History Comicbook / MonicasGang

24th Jul '16 10:21:57 AM nombretomado
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* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.

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* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} WesternAnimation/{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.
20th Jul '16 8:58:26 PM mizorefan
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* DubNameChange: Several names were change in the English localization, like changing typical Brazilian names to similar ones in English.
7th Jul '16 10:35:08 AM AndyLA
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* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Todd, 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 Todd over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.

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* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Todd, 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 Todd Toddy over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.



* BreatherEpisode: Issue #88 is this, a light episode featuring the classic gang's misadventures on Comic Book Experience 2015 (a stand-in for the São Paulo Comic-Con).

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* BreatherEpisode: Issue #88 is this, a light episode featuring the classic gang's misadventures on Comic Book Experience 2015 (a stand-in for the Comic Con Experience in São Paulo Comic-Con).Paulo).


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** Denise also sometimes displays an appalling lack of tact, openly making fun of everyone around her.
7th Jul '16 10:13:43 AM AndyLA
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** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica to become RetGone.

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** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica to become RetGone.RetGone [[spoiler:due to his sorrow over losing her to Nick Nope]].
7th Jul '16 10:13:09 AM AndyLA
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* FantasyKitchenSink: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.

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* FantasyKitchenSink: FantasyKitchenSink / AllMythsAreTrue: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.



* TheMovie: Quite a few. 1980's "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" ("The Adventures of Monica's Gang", the first movie ever released[[note]]not counting a [[MadeForTVMovie TV]] live-action adaptation/spoof of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]] and the movie where the aforementioned CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming scene with the mice came from) and 1983's "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally "Comic Book Movie", and we mean ''literally''[[note]]The movies are collections of shorts adapted from stories published in the comics, but the literal part is because this is achieved by one of Franklin's inventions: a cross between a movie projector and a blender, where comics pages are fed and turned into the film[[/note]]) series (currently with seven titles, most of them direct-to-DVD), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions.

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* TheMovie: Quite a few. 1980's "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" ("The Adventures of Monica's Gang", the first movie ever released[[note]]not counting a [[MadeForTVMovie TV]] live-action adaptation/spoof of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]] and the movie where the aforementioned CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming scene with the mice came from) and 1983's "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally "Comic Book Movie", and we mean ''literally''[[note]]The movies are collections of shorts adapted from stories published in the comics, but the literal part is because this is achieved by one of Franklin's inventions: a cross between a movie projector and a blender, where comics pages are fed and turned into the film[[/note]]) series (currently with seven titles, most of them direct-to-DVD), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions. Before that, there's been quite a number of direct-to-video releases containing a series of stories, such as 1988's "A Estrelinha Mágica" ("The Magic Little Star").



** The boys suffer from this when it comes to stealing Samson. One time a friend of Monica's actually ''gave it'' to them since Monica had just bought a doll, and despite rejoicing at first, they got tired pretty quickly, until Monica found out. They like stealing Samson [[BullyingADragon specifically to get Monica get angry]], so just getting it too easily and without her knowing won't do.
** It's quite similar to what happens between Chuck Billy and his friends and Mr. Lau. According to them, the guavas just don't taste the same if Lau isn't running after them yelling and cursing.

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** The boys suffer from this when it comes to stealing Samson. One time a friend of Monica's actually ''gave it'' to them since Monica had just bought a doll, and despite rejoicing at first, they got tired pretty quickly, until Monica found out. They like stealing Samson [[BullyingADragon specifically to get Monica get angry]], so just getting it too easily and without her knowing won't do.
** It's quite similar to what happens between Chuck Billy and his friends and Mr. Lau. According to them, the guavas just don't taste the same if Lau isn't running after them yelling and cursing. In one story in the [=80s=], Chuck decided to plant his own guava tree, but once it started bearing fruit, he didn't like the taste, for this specific reason.



--> '''Monica (thinking Maggy and Smudge are dating)''': [[FanPreferredCouple Our readers have been dreaming about this for decades!]]

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--> '''Monica (thinking '''Monica''' ''(thinking Maggy and Smudge are dating)''': dating)'': [[FanPreferredCouple Our readers have been dreaming about this for decades!]]



** They do give it a shot in the Teen verse. It doesn't pan out, by their own admission.



* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs sound dated to modern-day speakers.

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* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs can sound dated to modern-day speakers.



* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}}, Film/IronMan and [[Film/XMen Wolverine]], and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Captain America]].

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* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}}, Film/IronMan and [[Film/XMen Wolverine]], and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Captain Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger America]].



* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: They made one too, ostensibly parodying the [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]], but making nods to the original series here and there.

