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''Monica's Gang'' (originally titled ''[[Pt/TurmaDaMonica Turma da Mônica]]'') is a hugely popular [[{{UsefulNotes/Brazil}} Brazilian comic book series]] that has been running since the 1960s. It was created by Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Souza.

The series has countless comic books, strips and almanacs, and is divided in several branches. The main one features four main 7-year-old kids and takes place in SaoPaulo:
* Monica (Mônica): Main character and leader of the [[FiveManBand Four Kid Band]]. She started out making appearances in Jimmy Five's strips, [[SpotlightStealingSquad but ended up getting the spotlight soon afterwards]], much to the boy's jealousy. She has SuperStrength is always wearing a red dress ([[LimitedWardrobe her wardrobe's full of these]]). Oh, and [[BerserkButton NEVER call her a pudgy, bucktooth shrimp (or any combination thereof)]], unless you wanna get some bunny bashings from her. Yes, she'll [[ImprobableWeaponUser beat you up with her blue plush bunny]].
* Jimmy Five (Cebolinha): He used to be the main character of his own comic strips, but ended up losing the spotlight to Monica soon after; maybe that's why he makes endless "infallible plans" to get her bunny and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the block]]. He has only five single strands of hair, [[ImprobableHairstyle something nearly impossible for a kid like him]], and when speaking, [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome he swaps the 'r' for 'l' (or 'w']], depending on the version you're reading).
* Smudge (Cascão): Jimmy Five's best friend. A [[ThePigPen pigpen at heart]], he has aquaphobia and will refuse to take a bath at any cost. A very skilled soccer player.
* Maggy (Magali): Monica's best friend, always wearing a yellow dress, and basically the poster girl to the BigEater trope; she loves to eat, particularly [[TrademarkFavoriteFood watermelons]], but never gains any weight or anything, being very skinny in contrast with her red-clad friend. She also tends to be rather girly sometimes.

The other groups created by Maurício include:
* Chuck Billy 'n' Folks (Turma do Chico Bento): A Brazilian child hillbilly's life. It includes a true [[FiveManBand Five Kid Band]], with the protagonist, [[TheChick his girlfriend]], [[TheLancer his smart best friend]], [[TheBigGuy his dumb best friend]] and [[TheSmartGuy the Japanese-descendant friend]].
* Horacio's World (Turma do Horácio): A vegetarian ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' who muses about life. The only character whose stories are all written by Mauricio.
* Bug-a-Booo (Turma do Penadinho): [[MonsterMash A ghost and his monster friends.]] They like to scare people, [[NightmareRetardant and most of the times fail miserably]].
* The Cavern Clan (Turma do Piteco): A [[OneMillionBC caveman]] dealing with his prehistorical life. There are dinosaurs alongside the giant mammals, of course (protagonist Pitheco was even the one who found Horácio's egg).
* Tina's Pals (Turma da Tina): A teenager and her friends, which include her [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] best friend, her chubby best female friend and said friend's boyfriend.
* The Tribe (Turma do Papa-Capim): A group of Brazilian native-americans.
* The Funnies (Turma do Astronauta): A Brazilian astronaut's journey through the cosmos. Frequently stumbles by classic sci-fi characters (a story had him sending his ship to be fixed; [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk and Spock]], [[StarWars Darth Vader]], [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] and the crew from ''Series/LostInSpace'' are in the mechanic too), and it can be sometimes adventurous, sometimes philosophical (in fact, the first graphic novel of the Graphic MSP seal, which deals with Mauricio's characters as seen by other prominent Brazilian comics artists, stars Bubbly in a study on loneliness).
* Lionel's Kingdom (Turma da Mata): A group of jungle animals. The English title has the name of the ruler of said jungle (a lion, of course), but the main character is the elephant Thunder (Jotalhão), originally created for the ads of a tomato sauce (which had [[http://www.casadoposter.com.br/_arquivo/posters_images/7_7.jpg a realistic elephant]] on its cans, but [[http://www.matrizdesenho.com.br/media/22/Outros12.jpg eventually changed to Thunder]]).

A general rundown on the franchise for English speakers can be found [[http://www.monicaandfriends.com/ here]].
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!!Contains examples of:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** Franklin with Marina (and it was LoveAtFirstSight!). Eventually, TheyDo.
** Also, in the Cavern Clan, Tooga towards Pitheco. She wants to marry him, but he doesn't want engagement with her or anyone else (though some stories do suggest he's being {{Tsundere}}).
* AlphaBitch: Carmen, in as much of a kid-friendly way as possible.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife:
** Many characters: Thunder the green elephant (Jotalhão), Franklin's dog Blu (Bidu), Jimmy Five's dog Fluff (Floquinho) - who is also green - , and more.
** Lampshaded in one story when a kid wanted his father to get him a green elephant. When the father let him play with Thunder, the kid was disappointed [[spoiler:since he wanted Thunder to ripen]].
** There's also the show-off dog that occasionally shows up on Blu's comics, Glu (Bugu), who is yellow and shaped like an egg. Oh my.
** In one story it's said that Blue isn't actually blue. It goes even further saying it is purple with avocado green stripes.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Sunny. WordOfGay, somewhat.
** In the site listed in Memetic Mutation, Bucky, who has a girlfriend but is in waaaay too many embarrassing moments.
*** Bucky is probably DepravedBisexual!
* AmicablyDivorced: Sunny and Xabeu's parents are this.
* AnatomyAnomaly:
** None of the characters who walk around barefoot have toes (e.g. Monica, Smudge, Maggy, Sunny), except for those in Chuck Billy's stories. The ones who wear shoes (e.g. Jimmy Five and Franklin), however, do. Also, Glu is the only dog with no nose (he also walks on two paws, so you might wonder if he's a dog at all...)
** Lampshaded in an 80s story where Monica finds out she has no toes and, along with Smudge, decides to complain to Mauricio about it. He manages to convince them by telling them that [[AnAesop this is one of the traits that make them unique characters]], and then goes back to his sketching board and gets horrified upon trying to draw Monica with toes.
** Smudge apparently [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyqnfzx3nc1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg wears socks all the time.]] Which creates an inconsistency as Pitheco is another barefoot, toeless character, from a time before textiles were invented, let alone socks.
** About Glu, [[spoiler: he actually is an alien. He was sent to Earth to escape from an AlienInvasion at his planet. It turned out that the invaders were just encyclopedians.]]
* AnimatedActors: Most notably the Blu stories co-starring the production manager Manfred.
* AnimatedAdaptation:
** As from 2004. There are currently three seasons and about 188 episodes. Most of the episodes adapt stories seen in the comics - even the older ones.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Fs1m857bM There are some episodes dubbed in English in this YouTube channel, if you want to check]].
* ArtEvolution:
** Compare [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_X643PcxIPVk/SZnVsHTy_AI/AAAAAAAAQjc/KETW5PPGRbY/s400/Tiras_Classicas_da_Turma_da_Monica_VOL_004.jpg this]] with [[http://joanasalvador.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/turma_da_monica.jpg this]] ([[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2c/Mon-gang.JPG/279px-Mon-gang.JPG this]] [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent even more]]).
** Well, there ''is'' an entire team working in Monica stories, so this may be a subversion. Just pick up any of their running comic books (except for the Teen Gang series) and see how much the art varies from story to story. Therefore, it's more like ArtShift (though Mauricio's own drawing style has gotten closer and closer to his characters' depictions in the comics over the years).
* ArtShift:
** One 2009 story was about Jimmy Five and Smudge swiping supporting character Marina's magic pencil and being transported to various comic book worlds. Much [[ShoutOut Shouting Out]] ensues.
** The plot was revisited the following year. This time, it's Captain Fray who steals Marina's pencil in order to pull off yet another of his worldwide pollution plans, and he drags Smudge (whom he considers his disciple) along for the ride.
* AscendedExtra:
** Monica and Chuck Billy started as minor characters. Both are protagonists now.
** Minor case: Smudge and Maggy were secondary characters, and in 1982 and 1989, respectively, gained their own series.
*** Denise outdoes them all, though. Before she joined the cast for good, she was used mainly as a prop character, like when the writers needed another girl in the scene without being able to use some. Thus, [[YouDontLookLikeYou she changed her looks and behavior with every appearance]]. This is explained and lampshaded in her breakout story in 1998 (also listed under LegacyCharacter), in which the "[[AnimatedActors actress]]" playing Denise calls it quits after getting sick of all the {{Mind Screw}}y changes to the character, and the others decide to hold an audition to find a replacement for her. In the end, [[StatusQuoIsGod she returns]] and, with the character design having now stuck, later appearances [[CharacterDevelopment give her a more sketched-out character]], making her basically a [[GenkiGirl Genki]] ValleyGirl who loves gossiping, and EnsembleDarkhorse enough to even warrant a spot among the core characters of the ''Teen Gang''.
* AscendedFanboy: Subverted in a story about Smudge and Jimmy Five going to a convention of StarWars. Smudge is a dedicated fanboy to the point of being a {{Geek}}, while Jimmy is basically the definition of a casual fan and just goes with him to the convention for the ride. And yet Jimmy is the one who ends the story (after getting a picture with George Lucas, a book with cast autographs and Chewbacca’s costume) ''[[ExaggeratedTrope invited to be in the next Star Wars movie]]'', while Smudge gets... a ticket to the new motion picture. So the actual fanboy doesn't get much (in fact, saying that Smudge was the ButtMonkey in this particular story is an understatement), but the one who isn't gets everything and more.
* AuthorAvatar:
** Mauricio appears often in the stories, and the rest of the writing staff appears sometimes.
** He's also a character in-universe, as Marina's dad, along with his wife Alice Takeda.
** The parody of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has as its antagonist Sousauron, who prior to becoming a FacelessEye was known as Maurisauron.
%% * BadassAdorable: Monica.
* TheBardOnBoard: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrPmtCc1bso Jimmy Five and Monica in the World of Romeo and Juliet]]''
* BeautifulAllAlong:
** Chuck Billy's teacher is very attractive without her glasses and taking down her hair.
** Smudge's mom as well. One story had [[StacysMom several of Smudge's friends falling hard for her]] because they see her with her hair down and wet (she was coming out of the shower). ''Smudge himself'' doesn't recognize her at first. It's played in the most literal sense ever, since as mentioned before, she's only seen as pretty right after a shower: with her usual kerchief, curly hair and overall housewife look [[HollywoodHomely she's never quite seen as such]], and in that specific story she ends up looking [[{{Gonk}} hideous]]... after styling her hair (badly) and putting on some (bad) make-up.
