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Good things don't happen to me
—Yeyo

Is there a meaning to life? Is there any sort of order in the universe? Is happiness within our grasp? Is there an answer to all this questions, and would it do any good to find it?

Full Metal Doctor is the title of a multimedia franchise that narrates the story of Yeyo, a young med student in Mexico. The story started as a series of Slice of Life short stories that narrated the first semesters of the main character. a few years after it's publishing, a multimedia conglomerate bought the rights of the story and continued it in a TV show, that quickly became a Cash Cow Franchise.There are several aspects that make this franchise stand out.

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  • The way it fleshes out its Loads and Loads of Characters, which makes them memorable and endearing.
  • The constant invocation and discussion of the tropes that apply.
  • The fact that the whole franchise exists only in the mind of the main character. Inveresly to the usual dynamic of a work, in this case the story occurs in Real Life, while the author and the audience remain firmly in fiction, YMMV whether this makes it the best or the worst story ever.

The series develops in the following installments

  • Several short stories with different names, tied together by the subtitle : A Yeyo Tale
  • Full Metal Doctor: A TV show spawning five season, each one covering a semester in the life of Yeyo
  • Strangeland: A Full Metal Doctor Tale: The Movie which covers the year Yeyo spends as the doctor assigned a small town.
  • Full Metal Doctor: Cross Chronicles: A videogame released for 3DS, XBox 360 and PS3, each relating different aspects of the year of Yeyo in the County Medical Services.
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    • Miss Full Metal Doctor: With Ale as the Deuteragonist, covers the work aspect o the year, focusing on his shift partners like, Gloria, Santos and Armando.
    • Full Metal Engineer: With Marco as the Deuteragonist, covers the family aspect, as well as some minor incidents not covered in the other versions, it explores the relationships of other couples for contrast with the drama between Yeyo and Pako.
    • Null Metal Cheff: With Pako as the Deuteragonist: focuses on the relationship between Pako and Yeyo, and all the drama within it.
  • Full Metal Doctor R: A sequel series, this time with Yeyo as an orthopaedic surgery resident. It was cancelled halfway through it's second season due to low ratings and being widely panned by both the critic and the public.
  • Full Metal Fates Relates the year after Yeyo quits the residency and goes back to Guadalajara.
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  • New Full Metal Doctor Narrates Yeyo's life as a genetics PhD candidate.
  • Full Metal Doctor: Origins A spin-off about other characters before they met Yeyo, the first season focues or Eric, the second is more of an anthology with stories about Yeyo's rugby teammates


The franchise as a whole provides examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Painfully averted.
  • The Ace: Pearl is one of the smartest characters in the series, she is also pretty, fun, caring and assertive.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • During the Original series, how the seasons are referred to, in order:
      • Sixth Session
      • Seventh Substance
      • Eight Experiment (Octava Operación in spainsh)
      • Ninth Nativity
      • Tenth Termination (Décimo Desenlace in spanish)
    • The Game is titled Cross Chronicles
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Yeyo has some pretty liberal acquiantances.
  • All Gays Love Theater: One of the reasons Alan is supected to be gay.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Averted almost to the point of inversion, Yeyo develops crushes on several straight friends.
  • Alternate Universe: Some seasons are developed in two separate universes, it's until the final episodes where the audience learns which was the real one.
    • During the Sixth Session the alternate universe is the one where Yeyo remains in group 5, the real one is where he switches to goup 8, much to the suffering of pretty much everyone.
    • In the Eighth Experiment the alternate universe is the one where he works at clinic 46, in the real one the goes to the New Civil Hospital.
    • Strangeland features an alternate universe that turns Yeyo into a Peggy Sue, these are escapist fantasies resulting from Yeyo's bummed state during the sixth rapsody.
    • Null Metal Chef gives you acces to "alternate save files" that allow you to play brief sequences of alternate universes, like one where Yeyo doesn't turn down Stelio or one where Pako and Sebastian establish an official relationship.
    • After Cross Chronicles the original creator gave some details through social media about the fate of the characters and even wrote a few short stories, all of them with Yeyo being happy and succesfull, then R aired, showing the characters being completely miserable and getting worse by the minute. Fates presents a third continuity that blends both of them, showing the characters as struggling and conflicted but ultimately able to overcome their trials.
  • Alone Among the Couples. Yeyo is for the majority of the show the only single in his family.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: Inverted, Yeyo makes a consious effort not to expect any emotional closeness from Edgar, and is suprised when the latter start showing signs of affection.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Martin seems to have issues that are not quite just quirks but not quite a diagnosable condition.
  • Animal Motifs: Yeyo is often compared to a dog, being fiercely loyal and eager to belong, he often carries things in his mouth and climbs stairs in all fours.
