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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.

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:
* Monica (Mônica): Main character and leader of the [[FiveManBand Four Kid Band]]. She started out making appearances in Jimmy Five's strips, [[SpotlightStealingSquad but ended up getting the spotlight soon afterwards]], much to the boy's jealousy. She has SuperStrength is always wearing a red dress ([[LimitedWardrobe her wardrobe's full of these]]). Oh, and [[BerserkButton NEVER call her buckteeth, fatty or shorty]], unless you wanna get some bunny bashings from her. Yes, she'll [[ImprobableWeaponUser beat you up with her blue plush bunny]].
* Jimmy Five (Cebolinha): He used to be the main character of his own comic strips, but ended up losing the spotlight to Monica soon after; maybe that's why he makes endless "infallible plans" to get her bunny and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the block]]. He has only five single strands of hair, [[ImprobableHairstyle something nearly impossible Ffor a kid like him]], and when speaking, [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome he swaps the 'r' for 'l' (or 'w']], depending on the version you're reading).
* Smudge (Cascão): Jimmy Five's best friend. A [[ThePigPen pigpen at heart]], he has aquaphobia and will refuse to take a bath at any cost. A very skilled soccer player.
* Maggy (Magali): Monica's best friend, and basically the poster girl to the BigEater trope; she loves to eat, particularly [[TrademarkFavoriteFood watermelons]], but never gains any weight or anything, being very skinny in contrast with her red-clad friend. She also tends to be rather girly sometimes.

The other groups created by Maurício include:
* Chuck Billy 'n' Folks (Turma do Chico Bento): A Brazilian child hillbilly's life. It includes a true [[FiveManBand Five Kid Band]], with the protagonist, [[TheChick his girlfriend]], [[TheLancer his smart best friend]], [[TheBigGuy his dumb best friend]] and [[TheSmartGuy the Japanese-descendant friend]].
* Horacio's World (Turma do Horácio): A vegetarian ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' who muses about life. The only character whose stories are all written by Mauricio.
* Bug-a-Booo (Turma do Penadinho): [[MonsterMash A ghost and his monster friends.]] They like to scare people, [[NightmareRetardant and most of the times fail miserably]].
* The Cavern Clan (Turma do Piteco): A [[OneMillionBC caveman]] dealing with his prehistorical life. There are dinosaurs alongside the giant mammals, of course (protagonist Pitheco was even the one who found Horácio's egg).
* Tina's Pals (Turma da Tina): A teenager and her friends, which include her [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] best friend, her chubby best female friend and said friend's boyfriend.
* The Tribe (Turma do Papa-Capim): A group of Brazilian native-americans.
* The Funnies (Turma do Astronauta): A Brazilian astronaut's journey through the cosmos. Frequently stumbles by classic sci-fi characters (a story had him sending his ship to be fixed; [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk and Spock]], [[StarWars Darth Vader]], [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] and the crew from LostInSpace are in the mechanic too), and it can be sometimes adventurous, sometimes pholosophical (in fact, the first graphic novel of the Graphic MSP seal, which deals with Mauricio's characters as seen by other prominent Brazilian comics artists, stars Bubbly in a study on loneliness).
* Lionel's Kingdom (Turma da Mata): A group of jungle animals. The English title has the name of the ruler of said jungle (a lion, of course), but the main character is the elephant Thunder (Jotalhão), originally created for the ads of a tomato sauce (which had [[http://www.casadoposter.com.br/_arquivo/posters_images/7_7.jpg a realistic elephant]] on its cans, but [[http://www.matrizdesenho.com.br/media/22/Outros12.jpg eventually changed to Thunder]]).

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!!Contains examples of:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Franklin with Marina (and it was LoveAtFirstSight!). Eventually, TheyDo.
** Also, in the Cavern Clan, Tooga towards Pitheco. She wants to marry him, but he doesn't want engagement with her or anyone else.
* AlphaBitch: Carmen, in as much of a kid-friendly way as possible.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Many characters: Thunder the green elephant (Jotalhão), Franklin's dog Blu (Bidu), Jimmy Five's dog Fluff (Floquinho) - who is also green - , and more.
** Lampshaded in one story when a kid wanted his father to get him a green elephant. When the father let him play with Thunder, the kid was disappointed [[spoiler:since he wanted Thunder to ripen]].
** There's also the show-off dog that occasionally shows up on Blu's comics, Glu (Bugu), who is yellow and shaped like an egg. Oh my.
** In one story it's said that Blue isn't actually blue. It goes even further saying it is purple with avocado green stripes.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Sunny.
** WordOfGay, somewhat.
** In the site listed in Memetic Mutation, Bucky, who has a girlfriend but is in waaaay too many embarrassing moments.
*** Bucky is probably DepravedBisexual!
* AnatomyAnomaly: The main characters don't have toes, with the only exception being Jimmy Five (actually, the only characters who have toes are those who regularly wear shoes - except for Chuck Billy and his buddies). Also, Glu is the only dog with no nose (he also walks on two paws, so you might wonder if he's a dog at all...)
** Lampshaded in an 80s story where Monica finds out she has no toes and, along with Smudge, decides to complain to Mauricio about it. He manages to convince them by telling them that [[AnAesop this is one of the traits that make them unique characters]], and then goes back to his sketching board and gets horrified upon trying to draw Monica with toes.
** Smudge apparently [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyqnfzx3nc1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg wears socks all the time.]]
** About Glu, [[spoiler: he actually is an alien. He was sent to Earth to escape from an AlienInvasion at his planet. It turned out that the invaders were just encyclopedians.]]
* AnimatedActors: Most notably the Blu stories co-starring the production manager Manfred.
* AnimatedAdaptation: As from 2004. There are currently three seasons and about 188 episodes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Fs1m857bM There are some episodes dubbed in English in this YouTube channel, if you want to check]].
