YMMV / El Chavo del ocho

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • There were football commentators and referees, which were the target of the odd Take That!. Like in one episode where El Chavo and Quico are playing soccer, El Chavo allows Chilindrina to play with them as long as she plays the commentator. When Quico argues that Chilindrina knows nothing about soccer, Chavo simply replies with "Exactly!"
    • Gómez Bolaños never gave a pass to any of his cast members' physical traits. Some of the jokes he wrote would be considered mean-spirited in places like America, but still there are tons of references about Aguirre and Valdés's lanky frames, Fernández's old age, Meza's lack of curves, Padilla and Villagrán's droopy faces, de las Nieves' short height and Vivar's overweight. In all fairness, Gómez Bolaños would also make fun of his own short height.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Don Ramón is a unlucky man which is struggling in a unfair world or he is just a lazy jerk which is lucky to have a house to live (thanks for Señor Barriga) and has no job due his own errors? Maybe both?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In an episode of 1973 and involving Don Ramón working as a barber, the plot suddenly comes to halt near the end and, literally out of nowhere (Seriously. The scene at the time, taking place in the barber shop, quickly fades away in a very out-of-place, psychodelic way), changes to the whole cast sound and well in the neighborhood, talking about Mexico and the world's then current affairs. The scene soon changes back to the previous scene in the same colorful and spiral manner.
  • Broken Base: The animated series is a very divisive topic between the fans. Some feel it's just a bad cartoon made to revive the franchise and driven it to merchandise while others says it's a good cartoon, but not in the same league of classic series.
  • Character Derailment: After leaving the show, Carlos Villagrán (Quico's actor) attemped a Spin-Off with his character as the protagonist. The most probable reason why it wasn't sucessful is because Quico was portrayed as a flawless nice boy, with his traits as a Spoiled Brat and Upper-Class Twit almost completely gone.
  • Designated Villain: Señor Barriga in the episodes which he tries to evict Don Ramón. Everyone, including Doña Florinda treats him with disdain, even though it's Don Ramón's own fault that he doesn't want to work and didn't pay over 14 months of rent.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Don Ramón is legendary amongst Latin Americans as the funniest character on the show, to the point of Memetic Badass status. Popular items include T-shirts with his face superimposed on Ernesto "Che" Guevara's!
    • It is said that Quico's popularity was bigger than Chavo's. The tension provoked by this situation led to Carlos Villagrán leaving the cast, soon followed by Ramón Valdés.
    • La Chilindrina was and still is amazingly popular. Actress María Antonieta de las Nieves went on to appear as La Chilindrina in a movie, a soap opera where she guest starred for several episodes, and even had her own very successful circus.
    • Godínez, considering he was the regular character who appeared on the least episodes.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some fans, any episode after the departure of Quico and Don Ramón. For some others, any episode starting from the 1980 season, where Seasonal Rot hits the show hard.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Carlos Villagrán and Florinda Meza did have a Romance on the Set and a Love Triangle with Chespirito, as confirmed in an interview by Villagrán. Go watch their characters' scenes as mother and son. Either get Brain Bleach as fast as you can or laugh until you cry.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • El Chavo was extremely popular over all of Latin America, but it's brutal in Brazil. To start off, the show has been airing everyday on the same channel non-stop for more than 30 years after the original run. Then, the times the said channel network tried to remove it, it was met with angry mobs asking for it to be put back, and not even after a day, it was back. Finally, when the same channel network tried to produce a remake for its 30 years of reruns, they were very cautious to not change anything, this is notorious considering the same channel network remade quite a few cult-classic soap operas right after and changed almost everything to In-Name-Only levels.
    • Also worth noting that is by now much more popular in the rest of Latin American countries than Mexico.
  • Growing the Beard: The 1974 season is the one where Characterization Marches On is completed for the cast, with the main characters getting their definite personalities. Most Running Gags were also introduced (Such as Señor Barriga being hit by El Chavo when he comes to the vecindad, or Profesor Jirafales making a mistake in his Catch-Phrase when he meets with Doña Florinda), and not all episodes are set in the vecindad, some of them being set in the streets or in the school.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Some characters conflicts become real with the actors. Notable examples are La Chilindrina vs Doña Florinda (María Antonieta de las Nieves vs Florinda Meza) and for a long time El Chavo vs Quico (Chespirito vs Carlos Villagrán).
  • Hollywood Homely: You can be surprised by how pretty Florinda Meza and María Antonieta de las Nieves really were out of their costumes of Doña Florinda and La Chilindrina. Watch them in El Chapulín Colorado and be amazed at them being the Ms. Fanservice. Doña Florinda's makeup in particular was so over-the-top, it's hard to believe how good-looking Florinda Meza is, even today.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Chilindrina can pull this at times.
  • Memetic Badass: As of lately, Latin-based * chan imageboards have taken Ron Damón (not Don Ramón, Ron Damón - based on how Chavo pronounces his name) as some sort of avatar for Mexican badassery. Just go to any * chan, write "hora de ñ" and see the Ron Damón macros (and racist comments) cascade in.
