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    El Chavo 
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Also known as: Chaves (Portuguese)

(Original Series):
Played by: Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito"
Voiced by (dub): Marcelo Gastaldi (1st Brazilian dub), Sérgio Moreno, Cassiano Ricardo (Brazilian dub of some episodes from Chesperito era), Tatá Guarnieri (Brazilian dub of "missing" episodes)

(Animated Series):
Voiced by: Jesús Guzmán (Original), Mona Marshall (English dub), Tatá Guarnieri (Brazilian dub, seasons 1-4), Daniel Muller (Brazilian dub, season 5)

El Chavo is an orphan and the main character of the series. Chavo's real name is not known; "Chavo" is a Mexican Spanish slang for "kid". He spends most of his time inside an abandoned barrel that he calls his "secret hideout", and has a craving for ham sandwiches.


  • Accidental Aiming Skills: If someone is approaching the vecindad, it's almost a certainty that El Chavo will accidentally hit them (either with a football, a number of other blunt objects or when trying to hit Quico with said objects), with Señor Barriga and to a lesser extent Don Ramón as the frequent victims. Lampshaded one time he said that "it wasn't his fault that he had such a good aim", causing Señor Barriga to think that he hit him on purpose.
  • The Artful Dodger: In his best moments. In multiple occasions, he manages to get food for himself by getting paid after doing chores.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Anytime he's hit by something or someone, in particular Quico or La Chilindrina. He's also snapped at people who tried to justify the possibility of Chavo committing a crime using the fact that he's poor.
    • Wasting food is another big one for him, given he's not in any condition to have his own as he pleases.
  • Big Eater: If there's food, he'll eat it, most likely all by himself. Being poor does that to you.
  • Book Dumb: The biggest one in the series along with Quico. He doesn't do well in school and will often get expressions or certain words wrong, needing someone else to correct him. He'll usually try to use his hunger as an excuse, but no one buys it.
  • Brutal Honesty: Not afraid to say what he's thinking most of the time, which is what often gets him in trouble with Don Ramón or Doña Florinda.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Fue sin querer queriendo." ("I didn't mean to do that", in the English dub it's "I did it on purpose but I didn't mean it"). Says this when he accidentally hits someone.
    • "Es que no me tienen paciencia." ("No one has patience with me" or "You don't have patience with me"). Says this when people get angry at him for no reason (at least in his point of the view).
    • "Bueno, pero no se enoje." ("Alright, but don't get angry"). Says this to try to calm down someone angry at him (especially Don Rámon).
    • "¡Todo yo! ¡Todo yo! ¡Todo yo!" ("Always me! Always me! Always me!"). Says this when he someone asks (especially La Chilindrina) for he do something which he doesn't feel need to do or when he feels is unfairly blamed for something.
    • "Pus, pus, pus..." Another catch phrase he uses when he tries to explain his acts.
    • "Vas a ver a la salida" ("You'll see [me] after the school"). Says this in the school episodes to threaten someone (usually Quico or Ñoño) after being insulted.
    • "Ah, bueno... Así pos sí". Says this when he finally understands something.
    • "Se me chispoteó" ("I didn’t mean to say that"). Usually when he says something bad in front of a person and that person gets angry. But it'll happen especially when people start arguing aloud, and somebody calls to everybody to shut up and Chavo is the only one left speaking, often saying something bad or mocking to somebody present in the argument (or the person who ordered the silence).
  • Characterization Marches On: El Chavo was more respectful of his elders in the earlier seasons, not referring to them with their names but with "Mr." or "Mrs.". He also becomes more of a Deadpan Snarker starting by the last standalone season.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the school episodes.
    Profesor Jirafales: Who is the biggest animal on earth?
    El Chavo: It's Ñoño.
  • Deer in the Headlights: When he gets really scared, he'll become paralyzed in a ridiculous pose, known as "La Garrotera". He is not aware of his surroundings when he's in that pose, and only returns to normal when water is thrown at his face.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He tends to say sentences about the very same thing several times.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If Quico or La Chilindrina hit him, he'll hit back considerably worse with what he can find around.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Even though he vehemently denies it or says he's just borrowing without the other knowing.
  • Freudian Excuse: Says he has trouble focusing in school because he's always hungry. Don Ramón believes that is not a valid justification, giving him former Mexico president Benito Juárez as an example.
  • Hates Baths:
    • Entire episodes are set on the neighbors trying to convince El Chavo to have a bath, only for him to try and escape it several times. Then they bring out the water buckets. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the second Ramoncito episode, when Quico suggests giving his dog a bath, El Chavo expresses pity and wonders if it did anything wrong.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In virtue of being a child, even his more malicious moments can be somewhat excused most of the time. When he's not angry or being sneaky, he'll usually do something genuinely nice for someone else without thinking of a reward, or partake in the episode's moral with a kind tone and expression.
    • The one time he genuinely Took a Level in Jerkass was when Professor Jirafales and Doña Florinda had a misunderstanding and the lovesick professor needed Quico and el Chavo to send her a message that he just wanted to talk. Chavo selfishly refuses to do it, and even convinces Quico to do the same, on the basis that the professor promised to give Quico his much-desired square ball and will inevitably forget about it when the two lovebirds reconcile. Even Don Ramón (who is helping Jirafales [[Hypocrite out of a promised amount of money]]) is disgusted at how selfish they're acting.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He'll often insult someone based on appearance or say their name wrong, but as he likes to say often, he doesn't really mean it.
  • The Klutz: Can't take one step while holding something without falling. If he tries to get back up, the Disaster Dominoes ensue.
    "Fue sin querer queriendo..."
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • In-Universe (Oddly not out-of-universe as his wardrobe had some changes over the years). For example, he once tells La Chilindrina he's been wearing the shoes Don Ramón gave him when he arrived at the vecindad (Which is implied to have happened about 4 years before). Justified in that he's dirt-poor and Don Ramón isn't that much better.
    • In some episodes, especially if there's a celebration in the near future, El Chavo says he has a second set of clothes, which are older and are more broken that the ones he is always seen wearing.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Always get angry (or sad) when he sees food being wasted. Understandable since he's not really in any condition to be buying food for himself when available. There is a running gag in the show about Quico offering a ham sandwich to him, but Chavo, knowing he usually tricks him, refuses. Then Quico drops the sandwich on the floor, angering Chavo, who triple-punches him in the end.
  • Literal-Minded: El Chavo doesn't understand figurative speech. One example was the episode he got a hold of a bowling ball and Don Ramón explained him the game; since bowling pins in Spanish are called "pinos", and "pino" is also "pine" in Spanish, Chavo ends up thinking that the game is about clobbering pine trees with the bowling ball.
  • Malaproper: Pronounces a lot of words wrong. It's also the basis of a dual Catchphrase Running Gag he has with Profesor Jirafales:
    Profesor Jirafales: It's not called 'X'. It's called 'Y'.
    El Chavo: And what did I say?
    Profesor Jirafales: X.
    El Chavo: And what's its name?
    Profesor Jirafales: Y.
    [It gets repeated several times until another character, generally Quico, interrupts it with a Big "SHUT UP!"]
  • Motor Mouth: Rarely, but it does happen. It generally comes along with Department of Redundancy Department.
  • Nice Hat: Hardly ever seen with his hat on. In fact, the only time he was seen with his hat for a long time, he was wearing Don Ramón's by mistake.
  • Obsessed with Food: Justified, as he's poor and rarely eats.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the actor who played him and his creator revealed his real name is Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaelo Guglielmi.
  • Overly Long Gag: The "El Perro Arrepentido" poem, which is a four-verse lyric that is supposed to be repeated twenty-two times. Don Ramón has to yank him off the stage to stop him.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to the tie-in books, he actually ran away from what's all but stated to be an Orphanage of Fear.
  • Phrase Catcher: Target of most Big Shut Ups. And of course the "¡Tenía que ser el Chavo del Ocho!" (It had to be el Chavo del Ocho!)
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Due his naivety and overall dumbness.
  • Seven Minute Lull: He's often caught during one of these while referring to Professor Jirafales as "Maestro Longaniza".
  • Signature Attack: A 3-hit punch combo that usually knocks Quico out cold.
  • Street Urchin: El Chavo arrived at the vecindad at around 4 years old, and never met his parents.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Doña Florinda will often accuse him of being this to Quico, but not so much based on his character as much as the fact he's poor. So far he's only influenced Quico negatively once (see Incorruptible Pure Pureness above).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tortas de Jamón (ham sandwiches).
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    Quico 
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Also known as: Federico Matalascallando Corcuera (Full name according to the original shownote ); Federico Bardón de la Regueira (Full name according to animated series material)

(Original Series):
Played by: Carlos Villagrán
Voiced by (dub): Nelson Machado (1st Brazilian dub), Vinícius Souza (2012 Brazilian dub of missing episodes).