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_X643PcxIPVk/SZnVsHTy_AI/AAAAAAAAQjc/KETW5PPGRbY/s400/Tiras_Classicas_da_Turma_da_Monica_VOL_004.jpg this]] with [[http://joanasalvador.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/turma_da_monica.jpg this]] ([[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2c/Mon-gang.JPG/279px-Mon-gang.JPG this]] [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent even more]]).
** Well, there ''is'' an entire team working in Monica stories, so this may be a subversion. Just pick up any of their running comic books (except for the Teen Gang series) and see how much the art varies from story to story. Therefore, it's more like ArtShift (though Mauricio's own drawing style has gotten closer and closer to his characters' depictions in the comics over the years).
* ArtShift: One 2009 story was about Jimmy Five and Smudge swiping supporting character Marina's magic pencil and being transported to various comic book worlds. Much [[ShoutOut Shouting Out]] ensues.
** The plot was revisited the following year. This time, it's Captain Fray who steals Marina's pencil in order to pull off yet another of his worldwide pollution plans, and he drags Smudge (whom he considers his disciple) along for the ride.
* AscendedExtra: Monica and Chuck Billy started as minor characters. Both are protagonists now.
** Minor case: Smudge and Maggy were secondary characters, and in 1982 and 1989, respectively, gained their own series.
*** Denise outdoes them all, though. Before she joined the cast for good, she was used mainly as a prop character, like when the writers needed another girl in the scene without being able to use some. Thus, [[YouDontLookLikeYou she changed her looks and behavior with every appearance]]. This is explained and lampshaded in her breakout story in 1998 (also listed under LegacyCharacter), in which the "[[AnimatedActors actress]]" playing Denise calls it quits after getting sick of all the {{Mind Screw}}y changes to the character, and the others decide to hold an audition to find a replacement for her. In the end, [[StatusQuoIsGod she returns]] and, with the character design having now stuck, later appearances [[CharacterDevelopment give her a more sketched-out character]], making her basically a [[GenkiGirl Genki]] ValleyGirl who loves gossiping, and EnsembleDarkhorse enough to even warrant a spot among the core characters of the ''Teen Gang''.
* AuthorAvatar: Mauricio appears often in the stories, and the rest of the writing staff appears sometimes.
* BadassAdorable: Monica.
* TheBardOnBoard: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrPmtCc1bso Jimmy Five and Monica in the World of Romeo and Juliet]]''
* BeautifulAllAlong: Chuck Billy's teacher is very attractive without her glasses and taking down her hair.
* BelligerentSexualTension / SlapSlapKiss: A basic description of Monica and Jimmy Five's relationship. Somewhat downplayed in their teen incarnation, when Jimmy - ahem, J - is much less of a JerkAss, but not entirely since both him and Monica are more accepting of their relationship by then.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Maggy is one of the most unambiguously good characters in the comics, but ''don't mess with her friends''.
* BigBallOfViolence: Every time someone's fighting, it devolves into this. Even if it's one of the typical {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s Monica has with the boys - and even if it's only Jimmy getting beat up.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maggy. Usually your nice girl, but when food is involved, her unpleasant side comes up. Examples include always taking huge bites out of other people's food, outright invading Monica's house for food and thinking there's nothing wrong with it and eating all at once to not share with other people. It carries to the manga as well, where she's not above ''stalking'' the teacher she has a crush on despite being on a relationship with Todd, and, when Monica and Jim had the argument that caused him to break off their thing with each other because of Monica's inability to back down and stubbornness, talking to Monica that Jim didn't deserve her and she needs to forget him.
* BlindWithoutEm: Specs.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Monica reaches this status sometimes, specially when [[SpotlightStealingSquad she's not the star of the title or the story and still beats the villain]] (great example is a ''Film/BatmanForever'' parody where she was NicoleKidman's character Chase Meridian, while Jimmy played Batman and Smudge was Robin; as she was being held captive by The Riddler - Franklin - and he threatened to spread out Batman's secret identity, everyone suddenly started insulting her - ''including Batman and Robin''!!! As a result, she got so angry that she broke out by herself and started laying down the law on everyone in the room - so much so, she even managed to separate Nimbus and Nick Nope, who had been fused into that story's version of Two-Face.
** Lampshaded once in Smudge's book, when they encounter a vampire:
---> '''Smudge''': Monica! Please save us! Use your strength!
---> '''Monica''': Why me? This is ''your'' book! ''You're'' the one who's supposed to save us!
** Then after beating up that vampire, plus two more, who ''had'' to offend her:
---> '''Monica''': Sorry, Smudge. I know this is your comic book, but they've just gone too far.
** It's becoming endemic with the movie parodies, where plush bunnies are used to defeat basically every villain.
* BrattyHalfPint: Junior, and how.
* BullyingADragon: Jimmy and co. ''know'' of Monica's strength. They ''know'' she has a short fuse. They ''know'' they'll get their asses handed to them in platters if they make fun of her. Not that this has ever actually stopped them.
* ButtMonkey: Usually either Smudge or Sunny, but pretty much every boy in the gang has been one at a point.
** The writers lately seem to enjoy having one field day after another asserting Sunny's status as ButtMonkey.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Pretty much what Monica feels about the boys: they get to her nerves at every turn, but she would risk her hide for them anyway.
* CatUpATree: One by one, while trying to rescue a cat from a tree, all four main members of ''MonicasGang'' got ''themselves'' stuck until the branch they were sitting on gave in and they fell. After that, they left and the cat remained stuck and forgotten.
** Franklin once scolded his dog for growling at a cat that was up a tree. Then he tried to rescue the cat, only to be scratched by the ungrateful animal. Franklin was now the one growling. The dog smiled at this.
* CatchPhrase: Whenever Glu sets foot in Blu's stories, he ''has'' to shout "[[HiMom Hello, mom!]]".
** And say "bye-bye, mom!" whenever Blu ''[[LiteralAssKicking literally]]'' kicks him out of them.
* TheChewToy: Sunny, whose "secondary character" status is frequently mentioned, ''even by other secondary characters'' (he's a recurring victim on the {{Tumblr}} mentioned in MemeticMutation, which even did a whole day featuring panels of "Sunny sucks").
