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'''Casi Ángeles''' (lit. meaning ''Almost Angels'') is an Argentine live-action TV series about [[HeartwarmingOrphan a group of orphans]] who are exploited and forced into robbery by the orphanage director, [[MagnificentBastard Bartolomé]] [[ManipulativeBastard Bedoya]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Agüero]]. However, Bartolomé is running low on cash and in order to receive his dead aunt's inheritance there are two conditions he must meet: keep the orphanage running and make his younger sister [[TheDitz Malvina]] get married. The woman's current boyfriend, [[AdventurerArchaeologist Nicolas Bauer]], arrives to the Bedoya Aguero mansion after getting engaged to her, accompanied by his son Cristóbal and a savage named Mogli.

Around the same time, a young circus performer named [[TheProtagonist Cielo Mágico]] catches one of the girls from the orphanage, [[CheerfulChild Alelí]], stealing at her circus. She's able to save her from the man she robbed and gets her back to the orphanage, but on their way they find other kids from the orphanage putting up a show to steal. Alelí takes advantage of the occasion to pick a man's pocket, but Cielo catches her and takes the wallet she stole from her. However, the man (who happens to be Bauer) finds them and accuses Cielo of being a theif. Cielo then runs away... with the wallet. She later returns it to Bauer, who realizes she isn't a bad person after all, and gets her a job as maid in the Bedoya Agüero mansion... much to the dismay of Malvina, who (unlike the other two) notices a LoveTriangle blooming.

The series had a total of four seasons.

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!! "Casi Ángeles" includes examples of:

* AbductionIsLove: Ibarlucía seriously believed that by kidnapping Cristobal and Carla they'd love him again.
* AbusiveParents: Bartolomé and Malvina's father is mentioned to have been abusive, especially towards him.
* AdultsAreUseless: In season one Cielo, Nico and his friend Mogli spend most of their time in the Foundation, and yet [[GoodIsDumb fail to notice all of Bartolomé’s evil schemes]]. When the kids actually tell Cielo something, her reaction fuels even more trouble than before more often than not.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nicolas Bauer.
** His father Luis was one too, and his mother is currently one as well.
* AffectionateParody: The many screenplays Valeria attempts to write throughout the series fit this trope, alternately parodying different TV formats ({{Telenovela}}, {{Sitcom}} HorrorFilms...), worldwide famous blockbusters (''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'', ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', ''Film/PrettyWoman'') and the show itself.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: And how! Let's count: Malvina for Bauer, Rama for Mar, Alelí for Lleca, Salvador for Cielo, Tefi for Thiago, Ibarlucía for Cielo, Tefi for Simón, Melody for Thiago, and the list goes on and on...
* AllThereInTheManual: The "Team Angels" section at the end of every season two episode often provided background on some characters, aside from interviews [[BreakingTheFourthWall that often broke the fourth wall]] and funny moments.
* AloneAmongTheCouples: Towards the end of season 1, Thiago was with Mar and Tacho with Jazmín, leaving Rama to be the only one in their five-people band that was alone (plus, his love interest had been recently PutOnABus).
** In the second season, Tefi suffers from this. [[FallenPrincess Hard]].
* AlphaBitch: Tefi.
** Melody takes it even further, to the point that Tefi (who was the main AlphaBitch in season 1) becomes her GirlPosse.
** Dolores, who appeared briefly in the first season, fit the trope as well. However, while the previous two later become [[LovableAlphaBitch lovable alpha bitches]], she... [[PutOnABus is never heard of again.]]
** Juliette, Simón's french ex-girlfriend, has some traces of it as well.
* AlreadyMetEveryone: In episode 141, season 2, it is revealed that Caridad and Nacho had already exchanged glances at a young age, while Melody and Valeria had argued once.
* AscendedExtra: Tefi was initially just Thiago's [[GirlOfTheWeek girl of the week]], but after being revealed to be [[spoiler: Mar's step-sister]], she becomes more important to the plot. By the second season she is already a main character.
* BecomingTheMask: In the second season, Justina becomes really fond of [[spoiler: replacing Felicitas]], to the point where she actually warms up to those whom she used to hate in the previous seasons, like Lleca or Alelí.
** [[TheMole Luca]] too. He was denied love during his whole existence [[spoiler: until Franca saved his life]], and with the others he finally feels at home and part of a family.
* BigShutUp: Nico’s frequent “¡Baaaaaastaaaaa!”s (“Stop it!”) whenever the kids are taking the chaos too far.
