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Also known as: Chaves (Portuguese)
Played by: Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito"
Voiced by (dub): Marcelo Gastaldi (1st Brazilian dub), Sérgio Moreno, Cassiano Ricardo (Brazilian dub of some episodes from Chesperito era), Tatá Guarnieri (Brazilian dub of "missing" episodes)
Voiced by: Jesús Guzmán (Original), Mona Marshall (English dub), Tatá Guarnieri (Brazilian dub, seasons 1-4), Daniel Muller (Brazilian dub, season 5)El Chavo is an orphan and the main character of the series. Chavo's real name is not known; "Chavo" is a Mexican Spanish slang for "kid". He spends most of his time inside an abandoned barrel that he calls his "secret hideout", and has a craving for ham sandwiches.
- Accidental Aiming Skills: Especially against Señor Barriga when he is arriving in the neighborhood. He is often knocked out.
- The Artful Dodger: In his best moments.
- Berserk Button: El Chavo doesn't tolerate Quico making fun of him and if Quico hits him, he will pursuit him with a broom or a brick to hit him back.
- Big Eater: Despite being poor and doesn't having money to buy food, he eats a lot when he have opportunity to do it.
- Book Dumb: The biggest one in the series along with Quico. He frequently fails in the school exams.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Fue sin querer queriendo." ("I didn't meant to do that"). Says this when he accidentally hits someone.
- "Es que no me tienen paciencia." ("No one has patience with me" or "You don't have patience with me"). Says this when people get angry at him for no reason (at least in his point of the view).
- "Bueno, pero no se enoje." ("Alright, but don't get angry"). Says this to try to calm down someone angry at him (especially Don Rámon).
- "¡Todo yo! ¡Todo yo! ¡Todo yo!" ("Always me! Always me! Always me!"). Says this when he someone asks (especially La Chilindrina) for he do something which he doesn't feel need to do or when he feels is unfairly blamed for something.
- "Pus, pus, pus..." Another catch phrase he uses when he tries to explain his acts.
- "Vas a ver a la salida" ("You'll see [me] after the school"). Says this in the school episodes to threaten someone (usually Quico or Ñoño) after being insulted.
- "Ah, bueno... Así pos si". Says this when he finally understands something.
- Characterization Marches On: El Chavo was more respectful of his elders in the earlier seasons, not referring to them with their names but with "Mr." or "Mrs."
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the school episodes.Profesor Jirafales: Who is the biggest animal on earth?El Chavo: It's Ñoño.
- Deer in the Headlights: When he gets really scared, he becomes paralyzed in a ridiculous pose, known as "La Garrotera".
- Department of Redundancy Department: He tends to say sentences about the very same thing several times.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He responds Quico's provocations punching him and if Quico hits him, he will try to hit him with a broom or a brick.
- Five-Finger Discount: Even though he vehemently denies it or says he is just borrowing without the other knowing.
- Freudian Excuse: Says he is bad in the school because he is always hungry. Don Ramón believes that is not a valid justification, giving him former Mexico president Benito Juárez as an example.
- Hates Baths: Entire episodes are set on the neighbors trying to convince El Chavo to have a bath.
- The Klutz: Can't take one step while holding something without falling. If he tries to get back up, Disaster Dominoes ensues."Fue sin querer queriendo..."
- Limited Wardrobe: In-Universe (Oddly not out-of-universe as his wardrobe had some changes over the years). For example, he once tells La Chilindrina he's been wearing the shoes Don Ramón gave him when he arrived at the vecindad (Which is implied to have happened about 4 years before). Justified in that he's poor.
- Lost Food Grievance: Always get angry (or sad) when he sees food being wasted. Understandable since he is poor and hungry. There is a running gag in the show about Quico offering a ham sandwich to him, but Chavo knowing he usually tricks him, refuses. Then Quico drops the sandwich in the floor, angering Chavo, which punches him in the end.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When he's not angry or performing a Five-Finger Discount, he's a Nice Guy.
- Literal-Minded: El Chavo doesn't understand any figurative speech. One example was the episode he got a hold of a bowling ball and Don Ramón explained him the game; since bowling pins in Spanish are called "pinos", and "pino" is also "pine" in Spanish, Chavo ends up thinking that the game is about making pine trees fall down.
- Malaproper: Pronounces a lot of words wrong. It's also the basis of a dual Catch Phrase Running Gag he has with Profesor Jirafales:Profesor Jirafales: It's not called 'X'. It's called 'Y'.El Chavo: And what did I say?Profesor Jirafales: X.El Chavo: And what's its name?Profesor Jirafales: Y.[It gets repeated several times until another character, generally Quico, interrupts it with a Big "SHUT UP!"]
- Motor Mouth: Rarely. It generally comes along with Department of Redundancy Department.
- Nice Hat: Hardly ever seen with his hat on. In fact, the only time he was seen with his hat for a long time, he was wearing Don Ramón's.
- Obsessed with Food: Justified, as he's poor and he rarely eats.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Albeit recently, Roberto Gomez Bolaños, the actor who played him and his creator revealed his real name is Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaelo Guglielmi.
- Overly Long Gag: The "El Perro Arrepentido" poem. To the point other characters try to Drop the Cow on him.
- Parental Abandonment: According to the tie-in books, he actually ran away from what's all but stated to be an Orphanage of Fear.
- Phrase Catcher: Target of most Big Shut Ups. And of course the "¡Tenía que ser el Chavo del Ocho!" (It had to be el Chavo del Ocho!)
- Sarcasm-Blind: Due his naiveness and dumbness.
- Seven Minute Lull: He's often caught during one of these while referring to Profesor Jirafales as "Maestro Longaniza".
- Signature Attack: A 3-hit punch combo that usually knocks Quico out.
- Street Urchin: El Chavo arrived at the vecindad at around 4 years old, and never met his parents.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tortas de Jamón (Ham sandwiches).