(Animated Series):
Voiced by:Sebastián Llapur (Animated series), Doug Erholtz (English dub), Sérgio Stern (Brazilian dub)

Quico is a spoiled, greedy, overprotected boy, son of Doña Florinda and a late naval captain (also named Federico), who reportedly died when his vessel was attacked and he was eaten by a white shark. Arrogant, manipulative, and envious, Quico always wants to draw everyone's attention to himself, either by screaming loudly or by showing off his newest toy. Partially due to his mother being a Fallen Princess, he believes that he and his mother are superior to everyone else in the neighborhood, to whom he calls "chusma" ("riffraff"), namely Chavo, Chilindrina, and Don Ramón. However, Quico has proved many times to be a good kid deep inside and Chavo's best friend, often assisting him in his acts.


  • Always Someone Better: Tries very hard to be this to Chavo. When he sees El Chavo playing with a homemade toy, he immediately goes to his home and returns with a shop-bought version of said toy. In other times, in which El Chavo was given some money in exchange for a favor, Quico tries to top it.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: ...and he will believe the stupid answer.
  • Attention Whore: He will do whatever it takes to get back any attention he lost - even breaking his own expensive toys.
  • Book Dumb: The biggest one in the series along with El Chavo himself, although Quico's own lack of knowledge is the most lampshaded.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Or take one. According to El Chavo, Quico has told him countless jokes, but not a single good one. Then, he tries to tell his pet cat a joke, but it runs away before telling a second one.
  • Catchphrase
    • ¡CÁLLATE, CÁLLATE, CÁLLATE; QUE ME DESESPEEEEEEEE...ras! ("SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! YOU DRIVE ME CRAAAAAAA....zy!")
    • ¡No me simpatizas! ("I don't like you!").
    • Chusma, chusma, prttt. (Riffraff, riffraff, prttt).
    • Por eso digo que... ("That's why I say (insert something that contradicts what Quico said before, and turns out to be right)")
  • Characterization Marches On: Underwent the most personality changes of the cast early into the series, in terms of character traits, overall intelligence and interactions with El Chavo; Which "version" of Quico appears in which episode can generally be noted by his hat and his crying style - either unintelligible babbling, his signature crying style, or leaning into his favorite wall in the vecindad to cry. In the animated version, his personality more closely resembles the second iteration.
  • Condescending Compassion: He often excuses himself for helping El Chavo by saying he's "a good kid who helps the underdeveloped".
  • Delayed Reaction: He's often a tad slow to react to insults. Or jokes. Or to the fact he just insulted someone and is about to be punished for it.
  • Disappeared Dad: He explains in the tie-in book that his father, Federico, was a sea captain who went down with his ship, which is implied in the series when his father makes an appearance in a flashback in one episode (also played by Carlos Villagrán). The actor also joked that Quico's father is "resting in pieces", given he was eaten by a shark in the process.
  • The Ditz: The fact he makes characters like El Chavo or La Popis look more intelligent than him should speak volumes.
  • First Name Ultimatum: It's rare, given how his mother treats him, but if Florinda calls him "Federico", it's because she's PISSED at him.
  • Freudian Slip: Whenever he slips and calls Professor Jirafales "Daddy".
  • Horned Hairdo: He has two distinct locks of hair coming from under his cap, intended as horns to signal his childish naughtiness.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He would use his large bouncy ball to hit people over the head. It's especially noteworthy in the episode where the kids think the vecindad is haunted and they grab things to defend themselves from the ghost. While Chavo uses a broom and Chilindrina uses a frying pan, Quico used his rubber ball. Ironically enough, it seemed to actually hurt most of the time.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes he ends up insulting his mother without realizing. For example, in one episode in which Don Ramón works as a junkman:
    Doña Florinda: I think I have some things I can give you that I don't use anymore.
    Don Ramón: Makeup? (cue Doña Florinda's Death Glare) Because some women have to use makeup twice or thrice a day...
    Quico: My mom uses them seven times.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Quico has accidentally acknowledged his own idiocy several times. For example, when El Chavo suggested Quico that he should wish for himself to stop being dumb, he corrects El Chavo by stating he cannot wish for impossibilities.
  • Large Ham: The largest one in the show. His exaggerated reactions are one of his trademarks.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He's often seen showing off his new sailor suit - which looks exactly the same as the previous ones he wore. His hat changed much more frequently than the suit, yet it was never noticed by the characters (or stated by himself, for that matter).
  • No Indoor Voice: He screamed so loud once that Señor Barriga's ears were letting off steam.
  • Put on a Bus: Quico left the show around its 1978 run, with much of the discourse surrounding it being that it was due to Creative Differences with Roberto Bolaños. In-universe, Doña Florinda justifies his absence by saying he moved in with his rich godmother who lived far away.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Especially after asking a stupid question.
  • Shipper on Deck: He really wants his mother and Professor Jirafales to become an Official Couple.
    "45 more cups of coffee and I'll have a new daddy."
  • Signature Attack: A punch that slides by the side of the target's face.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His arrogance is the only thing that can match his idiocy.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": An invoked case. When Carlos Villagrán left the show to pursue solo career, he couldn't keep up the character. So he re-branded him as "Kiko" (or Federrico).
  • Spoiled Brat: His mother spoils him rotten.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Has both his mannerisms and looks (Bar the moustache) of his father. He even wears a Fauntleroy-style sailor suit that makes a perfect echo to the late sailor.
  • Sudden Name Change: Apparently went through this when the animated series came about. Not that it's ever been brought up.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Generally when he's being ignored - he says one part of the sentence at his regular tone, and the rest at the top of his lungs.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A lot of times, to the point even he tends to assume the idiot he hears some people are talking about is him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Acts like one due to his mother's status as a Fallen Princess, although they have the same day-to-day issues as the vecindad's "chusma".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Even though he and Chavo are always hurting and insulting each other, they're best friends.
  • Write Who You Know: As per "Chespirito: Vida y Magia", Bolaños based the character and many of his traits (such as his "Come one, say yes, don't be a meanie" catchphrase) on a spoiled boy he met once at a party for adults.

    La Chilindrina 
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Also known as: Chiquinha (Portuguese)
Played by: María Antonieta de las Nieves

La Chilindrina is an intelligent and mischievous girl who likes to take advantage of her slow-witted friends to play pranks on them and take their toys or snacks. In most episodes, she is seen to have a crush on Chavo, and can be jealous when she sees him with Paty.