* BelligerentSexualTension: A basic description of Monica and Jimmy Five's relationship. Somewhat downplayed in their teen incarnation, when Jimmy - ahem, J - is much less of a JerkAss, but not entirely since both him and Monica are more accepting of their relationship by then.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Maggy is one of the most unambiguously good characters in the comics, but ''don't mess with her friends''.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Nutty Ned, big time, though it’s rare for him to have a moment of this. He usually just annoys people without meaning harm, most likely without even trying, and definitely regards Jimmy at least as some kind of friend. However there is a story where [[KickTheDog Jimmy manipulates him into stopping Monica from chasing him]]. Once Ned realizes this, things get ''ugly'' for Jimmy, with Ned using his RealityWarper powers to nearly drive Jimmy insane.
* BigBallOfViolence: Every time someone's fighting, it devolves into this. Even if it's one of the typical {{Curb Stomp Battle}}s Monica has with the boys - and even if it's only Jimmy getting beat up.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Jimmy has this towards Mary Angela, though he can a bit of a BigBrotherBully on occasion (some stories [[PlayedForLaughs play it for laughs]], but even in those he's never portrayed as being on the right when he acts like this). He never wants to take care of her, said she had a "knee-like" face when she was born (which was sort of understandable, since he was around five years-old), and overall tends to see her as a AnnoyingYoungerSibling. One story [[{{Flanderization}} takes it to the extreme]] by having him taking Mary Angela for a walk... ''in a dog collar''. Despite this, he's never outright mean to her on purpose, several stories show that he can take care of her in a extremely competent manner, and often stops her from accidentally hurting herself ([[AwesomeMoment once he actually saved her from nearly being ran by a car while crawling close to the street]]).
* BitchInSheepsClothing:
** Maggy. Usually your nice girl, but when food is involved, her unpleasant side comes up. Examples include always taking huge bites out of other people's food, outright invading Monica's house for food and thinking there's nothing wrong with it and eating all at once to not share with other people. She is honest in that she cares for her friends, though, and usually serves as Monica's adviser sometimes. It carries over to the manga as well, where she's not above ''stalking'' the teacher she has a crush on despite being on a relationship with Todd, and, when Monica and Jim had the argument that caused him to break off their thing with each other because of Monica's inability to back down and stubbornness, telling Monica that Jim didn't deserve her and she needs to forget him like Jim was the wrong one in the whole thing and Monica had no faults whatsoever.
*** This is noticeable especially in later years. While Maggy is loyal to her friends and in additional material is always described as "sweet", she has a snarky, selfish side that comes up at some points (note that in one story, she was supposed to be a reincarnation of ''UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette''. Like, the classical "Let them eat cake" version). There was also a time where the four main characters' monthly comics were connected, though each had their own adventure; none of them ends very well, and Maggy's ends up with her getting mycosis from a beach trip. In the end she comes over to her friends and upon hearing their own disastrous tales (Monica ruined her date with the boy she liked, Smudge ran away from home and Jimmy's [[spoiler: pet chinchilla died]]), [[WithFriendsLikeThese she immediately starts jumping happily and saying that she feels much better]] [[AppealToWorseProblems since her friends had it much worse than her]]. They are less than amused.
*** More than a few stories have put Maggy in Monica's position of power over the block. She outright borders on TheCaligula to the point that when Monica seizes back the position, the boys welcome her back with open arms.
** Denise was also this in her old days, DependingOnTheWriter, before settling down as the GenkiGirl DeadpanSnarker with a taste for gossip we know today. It was even lampshaded [[AnimatedActors by her actress]] in the story which settled her current personality that whenever they needed the girls' group to have a FalseFriend, they'd go for Denise.
%% * BlindWithoutEm: Specs.
* BoringInvincibleHero:
** Monica reaches this status sometimes, specially when [[SpotlightStealingSquad she's not the star of the title or the story and still beats the villain]] (great example is a ''Film/BatmanForever'' parody where she was Creator/NicoleKidman's character Chase Meridian, while Jimmy played Batman and Smudge was Robin; as she was being held captive by The Riddler - Franklin - and he threatened to spread out Batman's secret identity, everyone suddenly started insulting her - ''including Batman and Robin''!!! As a result, she got so angry that she broke out by herself and started laying down the law on everyone in the room - so much so, she even managed to separate Nimbus and Nick Nope, who had been fused into that story's version of Two-Face.
** Lampshaded once in Smudge's book, when they encounter a vampire:
---> '''Smudge''': Monica! Please save us! Use your strength!
---> '''Monica''': Why me? This is ''your'' book! ''You're'' the one who's supposed to save us!
** Then after beating up that vampire, plus two more, who ''had'' to offend her:
---> '''Monica''': Sorry, Smudge. I know this is your comic book, but they've just gone too far.
** It's becoming endemic with the movie parodies, where plush bunnies are used to defeat basically every villain.
%% * BrattyHalfPint: Junior, and how.
* BullyingADragon: Jimmy and co. ''know'' of Monica's strength. They ''know'' she has a short fuse. They ''know'' they'll get their asses handed to them in platters if they make fun of her. Not that this has ever actually stopped them.
* ButtMonkey:
** Usually either Smudge or Sunny, but pretty much every boy in the gang has been one at a point.
** The writers lately seem to enjoy having one field day after another asserting Sunny's status as ButtMonkey.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Pretty much what Monica feels about the boys: They get to her nerves at every turn, but she would risk her hide for them anyway.
* CatUpATree:
** One by one, while trying to rescue a cat from a tree, all four main members of ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' got ''themselves'' stuck until the branch they were sitting on gave in and they fell. After that, they left and the cat remained stuck and forgotten.
** Franklin once scolded his dog for growling at a cat that was up a tree. Then he tried to rescue the cat, only to be scratched by the ungrateful animal. Franklin was now the one growling. The dog smiled at this.
* CatchPhrase:
** Whenever Glu sets foot in Blu's stories, he ''has'' to shout "[[HiMom Hello, mom!]]"
** And say "bye-bye, mom!" whenever Blu ''[[LiteralAssKicking literally]]'' kicks him out of them.
** Xabeu also says "[Lord] give me strength..." a lot.
** Jimmy Five has the word "pindarolas" (an old-time interjection which roughly means the same as "Good God" or "Holy mackerel").
* CatsAreSnarkers: Vanilla, Maggy's cat, is definitely the snarkiest of all the comic's pets.
* TheChewToy:
** Sunny, whose "second-banana" status is frequently mentioned, ''even by other B-list characters'' (he's a recurring victim on the Website/{{Tumblr}} mentioned in MemeticMutation, which even did a whole day featuring panels of "Sunny sucks").
** Weaponized in their parody of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' where Sunny was TheIncredibleHulk, HulkingOut whenever his B-list status is mocked (that, and cockroaches).
** Funnily enough, he's been appearing more frequently ''because'' of this.
** Mr. Bill (yes, they use FirstNameBasis, just go with it), however, makes Sunny's life look like a walk in the park. He has to get a different job ''every'' comic because Monica and her friends [[UnwantedAssistance just won't leave him alone]] (unfortunately for Mr. Bill, they happen to be quite fond of him), in a somewhat similar dynamic to [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob and Squidward]], which has put a lot of strain on his actual mental health (he's actually acquainted with Nutty Ned because they attended the same asylum). Almost no story ends up good for him, although Bill just wants to have a normal job and stay away from the gang so he can live in peace.
%% * ChildProdigy: Franklin.
* CityMouse: Chuck Billy's cousin. Chuck himself serves as a CountryMouse when he goes visiting him.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rosie Lee has her moments to the point where she throws a fit everytime she sees Chuck with another girl, despite Chuck showing that he only has eyes for her. They do have their share of sweet moments, though, and Chuck himself is also capable of displaying jealousy of her.
** Also Isabel, but since Bucky is a shameless flirt, her case is more justified.
* CloudCuckooLander:
** Nutty Ned, a psychiatric hospital escapee whose job is making Jimmy Five's life a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** Due to operating within his own logic (i.e. a complete reversal of common sense), Nick Nope sometimes falls into this.
** Also, as of late, everyone in the gang seems to be getting a piece of the cake, thanks to the new writing team (responsible for what you see in the 2000s stories mentioned in the ItRunsOnNonsensoleum entry below). Many times the characters show an absurd lack of consideration for the problem at hand or whoever should be helped: case in point is [[http://www.monica.com.br/comics/imagem/welcome.htm this story]], where Jimmy gets his head stuck in the bathroom sink while trying to wash his hair (or lack thereof).
* ContinuityPorn: Particularly in recent years, as the writers decide to reference really old stories (or long-forgotten plot points, such as Captain Frey being Smudge's crazy uncle). The MilestoneCelebration of 500 ''Mônica'' issues was filled with this!
* CoolBigSis: Sunny's sister Xabeu, who also doubles as a StacysMom of sorts.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of the first issue of Cebolinha/Jimmy's solo title showed Captain Fray attacking a hot air balloon Jimmy was in, but Fray ''didn't'' appear in the comic. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] in the MilestoneCelebration of issue #500 of Jimmy's title, when Fray [[NoFourthWall reads Cebolinha #1]] and gets angry when he notices he's depicted only on the cover, then trying to travel back in time to [[MediumAwareness rewrite that story]].
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Jimmy once defeated Monica. How? In one page-long newspaper comic from the nineties, Monica is shown falling off a cliff while running from bees. After painfully crashing through lots of things as she fell, she gets her head stuck on a fence (which has a target on it) and is left unconscious. Near the fence, Smudge tells Jimmy that there's no way his [[ComplexityAddiction lastest plan]] is going to work.
* CuteBruiser: Monica, no matter what the boys may say about the "cute" part.
* DadaComics: While bizarre comics happen every now and then, Nutty Ned runs on this.
* TheDanza: Monica's father is "Mr. Sousa". [[AuthorAvatar Add that he looks just like Mauricio at the time of creation...]]
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The four main characters have all played this part, though in comics where the whole gang is together (especially if Monica is the one who's [[TheLeader in charge]] of the adventure), the boys are usually the ones who stand out.
** As a good portion of the comic's humor comes from characters being this trope, nearly every character who isn't too much of TheDitz or {{Cloudcuckoolander}} has been this to some extent.
