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* MemeticMutation: The picture of Miguel used for his character folder on the character page has become one thanks to Creator/SchaffrillasProductions.

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* MemeticMutation: The picture of Miguel used for his character folder on the character page has become one thanks to Creator/SchaffrillasProductions.WebVideo/SchaffrillasProductions.


** Ernesto De La Cruz. One side thinks that he's a [[LoveToHate great villain]], or he's at the very least tolerated. The other thinks that he wasn't necessary as a character, thinking that Héctor dying by accident when he tried to return [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot would've been a stronger and more realistic story]]. However, the general reception is that he's one of the ''better''-executed Disney twist villains.

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** Ernesto De La Cruz. One side thinks that he's a [[LoveToHate great villain]], or he's at the very least tolerated.toleratable. The other thinks that he wasn't necessary as a character, thinking that Héctor dying by accident when he tried to return [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot would've been a stronger and more realistic story]]. However, the general reception is that he's one of the ''better''-executed better-''executed'' Disney twist villains.


* AccidentalAesop: According to Imelda, Héctor's motivation for leaving was to "Share his music with the world". In a twist of cruel irony, once he dies, Ernesto shares Héctor and Coco's personal lullaby "Remember Me" with the entire world. And decades later, it's been bastardized into an empty, womanizing show tune (and to a lesser extent, a song to , one that Héctor ''never'' intended it to be. Although not intentional, one could count it as a lesson in being an artist: 'be careful what you share with the world, because once it's shared, it technically belongs to everyone from here on.'

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* AccidentalAesop: According to Imelda, Héctor's motivation for leaving was to "Share his music with the world". In a twist of cruel irony, once he dies, Ernesto shares Héctor and Coco's personal lullaby "Remember Me" with the entire world. And decades later, it's been bastardized into an empty, womanizing show tune (and to a lesser extent, a song to , one that Héctor ''never'' intended it to be. Although not intentional, one could count it as a lesson in being an artist: 'be careful what you share with the world, because once it's shared, it technically belongs to everyone from here on.'



** '''Miguel:''' Did his passion for music come about ''[[DoNotDoThisCoolThing because]]'' of the family's music ban? And did his ambition to play music include playing for the world? It's revealed in the novelisation "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" that Miguel had always had a love of music, even when he was an infant. Ironically, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mama Coco was the one who encouraged his love of music by singing to him when he was a baby]].

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** '''Miguel:''' Did his passion for music come about ''[[DoNotDoThisCoolThing because]]'' of the family's music ban? And did his ambition to play music include playing for the world? It's revealed in the novelisation novelization "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" that Miguel had always had a love of music, even when he was an infant. Ironically, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mama Coco was the one who encouraged his love of music by singing to him when he was a baby]].



** '''Imelda:''' How long was it after her husband left her that she set about banishing music from her life? Also, did she know about her daughter [[TragicKeepsake holding onto her father's letters and his face from the family photo]] and turned a blind eye out of fear of breaking Coco's heart? WordOfGod mentions that Imelda had begun her shoe business ''before'' her husband Héctor had left, and that Héctor's birthday is November 30, meaning that he'd died in December of 1921. The novelisation "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" reveals that the story told by Miguel at the start of the movie was actually told to him by [[UnreliableNarrator Elena, meaning that it was told from]] ''[[UnreliableNarrator her]]'' [[UnreliableNarrator interpretation of what had really happened based on Imelda's bitterness at her husband's disappearance.]]

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** '''Imelda:''' How long was it after her husband left her that she set about banishing music from her life? Also, did she know about her daughter [[TragicKeepsake holding onto her father's letters and his face from the family photo]] and turned a blind eye out of fear of breaking Coco's heart? WordOfGod mentions that Imelda had begun her shoe business ''before'' her husband Héctor had left, and that Héctor's birthday is November 30, meaning that he'd died in December of 1921. The novelisation novelization "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" reveals that the story told by Miguel at the start of the movie was actually told to him by [[UnreliableNarrator Elena, meaning that it was told from]] ''[[UnreliableNarrator her]]'' [[UnreliableNarrator interpretation of what had really happened based on Imelda's bitterness at her husband's disappearance.]]