Also known as: Federico Mátalascallando Corcuera (Full name according to the shownote ); Federico Bardón de la Regueira (Full name according to Chespirito's official website)
Played by: Carlos Villagrán
Voiced by (dub): Nelson Machado (1st Brazilian dub), Vinícius Souza (2012 Brazilian dub of missing episodes).
Voiced by:Sebastián Llapur (Animated series), Doug Erholtz (English dub), Sérgio Stern (Brazilian dub)Quico is a spoiled, greedy, overprotected boy, son of Doña Florinda and a late naval captain (also named Federico), who reportedly died when his vessel was attacked and he was eaten by a white shark. Arrogant, manipulative, and envious, Quico always wants to draw everyone's attention to himself, either by screaming loudly or by showing off his newest toy. Partially due to his mother being a Fallen Princess, he believes that he and his mother are superior to everyone else in the neighborhood, to whom he calls "chusma" ("riffraff"), namely Chavo, Chilindrina, and Don Ramón. However, Quico has proved many times to be a good kid deep inside and Chavo's best friend, often assisting him in his acts.
- Always Someone Better: Tries very hard to be this to Chavo. When he sees El Chavo playing with a homemade toy, he immediately goes to his home and returns with a shop-bought version of said toy. In other times, in which El Chavo was given some money in exchange of a favour, Quico tries to top it.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: ... and he will believe the stupid answer.
- Attention Whore: He will do whatever it takes to get back any attention he lost - even breaking his own toys.
- Book Dumb: The biggest one in the series.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: According to El Chavo, Quico has told him countless jokes, but not a single good one. Then, he tries to tell his pet cat a joke, but it runs away before telling a second one.
- Catch Phrase
- ¡CÁLLATE, CÁLLATE, CÁLLATE; QUE ME DESESPEEEEEEEE...ras! ("SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! YOU DRIVE ME CRAAAAAAA....zy!")
- ¡No me simpatizas! ("I don't like you!").
- Chusma, chusma, prttt. (Riffraff, riffraff, prttt).
- Characterization Marches On: Underwent the most personality changes of the cast early into the series - which "version" of Quico appears in which episode can generally be noted by his crying style - either unintelligible babbling, his signature crying style, or leaning into his favourite wall in the vecindad to cry. In the animated version, his personality more closely resembles the second iteration.
- Delayed Reaction: He's often a tad slow to react to insults.
- Disappeared Dad: He explains in the tie-in book that his father, Federico, was a sea captain who went down with his ship, which is implied in the series when his father makes an appearance in a flashback in one episode (also played by Carlos Villagrán).
- The Ditz: The fact he makes characters like El Chavo or La Popis look more intelligent than him should speak volumes.
- First Name Ultimatum: If Florinda calls him "Federico", it's because she's PISSED at him.
- Freudian Slip: Whenever he slips and calls Profesor Jirafales "Daddy".
- Improbable Weapon User: He would use his large bouncy ball to hit people over the head. It's especially noteworthy in the episode where the kids think the vecindad is haunted and they grab things to defend themselves from the ghost. While Chavo uses a broom and Chilindrina uses a frying pan, Quico used his rubber ball. Ironically enough, it seemed to actually hurt most of the time.
- Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes he ends up insulting his mother without himself realizing. For example, in one episode in which Don Ramón works as a junkman:Doña Florinda: I think I have some things I can give you that I don't use anymore.Don Ramón: Makeup? (cue Doña Florinda's Death Glare) Because some women have to use makeup twice or thrice a day...Quico: My mom uses them seven times.
- I Resemble That Remark!: Quico has accidentally acknowledged his own idiocy several times. For example, when El Chavo suggested Quico that he should wish for him to stop being dumb, he corrects El Chavo by stating he cannot wish for impossibles.
- Large Ham: The largest of the show. His exaggerated reactions are one of his trademarks.
- Limited Wardrobe: He's often seen showing off his new sailor suit - which looks exactly the same as the previous ones he wore. His hat changed much more frequently than the suit, yet it was never noticed by the characters.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Especially after asking a stupid question.
- Shipper on Deck: He really wants his mother and Profesor Jirafales to become an Official Couple.
- Signature Attack: A punch that slides by the side of the target's face.
- Small Name, Big Ego: His arrogance is the only thing that can match his idiocy.
- Spoiled Brat: His mother spoils him rotten.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Has both his mannerisms and looks (Bar the moustache) of his father.
- Suddenly Shouting: Generally when he's being ignored - he says one part of the sentence at his regular tone, and the rest at the top of his lungs.
- Too Dumb to Live: A lot of times, to the point even he tends to assume the idiot he hears some people are talking about is him.
- Upper-Class Twit: Acts like one due to his mother's status as a Fallen Princess, although they have the same day-to-day issues as the vecindad's "chusma".
Also known as: Chiquinha (Portuguese)
Played by: María Antonieta de las NievesLa Chilindrina is an intelligent and mischievous girl who likes to take advantage of her slow-witted friends to play pranks on them and take their toys or snacks. In most episodes, she is seen to have a crush on Chavo, and can be jealous when she sees him with Paty.
- Adapted Out: Does not appear in the animated series, due to María Antonieta de las Nieves holding the rights of the character. Paty and La Popis are partial Suspiciously Similar Substitutes of her in that series.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Fíjate, fíjate, fíjate" ("Really, really, really")
- "¡Matanga dijo la changa!" when she steals something from the other kids.
- Her loud cries.
- Cunning Like a Fox: She's smarter than what the other characters give her credit for, although most of the time it's just to mock people.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially against Quico.
- For the Evulz: Often acts just to see, for example, El Chavo and Quico fighting.
- Girlish Pigtails: Which get cut down short by El Chavo in the barber shop episode.