  • Arc Words: Fates Has "special" in the Conquest side, "deserve" in the Birthright side, "progress" in the Invisible King side and "fix" all around.
    • Several in Afterlife. There's "Why do you keep hanigng out with these people?", "I don't know what you think is going to happen but it's not going to happen" and "We already had this conversation"
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Martín askes Yeyo if he's okay, Yeyo responds with his usual "Well, no but, am I ever?" Instead of backing off Martin just askes "I don't know, are you?" This sends Yeyo in a sudden and unexpected rant.
    • Also when Yeyo is refusing to try to mend thing with Edgar and Roko asks if at the end of the day the frienship is worth fighting for, making Yeyo change his mind, al the sadder because in the end the frienship is lost anyway.
  • Artifact Title: Averted,the series ditches the Doctor part of its title when Yeyo stops being a Doctor.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Deconstructed, while Yeyo's analyzing skills have impressed a few people, he's utterly incapable of giving it any practical use.
  • Berserk Button: Yeyo doesn't take kindly to defaulting on your word.
    • Yeyo and his siblings are often offended to be told they're from Torreon
  • Big Beautiful Man / The Bear: Pretty much every guy Yeyo gets involved with.
  • Big Brother Bully: Depending on the Writer Gman is sometimes portrayed as this.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Several of Yeyo's rugby teammates, incluiding Rodi, Bebote and Herman.
  • Cassandra Truth: During Regeneration Yeyo is capable of accurately predicting a lot of what Alan will go through, but the latter refuses to believe him, even after Yeyo points out that he's pretty much been always right.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The short stories don't have any gay main characters. Then Yeyo comes out and homosexuals start appearing more and more often, by the time of R there's a whole lot of gays in the story.
  • Closet Key: Alan gets one, but things quickly fall apart because of the Closet Key's issues with his own sexuality.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The incidents with Esteban and Irving, Yeyo calls them proof that he is the center of the universe.
  • Creator's Pet: Due to being transplanted from his own show, there were a lot of restrictions about how Alan could be portrayed, resulting in this. He's always portrayed as a good friend despite some situations where he isn't. It gets better after he comes out and laterin New, where hos portrayal is still sympathetic, but flawed in a humanizing way.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Zigzagged. Martín starts as a fairly polite and friendly, but as he starts feeling more comfortable with Yeyo he becomes more dry and hostile,
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Yeyo by the end of R.
  • Deuteragonist: Mildly in Chross Chronicles. In New Eric and Martin get more screentime and better fleshed out subplots than any other non-Yeyo character ever before.
  • Discussed Trope: Way too many to list.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": "Yeyo" is a contraction of his middle name (shared by all the males in his direct family) and how he introduces himself. He only accepts being called by his first name by his family, people who knew him when he called himself that and people very close to him. Allowing someone to call him by that name usually means that he considers them a very special person to him.
  • Drink Order: "Bring me the gayest drink you have"
  • Driven to Suicide: Yeyo believes this would've been the eventual result of staying in Torreon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ale makes a brief appearance in the third semester stories and appears in the background of the show along with Jairo. She becomes one of the main characters in Cross Chronicles.
  • Foil: During the first few season of the original series, Erick serves as Yeyo's foil, both being self-centered, insecure and needy, the main difference being Erick's lack off self-awareness.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In Yeyo's family, the older siblings are more often the responsible one than the younger, but they all have been both at different points. In Fates Yeyo becomes the clear responisble sibling of the household.
  • Freudian Excuse: Defied. David tries to invoke this, claiming his flaws are due to his upbringing Yeyo doesn't buy it.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Alf hates all of Dante's exes so much that the friendship between Dante and Yeyo is effectively terminated.
  • Gay Aesop: The show portrays a lot of homosexuals and the difficulties that their sexuality brings to their everyday lives.
  • The Glomp: Fer's usual way of greeting a friend.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Inverted. Since Yeyo likes rain, the times Empathic Environment is played the sadness brings particularily hot and sunny days. Especially in R, where it serves as a reminder that he's in Torreon, a city he detests.
  • Hollywood Homely: Averted, it's often mentioned in New that Yeyo's close circle of friends is composed of very attractive people.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Ooh boy! Where do we start?
    • Each season of the show states the semester's number in an alliterative way (Sixth Session, Seventh Substance) and is titled after a song from Keane.
    • Each season also names it's soundtracks with its own unique convention.
    • The eighth semester is divided in 3 episodes, each named after one of Evangelion's theme songs.
    • The seasons of R have titles starting with R and ending with "tion" (Regeneration, Retribution)
  • Incompatible Orientation: While Yeyo often feels attraction towards heterosexual men, it's not until the third season fon New that he starts falling hard for a straight close friend.