** Weaponized in their parody of ''Film/TheAvengers'' where Sunny was TheIncredibleHulk, HulkingOut after being mocked as a secondary character.
* CityMouse: Chuck Billy's cousin. Chuck himself serves as a CountryMouse when he goes visiting him.
* ClingyJealousGirl : Rosie Lee has her moments to the point where she throws a fit everytime she sees Chuck with another girl, despite Chuck showing that he only has eyes for her.
* CloudCuckooLander: Nutty Ned, a psychiatric hospital escapee whose job is making Jimmy Five's life a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** 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).
* ContinuityPorn: Particularly in recent years, as the writers decide to reference really old stories (or long-forgotten plot points, such as Captain Frey being Smudge's crazy uncle). The MilestoneCelebration of 500 ''Mônica'' issues was filled with this!
* CoolBigSis: Sunny's sister Xabeu, who also doubles as a StacysMom of sorts.
* CoolTeacher / BadassTeacher: Nutty Ned of all people in the manga spin-off. He's still a nutjob, but damn if he isn't awesome.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of the first issue of Cebolinha/Jimmy's solo title showed Captain Fray attacking a hot air balloon Jimmy was in, but Fray ''didn't'' appear in the comic. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] in the MilestoneCelebration of issue #500 of Jimmy's title, when Fray [[NoFourthWall reads Cebolinha #1]] and gets angry when he notices he's despicted only on the cover, then trying to travel back in time to [[MediumAwareness rewrite that story]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld
* 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.
* CuteBruiser: Monica, no matter what the boys may say.
* DadaComics: While bizarre comics happen every now and then, Nutty Ned runs on this.
* DependingOnTheWriter: ''Everyone''.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Smudge seems to have a knack to always say improper things at the wrong time. This is usually what crashes Jimmy's "infallible plans", but he has given himself away many other times.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Maggy's Dad's boss once had dinner with her family and she was told to control herself. [[BigEater Easier said than done]]. [[spoiler:Maggy's Dad was afraid he'd be punished but instead his boss gave him a raise so he'd be able to support her]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Monica and most of her friends (Jimmy Five nowithstanding) walk barefoot, though they wear shoes every now and then.
** EarthyBarefootCharacter: Chuck Billy and Zeke are a whole other deal regarding the lack of shoes.
* DolledUpInstallment: The Monica games for the MasterSystem and SegaGenesis are edited ''Franchise/WonderBoy'' games.
* EverythingTalks: On [[strike:some]] most of Blu's stories.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: There's a reason why Jimmy Five's schemes for taking over the block are "infallible plans" (actually, [[{{Irony}} anything he deems "infallible" IS bound to fail]]. He's kinda like [[ScoobyDoo Fred Jones]]: he's always the man with a plan, except said plans never work out). Related, Smudge's inability to not join the schemes, [[GenreSavvy even though he knows they'll fail]].
** Actually, there was one story where Jimmy used a boomerang and a minirecorder to trick Monica into thinking her bunny didn't like her anymore and wanted to be Jimmy's instead of hers. He intended to ask Smudge to join but Smudge had a fever so high he couldn't even leave bed. He hated it until it became the reason he didn't get involved with the plan.
** SpannerInTheWorks: Most of the times they fail due to Smudge doing something wrong (mostly by [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud his slips of the tongue]]).
*** In the story where the fever prevented Smudge from joining, the spanner was [[spoiler:Mr. Five demanding the boomerang and the minirecorder. Jimmy took them without asking for his permission first]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Sooo much in the late years (since the last decade, or even right at the end of TheNineties). The kids are much more hyperactive and have some traits amped up so as to come across as almost negative - for example, having the resident BigEater flying into a frenzy at the slightest mention of anything food-related, and using Sunny's perceived "lack of notability" to make him the all-around ButtMonkey (something he was '''never''' known for before). Also, they tack in lots of [[OutOfCharacterMoment OOC Moments]] (many of these shown in the MemeticMutation link - the period can be told by the art style), if only for RuleOfFunny.
* FlowerPotDrop: Monica once accidentally dropped one from an apartment window and hurried down. She couldn't use the stairs because they were being washed back then so she had to wait for an elevator. Despite this, she [[spoiler:managed to arrive on time to be hit]].
* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, 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).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Monica is (very much) choleric, Jimmy Five is sanguine, Smudge is melancholic, and Maggy is supine.
* [[FiveManBand Four Kid Band]]: The remaining role is usually filled by a supporting character (usually Franklin as TheSmartGuy).
** [[TheHero The Hero(ine)]] = Monica
** TheLancer / TheSmartGuy = Jimmy Five
** TheBigGuy = Smudge
** TheChick = Maggy
** TeamPet = Blu (mainly on the merchandise, for two reasons: 1. each of the other characters has a pet of their own, and 2. in-universe, Blu is Franklin's pet dog - since they were both created together, in 1959, which laid the basis for the rest of the Gang)
*** In Chuck Billy's stories, Chuck is TheHero, Cousin Benny is TheLancer, Zeke is TheBigGuy (many times because he's [[TheDitz dumb enough]] to accept the heavy duties), Taka is TheSmartGuy and Rosie Lee is TheChick.
* GenderBender: One comic about Monica's birthday has her and her friends turning into the opposite gender.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Two boys (Jimmy Five and Smudge) and two girls (Monica and Maggy)
* GeniusDitz: Maggy.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During 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.)
** Pretty much the entire comic book can be considered GettingCrapPastTheRadar, so much that's almost RefugeInAudacity.
* GreenAesop: Occurs WAY too often in this series.
** A considerable amount of Chuck Billy's comics are all about that. Deflorestation, pollution, "how living in a city turns you into a sedentary paranoid" - if his cousin is involved in the comic there is a 99% chance that the story will be about that -, or how the "bad men" will hunt innocent animals for money. He has been turned into several kinds of animals and even engaged into conversation with a waterfall and the Sun himself.