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* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: They made one too, ostensibly basically parodying the [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]], but making nods to the original series here and there.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Smudge to water. And not large bodies of water, like in having SuperDrowningSkills; even a ''glass of water'' can make him shiver. Many times the writers have invented wild ways to avoid him from getting wet, like having him flap his arms like wings to escape from lakes. Also, while his teen version has shown to get over his fear to a certain degree, he is still not very fond of the idea of bathing[[note]]Brazil is a tropical country, where it's customary to shower/bathe two to three times a day. Smudge only showers once a day.[[/note]].

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Smudge to water. And not large bodies of water, like in having SuperDrowningSkills; even a ''glass of water'' can make him shiver. Many times the writers have invented wild ways to avoid him from getting wet, like having him flap his arms like wings to escape from lakes. Also, while his teen version has shown to get over his fear to a certain degree, he is still not very fond of the idea of bathing[[note]]Brazil is a tropical country, where it's customary to shower/bathe two to three times a day. In his teens, Smudge only showers once a day.[[/note]].



** And Marina is afraid of dogs.

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** And Marina is afraid of dogs.



* CerebusRetcon: The "Tomba" aliens, the "flying donkey" and several elements from the classic series are painted here on a much, '''much''' darker light.
* CerebusSyndrome: The "Flying Donkey" arc introduces us to the biggest horrors in this series' history, Jim stayed dead for most of it, Sunny's Future self comes back to the present timeline to stop Jim from turning the world into a CrapsackWorld as he did in Future!Sunny's original timeline. By exorcising the spirit of the Flying Donkey, the protagonists may have played UnwittingPawn to the Children of Umbra that they thought were victims at first but are hinted to have become evil after 20 years in limbo, and if Future!Denise's words at the end of Issue #79 are any indication, it's not over yet.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Bucky's first appearance in this spin-off was about his break-up with Isabel because all Isabel wanted to do was go out and party, while Bucky needed to prepare for the inter-school tournament. After that Bucky starts acting like a controlling jealous boyfriend.

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* CerebusRetcon: The "Tomba" aliens, the "flying donkey" and several elements from the classic series (up to and including Captain Fray's origins) are painted here on a much, '''much''' darker light.
* CerebusSyndrome: Pretty much any story written by Emerson de Abreu.
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The "Flying Donkey" arc introduces us to the biggest horrors in this series' history, Jim stayed dead for most of it, Sunny's Future self comes back to the present timeline to stop Jim from turning the world into a CrapsackWorld as he did in Future!Sunny's original timeline. By exorcising the spirit of the Flying Donkey, the protagonists may have played UnwittingPawn to the Children of Umbra that they thought were victims at first but are hinted to have become evil after 20 years in limbo, and if Future!Denise's words at the end of Issue #79 are any indication, it's not over yet.
** The Reversed Tower arc (#90-92) is this as well, by making Captain Fray an agent of the pestilence which threatens to corrode the world and reshape it to their own notion of order. The gang has to resort to Maggy's innate magic to guide them, but it falls upon Smudge, the closest person to Captain Fray, to save everyone from the growing madness of the titular place - a series of underground levels designed in the fashion of [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]] by an elite group to assume control over humankind, and upon which an orphanage was built as a front, to which a child Fray was sent after his parents died from a landslide. It turns out that he made a pact with the Serpent, the leader of the insects, to have his life saved in the event, and in return they gave him powers that cause corrosion and decay. Once he reaches adulthood, the Serpent comes to demand he becomes the bearer of the Curse of Pestilence, for if he refuses, it will pass on to the person he loves the most - his nephew, Smudge. And that is how he became the Captain Fray we know.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Bucky's first appearance in this spin-off was about his break-up with Isabel because all Isabel wanted to do was go out and party, while Bucky needed to prepare for the inter-school baseball tournament. After that Bucky starts acting like a controlling jealous boyfriend.



** Manga Issue #35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characters dressed as many famous figures such as: Franklin as SherlockHolmes, Sunny as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], Todd as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Marina as Dorothy from Oz, Jeremiah as Mace Windu, Tikara as WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn and many others.

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** Manga Issue #35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characters dressed as many famous figures such as: Franklin as SherlockHolmes, Sunny as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], Todd as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Marina as Dorothy from Oz, Jeremiah as Mace Windu, Tikara as WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn (a character she has come to be strongly associated with) and many others.



** [[spoiler: Captain Fray in the manga. He becomes quite TheChessmaster in the latest issue he appeared, and his powers have evolved, making him able to cause erosion.]]

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** [[spoiler: Captain Fray in the manga. He becomes quite TheChessmaster in the latest issue he appeared, and his powers have evolved, making him able to cause erosion. It is later revealed that these powers came from a DealWithTheDevil in return from being saved from a landslide that demolished his home and killed his parents.]]



** Maggy has incredible magical powers as a descendant of the Coven of Hecate, but they needed to be sealed inside her mind due to their highly destructive potential and the eventual toll it would take on her sanity. As such, they can only be triggered through a code phrase, and locked again with another. [[spoiler:It is implied that she loses these powers for good at the end of the Reversed Tower arc, but since she lost her memories of using them when she had her powers re-locked before, you never really know...]]