** Lady [=MacDeath=] is probably the most recognizable DeadpanSnarker of the whole series.
* DeathIsCheap: Believe it or not, Jimmy Five actually ''died'' in one story. While trying to flee from Monica, he accidentally fell off a cliff, died and immediately came back as a ghost. The story was basically about him accompanying Lady [=MacDeath=] (in a somewhat unusual group crossover which even made Jimmy ask if she was on visit) to Heaven and Hell before deciding to which he should go. However, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming after seeing him trying to protect Monica from the Devil]], Lady [=MacDeath=] gets emotional and decides that Jimmy deserves one more shot at living.
%% * DependingOnTheWriter: ''Everyone''.
* TheDitz: Maggy's obsession over food sometimes degrades to a one-track mind state.
* DoubleStandard: One comic had Monica, Denise and Maggy give boys scores (Sunny, Jimmy and Smudge getting low scores and Luca getting the highest one). In the last scene, the boys give the girls their scores, and then they get beat up for it.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Smudge seems to have a knack to always say improper things at the wrong time. This is usually what crashes Jimmy's "infallible plans", but he has given himself away many other times.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Maggy's Dad's boss once had dinner with her family and she was told to control herself. [[BigEater Easier said than done]]. [[spoiler:Maggy's Dad was afraid he'd be punished but instead his boss gave him a raise so he'd be able to support her]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Monica and most of her friends (Jimmy Five notwithstanding) walk barefoot, though they wear shoes every now and then.
** EarthyBarefootCharacter: Chuck Billy and Zeke are a whole other deal regarding the lack of shoes.
* DolledUpInstallment: The Monica games for the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis are edited ''Franchise/WonderBoy'' games.
* DrunkWithPower: There was a story where Monica, sick of dealing with Jimmy Five's antics, splits the block in two and gives Jimmy Five half of it. It doesn't take long for Jimmy Five to not only start making increasingly totalitarian demands (the boys could only listen to music HE likes, and he was to be fed ice-cream every day during the summer, and popcorn with tea in the winter, for instance), and to also talk about world domination. It doesn't take long for the boys to defect to Monica's side and Jimmy, left without subjects, relinquishes the power (and gets beaten up as a consequence, as usual).
* EveryoneHasStandards: Smudge may be a filthy, stinky little kid, but even he has limits for how much dirt he can take, which is why he often finds himself opposite Captain Fray, who is basically the only person in the comic that's filthier than him.
* EverythingTalks: On [[strike:some]] most of Blu's stories.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
** There's a reason why Jimmy Five's schemes for taking over the block are "infallible plans" (actually, [[{{Irony}} anything he deems "infallible" IS bound to fail]]. He's kinda like [[ScoobyDoo Fred Jones]]: he's always the man with a plan, except said plans never work out). Related, Smudge's inability to not join the schemes, [[GenreSavvy even though he knows they'll fail]].
** Actually, there was one story where Jimmy used a boomerang and a minirecorder to trick Monica into thinking her bunny didn't like her anymore and wanted to be Jimmy's instead of hers. He intended to ask Smudge to join but Smudge had a fever so high he couldn't even leave bed. He hated it until it became the reason he didn't get involved with the plan.
** SpannerInTheWorks: Most of the times they fail due to Smudge doing something wrong (mostly by [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud his slips of the tongue]]).
*** In the story where the fever prevented Smudge from joining, the spanner was [[spoiler:Mr. Five demanding the boomerang and the minirecorder. Jimmy took them without asking for his permission first]].
* FantasyKitchenSink: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.
* {{Flanderization}}: During the first half of the TurnOfTheMillennium, the kids were much more hyperactive and have some traits amped up so as to come across as almost negative - for example, having the resident BigEater flying into a frenzy at the slightest mention of anything food-related, and using Sunny's perceived "lack of notability" to make him the all-around ButtMonkey (something he was '''never''' known for before). Also, they tack in lots of [[OutOfCharacterMoment OOC Moments]] (many of these shown in the MemeticMutation link - the period can be told by the art style), if only for RuleOfFunny.
** Completely inverted since TheNewTens: the characters are, little by little, losing all of theirs special characteristics and becoming more and more [[FlatCharacter Flat Characters]].
* FlowerPotDrop: Monica once accidentally dropped one from an apartment window and hurried down. She couldn't use the stairs because they were being washed back then so she had to wait for an elevator. Despite this, she [[spoiler:managed to arrive on time to be hit]].
* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.
* ForgetsToEat: Used to be one of Junior's defining characteristics (though he was ''[[SubvertedTrope intentionally]]'' [[SubvertedTrope neglectful]]), just so he could act as a foil to Maggy. While he has not lost this one, his role in the stories has shifted deep into BrattyHalfPint (especially towards Jimmy Five. Poor Jimmy).
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Monica is (very much) choleric, Jimmy Five is sanguine, Smudge is melancholic, and Maggy is supine.
* FreeRangeChildren: Zigzagged. In most stories the children are wandering around their neighborhood (and we never get to see just how big it is), but several stories show that they all have a limit imposed by their parents of how far they can go by themselves (and it's strange how children that visited other planets and dimensions have limits at all).
* FreudianSlip: Blu and some of his fellow dogs meet a dog who likes to make dog-based puns. They first suspect that the character making the jokes isn't a real dog when he starts a phrase with "You, dogs...". After being called out on that, he tries to restart the phrase with "We, dogs..." but it's too late. They remove his dog mask and find out he's a cat.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: While it's downplayed since they don't always hang with him, most of the gang considers Junior to be a huge pain in the butt. Even Maggy, his own cousin, thinks he's a BrattyHalfPint (and doesn't shy from saying it to his face), though she's still more willing to play with him than the rest of the kids. In several stories they just play with him because their own parents (particularly their mothers) think Junior is [[CutenessProximity adorable]] and shouldn't be ignored [[TagalongKid just for being younger]]. When Monica's mom once made a comment of the sort, Monica replied that Junior is as cute as he is annoying.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Maggy and the boys is a downplayed example. They do interact in the adventures where the four main characters share the spotlight, and she ''has'' had stories with them (though usually with either Jimmy ''or'' Smudge, not with both of them at once; as in, the main gang minus Monica), but the number of those is quite overshadowed by the number of stories Monica shares with them. It's sort of justified in that Monica just has more reasons to hang out with them, being more of a {{Tomboy}} than Maggy, and often target of their provocations, not to mention of course [[OfficialCouple her relationship with Jimmy]], which guarantees that they'll have some stories as a duo (however Monica does have plenty of stories with just Smudge too; one almanac actually had ''three'' stories of just Monica and Smudge together). If Maggy's in a story with just one more character and that character is male, it's probably Junior or even Franklin. [[NonHumanSidekick Or Vanilla]].
* FiveManBand: The remaining role is usually filled by a supporting character (usually Franklin as TheSmartGuy).
** [[TheHero The Hero(ine)]] = Monica
** TheLancer = Jimmy Five (becomes also TheSmartGuy if it's just the four of them)
** TheBigGuy = Smudge
** TheChick = Maggy
** TeamPet = Blu (mainly on merchandise, for two reasons: 1. each of the other characters has a pet of their own, and 2. in-universe, Blu is Franklin's pet dog since they were both created together, in 1959, which laid the basis for the rest of the Gang)
*** In Chuck Billy's stories, Chuck is TheHero, Cousin Benny and Zeca are [[TheLancer The Lancers]], Zeke is TheBigGuy (many times because he's [[TheDitz dumb enough]] to accept the heavy duties), Taka is TheSmartGuy and Rosie Lee is TheChick.
* GenderBender: One comic about Monica's birthday has her and her friends turning into the opposite gender.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Two boys (Jimmy Five and Smudge) and two girls (Monica and Maggy)
* GenerationXerox: One story shows Mr. Five telling Jimmy about [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a plump, bossy girl from his childhood memories who walked around with a doll in which he loved to make knots in its arms and legs solely to piss the owner off. The girl used to retaliate by running after and hitting him with the doll]], and Mr. Five remembers how despite the danger element, [[BelligerentSexualTension he just couldn't stop messing with her, and they were always together as a result while time passed...]] Jimmy is astounded by the obvious similarity between his father's childhood and his own, and asks what became of that girl. The living room's door is suddenly opened by Mrs. Five coming back from the supermarket, and Mr. Five answers Jimmy with a fond smile "Speak of the devil...". [[GirlsHaveCooties Jimmy doesn't take it too well at the end of the story]], but knowing he and Monica are the OfficialCouple, GenerationXerox was still on point.
%% * GeniusDitz: Maggy.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWB1KXpEG0 one episode]], Jimmy Five, wanting to get more than just five strands of hair, accidentally ends up with Monica's hairdo and is mistaken for her multiple times. At one point, when it's his mother that makes the mistake, he exclaims, "Mom, it's me!" and opens his towel showing her his genitals to prove his point, with the expected reaction from her. TL;DR, ''he flashed his own mother''. (It's the avatar for the parody site mentioned in MemeticMutation.)
** Pretty much the entire comic book can be considered GettingCrapPastTheRadar, so much that's almost RefugeInAudacity.
** One story had Curly meeting an anxious Flip (Tina's tween brother) [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything trying to buy ''something'' at a pharmacy, but being too embarrassed to do so]]. The whole story has Curly thinking it was something completely different than the real thing [[note]] In the end Flip reveals that what he wanted was some cotton swabs from a specific children-marketed brand[[/note]], but we're never told exactly what. It's however HEAVILY implied to be condoms (to adults is really just plain obvious), going by Curly's playful BigBrotherMentor reaction to the situation at first (for example, smiling knowingly and saying Flip's turning into a "young man"), and the fact that whenever he tries to help Flip to buy the stuff, he stops himself right when seeing certain people inside the store such as: three nuns, his own girlfriend's father and a meddlesome little girl. He's also completely astonished when Flip's grandmother appears and [[CoolOldLady nonchalantly says she'll buy the "thing" her grandson wants]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and will buy some for her too]].
* GreenAesop: Occurs WAY too often in this series.
** A considerable amount of Chuck Billy's comics are all about that. Deforestation, pollution, "how living in a city turns you into a sedentary paranoid" - if his cousin is involved in the comic there is a 99% chance that the story will be about that -, or how the "bad men" will hunt innocent animals for money. He has been turned into several kinds of animals and even engaged into conversation with a waterfall and the Sun himself.
*** Parodied in one of Jimmy Five's stories, when the title character says "Wait, do you think I like to live in nature, green and stuff? Who the heck do you think I am? Chuck Billy?"
** Though it should be noted that environmental protection is a rather huge deal in Brazil (giving that most part of the Amazon rainforest is contained there and the country is known for having a varied and often threatened biodiversity), especially when it comes to teaching it to children. Chuck Billy and the Tribe just take more of the teaching part because they live close or right in nature itself.