  • Narm: Creator Chespirito had tendencies towards schmaltzy sentimentality and taking himself and his work way too seriously, that, although kept in check most of the time, would pop up every so often in the show's handful of rather melodramatic episodes.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In one episode, both Chavo and Don Ramón believe the latter is going to die, due to the words they were hearing from all others (they were actually talking about his upcoming birthday). At one point, Don Ramón feels so depressed about the misunderstanding that, when he looks himself in a mirror, the reflection shows an eerie, demonic-looking white skull with a black background.
    • The children's day episode has a few Uncanny Valley features during the song, such as the characters' head on top of small puppet-like bodies, Paty wearing a creepy duck mask and Jirafales' bizzare legs at the start of the song.
    • Near the end of one episode, Chavo takes a needle and pinches Ñoño with it, causing the latter to pop like a balloon, literally. Thanks God for Negative Continuity, 'cause otherwise Ñoño would've been Killed Off for Real.
    • At the end of an episode, Señor Barriga got angry at Don Ramón pinching him and squashed him like in a cartoon. The fact that Don Ramón didn't move while he was squashed made him seem dead.
  • Older Than They Think: Children that are not introduced to classic Disney shorts may be surprised to find out that Don Ramón's leitmotif actually comes from "Minnie's Yoo Hoo!".
  • Seasonal Rot: Often stated to happen either in 1979 (With the departures of Fan-Favorites Quico and Don Ramón) or 1980 (When the show stops existing independently, becomes part of Chespirito and the amount of Recycled Script episodes goes Up to Eleven). Although there is a consensus about Quico and Don Ramón leaving the vecindad had a huge impact in the quality of the show. First, this made characters like Doña Clotilde and Doña Florinda to become almost useless, especially the latter (who gained much more focus and entire episodes centered around her). Despite the addition of new characters like Jaimito and Doña Nieves, which become very popular with the fandom, many feel the 1972-1978 seasons are way better.
  • Special Effects Failure: Near the end of one episode, Don Ramón gives El Chavo a lot of balloons, only for the latter to be pulled upwards by them with Don Ramón failing to catch him. The failure here is that, when Don Ramón is about to give the balloons, a rope can be clearly seen between them.
  • The Scrappy: Doña Florinda for many fans. This is the result of her mean acts towards Don Ramón, like slapping him without reason. In Real Life, Florinda Meza, who played the Doña Florinda, is disliked by many fans too. Not only is she often perceived to be the least talented of the main cast, but her tabloid fights against Carlos Villagrán and María Antonieta de las Nieves don't endear her to fans either (even if she's sometimes right). Some people say Meza was the one who triggered the conflict between Bolaños and Villagrán which led to departure of Quico from the show and latter the departure of Ramón Valdés. Cast member Rubén Aguirre confirmed this in his book saying Florinda influenced Bolaños in order to cause conflicts between the cast. Some of her subsequent acts only worsened this, like putting security around Bolaños' grave when not that many actually visit it.
  • Values Dissonance: Almost de rigueur, considering how old the show is and the fact it was set and videotaped in the Mexico from The '70s. Mexico is a very conservative society, even by Latin-American standards and it was even more back then.
    • Don Ramón's hitting El Chavo and pinching Quico as part of the running gag and being heavily implied many times that he spanked Chilindrina. And El Chavo using hard hitting stuff to hit Quico, like brooms and bricks.
    • Certain episodes have everyone getting extremely disgusted when a confusion leads them to think that Don Ramón and Jirafales were in love with each other.
    • Don Ramón killing Doña Florinda's cat just for thinking it was eating his fishes (and La Chilindrina tried the same in the remake) and El Chavo accidentally killing Quico's cat just to avoid to crash into Professor in the streets (and showing no remorse or sadness for that). Considering the modern times pets (especially cats and dogs) became Unacceptable Targets (although in both of cases their actions are viewed as wrong during these episodes).
    • Professor Jirafales smoking in the classroom is another issue considering this is prohibited in many countries.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • The famous football players referenced by the kids change as the show progresses. For most of the 1972-1977 run, El Chavo always wanted to play as Enrique Borja, while he was changed to Leonardo Cuéllar and Hugo Sánchez in the 1978 season. Similarly, in the animated adaptation, El Chavo and Quico wanted to play as Kikín Fonseca and Cuauhtémoc Blanco, among others.
    • If an episode that includes a then-recent cultural reference got remade, said references were changed to more recent ones. For example, in the 1974 version of the second episode of the Gloria and Patty arc, Don Ramón invites Gloria to watch Earthquake, while in the 1978 version, he invites her to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chavo is this sometimes, mainly in the episode where him is mis-blamed for theft, ostracized by everyone and leaves temporarily. It traumatised several generations: seeing everyone calling him a thief at his face is pretty hard to watch.
    • Don Ramón. His wife died while giving birth to Chilindrina, leaving him alone to take care of her, and while lazy, every time he gets a new job the kid's antics and his unusual bad luck end up getting in the way, leaving him unsuccessful and with even more debts. And the times Doña Florinda hits him unfairly or even gets him so badly hurt he needs to go to the hospital are plentiful.
  • Woolseyism: The reason why El Chavo is so popular in Brazil is partially due to the amazing job done by the dubbing company, who many agree has improved over the original script. This is coupled with the fact that many Mexican productions back in the day used to be imported with a dubbing that was either mediocre or just plain bad.

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