- Hopeless Suitor: Chilindrina has a crush on Chavo, but he doesn't want her and has a crush on Paty instead.
- Manipulative Bastard: Very quick to act and tell lies to her advantage (Such as getting money or forcing El Chavo to do chores Don Ramón asked her to do)
- Meaningful Name: Chilindrinas are a kind of Mexican bread that is sprinkled with sugar, and La Chilindrina has freckles, so Don Ramón gave her that name.
- Meganekko: Wears horn-rimmed eyeglasses.
- Mouthy Kid: She seems to know better than adults, and most of the time, she actually does.
- Puppy Love: With El Chavo (at least, from her perspective)
- Put on a Bus: Did not appear in the 1974 season, as well as the first episodes of the 1975 one, due to María Antonieta de las Nieves being on maternity leave. An entire episode was spent on her return.
- Signature Attack: A kick to the knee.
- The Trickster: She likes to prank the others, especially El Chavo and Quico. When not playing a prank, she is scheming something for her own profit.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Don Ramón gave La Chilindrina her name due to her freckles, but people like Doña Nieves assumed (At first) that it's a nickname.
Also known as: Seu Madruga (Portuguese), Mr. Raymond (English)
Played by: Ramón Valdés (Original series), Mario Castañeda (Animated series), Doug Erholtz (English dub).Don Ramón is Chilindrina's father, an unemployed widower. His greatest aspiration seems to be living an uncomplicated life and to (just barely) make a living doing odd jobs. He is constantly hounded for the rent, which he has neglected to pay for fourteen months, while on the verge of eviction from Señor Barriga. Almost always unintentionally clashes with Doña Florinda, whose response to any imposition on her lifestyle is a loud slap on his face. His very lanky, nearly emaciated build tends to be the butt of jokes by the kids.
- Accidental Athlete: He runs pretty fast when running off Doña Florinda.Don Ramón: (To La Chilindrina, when she states he does not do any exercise) In case you have forgotten, I ran five laps around the block yesterday, and very quickly at that!
La Chilindrina: Yeah, because Doña Florinda was running towards you...
- Agitated Item Stomping: After getting slapped by Doña Florinda. He usually stomps his hat, but sometimes he stomps other things, like Quico's toys.
- The Alcoholic: It's been joked about a few times by other characters, but he's never been shown drinking, and the only times he's drunk is after getting beaten around by Doña Florinda or other characters.
- As Himself: Several actors of the series often stated that Don Ramón was just Ramón Valdés without a stable income.
- Badass Teacher: One time when he replaces Profesor Jirafales at school. He even managed to catch the kids' attention.
- Big Damn Heroes: Several times to the point of becoming a running gag in the show. He appears when El Chavo is about to finish off Quico with something (a brick for example) and quickly stops him. Despite his heroic efforts, Doña Florinda always slaps him because she thinks it was Don Ramón's fault.
- Book Dumb: Never got past elementary school. He claims he's Street Smart, however.
- Born Unlucky: The biggest example in the show. His wife died giving birth to his daughter before the beginning of the show. He has a big debt with Señor Barriga (14 months of rent) and is implied he has debts with more people (even with El Chavo). He doesn't have a job, although is implied its his fault due his lazyness. He always gets slapped by Doña Florinda even undeserving it. He is victim of El Chavo's Accidental Aiming Skills. Quico is usually annoying him. His daughter often causes trouble to him.
- Butt Monkey: Always get slapped by Doña Florinda and sometimes are victim of El Chavo's Accidental Aiming Skills.
- Catch Phrase:
- One of the many characters in the show to share "¡Tenia que ser el Chavo!" ("It had to be El Chavo!")
- (After hitting Chavo) "No te doy otra no más..." ("I don't punch you again just because...")
- (When trying to get away from someone) "Con permisito dijo Monchito." (Something like "Monchito begs your leave")
- Deadpan Snarker: Prone to make snarky comments.
- Deuteragonist: The show essentially revolved around him, being the Parental Substitute to El Chavo, La Chilindrina's father, the one who pinched Quico's arm, the one who got slapped by Doña Florinda, the one who was sought after by Doña Clotilde and the one who either avoided Señor Barriga or did jobs to pay part of his rent.
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Sometimes against La Chilindrina.
- Dub Name Change: In Brazil, he's known as "Seu Madruga" ("Mr. Madruga"). Madruga means either "Midnight" or someone who sleeps late; this is implied to be a irony joke with the fact he isn't the type that works till wee hours, or because he's said to be The Alcoholic.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Many, thanks to El Chavo. The most famous are "tripa escurrida" ("drained tripe") and "chimpancé reumático" ("rheumatic chimpanzee").
- Forgot to Pay the Bill: Always forgets to pay the rent to Señor Barriga, although he doesn't have money to pay in most cases.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is often mean, but has a good heart and acts as somewhat of a father to Chavo.
- Kavorka Man: Doña Clotilde was attracted to him and always tried to earn his affections but was never successful. Then there was Gloria, the beautiful new neighbor who did not hide her attraction to him, even outright telling him that she liked her men "ugly".
- Laser-Guided Karma: Almost every time which Don Ramón tries to get some advantage in something.
- “El yoyo”: Don Ramón hires two yoyo artists and starts to earn money with their street performances, but he's forced to quit due to him lacking a license for street performances. Later, he tried to trick Señor Barriga saying he lost all the money for paying the artists and taxes, but he let some coins fall from his hat. The things go From Bad to Worse when he accidentally lend a cigarette to El Chavo and Doña Florinda thinks he is trying to turn her son in a smoker, triggering her Berserk Button which result in Amusing Injuries to Don Ramón. To add more karma, El Chavo accidentally breaks his grandmother's pocket watch (which he was going to use to pay some due rents) after mistaken it for an yo-yo.