** Most of Tom-Tom's comics are also like this, with emphasis on pollution. That, or how teamwork is important.
* GreenEyedMonster: Despite being Maggy's best friend, Monica is deathly envious of her singing talents. When Maggy was a child and briefly had a fame singing, Monica ''hated'' it and only reconsidered their friendship because her mom [[WhatTheHellHero pointed that out]]. UpToEleven in the manga, when she nearly destroyed Maggy's short stint on a GirlGroup.
%% * GreyAndGrayMorality
* HairTriggerTemper: Again, Monica. If she understands something as an insult to her height/weight/teeth (even if by mistake), everyone around will get beaten up.
* HairyHammerspace: Fluff, Jimmy's dog. It's not uncommon for people to hide there, or plenty of things to be found in his fur.
* HandsomeLech: Bucky, at least when his girlfriend is out of sight.
* HomemadeInventions: A lot of what Franklin invents is like this.
* HypocriticalHumor: One of the occasional plot devices, especially in short stories.
** Of note, any stories where we can see Vanilla's point of view.
** Also of note is Jimmy Five calling Monica short and fat, when you consider he's just the same height and rather tubby himself (not exactly fat, but he and Monica have a very similar body shape).
** A story has Monica being harassed by Junior (who is the shortest of the gang), a one-shot boy who is very visibly obese, and Bucky (whose buckteeth are pretty much the same as Monica's). Instead of getting angry, Monica just laughs and takes the time to point out the hypocrisy. In the end, they change their tones to call her tall, skinny and toothless.
* HurricaneOfPuns: At times with a LamePunReaction as well.
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcJrrIkfuUg Enough]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVHu87z4J6E for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHNEmsyJeuQ a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rd3dM-D5nw full]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHo-zgE6GXU album]].
** IWantSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrJ5s4rnbbk Jimmy's Protest]]"
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Monica uses a ''blue stuffed rabbit'' to beat up the boys who annoy her, and just about every bad guy that shows up.
* InformedPoverty: Some stories suggest that Smudge is a tad poorer than his friends, despite his house not being different from the others'. Justified in that we usually see it from his point of view and that this trope shows up almost always in the context of him wanting new toys (instead of the ones he fabricates himself), which is understandable; children will usually feel that others get more gifts than they do. It's also been pointed out that his father does in fact receive a smaller outcome than the other parents of the comic, but not so little that will have an influence in the family's household.
* InformedSpecies: While [[http://p2.trrsf.com/image/fget/cf/460/0/images.terra.com/2014/02/26/floquinho-619.jpg Fluff does pass as a green lhasa apso]]. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GWWWJt1DQ90/Upv3ogtFsiI/AAAAAAAABGo/wLSz0XCoVlU/s1600/de+003.jpg Blu's status as a schnauzer is not so clear.]] And then there's Glu, a dog that's ''yellow and shaped like an egg''.
* InsistentTerminology: Nutty Ned will always complain about any synonym of insanity he's given, persisting it's "Nutty".
* InternalHomage: Aside from what's mentioned in ContinuityPorn, [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v-9XTxMXsoI/U3kdifyL7sI/AAAAAAAABC4/adr1m3rg-g8/s1600/collage2.jpg the books]] [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_o8o0Iwn6SyM/TNqyh5qnx-I/AAAAAAAAJ9Q/E14HNjG6z10/s1600/Cebolinha+50+Anos.png celebrating]] [[http://images1.folha.com.br/livraria/images/d/1/1249591-250x250.png the]] [[MilestoneCelebration 50th anniversary]] of the "core 6" (the four main Monica's Gang characters, Blu, and Chuck Billy) had updated covers of [[http://mlb-s1-p.mlstatic.com/as-primeiras-revistas-da-turma-da-monica-coleco-historica-1-13992-MLB2688032029_052012-F.jpg their first]] [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kicYq3GTJHk/SkZYMLnvZII/AAAAAAAABJY/HjYnBvbRlCo/s320/Bidu+1.jpg solo issues]] (with some shout outs for the [[http://mlb-s2-p.mlstatic.com/gibi-turma-da-mnica-edico-n-1-5-unidades-14444-MLB3078772180_082012-F.jpg number ones from the current run]]).
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum:
** Several Jimmy Five's stories in the late 2000's. Before that, it was just the stories with Nutty Ned or his dog, but lately he's been dwelling in the absurdism every now and then (and not only him, it must be said). However, back in 1985, in his issue #155, he had a VERY weird story in wich he, while fleeing from Monica, finds the stairwell that connects heaven and hell, and as he walks upward, he starts to become a spirit. He then threats Monica and claims that he is becoming a DARK GOD, with flames and all. Then, Angel comes from heaven and tells Monica on how Lucifer became a fallen angel and turned several angels into demons by descending the stairwell (this prompted Heaven to shut it down and switch to a one way elevator). AND THEN, Smudge appears and manages to trick Jimmy into giving him the marbles Smudge did lend to him once, and somehow throws Jimmy back to land. When Monica and Angel are about to thank Smudge, it reveals that he is really Satan and used the illusion to stop Jimmy from becoming another God, since God himself is more than enough to be his rival. MindScrew much? Oh, by the way, the story is titled as "O Deus Cebola", or "Jimmy the God". For some reason it is nearly impossible to find any sort of info regarding that story.
** [[http://socializando2009.blogspot.com/2010/08/o-deus-cebola.html Here it is.]] Witness Jimmy's AGodAmI moment you too.
** To some people, this story doubles as horrific, mainly because Jimmy Five suffers a big FaceHeelTurn. Thankfully, he gets better.
* JerkAss: Jimmy can be one of these many times, and not only to Monica. He has been seen setting up infallible plans to make Smudge bathe, and even used Maggy's appetite as a weapon against Monica, for instance. But, in general, he falls more into JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** Although Jimmy could fall into AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. Is he a JerkAss as described above? Or is he just giving payback for people constantly making fun of his speech impediment? Early stories show people pulling pretty mean-spirited jokes about it. The Alternate Jim in the manga became an utter jerk BECAUSE of people picking on his speech problems. That's enough to make a lot of people bitter.
** To be fair, people don't pick on him nearly as much as he and the other boys do to Monica. If that would be a reason for Jimmy to be such a jerk, then Monica should become an absolute bitch. Jimmy's problem (especially as of late) is being selfish to a fault, though this can be played with if we consider that Jimmy thinks Monica pulled a SpotlightStealingSquad on him (he was created in 1960 and was the main character of Mauricio's strips until 1963, when Monica debuted and became the title character pretty much by beating him upside the head) and wants to repay her in kind.
* LaughablyEvil: Captain Fray, over the years, has become progressively more comical and over-the-top, usually even engaging in small-talk with the kids. This doesn't necessarily equate to DiminishingVillainThreat, however, because his powers over dirt are regarded seriously and he ''has'' had some really nefarious plans.
* LegacyCharacter: A story acknowledges the fact that Denise's appearance is inconsistent by saying she's just a character played by various [[AnimatedActors animated actresses]].
* LethalChef:
** When Monica cooks, it sometimes gets to this. Just see her [[http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/dino/images/p09-03.gif health juice]] recipe.
** It may vary from writer to writer. Back in the 1980s, when there wasn't much in the way of consistency, there was a story where Jimmy and Smudge were wary when Monica offered them some cake she baked, because they had come across Maggy, who got sick after eating the cake. Said cake turned out to be actually pretty good; the problem was that Maggy's eagerness made her eat the cake before Monica could bake it.
* LimitedWardrobe:
** Played very straight, particularly with Monica. One certain picture has her looking at her wardrobe... which is chock full of red dresses just like the one she usually wears. She's usually pretty comfortable with this situation, though.
** Semi-averted with the manga. Every story ''all'' the characters have different clothes, but some stories last 2-3 issues, which means they may spend those 2-3 issues wearing the same clothes.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Mostly at the theater, plus two films (one made for TV, one direct to video),[[http://www.producaocultural.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/teatro-turma-da-monica.jpg all with adults wearing masks.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Yeah''. The fact that Monica's Gang refers to both TheVerse and the "core" characters shows it's an ample amount. While reprinting the first issues of the "core 5 comics" (the four main Monica's Gang characters and Chuck Billy), they ran for 50 issues, each having a different character in the cover (#50 was Monica's dad, which also serves as an AuthorAvatar to Mauricio).
* LongPants:
** You see someone wearing social pants and shoes, they're like this. Except in the rare case that the pants and shoes are different colors, or they're drawn in promo artwork (i.e. not within a story).
** This dates back from Mauricio's old strips, out of a need to simplify the design. It also seems to be the reason for the toeless barefoot characters (Monica wore shoes in her first appearance, but more bits of them were erased at each strip as he had less and less time to get them ready - he worked alone at the time - , until she became barefoot and toeless).
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Or, in a variation, extremely incompetent. Franklin finds out in one comic this is the reason most of his invents didn't work as planned; his crush on Marina made it hard for him to concentrate. Upon hearing this, Smudge suggests that Jimmy might be in love too, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and that's why his plans never work]]. Jimmy vehemently denies, [[ShipTease but in the next (and final) panel he's dreamily thinking about Monica, with hearts drawn around her in the thought bubble]].
* LukeIAmYourFather:
** Captain Fray is Smudge's uncle who either went crazy or got transformed by the dust of his comic collection, but few people remember or care about that. In a StarWars parody, Fray (as "Dork Frayder") says "I am your father's ''brother''!" to Smudge Skywalker and throws his [[NoFourthWall debut comic]] (Mônica Vol.1 #31, published in 1972) as proof. Years later Smudge seems to have forgotten about it, as Marina shows him that same comic and he gets shocked, quoting Darth Vader once again.
---> This is a bombastic revelation! The readers must be shocked! "Smudge... I... am... your... uncle!"
* MadScientist: The characters often stumble on those. Franklin acts as one sometimes. And during a ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' parody, Nutty Ned was Doc Brown because while he wasn't a scientist, he clearly ''is'' mad.
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: ''Coelhada nas Estrelas/[[https://web.archive.org/web/20050926043816/http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/coelhada/welcome.htm Star Warp]]'', and the sequels ''O Feio Contra-Ataca'' and ''O Retorno de Jedito''. And then a prequel, ''A Trapaça Fantasma''.
* MeatOVision: [[http://porramauricio.tumblr.com/photo/1280/702113517/1/tumblr_l424waFeak1qbnzf6 Done with Maggy, of course.]]