  • Adapted Out: Does not appear in the animated series, due to María Antonieta de las Nieves holding the rights of the character. Paty and La Popis are partial Suspiciously Similar Substitutes of her in that series.
  • Bad Boss: In one episode where el Chavo was spending his summer shinning shoes, she asks him why he doesn't want to go to work, and el Chavo responds that it's not fair that he does all the work, but she gets half the money. She then tells him that it was her shoe-shine kit, which was passed down several generations that allowed him to make enough money to buy ham sandwiches. When Chavo decides to get back to work, he asks if she would help him, only for her to tell him she has more urgent manners to take care of, like taking a nap.
  • Blatant Lies: When she wants to incriminate someone, she'll usually go overboard and lose all credibility in less than two seconds.
    La Chilindrina: Daddy, can you believe the Witch of the 71 hit me, yelled at me, and then told me she'd turn me into a toad?
    La Chilindrina: You just wait, I'll tell my dad on you, that you pulled my hair, and that you kicked me, and that you shot me with a slingshot, and that you shot me with a pistol, and that you shot me with a sniper rifle, and that you shot me with an assault rifle, and that you shot me with a cannon, and even worse, you tried to kill me!
  • Blind Without 'Em: In an episode, she's not wearing her glasses and easily trips over stuff.
  • Book Dumb: The reason most characters underestimate her intelligence is that she never studies for school, hence she almost always gets answers wrong.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Fíjate, fíjate, fíjate" ("Really, really, really")
    • "¡Matanga dijo la changa!" ("Finders keepers, losers weepers!") when she steals something from the other kids.
    • Her loud cries.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: She's smarter than what the other characters give her credit for, although most of the time it's just to mock people.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like her father, she has a tendency to do snide remarks at other characters, especially Doña Florinda and Quico.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before her return in 1975, she was just called "Chilindrina", with no article before her name.
  • For the Evulz: Often pulls pranks and causes mischief just to see others fighting, Quico and el Chavo being prime examples.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Which get cut down short by El Chavo in the barber shop episode.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Chilindrina has a crush on Chavo, but he doesn't want her and has a crush on Paty instead.
  • Hypocrite: In one episode, Quico asks for the two pesos he lent Chilindrina, but she tells him that monetary matters are not to be discussed in front of other people. She then walks a few feet, towards El Chavo and asks him when he'll repay the peso she lent him the day before.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: La Chilndrina often instigates the mischief that gets Don Ramón beaten up by Doña Florinda, usually because she encourages El Chavo to perform some over-the-top violent action against Quico. El Chavo then gets punched in the head by Don Ramón, while La Chilindrina gets away scott free. Though there have been exceptions:
    • In one episode, she instigates a fistfight between El Chavo and Quico by making them think the other was shooting spitballs at each other. Don Ramón saw the whole thing and gave her a spanking.
    • In another episode, she tells El Chavo a series of riddles whose answers rhyme with a violent action. After hitting El Chavo numerous times, Don Ramón tells her he saw the whole thing and gives her a spanking.
    • In the "insects" episode, she leaves her apartment crying because Don Ramón refused to give her money for popcorn. When she sees El Chavo with a bag, she snatches it and starts eating its contents, until she realized she was eating El Chavo's bug collection. When she tried telling on him to Don Ramón, he tells her that her unintelligible blubbering made it sound like El Chavo or Quico hit her for stealing their popcorn, so he tells her she deserved it and to go cry somewhere else.
    • There's also the cotton candy episode. She tricks Quico and El Chavo into burying their pesos in a plant pot, telling them that they would produce "money trees", and steals them to buy cotton candies for herself. In a rare instance of brilliance, Quico puts two and two together and deduces what happened, so he and El Chavo "plant" her in a pot and begin watering her "to produce a tree of Chilindrinas".
  • Loser Daughter of Loser Dad: In one of the "aguas frescas" episodes, Chilindrina asks Chavo for a drink, Chavo asks if she has money, when she says she does, he damnds to see it, when she calls him out on it, Chavo responds that she's "her father's daughter," and explains that Don Ramón never pays back the money he owes, becuase he doesn't work, and thus never has any money.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very quick to act and tell lies to her advantage (such as getting money or forcing El Chavo to do chores Don Ramón asked her to do). It helps that her two closest friends aren't exactly all that smart.
  • Meaningful Name: Chilindrinas are a kind of Mexican bread that is sprinkled with sugar, and La Chilindrina has freckles, so Don Ramón gave her that name. See also Youthful Freckles bellow for more details.
  • Meganekko: Wears horn-rimmed eyeglasses.
  • Mouthy Kid: She seems to know better than adults, and most of the time, she actually does.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Whenever she wants something from someone, or simply to get on the good side of the adults, she would Baby Talk the person and flatter them to a ridiculous extent. Downplayed since this rarely works with the kids, and never works with the adults (once or twice, at most.)
  • Put on a Bus: Did not appear in the 1974 season, as well as the first episodes of the 1975 one, due to María Antonieta de las Nieves being on maternity leave. An entire episode was spent on her return.
  • Signature Attack: A kick to the shins.
  • The Trickster: She likes to prank the others, especially El Chavo and Quico. When not playing a prank, she is scheming something for her own profit.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Don Ramón gave La Chilindrina her name due to her freckles, but people like Doña Nieves assumed (at first) that it's a nickname.
  • Wicked Stepmother: She dreads the idea of "crazy old spinsters" hooking up with his father, "because he is so lucky with them". Which is probably why she is so nasty with Doñas Clotilde and Eduviges.
  • Youthful Freckles: Bolaños explained in the "Chespirito: Vida y Magia" book that he made Chilindrina "at least as freckled as Chavo, or even more" to give them a connection, except Chilindrina would have the smarts (and naughtiness) that Chavo lacks.

    Don Ramón 
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Also known as: Seu Madruga (Portuguese), Mr. Raymond (English)
Played by: Ramón Valdés (Original series), Mario Castañeda (Animated series), Doug Erholtz (English dub).

Don Ramón is Chilindrina's father, an unemployed widower. His greatest aspiration seems to be living an uncomplicated life and to (just barely) make a living doing odd jobs. He is constantly hounded for the rent, which he has neglected to pay for fourteen months, while on the verge of eviction from Señor Barriga. Almost always unintentionally clashes with Doña Florinda, whose response to any imposition on her lifestyle is a loud slap on his face. His very lanky, nearly emaciated build tends to be the butt of jokes by the kids.