- “La Casita del Chavo”: Don Ramón receives an eviction notice from Señor Barriga. Instead of paying his debt, he buys new clothes for him and his daughter to make a visit to his grampma. La Chilindrina accidentally says he spent the money in the clothes which angers Señor Barriga. He is evicted in the end of episode.
- “El Chavo Campeón”: Don Ramón starts to teach boxing to El Chavo (in order to make him a champion and earn money as his manager) after he saw him punching Quico. This doesn't end well when Profesor Jirafales discovers it.
- “El Cochino”: Don Ramón has been saving money in a piggy bank and tries to hide it from Señor Barriga, as he would take the money as a rent payment. Don Ramón decides to hide the piggy bank in a bag next to his door. Near the end of the episode, El Chavo picks the bag to hit Quico, and when Don Ramón tries to stop him, he hits Señor Barriga with it - breaking the piggy in the process, with the money being taken in the next scene.
- Limited Wardrobe: To the some certain episodes are centered around Don Ramón finally getting something else to wear. Most notably, he's the only character that got his signature clothing very early into the series and never changed it.
- Mistaken for Gay: In the episode “La declaración de amor” (1974), Don Ramón is helping Profesor Jirafales to confess his love to Doña Florinda. Chavo and Quico accidentally listen the dialogue and think both are having a romance.
- New Job Episode: Either a favour he's doing to Señor Barriga and 'pay' his debt, a hobby of his or an actual job.
- Parental Substitute: To El Chavo, most on the time.note
- Put on a Bus: Twice. The first one was early in the 1979 season, and the second was late in the 1981 one. In both cases, it's stated In-Universe by La Chilindrina that he left to look for a job or fortune and wouldn't return until he got it.
- Schemer: Sometimes he uses some scheme to hide from Señor Barriga or to earn easy money. Always backfires.
- Signature Attack: Punching El Chavo's head or pinching Quico's arm.
- The Slacker:
- This dialogue:Don Ramón: (After La Chilindrina wakes him up) Which right do you have to wake me up at 11 dawn?
- There's also this gem he once said to Doña Florinda:Don Ramón: No job is bad. Having to work is bad.
- This dialogue:
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. He hits Chavo on the head when the latter annoys or insults him, and pinches Quico for the same reasons. Averted in the animated series, most likely due to the actual height difference between Don Ramón and the kids. Instead, Don Ramón does an angry Aside Glance.Don Ramón: (hits El Chavo with Kung-Foley bell in background) ¡TOMA!El Chavo: Pipipipipipipipipipipi...Don Ramón: (after mocking El Chavo's crying) ¡Y no te doy otra no más porque...!
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: That's why he never reacts when Doña Florinda slaps him. Lampshaded by his daughter.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In the episode "Corto Circuito" Don Ramón gets angry because he is unable to see the Football match. Then he destroys his TV thinking it's not working anymore. Moments latter La Chilindrina says there is a blackout in the vecindad. Don Ramón quickly regrets what he did and spent the rest of episode trying to fix his TV.
- Younger Than He Looks: Or so he says. The kids are not convinced it's the case. In one episode, Don Ramón claims he's 50.
Also known as: Florinda Corcuera Villalpando widow of Mátalascallando (Full name), Mrs. Worthmore (English)
Played by: Florinda Meza (Original series), Erica Edwards (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Laura Post (English dub since Episode 53).Doña Florinda is the mother of Quico and love interest of Professor Jirafales. She is a widow; her late husband, after whom Quico was named, was a naval officer who died at sea. She deluded herself into believing she's socially, morally and economically superior to her neighbors (and it is suggested that at one time she was well-off), and she tends to give orders to the others. She is so fiercely protective of Quico that whenever he is upset, she'll beat up Don Ramón without seeking explanation. In fact, a recurring gag in the series is that she unfairly accuses him of "attacking" Quico and goes to slap him, even when he is not present in the scene (when Carlos Villagrán left the show, thus concluding Quico's presence in the vecindad, she still slaps Don Ramón, this time due to Don Ramón laughing loudly whenever a rude comment is directed towards her, mostly coming from El Chavo). She is easily recognized by the fact that she always keeps her hair in curlers (except in some early episodes), even at work or on vacation in Acapulco. In later episodes, she opens a restaurant.
- Ascended Extra: In the first seasons she was a Recurring Character in contrast with the main character status of El Chavo, Don Ramón, Quico and La Chilindrina. She slowly gained more screen time in the latter seasons until Quico and Don Ramón left the vecindad. After this, she became a main character alongside with El Chavo and La Chilindrina.
- Catch Phrase: "¡Vámonos tesoro, no te juntes con esa chusma!" ("Let's go, muffin, do not join with the riffraff!")
- Chastity Couple: With Profesor Jirafales.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Slaps Don Ramón for everything, even because of a simple joke.
- Fallen Princess: She was kicked out of her rich family for having married beneath her station, and they also refused support when she was widowed.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: With everyone except his son and the professor.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The reason she refuses Quico's suggestion to set up a shop when their economic situation worsens. Only Don Ramón's idea of him being the one selling (So she would only prepare the churros) convinces her into setting one up.
- Hypocritical Humor: When El Chavo tells her that "men shouldn't hurt women",note she says that that's when a woman earns her respect, and that there are women that take advantage of what El Chavo said to hurt men. Later, when she's about to slap Don Ramón, he reminds her of what she said, of which she says that she's one of the latter, then slaps him.
- Jerkass: Especially in the early seasons. Slapping Don Rámon for everything, acting cold towards the other people in the vecindad and never admitting her fault.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the latter seasons. She acts more kindly towards the people in the vecindad despite maintaining some jerkass traits.
- Karma Houdini: Rarely gets a punishment for her acts.
- Mama Bear: She is very protective of Quico. Whenever she thinks Quico was attacked by Ramón, she slaps him.
