse when he inadvertently slights her, leading her to chase him out of the bathroom [[ThereWasADoor by breaking the wall leading out to the street]], and completely forgetting about Jimmy, who is left naked and ashamed for everyone to see. It gets worse when the incident makes it to the TV news: ''even his parents'' laugh at his misfortune.



* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jimmy once defeated Monica. How? In one page-long newspaper comic from the nineties, Monica is shown falling off a cliff while running from bees. After painfully crashing through lots of things as she fell, she gets her head stuck on a fence (which has a target on it) and is left unconscious. Near the fence, Smudge tells Jimmy that there's no way his [[ComplexityAddiction lastest plan]] is going to work.

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jimmy once defeated Monica. How? In one page-long newspaper comic from the nineties, Monica is shown falling off a cliff while running from bees. After painfully crashing through lots of things as she fell, she gets her head stuck on a fence (which has a target on it) and is left unconscious. Near the fence, Smudge tells Jimmy that there's no way his [[ComplexityAddiction lastest latest plan]] is going to work.



* DaddysGirl: Mr. Sousa can be very protective of Monica in any situation her strength can't solve, such as boys making eyes at her.



* DeathIsCheap: Believe it or not, Jimmy Five actually ''died'' in one story. While trying to flee from Monica, he accidentally fell off a cliff, died and immediately came back as a ghost. The story was basically about him accompanying Lady [=MacDeath=] (in a somewhat unusual group crossover which even made Jimmy ask if she was on visit) to Heaven and Hell before deciding to which he should go. However, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming after seeing him trying to protect Monica from the Devil]], Lady [=MacDeath=] gets emotional and decides that Jimmy deserves one more shot at living.



* TheDitz: Maggy's obsession over food sometimes degrades to a one-track mind state.

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* TheDitz: Maggy's obsession over food sometimes often degrades to a one-track mind state.state. This tends to annoy the others so much that the ''Star Warp'' series where she plays C-3PO, has a RunningGag with characters asking "Where do you turn her off?" whenever she goes off on a stupid or food-related rant.



* GreenEyedMonster: Despite being Maggy's best friend, Monica is deathly envious of her singing talents. When Maggy was a child and briefly had a fame singing, Monica ''hated'' it and only reconsidered their friendship because her mom [[WhatTheHellHero pointed that out]]. UpToEleven in the manga, when she nearly destroyed Maggy's short stint on a GirlGroup.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Despite being Maggy's best friend, Monica is deathly envious of her singing talents. When Maggy was a child and briefly had a fame famous singing, Monica ''hated'' it and only reconsidered their friendship because her mom [[WhatTheHellHero pointed that out]]. UpToEleven in the manga, when she nearly destroyed Maggy's short stint on a GirlGroup.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: A particularly [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments touching]] story about friendship uses Jimmy and Smudge's relationship as a FramingDevice, showing that theirs is a friendship that will go on with the years, even with the bumps along the way.



* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: ''Coelhada nas Estrelas/[[https://web.archive.org/web/20050926043816/http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/coelhada/welcome.htm Star Warp]]'', and the sequels ''O Feio Contra-Ataca'' and ''O Retorno de Jedito''. And then a prequel, ''A Trapaça Fantasma''.

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* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: ''Coelhada ''[[Film/ANewHope Coelhada nas Estrelas/[[https://web.Estrelas]]/[[https://web.archive.org/web/20050926043816/http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/coelhada/welcome.htm Star Warp]]'', and the sequels ''O ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack O Feio Contra-Ataca'' Contra-Ataca]]'' and ''O ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi O Retorno de Jedito''. Jedito]]''. And then a prequel, ''A ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace A Trapaça Fantasma''.Fantasma]]''.



* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Toddy, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn’t dating him only because he was the bakery owner’s son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends [[HeartwarmingMoment with Maggy willingly choosing Toddy over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.

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* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Toddy, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn’t wasn't dating him only because he was the bakery owner’s owner's son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends [[HeartwarmingMoment with Maggy willingly choosing Toddy over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.



** Another story had this done quite creatively: Monica finds Samson missing and goes to interrogate the boys, one by one, only to find they all have perfectly reasonable alibis. She then has a flash and notices the artists had used Samson to stylize the title of the story, so she goes back and picks it up.
--> '''Monica:''' These artists have some ideas!



** In each of their recent movie parody stories, it happens. Name a feature, and a panel full of characters that fit it will appear soon enough. [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljlh4hK1UQ1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg This panel]], for example, [[ReferenceOverdosed is so ridiculous]], what's awkward about it is ''not'' finding people like VideoGame/MegaMan (who only appears in one of the following panels) among all the blue people. [[http://tinyurl.com/d7m6o27 And here's another shameless panel.]]