  • Accidental Athlete: He runs pretty fast when running off Doña Florinda.
    Don Ramón: (To La Chilindrina, when she states he does not do any exercise) In case you have forgotten, I ran five laps around the block yesterday, and very quickly at that!
    La Chilindrina: Yeah, because Doña Florinda was running after you...
  • Agitated Item Stomping: After getting slapped by Doña Florinda. He'll usually stomp on his hat, but sometimes he stomps other things, like Quico's toys.
  • The Alcoholic: It's been joked about a few times by other characters, but he's never been shown drinking, and the only times he's shown to be "inebriated" are after getting beaten around by Doña Florinda or other characters.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Not exactly "evil", but he'll be at his worst when he's trying to evade hard work to seek an easier way out of a given situation.
  • As Himself: Several actors of the series often stated that Don Ramón was just Ramón Valdés without a stable income.
  • Badass Teacher: During the one time when he replaces Professor Jirafales at school. He even managed to catch the kids' attention for more than a couple seconds.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Deconstructed several times to the point of becoming a Running Gag in the show. He appears when El Chavo is about to finish off Quico with something (a brick, for example) and quickly stops him. Despite his heroic efforts, Doña Florinda always slaps him because she thinks it was Don Ramón's fault, as she sees Don Ramón holding the object and Quico doesn't explain who was trying to hit him.
  • Book Dumb: He went 9 years to elementary school - the farthest he got was second grade. He claims he's Street Smart, however.
  • Born Unlucky: The biggest example in the show. His wife died giving birth to his daughter before the beginning of the show, he has a big debt with Señor Barriga (14 months of rent) and it's implied he has debts with more people (even with El Chavo). He doesn't have a job, although it's pretty clear it's his own fault due to his laziness. He always gets slapped by Doña Florinda, even when undeserving of it, as well as being the main victim of El Chavo's Accidental Aiming Skills. Not to mention he has to deal with Quico constantly annoying him, and his own daughter's constant lack of respect and money-begging.
  • Boxing Battler: Don Ramón used to be a featherweight boxer. It's so ingrained into him that La Chilindrina wakes him up by using a frying pan as a boxing bell.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Numerous episodes have shown that Don Ramón is a capable Jack-of-All-Trades that could earn a living if he stuck to one thing, instead of doing odd jobs here and there, or make a living as a dedicated handyman. But his personal motto prevents him from doing this.
    Don Ramón: There is no such thing as a bad job, the bad thing is having a job.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Getting frequently slapped by Doña Florinda doesn't stop him from making some snarky comments towards her sometimes, preferably behind her back. Usually it doesn't end well for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Arguably the biggest one in the show due to how often he gets the short end of the stick, what with him always get slapped by Doña Florinda and being a victim of El Chavo's Accidental Aiming Skills.
  • Catchphrase:
    • One of the many characters in the show to share "¡Tenia que ser el Chavo!" ("It had to be El Chavo!")
    • (After hitting Chavo) "No te doy otra no más..." ("I don't punch you again just because...")
    • (When trying to get away from someone) "Con permisito dijo Monchito." (Something like "Monchito begs your leave")
      • Makes sense when knowing that "Moncho" is an usual nickname for Ramón. And "-ito" suffix means "little" in Spanish. So it would roughly translate as "Little Ramón begs your leave", to soften the unpleasant context that he's probably involved in.
  • The Corrupter: Sometimes towards El Chavo, like inciting him to hit Quico or asking for aid to earn easy money with a scheme.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prone to making snarky comments behind people's backs. For example, in the first part of "La fiesta de la buena vecindad":
    Profesor Jirafales: (to the audience) I feel delighted by that warm clapping from you, because I sincerely think I don't deserve them.
    Don Ramón: Why, of course not, teacher, but that's the custom.
  • Deuteragonist: The show essentially revolved around him, being the Parental Substitute to El Chavo, La Chilindrina's biological father, the one who pinched Quico's arm, the one who got slapped by Doña Florinda, the one who was sought after by Doña Clotilde and the one who either avoided Señor Barriga or did jobs to pay part of his rent.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Sometimes against La Chilindrina.
  • Dub Name Change: In Brazil, he's known as "Seu Madruga" ("Mr. Madruga"). Madruga means either "past midnight" or the act of sleeping late; this is implied to be an ironic joke with the fact he isn't the type that works till late hours, or because he's said to be The Alcoholic.
    • In a 2006 interview, his dub actor Carlos Seidl revealed that the dub director wanted to come up with a name cooler than "Ramon" to him. Somebody commented that he "had the face of someone who has just gotten up after spending the whole night awake", so they picked "Seu Madruga" amidst other forgotten suggestions.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Many, thanks to El Chavo, and more often than not referred to his lankiness. The most famous are "tripa escurrida" ("drained tripe") and "chimpancé reumático" ("rheumatic chimpanzee").
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Especially when El Chavo or Quico make an idiotic remark towards him. He'll usually respond with a sarcastic comment of his own, but since both are prime examples of Sarcasm-Blind kids, they don't get it and he ends up getting even more enraged as a result.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • As much as he agrees that Chavo needs to learn a lesson on not attacking Señor Barriga when he enters the vecindad, even he thinks Barriga's plan to scare the boy into learning by dressing up as a ghost is going a bit far, especially considering how scared el Chavo already was from thinking he killed him.
    • During an episode when Professor Jirafales and Doña Florinda had an offscreen spat and can't even talk to each other again, even Don Ramón is disgusted at Chavo and Quico refusing to help simply because Jirafales won't give the boys a square ball he promised as a gift. Keep in mind that Don Ramón has no reason to help the woman who slaps him across the face once a day, and is only helping because the professor assured he'd be paid for his help.
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: Always forgets to pay the rent to Señor Barriga, although he doesn't have the money to pay in most cases.
  • The Gambling Addict: He has a tendency to get into bets and to play things like domino. Which would probably put him in an even worse position if he also had the tendency to actually pay off those debts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is often mean and a grouch, but has a good heart and acts as somewhat of a father to Chavo.
  • Kavorka Man: Doña Clotilde was attracted to him and always tried to earn his affections but was never successful. Then there was Gloria, the beautiful new neighbor who had a genuine liking of him, even outright telling him that she liked her men "ugly".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Almost every time when Don Ramón tries to get some advantage through the easy way.
    • “El yoyo”: Don Ramón hires two yoyo artists and starts to earn money with their street performances, but he's forced to quit due to him lacking a license for street performances. Later, he tried to trick Señor Barriga saying he lost all the money for paying the artists and taxes, but he let some coins fall from his hat. Then things go From Bad to Worse when he accidentally lends a cigarette to Quico and Doña Florinda thinks he is trying to turn her son in a smoker, triggering her Berserk Button which results in Amusing Injuries to Don Ramón. To add more karma, El Chavo accidentally breaks his grandmother's pocket watch (which he was going to use to pay some due rents) after mistaking it for an yo-yo.
    • “La Casita del Chavo”: Don Ramón receives an eviction notice from Señor Barriga. Instead of paying his debt, he buys new clothes for him and his daughter to make a visit to his grandma. La Chilindrina accidentally says he spent the money in the clothes which angers Señor Barriga. He is evicted at the end of episode.
    • “El Chavo Campeón”: Don Ramón starts to teach boxing to El Chavo (in order to make him a champion and earn money as his manager) after he saw him punching Quico. This doesn't end well when Profesor Jirafales discovers it.
    • “El Cochino”: Don Ramón has been saving money in a piggy bank and tries to hide it from Señor Barriga, as he would take the money as a rent payment. Don Ramón decides to hide the piggy bank in a bag next to his door. Near the end of the episode, El Chavo picks the bag to hit Quico, and when Don Ramón tries to stop him, he hits Señor Barriga with it - breaking the piggy bank in the process, with the money being taken in the next scene.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Some episodes are centered around Don Ramón finally getting something else to wear other than a dirty black shirt and tattered pants - to the point the other characters at first mistake him for someone else. Most notably, he's the only character that got his signature clothing very early into the series and never changed it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the episode “La declaración de amor” (1974), Don Ramón is helping Profesor Jirafales to confess his love to Doña Florinda. Chavo and Quico accidentally listen the dialogue and think both are having a romance.
  • New Job Episode: Either a favor he's doing to Señor Barriga to "pay" his debt, a hobby of his or an actual job opprotunity.
  • Nice Hat: His blue hat is the only piece of clothing he had during his entire tenure in the show - except for specific episodes in which the plot was that Don Ramón was wearing someone else's hat. It's such a signature trait of his that in one episode, Quico mistook Doña Florinda for Don Ramón just because she was accidentally wearing his hat.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Almost all of the times Doña Florinda slaps him, is after he stopped Chavo to hurt Quico in any way.
  • Parental Substitute: To El Chavo, most on the time.note 
  • Put on a Bus: Twice due to following Carlos Villagrán out of the show after Creative Differences with Roberto Bolaños. The first one was early in the 1979 season, and the second was late in the 1981 season. In both cases, it's stated In-Universe by La Chilindrina that he left to look for a job or fortune and wouldn't return until he got it.
  • Schemer: He is often scheming to earn easy money or to trick Señor Barriga and avoid to pay the rent but his plans usually backfire.
  • Signature Attack: A downward punch to El Chavo's head and pinching Quico's arm.
  • The Slacker:
    • This dialogue:
      Don Ramón: (After La Chilindrina wakes him up) Which right do you have to wake me up at 11 at dawn!?
    • There's also this gem he once said to Doña Florinda:
      Don Ramón: No work is hard. Hard is having to work.
  • Street Smart: Or so he says - the kids blame Don Ramón's lack of knowledge on the streets. He claims that everything he didn't learn at school, he learned in the streets, by experience.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: During an episode, after La Chilindrina provokes him by saying he never makes half-baked mistakes, he uses her as a proof as to how he can make a mistake and how it can be half-baked (obviously alluding to her height).
    Don Ramón: It's true, everyone makes mistakes. The problem is when that mistake calls you daddy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. He hits Chavo on the head when the latter annoys or insults him, and pinches Quico for the same reasons. Often averted in the animated series, most likely due to the actual height difference between Don Ramón and the kids. Instead, Don Ramón does an angry Aside Glance.
    Don Ramón: (hits El Chavo with Kung-Foley bell in background) ¡TOMA!
    El Chavo: Pipipipipipipipipipipi...
    Don Ramón: (after mocking El Chavo's crying) ¡Y no te doy otra no más porque...!
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: That's why he never reacts when Doña Florinda slaps him. Lampshaded by his daughter.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In the episode "Corto Circuito" Don Ramón gets angry because he is unable to watch the Football match. Then he destroys his TV thinking it's not working anymore. Moments latter La Chilindrina says there is a blackout in the vecindad. Don Ramón quickly regrets what he did and spent the rest of episode trying to fix his TV.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Or so he says. The kids are not convinced it's the case. In one episode, Don Ramón claims he's 50.

    Doña Florinda 
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Also known as: Florinda Corcuera Villalpando widow of Matalascallando (Full name), Mrs. Worthmore (English)
Played by: Florinda Meza (Original series), Erica Edwards (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Laura Post (English dub since Episode 53).

Doña Florinda is the mother of Quico and love interest of Professor Jirafales. She is a widow; her late husband, after whom Quico was named, was a naval officer who died at sea. She deluded herself into believing she's socially, morally and economically superior to her neighbors (and it is suggested that at one time she was well-off), and she tends to give orders to the others. She is so fiercely protective of Quico that whenever he is upset, she'll beat up Don Ramón without seeking explanation. In fact, a recurring gag in the series is that she unfairly accuses him of "attacking" Quico and goes to slap him, even when he is not present in the scene (when Carlos Villagrán left the show, thus concluding Quico's presence in the vecindad, she still slaps Don Ramón, this time due to Don Ramón laughing loudly whenever a rude comment is directed towards her, mostly coming from El Chavo). She is easily recognized by the fact that she always keeps her hair in curlers (except in some early episodes), even at work or on vacation in Acapulco. In later episodes, she opens a restaurant.