** There once was a story where Maggy went around trying to eat something and there was absolutely nothing. Not even in restaurants or street vendors - in fact, everything was deserted. It gets to a point where, at the end, she sees ''the world'' as a giant watermelon and dives mouth-first into it, leaving only a patch of land. Towards the end, cut to the studio, and Mauricio orders the story to be rewritten.
* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Todd, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn’t dating him only because he was the bakery owner’s son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends [[HeartwarmingMoment with Maggy willingly choosing Todd over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.
* MediumAwareness: ''Good God''. Many entries here show there is NoFourthWall and the characters will frequently reference page/issue numbers and such.
* MonsterMash: Bug-a-Booo's gang is this.
** BedsheetGhost: The title character and all other ghosts (the bedsheets suffer some abuse from time to time).
** TheGrimReaper: Lady [=McDeath=], who is both female and [[DontFearTheReaper quite clumsy]]. Has a counterpart in the [[DeliveryStork Reincarnation Stork]].
** ClassicalMovieVampire: Vic Vampire, who fails in his bloodsucking task very often.
** FrankensteinsMonster: Frank, a ManChild whose parts frequently fall.
** {{Werewolf}}: Wolfgang, who mostly behaves like a dog.
** {{Mummy}}: Moe the Mummy
** DemBones: Sid Skull
*** SkullForAHead: Skully, who is [[LosingYourHead just a disembodied skull]].
* MoreHypnotizableThanHeThinks:
** Chuck's cousin buys a hypnosis book and Chuck refuses to believe it works. Trying to prove otherwise, Chuck's cousin decides to hypnotize him into believing he's a dog. At first, it seems it doesn't work but then it's revealed the hypnosis doesn't have immediate effects.
** Done again when Denise hypnotizes Monica into thinking she's a bridge-guarding troll. It has the same delayed effect because Denise used a method to hypnotize dogs. Let that one sink for a moment.
* TheMovie: Quite a few. 1980's "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" ("The Adventures of Monica's Gang", the first movie ever released[[note]]not counting a [[MadeForTVMovie TV]] live-action adaptation/spoof of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]] and the movie where the aforementioned CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming scene with the mice came from) and 1983's "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally "Comic Book Movie", and we mean ''literally''[[note]]The movies are collections of shorts adapted from stories published in the comics, but the literal part is because this is achieved by one of Franklin's inventions: a cross between a movie projector and a blender, where comics pages are fed and turned into the film[[/note]]) series (currently with seven titles, most of them direct-to-DVD), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions.
* MuggingTheMonster: In some occasions, some people who don't know Monica's SuperStrength (usually criminals or bullies from another neighborhood) find out the hard way why it's a big mistake to threaten her or her friends, or simply [[BerserkButton insult her]].
* NegativeContinuity: So, so much, even with characters that return once in a while. And for characters such as Bug-a-booo's gang, there's even a MultipleChoicePast given different backstories are given every now and then.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction:
** The boys suffer from this when it comes to stealing Samson. One time a friend of Monica's actually ''gave it'' to them since Monica had just bought a doll, and despite rejoicing at first, they got tired pretty quickly, until Monica found out. They like stealing Samson [[BullyingADragon specifically to get Monica get angry]], so just getting it too easily and without her knowing won't do.
** It's quite similar to what happens between Chuck Billy and his friends and Mr. Lau. According to them, the guavas just don't taste the same if Lau isn't running after them yelling and cursing.
* NoFourthWall: Characters frequently mention panels, the writing staff, the reader, and lampshade facts such as the barefoot characters not having toes.
** One amusing 3 letter panel had Jimmy and Smudge running away from Monica only for Jimmy to smile and suddenly stop after seeing the "End" graphic at the corner... of the second panel. The third panel shows a beat up Smudge berating whoever made that mistake.
** Also, one Chuck Billy story had him racing Zeke in many occasions, with Zeke always failing to beat Chuck. Then, at the last page, Zeke proposes to see who could get to the end of the story faster. After Chuck zips out of the panel, Zeke simply pulls a pencil out from his pocket and writes "END" at the corner of the frame he's in. Only half a page later, Chuck is still running, and looks up and sees how Zeke managed to fool him.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp:
** Used and lampshaded. The main cast is always six, nevermind the fact the series has been running for over 40 years. Every year there's a special edition featuring one of the main characters' 7th birthday. However, they always return to being six years old again. In a recent example, someone asks Jimmy how old he's turning. "Seven," he replies, "just like ''evewy'' other year."
** At least, we know when to expect birthday stories for the main characters: Monica's in March 21, Jimmy's in October 24, Smudge's in November, (date not certain; it's only known that he's a Sagittarius), Maggy's in May 8[[note]]both Monica and Maggy share their birthdays with Mauricio's namesake daughters[[/note]] and Chuck Billy's in July 1st.
** In one of the late-2009 issues, it is implied that all of the birthday stories are actually about THE ONE AND ONLY BIRTHDAY PARTY they will ever experience - the 7th birthday party. This means, for example, that every Jimmy's birthday-themed story reveals one of the events that happened in his 7th birthday party. Again, the main character of this story is... Jimmy Five.
** This changed with the [[SpinoffBabies Spinoff Teens]] manga.
** The SlidingTimescale is alluded to in a recent special issue released by the time of the [[TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], in which Maggy's mother was stated to be pregnant of her in 2002, while Monica and Jimmy appear as babies in 2006 (complete with rewriting the infamous [[MemeticMutation Zidane headbutt]] into one of her first bunny-bashings gone wrong: she tried to hit Jimmy, but the bunny slipped off her hand [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength all the way to Berlin]]) which, considering they're all about the same age, would be quite inaccurate (they'd have to be three to four years old by the latter point).
*** It's referenced again in a story involving a CreepyDoll (kind of like, [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]] as a Raggedy Ann-type doll), made in 2010, where Maggy recounts its first appearance. She begins with "It all started in March 2001..." only for Jimmy to stop her and point out that, if Maggy is seven years old, ''she shouldn't even be born yet by that time''.
* NotMeThisTime: Occasionally, it's really not Jimmy who stole Samson. Many one-page/short stories will have Smudge as being the culprit just for the sake of a quick subversion (since Monica will always go for Jimmy first), but sometimes it's not the main boys at all.
** In one comic, not only Samson but all the girls' dolls are stolen, and Monica, [[OutOfContextEavesdropping who had listened to Jimmy talking to Sunny about how "the plan will work, and we're finishing her this time"]] earlier that day, immediately blames him. One could forgive her for the misunderstanding, but she beats him up before even asking any questions, which prompts a battered Jimmy to explain that he was talking about a football coach's plan to defeat another team (which in Portuguese has a female pronoun). Monica doesn't even believe it till Sunny vouches for him and says he's been with Jimmy all day. An embarrassed Monica and the girls quickly say sorry and leave, [[LampshadeHanging while Sunny remarks to Jimmy that he has grown a rather unfortunate fame for himself]].
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Jimmy Five is the only one among the four main characters.
* OnlySixFaces:
** Lampshaded. The series often jokes about this with characters commenting about "how they can't tell each other apart when they're bald because everyone looks alike". Most of the child characters have the same facial features (the only tell-tale difference being nose shapes aside from other facial nuances - like the dirt strokes on Smudge's cheeks) and the differences between their body types are subtle.
** This was even lampshaded by Sunny in one story: "That's the good thing on Mauricio's characters all having the same face... No one can tell them apart!" (as Jimmy was wearing a bushy blonde wig to look like Sunny, who wanted to sneak out of his room despite being bedridden)
* ParentalBonus: [[http://www.umpassinhoafrente.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/horacio_revitalizado.jpg Some stories]] won't be well appreciated by kids.
* ParentalHypocrisy: In one story, Chuck Billy and Rosie try to secretly meet after dinner and her father caught them. When Rosie's Mom says it sounds like someone she knows, Rosie's Dad says it's different because [[ExactWords his secret signal sounded like a bird other than the one chosen by Chuck]].
* ParodyNames: Played oh so very straight. More often than not, a celebrity or licensed character/series makes a cameo in the strips, but their names are slightly changed to something that creates a pun and is close enough to the original to avoid copyright infringement. Examples include: Pokemão instead of Pokemon, Darti Vesgo instead of Darth Vader, Superomão instead of Superman, Ton Cruzes instead of Tom Cruise... However, the jokes make more sense and are funnier in Portuguese. This, invariably, sometimes ends up leading to BlandNameProduct and LawyerFriendlyCameo.
* PerpetualFrowner: Monica was always looking angry in the [[TheSixties '60s]] strips.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Monica, duh. At first the bunny had a brick inside, but then she became really strong.
* PostModernism: The lack of FourthWall leads to this. The original Marina story had the real Marina (Maurício's homonymous daughter) invading the comic, only for dad to reveal at the end of the story that he created a character based on her.[[note]]furthering the MindScrew: since Franklin's UnrequitedLove for Marina was [[LoveAtFirstSight at first sight]], he originally fell in love with the real one![[/note]]
* PowerTrio:
** For the girls: Monica, Maggy, and either Marina or Denise (with Marina as the third member, they even formed their own LovelyAngels team in a few stories).
** For the boys: Jimmy Five, Smudge, and usually Sunny.
* PrehensileHair: Jimmy Five. It injures people, pops balloons\balls, and at least once became a HelicopterHair.
* RedemptionRejection: When Maggy, along with Denise, tries to change Agnes' ways. Since her parents are two [[OurGhostsAreDifferent phantoms]] who keep her paranoid and maintaining animals imprisioned, Agnes rejects Maggy's words and sides with her cruel AbusiveParents, who keep saying they only want the best for her. It's a TearJerker example since [[spoiler:anyone who have head the Shadows from the Past arc in the Manga knows that Agnes will die and become a monster ghost just like her parents]].
* RealityWarper: Nutty Ned.
** Also, Marina's magic pencil allows its wielder to bring whatever they draw to life, as well as create doors to alternate universes.
* RecursiveCanon: The Gang's comics exist in-universe as well as out. No one really comments on this.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless:
** Some of Franklin’s inventions could literally change history. He has been able to create functioning time machines, multitask robots, size shifting potions and several, several others. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since StatusQuoIsGod, naturally, and also most of his creations are infamously far from flawless (though, of course, just the fact that he's able to make something close to the real thing would be world-changing).
