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[[caption-width-right:350: It's sad when your parrot is wiser than you are.]]

''Maya & Miguel'' (2004-2007) is an American educative [[AnimatedShows animated]] SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon about the misadventures of a pair of Hispanic children. As the ExpositoryThemeTune states, they are "brother and sister and best friends as well." The series seeks to make Hispanic culture more familiar to the audience and also teach some Spanish words in the process. Unlike some other [[EdutainmentShow Edutainment series]], Maya & Miguel is actually well-written and humorous, although it does suffer from the use of GratuitousSpanish and [[FiveTokenBand too much focus on the ethnicity]] of the characters.

Maya Santos is an [[GenkiGirl energetic pre-teen girl]] of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who [[SamaritanSyndrome can't resist helping people with their problems]] even when not asked to; this [[HilarityEnsues invariably causes trouble]] but her brother Miguel, despite [[LampshadeHanging pointing that out]], always ends up helping her anyway. Everything [[ForegoneConclusion ends well by the end]] however. The series seems set in the real world; the only unusual sight is how Maya's hairband glows whenever she has an idea, but that seems to be visible only to the viewers.[[note]]Though there was an instance of Miguel's shoe glowing yellow in the first season's title sequence. Perhaps a scrapped WonderTwinPowers idea?[[/note]] Her {{catchphrase}} is "Eso es!" ("That's it!")[[note]]Though often misinterpreted as "S.O.S"[[/note]]

Other characters in the series include their parents, their grandmother, their friends (which include [[TokenWhite a white boy]] with only one arm) and Paco, a talking parrot.
!!Tropes seen in the series:
* TwentyFourHourPartyPeople: The kids at birthday parties in "Surprise, Surprise" and "The Red Jacket".
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Maya can be this to Miguel--they're twins, but Miguel's the older twin (by three minutes).
* BigBrotherMentor: In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Tito thinks Miguel is cool and wants to be like him (much to Maya's jealousy), so Miguel teaches him (which annoys Maya).
%%* BishieSparkle: Esperanza sees Miguel like this.
* BlackBestFriend: Theo to Miguel, at least before Andy came along.
* CatchPhrase:
** "¡Éso es!" (That's it!)
** "What about Paco, what about Paco?"
* CloudCuckoolander: Given her impulsive nature, Maya tends to fall under this often.
%%* CoolOldLady: Abuelita Elena.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While Sinister Sombrero is El Guamazo Lopez's nemesis, outside of the ring he's really a nice guy who loves romance novels.
%%* DinnerWithTheBoss: Happened in one episode.
* EverybodyCries: In "Chrissy's Big Move", Maya, Maggie, and Chrissy spend 20 minutes in Maya's bedroom crying over [[TheMovingExperience Chrissy and her family moving away to Hong Kong]].
* FeudEpisode: "The Big Fight" (with Miguel and Theo: they were having a remote-controlled car race that goes wrong, and they blame each other) and "Friends Forever?" (with the girls over a book report and Miguel was teaching Theo and Andy soccer skills for the same position on the same team).
** In the former, Maya prevented picking sides as it usually happens in such type of episode.
* FiveTokenBand: Maya & Miguel (half-Mexican/half-Puerto Rican), Theo (smart African-American), Andy (blonde white kid born with one amputated arm), Maggie (fashionable Chinese), and Chrissy (somewhat naive Afro-Dominican).
%%* GentleGiant: Jimmy [=McCorkle=].
%%* GratuitousSpanish
%%* HalfIdenticalTwins
* HeadPet: Paco occasionally sits on Maya's head.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: During a montage where Miguel [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tells Maya all the times her ideas have made things worse]], one of the clips is her "helping" an old lady across the street. The lady was actually waiting for a bus, and Maya's "[[UnwantedAssistance help]]" caused her to miss it.
* HotForTeacher: Miguel has a crush on the substitute teacher, Ms. Cisneros, in "Crushed".
* IgnoreTheDisability: Downplayed in Andy's debut, but still present enough to affect the plot.
* LargeHam: Every one of the kids has moments of this given their usual antics.
* LyricSwap: A lyric in the theme song was rerecorded because it was apparently sexist.
** The lyric in question, "He leads with his head while she follows her heart" is not sexist in any way because it describes the characters, but one unfamiliar with the show just hearing the theme song could come to this conclusion, [[ExecutiveMeddling and this is probably exactly what happened]].
%%* MaskedLuchador: El Guamazo Lopez and his nemesis Sinister Sombrero.
* TheMovingExperience: "Chrissy's Big Move" focuses on Chrissy facing the possibility of moving away to Hong Kong.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Miguel accidentally left the keys inside the pet shop while trying to teach Tito how to be cool.
-->'''Maya:''' Miguel!\\
'''Tito:''' Not cool.\\
'''Abuela:''' Definitely not cool.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted, that there are two Melissa Rosas. One is a famous actress/pop star/fashion designer, and the other is Chrissy's cousin.
%%* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Paco.
* RememberTheNewGuy: An unnamed boy is with the Santos family while they play soccer in "The Biggest Thanksgiving Ever".
* SayMyName: "Maya. Maya! '''''[[SkywardScream MAAAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!]]'''''"
* SayMyNameTrailer: One commercial had a montage of Miguel saying "Maya" and Maya saying "Miguel" repeatedly, with the last two parts being Say My Name.
* SiblingSenioritySquabble: In "I Got to be Mi-guel":
-->'''Miguel:''' ''(takes the keys before Maya could)'' I'm the oldest!\\
'''Maya:''' Yeah, by three minutes.
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: 65 episodes in one season, which trickled out over the course of three years.
* StopHelpingMe: In one episode Paco tries to help, only ruining things.
%%* SnoopingLittleKid - Maya.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: "Tito's Mexican Vacation":
-->'''Chrissy:''' Maya, have you ever heard the expression "less is more"?\\
'''Maya:''' That is so weird. Miguel said the same thing to me just this morning.
* TalkingAnimal: Subverted. At first it's easy to jump to the conclusion that Paco is this. Contrary to what you thought while reading this page up until now, Paco is as quiet as [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Scooby Doo]] and can't say anything longer than a 3 or 4 word sentence, and even viewers are surprised to find this out.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Paco.
* ThisIsMySide: In "A House Divided", Maya and Miguel split the apartment in half with tape. This results in not being able to use the bathroom, walking to school without an umbrella, and working on a project together on separate sides of the apartment.
%%* ThreeAmigos / TokenTrio:
%%** Maya, Maggie, and Chrissy.
%%** Miguel, Theo, and Andy.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Paco's girlfriend, Min, gives off a LuminescentBlush when Miguel tells her the poem Paco wrote for her in "Cupid".
%%* TokenWhite: Andy.
* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Cupid", where as Maya prepares herself for the best Valentine's Day ever, Miguel is horrified to learn that he has been chosen as the official Cupid of the school this year, and must deliver valentines throughout the school.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Maya has a tendency to meddle in people's lives and often acts before she thinks, but her heart is always in the right place.
%%* WonderfulLife
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In-Universe example in "The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man", where Maya, Tito, Maggie, Chrissy, and Theo help make Miguel's comic book ''Rabbit-Bird Man'' for a contest. Each of them creates their own character: Tito Tollo (Tito), TheFashionista Police (Maggie and Chrissy), and [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} Robo-Theo]] (Theo).
%%* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord
%%* {{You Meddling Kid|s}}: Maya.