YMMV / El Chapulín Colorado

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Soccer ("Futbol") referees, who are described as either crooks or blind. Most notably, in various episodes, there was a referee in the famous criminals section in a wax museum in one episode, El Chapulín finding another referee suspicious of being a smuggler just because of his clothes, and when La Bruja Baratuja tries to turn a woman into something disgusting, she eventually settles for a soccer referee - the woman is horrified and El Chapulín interprets it as wanting to make her blind.
    • Similarly, soccer commentators, often described as being annoying or stupid. "Más pesado que un cronista de fútbol"note  is a common phrase in the series.
    • Game shows are often described as brainwashers. When the pirates Alma Negra and Matalote describe in one episode several torture methods they use, El Chapulín was mortified to learn that one of them was forcing the victim to watch game shows on TV 24/7.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: A few music videos thrown in the middle of the episodes.
  • Body Horror: In one episode, el Chapulín drinks a bottle of hair-growth tonic, the resulting gag (no pun intended) is that a bunch of hair is shown growing from his mouth. Imagine your digestive tract slowly filling with hair until it begins growing out of your mouth. You're welcome.
    • On another occasion, someone swallowed the Chipotle Chillón when it was shrunk under the effect of the Pastillas de Chiquitolina. When the pills wore off, the Chipote Chillón returned to normal size inside the guy´s stomach, causing protrusions from both his back and belly.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like El Chavo del ocho, Chapulin fandom extends to many Latin American countries, especially Brazil.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The ending of the "La función debe continuar" four-parter. Its aesop is that the end of the physical existence of a work or an author does not truly mean it's lost forever. Given that four-parter was the finale of El Chapulín Colorado,note  and with Chespirito's own death, he has been proven right.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The episode with the giant, at the end when it steps in Chapulin, complete with Chapulin screaming and a sound of bones cracking. Chapulin was fine though, it was a dream.
  • Recycled Script: Chespirito tends to wallow in this trope. Practically all the later episodes are recycled versions of earlier ones. In some cases, this was because the earliest episodes of the series were a little primitive and he decided to do a more professional re-shoot. However, by the end of the series proper, many episodes were on their third or fourth retread. And that doesn't even count the subsequent sketch-show years. A particular oddity was a 1974 episode about an Alien baby that grows fast that was remade twice in the same year, in 1977.
  • Special Effects Failure: As much of a pioneer in Latin America for its use (and overuse) of Chroma Key, whenever it was used it was very noticeable, especially when El Chapulín Colorado uses the Chiquitolina pills. The most blatant giveaways are characters in Chroma Key having noticeably different lightning than other characters, and sometimes the green outline of the removed background could be seen. The instances of El Chapulín Colorado using the Chicharra Paralizadora were sometimes worse, as the "special effect" used to achieve the actors looking still was 'the actors actually just standing still.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending of the "La función debe continuar" four-parter. After the old man finishes touring El Chapulín through the filming studio, he is convinced that the studios will remain even after being demolished because no one can destroy what was done there. El Chapulín is touched by those words, even doing a Title Drop to point it out. It's basically the way Chespirito thanked all those films that left a mark in history. It goes even further through Heartwarming in Hindsight, as explained above.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Although the show was fairly the same for about twenty years, some will argue that the departure of actors Ramon Valdes and Carlos Villagran roughly halfway through the show's run seriously hurt its quality. Others disliked the removal of the laugh track at about the same period of time, as while it was said that it was removed out of respect for the audience, it was simply replaced with a musical cue, rendering the removal moot.
  • Values Dissonance: Rarer than in El Chavo del ocho but you can easily tell that it is set in the 1970s when in an episode a man working in the house while his wife got a job is played for laughs and the plot is "resolved" once he overcomes his doctor anxiety and establishes himself as the boss in the house making the wife go back to housewife and everyone acts as if balance had been restored. This episode was re-made in 1991 without one detail changed.