[[caption-width-right:302:''Don't worry, Mum. You'll only have to buy ONE new pair of shoes. I kick with the right foot and Zipi with the left foot. Lucky, isn't it?'']]
'''Zipi y Zape''' are the names of two iconic Spanish comic book characters created by José Escobar Saliente in 1947, and of their eponymous strip. With ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon, they are the most popular and most translated Spanish comic books. Their name is derived from the Spanish word ''zipizape'', meaning "turmoil" or "chaos". This word is seriously outdated though and most people under 60/70 will probably think of the comic book if you say it.

Zipi and Zape are young twin brothers who do poorly in school. Mischievous and energetic, they are fans of soccer. They are distinguished solely by their hair color: Zipi is blond, Zape black-haired. Other featured characters are their father, Mr. Pantuflo, a professor of philately and Colombophilia; their mother, the hard-pressed Mrs. Jaimita; Mr. Minervo, their strict teacher; Peloto, the teacher’s pet (and thus the twins’ enemy); Sapientín, their genius cousin, and Toby, their faithful dog. There's also Carpanta, the perpetually-hungry hobo who would do anything for some roast chicken, and his surprisingly-fat-for-a-hobo philosopher friend Protasio.

Their stories are usually short, about one to eight pages long, but occasionally some are longer, about 44 or 48 pages. They are humorous, based on the twins' antics and their effects, since often they backfire spectacularly.

The popularity of ''Zipi y Zape'' has prompted the creation of derivative works, like video games, an animated TV series in 2003 and two live-action movies, ''Las Aventuras de Zipi y Zape'' in 1981 and ''Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica'' in 2013.

!!This comic provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: PlayedForLaughs. Mr. Pantuflo has no trouble in brutally beating the twins or locking them in a mice infested room with no food or water. Even worse is the fact that this is seen as normal.
** Mr. Pantuflo, in the later Escobar strips (the ones which are mostly avaliable), is a saint in comparison with his incarnation in the older, black and white ones, in which he punished his sons with incredibly brutal and sadistic penalties, such as crushing them with a huge steamroller, tying them to a bed of spikes with a large and scary boulder over their head or abandoning them in the middle of the sea. By far, the most disturbing of all is one strip in which Mr. Pantuflo puts them on a guillotine ''with a basket at the bottom to collect their severed heads''.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Lechuzo looks a bit like an owl ("Lechuza" in Spanish is "barn owl", but he looks more like a regular owl, "buho")
* AnimatedAdaptation: Two episodes can be viewed on Website/{{Youtube}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FaqkLW7YBc here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqis_Bp4xcw here]].
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://www.recuerdas.es/tebeos/zipi-y-zape-por-josep-escobar-primera-historieta-publicada-en-la-revista-pulgarcito-numero-57-en-1948.php this]] and [[http://www.tenyten.com/entretenimiento-infantil-destacadas/humor/1066/zipi-y-zape-se-pasan-al-cine this]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In 'El tonel del tiempo' ("The barrel of time"), the twins timetravel to Ancient Egypt and construct a prosthetic nose for Queen [[PunnyName Cleopetra]], who is upset on her really ugly nose, inspired on the Great Sphinx of Giza. She then orders the complete destruction of everything that is more beautiful than her new nose, so Zipi and Zape deface the sphinx to prevent it from being completely demolished.
-->'''Zipi:''' As long as the future generations can appreciate it...!
-->'''Zape:''' Don't think so, they'll say it was Napoleon.
* BookDumb: The twins. They can build a time machine out of a barrel and a broken grandfather's clock, but then they'll struggle to do their homework: calculate 5*13.
* BrickJoke: The "Around the world" 44-page story has one. When the family wins a free trip around the world and they're told that any extra cost will also be covered. Once they finish the trip, they find that the company that gave them the trip is now in bankrupt after paying for [[WalkingDisasterArea all the destruction]] caused by the twins.