  • Ascended Extra: In the first seasons she was a Recurring Character in contrast with the main character status of El Chavo, Don Ramón, Quico and La Chilindrina. She slowly gained more screen time in the latter seasons until Quico and Don Ramón left the vecindad. After this, she became a main character alongside with El Chavo and La Chilindrina.
  • Catchphrase: "¡Vámonos tesoro, no te juntes con esa chusma!" ("Let's go, muffin, do not join with the riffraff!")
  • Chastity Couple: With Profesor Jirafales.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Slaps Don Ramón for everything, even because of a simple joke.
  • Fallen Princess: She was kicked out of her rich family for having married beneath her station, and they also refused support when she was widowed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: With everyone except his son and the professor.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: The reason she refuses Quico's suggestion to set up a shop when their economic situation worsens. Only Don Ramón's idea of him being the one selling (so she would only prepare the churros) convinces her into setting one up.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When El Chavo tells her that "men shouldn't hurt women",note  she says that that's when a woman earns her respect, and that there are women that take advantage of what El Chavo said to hurt men. Later, when she's about to slap Don Ramón, he reminds her of what she said, of which she says that she's one of the latter, then slaps him.
  • Jerkass: Especially in the early seasons. Slapping Don Rámon for everything, acting cold towards the other people in the vecindad and never admitting her fault.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the latter seasons. She acts more kindly towards the people in the vecindad despite maintaining some jerkass traits.
  • Karma Houdini: Rarely gets a punishment for her acts.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Very few episodes have shown Doña Florinda getting getting hit by karma, though the more noteworthy moments include:
    • In the episode where the plumbing was fixed, a water fight ensued that ended with Doña Florinda crying because Profesor Jirafales threw a bucket of water at her.
    • In another episode, Doña Florinda chases Don Ramon to beat him up for accidentally getting paint on her sheets. While she beats him up, El Chavo paints Don Ramon's front door, but Quico tells him that throwing a bucket of paint at it is faster, and shows El Chavo while Doña Florinda comes out of Don Ramon's apartment.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Quico. Whenever she thinks Quico was attacked by Ramón, she slaps him.
  • Moral Myopia: Whenever Doña Florinda makes a condescending statement about her neighbors, or downright insults them to their face, it's very accurate statement about the situation around her. Whenever she gets called out on it, or someone responds with a similar insult, then it is Blatant Lies that must be disproven by "real facts" or, usually with Don Ramón, justified violence.
  • My Beloved Smother: Not that Quico complains, but explains a LOT about Quico.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Mátalas callando" can be literally translated as "kill them quietly", but it's actually an old Mexican slang. A "mátalas callando" is a someone who pursues a goal without letting others notice; a sly person who acts stealthily. (It's the surname she took from her late husband, but it probably fits better on her naughty son)
  • Never My Fault: Or Quico's...
  • Overly Long Name: Doña Florinda Corcuera Villalpando, widow of Matalascallando.
  • Pet the Dog: When she does something kind for Don Ramón or El Chavo, like when she offered Don Ramón help with the baby he found even when she had been stabilished as a Baby Hater.
  • Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
  • Rich Bitch: Comparatively richer at least.
  • Signature Attack: Armor Piercing Slaps, mostly done on Don Ramón - though sometimes he dodges and causes her to hit somebody else.
  • Supreme Chef: She's an exceptional cook, and later on in he series, she opened a restaurant with herself as the chef.
  • Tsundere: Very tsun-tsun with Don Ramón, but becomes dere-dere around Profesor Jirafales.
  • Playing Gertrude: In the first season, she was played by 22-year-old Florinda Meza.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Very rare but the most notable example is in “La venta de churros (1978)” arc. She and Don Rámon started a business together selling churros, with some disagreements although.
      • It's worth noting that when Doña Florinda found that there were no churros left and asking the sales money from Don Ramón (when in fact he didn't sold it, Chavo ate them all), and Ramón self-accusing so she wouldn't blame Chavo for it, she told him that Chavo also told the truth to her, and congratulates him for not accusing him and being such a good neighbor. Talk about heartwarming.
    • Took a more permanent one from the 1979 season onwards with the departures of Quico and Don Ramón, leaving her with no one to protect and no one to unleash her anger to.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband, a sailor, died in the sea.
  • Your Mom: Almost always tells Don Ramón to "do X on your grandma" after slapping him, where X is what she thinks he did to Quico, or a variation of it.

    Profesor Jirafales 
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Also known as: Professor Girafalde (English)
Played by: Rubén Aguirre (Original series), Juan Carlos Tinoco (Animated series up to Season 2), Moisés Suárez Aldana (Animated series since Season 3), Bob Buchholz (English dub).

Profesor Inocencio Jirafales is a school teacher, and as such highly educated. He carries on a ludicrously innocent relationship with Doña Florinda.


  • Aesop Amnesia: Says violence isn't an option and it's barbaric, but uses it against Don Ramón and assists Doña Florinda in using it. Every single time, it's due to a misunderstanding in which Don Ramón took no part.
    • The best example is in the episode “Clases de Box” and remakes (like “El Chavo Campeón”) when he says boxing is a horrible sport due to the violence, but in the end, he beats up Don Ramón because he saw El Chavo with the boxing gloves, even though the gloves were glued on his hands by the kids.
    • In another episode, Doña Florinda tries to slap him, but he uses a bucket as a helmet to defend himself. Professor Jirafales retaliates by punching him in the gut.
    Profesor Jirafales: (To Don Ramón) The ones who hit others are called beasts or barbarians.
    Don Ramón: (To Doña Florinda) He's talking to you.
  • The Big Guy: A trademark for all characters played by Rubén Aguirre.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: It does not help that he tried to tell one to Quico - by the time he got the joke, Profesor Jirafales had already left the scene.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Chastity Couple: With Doña Florinda
  • Cigar Chomper: He is very often smoking cigars, even when he is at school teaching the kids.
  • The Comically Serious: Most of time. Although he laughs of Don Ramón misfortunes sometimes.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Has never been married, due to shyness.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Prone to this. Becomes a plot point when El Chavo has to run over Quico's pet cat to avoid crashing into him, who was right in the middle of the street under the effects of this trope.
  • Ditzy Genius: Bolaños' description of the character (in "Chespirito: Vida y Magia") is that he is "cult, educated, but naive".
  • Duel to the Death: Invites Don Ramón to one, but El Chavo interrupts it striking the profesor from behind.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Maestro Longaniza (Teacher Longsausage).
  • Flowers of Romance: Always brings flowers to Doña Florinda. It gets lampshaded ocasionally in the series.
  • The Fundamentalist: Believes he is always right to the point of saying the only time he did a mistake was when he thought he was wrong.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Prone to this.
    Profesor Jirafales: (To Don Ramón) I am never fully sure about anything. Only idiots are completely sure about what they say.
    Don Ramón: Are you sure?
    Profesor Jirafales: Absolutely! (Cue Delayed Reaction)
  • Insufferable Genius:
    • He claims that he's only been wrong about something once - when he thought he was wrong about something.
    • He also thinks very highly of his skills, even though he's seen to be no better than Don Ramón outside of teaching. There was that time when he offered to repair one of Doña Florinda's chairs:
      Profesor Jirafales: I know some carpentry...
      Doña Florinda: Oh, Profesor Jirafales, I believe that you are unmatched among men!
      Profesor Jirafales: What a coincidence! I also believe... that I'm unmatched among men!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry easily when provoked.
  • It's All About Me: In one of his dates with Doña Florinda, he said he'd like to talk about her. He wanted to know what she thought of him; how she felt about him; and so forth.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him "Profesor Jirafales", Jirafales being his last name. In the first appearance of the character, in "Los supergenios de la mesa cuadrada", his whole name is revealed to be Rubén Aguirre Jirafales.
  • Love Makes You Evil: When he sides with Doña Florinda, if she is the villain of the episode.
  • Meaningful Name: "Jirafales" derivates from Jirafa, spanish for Giraffe, a reference to his tall height.
    • Some sources give his first name as Inocencio, representing the "innocent and corny" relationship he has with Doña Florinda.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the episode “La declaración de amor” (1974). Blame El Chavo and Quico for mistaking his words (And arriving a little too late).
  • The Napoleon: Inverted. He's mocked due to him being very tall.
  • Narcissist:
    • When asked by Doña Florinda if he likes to talk about life's beautiful things, he says he hates talking about himself.
    • He also says marigold flowers are fitting for his personality.note 
  • Not So Different: Tries hard to make an image of an intelligent person above all other characters, but his blind love for Doña Florinda and usually resorting to violence against Don Ramón are proofs he isn't different in comparison with other adults of the show.
  • Only Sane Man: Along with Sr. Barriga. Subverted when he blindly defends Doña Florinda when she is wrong.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: For the vecindad's standards, at least. Every time he tries to use sophisticated terms, no one understands him.
  • Stern Teacher: He states in several ocassions that he's hopeful of and really cares about his obtuse students, yet some discipline is required to do so.
  • Straight Man: As a consequence of his Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. A common Running Gag is him trying to explain what he had said in sophisticated terms, everyone is still confused.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • In the last episode of the toreador arc (¡Qué golpiza! - 1976), he challenges Don Ramón to a death duel just because she saw Doña Florinda hugging him (which was accidentally). To add more insult, he started to attack Don Ramón with a Rapier while the poor man was disarmed but El Chavo saves the day striking the Profesor from behind with the fake bull.
    • In the 1979 season he becomes a bit more insensitive towards El Chavo and La Chilindrina in the vecindad and restaurant episodes, especially when Doña Florinda is around.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He's convinced Doña Florinda is just a defenseless woman.
  • Write Who You Know: His "Ta, ta, ta, tá!" catchphrase was taken from a childhood teacher of Rubén Aguirre.
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    Doña Clotilde "La Bruja del 71" 
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Also known as Miss Pinster (English)
Played by: Angelines Fernández (Original series), Erika Mireles (Animated series), Mona Marshall (English dub).