*** Parodied in one of Jimmy Five's stories, when the title character says "Wait, do you think I like to live in nature, green and stuff? Who the heck do you think I am? Chuck Billy?"
** Most of Tom-Tom's comics are also like this, with emphasis on pollution. That, or how teamwork is important.
* GreyAndGrayMorality
* HairTriggerTemper: Again, Monica.
* HairyHammerspace: Fluff.
* HandsomeLech: Bucky, at least when his girlfriend is out of sight.
* HypocriticalHumor: one of the occasional plot devices, especially in short stories.
** Of note, any stories where we can see Vanilla's point of view.
** Also of note is Jimmy Five calling Monica short and fat, when you consider he's just the same height and rather tubby himself (not exactly fat, but he and Monica have a very similar body shape).
* HurricaneOfPuns: At times with a LamePunReaction as well.
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcJrrIkfuUg Enough]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVHu87z4J6E for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHNEmsyJeuQ a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rd3dM-D5nw full]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHo-zgE6GXU album]].
** IWantSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrJ5s4rnbbk Jimmy's Protest]]"
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Monica uses a ''blue stuffed rabbit'' to beat up the boys who annoy her, and just about every bad guy that shows up.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Several Jimmy Five's stories in the late 2000's. Before that, it was just the stories with Nutty Ned or his dog, but lately he's been dwelling in the absurdism every now and then (and not only him, it must be said). However, back in 1985, in his issue #155, he had a VERY weird story in wich he, while fleeing from Monica, finds the stairwell that connects heaven and hell, and as he walks upward, he starts to become a spirit. He then threats Monica and claims that he is becoming a DARK GOD, with flames and all. Then, Angel comes from heaven and tells Monica on how Lucifer became a fallen angel and turned several angels into demons by descending the stairwell (this prompted Heaven to shut it down and switch to a one way elevator). AND THEN, Smudge appears and manages to trick Jimmy into giving him the marbles Smudge did lend to him once, and somehow throws Jimmy back to land. When Monica and Angel are about to thank Smudge, it reveals that he is really Satan and used the illusion to stop Jimmy from becoming another God, since God himself is more than enough to be his rival. MindScrew much? Oh, by the way, the story is titled as "O Deus Cebola", or "Jimmy the God". For some reason it is nearly impossible to find any sort of info regarding that story.
** [[http://socializando2009.blogspot.com/2010/08/o-deus-cebola.html Here it is.]] Witness Jimmy's AGodAmI moment you too.
** To some people, this story doubles as horrific. Mainly because Jimmy Five suffers a big FaceHeelTurn. Thankfully, [[ItGotBetter he gets better]].
* JerkAss: Jimmy can be one of these many times, and not only to Monica. He has been seen setting up infallible plans to make Smudge bathe, and even used Maggy's appetite as a weapon against Monica, for instance. A real EnfantTerrible. But, in general, he falls more into JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Although Jimmy could fall into AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. Is he a JerkAss like described above? Or is he just giving payback for people constantly making fun of his speech problems? Early stories show people pulling pretty mean-spirited jokes about it. The Alternate Jim in the manga became an utter jerk BECAUSE of people picking on his speech problems. That's enough to make a lot of people bitter. To be fair, people don't pick on him nearly as much as he and the other boys do to Monica. If that would be a reason for Jimmy to be such a jerk, then Monica should become an absolute bitch. Jimmy's problem (especially as of late) is being selfish to a fault, though this can be played with considering that Jimmy thinks Monica pulled a SpotlightStealingSquad on him (he was created in 1960 and was the main character of Mauricio's strips until 1963, when Monica debuted and became the title character) and wants to repay her in kind.
* LegacyCharacter: A story acknowledges the fact that Denise's appearance is inconsistent by saying she's just a character played by various [[AnimatedActors animated actresses]].
* LethalChef: When Monica cooks, it sometimes gets to this. Just see her [[http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/dino/images/p09-03.gif health juice]] recipe.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played very straight, particularly with Monica. One certain picture has her looking at her wardrobe... which is chock full of red dresses just like the one she usually wears.
** Averted with the manga. Every issue ''all'' the characters have different clothes.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Mostly at the theater, plus two films (one made for TV, one direct to video),[[http://www.producaocultural.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/teatro-turma-da-monica.jpg all with adults wearing masks.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Yeah''.
* LongPants: You see someone wearing social pants and shoes, they're like this. Except in the rare case that the pants and shoes are different colors, or they're drawn in promo artwork (i.e. not within a story).
* LukeIAmYourFather: Captain Fray is Smudge's uncle who either went crazy or got transformed by the dust of his comic collection, but few people remember or care about that. In a StarWars parody, Fray says "I'm your father's brother!" to Smudge and throws his [[NoFourthWall debut comic]] (Mônica Vol.1 #31, published in 1972) as proof. Years later Smudge seems to have forgotten about it, as Marina shows him that same comic and he gets shocked, quoting Darth Vader once again.
** Referenced early in the Teen run (issue #4) by Denise, via BreakingTheFourthWall to tell Angelo why Fray will not check the back issues to elaborate a counter-plan to their plan to rescue Franklin. She states that the incident got him traumatized.
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: ''Coelhada nas Estrelas/[[http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/coelhada/welcome.htm Star Warp]]'', and the sequels ''O Feio Contra-Ataca'' and ''O Retorno de Jedito''.
* MeatOVision: [[http://porramauricio.tumblr.com/photo/1280/702113517/1/tumblr_l424waFeak1qbnzf6 Done with Maggy, of course.]]
** There once was a story where Maggy went around trying to eat something and there was absolutely nothing. Not even in restaurants or street vendors - in fact, everything was deserted. It gets to a point where, at the end, she sees ''the world'' as a giant watermelon and dives mouth-first into it, leaving only a patch of land. Towards the end, cut to the studio, and Mauricio orders the story to be rewritten.
* MediumAwareness: ''Good God''.
* MonsterMash: Bug-a-Booo's gang is this.