    "He's cute, he's hot, he's witty, he's kind and loyal and all around an amazing human being and we absolutely love each other. There's just the small, little, tiny, infinitesimal detail that he loves me in a completely platonic heterosexual way."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Yeyo describes it as "I'm awesome, so why does nobody love me?"
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: Loads of examples.
    • Jerson during year one. He constantly teases Yeyo, but consistently proves to care for him.
    • Chikie, while being somewhat of an Evil Counterpart to Jerson, still displays a sense of honor and ethics throughout the series, even if it can be a bit skewed
    • Played it with Memo, Paco and Edgar. Memo claims to admire Yeyo's honesty and lowers his guard ocassionally, yet remains pretty selfish and sometimes needlesly hostile. Paco and Edgar are aggressive and stubborn, and while initially portrayed as well meaning, if lacking in patience tact, with a generous dose of Brutal Honesty, there are some signs later that suggest they might just be self-righteous pricks.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Gman, while being the younger brother, is usually a Jerkass towards his sister's suitors.
  • Large Ham: You just know that the actor playing Ivano is having a blast with the part.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Orlando puts Pako through several helpings of the same bullshit Pako put Yeyo through.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Saying this to Yeyo's family after an embarrassing event guarantees that it will be brought up as often as possible.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Almost every season introduces new characters, most of whom are dropped by the next season with little (if any) closure to their conflict arcs.
    • Yeyo joining a rugby team introduced so many new characters that they gave them a spinoff to adequately explore them.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted, Dave claims that he's become a better man and wishes to be kinder and more empathic to become worthy of Yeyo, but ultimately proves to still be an unrepentant Jerkass.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Explored through the later series, but ultimately averted.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's not clear wether the writer exists and what are his powers or intentions.
  • Meta Guy: Yeyo.
  • Motor Mouth: Yeyo, particularily when he's stressed or anxious.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Eric is almost always in underwear when he appears at home and usually wears thight or revealing clothing while out.
    • Chochos usually takes off his shirt for a long while after a game, displaying his muscular physique.
  • Never Live It Down: If you ever do or say anything remotely mockable in front of Yeyo's family they'll bring it up with the least provocation forever.
  • Never My Fault: Both Yeyo's father and middle brother are extremely reluctant to accept responsability for almost anything.
  • No Ending: Retribution was canceled in the middle of the season. Fates reveals Yeyo was just unable to put up with his life so he resigned and went back to Guadalajara
  • No Fourth Wall: Unnecesary, since the audience is purely fictional.
  • No Indoor Voice: Yeyo tends to speak loudly regardles off how sensitive the subject might be, he's often asked to lower his voice.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Victor, the reason Yeyo can't tell if he returns his feelings he doesn't.
  • No Sparks: The usual result of Yeyo finding a suitable love interest, which frustrates him to no end, Dante and Alex are particularily jarring examples.
  • Not So Above It All: Alan, a very emootional man, seems very calm and rational when dealing with the opposite sex. However, as of the revelation in Regeneration Yeyo is very pleased to see that he's "A think-with-your-dick mess, just like the rest of us".
  • Not So Different: Yeyo is a scientifically minded, thin, liberal homosexual, Chochos is a muscular jock with conservtive attitudes towards gender matters, however, they become very close friends since they're both emotional fiercely loyal, sincere and enthusiastic.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: Most of Yeyo's birthday celebrations ammount to little more than this.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, Paco and Pako are different characters, and all of Yeyo's brothers share the same middle name. There's also a Running gag during the fourth semester of Pomiki being unable to pinpoint which of the girls named "Mariana" is the one that Yeyo likes.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the impossibly enthusiastic and optimistic attitude of Ivano fades, you know things are really going to the shitter, Yeyo describes it as "chilling"
  • The Other Darrin: Yeyo suspects he's being played by a more attractive actor than before, since he's started feeling more attrctive, but nobody seems to notice any change.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Dani is the only girl of the family.
  • Parents as People: Both of Yeyo's parents are portrayed as well meaning but flawed, especially prominent in Fates where Yeyo's mom becomes a main character.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: One of the main themes of Fates is Yeyo trying to achieve this with someone after having grown disillusioned of both the possibility of marriage and the capacity of his family to be a supporting entity.
  • Powers That Be: The writer, an entity vaguely aluded by Yeyo that controls the story. Initially portrayed as fairly benevolent, if a bit insensitive, by the time Retribution comes around, Yeyo is quite pissed at the guy.
  • Put on a Bus: Dante during Strangeland, he makes a brief appearance during Cross Chronicles (one of the few events portrayed in all three versions).
  • Product Placement: Yeyo won't eat a mayonnaise brand other than McCormick
  • Queer People Are Funny: Diego is this trope personified.
  • The Rashomon: The events during the new residents' welcome party are related from the point of view of Yeyo (too drunk to remember clearly) and other guests (too uninvolved to gauge the situation). The only person to see and remember things with clarity refuses to declare.