* BrokenAesop: Several, usually courtesy of the twins' parents. For example: Mr. Pantuflo has promised, several times, that if their twins get an A he will buy them a bike, the object of their desires. They got an A once ([[StatusQuoIsGod they got As quite frequently in fact]]), not because of any academic prowess, but they got it fairly. So Mr. Pantuflo was obliged to "[[ExactWords buy them what they wrote on a piece of paper]]" they gave him before. The paper was, predictably, full of typos ("We wan a visikle wit too weels") so Mr. Pantuflo said "I don't know what a 'visikle' is, it's not in the dictionary - so I'm not buying it." Kids, don't bother being a good kid: unless your spelling is good, your parents will screw you on a technicality.
* TheButlerDidIt: In one number the twins volunteer to investigate who stole from a woman. Their first question is if she has a butler. She has not.
-->Well, if you had a butler, solving this would be a lot easier.
* ChildProdigy: Sapientín.
* ClassClown: The twins are portrayed this way sometimes.
* ContinuityReboot: The series continued briefly after Escobar's death, now in the hands of cartoonists Juan Carlos Ramis and Joaquín Cera, who put the characters forward to the 21st century.
* CrossOver: With pretty much any other Escobar strip.
** There was also one with ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Sometimes, Zipi and Zape are chastised for really stupid reasons, one notably one is when Mrs. Jaimita punish them to cutting grass in the garden just because they ''didn't know how to use a flypaper''.
** And Jaimita is by far the nicest one of the parents. Pantuflo, the father, borders on the AbusiveParents trope, as he's able to punish them for things they've clearly done not deliberately just as if they've done that way, and sometimes for things [[{{Hypocrite}} whose blame is actually his]].
* DrivenByEnvy: Peloto.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: But using a matress beater, a good ole' spanking or the dreaded "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mice Room]]"
* FollowTheLeader: The strip started out as a rather unsubtle rip-off of ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids''. Later, it grew into its own thing.
* FoodPills: Parodied. In one story where the twins travel to the future, they're given pills that make them instantly learn their school lesson.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: More than you imagine. Escobar was a language master and included very colourful metaphors that could be easily misinterpreted, usually punctuated by an AsideGlance from someone nearby not involved in the conversation.
** Also, the comics could be dark sometimes. One time Jaimita scolded the twins and they ran away: while she was looking for them, she overheard them saying "Oh, what a world!" "What did you expect? We don't fit on it!" Jaimita fears she was too strict with them and that they could be planning [[DrivenToSuicide to do something stupid]]. She barges into the room... only to have a laughing fit when she sees the twins trying to hide in a chest. [[GeniusBonus The Spanish word for "world" is also an antiquated synonym for "chest"]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Zipi and Zape look exactly the same... except for their hair color.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one instance when they reveal that they were both born black-haired but Zipi's wearing a blonde wig. Jaimita complains that [[AnimatedActors their revelation might have costed them the job]].
* HarmlessVillain: Manitas de Uranio, resident burglar of the neighborhood, is totally inept and gets owned by the twins every time he tries to steal from their house.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: This seems to be the twins' favorite good deed, according to the number of times it appears in the comic.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mr. Pantuflo.
** Just to add some examples: one story features him telling Zipi and Zape off because he thought they were smoking cigarettes (they weren't), explaining how unhealthy they are. He doesn't mind that [[BrokenAesop he's almost always smoking himself]].
** Mr. Pantuflo often tells Zipi and Zape off because of their bad marks on school, telling them he always got A. One story, however, revealed he never achieved more than a B. Although whether this is canonical [[NegativeContinuity is questionable]], the fact is that Pantuflo is always depicted as having trouble at the time of helping Zipi and Zape with their homework.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Their hair colours.
* InformedFlaw: The twins have bad publicity and some stories show the citizens running away in panic from Zipi and Zape as if they were terrorists or horrible monsters. In reality, Zipi and Zape are two of the nicest characters in the comics, and they always want to help people.
** Besides, their father is always telling off his children how they are going to fail at every possible way in their life. He [[ComicallyMissingThePoint doesn't seem to realize]] [[WiseBeyondTheirYears how]] [[MrFixIt incredibly]] [[MrImagination intelligent]] they are. Come on, in one story they even managed to create a vaporizer able to enlarge or shrink objects!