** BedsheetGhost: The title character and all other ghosts (the bedsheets suffer some abuse from time to time).
** TheGrimReaper: Lady [=McDeath=], who is both female and [[DontFearTheReaper quite clumsy]]. Has a counterpart in the [[DeliveryStork Reincarnation Stork]].
** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often.
** FrankensteinsMonster: Frank, a ManChild whose parts frequently fall.
** {{Werewolf}}: Wolfgang, who mostly behaves like a dog.
** {{Mummy}}: Moe the Mummy
** DemBones: Zé Caveira
*** SkullForAHead: Skully, who is [[LosingYourHead just a disembodied skull]].
* TheMovie: Quite a few. "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 "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), both from the Eighties, as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally, "Comic Book Movie") series (currently with four movies), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions.
* MuggingTheMonster: In some occasions, some people who doesn't know Monica's SuperStrength (usually criminals or bullies from another neighborhood) find out the hard way it's a big mistake to threaten her or [[BerserkButton insult her]].
* NoFourthWall: Characters frequently mention panels, the writing staff, the reader, and lampshade facts such as the barefoot characters not having toes.
** One amusing 3 letter panel had Jimmy and Smudge running away from Monica only for Jimmy to smile and suddenly stop after seeing the "End" graphic at the corner... of the second panel. The third panel shows a beat up Smudge berating whoever made that mistake.
** Also, one Chuck Billy story had him racing Zeke in many occasions, with Zeke always failing to beat Chuck. Then, at the last page, Zeke proposes to see who could get to the end of the story faster. After Chuck zips out of the panel, Zeke simply pulls a pencil out from his pocket and writes "END" at the corner of the frame he's in. Only half a page later, Chuck is still running, and looks up and sees how Zeke managed to fool him.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Used and lampshaded. The main cast is always six, nevermind the fact the series has been running for over 40 years. Every year there's a special edition featuring one of the main characters' 7th birthday. However, they always return to being six years old again. In a recent example, someone asks Jimmy how old he's turning. "Seven," he replies, "just like ''evewy'' other year."
** At least, we know when to expect birthday stories for the main characters: Monica's in March 21, Jimmy's in October 24, Smudge's in November, (date not certain; it's only known that he's a Sagittarius), Maggy's in May 8[[note]]both Monica and Maggy share their birthdays with Mauricio's namesake daughters[[/note]] and Chuck Billy's in July 1st.
** In one of the late-2009 issues, it is implied that all of the birthday stories are actually about THE ONE AND ONLY BIRTHDAY PARTY they will ever experience - the 7th birthday party. This means, for example, that every Jimmy's birthday-themed story reveals one of the events that happened in his 7th birthday party. Again, the main character of this story is... Jimmy Five.
** This changed with the [[SpinoffBabies Spinoff Teens]] manga.
** The SlidingTimescale is alluded to in a recent special issue released by the time of the [[TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], in which Maggy's mother was stated to be pregnant of her in 2002, while Monica and Jimmy appear as babies in 2006 (complete with rewriting the infamous [[MemeticMutation Zidane headbutt]] into one of her first bunny-bashings gone wrong: she tried to hit Jimmy, but the bunny slipped off her hand [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength all the way to Berlin]]) which, considering they're all about the same age, would be quite inaccurate (they'd have to be three to four years old by the latter point).
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Jimmy Five is the only one among the four main characters.
* OnlySixFaces: Lampshaded. The series often jokes about this with characters commenting about "how they can't tell each other apart when they're bald because everyone looks alike". Most of the child characters have the same facial features (the only tell-tale difference being nose shapes aside from other facial nuances - like the dirt strokes on Smudge's cheeks) and the differences between their body types are subtle.
** This was even lampshaded by Sunny in one story: "That's the good thing on Mauricio's characters all having the same face... No one can tell them apart!" (as Jimmy was wearing a bushy blonde wig to look like Sunny, who wanted to sneak out of his room despite being bedridden)
* PantyShot: Happens alot, especially in the animated versions. Doesn't help that the dresses the girls wear have short hemline (in fact, in Monica and Maggy's cases, they look like T-shirts that go just below the waist).
* ParentalBonus: [[http://www.umpassinhoafrente.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/horacio_revitalizado.jpg Some stories]] won't be well appreciated by kids.
* ParodyNames: Played oh so very straight. More often than not, a celebrity or licensed character/series makes a cameo in the strips, but their names are slightly changed to something that creates a pun and is close enough to the original to avoid copyright infringement. Examples include: Pokemão instead of Pokemon, Darti Vesgo instead of Darth Vader, Superomão instead of Superman, Ton Cruzes instead of Tom Cruise... However, the jokes make more sense and are funnier in Portuguese. This, invariably, sometimes ends up leading to BlandNameProduct and LawyerFriendlyCameo.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Monica, duh.
* PostModernism: The lack of FourthWall leads to this. The original Marina story had the real Marina (Maurício's homonymous daughter) invading the comic, only for dad to reveal at the end of the story that he created a character based on her.[[note]]furthering the MindScrew: since Franklin's UnrequitedLove for Marina was [[LoveAtFirstSight at first sight]], he originally fell in love with the real one![[/note]]
* PowerTrio
** For the girls: Monica, Maggy, and either Marina or Denise (with Marina as the third member, they even formed their own Series/CharliesAngels team in a few stories).
** For the boys: Jimmy Five, Smudge, and usually Sunny.
* PrehensileHair: Jimmy Five.
* RealityWarper: Nutty Ned.
** Also, Marina's magic pencil allows its wielder to bring whatever they draw to life, as well as create doors to alternate universes.
* RogerRabbitEffect: Occurs in some of their films.
* RollingPinOfDoom: There was a RomeoAndJuliet parody featuring Jimmy Five as Romeo and Monica as Juliet. Friar Smudge told Romeo Jimmy the marriage would be so Monicapulet would stop hitting them with that bunny. Jimmy was interested until Smudge showed a rolling pin and told Jimmy that's what wives hit their husbands with.
* {{Room 101}}: The prospect of getting wet is this for Smudge.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with Isabel, Bucky's girlfriend. [[spoiler: Especially in the manga, where she [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it.]]]]