  • Resentful Guardian: Downlplayed. Yeyo resents being mostly the one responisble for the dogs, since neither is technically his nor was he the one to bring them.
  • Retcon It's revealed in R that Yeyo made out with a guy several months before coming out of the closet, he was just too drunk to remember it.
    • Eric's Origins season in full of these, Yeyo is not shy about lampshading it when he comes back to the main show, noting how there are people and events in his past that had never been mentioned before.
    • During Cross Chronicles several events of the original series are retold from the perspective of a character that Yeyo hadn't spoken with in the original series (such as Danny with Nora's friendship trouble in the Seventh Substance), turning the stories around completely.
  • Real Life: The setting of the story.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Tryin' to Help by Orson.
  • Really Gets Around: Seems to be a family trait of Yeyo's, at least among the single males. This leads him to get acquainted with other people who do it, resulting in a nice chunk of the cast having quite the sexual history.
  • Reality Ensues: The usual (and logical) result of the times Yeyo tries to apply fiction logic to Real Life.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dafo is introduced as a long time friend of Yeyo's in Strangeland, but isn't mentioned or shown at any point before. Justified, since they were friends only through internet and this is the first time they actually meet.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Averted, a lot of fans were wary of Eric when he was announced as the new confidant replacing Crators Pet Alan. However, after Eric turned out to be complex and likeable he quickly became a fan favorite. It doesn't hurt that he's Mr. Fanservice either.
  • Sad Clown: Yeyo believes himself to be this, though some people perceive him as something different.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fates reveals that Yeyo did this with his residency, being unable to cope with the rampant incompetence and neglicene towards his education
  • Shared Family Quirks: It's been pointed out by outsiders that Yeyo's family have a weird sense of humor that takes a while to get used to.
  • Shipper on Deck: Yeyo ships Erick/Ana María during the Sixth Session later he's a big fan of Alan/Erick
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Ivano is portrayed this way in the early stories. Later, as several of his outlandish claims start to prove true, he starts getting shades of The Ace.
  • Stepford Smiler: Alan starts as a perpetually cheerful guy, but as the story goes on he starts to show signs of some deep seated issues.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Alan is the resident Camp Straight since the beginning all the way through Cross Chronicles, he's revealed to be gay in the first episodes of R.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subvertes. Eric and Martín, like Alan, are the main "audience" to Yeyo's various misadventures, share several of his interests and in general act as confidants. However, their dynamics are very different, have their own on-screen subplots and in general are better explored characters.
  • Symbolism
    • During Retribution Yeyo's cell phone and computer represent his connection to the people he cares for (being his only connection with them the great majority of the time). As the story goes on, he starts getting more an more trouble keeping them charged and getting reception, representing his feeling of being unable to reach out to them and falling out of the relationships
  • Tempting Fate: In the prologue to R Marco jokes that the worst possible outcome wouldn't be not to get a spot in a residency, but to get a spot in Torreón. Cue the start of R, where living in Torreón is utterly crushing Yeyo.
    • When Yeyo starts working out, Alan jokngly asks if qhen he's hot he won't talk to him anymore, a few months later their friendship falls apart, although for unrelated reasons
  • This Is Reality: Yeyo is reminded of this by several people when he gets carried away analyzing the story, mainly Marco and Alan.
  • Three Faces Of Adam: Played with in R with Yeyo and Gman: They start as The Lord, with Yeyo moving further ins his career and Gman engaged, both trying to consolidate what they've earned in the latest years, later they become The Prophen, feeling defeated and done in life, while trying to use what they've learned to help the next generation (Rivas and Yeyo, respectively), by the end of R they have become The Hunter, having found a new sense of purpose and trying to give new direction to their lives.
  • True Companions: Yeyo being incapable of achieving this dynamic is one of main sources of angst in the original series.
    • Decosntructed in the original series, as all the close groups appear to have some unhealthy underlying issues.
    • Downplayed in R with the Kaidors, who are very supportive and seem to genuinely care for one another despite the fact that most of them have never met.
    • Finally Reconstructed with Bisontes. It's constantly proven that they care deeply for and suppor each other in every way.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The Procas have 2 girls and 4 guys
  • Uncancelled: After the terrible critics and ratings of R add its cancellation at the Downer Ending of the second season, the production declared it Canon Discontinuity and released Fates
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yeyo has several of these, especially in the short stories. Later, it's portayed less positively, with Yeyo showing to have problems distinguishing this from With Friends Like These....
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Invoked by Yeyo, who claims that when he becomes a supervillain his ultimate goal will be destroying some big city, but he will start with Torreón, this is becaus ehe hates Torreón and he wants to destroy it before the heroes can turn the tables and beat him.
  • Your Mom: Yeyo uses "Your dad" in the same manner, since he's gay.
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