** '''Ernesto:''' Did he ever consider Héctor a friend or was he using him for the sake of fame? It's revealed in the novelisation "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" that Héctor and Ernesto were childhood friends and Héctor held him in high regard. But what did Ernesto think of Héctor back then? Was he always a {{Jerkass}} even as a boy? Or was he a truly good friend who was corrupted by his desire for fame?

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** '''Ernesto:''' Did he ever consider Héctor a friend or was he using him for the sake of fame? It's revealed in the novelisation novelization "Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes and Family" that Héctor and Ernesto were childhood friends and Héctor held him in high regard. But what did Ernesto think of Héctor back then? Was he always a {{Jerkass}} even as a boy? Or was he a truly good friend who was corrupted by his desire for fame?


* HilariousInHindsight: While we never figure out where the forgotten go after they fade away, [[WesternAnimation/{{Soul}} the next Pixar film about a land of the dead]] gives us a possible answer: The Great Beyond.

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While we never figure out where the forgotten go after they fade away, [[WesternAnimation/{{Soul}} the next Pixar film about a land of the dead]] gives us a possible answer: The Great Beyond.

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** For one that even nullifies an above FAM, the Netflix show ''Series/JulieAndThePhantoms'' features a band who actually ''did'' die from eating bad hot dogs.


** More than a few fans have headcanoned Miguel to be gay or bisexual.
*** To a lesser extent, Tia Victoria is sometimes depicted as a lesbian in fanworks.

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** More than a few fans have headcanoned Miguel to be gay gay, bisexual, or bisexual.asexual.
*** To a lesser extent, Tia Victoria is sometimes depicted as a lesbian and/or asexual in fanworks.

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** The town the family lives in is called Santa Cecilia. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of ''music'', making the Rivera's outright rejection of it all the more ironic.

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** More than a few fans have headcanoned Miguel to be gay or bisexual.
*** To a lesser extent, Tia Victoria is sometimes depicted as a lesbian in fanworks.
*** If there's a shipping fanfic of them then Hector and Ernesto are most likely gonna be bisexual in it.

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* MindGameShip: Hector/Ernesto (Also known as Ernector.) There's surprisingly a decent amount of fanfics made about the pairing despite [[spoiler: the latter's murder of the former.]]


* AccidentalAesop: According to Imelda, Héctor's motivation for leaving was to "Share his music with the world". In a twist of cruel irony, once he dies, Ernesto shares Héctor and Coco's personal lullaby "Remember Me" with the entire world. And decades later, it's been bastardized into an empty, womanizing show tune, one that Héctor ''never'' intended it to be. Although not intentional, one could count it as a lesson in being an artist: 'be careful what you share with the world, because once it's shared, it technically belongs to everyone from here on.'

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* AccidentalAesop: According to Imelda, Héctor's motivation for leaving was to "Share his music with the world". In a twist of cruel irony, once he dies, Ernesto shares Héctor and Coco's personal lullaby "Remember Me" with the entire world. And decades later, it's been bastardized into an empty, womanizing show tune, tune (and to a lesser extent, a song to , one that Héctor ''never'' intended it to be. Although not intentional, one could count it as a lesson in being an artist: 'be careful what you share with the world, because once it's shared, it technically belongs to everyone from here on.'



** The eponymous Coco. Her father left her when she was very young and was murdered on his way back. She was raised by a very embittered mother. When she herself grew older, both [[AdultFear her husband and one of her daughters passed away before her]]. And through it all, she likely witnessed most of her descendants hating on her father for decades. Despite all these, the woman appears to be unfaltered by negativity.

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** The eponymous Mama Coco. Her father left her when she was very young and was murdered on his way back. She was raised by a very embittered mother. When she herself grew older, both [[AdultFear her husband and one of her daughters passed away before her]]. And through it all, she likely witnessed most of her descendants hating on her father for decades. Despite all these, the woman appears to be unfaltered by negativity.