* SeriousBusiness: Monica's stuffed rabbit for a lot of the boys in the block (mostly Jimmy Five and Smudge). The [[ZanyScheme plans]] to try and steal it away from her have included ''time traveling''.
** Also, Monica's self-given title of "ruler of the street", which sometimes ends up giving her a control freak behavior.
*** The title is one the boys gave to her, not one she made herself. She just won't let it go out of spite.
* ShipTease: Since, aside from Monica and Jimmy, there is another boy and another girl completing the leading cast, many readers try pairing Smudge and Maggy together (and some alternate future stories even have them as a pair), despite them already having a girlfriend and a boyfriend, respectively.
* ShoutOut: Many, especially in late years, when Smudge became a diehard [[StarWars Star]] [[ParodyNames Warp]] fan, among other things.
** [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljlh4hK1UQ1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg This panel]] [[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.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Maggy, except when [[BigEater she's hungry]] (which many writers have played with as being 99% of the time).
* SplitPersonality: Blu is the only character who appears in two different kind of stories; in one he is a normal dog, and in the other he is a [[AnimatedActors director/actor of comics]], is totally personified (walking by two feet behind the sets, and walking like a normal dog when acting) and is famous for the strips in which he talks to objects. No, really. And the objects ''[[EverythingTalks talk back]]''.
** The most prominent object is Ms. Rock. Yes... A ''female'' rock.[[note]]Mostly due to the fact that Portuguese doesn't have a neutral gender, so rocks are feminine. But yeah.[[/note]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Sometimes, whenever a Mauricio character mention death or the verb "die", Lady [=McDeath=] (a female and [[DontFearTheReaper comedic]] GrimReaper from Bug-a-boo's stories) appears.
** 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.....?"), here he comes.
* TheSpeechless: Hummer, who only speaks in "hmmmm".
* SpoiledBrat : Monica is one on her [[DependingOnTheWriter worst days]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: At first the protagonist was Jimmy Five. [[http://crescer.globo.com/edic/129/monica4.jpg Once he stumbled upon a girl who hit him]], and she later turned into the main character. (probably due to being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the first female one]], and based on the creator's daughter, no less)
* SuperStrength: Monica, sometimes to hilarious extents (in one single-page comic she literally blew the world away from her with a sneeze). Maybe that's why the bunny bashings hurt so much.
** In the early issues, it was revealed that she used to keep a brick inside Samson. Nowadays she really possesses super-human strenght, and her mother revealed that some of her family members also have the power.
* TagalongKid: Junior, and ocasionally Jimmy Five's little sister.
* TimeMachine: Franklin builds so many of them that many times characters lampshade how it's basically the only thing he does (Smudge makes fun of it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHDHXWm4Fjo this episode]]). In fact, one of these is what triggers the events of the aforementioned TimeTravel movie.
* TokenMinority: Let's see... Jeremiah is the standard "token black boy", but there's also Doreen (blind girl), Luca (boy in a wheelchair), Hummer (who was initially only mute, but was [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] as deaf as well) and some others..
** However, take in mind: Brazil is a highly syncretic country where prejudice is not tolerated. So some comics incentivate social inclusion of some groups. The stereotypical depictions, common in works of other countries, are averted here, excluding of course Antonio Alfacinha and his father: they are Portuguese, have a thick accent, love cod and the elder one works in a bakery.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Monica and Maggy.
* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs sound dated to modern-day speakers - which is a mortal sin when you have a parallel "Teen" imprint.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Everything for Maggy, but watermelon takes the cake. It's completely normal to see her gobbling an entire one down.
** Also, lettuce for Horacio.
* {{Tsundere}}: Monica is Type A; she may beat Jimmy Five (and Smudge) up in most of the comics, but they are also good friends, and in some stories set in the future, they are married with children (not to mention them becoming a full-fledged OfficialCouple in the Teen Gang imprint).
* {{Tuckerization}}: Considering most characters are based on [[WriteWhoYouKnow people Mauricio knew]], common. Maggy, Monica, Nimbus (Mauro in real life), Nick Nope (also called Maurício in real life) and Marina are [[http://100jabuticabas.com.br/caldeirao/mauricio-de-souza-publica-fotos-de-seus-filhos-que-inspiraram-personagens-da-turma-da-monica/ his children]] (also Jimmy Five's baby sister, Mary Angela, whose English version name matches her real life one), Smudge and Jimmy Five are childhood friends, Chuck Billy and Zeke were brothers of his grandma (he didn't know them, but the grandma always told stories), Tina is a school acquaintance and Horacio, a childhood friend who became a teacher.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}} and Film/IronMan, and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers Captain America]].
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Smudge's pet pig is named "[[http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/60s70s/g/gl_mcp.htm Chovinista]]" (Chauvy in the English translation).
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Monica, particularly in the newspaper comics, where it's easy to make quick joke with either a beating or threatening to do so.
* WhatTheHellHero: As much of a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]] {{Tsundere}} that Monica is, she can sometimes be really bossy and irrational and when she wants to do something, she's not above using violence to convince the boys to do as she wants when they're minding their own business.[[note]]E.G:Forcing Smudge and Jimmy to celebrate the "National Poetry Day" (which is 14th March in Brazil) while Smudge was minding his own business and Jimmy wanted to watch a soccer game on tv when it wasn't even 14th March, just because she felt like it. And when Franklin told then when the actual Poetry Day was, Smudge and Jimmy walk away pissed off at Monica and the story ends when her turning to Franklin saying "See what you did?" and she beats Franklin afterwards.[[/note]]. Granted, Jimmy does call her out on this in the Manga.
** FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Regarding Monica's actions described above, there's the "Threaten your friends with violence or boss them around so they do what you want, and beat them up if things don't go your way" message.
* WhenIWasYourAge: Jimmy Five's father once told Jimmy that, with Jimmy's allowances, he once bought stuff for home. Jimmy then asked how his parents did to live off ice cream and sweets.