** One story came close to [[SubvertedTrope subvert this trope]]. Franklin managed to build a machine at Maggy’s request that could multiply food, and came to realize that, since with one sandwich he could make thousands, he had ''ended world hunger''. Cue some merchants understandably pissed, since now they were probably going bankrupt, suggesting RealityEnsues. Before Franklin can figure out a solution, the rest of the gang finds out that the machine’s food copies have actually no nutritional value, not satisfying hunger whatsoever.
** Another from Franklin involves a time machine, which he worries about falling in the wrong hands in a conversation with Smudge. As soon as he says this, a lot of people show up trying to use their machine for their own purposes (even, hilariously enough, an ice cream man who wants to use it to TakeOverTheWorld). Franklin's solution to this is to travel back in time to keep them from taking the machine, thus creating a StableTimeLoop, which is even acknowledged by the final caption:
---> The end? Nope! Go back to the beginning and read the story again!
* {{Retcon}}: Originally, Monica was Spec's sister.
** Also, Chuck Billy's dog, Fido, died in a story written in TheEighties, only to be resurrected some years later, with no explanation given.
* RogerRabbitEffect: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAKbp1U-t1M Occurs in some of their films.]]
* RollingPinOfDoom: There was a RomeoAndJuliet parody featuring Jimmy Five as Romeo and Monica as Juliet. Friar Smudge told Romeo Jimmy the marriage would be so Monicapulet would stop hitting them with that bunny. Jimmy was interested until Smudge showed a rolling pin and told Jimmy that's what wives hit their husbands with.
** In their second game for the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem (a reskin of ''VideoGame/WonderBoy III: The Dragon's Trap''), this is Maggy's weapon of choice.
* {{Room 101}}: The prospect of getting wet is this for Smudge.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with Isabel, Bucky's girlfriend. [[spoiler: Especially in the manga, where she [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of it.]]]]
* SelfDeprecation: Comic book writers are a common butt of jokes in the stories. If a character is particularly unlucky, it can double as RageAgainstTheAuthor.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Monica's stuffed rabbit for a lot of the boys in the block (mostly Jimmy Five and Smudge). The [[ZanyScheme plans]] to try and steal it away from her have included ''time traveling''.
** Also, Monica's self-given title of "ruler of the street", which sometimes ends up giving her a control freak behavior.
*** The title is one the boys gave to her, not one she made herself. She just won't let it go out of spite.
* ShadesOfConflict: SliceOfLife comics are usually GreyAndGrayMorality (the reader can sympathize with Jimmy because Monica's so bossy, for instance), as are those with a IneffectualSympatheticVillain added. Harsher bad guys earn BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* ShipTease: Since, aside from Monica and Jimmy, there is another boy and another girl rounding out the leading cast, many readers try pairing Smudge and Maggy together (and some alternate future stories even have them as a pair), despite them already having a girlfriend and a boyfriend, respectively. There's shipping even from some writers (like in a story where a series of misunderstandings causes everyone to think they are dating). Monica also lampshades it:
--> '''Monica (thinking Maggy and Smudge are dating)''': [[FanPreferredCouple Our readers have been dreaming about this for decades!]]
--> '''Smudge''': [[LongRunners Decades]]?
--> '''Maggy''': [[NotAllowedToGrowUp But we're only seven]].
* ShoutOut:
** Many, especially in late years, when Smudge became a diehard [[StarWars Star]] [[ParodyNames Warp]] fan, among other things.
** In each of their recent movie parody stories, it happens. Name a feature, and a panel full of characters that fit it will appear soon enough. [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljlh4hK1UQ1qbnzf6o1_500.jpg This panel]], for example, [[ReferenceOverdosed is so ridiculous]], what's awkward about it is ''not'' finding people like VideoGame/MegaMan (who only appears in one of the following panels) among all the blue people. [[http://tinyurl.com/d7m6o27 And here's another shameless panel.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Maggy, except when [[BigEater she's hungry]] (which many writers have played with as being 99% of the time).
* SilenceIsGolden: About one third of the stories in each book is completely silent, and yet gets the desired reaction.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Nor does it know social boundaries, as Luca (who is wheelchair-bound, need we remind you) has been on the receiving end of Monica's needy abuse at least once.
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Little Blog rarely appear after his introduction, [[TheScrappy not that someone miss him]].
* SplitPersonality:
** Blu is the only character who appears in two different kind of stories; in one he is a normal dog, and in the other he is a [[AnimatedActors director/actor of comics]], is totally personified (walking by two feet behind the sets, and walking like a normal dog when acting) and is famous for the strips in which he talks to objects. No, really. And the objects ''[[EverythingTalks talk back]]''.
** The most prominent object is Ms. Rock. Yes... A ''female'' rock.[[note]]Mostly due to the fact that Portuguese doesn't have a neutral gender, so rocks are feminine. But yeah.[[/note]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil:
** Sometimes, whenever a Mauricio character mention death or the verb "die", Lady [=MacDeath=] (a female and [[DontFearTheReaper comedic]] GrimReaper from Bug-a-boo's stories) appears.
** But this gets nowhere near to Nutty Ned in this respect: whenever someone speaks of being "nutty", "nuts" or something along these lines (e.g. "who would be nutty enough to do.....?"), he shows up.
* TheSpeechless: Hummer, who only speaks in "hmmmm".
* SpoiledBrat: Monica is one on her [[DependingOnTheWriter worst days]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: At first the protagonist was Jimmy Five. [[http://crescer.globo.com/edic/129/monica4.jpg Once he stumbled upon a girl who hit him]], and she later turned into the main character. (probably due to being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the first female one]], and based on the creator's daughter, no less)
* SuddenDownerEnding: "Caramel" ends with [[spoiler:the titular chinchilla dying]].
* SuperStrength:
** Monica, sometimes to hilarious extents (in one single-page comic she literally blew the world away from her with a sneeze). Maybe that's why the bunny bashings hurt so much.
** In the early issues, it was revealed that she used to keep a brick inside Samson. Nowadays she really possesses super-human strength, and her mother revealed that some of her family members also have the power.
* TagalongKid: Junior, and occasionally Jimmy Five's little sister.
* TeenGenius: Specs. Downplayed to OlderAndWiser as Franklin became cemented as the gang's resident [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]].
* ThoughtBubbleSpeech:
** Played straight with Vanilla, but averted with Blu and his friends, and also Lionel's Kingdom crew, who all use normal speaking bubbles. However, Vanilla can use the speaking bubbles as well, usually when interacting with other animals (though sometimes he uses the thinking bubbles even when interacting with other cats. It really [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]). He once lampshaded this when talking to a human, saying that he only does it when it's necessary.
** Ditto, Fluffy and Chauvy (Monica's, Jimmy's and Smudge's pets respectively) will usually play it straight too, though it's very rare for them to show any thinking animal tendencies at all.
* TimeMachine: Franklin builds so many of them that many times characters lampshade how it's basically the only thing he does (Smudge makes fun of it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHDHXWm4Fjo this episode]]). In fact, one of these is what triggers the events of the aforementioned TimeTravel movie.
* TokenMinority:
** Let's see... Jeremiah is the standard "token black boy", but there's also Doreen (blind girl), Luca (boy in a wheelchair), Hummer (who was initially only mute, but was [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] as deaf as well) and some others.
** However, take in mind: Brazil is a highly syncretic country where prejudice is not tolerated. So some comics incentivate social inclusion of some groups. The stereotypical depictions, common in works of other countries, are averted except when PlayedForLaughs or regarding [[AcceptableEthnicTargets Portuguese]] people - they usually own bakeries, have a thick accents, and love cod.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Monica and Maggy. The latter even attempts to make Monica less masculine at times.
* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs sound dated to modern-day speakers.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Everything for Maggy, but watermelon takes the cake. It's completely normal to see her gobbling an entire one down.
** Also, lettuce for Horacio.
** Chuck Billy has a great love for guavas, especially those stolen from Mr. Lau's orchard.
* {{Tsundere}}: Monica is Type A; she may beat Jimmy Five (and Smudge) up in most of the comics, but they are also good friends, and in some stories set in the future, they are married with children (not to mention them becoming a full-fledged OfficialCouple in the Teen Gang imprint). Even as kids, there are hints of affection between them (mostly on her side; Jimmy, for the most part, has a GirlsHaveCooties attitude towards her in this regard).
* {{Tuckerization}}: Considering most characters are based on [[WriteWhoYouKnow people Mauricio knew]], common. Maggy, Monica, Nimbus (Mauro in real life), Nick Nope (also called Maurício in real life) and Marina are [[http://100jabuticabas.com.br/caldeirao/mauricio-de-souza-publica-fotos-de-seus-filhos-que-inspiraram-personagens-da-turma-da-monica/ his children]] (also Jimmy Five's baby sister, Mary Angela, whose English version name matches her real life one), Smudge and Jimmy Five are childhood friends, Chuck Billy and Zeke were brothers of his grandma (he didn't know them, but the grandma always told stories), Tina is a school acquaintance and Horacio, a childhood friend who became a teacher.
* UncattyResemblance: Invoked with Ditto, Monica's pet dog. Jimmy and Smudge gave it to her as a gift just to get a quick laugh on this trope, but [[InsultBackfire she ended up loving the pet]].
* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}}, Film/IronMan and [[Film/XMen Wolverine]], and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Captain America]].
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Smudge's pet pig is named "[[http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/60s70s/g/gl_mcp.htm Chovinista]]" (Chauvy in the English translation).
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption:
** Monica, particularly in the newspaper comics, where it's easy to make quick joke with either a beating or threatening to do so.
** It used to be worse in the original strips. Once, Maggy suggested that, if Monica were to fight, she might as well do it like a girl, hair tugging and everything. ''She proceeded to tear all the hair off Maggy's head.'' It even got to the point where, in-universe, no one would want to be in the same strip as her.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Jimmy Five devotes his existence to annoy and mess with Monica. In return, she beats him up to a pulp. Never stopped either of them of referring to each other first and foremost as "friends", and they will come to each other's aid whenever necessary.
** Maggy and her NonHumanSidekick Vanilla, also have a bit of this going on. [[KindheartedCatLover While she adores the cat and spoils him rotten]], and Vanilla does care for her a lot more than he lets out (in fact, he's shown several times that he's secretly afraid that she'll grow tired of him eventually), most of their stories together are about them going at each other like [[SitcomArchnemesis sitcom arch-nemesises]], and when not being lovable they are decidedly snarky towards each other.