Doña Clotilde is a senior citizen. Because she is old and somewhat eccentric, the kids think she is a witch, and refer to her as "La bruja del 71" ("The Witch from (Apartment) 71"). Some of the adults also refer to her as that, often by mistake, due to the kids' frequency in calling her that. She refers to herself as "señorita" ("Miss") because she has never been married, which also she gets upset by when called "señora" ("Mrs."), meaning that she is a married woman. She is a single woman, thirsty for love, and frequently seeks it by chasing after Don Ramón.


  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • To Don Ramón who, while trying to avoid her advances, never rejects her gifts.
    • She herself gets one in Señor Calvillo/Barbadillo, calling them satyrs once they compliment her appearance.
  • Agent Mulder: Zig-zagged in the episode Don Ramón finds out his house's plates are slowly disappearing. At first, she asks if Don Ramón was a sleepwalker, but when he denies, she brings up the idea of the "espíritus chocarreros", ghosts inhabiting his home, up to the point she held a spiritism session to prove her point. When she finds out Don Ramón was indeed a sleepwalker, she chastises herself for believing in ghosts.
  • Arc Number: Much like the frequent use of 8 in the series is a reference to the show running on Channel 8, the "71" of her apartment is speculated to refer to that the series was "born" in 1971.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a witch or an old woman.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mocked by the children who think she is a witch (although she resembles one) and sometimes is victim of Accidental Aiming Skills of someone.
  • Characterization Marches On: Starts out as the Rich Bitch and the Child Hater in her very first appearances, threatening to kill the children for insulting her. As the series progressed, these traits were transferred to Doña Florinda and she became much nicer in comparison. She also used to hate animals in the early seasons until she got her own pets (who she names Satan).
  • Christmas Cake: Lampshaded by the children.
  • The Comically Serious: Other than her personality quirks, she is one of the most serious-behaving characters in the show.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: If her attire didn't help enough to make the kids think she's a witch, she had a tendency to name her pets Satan.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "La bruja del 71" ("The Witch From 71").
  • First-Name Basis: Notably the only of the major adult female characters whose surname is never revealed in any media.
  • Freudian Slip: When reciting a love poem, she says Ramón several times instead of similar-sounding words.
  • The Glomp: To Don Ramón, to his dismay.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Like Florinda, only that instead of being thrown out for marrying a poor man, she left her family because she didn't want to be the spinster aunt.note 
  • Nice Girl: Very generous, and while she has a Hair-Trigger Temper when called a witch, it never goes further than a short tantrum.
  • Punny Name: In the English dub ("Miss Pinster"), alluding to her being the spinster aunt in her family.
  • Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: When she's taking care of her niece and realizes babies are not allowed in the vecindad, this happens when she puts the baby in a large basket and confuses another large basket that had Don Ram+on's groceries for it.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only wants Don Ramón.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sometimes. When she does it, she usually offers something for Don Ramón, like a cake.
  • Through His Stomach: Tries to get close of Don Ramón cooking for him.
  • Tsundere: Type B towards Don Ramón. She is generally nice to him, but gets angry when he accidentally offends her and when he seems more interested in other women (like Glória).
  • Younger Than They Look: She claims she's 40, and could be considered younger than Don Ramón himself, but nobody believes it anyway.
    Doña Clotilde: Just so you know, for my next birthday, I only needed to buy 40 candles.
    La Chilindrina: You didn't have money for the rest?

    Jaimito el cartero 
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Also known as: Jaime Garabito (full name), Jaiminho o carteiro (Portuguese), Manny the mailman (English)
Played by: Raúl "Chato" Padilla (Original series), Leonardo García (Animated series up to Season 6), Héctor Miranda (Animated series since Season 6), Dave Mallow (English dub).

A sociable but forgetful and negligent postal worker who appears in a few of the last episodes and takes over for Don Ramón in the Chavo segments on the hourlong Chespirito. Whenever he enters the vecindad, he is seen carrying an old bicycle, which he cannot ride because he couldn't learn (and he'll be instantly dismissed if he tells at the post office he doesn't know how to ride the bicycle). Jaimito also is rather lazy and tends to avoid carrying out tasks with the excuse of "avoiding fatigue".


  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: The way he talks about Tangamandapio, his hometown, induces the belief it does not exist, both out and in-universe, even though it does. In fact, in 2012, years after his actor's death, a statue of Jaimito was raised in Tangamandapio in gratitude for making the town famous.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally just a secondary character, he became part of the main cast once he moved to the vecindad.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the last seasons.
  • Catchphrase: "Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga" ("It's only that, I want to avoid fatigue"). He used it frequently to avoid doing the simplest of tasks.
  • Lazy Bum: And how! Whenever he tells another character that they have a letter, he tells them to look for it in the bag.
    Jaimito: Es que, quiero evitar la fatiga.
  • Nice Guy: The biggest one in the series. At least, until he became a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Don Ramón, where he turned into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Overly Long Name: Parodied. He's not an example, but when his neighbors ask why he never told them his surname, he answers "It's because it has so many letters..."
  • Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.

    Doña Nieves 
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Also known as: Doña Nieves Frías viuda de Limón Aguado (Full name), Dona Neves (Portuguese)
Played by: María Antonieta de las Nieves (Original series)

Chilindrina's great-grandmother, and Don Ramón's grandmother. Has character traits of both Don Ramón and Chilindrina. In some late Chavo episodes and early Chespirito episodes, she also takes over for her grandson Don Ramón. Was later phased out due to her interactions with her great-granddaughter Chilindrina requiring Chroma Key due to being played by the same actress.


