Comic Book / La Familia Burrón

La Familia Burrón ("The Burron Family") is a Mexican comic describing the life of a low-class family living in Mexico. It was written in 1948 by Gabriel Vargas.

This comic is a satire of the multitude of sociocultural problems that plague Mexican society. The core members of the family are Borola Tacuche de Burrón, Regino Burrón sr., Regino Burrón a.k.a. el tejocote jr., Macuca Burrón and Foforito Cantarranas.

Compare with Sazae-san, a manga and anime with a similar premise.


Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Foforito's original parents, Susano Cantarranas and La Divina Chuy. Borola herself sometimes falls into this trope whenever her temper gets the better of her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Not all of the comics focus on the eponymous family. Several of them often have many other characters as the protagonists and pay attention to their own exploits.
  • Aliens Speaking Spanish: Kakiko Kukufate the martian is a downplayed version of this trope. He learned some spanish from Borola and can mantain basic conversations, but still, his knowledge of spanish is rather limited and as such he mostly relies on Borola to translate his communications, given Borola herself is surprisingly fluent in Martian language.
  • A Load of Bull: The Peterete, a bizarre, sapient animal whom Generoso met on the Mexican deserts. He looks like a thin, lanky minotaur but is overall rather friendly.
  • The Alcoholic: Too many to count. Some of the most notable examples include Susano Cantarranas as well as Don Briagoberto Memelas and his compadres.
  • The Atoner: Ruperto Tacuche is a reformed thief. Unfortunately, for him, nobody else, save for his sister Borola, believes him.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: They are so bad that the devils are losing their reputation to them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Regino Burrón is pretty reasonable, but if you make him angry he can beat people bigger than him.
  • Big Eater: Borola is this in spades, she mostly avoids eating to keep her lanky, svelte figure, but whenever she has the chance to eat something more decent, she'll glady devour whatever tasty morsel she can sink her teeth into. Floro Tinoco is one as well.
  • Black Sheep: Ruperto was this.
  • Corrupt Politician: Every one without exception.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sometimes Borola does this to Regino.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The devils are this in example when comparing with the cops — they are adverse to torture an innocent person.
    "Somos malos, muy malos pero no perversos." ("We are bad, really bad, but not evil.")
  • The Faceless: Due to an accident by boiling milk, Borola's brother Ruperto is this, hiding his face behind a scarf.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Borola always made gadgets trying to earn some money, but her status as a Gadgeteer Genius was cemented when she made an helicopter with a washing machine motor and some wood donated by the store.
  • Gag Nose: All characters have big, red tomato-like noses. One exception is Don Satán Carroña, but he does have a long, pointy nose instead.
  • Happily Adopted: Foforito by the Burróns.
  • Honor Before Reason: The reason for the monetary problems of Regino is that he has a lot of pride and won't accept charity or gifts from his rich friends or family.
  • Lazy Bum: Avelino Pilongano, Doña Gamucita's son. He spends most of his time slacking , bosses his elderly mom around, doesn't bother to go look for a job despite the fact that he's old enough to take care of himself and claims he possesses talent at writing poems and verses. One issue has Gamucita leaving him behind for quite some time so he can start surviving on his own, and when she returns to her house at the end, she finds him in a ''state of hibernation'', where he's gotten covered in spider webs and dust because of all the time he slept, much to Gamucita's dismay. He wasn't always this way, though...
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Luxury Prison Suite: The Tinoco manor has a particular jail built inside in which Floro's father, Titino, imprisons his son everytime he misbehaves in some grave manner. However, Floro's cell has a comfy bed for him to sleep, a full bookcase for his entertainment and is quite nicely decorated. Plus, the manor's servants always come to the jail to deliver Floro his breakfast, lunch and dinner for him to eat.
  • Noble Demon: Lamberto is a devil that tortures people in Hell; he also returns food to Alubia Salpicon who donates to the poor, and he respects her and is friendly with her.
  • Noodle People
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Count Satán Carroña. He's an undead womanizer who drinks blood and refers to it as "aguita de Jamaica" (roselle water). Blood apparently works on him the same way an alcoholic beverage acts on a human's body, and he's particularly fond of the blood from elderly women. He also possesses other stock vampire habilities, such as transforming himself into a bat, being of nocturnal habits and sleeping on a coffin during daytime. Despite this, he can be a surprisingly decent guy at times and has been helpful to some characters in ocasions.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Borola being the red and Regino the blue.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Played With; Borola's motivation is money but her inventions always fail because Status Quo Is God
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Regino and Borola.


Alternative Title(s): Burron Family

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