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El Chavo

Federico aka Quico
  • 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.
  • Attention Whore
  • Book Dumb
  • Catch Phrase
    • No me simpatizas (I don't like you).
    • Chusma, chusma, prttt. (Riffraff, riffraff, prttt).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sarcasm-Blind
  • Signature Attack: A punch that slides by the side of the target's face.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Spoiled Brat: His mother spoils him rotten.
  • 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.

La Chilindrina

Don Ramón/Seu Madruga/Mr. Raymond
  • Accidental Athlete: He runs pretty fast when running off Doña Florinda.
  • 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 Dona Florinda or other characters.
  • Badass Teacher: One time when he replaces Profesor Jirafales at school.
  • Book Dumb: Never got past elementary school. He claims he's Street Smart, however.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catch Phrase
    • (After hitting Chavo) No te doy otra no más... (I don't punch you again just because...)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like his daughter.
  • 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"(Which 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).
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: Always forget to pay the rent to Senõr Barriga, although he doesn't have money to pay in most of 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: The stunning Gloria did not hide her attraction to him.
  • 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 
  • Schemer: Sometimes uses some scheme to hide from Senõr Barriga or to earn easy money. Always backfire.
  • Signature Attack: Punching El Chavo's head or pinching Quico's arm.
  • The Slacker: To the point calling him lazy feels like an Understatement.
    Don Ramón: (After La Chilindrina wakes him up) Which right do you have to wake me up at 11 dawn?
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs.
    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...!
    • He also often pinches Quico's arms whenever the latter annoys him enough.

Doña Florinda/Mrs. Worthmore
  • Acting for Two: Florinda Meza, Doña Florinda's actress, also played La Popis(Phoebe).
  • Chastity Couple: With Profesor Jirafales
  • Disproportionate Retribution
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Quico. Whenever she thinks Quico was attacked by Ramón, she slaps him.
  • My Beloved Smother: 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 Ramon or El Chavo, like when she offered Don Ramon help with the baby he found even when she had been stabilished as a Baby Hater.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Profesor Jirafales/Professor Girafalde
  • Catch Phrase: (Demanding a explanation)¿Por qué causa, razón, motivo, o circunstancia....? "By which cause, reason, motive or circumstance have you.....?"
    • ¡Taa-taa-taa-taa-TA! (when angered).
  • Chastity Couple: With Doña Florinda
  • The Comically Serious
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 personalitynote 
  • Only Sane Man (along with Sr. Barriga)
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
  • Stern Teacher: Strict in class, but he cares for his students.
  • Straight Man
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Underestimating Badassery: He's convinced Doña Florinda is just a defenseless woman.

Doña Cleotilde/Miss Pinster
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Don Ramón.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Cake
  • The Comically Serious: Other than her personality quirks, she is one of the most serious-behaving characters in the show.
  • 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 
  • Satchel Switcheroo
  • Stalker with a Crush

Señor Barriga/Mr. Beliarge
  • Acting for Two: Edgar Vivar, Barriga's actor, also played Ñoño(Junior), Barriga's son.
  • 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
  • The Comically Serious
  • Meaningful Name: Zenón Barriga y Pesado note 
  • Nice Guy: El Chavo sees him as this, as he's never hurt El Chavo for all he's done to him.
  • 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 Ramon accidentally pinches him in the arm. Mr. Barriga responds by hitting him and then falling on top of him, flattening him.

Jaimito el cartero (the mailman)/Manny the mailman

  • Catch Phrase: "Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga"note  He used it frequently to avoid doing the simplest of tasks.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Don Ramón in later seasons.
  • Lazy Bum: And how!
    "Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga"

La Popis/Phoebe