* BirthdayEpisode: Mar is the only one to get one in each season.
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler: the main characters are able to go back to their original time and reunite with Cielo, Bauer and the others, having a happy ending as they also stop Luz's kidnapping to prevent the villains from making her the BigBad.]] However, it's not as happy as it sounds; [[spoiler: Simón and Vale were left in the future, and in the last episode are heavily implied to have died in a massive explosion in 2030.]]
* BodyguardCrush: Justina on Bartolomé.
* BriefAccentImitation: Nacho puts an awful fake Spanish accent on when recruited as a speaker for Valeria’s movie in S3 Ep104.
** Tefi does the same while playing Jazmín in that same movie, due to [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign her being a gypsy]] (in spite of Jazmín actually having no Spanish accent whatsoever), prompting Nacho’s surprised exclamation.
-->'''Nacho''': Sh*t, she’s my compatriot!
* CassandraTruth: Hope spends the entire first half of season four unsuccessfully trying to persuade the others living in the NE that they're being controlled by [[spoiler: the evil Government]], which had previously [[spoiler: brainwashed them]].
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CatchPhrase: And how.
** Bartolomé: “WHAT THE HELL!?”
** Justina: A collection of [[BlackComedy jokes connected with death]] and everything that has the word [[Myth/GreekMythology ''Parca'']] in it.
** Marianella: Odd metaphors of mechanical sort, such as “You fill my spark plugs with oil!”
** Valeria has the [[VerbalTic habit of calling people “cat”]]; to the point that it has become [[VerbalTicName her nickname]]. [[PlayedForLaughs Played for laughs]] on various occasions.
-->“Hey, ''cat'', it’s not like I use the word ''cat'' that much, you ''cat''!”
** [[LikeFatherLikeSon Malvina and Esperanza]] share “There’s no crisis!” and “The curl always comes back”.
** Nacho: “What's up, man?”
** Torito: “It’s life, buddy.”
* CheerfulChild: Alelí and Monito. Cristóbal too, to some extent.
* ChildProdigy: Cristóbal.
* CreepyChild: Luz, especially in the first season.
** Alelí for some time in season 2 as well, while [[spoiler: she was being drugged by Justina.]]
* CurseCutShort: Caridad ''will'' interrupt whoever might be trying to swear (usually Mar or Valeria).
* TheDragon: Justina is this to BigBad Bartolomé in season 1.
** Luca is initially this to Franca as well, and Franca herself is later revealed to be TheDragon of CC boss [[spoiler: Juan Cruz.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Melody and Tefi.
** Justina as well.
** Malvina too, although she may be more of a FallenPrincess type.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices
* DisappearedDad: Rama and Alelí's bilogical father is never seen or heard of.
* DisasterDominoes: Tends to happen a lot around the Hogar Mágico, but especially on busy school day mornings, much to Nico’s dismay.
* DisguisedInDrag: Teo and Tacho pull off this trope in S4 Ep102, in order to get into the NE without being recognized.
** A man also [[AttractiveBentGender gives Tacho his phone number]], despite him looking, in Teo’s words, “like a ''helicopter pilot''”.
* TheDitz: Malvina.
* DontSplitUsUp: While under Bartolomé's care, Rama and Alelí are often threatened to be sent to different orphanages.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Poor Rama has experienced Valeria's driving during a [[ChaseScene chase scene]] with the Police, and is not willing to do so again.
* DysfunctionalFamily: The orphanage in season two. Probably the best example is early in that season, on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVwz7XWWQzU the first day of school]] (clip's not subtitled though).
* EarWorm: Everyone seems to find MAN’s song “Lobo Está? (Is the wolf there?)” quite catchy, and wants the world to know it. This is initially a problem for Nacho, the supposed author, since he actually stole it from the Teen Angels.
* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: In season two, after her stay [[spoiler: in Eudamón]], Cielo becomes acquainted with pretty much everything, thus unfortunately losing her memory.
* EnsembleCast: At the beginning, Cielo and Nico were obviously the protagonists, but as the series went on, it leaned more and more towards this trope (although characters like Mar or Thiago were usually given more screen time than others anyway).
* EvilUncle: [[spoiler: Jazmin's]] uncle, who is also the murderer of her parents.