** Monica, who is basically a brazilian [[{{Twilight}} Bella Swann]]. [[spoiler:UpToEleven in #94, in which the character jumps to disgusting levels of jerkassery, especially in the ending]].
** There's also Bucky, who became a massive sexist, controlling asshat even after his break-up with Isabel.
** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as to Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it.

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** Monica, who is basically a brazilian [[{{Twilight}} Brazilian [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella Swann]].Swan]]. [[spoiler:UpToEleven in #94, in which the character jumps to disgusting levels of jerkassery, especially in the ending]].
** There's also Bucky, who became a massive sexist, controlling asshat asshat, even after his break-up with Isabel.
** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as
TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it.become RetGone.


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as to Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it. However, Monica eventually grew tired of Jim's arrogant claims of "having to defeat her to date her"[[note]](not quite BestHerToBedHer, since there's no physical confrontation or sex involved, but it can be taken as a mild version)[[/note]] and she hitches up with Nick Nope, causing Jim to realize that it was his behavior that pushed Monica away from him (in spite of her not helping matters sometimes; see TheUnfairSex).
3rd Jul '16 10:44:42 AM Dedars1
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* DemotedToExtra: Specs was a main character when he was created, but appeared less and less during the years. Also, since the 2015 reboot, all of the characters except the main four ones suffers from this.
11th Jun '16 10:58:53 AM Miumia
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** Jimmy Five devotes his existences to annoy and mess with Monica. In return, she beats him up to a pulp. Never stopped either of them of referring to each other first and foremost as "friends", and they will come to each other's aid whenever necessary.

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** Jimmy Five devotes his existences existence to annoy and mess with Monica. In return, she beats him up to a pulp. Never stopped either of them of referring to each other first and foremost as "friends", and they will come to each other's aid whenever necessary.
11th Jun '16 10:58:25 AM Miumia
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* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Jimmy Five devotes his existences to annoy and mess with Monica. In return, she beats him up to a pulp. Never stopped either of them of referring to each other first and foremost as "friends", and they will come to each other's aid whenever necessary.
** Maggy and her NonHumanSidekick Vanilla, also have a bit of this going on. [[KindheartedCatLover While she adores the cat and spoils him rotten]], and Vanilla does care for her a lot more than he lets out (in fact, he's shown several times that he's secretly afraid that she'll grow tired of him eventually), most of their stories together are about them going at each other like [[SitcomArchnemesis sitcom arch-nemesises]], and when not being lovable they are decidedly snarky towards each other.
11th Jun '16 10:45:18 AM Miumia
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Jimmy has this towards Mary Angela, though he can a bit of a BigBrotherBully on occasion (some stories [[PlayedForLaughs play it for laughs]], but even in those he's never portrayed as being on the right when he acts like this). He never wants to take care of her, said she had a "knee-like" face when she was born (which was sort of understandable, since he was around five years-old), and overall tends to see her as a AnnoyingYoungerSibling. One story [[{{Flanderization}} takes it to the extreme]] by having him taking Mary Angela for a walk... ''in a dog collar''. Despite this, he's never outright mean to her on purpose, several stories show that he can take care of her in a extremely competent manner, and often stops her from accidentally hurting herself ([[AwesomeMoment once he actually saved her from nearly being ran by a car while crawling close to the street]]).
11th Jun '16 10:27:45 AM Miumia
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* FantasyKitchenSink: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.


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* GenerationXerox: One story shows Mr. Five telling Jimmy about [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a plump, bossy girl from his childhood memories who walked around with a doll in which he loved to make knots in its arms and legs solely to piss the owner off. The girl used to retaliate by running after and hitting him with the doll]], and Mr. Five remembers how despite the danger element, [[BelligerentSexualTension he just couldn't stop messing with her, and they were always together as a result while time passed...]] Jimmy is astounded by the obvious similarity between his father's childhood and his own, and asks what became of that girl. The living room's door is suddenly opened by Mrs. Five coming back from the supermarket, and Mr. Five answers Jimmy with a fond smile "Speak of the devil...". [[GirlsHaveCooties Jimmy doesn't take it too well at the end of the story]], but knowing he and Monica are the OfficialCouple, GenerationXerox was still on point.


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* LoveMakesYouDumb: Or, in a variation, extremely incompetent. Franklin finds out in one comic this is the reason most of his invents didn't work as planned; his crush on Marina made it hard for him to concentrate. Upon hearing this, Smudge suggests that Jimmy might be in love too, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and that's why his plans never work]]. Jimmy vehemently denies, [[ShipTease but in the next (and final) panel he's dreamily thinking about Monica, with hearts drawn around her in the thought bubble]].
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