- My Beloved Smother: Not that Quico complains, but explains a LOT about Quico.
- Never My Fault: Or Quico's...
- Overly Long Name: Doña Florinda Corcuera Villalpando, widow of Mátalascallando.
- Pet the Dog: When she does something kind for Don Ramón or El Chavo, like when she offered Don Ramón help with the baby he found even when she had been stabilished as a Baby Hater.
- Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
- Rich Bitch: Comparatively richer at least.
- Signature Attack: Armor Piercing Slaps, mostly done on Don Ramón - though sometimes he dodges and causes her to hit somebody else.
- Supreme Chef: She's an exceptional cook, and later on in he series, she opened a restaurant with herself as the chef.
- Tsundere: Very tsun-tsun with Don Ramón, but becomes dere-dere around Profesor Jirafales.
- Playing Gertrude: In the first season, she was played by 22-year-old Florinda Meza.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- Very rare but the most notable example is in “La venta de churros (1978)” arc. She and Don Rámon started a business together selling churros, with some disagreements although.
- Took a more permanent one from the 1979 season onwards with the departures of Quico and Don Ramón, leaving her with no one to protect and no one to unleash her anger to.
- Widow Woman: Her husband, a sailor, died in the sea.
- Your Mom: Almost always tells Don Ramón to "do X on your grandma" after slapping him, where X is what she thinks he did to Quico, or a variation of it.
Also known as: Professor Girafalde (English)
Played by: Rubén Aguirre (Original series), Juan Carlos Tinoco (Animated series up to Season 2), Moisés Suárez Aldana (Animated series since Season 3), Bob Buchholz (English dub).Profesor Jirafales is a school teacher, and as such highly educated. He carries on a ludicrously innocent relationship with Doña Florinda.
- Aesop Amnesia: Says violence isn't an option and that it's barbaric people's stuff, but uses it against Don Ramón sometimes. The best example is in the episode “Clases de Box” and remakes (like “El Chavo Campeón”) when he says boxing is a horrible sport due the violence but in the end he punches Don Ramón because he saw El Chavo with boxing gloves.
- The Big Guy: A trademark for all characters played by Rubén Aguirre.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: It does not help that he tried to tell one to Quico - by the time he got the joke, Profesor Jirafales had already left the scene.
- Catch Phrase:
- When demanding an explanation: "¿Por qué causa, razón, motivo, o circunstancia...?" ("By which cause, reason, motive or circumstance have you...?")
- ¡Taa-taa-taa-taa-TA! (when angered). Lampshaded by El Chavo in one school episode, where he notices Profesor Jirafales missed one "Tá" when saying his Catch Phrase.
- Chastity Couple: With Doña Florinda
- Cigar Chomper: He is very often smoking cigars, even when he is at school teaching the kids.
- The Comically Serious: Most of time. Although he laughs of Don Ramón misfortunes sometimes.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Prone to this. Becomes a plot point when El Chavo has to run over Quico's pet cat to avoid crashing into him, who was right in the middle of the street under the effects of this trope.
- Duel to the Death: Invites Don Ramón to one, but El Chavo interrupts it striking the profesor from behind.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Maestro Longaniza (Teacher Longsausage).
- Flowers of Romance: Always brings flowers to Doña Florinda. It gets lampshaded ocasionally in the series.
- The Fundamentalist: Believes he is always right to the point of saying the only time he did a mistake was when he thought he was wrong.
- Hypocritical Humor: Prone to this.Profesor Jirafales: (To Don Ramón) I am never fully sure about anything. Only idiots are completely sure about what they say.Don Ramón: Are you sure?Profesor Jirafales: Absolutely! (Cue Delayed Reaction)
- Insufferable Genius:
- He claims that he's only been wrong about something once - when he thought he was wrong about something.
- He also thinks very highly of his skills, even though he's seen to be no better than Don Ramón outside of teaching. There was that time when he offered to repair one of Doña Florinda's chairs:Profesor Jirafales: I know some carpentry...Doña Florinda: Oh, Profesor Jirafales, I believe that you are unmatched among men!Profesor Jirafales: What a coincidence! I also believe... that I'm unmatched among men!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry easily when provoked.
- It's All About Me: In one of his dates with Doña Florinda, he said he'd like to talk about her. He wanted to know what she thought of him; how she felt about him; and so forth.
- Last Name Basis: It's hinted that Jirafales is his surname, but it was never confirmed. Nor his first name revealed.
- Love Makes You Evil: When he sides with Doña Florinda, if she is the villain of the episode.
- Meaningful Name: "Jirafales" derivates from Jirafa, spanish for Giraffe, a reference to his tall height.
- Mistaken for Gay: In the episode “La declaración de amor” (1974). Blame El Chavo and Quico for mistaking his words (And arriving a little too late).
- The Napoleon: Inverted. He's mocked due to him being very tall.
- Narcissist: When asked by Doña Florinda if he likes to talk about life's beautiful things, he says he hates talking about himself. He also says marigold flowers are fitting for his personality.note
- Not So Different: Tries hard to make an image of an intelligent person above all other characters, but his blind love for Doña Florinda and usually resorting to violence against Don Ramón are proofs he isn't different in comparison with other adults of the show.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Sr. Barriga. Subverted when he blindly defends Doña Florinda when she is wrong.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: For the vecindad's standards, at least. Every time he tries to use sophisticated terms, no one understands him.
- Stern Teacher: He states in several ocassions that he's hopeful of and really cares about his obtuse students, yet some discipline is required to do so.
- Straight Man
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- In the last episode of the toreador arc (¡Qué golpiza! - 1976), he challenges Don Ramón to a death duel just because she saw Doña Florinda hugging him (which was accidentally). To add more insult, he started to attack Don Ramón with a Rapier while the poor man was disarmed but El Chavo saves the day striking the Profesor from behind with the fake bull.
