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  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits for Monica, pigs for Smudge and cats for Maggy. Jimmy Five has a Vegetable Motif instead (onions).
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Monica - Red
    • Jimmy - Green
    • Maggy - Yellow
  • Limited Wardrobe: All of their normal clothes have stayed the same, even after several decades.

The main character and leader of the gang. Known as Mônica Sousa in Portuguese, Monica has battled with Cebolinha time and again to keep her position as the "ruler of the street". She is very strong, so try not to enrage her or you'll be seeing stars.
  • Action Girl: One that has fought even a tiger and a Godzilla Expy. In both cases she won easily.
  • Anatomy Anomaly: Unlike Jimmy Five, she doesn't have toes.
  • Ascended Extra: She started as a minor character in a Jimmy Five strip and became the protagonist.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone who insults or pull childish pranks on her will be inevitably punched out.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Zig-zagged. She's usually aware of her power, but there have been gags that demand her be oblivious of something that is the result of one of her feats of strength.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: If she understands something as an insult to her height/weight/teeth (even if by mistake), everyone around will get beaten up.
  • Hated by All: According to Denise, all the boys on the street and even Santa Claus hate her! But then, this is Denise talking...
  • Homing Projectile: Apparently, no matter how good their attempts are, Cebolinha and Cascão almost always fail to escape her bunny.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She beats people up with her plush bunny. Earlier stories justified this by revealing she secretly stored a brick inside the toy, though this was later retconned into her just being inexplicably strong.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the old strips, she was always in a constant state of anger. A short arc involved the other characters trying to get her to brighten up and look more feminine.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's only six and has Super Strength.
  • Super Strength: She can wrestle tigers, lift fridges and houses, and literally move mountains. Even Superman notes this when he meets her teenage self:
    Superman: [after shaking hands with Monica] Are you sure you're not Kryptonian? Because your strength...
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Some stories downplay Monica's strength to prevent her from instantly disarming the conflict. She's been shown having difficulty in lifting a plank, for example.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She was much meaner and grumpier in early appearances. By the '90s, she became considerably nicer, though still has occasional relapses in brattiness.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Denise accurately describes Monica as a brute, though the latter still likes to play house and dolls. And then there's her affection with her plush bunny, Samson.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Zigzagged. Though Monica's Super Strength is infamous, her position as the strongest character in her world has been challenged by Sofia, a recurring antagonist that debuted in 2007. Whether one is tougher than the other is a common discussion in-universe.

    Jimmy Five/Cebolinha
A boy with five strands of hair. Also known by his full name Cebolinha Cebola, "Jimmy Five" can't pronounce the letter "R" (making his speech somewhat odd to those nearby). He's always coming up with different plans to defeat Monica and become the new ruler of the street.

  • Bullying a Dragon: He knows Monica will beat up him, but he still likes to insult her and make plans to defeat her.
  • Catchphrase: "Pindalolas!"
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Has only five strands of hair, and they're a constant source of grief for him, along with the Elmuh Fudd Syndwome. Worse yet, some stories have people plucking at least one of his strands away.
  • Crossdressing Voices: His voice actress is Angélica Santos.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Smudge calls him "Careca" (baldy). He insists he's not bald since he has five hairs.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Instead of R, he speaks L (in Portuguese) or W (in English). There is an issue where he makes some wishes and saves a wish to have a full head of hair for last.
  • Generation Xerox: Aside for looking like his father, many stories show either his father or grandfather also liked to pick on a girl who beat up them with her doll. In both cases, they married the girl (currently the mother or grandmother respectively).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an irrepressible brat at times (especially to Monica), but he does genuinely care for his friends.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English, his name refers to the single five strands of hair he has.
    • In Portuguese, his name literally means "Little Onion" (actually it refers to chives, but the similarities to onions are played up instead), and his hair resembles an onion.
  • No Name Given: Played for laughs in the original script. Smudge points out that Jimmy's surname is Cebola, therefore "Cebolinha" is just a nickname. Jimmy is flabbergasted and realizes that his real first name has indeed never been revealed.
  • Odd Name Out: His real name is Cebolácio, while Monica and Maggy have more common names, and Smudge's real name is stated to be Cássio.
  • Prehensile Hair: Those five strands are sharp enough to pop balloons and, ever since Emerson de Abreu entered the book, they have the tendency to leap from his head whenever he's surprised.