* ExtranormalInstitute: At Mandalay, the high school attended by the kids [[spoiler: in the future]], you're more likely to hear about Lateral Thought, Nonviolence and Riddles, rather than mainstream subjects such as Maths, English or Spanish.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Luz]], who is the BigBad of season 4. However, it's not really like she voluntarily did the turn, [[spoiler: she was kidnapped while all the others were in the future (including Justina, the only one who could protect her) and forced into becoming evil]], so it isn't like she was EvilAllAlong. Plus, by the end of the season, [[spoiler: the main characters return to their original time and save her from being kidnapped.]]
** Thiago pulled this off for some episodes in season 2, during which he looks and acts [[LikeFatherLikeSon scarily like his father]], after Mar leaves him for Simón.
* FiveManBand:
** Thiago acts like [[TheHero The Hero]] most of the time, being [[TheChosenOne The Chosen One]] as well.
** Tacho is [[TheBigGuy The Big Guy]] (don't forget [[SecretIdentity he's a superhero!]]).
** Rama qualifies as [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guy]], but he acts more like [[TheChick The Chick]] sometimes.
** Mar might be [[TheLancer The Lancer]] (she's also [[TheHero the Hero's]] girlfriend).
** Jazmín is supposed to be [[TheChick The Chick]], but she often forgets it, being to busy flirting with [[TheBigGuy the Big Guy]], or his [[LovesMyAlterEgo Alter Ego]].
** Guest star: Cielo as the MagicalGuardian.
* Flanderization: Tacho and Tefi are two glaring examples. Having started off respectively as a street smart orphan who practically grew up in a theatre (and was able to quote Lope de Vega) and an upper-class girl who struggled both with her adoptee status and her jealousy towards Mar, as the seasons go on they both end up leaning towards comic relief territory most of the time.
* GagHaircut: In the end of season 2, Thiago wants to shave his head. Mar is fiercely against it –which results in a number of haircut-preventing ambushes and horrified shrieks before the guy actually succeeds.
* [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry The Glorious War Of (Step)Sisterly Rivalry]]: it takes a lot of time for Mar and Tefi to strike up a civil conversation.
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for laughs]] in S2 Ep88, when the kids wrongfully assume that the Argentine president is the head of CC.
** [[PlayedStraight Played straight]] in seasons 3 and 4.
* TheGreatWall: Built by the Government in order to separate the ones living in the NE from the so-called savages.
* GypsyCurse: In the first season, Jazmín curses Bartolomé in a fit of rage.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Pretty much everyone in the orphanage ([[spoiler: Mar]] becomes the exception when she's taken in by her birth mother by the end of season 1, but she later returns to live with them when her mother moves to Spain).
* HeelFaceTurn: Malvina towards the end of the first season. She turns against her brother and Justina, siding with Bauer and Cielo, feeling deeply sorry for her actions. She redeems herself completely when she speaks against Bartolomé in the trial.
-->'''Malvina''' : I heard screams every night. And that wasn't the worst; I covered my ears with the pillow so that I wouldn't hear.
** Justina goes through this in the second season.
** [[TheDragon Franca]] as well. Unfortunately, [[KilledOffForReal it isn't enough to save her.]]
** Luca qualifies too, although he never was truly evil, he just didn't have much of a choice.
* HotGypsyWoman: Jazmín Romero.
** [[PosthumousCharacter Her mother]], who briefly appears in flashbacks, was one as well.
* HotTeacher: Matt.
** Bauer can count too, given his brief period as teacher in the orphanage.
* InSeriesNickname: Every character has got at least one nickname, but they tend to be many, from funny ones to ones which actually sound kind of offensive.
* IncestSubtext: In one episode, a drunk Malvina kisses her nephew Thiago.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: At first, the main characters are exploited by a powerful man. They later get involved in the fight against [[TheBigBad Juan Cruz]] and are eventually [[spoiler: sent to the future]] without previous warning, and aren't happy about it.
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Played straight in season 1, when Bartolomé constantly threatens to hurt Monito and Alelí if the kids ever give away anything concerning his illegal activities.
* KickTheDog: Juan Cruz just loves to do it. A glaring example can be found in S3 Ep124, where he gleefully reminds all the characters the hell they've been going through thanks to him.