- In the 1979 season he becomes a bit more insensitive towards El Chavo and La Chilindrina in the vecindad and restaurant episodes, especially when Doña Florinda is around.
- Underestimating Badassery: He's convinced Doña Florinda is just a defenseless woman.
Doña Clotilde "La Bruja del 71"
Also known as Miss Pinster (English)
Played by: Angelines Fernández (Original series), Erika Mireles (Animated series), Mona Marshall (English dub).Doña Clotilde is a senior citizen. Because she is old and somewhat eccentric, the kids think she is a witch, and refer to her as "La bruja del 71" ("The Witch from (Apartment) 71"). Some of the adults also refer to her as that, often by mistake, due to the kids' frequency in calling her that. She refers to herself as "señorita" ("Miss") because she has never been married, which also she gets upset by when called "señora" ("Mrs."), meaning that she is a married woman. She is a single woman, thirsty for love, and frequently seeks it by chasing after Don Ramón.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Don Ramón who, while trying to avoid her advances, never rejects her gifts.
- Agent Mulder: Zig-zagged in the episode Don Ramón finds out his house's plates are slowly disappearing. At first, she asks if Don Ramón was a sleepwalker, but when he denies, she brings up the idea of the "espíritus chocarreros", ghosts inhabiting his home, up to the point she held a spiritism session to prove her point. When she finds out Don Ramón was indeed a sleepwalker, she chastises herself for believing in ghosts.
- Butt Monkey: Mocked by the children who think she is a witch (although she resembles one) and sometimes is victim of Accidental Aiming Skills of someone.
- Christmas Cake: Lampshaded by the children.
- The Comically Serious: Other than her personality quirks, she is one of the most serious-behaving characters in the show.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "La bruja del 71" ("The Witch From 71").
- First-Name Basis: Notably the only of the major adult female characters whose surname is never revealed in any media.
- Freudian Slip: When reciting a love poem, she says Ramón several times instead of similar-sounding words.
- The Glomp: To Don Ramón, often.
- Impoverished Patrician: Like Florinda, only that instead of being thrown out for marrying a poor man, she left her family because she didn't want to be the spinster aunt.note
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: While she wasn't a witch even in the series, children in real life would mistake Angelines for one, for which she was saddened. The "nice actor" part? Angelines fought against Franco's militias in Spain before going to Mexico!
- Nice Girl: Very generous, and while she has a Hair-Trigger Temper when called a witch, it never goes further than a short tantrum.
- Punny Name: In the English dub, alluding to her being the spinster aunt in her family.
- Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
- Satchel Switcheroo: When she's taking care of her niece and realizes babies are not allowed in the vecindad, this happens when she puts the baby in a large basket and confuses another large basket that had Don Ram+on's groceries for it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She only wants Don Ramón.
- Stalker with a Crush: Sometimes. When she does it, she usually offers something for Don Ramón, like a cake.
- Through His Stomach: Tries to get close of Don Ramón cooking for him.
- Tsundere: Type B towards Don Ramón. She is generally nice to him, but gets angry when he accidentally offends her and when he seems more interested in other women (like Glória).
Jaimito el cartero
Also known as: Jaiminho o carteiro (Portuguese), Manny the mailman (English)
Played by: Raúl "Chato" Padilla (Original series), Leonardo García (Animated series up to Season 6), Héctor Miranda (Animated series since Season 6), Dave Mallow (English dub).A sociable but forgetful and negligent postal worker who appears in a few of the last episodes and takes over for Don Ramón in the Chavo segments on the hourlong Chespirito. Whenever he enters the vecindad, he is seen carrying an old bicycle, which he cannot ride because he couldn't learn (and he'll be instantly dismissed if he tells at the post office he doesn't know how to ride the bicycle). Jaimito also is rather lazy and tends to avoid carrying out tasks with the excuse of "avoiding fatigue".
- Aluminium Christmas Trees: The way he talks about Tangamandapio, his hometown, induces the belief it does not exist, both out and in-universe, even though it does. Fun fact: The town of Tangamandapio has a statue of him, showing their gratitute for making the town famous.
- Butt Monkey: In the last seasons.
- Catch Phrase: "Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga" ("It's only that, I want to avoid fatigue"). He used it frequently to avoid doing the simplest of tasks.
- Lazy Bum: And how!Jaimito: Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga.
- Nice Guy: The biggest one in the series. At least, until he became a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Don Ramón, where he turned into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Don Ramón (and, in terms of being an elder person in debt, of Doña Nieves) in later seasons.
Also known as: Doña Nieves Frías viuda de Limón Aguado (Full name), Dona Neves (Portuguese)
Played by: María Antonieta de las Nieves (Original series)Chilindrina's great-grandmother, and Don Ramón's grandmother. Has character traits of both Don Ramón and Chilindrina. In some late Chavo episodes and early Chespirito episodes, she also takes over for her grandson Don Ramón. Was later phased out due to her interactions with her great-granddaughter Chilindrina requiring Chroma Key due to being played by the same actress.
- Composite Character: Her personality is a mix of Don Ramón's and La Chilindrina's.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like her great-granddaughter.
- Demoted to Extra: Since Don Ramón's (brief) return in 1981, although her appearances were starting to dwindle by then.note The fact her interactions with her great-granddaughter required Chroma Key was a likely reason for it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the 1977 version of "Don Ramón se va de la vecindad", she appears in a flashback.
- First-Name Basis: Unlike other characters with known full names like Doña Florinda and Señor Barriga, Doña Nieves's surname is never revealed.
- The Ghost: Until her first appearance in a flashback in the 1977 season, as she was only mentioned by Don Ramón by then. It took until the 1979 season to make an actual appearance in the present.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Just like Don Ramón.
- Napoleon Delusion: In one episode, she says she is Jeanne d'Arc in order to Señor Barriga thinks she is crazy and avoid to pay the rent.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: According to Don Ramón, in the several times he's mentioned her past occupations.
