"Física o Química" ("Physics or Chemistry") is a Spanish drama TV series (broadcast by Antena 3 channel) which ran from 2008 to 2011 and dealt with the daily life of the teachers and students from the Zurbarán school. It was awarded as the best series in Spain and has a cult status among many viewers, including the LGBT community due to its realistic portrayal of several homosexual characters.
The show was canceled due to a drop in ratings (partly as a result of the high rotation of the cast throughout various seasons) in 2011. The controversial series showed themes important for all teens: relationships, sex, unwanted pregnancies, racism, homophobia, drugs, alcohol, and relationships with teachers and parents.
- Abusive Parents: Cabano's father.
- Adorkable: Jan, Quino, Salva, Blanca, Paula, among others.
- Ambiguously Bi: Heterosexual Life-Partners Berto and Vaquero, as they seemed to develop a romantic and even sexual attraction towards each other when they got in a polyamorous relationship with Verónica.
- Amicable Exes: Gorka and Ruth, Paula and Cabano, Yoli and Julio, Olimpia and Roque, etc.
- Betty and Veronica: For Miguel it was Blanca as Betty and Irene as Veronica. For Ruth it was Cabano as Betty and Gorka as Veronica.
- Bilingual Bonus: Whenever the characters speak English in class.
- Bi the way: Alma and Jorge, and the sexuality of Cabano, Paula, Berto and Vaquero are all called into question.
- Bittersweet Ending
- Blatant Lies: Lots of times.
- Character Development:
- Gorka. He started out as just a jerk without any redeeming qualities. He did almost everything to make the lives of people around him hell, but in season 3 he became much more humane after the birth of his teacher's child (who he babysat). His love for Ruth and Cabano and the lessons they taught him, his friendship with Fer during the school play, and later on the birth of his own child and love for Paula finally made him a good person.
- Cabano with each season had more problems than any of his friends (even developing cancer).
- Julio, on par with Cabano, suffered a lot in his life. His father left him at a young age, and his mother followed suit in some respects (leaving the house for extended periods of time and having no interest in what her son is doing). His brother committed suicide. He also was nearly expelled from school for being involved in a Neo-Nazi gang and attacking his teacher. He managed to finally redeem himself and became a very sympathetic character.
- Book Dumb: Gorka and David, to some extent.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Gorka, to a degree.
- Cure your gays: Fer, thanks to the whore powers of Yoli (And a bunch of Bishops who owned the network at the time). Thankfully, this nonsense only lasted a few episodes. David's parents also tried this with him.
- Daddy DNA Test
- Dark secret: Alma hid her involvement in the death of a childhood friend and her attraction to females. Miguel hid the fact that he was partly responsible for a bus crash that injured various students. Marina hid the fact that she was HIV positive. Cabano didn't want anyone to know that his father physically abused him.
- Dark and troubled past: Many characters have some sort of troubled past, but Alma certainly has the darkest one.
- Deus Angst Machina: Most characters are this, but the most prominent examples are Cabano, Julio, Gorka, Ruth, among others.
- Driven to suicide: Rubén couldn't stand the pressure caused by his involvement in the death of his friend. David tried to commit suicide as well but was stopped by Jorge. Ruth had a failed attempted suicide as well.
- Dysfunctional Family: Cabano, Ruth, Román, Gorka and Julio all have some kind of dysfunctional families.
- Dysfunction Junction
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Gorka.
- Fidelity Test
- The Fundamentalist: Quino.
- Gayngst: Fer and David.
- Killed Off for Real: Rubén, Isaac and Fer.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Blanca and Irene, Gorka and Cabano, and Julio with Fer and David. Also, Berto and Vaquero, although there is some question as to the nature of their relationship.
- Jerk with a heart of gold: Gorka. See Character Development above.
- Love Hurts
- Love Martyr: Ruth.
- Love Triangle: The show is fond of this trope. Some examples are: Gorka/Ruth/Cabano, Cabano/Ruth/Román, Cabano/Paula/Jan, David/Fer/Borja, Olimpia/Martín/Blanca/Berto, Irene/Isaac/Yoli, Miguel/Blanca/Irene, Jon/Daniela/Salva, Irene/Miguel/Blanca etc.
- Berto, Verónica and Vaquero seemed to head this way but ended up in a polyamorous relationship instead. Likewise with Cabano/Paula/Alma, although it ended briefly.
- Make Up or Break Up / Break Up Make Up Scenario: Happens a lot of times throughout the series.
- Man Child: Vaquero.
- Man Hug
- Manipulative Bastard: Gorka, Alma, Álvaro...
- May-December Romance: Irene and Isaac, Roque and Alma.
- Moral Guardian: Quino. He started out as a Fundamentalist, but after getting some Character Development, he became more complicated and open to new ideas.
- Mr. Fanservice: Cabano, David, Isaac, Jonathan, Vaquero and Berto, among others, fit this trope.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ruth, Yoli, Irene, Verónica, etc.
- Nice Guy: Jan, Quino and Salva.
- Odd Friendship: Between Fer and Gorka.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Fernando "Fer", Yolanda "Yoli", Joaquín "Quino", Alberto "Berto", Salvador "Salva", etc.
- Parental Abandonment: Julio's father, Gorka's father, Quino's father, Ruth's parents, Román's parents, etc.
- Parental Neglect: Julio's mother, David's parents.
- Parents Walk Inatthe Worst Time
- Platonic Life Partners: Fer and Yoli.
- Polyamorous: Berto, Verónica and Vaquero, throughout Season 5 and early Season 6, were in a polyamorous relationship.
- Really Gets Around: Yoli, Irene and Verónica are the most prominent examples, although quite a few other characters would qualify as well.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech
- Slice of Life
- Straight Gay: David and Borja. Fer starts out as this but becomes more flamboyant in later seasons.
- Talking Down the Suicidal: Jorge talks David down from jumping off a bridge.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Irene and Isaac, Alma and Roque, and David and Jorge (to some extent).
- Too many, actually. The writers seem to be fond of this trope.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gorka, in later seasons.
- True Companions: Fer, Julio, David, Cova, Yoli, Paula, Ruth, Cabano and Gorka.
- Yellow scare: This is why Gorka and Cabano don't like Jan.