* LamarckWasRight: Paz has inherited Cielo’s abilities.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle:
** S2 Ep 22: ''En El Nombre del Padre'' ([[Literature/TheBible In The Name of The Father]])
** S2 Ep 83: ''Sueño de Una Noche de Verano''' ([[AMidsummerNightsDream A Midsummer Night's Dream]])
** S2 Ep 85: ''El Escorpión y La Rana'' (The Scorpion and The Frog)
** S3 Ep 56: ''El Tunel'' ([[Literature/TheTunnel The Tunnel]])
** S3 Ep 90: ''En Busca del Tiempo Perdido'' ([[MarcelProust In Search of Lost Time]])
** …And so on.
* LoveTheme: Recurring; usually a song from the series (averted in Cielo and Salvador’s case, since their theme, Silencio, is taken from another show).
* LukeIAmYourFather: The revelation that [[spoiler: Ibarlucía is actually Cristóbal's biological dad.]]
** A similar case happens in season 2 when Mar's DisappearedDad is revealed to be [[spoiler: her boxing instructor, Terremoto.]]
* MissingMom: Thiago's mother, who is mentioned more than once through the first season and finally appears in the second season.
** Carla, Cristóbal's mother, who was in Africa getting treated for an unknown disease in season 1. [[spoiler: This, it is later revealed, was a lie Bauer told Cris to avoid hurting him, since Carla abandoned both of them for her lover Ibarlucía.]]
** Rama and Alelí's mother abandoned them to get a job in the United States and raise money. However, once there, she remarries and starts a complete new life.
* [[spoiler: ModernStasis]]
* MoralityPet: Luz has been this for Justina for ten years. She claims Luz is the only thing that makes her feel human.
* [[spoiler: NeverTheSelvesShallMeet]]: One of the main rules in the third season, while much of the cast is [[spoiler: in the future]].
* TheNicknamer: Malvina. Due to her tendency to sometimes talk in English instead of Spanish like the rest of the cast, she often nicknames other characters by translating their names literally. The most common nickname she uses in the series is "Sky" for Cielo, but she also has nicknames for Cristóbal (Christ), Justina (Justine), Nicolas (Nicky), and Luz (Light), among various others.
** Justina is this too, but her nicknames tend to be... er, less sweet.
* [[spoiler: NoNewFashionsInTheFuture]]
* OpenDoorOpening: The series begins with the director of the orphanage in which Mar is living opening the gateway of the aforementioned to let Bartolomé and Justina in.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: This troper has never heard of an angel who is super fast or possesses Super Hearing like Cielo Mágico does.
* [[spoiler: OurTimeMachineIsDifferent]]: Throughout the four seasons, the main characters [[spoiler: travel in time]] through a magical, golden book, some teas and also a perfume. Mar hilariously points this out in season 3, wondering if it wouldn’t have been easier to come up with [[spoiler: an actual travel machine]] once and for all.
* PassingNotesInClass: In her entrance test to high school, Mar gets stuck in her english exam, where she is supposed to translate the song "[[Music/TheBeatles Let It Be]]", and asks Jazmín for help through a note. While she doesn't know either, the guy who sat behind her does and, as he leaves to deliver his test, he leaves Mar a note with the song completely translated.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The guys in Mandalay are expected to be this; not all the characters completely agree, particularly in season 4, when the Evil Government has [[spoiler: brainwashed everyone who had been caught and the ones who are still free are continually chased after by the so-called [[StateSec Hunters]] ]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Most likely, 95% of the Argentine Police Forces are alternately controlled by our resident Big Bad.
* PosthumousCharacter: Amparo, Jazmín's mother, who appears to her daughter in a dream and as they dance together, warns her of the dangers to come.
** Jazmín's father appears as this too in the second season.
* ProductPlacement: Obnoxiously done in season 3 with brands like 47Street, Sweet Victorian and Coca Cola. Luckily, it was toned down in season 4.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mar gives one to Nacho in S2 Ep55, after he has tried to frame her by putting a substance similar to cocaine in her bag.
* [[spoiler: LaResistance]]: In season 4.
* {{Robinsonade}}: In the first episodes of season two, a pregnant Malvina and Cristóbal show off their survival skills while stuck in the forest after a plane crash.
* RunningGag:
** Never bring Tefi with you on a mission: she’ll get you busted in two seconds flat.
*** Featuring [[BrokenHeel high heels breaking]], [[KindaBusyHere phones ringing]] and high-pitched shrieks.
** Jazmín supposed “hysteria”.
-->'''Jazmín''' ''[shouting hysterically]'': I am '''''*not*''''' hysterical!
** The Red Angel, your new local superhero, is in fact Tacho hiding behind a [[PaperThinDisguise paper-thin disguise]]. Everyone but Jazmín notices.