  • Composite Character: Her personality is a mix of Don Ramón's and La Chilindrina's.
  • Edible Theme Naming: While Chilindrina is named after a sweet bread, Doña Nieves' whole name appears to be a pun about lemon ice cream.
    • Even Don Ramón could count, if you consider his name sounds like jamón (ham, which just happens to be part of Chavo's Trademark Favorite Food); or perhaps his nickname of Ron Damón, in which ron stands for rum.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like her great-granddaughter.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since Don Ramón's (brief) return in 1981, although her appearances were starting to dwindle by then.note  Her role as the character with due rents was given to Jaimito when he moved into the vecindad. The fact her interactions with her great-granddaughter required Chroma Key was a likely reason for it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the 1977 version of "Don Ramón se va de la vecindad", she appears in a flashback.
  • First-Name Basis: Unlike other characters with known full names like Doña Florinda and Señor Barriga, Doña Nieves's surname is never revealed.
  • The Ghost: Until her first appearance in a flashback in the 1977 season, as she was only mentioned by Don Ramón by then. It took until the 1979 season to make an actual appearance in the present.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Just like Don Ramón. She is particularly nice to El Chavo.
  • Malaproper: Not her, bit la Chilindrina instead of calling her "bisabuela" (great-grandmother), calls her "bizcabuela" (a Portmanteau of the words for "cross-eyed" and "grandmother").
  • Napoleon Delusion: In one episode, she says she is Jeanne d'Arc in order to Señor Barriga thinks she is crazy and avoid to pay the rent.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: According to Don Ramón, in the several times he's mentioned her past occupations.
  • Overly Long Name: Doña Nieves Frías widow of Limón Aguado.
  • Punny Name: Her full name is a pun on ice creams (which are called "nieves" in Mexico). Her marriage surname is an ice cream flavor. "Nieves Frías de Limón Aguado" translates as "Cold Ice-Creams of Watery Lemon".
  • Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: While not truly mean, Doña Nieves is a far cry from the far more composed Doña Clotilde and Jaimito El Cartero.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She basically looks like La Chilindrina with white hair, wrinkles and a different hairstyle, something she herself acknowledges to Don Ramón in a flashback.

    Señor Barriga 
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Also known as: Zenón Barriga y Pesado (Full name), Mr. Beliarge (English)
Played by: Edgar Vivar (Original series), Victor Delgado (Animated series up to Season 5), Sebastián Llapur (Animated series since Season 5), Dave Mallow (English dub).

The landlord of the vecindad. He rarely succeeds in collecting rent from Don Ramón and is greeted upon his every arrival by being (accidentally) kicked, tripped, beaten, or hit by a flying object thrown by El Chavo.


  • Big Eater: In one of the Doña Florinda's restaurant episodes he orders exactly the same food of Chavo and La Chilindrina but in double. Lampshaded by Doña Florinda.
  • Big Fun: In a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense.
  • Butt-Monkey: A recurring joke is that El Chavo will accidentally hit him as soon as he enters the vecindad. Ocassionally he brings protection - only for El Chavo to hit him as soon as he takes that protection off.
  • The Chew Toy: To the point this is lampshaded by some characters.
  • The Comically Serious: Especially when Don Ramón is telling him a joke hoping Señor Barriga forget he comes to receive the rent payment. Subverted sometimes.
  • First-Name Basis: Averted. He's the only one of the major adult characters whose full name is known.
  • Meaningful Name: Zenón Barriga y Pesado. "Barriga y Pesado" can translate to "Belly and Heavy", and "Zenón" seems to be a pun on either "Cenón" ("Big dinner") or "Senón" ("Man-boobed").
  • Nice Guy:
    • El Chavo sees him as this, as he's never hurt El Chavo for all he's done to him.
    • He's also willing to wait for Don Ramón to get money to pay at least part of his 14 months of due rent, or give him chores in exchange of payment of those months, when he could have been evicted long ago under any other landlord.note  Don Ramón's attitude managed to get the best of him, however.
  • Only Sane Man: Along with Profesor Jirafales.
  • Pet the Dog: Numerous times:
    • He forgives all of Don Ramón's due months of rent in one episode on the basis that if he evicts him, he and La Chilindrina will have no other place to live.
    • When Chavo is left all alone in the neighborhood while everyone else leaves to Acapulco, he invites him to come along.
    • Similarly to the Acapulco case, he invites Chavo again to go to the movies with him.
  • Punny Name: "Barriga" is an actual surname in Mexico, but it's also Spanish for "belly", which is Sr. Barriga's most distinguishing trait.
    • According to fans who attended some events, his actor revealed that his wife has got it worse than him: Maria Dolores de Barriga ("Maria Bellyaches")
  • Put on a Bus: In the 1992 season, alongside all adult characters that were not required to appear in the school episodes the final season was entirely composed of.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After being abused an entire episode, Don Ramón accidentally pinches him in the arm. Mr. Barriga responds by hitting him and then falling on top of him, flattening him.
  • Rags to Riches: He was actually born in the vecindad he is now the landlord of, and lived in an apartment that no longer exists.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: Almost all the times he goes to the vecindad, it's just to try to have Don Ramón pay at least a small part of his due rent.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His plan to make El Chavo stop accidentally hitting him is to make him think he killed him with one of those hits. Don Ramón tries to talk him out of this by pointing out how scared El Chavo was.

    La Popis 
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Also known as: Phoebe (English)
Played by: Florinda Meza (Original series), Erica Edwards (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Erin Fitzgerald (English dub since Episode 53).

Doña Florinda's niece and Quico's cousin. Cutesy and dumb, Popis was usually only present in schoolroom scenes until after Quico left the series, when she filled in for his character. She would frequently say "Acúsalo con tu mamá" ("Tell on him/her with your mom"). Whenever she says or does something wrong, she blames it on her doll, Serafina, which she loved as a daughter. She fills in for Chilindrina in the animated series, as Chilindrina never appears or is mentioned in the series.


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    Ñoño 
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Also known as: Junior (English)
Played by: Edgar Vivar (Original series), Mario Castañeda (Animated series), Yuri Lowenthal (English dub).

Señor Barriga's son, he is as fat as his father, and thus is always the butt of the classroom's fat jokes. He is well-studied and good-hearted, but like most of the other kids, naïve and could sometimes let his well upbringing get the best of him.


    Godínez 
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Also known as Gordon (English)
Played by: Horacio Gómez Bolaños (Original series), Jesús Guzmán (Animated series), Kate Higgins (English dub up to Episode 52), Erin Fitzgerald (English dub since Episode 53).

A kid who mostly appears in the school episodes, trying to dodge questions in the classroom.


  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. He got more screentime from the 1978 season (where he appeared on-screen in the vecindad for the first time) onwards, especially when other actors playing kids had left the show, but he never stopped being an extra.
  • Book Dumb: Zigzagged. Sometimes he is very smart (occasionally bordering on Insane Troll Logic), other times, he is very dumb.
  • Catchphrase: "¿Y yo por qué, maistro?" (Why me, teacher?)
  • Heads or Tails?: Used it for answering all questions of a test. He even made it two times to make sure he is answering it right.
  • Hidden Depths: In the book "Chespirito: Vida y Magia", Bolaños says that in exchange for being clueless about history, geography, arithmetic and such, this absent-minded loner is "a true expert" about sports, both in practice and in theory.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When Profesor Jirafales tries to ask him a question in school, Godínez's reactions (when he does not even know what the question is) confuse him so much the question is dropped.
  • Last-Name Basis: Godínez is actually a surname, making him a singular case among the children.
  • Nice Hat: His cap. Even when his clothes changed late in the series, his cap was the only thing that was left unchanged.
  • Only One Name: The book "Chespirito: Vida y Magia" - which discloses most of the little-known full names of the characters - oddly points out that his first name is unknown.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Implied during the show which Godinez won all fights he had with El Chavo and Quico.

    Paty 
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Also known as: Patty (English)
Played by: Patty Juárez (1972), Rosita Bouchot (1975), Ana Lilian de la Macorra (1978-79; pictured right), Patricia Strevel (1987-88), Tara Platt (English dub)

Patricia Jiménez, more known as Paty, is a girl who, alongside her aunt Gloria, moves into the upstairs apartment. She is considered to be very beautiful by the boys of the vecindad, who immediately fall in love with them, while the girls get jealous of her.


  • Ascended Extra: The third Paty (Ana Lilian de la Macorra) was briefly part of the regular cast in the 1978 and 1979 seasons, and is the basis of her animated series version, where she is part of the regular cast.
  • Book Dumb: Just like the other children in the show.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's most often seen cuddling her teddy bear.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A young version. The kids end up competing to earn her affection.
  • Nice Girl: Completely incapable of doing anything mean, a fact La Chilindrina often exploited.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is usually spelled as "Paty", though Bolaños spells it as "Pati" in his book "El Diario de El Chavo Del Ocho"; and instances of "Patty" are also not unheard of.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Along with La Popis, of La Chilindrina in the animated series.
  • Unknown Rival: La Chilindrina considers her as her opponent for El Chavo's affection, something Paty never notices.

Minor Characters

    Gloria 
Played by: Maribel Fernández (1972), Olivia Leiva (1975), Regina Torné (1978), Maricarmen Vela (1987).