* WhatTheHellHero: As much of a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]] {{Tsundere}} that Monica is, she can sometimes be really bossy and irrational and when she wants to do something, she's not above using violence to convince the boys to do as she wants when they're minding their own business.[[note]]E.G:Forcing Smudge and Jimmy to celebrate the "National Poetry Day" (which is 14th March in Brazil) while Smudge was minding his own business and Jimmy wanted to watch a soccer game on tv when it wasn't even 14th March, just because she felt like it. And when Franklin told then when the actual Poetry Day was, Smudge and Jimmy walk away pissed off at Monica and the story ends when her turning to Franklin saying "See what you did?" and she beats Franklin afterwards.[[/note]]. Granted, Jimmy does call her out on this in the Manga.
** FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Regarding Monica's actions described above, there's the "Threaten your friends with violence or boss them around so they do what you want, and beat them up if things don't go your way" message.
* WhenIWasYourAge: Jimmy Five's father once told Jimmy that, with Jimmy's allowances, he once bought stuff for home. Jimmy then asked how his parents did to live off ice cream and sweets.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The Grim Reaper must reap the old year before the year's last day's midnight or the new year won't be born and last year's events will happen all over again.
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: They made one too, ostensibly parodying the [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]], but making nods to the original series here and there.
* WholePlotReference:
** Occurs sometimes - the ''StarWars'', ''Batman Forever'' and ''Star Trek'' parodies mentioned above, a RomeoAndJuliet retelling (in which Monica disagrees with Shakespeare's [[DownerEnding ending]] and forces the Prince of Verona - Sunny - to give them a happy one)... - with a recent series even compilating old ones and creating a few new ones.
** There's a bi-monthly title focused on {{Film Fic}}s, featuring reprints of stories done before (like their take on the original ''Film/JurassicPark''), compilations on a common film theme (like comedy movies or SpiderMan-related stories) or completely original stories (like those based on ''Film/TheTerminator'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' or ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which is the source of the ReferenceOverdosed image). One of them has a ''heck'' of an AdaptationDistillation to the entirety of Batman's cinema career, except for the aforementioned ''Batman Forever'', which had been done before (and reprinted in an earlier issue) - the plot just skips from ''Film/BatmanReturns'' to ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', and later includes [[Film/BatmanTheMovie the 1966 movie]] as well!
** [[http://www.monica.com.br/ingles/comics/12trab/welcome.htm One]] even has Monica, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules']] daughter [[FollowInMyFootsteps doing a variant of his 12 works]].
** And then there's the aforementioned ''Manga/DeathNote'' parody issue on the ''Teen Monica'' manga...
** Now there's one (with the kids' version of the characters) to ''Main/TheLordOfTheRings'', which will be divided in three parts like the original, involving an ink brush in lieu of the One Ring.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Smudge to water. And not large bodies of water, like in having SuperDrowningSkills; even a ''glass of water'' can make him shiver. Many times the writers have invented wild ways to avoid him from getting wet, like having him flap his arms like wings to escape from lakes. Also, while his teen version has shown to get over his fear to a certain degree, he is still not very fond of the idea of bathing[[note]]Brazil is a tropical country, where it's customary to shower/bathe two to three times a day. Smudge only showers once a day.[[/note]].
** Also Monica, while being superstrong and brave, has her own girly fears (like pretty much every other girl in the gang): she will shriek and cower at the sight of any [[EekAMouse mouse]], bug, worm or what have you. Needless to say, Jimmy had used it to his advantage more than once.
** And Marina is afraid of dogs.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Lampshaded in a story where Maggy is telling Junior the ''Jack and the Beanstalk'' story and putting her spin on it at every step. Better yet, it's lampshaded by the ''giant'' in the story:
--> If he's accepted that I live on the clouds and that you came up here on a beanstalk... Why can't I be a sculptor and use hairspray?
* WrittenSoundEffect: Shows up in both the comic book and the animated versions.
* YouMeddlingKids: In a particularly {{Troperiffic}} story in which Nutty Ned and Jimmy Five disguise themselves as [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes and Watson]] respectively in order to solve Samson's disappearance and find that TheButlerDidIt, the guilty butler says this line, prompting Jimmy to lampshade the [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo shout-out]], since there are ''no'' meddling kids in the case.
* ZanyScheme: Jimmy Five's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Infallible]] Plans. One comic had him developing a [[GambitRoulette over-the-top one relying on random factors]] (such as having Monica attacked by a passing alien ship), only for Smudge to convince him on giving up by saying it was too implausible. [[GilliganCut Cue Monica saying she had just went through all of what had been described in the plan...]]

!!Tropes exclusive to the Teen Spinoff Manga:


* AlternateUniverse:
** While the manga itself is considered one to the kids' gang (even according to WordOfGod), its issue #36 adds in ''another'' AU, a CrapsackWorld in which Jimmy, who didn't care about getting better from his [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome speech impediment]], does indeed rule the street by being a [[JerkAss gigantic asshole]] to everybody, asserting his authority through threats of exposing their secrets. Even the teachers at the school don't get any respect from him. He only grows out of it when [[spoiler:the rest of the gang decides to not care about the blackmail and come clean with each other, thus breaking the hold he had over them. Plus, when Smudge's uncle (a powerless, CorruptCorporateExecutive version of Captain Fray) tried to get a hold of Franklin's world domination machine, built at Jimmy's behest, he was [[FateWorseThanDeath sent to an uninhabited planet]] because, since it was built in such a hurry, there was [[ExactWords nothing in it to specify ]]''[[ExactWords which ]]''[[ExactWords world the user wanted to rule]]. Seeing it could have happened to him, Jimmy loses his jerkiness.]] The reason for all this? [[spoiler:Monica had moved away from the neighborhood while they were still children, essentially [[ForWantOfANail leaving a vacuum in her friends' lives]]. When she came back [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up]], no one recognized her.]]
** Other differences in this AU: Maggy didn't learn to put her appetite in check, so she grew fat; Bucky is shy and insecure, while Sunny is more outgoing and confident; Franklin is a nebbish geek who can't find it in him to approach Marina; Nutty Ned is still a teacher, but has a lot more composure (despite being [[RippleEffectProofMemory apparently aware of the AU]]), and he's the target of Maggy's juvenile crush; Nimbus is a failure at magic; and Sunny's sister didn't make the cut for the space program, working at a fast food joint instead.
*** And then ANOTHER AU gets created in the "Flying Donkey" arc, where the main four are possessed and taken over by evil entities under the [[EldritchAbomination Flying Donkey]]'s bidding, Maggy's latent magic saves her, Monica and Smudge, but Jim decides to keep the entitie within himself because of the powers it gave him, to use them for his ambitions. The 3 turn on him and warn the others against him, but Jim convinces most of the boys to join him with the promise of making a better world, Smudge obtains Captain Fray's powers and turns evil, Maggy isolates herself out of fear people are only using her for her magic, leaving Monica, Sunny, Denise and the rest to lead a resistance against them after Jim takes over the world with Franklin's help and turns everything into a CrapsackWorld.
* AntiHero: [[CharacterDevelopment Monica and Jim both shift down the scale to UnscrupulousHero in the manga]], especially Jim. Although Monica can be a NominalHero as far as Irene is concerned.
* ArtEvolution: Compare the covers of the manga version to the inside. Has gotten more consistent lately, but the difference is still pretty glaring.
* BadFuture: The manga has not one, but TWO, all caused by [[TokenEvilTeammate Jim]].
* BreatherEpisode: Issue #88 is this, a light episode featuring the classic gang's misadventures on Comic Book Experience 2015 (a stand-in for the São Paulo Comic-Con).
* TheCameo: [[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]] as a school doctor. Yes, you read it right. Sure, he does look fairly older than Creator/HughLaurie, but everything else is still there.
* CanonForeigner: Several minor characters, including the HotTeacher whom Maggy has a crush on and the weight-conscious Maria Mello.
* CerebusRetcon: The "Tomba" aliens, the "flying donkey" and several elements from the classic series are painted here on a much, '''much''' darker light.
* CerebusSyndrome: The "Flying Donkey" arc introduces us to the biggest horrors in this series' history, Jim stayed dead for most of it, Sunny's Future self comes back to the present timeline to stop Jim from turning the world into a CrapsackWorld as he did in Future!Sunny's original timeline. By exorcising the spirit of the Flying Donkey, the protagonists may have played UnwittingPawn to the Children of Umbra that they thought were victims at first but are hinted to have become evil after 20 years in limbo, and if Future!Denise's words at the end of Issue #79 are any indication, it's not over yet.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Bucky's first appearance in this spin-off was about his break-up with Isabel because all Isabel wanted to do was go out and party, while Bucky needed to prepare for the inter-school tournament. After that Bucky starts acting like a controlling jealous boyfriend.
* {{Chickification}}: Maggy in the manga, as if she wasn't enough of a chick.
* CoolTeacher: Nutty Ned of all people. He's still a nutjob ([[BerserkButton don't let him hear you say that, though]]), but damn if he isn't awesome.
* CrossOver: Issues #43 and #44 cross the characters over with many Creator/OsamuTezuka characters. Mauricio and Tezuka had been close friends when the latter was alive, and the idea had been in the works for quite some time, even before Tezuka's passing.
* DarkerAndEdgier: And '''how'''!
* {{Fanservice}}:
** In the first issue of his teen spinoff, Chuck Billy spends three gratuitous panels [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] after jumping into a creek to escape a swarm of bees.
** Sunny's future self. Like Teen Chuck, but blond and with a BadassBeard.
* ForgottenAesop: Many plots have Monica acknowledging the harm in her wanting everything her way and that she is aware she is TheDreaded to her friends, as well as accepting Irene as a friend...but the actual change never shows in-story. She also keeps saying that she matured and isn't a quarrelsome girl anymore...but she still will hit a boy at the slightest thing that angers her.
%% * FutureBadass: Future!Sunny. No, really.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Carmem. AlphaBitch SpoiledBrat by every definition who, in gratitude to Dustine for the grade she got for both of them allowing Carmem to pass the semester, helped her fix her relationship with Smudge [[MagnificentBastard through a very elaborate plan]]. Monica put it best:
--> ''Monica'': Carmen. Thanks for what you did for them. Looks like you're not mean or dumb all the time. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Just mostly.]]
--> ''Carmem'': ({{Beat}}) ...Bite me.