- Overly Long Name: Doña Nieves Frías widow of Limón Aguado.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: While not truly mean, Doña Nieves is a far cry from the far more composed Doña Clotilde and Jaimito El Cartero.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She basically looks like La Chilindrina with white hair, wrinkles and a different hairstyle, something she herself acknowledges to Don Ramón in a flashback.
Also known as: Zenón Barriga y Pesado (Full name), Mr. Beliarge (English)
Played by: Edgar Vivar (Original series), Victor Delgado (Animated series up to Season 5), Sebastián Llapur (Animated series since Season 5), Dave Mallow (English dub).The landlord of the vecindad. He rarely succeeds in collecting rent from Don Ramón and is greeted upon his every arrival by being (accidentally) kicked, tripped, beaten, or hit by a flying object thrown by El Chavo.
- Big Eater: In one of the Doña Florinda's restaurant episodes he orders exactly the same food of Chavo and La Chilindrina but in double. Lampshaded by Doña Florinda.
- Big Fun: In a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense.
- Butt Monkey: A recurring joke is that El Chavo will accidentally hit him as soon as he enters the vecindad.
- The Chew Toy: To the point this is lampshaded by some characters.
- The Comically Serious: Especially when Don Ramón is telling him a joke hoping Señor Barriga forget he comes to receive the rent payment. Subverted sometimes.
- First-Name Basis: Averted. He's the only one of the major adult characters whose full name is known.
- Meaningful Name: Zenón Barriga y Pesado. "Barriga y Pesado" can translate to "Belly and Heavy", and "Zenón" seems to be a pun on either "Cenón" ("Big dinner") or "Senón" ("Man-boobed").
- Nice Guy:
- El Chavo sees him as this, as he's never hurt El Chavo for all he's done to him.
- He's also willing to wait for Don Ramón to get money to pay at least part of his 14 months of due rent, or give him chores in exchange of payment of those months, when he could have been evicted long ago under any other landlord.note Don Ramón's attitude managed to get the best of him, however.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Profesor Jirafales.
- Punny Name: "Barriga" is an actual surname in Mexico, but it's also Spanish for "belly", which is Sr. Barriga's most distinguishing trait.
- Rage Breaking Point: After being abused an entire episode, Don Ramón accidentally pinches him in the arm. Mr. Barriga responds by hitting him and then falling on top of him, flattening him.
- Single-Issue Landlord: Almost all the times he goes to the vecindad, it's just to try to have Don Ramón pay at least a small part of his due rent.
Also known as: Phoebe (English)
Played by: Florinda Meza (Original series), Erica Edwards (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Erin Fitzgerald (English dub since Episode 53).Doña Florinda's niece and Quico's cousin. Cutesy and dumb, Popis was usually only present in schoolroom scenes until after Quico left the series, when she filled in for his character. She would frequently say "Acúsalo con tu mamá" ("Tell on him/her with your mom"). Whenever she says or does something wrong, she blames it on her doll, Serafina, which she loved as a daughter. She fills in for Chilindrina in the animated series, as Chilindrina never appears or is mentioned in the series.
- Ascended Extra: After Quico left the vecindad, Popis basically became a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for him.
- Catch Phrase: "Acúsalo con tu mamá." ("Tell on him/her with your mom.")
- Cheaters Never Prosper: In one exam, she wrote all the answers on her doll Serafina. She's caught up, and when spanking Serafina for cheating, Profesor Jirafales tells her to spank her more times because all the cheated answers were wrong anyways.
- Composite Character: Became this in the animated series, due to Chilindrina's absence.
- The Ditz: The reason she became a partial Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Quico from the 1979 season onwards. Not so much in the earlier seasons, however.
- Never My Fault: Quick to blame her doll Serafina for any fault she makes.
- Put on a Bus: After her first few appearances, due to complaints about her voice. She returned a season later, with a different voice tone.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Due to being played by the same actress as her aunt's. Lampshaded by Doña Florinda in her introductory scene.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Partially of Quico in the later seasons, as she took his place as The Ditz, while Ñoño took his place as the Spoiled Sweet.
Also known as: Junior (English)
Played by: Edgar Vivar (Original series), Mario Castañeda (Animated series), Yuri Lowenthal (English dub).Señor Barriga's son, he is as fat as his father, and thus is always the butt of the classroom's fat jokes. He is well-studied and good-hearted, but like most of the other kids, naïve and could sometimes let his well upbringing get the best of him.
- Ascended Extra: Twice. Once in the 1974 season, when La Chilindrina briefly left the series (Ñoño was Demoted to Extra as soon as she returned). Later, when Quico permanently left the show, he was promoted to a regular character for good.
- Big Eater: Always eating something. In one of the school episodes, he brings 10 eggs for the recess.
- Butt Monkey: Like his father.
- Catch Phrase: "¡Míralo, eh! ¡Míralo, eh!" ("Look at him, huh! Look at him, huh!")
- Genius Ditz: He's shown to be often smart at school, but not much elsewhere.
- Like Father, Like Son: Fat like his father. Big eater like his father. Butt Monkey like his father.
- Signature Attack: An arcuate punch in the forehead towards Quico, and bumping away Chavo with his belly.
- Spoiled Sweet: One of the nicest kids in the series (Which is not saying much), as well as the richest.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Partially of Quico in the later seasons, as he took his place as the Spoiled Sweet, while Popis took Quico's place as The Ditz.
Also known as Gordon (English)
Played by: Horacio Gómez Bolaños (Original series), Jesús Guzmán (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Erin Fitzgerald (English dub since Episode 53).A kid who mostly appears in the school episodes, trying to dodge questions in the classroom.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed. He got more screentime from the 1978 season (where he appeared on-screen in the vecindad for the first time) onwards, especially when other actors playing kids had left the show, but he never stopped being an extra.