* WholePlotReference: Occurs sometimes - the ''StarWars'' and ''Batman Forever'' parodies mentioned above, a RomeoAndJuliet retelling (in which Monica disagrees with Shakespeare's [[DownerEnding ending]] and forces the Prince of Verona - Sunny - to give them a happy one)... - with a recent series even compilating old ones and creating a few new ones.
** There's a special book titled "Movie Classics", which comes out every two months in parallel with the other titles, featuring reprints of stories done before (like their take on the original ''Film/JurassicPark''), compilations on a common film theme (like comedy movies or SpiderMan-related stories) or completely original stories (like those based on ''Film/TheTerminator'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which is the source of the ReferenceOverdosed image). One of the latter has a ''heck'' of an AdaptationDistillation to the entirety of Batman's cinema career, except for the aforementioned ''Batman Forever'', which had been done before (and reprinted in an earlier issue) - the plot just skips from ''Film/BatmanReturns'' to ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', and later includes [[Film/BatmanTheMovie the 1966 movie]] as well!
** [[http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/12trab/welcome.htm One]] even has Monica, [[ClassicalMythology Hercules']] daughter [[FollowInMyFootsteps doing a variant of his 12 works]].
** And then there's the aforementioned ''Manga/DeathNote'' parody issue on the ''Teen Monica'' manga...
* 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]].
** Also Monica, while being superstrong and brave, has her own girly fears (like pretty much every other girl in the gang): she will shriek and cower at the sight of any [[EekAMouse mouse]], bug, worm or what have you. Needless to say, Jimmy had used it to his advantage more than once.
* WrittenSoundEffect: Shows up in both the comic book and the animated versions.
* ZanyScheme: Jimmy Five's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Infallible]] Plans. One comic had him developing a [[GambitRoulette over-the-top one relying on random factors]] (such as having Monica attacked by a passing alien ship), only for Smudge to convince him on giving up by saying it was too implausible. [[GilliganCut Cue Monica saying she had just went through all of what had been described in the plan...]]

!!Tropes exclusive to the Teen Spinoff Manga:


* AlternateUniverse: While the manga itself is considered one to the kids' gang (even according to WordOfGod), its issue #36 adds in ''another'' AU, a CrapsackWorld in which Jimmy, who didn't care about getting better from his [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome speech impediment]], does indeed rule the street by being a [[JerkAss gigantic asshole]] to everybody, asserting his authority through threats of exposing their secrets. Even the teachers at the school don't get any respect from him. He only grows out of it when [[spoiler:the rest of the gang decides to not care about the blackmail and come clean with each other, thus breaking the hold he had over them. Plus, when Smudge's uncle (a powerless, CorruptCorporateExecutive version of Captain Fray) tried to get a hold of Franklin's world domination machine, built at Jimmy's behest, he was [[FateWorseThanDeath sent to an uninhabited planet]] because, since it was built in such a hurry, there was [[ExactWords nothing in it to specify ]]''[[ExactWords which ]]''[[ExactWords world the user wanted to rule]]. Seeing it could have happened to him, Jimmy loses his jerkiness.]] The reason for all this? [[spoiler:Monica had moved away from the neighborhood while they were still children, essentially [[ForWantOfANail leaving a vacuum in her friends' lives]]. When she came back [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up]], no one recognized her.]]
** Other differences in this AU: Maggy didn't learn to put her appetite in check, so she grew fat; Bucky is shy and insecure, while Sunny is more outgoing and confident; Franklin is a nebbish geek who can't find it in him to approach Marina; Nutty Ned is still a teacher, but has a lot more composure (despite being [[RippleEffectProofMemory apparently aware of the AU]]), and he's the target of Maggy's juvenile crush; Nimbus is a failure at magic; and Sunny's sister didn't make the cut for the space program, working at a fast food joint instead.
* {{AntiHero}}: [[CharacterDevelopment Monica and Jim both shift up the scale to Type II in the manga]].
* ArtEvolution: Compare the covers of the manga version to the inside. Has gotten more consistent lately, but the difference is still pretty glaring.
* CanonForeigner: Several minor characters, including the HotTeacher whom Maggy has a crush on and the weight-conscious Maria Mello.
* {{Chickification}}: Maggy in the manga, as if she wasn't enough of a chick.
* CrossOver: Issues #43 and #44 cross the characters over with many OsamuTezuka characters. Mauricio and Tezuka had been close friends when the latter was alive, and the idea had been in the works for quite some time, even before Tezuka's passing.
* {{Fanservice}} In the first issue of his teen spinoff, Chuck Billy spends three gratuitous panels [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] after jumping into a creek to escape a swarm of bees.
* InformedAttribute: Maggy is often regarded as the sweetest, kindest person there is and the embodiment of IncorruptiblePurePureness by many people, but anyone who reads the manga will be able to notice that it's definitely not that way, seeing how she became a StalkerWithACrush towards [[HotTeacher Rubens]] and continues to crush on him, sometimes ''in front of her actual boyfriend'' without thinking of the consequences and thinks it's totally ok to do so despite how much trouble it caused her and how it's going beyond an actual crush, didn't bother telling Smudge on issue #49 why everyone was always busy and avoiding him and very cowardly backed out of the conversation ''after he saved her life'' and how quickly she is to [[DoubleStandard point out the boys' flaws but ignore the girls' fault at any given situation, aside from one occasion on Issue #59.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Carmem. AlphaBitch SpoiledBrat by every definition who, in gratitude to Dustine for the grade she got for both of them allowing Carmem to pass the semester, helped her fix her relationship with Smudge [[MagnificentBastard through a very elaborate plan]]. Monica put it best:
--> ''Monica'': Carmen. Thanks for what you did for them. Looks like you're not mean or dumb all the time. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Just mostly.]]
