Western Animation / Maya & Miguel

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It's sad when your parrot is wiser than you are.

Maya & Miguel (2004-2007) is an American educative animated 65-Episode Cartoon about the misadventures of a pair of Hispanic children. As the Expository Theme Tune states, they are "brother and sister and best friends as well." The series seeks to make Hispanic culture more familiar to the audience and also teach some Spanish words in the process. Unlike some other Edutainment series, Maya & Miguel is actually well-written and humorous, although it does suffer from the use of Gratuitous Spanish and too much focus on the ethnicity of the characters.

Maya Santos is an energetic pre-teen girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who can't resist helping people with their problems even when not asked to; this invariably causes trouble but her brother Miguel, despite pointing that out, always ends up helping her anyway. Everything ends well by the end however. The series seems set in the real world; the only unusual sight is how Maya's hairband glows whenever she has an idea, but that seems to be visible only to the viewers.note  Her catchphrase is "Eso es!" ("That's it!")note 

Other characters in the series include their parents, their grandmother, their friends (which include a white boy with only one arm) and Paco, a talking parrot.


Tropes seen in the series:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Maya can be this to Miguel—they're twins, but Miguel's the older twin (by three minutes).
  • Big Brother Mentor: In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Tito thinks Miguel is cool and wants to be like him (much to Maya's jealousy), so Miguel teaches him (which annoys Maya).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While Sinister Sombrero is El Guamazo Lopez's nemesis, outside of the ring he's really a nice guy who loves romance novels.
  • Feud Episode: "The Big Fight" (with Miguel and Theo: they were having a remote-controlled car race that goes wrong, and they blame each other) and "Friends Forever?" (with the girls over a book report and Miguel was teaching Theo and Andy soccer skills for the same position on the same team).
    • In the former, Maya prevented picking sides as it usually happens in such type of episode.
  • Five-Token Band: Maya & Miguel (half-Mexican/half-Puerto Rican), Theo (smart African-American), Andy (blonde white kid born with one amputated arm), Maggie (fashionable Chinese), and Chrissy (somewhat naive Afro-Dominican).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Miguel accidentally left the keys inside the pet shop while trying to teach Tito how to be cool.
    Maya: Miguel!
    Tito: Not cool.
    Abuela: Definitely not cool.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted, that there are two Melissa Rosas. One is a famous actress/pop star/fashion designer, and the other is Chrissy's cousin.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: "Tito's Mexican Vacation":
    Chrissy: Maya, have you ever heard the expression "less is more"?
    Maya: That is so weird. Miguel said the same thing to me just this morning.
  • Third-Person Person: Paco.
  • This Is My Side: In "A House Divided", Maya and Miguel split the apartment in half with tape. This results in not being able to use the bathroom, walking to school without an umbrella, and working on a project together on separate sides of the apartment.
  • WordGirl: Started as a series of shorts in the show.
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe example in "The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man", where Maya, Tito, Maggie, Chrissy, and Theo help make Miguel's comic book Rabbit-Bird Man for a contest. Each of them creates their own character: Tito Tollo (Tito), The Fashionista Police (Maggie and Chrissy), and Robo-Theo (Theo).
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