- Book Dumb: Zigzagged. Sometimes he is very smart (occasionally bordering on Insane Troll Logic), other times, he is very dumb.
- Catch Phrase: "¿Y yo por qué, maistro?" (Why me, teacher?)
- Nice Hat: His cap. Even when his clothes changed late in the series, his cap was the only thing that was left unchanged.
- Heads or Tails?: Used it for answering all questions of a test. He even made it two times to make sure he is answering it right.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Implied during the show which Godinez won all fights he had with El Chavo and Quico.
Also known as: Patty (English)
Played by: Unknown (1972), Rosita Bouchot (1975), Ana Lilian de la Macorra (1978-79; pictured right), Patricia Strevel (1987-88), Tara Platt (English dub)Paty is a girl who, alongside her aunt Gloria, moves into the upstairs apartment. She is considered to be very beautiful by the boys of the vecindad, who immediately fall in love with them, while the girls get jealous of her.
- Ascended Extra: The third Paty (Ana Lilian de la Macorra) was briefly part of the regular cast in the 1978 and 1979 seasons, and is the basis of her animated series version, where she is part of the regular cast.
- Book Dumb: Just like the other children in the show.
- Nice Girl: Completely incapable of doing anything mean, a fact La Chilindrina often exploited.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Along with La Popis, of La Chilindrina in the animated series.
Played by: Maribel Fernández (1972), Olivia Leiva (1975), Regina Torné (1978), Maricarmen Vela (1987).Paty's aunt Gloria. Like her niece, she is considered to be very beautiful and the men of the vecindad immediately fall in love with her, while the women get jealous of her.
Played by: María Luisa AlcaláDon Ramón's goddaughter. Malicha briefly replaced Chilindrina during María Antonieta de las Nieves' absence. She disappeared after appearing in three episodes without trace.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After appearing in three episodes, she left without trace.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: It's implied by Don Ramón that her looks don't match her personality.Don Ramón: Would you believe me that a new calamity has come to the vecindad?
- Punny Name: "Malicia" in Spanish means "Malice".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of La Chilindrina in the 1974 season, as María Antonieta de las Nieves was on a maternity leave. Malicha didn't last, and left long before La Chilindrina returned.
El Señor Hurtado
Also known as: Senhor Furtado (Portuguese)
Played by: José Antonio Mena (1974; pictured top right), Ricardo de Pascual (1976; pictured bottom right), Benny Ibarra (1982)A suspicious man who lives in the vecindad. He turns out to actually be a thief, and his felonies are charged to Chavo by mistake, which results in everyone in the vecindad accusing Chavo of theft, causing him to temporarily leave the vecindad. While he never does confess the robberies himself, he ultimately returns the stolen objects, restoring Chavo's innocence towards his neighbors.
- Accidental Misnaming: A target of these by El Chavo, who instead calls him several synonyms of his surname (Such as "Señor Robado").
- Heel Realization: When he hears El Chavo prayed for his reformation, he realizes he caused a lot of harm to an innocent child, and decides to return all the objects he stole, give El Chavo a ham sandwich and turn himself to the police.
- Meaningful Name: Inverted. He is the one who steals the stuff from the people of vecindad instead of being the victim of it.
Also known as: Seu Madroga (Portuguese)
Played by: Germán RoblesDon Ramón's cousin, who took his place in one episode of the 1975 season.
- Butt Monkey: Like Don Rámon. Even Doña Florinda slaps him.
- Dub Name Change: In Brazil to "Seu Madroga".
- One-Shot Character: Appears in one episode replacing Don Ramón.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Don Ramón, having literally the same role he has in the other versions of the episode Don Román appeared in.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. Don Rámon teaches him how to deal with El Chavo.
Doña Eduviges Fajardo "La loca de la escalera"
Played by: Janet ArceoAppeared only in two 1973 episodes, living in the upstairs apartment of the vecindad. Except for dressing differently and living in a different apartment, she acts exactly the same as Doña Clotilde, right down to her heavy-handed flirting with Don Ramón, with the kids even calling her "La loca de la escalera" ("The Crazy Lady Upstairs"). Much like Malicha, after those two episodes, Doña Clotilde is back and Doña Eduviges is never mentioned again.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Of Don Ramón.
- As You Know: La Chilindrina introduces Doña Eduviges in the two episodes she appears in.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Only appeared in two 1973 episodes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not entirely sound of mind, as if her nickname did not imply enough. One time she said that her hair was white because she dyed it because it was fashionable.
- The Glomp: To Don Ramón's dismay.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Doña Clotilde.
Also known as: Don Federico Mátalascallando (Full name)
Played by: Carlos VillagránDoña Florinda's late husband and Quico's father, who died at sea.
- Disappeared Dad: To Quico.
- Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: His big moustache is essentially the only difference between him and Quico, not counting clothes.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His surname can be translated to "kill them [women] quiet". He did not leave up to it.
- Noodle Incident: Died at sea when his ship sank, eaten by a shark. Subverted in that there's a loose account of it told by Quico, but Quico is, well, Quico. Doña Florinda does hint the first half of his story is true, however.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in a briefly flashback in one episode.
- Posthumous Character: Died before the events of the show.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Quico clearly inherited his looks and mannerisms from him.
Played by: HimselfHéctor Bonilla is a Mexican actor who appeared As Himself in one episode in which he visited the vecindad.
- As Himself: He played himself in an episode.
- Celebrity Star: He's the star character in his own two-episode arc.
- Chick Magnet: He feels a bit unconfortable about the way Doña Florinda, Doña Clotilde and La Chilindrina act around him.
- Contrived Coincidence: He happens to visit the vecindad just as all the female characters dream about meeting him.
- Nice Guy: Towards everyone in the vecindad.
La Chilindrina's mother