  • Absurd Phobia: Cascão, we know that you hate water, but don't you know that life needs water to survive? Without it, even you would die.
  • Ascended Extra: He started as a extra but gained his own book.
  • Anatomy Anomaly: Subverted. He appears to lack toes, but is actually wearing socks that are the same colour as his skin.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Smudge may be a filthy, stinky little kid, but even he has limits for how much dirt he can take, which is why he often finds himself opposite Captain Fray, who is basically the only person in the comic that's filthier than him.
  • Informed Poverty: Some stories suggest that Smudge is a tad poorer than his friends, despite his house not being different from the others' (it did show in the early '70s, though). Justified in that we usually see it from his point of view and that this trope shows up almost always in the context of him wanting new toys (instead of the ones he fabricates himself), which is understandable; children will usually feel that others get more gifts than they do. It's also been pointed out that his father does in fact receive a smaller outcome than the other parents of the comic, but not so little that will have an influence in the family's household.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Smudge seems to have a knack to say the wrong things at the wrong time. This is usually what crashes Jimmy's "infallible plans", but he has given himself away many other times.
  • The Pig-Pen: He has allegedly never touched water. Except when he has, like in the infamous cover of his book where he washes his hands. They attempted to handwave it with that actualy being Sunny as his "stunt double", but an illustration of Smudge washing his hands as part of a coronavirus awareness campaign makes it fall flat.
  • Super Speed: Depends on the stakes. He can't outrun Monica's airborne bunny, but he certainly can outrun the rain before it hits the ground.
  • Weaponized Stench: A Running Gag involves the gang being cornered by a villain, prompting Smudge to cowardly raise his arms as a sign of surrender, only for the evil-doer to faint due to the horrible stench of the boy's armpits.

Monica's best friend. Known as Magali de Lima in Portuguese, Maggy is a Big Eater that never gets fat.

  • The Archmage: When her Power Limiter is off Maggy becomes an unbeliavably powerful witch. However, she also gains all the Genetic Memory of an ancient line of witches, which in the Bad Future makes her insane.
  • Anatomy Anomaly: Much like Monica, she is drawn without toes.
  • Ascended Extra: Started as a minor character in Monica's books, but gained a comic book and characters for it. In fact, she was the last of the main four to get her own book.
  • Big Eater: When she is around, everyone eating food runs away... but she still gets to eat it anyway.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Usually a nice girl, but when food is involved, her unpleasant side comes up.
  • The Ditz: Her obsession over food often degrades to a one-track mind state.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Downplayed example with the boys. They do interact in the adventures where the four main characters share the spotlight, and she has had stories with them (though usually with either Jimmy or Smudge, less so with both of them at once), but the number of those is quite overshadowed by the number of stories Monica shares with them.
  • Informed Attribute: She is often regarded as the sweetest, kindest person there is and the embodiment of Incorruptible Pure Pureness by many people, but anyone who reads the manga will be able to notice that it's definitely not that way, seeing how she became a Stalker with a Crush towards Rubens and continues to crush on him, sometimes in front of her actual boyfriend without thinking of the consequences and thinks it's totally ok to do so despite how much trouble it caused her and how it's going beyond an actual crush, didn't bother telling Smudge on issue #49 why everyone was always busy and avoiding him and very cowardly backed out of the conversation after he saved her life and how quickly she is to point out the boys' flaws but ignore the girls' fault at any given situation, aside from one occasion on Issue #59.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Maggy hallucinates that objects and people are food when she begins starving.
  • Meal Ticket: Subverted with her and Toddy, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn't dating him only because he was the bakery owner's son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends with Maggy willingly choosing Toddy over a big basket of bread, which for her is a huge deal.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Strangely enough, she is portrayed as a total dumbass when she's not eating in some of early 2000s stories written by Flavio Teixeira.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelon, but she still loves all foods.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Maggy and her Non-Human Sidekick Vanilla, also have a bit of this going on. While she adores the cat and spoils him rotten, and Vanilla does care for her a lot more than he lets out (in fact, he's shown several times that he's secretly afraid that she'll grow tired of him eventually), most of their stories together are about them going at each other like sitcom arch-nemeses, and when not being lovable they are decidedly snarky towards each other, like Garfield and Jon.