--> ''Carmem'': ({{Beat}}) ...Bite me.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Bucky and Jim are prime examples, but Monica really stands out. To name one instance, when Jim was late to a rehearsal with her for the school play because he was busy with a school project whose deadline was the day afterwards and he needed to hand out a part of his projects at the same day of the rehearsal, Monica says that what he did was thinking only of himself. [[SarcasmMode Because being a good student is absolutely selfish, isn't it?]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Bucky, though even in that continuity Jimmy still has his moments[[note]]Case in point: issue #47, where the gang travels to Japan. Jimmy behaves like a total tool, complaining all the time and voluntarily getting himself lost because he was tired of being told what to do.[[/note]].
** Although they ''pale'' in comparison to Toni. To put in perspective, Neither Bucky nor Jim ever plotted to crush Monica's heart for a ''decade'' just because they got beaten up by her and made fun of by it.
* {{Outgambitted}}: In issue #35, Jim somehow managed to outgambit himself, by creating another persona to attend to a costume party held by 3 rich people (One of them being Carmen's aunt), so he could spend a romantic night with Monica without needing to defeat her first. Naturally this creates a 5th competition for Monica's affections. May double as a case of LoveMakesYouDumb. However, said persona [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse is never brought up again]].
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Monica can sometimes act like a self-centered harpy in a way that [[{{Twilight}} Bella]] would never achieve to be, and a bully on top of that, as her treatment of Irene and Sofia shows, and she never accepts anyone disagreeing with her. ever. But she somehow ends up always being in the right, not being called out on any of her bad deeds or getting away with it with nothing but a slap-on-the-wrist.
* SeriousBusiness: Smudge with his hobbies, Monica with the school play that took place on Issue #9.
* ShoutOut: Manga Issue#35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characthers 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 SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn and many others.
** There was also a two-issue story that was entirely a shoutout to Manga/DeathNote.
** The "Id Monsters" saga is about the main quartet facing their dark side and once they're overcome, they're trapped within cards that gives them powers when activated. [[ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Does that sound familiar?]]
* SpinoffBabies: In reverse, and [[FanonDiscontinuity throughly denied]] by die-hard fans who claim the series is ruined, despite them obviously not being the intended demographic and the original series still be going on.
* TheBeautifulElite: Sometimes you may think that the manga was drawn by Creator/{{CLAMP}}.
* TheCameo: [[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]] as a school doctor. Yes, you read it right.
* TimeSkip: A good chunk of [[MilestoneCelebration issue #50]] of ''Monica Teen'' took place ten years into the future, showing, among other things, [[TheyDo Jimmy and Monica's wedding and married life]]. The Manga itself counts as a whole.
* TookALevelInBadass: Jimmy Five- [[InsistentTerminology ahem, Jim]] - grows some backbone in the Manga and starts to call out Monica on her violent tendencies and bossy attitude.
** Exhibit A: Issues #23 and #24, which is a WholePlotReference to ''Manga/DeathNote'', but replacing "Death" with "Laughter", with Jimmy himself as the story's "Kira" ("The Great Clown" here). At one scene, when everyone is their school is discussing the Clown's identity, Smudge says that because Monica is so hotheaded, she would be a potential target for the Clown. And then this follows:
-->'''Monica:''' Is that true, Jim? You really think I deserve a laughing attack?
-->'''Jim:''' You know what, Monica? Smiling wouldn't kill you! It's a pain in the ass to put up with someone who is always stressed! You may feel comfortable with that big temper of yours...but we're the ones who suffer to put up with your fretfulness!
-->'''Smudge:''' [[OhCrap Now he's done it...]]
-->'''Maggy:''' [[OhCrap I gotta go get my order...]]
-->'''Marina:''' [[OhCrap I left a drawing unfinished...]]
-->'''Monica:''' H-how do you have the nerve to...
-->'''Jim:''' And I'll tell you more: If that Clown actually exists, I bet you are on his list!
** Exhibit B: Issue #26, where two brothers who are professional rollerbladers,[[note]]Carmen's cousins, no less[[/note]] are bullying everyone around their city and acting like [[InsufferableGenius colossal]] [[SmugSnake pricks]]. Monica, getting fed up with their attitude, challenges them to a rollerblading contest, dragging Maggy, Smudge and Jim into it, without asking them about it in the first place. None of them, of course, knows how to skate. At some point, Jim falls again trying to skate and Monica starts yelling at him.
-->'''Monica:''' That won't do it! That won't do it! You don't have a drop of effort, Jim!
-->'''Jim:''' Hey, that's not like it. I'm doing my best!
-->'''Maggy:''' Both of you are trying hard and...
-->'''Monica:'''Yeah, right! It looks like you're goofing off on me! How am I supposed to know if I can count on you for the contest?
-->'''Jim:''' Count on me? Count on me?! COUNT ON ME?! So you want to know if you can count on me? I NEVER said I knew how to skate! I DON'T! And still, I'M HERE! WEARING THIS STUPID OUTFIT! SCRAPING MY BUTT ON THE FLOOR! AND ALL BECAUSE SOMEONE MADE A ROLLERBLADING CHALLENGE, WHEN SAID PERSON DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SKATE! AND STILL, SHE GOT HER FRIENDS ON A STUPID CONTEST! WITHOUT EVEN ASKING THEM! AND NOW YOU WANNA KNOW IF YOU CAN COUNT ON ME?
** [[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.]]
** Todd, who grew some major cajones not only as he grew up, but as the manga itself progressed. Unlike most of the male cast (save for minor exceptions, such as Nick Nope), Todd takes none of the girls' DoubleStandard bullcrap, often pointing out that he doesn't take well to Maggy's crush on the science teacher and yet getting fussy when he looks at other girls with the faintest hint of interest. There's also the way he handled his bullying in recent issues, with no need whatsoever to get violent, and still coming out on top. Todd may as well be the biggest Badass in the series at this point.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Monica leveled up a lot in this regard. There's also Bucky and Carmen.
** Jimmy also has his moments.
* 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.
** And he finally retributes the favor in issue #22.
** They're not exactly official yet. That might change in the upcoming issue #34.
*** They did, but broke up in the end of issue #34. So they're back to square one.
*** It sounds more like UnresolvedSexualTension if you ask me.

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