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** In each It's become frequent in every one of their recent movie parody stories, it happens.stories. Name a feature, and a panel full of characters that fit it will appear soon enough. [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljlh4hK1UQ1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg This panel]], for example, [[ReferenceOverdosed is so ridiculous]], what's awkward about it is ''not'' finding people like VideoGame/MegaMan (who only appears in one of the following panels) among all the blue people. [[http://tinyurl.com/d7m6o27 And here's another shameless panel.]]]] It doesn't even need to be with characters: the ''Film/IronMan1'' parody had a panel full of trophies (right after the award ceremony scene at the beginning), and the ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' one had a panel full of shields.



* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Little Blog rarely appear after his introduction, [[TheScrappy not that someone miss him]].

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* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Little Blog Bloggy rarely appear appears after his introduction, [[TheScrappy not that someone miss anyone misses him]].



** But this gets nowhere near to Nutty Ned in this respect: whenever someone speaks of being "nutty", "nuts" or something along these lines (e.g. "who would be nutty enough to do.....?"), he shows up.

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** But this gets nowhere near to Also Nutty Ned in this respect: Ned: whenever someone speaks of being "nutty", "nuts" or something along these lines (e.g. "who would be nutty enough to do.....?"), do X?", where X may be something like testing out one of Franklin's inventions), he shows up.


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* TrueCompanions: The main four, regardless of all the pranking and alienating negative traits. One of the main themes of the Gang is friendship, after all, and it's been stated more than once that children's friendship is the strongest kind - even when they argue and drive themselves away from each other, it's always temporary, and the next day they're back together.
4th Nov '16 2:56:50 PM AndyLA
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The series has countless comic books, strips and almanacs, and is divided in several branches. The main one features four main 7-year-old kids and takes place in SaoPaulo:

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The series has countless comic comidc books, strips and almanacs, and is divided in several branches. The main one features four main 7-year-old kids and takes place in SaoPaulo:



* TheDanza: Monica's father is "Mr. Sousa". [[AuthorAvatar Add that he looks just like Mauricio at the time of creation...]]



* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} = the main gang, WesternAnimation/{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.
* ForgetsToEat: Used to be one of Junior's defining characteristics (though he was ''[[SubvertedTrope intentionally]]'' [[SubvertedTrope neglectful]]), just so he could act as a foil to Maggy. While he has not lost this one, his role in the stories has shifted deep into BrattyHalfPint (especially towards Jimmy Five. Poor Jimmy).

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* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} = the main gang, WesternAnimation/{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.
* ForgetsToEat: Used to be one of Junior's defining characteristics (though he was ''[[SubvertedTrope intentionally]]'' [[SubvertedTrope neglectful]]), just so he could act as a foil to Maggy. While he has not lost this one, his role in the stories has shifted deep into BrattyHalfPint (especially towards Jimmy Five. Poor Jimmy).BrattyHalfPint.


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** Maybe because these interdimensional and extraplanetary adventures mostly occur without adult supervision, and as such, [[AdultsAreUseless they wouldn't believe them if they were told?]]
14th Oct '16 1:09:24 PM Miumia
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** If Zeca is in a Chuck Billy 'n' Folks story that takes place in the country, setting up a CityMouse plot, he'll invariably be this with few exceptions. Made quite apparent since CountryMouse stories, which have Chuck in the city, will usually have the latter confused or at worst, annoyed, but hardly ever a ButtMonkey, whereas poor Zeca is always in for a painful ride.

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** If Zeca is in a Chuck Billy 'n' Folks story that takes place in the country, setting up a CityMouse plot, he'll invariably be this with few exceptions. Made quite apparent since CountryMouse stories, which have Chuck in the city, will usually have the latter confused or at worst, annoyed, but hardly ever a ButtMonkey, whereas poor Zeca is always in for a painful ride.ride despite the fact that he has been in the farm enough times to not have it so bad anymore.
14th Oct '16 1:07:22 PM Miumia
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** The writers lately seem to enjoy having one field day after another asserting Sunny's status as ButtMonkey.

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** *** The writers lately seem to enjoy having one field day after another asserting Sunny's status as ButtMonkey.ButtMonkey.
** If Zeca is in a Chuck Billy 'n' Folks story that takes place in the country, setting up a CityMouse plot, he'll invariably be this with few exceptions. Made quite apparent since CountryMouse stories, which have Chuck in the city, will usually have the latter confused or at worst, annoyed, but hardly ever a ButtMonkey, whereas poor Zeca is always in for a painful ride.
14th Oct '16 12:55:03 PM Miumia
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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Naturally it happens with The Cavern Clan. Interestingly this was lampshaded in one story set in the present time, when an Archaeology class finds cave paintings left by Pitheco, basically portraying him failing to hunt and being chased by a giant dinosaur. One of the students refutes that [[AnachronismStew humans and dinosaurs did not live during the same period]]. His professor simply [[{{Handwave}} handwaves]] it by saying that the drawings contradict such "theory".
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