** Mar’s mistakes (and Thiago’s corrections).
-->'''Mar''': Don’t correct me!
** Rama and Vale blowing up cars (whether it’s accidentally or on purpose).
** Justina starts addressing Bartolomé as “My love…”, only to quickly get a hold of herself and replace the epithet with a more proper “My lord”.
** Rama is ''number 8'' for Nico.
* SatelliteCharacter: Jero was built paying special attention to this trope. We only get to know him from his interactions with Nacho and Melody, as well as his confrontations with Thiago and the others, but he never gets a scene for himself.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: All we know about Ciro, Malvina's husband by the end of the series, is that he owns a convinience store and lives near her. Period.
* [[spoiler: SeparatedByTheWall]]: Happens to many couples in season 4, but Mar and Thiago are the clearest example.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Played straight in the third season with Valeria and Simón. They [[RelationshipUpgrade end up together anyway]].
* [[TalentShow Talent Shows]]: La Bestia Pop ("The Pop Beast") in season 2, and La Nueva Ola ("The New Wave") in season 3.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Jazmín and Matt at the beginning of season 2.
** Also Valeria and [[spoiler: Juan/Victor]] in season 3.
* TitledAfterTheSong: A common strategy in the show. More often than not, the song will also be the episode main theme. Some examples are:
** Season 2: Dejalo Ser ([[TheBeatles Let it be]]), Vamos Juntos ([[{{Grease}} We Go Together]]), De Una Manera U Otra ([[{{Blondie}} One Way Or Another]]), Bajo Mi Piel ([[ColePorter Under My Skin]]), Melody Desencadenada ([[TheRighteousBrothers Unchained Melody]]), Alguna Vez Viste Llover En Un Día Soleado? ([[CreedenceClearwaterRevival Have You Ever Seen The Rain]] [Coming Down On a Sunny Day?])
** Season 3: Caballos Salvajes ([[TheRollingStones Wild Horses]]), Todo Lo Que Necesitas Es Amor ([[TheBeatles All You Need Is Love]]), No Me Arrepiento De Nada ([[EdithPiaf I Regret Nothing]]), Un Lugar Que Sólo Nosotros Conocemos ([[{{Keane}} Somewhere Only We Know]]), Las Puertas Del Cielo (Heaven’s Doors)
** Season 4: Nunca Volveré A Amar ([[LadyGaga I’ll Never Love Again]]), Todo Cambia (Everything Changes), Colores Verdaderos ([[CyndiLauper True Colors]]), Un Paraíso Para Todos ([[{{Queen}} Heaven For Everyone]]), Tu Canción ([[EltonJohn Your Song]]), Detenidos En Un Momento ([[{{U2}} Stuck In A Moment]])
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mar is the tomboy to Jazmín's girly girl.
** Curiously, Caridad (girly girl) and Vale (tomboy) have a similar relationship.
* TwinSwitch: A rare example that doesn't involve twins, but identical cousins (which are treated like twins by every character). In the first episode of season 2, CC kidnaps Felicitas (Justina's identical cousin and new maid in the mansion) and exchanges her with Justina, who is in prison, in order to get Justina into the mansion and have an [[TheMole internal agent]].
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Cielo and Paz, mother and daughter, are both played by Emilia Attias.
** Same goes for BigBad Juan Cruz and [[spoiler: his son Camilo]], played by Mariano Torre.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Bartolomé.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Cielo Mágico literally means "Magical Sky"... it's pretty much impossible to be named like that in real life.
** Ultimately subverted when it's revealed that she made up her name. [[spoiler: Her real name is [[TitleDrop Angeles]].]]
* {{Yandere}}: Malvina was this in the first season, willing to [[MurdertheHypotenuse kill Cielo]] if that helped her win Nicolas back. [[HeelFaceTurn She gets better.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Non-dehumanizing case. Nico, for [[InsaneTrollLogic reasons never made clear throughout the series]] thought that by giving a number to all the kids living in the Magic House (although he remembered their names perfectly) it would have been easier to control the situation.
--> '''Nico''': Recite your numbers, now.\\
''[each of the kids says his/her number]''\\
'''Nico''': This is the question... '''WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!'''
** Becomes a running gag with Rama, who gets called ''8'' more often than not.
* YouCantFightFate: At least, not always. But, well, if you can [[spoiler: come back in time]] we can talk about it.