** The bad publicity may be due to CharacterizationMarchesOn. In earlier stories, the twins were slightly more mischievous and [[TricksterTwins more prone to perform pranks]] such as tying cans to dog tails. In later stories (the ones that are easier to find and everyone remembers), this trait is dropped, but the citizens' reaction to their pranks isn't.
* InsufferableGenius: Sapientín.
* KickTheDog: Peloto does this a lot. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Literally.]]
* MeaningfulName: Zipi and Zape are named from the Spanish word ''zipizape'' ("chaos", "turmoil"). Peloto takes his name from one of the meanings of the Spanish word ''pelota'' ("suck up"), Sapientín's name obviously comes from ''sapient'', etc.
* NameAndName
* NegativeContinuity
* PerpetualPoverty: Carpanta
* PrintLongRunners
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Peloto is built around this trope. Also Lechuzo, Peloto's crony is Peloto's very own but-kisser.
* SelfPlagiarism: In the late 80s Escobar started a new series about, wait for it... two twin brothers with different hair color, Terre and Moto (Terremoto, "Earthquake") who, huh, were mischievous but kind and smart and went to school and had adventures. Apparently, Escobar had a falling out with his old publisher but they had the rights to Zipi y Zape so Escobar decided to start a new IP as similar as possible to his old one. The new series wasn't exactly successful and Escobar was back to drawing Zipi y Zape before long.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: EVERYONE, particularly the Zapatilla family. If they can say "Esteemed and beloved sibling" they won't say "Dear brother".
* SmugSnake: Peloto, a particularly repulsive one.
* SternTeacher / SadistTeacher: Mr. Minervo.
* TeachersPet: Peloto (although to what extent depends much on the story).
* TeenGenius: Zipi and Zape actually fit here. Despite having bad marks at school, they are both depicted as extremely intelligent, and always being able to figure out an answer to any problem.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Zipi and Zape. Their father considered Romulus and Remus.
* TheMovie: One in 1981, which almost nobody in Spain remembers today.
** Then another one based on the AnimatedAdaptation.
* TimeyWimeyBall: All the story about the time travel machine built in a barrel revolves around this trope. In the first chapter, the twins use it to transform a wall lizard into its evolutionary ancestor (which turns out to be a crocodile). In all the other chapters, the twins use it themselves; it no longer makes anything appear in the present time, but depending on the chapter, it either just takes them to the past, or somehow transforms them in their ancestor (and, somehow, with all the knowledge and remembrances that those ancestors have). In one chapter, when their mother makes an omelette with an egg found in the past, the twins remark that its strange look is due to the fact that the egg had over two hundred years, even though the time travel should have prevented the egg from aging. Finally, in the last chapter, the twins get trapped in the future when their machine gets broken; strangely, in a rare example of a [[InvertedTrope inverted]] SanDimasTime, it's said that house prices were getting higher because of the twins' absence.
* TrainProblem: Very common, they get those as assignments half the time and one entire long story is set around solving one. [[VagueAge They do this when they aren't asked simple multiplication]]. [[BookDumb Which they have trouble with anyway]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Carpanta and his roast chicken. Roast chicken is not rare or expensive at all in Spain today , but it was almost a luxury (a "special occasion" kind of food) in Francoist Spain. Then it just of [[TheArtifact stuck]].
* TricksterTwins.
* TwinSwitch: They do this a few times, but end up getting caught.
* WalkingDisasterArea: In many stories, but especially the "Around the world" story. The twins are sort of famous, too - some people (and animals) recognize them on first sight. And usually run away.
* YouCantGetYeFlask: On a game based on the comic books, apparently you had to [[ItMakesSenseInContext drop a nail so that your father sits on it and wounds himself with it and drops a patch]]. The thing is, people tried lots of variations of "drop nail" or "put nail near father" without any progress. It took SEVENTEEN years until someone with programming knowledge hacked the game files and found out that the exact code had to be "throw nail under tree". As if nails had to be thrown, or anything could be put under trees. Let's all play nail throw! You can find the whole thing explained, if you can read Spanish, in [[http://lineadura.wordpress.com/2006/03/01/derribando-el-mito-%c2%bfquien-mato-a-la-aventura-conversacional here.]].