Paty's aunt Gloria. Like her niece, she is considered to be very beautiful and the men of the vecindad immediately fall in love with her, while the women get jealous of her.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: She's the closest thing Don Ramón would get to a love interest in the original series. In the animated series, she despises him despite the favors he'd done for her once she arrived in the vencidad.
  • Freakiness Shame: Downplayed. She claims she likes ugly men, which gives Don Ramón a glimmer of hope.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Don Ramón and Profesor Jirafales cannot avoid falling in love with her at first glance.

    Malicha 
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Played by: María Luisa Alcalá

Don Ramón's goddaughter. Malicha briefly replaced Chilindrina during María Antonieta de las Nieves' absence. She disappeared after appearing in three episodes without trace.


    El Señor Hurtado 
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Also known as: Senhor Furtado (Portuguese)
Played by: José Antonio Mena (1974; pictured top right), Ricardo de Pascual (1976; pictured bottom right), Benny Ibarra (1982)

A suspicious man who lives in the vecindad. He turns out to actually be a thief, and his felonies are charged to Chavo by mistake, which results in everyone in the vecindad accusing Chavo of theft, causing him to temporarily leave the vecindad. While he never does confess the robberies himself, he ultimately returns the stolen objects, restoring Chavo's innocence towards his neighbors.


  • Accidental Misnaming: A target of these by El Chavo, who instead calls him several synonyms of his surname (Such as "Señor Robado").
  • Heel Realization: When he hears El Chavo prayed for his reformation, he realizes he caused a lot of harm to an innocent child, and decides to return all the objects he stole, give El Chavo a ham sandwich and turn himself to the police.
  • Ironic Name: Hurtado means "stolen", as in larceny. He is the one who steals the stuff from the people of vecindad instead of being the victim of it.

    El Señor Calvillo 
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Played by: Ricardo de Pascual (1976; pictured top right), Horacio Gómez (1982, as Señor Barbadillo), Ramiro Orcí (1986, as Señor Barbadillo)

When El Señor Barriga finds out his heart is not working properly and that he needs to leave near the sea for his health's sake, he decides to sell the vecindad. El Señor Calvillo (or Barbadillo, in the 1982 and 1986 seasons) is a businessman that plans to buy the vecindad, but he meets resistance in the main cast, who prefer El Señor Barriga, even before knowing his intentions.

El Señor Calvillo is replaced by El Señor Barbadillo in the two remakes of his two-episode arc, "El Señor Barriga vende la vecindad", and by Rufino Malacara in the animated series.


  • 0% Approval Rating: No one in the vecindad likes him. The only one willing to give him a chance is El Profesor Jirafales, who doesn't live there to begin with.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He falls in love with Doña Clotilde at first sight, which scares her, even calling him a satyr.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While El Señor Calvillo is honest and is only antagonistic because he wants to demolish the vecindad, his animated series counterpart, Rufino Malacara, is straight-up evil, and tries to scam El Señor Barriga to get the vecindad for free, when they were supposed to be friends.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite his seeming lack of concern of what would happen to the inhabitants of the vecindad after having it demolished, El Señor Calvillo is ultimately just a businessman and has nothing against the main cast, and is initially surprised and suspicious that El Señor Barriga would sell the vecindad at a low price, but he quickly understands the reasons behind it.
  • Arc Villain: Double Subverted. Initially he's only set up as an antagonist as he would replace El Señor Barriga, whom the main cast had grown to appreciate, so they didn't want a new landlord. Near the end of the second episode, El Señor Calvillo reveals he wanted to buy the vecindad to demolish it and place an apartment block, undoubtedly placing him as an antagonist.
  • Bald of Evil: El Señor Calvillo is the balding villain of his episode arc.
  • Beard of Evil: El Señor Barbadillo, as El Señor Calvillo's bearded Suspiciously Similar Substitute, qualifies as this.
  • Butt-Monkey: It initially involved him being constantly mocked because of his bald head (or his beard), but when him buying the vecindad becomes almost certain, the kids try to annoy him on purpose for him to back down on his offer. It doesn't work.
  • Graceful Loser: Once he finds out El Señor Barriga is actually healthy and no longer wants to sell the vecindad, he silently accepts it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • El Señor Calvillo is bald. (calvo = bald)
    • Similarly, El Señor Barbadillo is named after his prominent beard. (barba = beard; barbado = bearded)
    • Rufino Malacara's first name comes from "Rufián" ("Crook"), while his surname refers to his ugly face. (mala cara = mean/bad face)
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: El Señor Barbadillo is exactly like El Señor Calvillo, except changing his balding head for a prominent beard as subject of jokes.

    Don Román 
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Also known as: Seu Madroga (Portuguese)
Played by: Germán Robles

Don Ramón's cousin, who took his place in one episode of the 1975 season.


  • Butt-Monkey: Like Don Rámon. Even Doña Florinda slaps him.
  • Dub Name Change: In Brazil to "Seu Madroga".
  • Face of a Thug: The kids briefly mistook him for a burglar.
  • Flat Character: He's Don Ramón's cousin and acts exactly like him, there's nothing else much going for his character.
  • One-Shot Character: Appears in one episode replacing Don Ramón.
  • Palette Swap: He uses a black hat and a blue shirt contrasting Don Ramon's blue hat and black shirt.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Don Ramón, having literally the same role he has in the other versions of the episode Don Román appeared in.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. Don Rámon teaches him how to deal with El Chavo. His technique ends up being rather awkward compared to Don Ramón's.

    Doña Eduviges Fajardo "La loca de la escalera" 
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Played by: Janet Arceo

Appeared only in two 1973 episodes, living in the upstairs apartment of the vecindad. Except for dressing differently and living in a different apartment, she acts exactly the same as Doña Clotilde, right down to her heavy-handed flirting with Don Ramón, with the kids even calling her "La loca de la escalera" ("The Crazy Lady Upstairs"). Much like Malicha, after those two episodes, Doña Clotilde is back and Doña Eduviges is never mentioned again.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Of Don Ramón.
  • As You Know: La Chilindrina introduces Doña Eduviges in the two episodes she appears in.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not entirely sound of mind, as if her nickname did not imply enough. One time she said that her hair was white because she dyed it because it was fashionable.
  • The Glomp: To Don Ramón's dismay.
  • Irony: She is supposed to be a old woman, but when the actress played the role she was only 18 years old, making her the youngest actor on set. On a show famous for kids being portrayed by adults.
  • Only One Name: A notable subversion. In spite of only appearing in 2 episodes to fill in for the absence of Doña Clotilde, she manages to get both a first name and a surname. Which is a bit surprising, since this is more than some of the major characters (Ramón, Chilindrina, Pópis, Godínez, and even Clotilde herself) ever got.note 
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Doña Clotilde.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Only appeared in two 1973 episodes.

    Don Federico 
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Also known as: Don Federico Matalascallando (Full name)
Played by: Carlos Villagrán

Doña Florinda's late husband and Quico's father, who died at sea.


    Héctor Bonilla 
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Played by: Himself

Héctor Bonilla is a Mexican actor who appeared As Himself in one episode in which he visited the vecindad.


  • As Himself: He played himself in an episode.
  • Celebrity Star: He's the star character in his own two-episode arc.
  • Celebrity Paradox: He delivers an amusing Inversion of the trope, by using a catchphrase from Chilindrina.
    Chilindrina: (smiles in joyful surprise) "Hey, where did you learn that from?"
    Héctor: "Oh, this "Fíjate, fíjate, fíjate" thing? I don't know, I guess I copied it from somewhere."
    Chilindrina: (smugly) "From some TV show?"
    Héctor: "Eso, eso, eso, eso!" (weirded out by his own action, while Chilindrina chuckles)
  • Chick Magnet: He feels a bit unconfortable about the way Doña Florinda, Doña Clotilde and La Chilindrina act around him.
  • Contrived Coincidence: He happens to visit the vecindad just as all the female characters dream about meeting him.
  • Nice Guy: Towards everyone in the vecindad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rogelio Guerra takes his place in the 1986 version of his two-episode arc.

    La Chilindrina's mother 
  • Death by Childbirth: Died when giving birth to Chilindrina, as mentioned in rare occasions.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned in some episodes but never appeared.
  • Lethal Chef: Implied. In one episode Don Ramón says his wife made only one cake for him and he uses it every night as a doorstopper.
  • Posthumous Character: Died before the events of the show.
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