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*SpiritualAdaptation: This is undoubtedly the greatest LighterAndSofter ''ComicBook/{{Ghost Rider}}'' Musical we can watch. In other terms, it's better than the actual Ghost Rider movies we had.


** There's also an in-story version: when Miguel first learns the story of how Héctor died, which his slum-musician friends play off as him choking on his food while Héctor claims it was food poisoning, everyone mocks him and laughs at him; even Miguel laughs. But then we learn he was actually given a poisoned drink by Ernesto, who played off the symptoms as food poisoning -- and Héctor, not knowing any better, believed this for ''96'' years. Not funny at all now.

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** There's also an An in-story version: when Miguel first learns the story of how Héctor died, which his slum-musician friends play off as him choking on his food while Héctor claims it was food poisoning, everyone mocks him and laughs at him; even Miguel laughs. But then we learn he was actually given a poisoned drink by Ernesto, who played off the symptoms as food poisoning -- and Héctor, not knowing any better, believed this for ''96'' years. Not funny at all now.


* FunnyAneurysm: One of Ernesto's b movies has him nearly being assassinated by a poisoned shot of vodka, and [[{{Narcissist}} of course,]] valiantly beats up his would up killer. [[spoiler: Soon after, it's revealed that he himself killed Héctor with exactly that.]]

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** There's also an in-story version: when Miguel first learns the story
of Ernesto's b movies has him nearly being assassinated by a poisoned shot of vodka, and [[{{Narcissist}} of course,]] valiantly beats up his would up killer. [[spoiler: Soon after, it's revealed that he himself killed how Héctor with exactly that.]]died, which his slum-musician friends play off as him choking on his food while Héctor claims it was food poisoning, everyone mocks him and laughs at him; even Miguel laughs. But then we learn he was actually given a poisoned drink by Ernesto, who played off the symptoms as food poisoning -- and Héctor, not knowing any better, believed this for ''96'' years. Not funny at all now.
** Another in-story example: At first, Héctor's zany schemes to get back into the Land of the Living look comical... until you learn ''why'' he wants to cross over. It's so he can see his daughter, the only person alive who remembers him and who is slowly losing her memory, meaning he'll fade away from the Land of the Dead soon. He's not just being goofy, he's desperate.



** There's also an in-story version: when Miguel first learns the story of how Héctor died, which his slum-musician friends play off as him choking on his food while Héctor claims it was food poisoning, everyone mocks him and laughs at him; even Miguel laughs. But then we learn he was actually given a poisoned drink by Ernesto, who played off the symptoms as food poisoning -- and Héctor, not knowing any better, believed this for ''96'' years. Not funny at all now.
** Another in-story example: At first, Héctor's zany schemes to get back into the Land of the Living look comical... until you learn ''why'' he wants to cross over. It's so he can see his daughter, the only person alive who remembers him and who is slowly losing her memory, meaning he'll fade away from the Land of the Dead soon. He's not just being goofy, he's desperate.


* ClicheStorm: You've seen this movie before. Kid with dreams that his family doesn't approve of, ParentalAbandonment, talent show the protagonist wants to enter, revered hero [[EvilAllAlong revealed as]] {{Jerkass}} BrokenPedestal, etc.
** [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Not that it's a bad thing, mind.]]

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* ClicheStorm: You've seen this movie before. Kid with dreams that his family doesn't approve of, ParentalAbandonment, talent show the protagonist wants to enter, revered hero [[EvilAllAlong revealed as]] {{Jerkass}} BrokenPedestal, etc.
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etc. [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Not that it's a bad thing, mind.thing.]]


* PlayingAgainstType: Cheech Marin is widely known for his [[Creator/CheechAndChong stoner comedies]] or for just playing the comic relief in general. In this movie he plays a stern, no-nonsense corrections officer who lectures Héctor to "clean up his act".

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** Pepita [[spoiler:and Dante]] are awesome alebrijes, so naturally there is official Disney marketing of them. Whether or not they pay royalties to the still-living Mexican family who created the ''concept'' of alebrijes, and with alebrijes being a very closely-protected cultural heritage of Mexico, is another issue.

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