** Bucky. Of course, it requires a DEEP digging through the crust that is formed by his sexism and massive ego. But despite these bad qualities, this was the guy that was willing to help Irene make friends with the gang and willingly put his relationship with Isabel at risk when she found out the mesasges Irene left him because he didn't want her to get in trouble because of his mistake.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Monica and Maggy. Monica hates when people tell her what to do, yet she's the bossiest character in the series. As for Maggy, see InformedAttribute below.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Irene. All she wants is to be part of the gang, but Monica is an absolute bitch to her all because she is friends with Jim. And the only reason she's always interacting with Jim in the first place, or any boy for that matter, is because Monica won't let anyone else befriend her.
* InspectorJavert: Monica to Irene. No matter how good intentioned Irene is about anything, Monica will always think the worst of her. [[DisproportionateRetribution All because Jim is the only person that talks to her]] [[StockShoujoBullyingTactics because Monica won't let anyone else befriend her]] [[InsaneTrollLogic because she thinks Irene is a temptress, all because her first appearance was asking Jim to help her with english.]]
* InformedAttribute: Maggy is often regarded as the sweetest, kindest person there is and the embodiment of IncorruptiblePurePureness by many people, but anyone who reads the manga will be able to notice that it's definitely not that way, seeing how she became a StalkerWithACrush towards [[HotTeacher Rubens]] and continues to crush on him, sometimes ''in front of her actual boyfriend'' without thinking of the consequences and thinks it's totally ok to do so despite how much trouble it caused her and how it's going beyond an actual crush, didn't bother telling Smudge on issue #49 why everyone was always busy and avoiding him and very cowardly backed out of the conversation ''after he saved her life'' and how quickly she is to [[DoubleStandard point out the boys' flaws but ignore the girls' fault at any given situation, aside from one occasion on Issue #59.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Bucky and Jim are prime examples, but Monica really stands out. To name one instance, when Jim was late to a rehearsal with her for the school play because he was busy with a school project whose deadline was the day afterwards and he needed to hand out a part of his projects at the same day of the rehearsal, Monica says that what he did was thinking only of himself. [[SarcasmMode Because being a good student is absolutely selfish, isn't it?]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Even in that continuity Jimmy still has his moments[[note]]Case in point: issue #47, where the gang travels to Japan. Jimmy behaves like a total tool, complaining all the time and voluntarily getting himself lost because he was tired of being told what to do.[[/note]].
** Although he ''pales'' in comparison to Toni. To put in perspective, Jim never plotted to crush Monica's heart for a ''decade'' just because he got beaten up by her and made fun of by it. And Toni goes as low as bullying Luca and saying that not bullying him just because he's crippled would be "special treatment" and "prejudice".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jim has a ''spetacular'' one in issue #69. He tells Monica that they had nothing special and that he didn't care if she kissed Nick Nope and is seeing him. He does so because he thought it was all a plan Monica crafted to make him crawl back to her and wanted to turn the tables on her because he believed [[EntitledToHaveYou their relationship was set in stone]]...Only it wasn't a plan. At all. And then the following takes place:
-->'''Maggy:''' We tried to help you all get together. Tried to do everything to help you. [[WhamLine You could have apologized. Could have tried being with her. But you messed everything up. Again. Because are only ''plans'' on that hard head of yours.]] You thought Monica was acting, faking, and said a lot of stupid things to her. I'm sorry Jim...I really am. But Monica deserves ''more''. Someone that doesn't only think about playing, compete, win. Someone that makes her happy. Someone that-
-->'''Jim:''' [[OhCrap It wasn't a plan...]]
-->'''Maggy:''' Jim?
-->'''Jim:''' I said...I said to Monica...I said that..that I don't care about her...that there's nothing special between us! I...I...I DUMPED MONICA! And now she's with Nick Nope...she is with him for real! It wasn't a plan!
-->'''Maggy:''' Jim...so...finally, you understand...but it's too late!
-->'''Jim:''' How could I not notice? How could I be so ''stupid''!? I lost Monica! Forever!
* {{Outgambitted}}: In issue #35, Jim somehow managed to outgambit himself, by creating another persona to attend to a costume party held by 3 rich people (One of them being Carmen's aunt), so he could spend a romantic night with Monica without needing to defeat her first. Naturally this creates a 5th competition for Monica's affections. May double as a case of LoveMakesYouDumb. However, said persona [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse is never brought up again]].
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Monica can sometimes act like a self-centered harpy in a way that [[{{Twilight}} Bella]] would never achieve to be, and a bully on top of that, as her treatment of Irene and Sofia shows, and she never accepts anyone disagreeing with her. ever. But she somehow ends up always being in the right, not being called out on any of her bad deeds or getting away with it with nothing but a slap-on-the-wrist.
* SeriousBusiness: Smudge with his hobbies, Monica with the school play that took place on Issue #9.
* ShoutOut:
** Manga Issue #35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characters dressed as many famous figures such as: Franklin as SherlockHolmes, Sunny as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], Todd as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Marina as Dorothy from Oz, Jeremiah as Mace Windu, Tikara as WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn and many others.
** There was also a two-issue story that was entirely a shoutout to Manga/DeathNote.
** The "Id Monsters" saga is about the main quartet facing their dark side and once they're overcome, they're trapped within cards that gives them powers when activated. [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Does that sound familiar?]]
** There's also an issue which Jim plays ChessWithDeath. Just like Film/TheSeventhSeal.
* SpinoffBabies: In reverse, and [[FanonDiscontinuity throughly denied]] by die-hard fans who claim the series is ruined, despite them obviously not being the intended demographic and the original series still be going on.
* TheBeautifulElite: Sometimes you may think that the manga was drawn by Creator/{{CLAMP}}.
* TimeSkip: A good chunk of [[MilestoneCelebration issue #50]] of ''Monica Teen'' took place ten years into the future, showing, among other things, [[TheyDo Jimmy and Monica's wedding and married life.]] The Manga itself counts as a whole.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Jim. [[spoiler: His ambition to prove his worth and change the world not only leads to TWO BadFuture timelines as well as an AlternateUniverse where he controls the whole street through being a gigantic douche and blackmailing people with their secrets, but it also leads him to be a direct cause of Monica, Smudge and Maggy's deaths in the Flying Donkey arc.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Jimmy Five -- [[InsistentTerminology ahem, Jim]] -- grows some backbone in the Manga and starts to call out Monica on her violent tendencies and bossy attitude.
** Exhibit A: Issues #23 and #24, which is a WholePlotReference to ''Manga/DeathNote,'' but replacing "Death" with "Laughter", with Jimmy himself as the story's "Kira" ("The Great Clown" here). At one scene, when everyone is their school is discussing the Clown's identity, Smudge says that because Monica is so hotheaded, she would be a potential target for the Clown. And then this follows:
--> '''Monica:''' Is that true, Jim? You really think I deserve a laughing attack?
--> '''Jim:''' You know what, Monica? Smiling wouldn't kill you! It's a pain in the ass to put up with someone who is always stressed! You may feel comfortable with that big temper of yours... But we're the ones who suffer to put up with your fretfulness!
--> '''Smudge:''' [[OhCrap Now he's done it...]]
--> '''Maggy:''' [[OhCrap I gotta go get my order...]]
--> '''Marina:''' [[OhCrap I left a drawing unfinished...]]
--> '''Monica:''' H-how do you have the nerve to...
--> '''Jim:''' And I'll tell you more: If that Clown actually exists, I bet you are on his list!
** Exhibit B: Issue #26, where two brothers who are professional rollerbladers, [[note]] Carmen's cousins, no less [[/note]] are bullying everyone around their city and acting like [[InsufferableGenius colossal]] [[SmugSnake pricks.]] Monica, getting fed up with their attitude, challenges them to a rollerblading contest, dragging Maggy, Smudge and Jim into it, without asking them about it in the first place. None of them, of course, knows how to skate. At some point, Jim falls again trying to skate and Monica starts yelling at him:
--> '''Monica:''' That won't do it! That won't do it! You don't have a drop of effort, Jim!
--> '''Jim:''' Hey, that's not like it. I'm doing my best!
--> '''Maggy:''' Both of you are trying hard and...
--> '''Monica:''' Yeah, right! It looks like you're goofing off on me! How am I supposed to know if I can count on you for the contest?
--> '''Jim:''' Count on me? Count on me?! COUNT ON ME?! So you want to know if you can count on me? I NEVER said I knew how to skate! I DON'T! And still, I'M HERE! WEARING THIS STUPID OUTFIT! SCRAPING MY BUTT ON THE FLOOR! AND ALL BECAUSE SOMEONE MADE A ROLLERBLADING CHALLENGE, WHEN SAID PERSON DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SKATE! AND STILL, SHE GOT HER FRIENDS ON A STUPID CONTEST! WITHOUT EVEN ASKING THEM! AND NOW YOU WANNA KNOW IF YOU CAN COUNT ON ME?
** [[spoiler: Captain Fray in the manga. He becomes quite TheChessmaster in the latest issue he appeared, and his powers have evolved, making him able to cause erosion.]]
** Todd, who grew some major cajones not only as he grew up, but as the manga itself progressed. Unlike most of the male cast (save for minor exceptions, such as Nick Nope), Todd takes none of the girls' DoubleStandard bullcrap, often pointing out that he doesn't take well to Maggy's crush on the science teacher and yet getting fussy when he looks at other girls with the faintest hint of interest. There's also the way he handled his bullying in recent issues, with no need whatsoever to get violent, and still coming out on top. Todd may as well be the biggest Badass in the series at this point.
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Monica, who is basically a brazilian [[{{Twilight}} Bella Swann]]. [[spoiler:UpToEleven in #94, in which the character jumps to disgusting levels of jerkassery, especially in the ending]].
** There's also Bucky, who became a massive sexist, controlling asshat even after his break-up with Isabel.
** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as to Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it.
* TheUnfairSex:
** While Jim ''was'' a {{Jerkass}} and had problems, both personal and in his relationship with Monica, In #69 he's shown as the only one responsible for their relationship going wrong. It didn't show Monica responsible or commissioned for it at any point, despite that clearly she was equally wrong in many of their arguments over the long run and, if anything, slowly changing for the worse.
** Really, the whole manga is about this. Bucky was flanderized into a sexist, controlling, bitter ex to make Isabel's empowering CharacterDevelopment more positive, the following chapters after "Shadows of the Past" treat Jimmy's TheBeard with Penha as intentional two-timing when he was actually being blackmailed into going out with her and even Monica seemed to regard that as such at the end of the arc, Maggy thinks it's totally fine to droll over the HotTeacher in front of her boyfriend but she won't accept people calling her out on it or Todd glancing at another girl with the faintest hint of interest, although Todd at least calls her out on it herself and she's upset... Because he found out and didn't think he had noticed.
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