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From left to right: Serena (Priscila Fantin) and Rafael (Eduardo Moscovis)
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Alma Gêmea (English: Soul Mate) is a Brazilian telenovela that was produced and broadcast by Rede Globo between 20 June 2005 and 10 March 2006. It was written by Walcyr Carrasco and directed by Jorge Fernando. It achieved record ratings for the 6 PM timeslot.

The plot begins in 1927 and shows the great love between Rafael (Eduardo Moscovis), a botanist who creates roses, and Luna (Liliana Castro), a young, sweet and delicate dancer. When the two know each other it's love at first sight. In a few days, they get married and soon have a child. However, on the day Luna makes her first performance as principal dancer at the São Paulo Municipal Theater - a day that should be the happiest of the couple's life, when Rafael presents her with a beautiful white rose prepared exclusively for her, the Rosa Luna - A tragedy strikes the couple. In the midst of such happiness, there is a thorn: Cristina (Flavia Alessandra), the housekeeper of the house, is also Luna's cousin. Embittered, Cristina feels wronged. Luna is rich, married to Rafael - whom Cristina always wished - and, to top it off, inherited from her grandmother the family jewels, which Luna wears on the day of her debut. When leaving the show, Luna and Rafael are surprised by two bandits - one of whom, Guto (Alexandre Barillari), is an admirer of Cristina - who steal Luna's jewelry. Rafael, to defend the woman, reacts to the assault and Guto, scared, shoots towards the botanist. Luna, realizing that her husband will be hit, puts the body in front of his to defend him and takes the shot in place of Rafael, and dies. While Rafael despairs over his wife's death, in a distant cottage is born Serena (Priscila Fantin), daughter of an Indian with a gold digger.

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Serena grows up in an indigenous village with strange behaviors. Sometimes she looks at a lake and sees a flower she doesn't know - a white rose - reflected in the water. At other times, she draws large houses that do not exist in the region, which catches the attention of Cleyde (Julia Lemmertz), the village teacher. Cleyde finds Serena a mystery, but the village shaman explains that Serena has a dream within herself, and if the dream is too strong she will have to fetch it someday. Twenty years go by. Serena is growing and, meanwhile, Rafael has never forgotten Luna. He became a serious and self-contained man and was never able to create a new species of rose again. When Serena becomes a girl, a young Indian, José Aristides (André Gonçalves), proposes to her. She is doubtful, but after hearing the news of her mother's death and witnessing the invasion of the village by prospectors - one of them being her father - she decides to pursue her dream. Serena leaves for São Paulo, more specifically Roseiral, and, upon arriving in the region, goes to work as a maid at Rafael's house. When they see each other, Serena recognizes him without knowing where, thrilled. He stares at her in surprise. There is a magical moment between the two. For a moment Rafael is strangely disturbed. Then he treats her rudely and she leaves scared, but ends up being hired by Cristina to work in the house. Serena's first moment in the house is one of great excitement. She feels something for the place and, when meeting with Felipe (Sidney Sampaio), son of Luna, immediately feels an impulse from mother to son.

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At the same time, most important of all, is a love that speaks louder than Rafael and Serena can understand. Thus begins the story between Rafael and Serena, a plot shrouded in mystery, marked by inexplicable events and always surrounded by much emotion. Cristina and her ambitious mother, Débora (Ana Lúcia Torre), feel that Serena poses a threat to their plans: to get Rafael's fortune through her marriage to Cristina.


Alma Gêmea provides examples of:

  • The '40s: Most of the story is set in the late 1940s. Given Brazil's minimal involvement with World War II, there are few references to the post-war climate, but brief ones include Abílio planning on exporting roses to Europe now that the war is over, and Felipe saying that society is changing after the end of the war.
  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Kátia is very annoyed at the teenage Gumercindo for always hitting on her, though she has fun with it.
    • Deconstructed with Cristina's desire for Rafael. Even during their marriage, Cristina's love for him is fully unrequited. It only gets worse after he discovers she's responsible for Luna's death. Cristina gets more and more obnoxious with her insane demonstrations of "love" (the worst of which include destroying Luna's atelier and trying to kill Serena), and Rafael is very blunt about feeling nothing but horror and disgust for her.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Osvaldo calls Divina "my cabbage". She loves it. The nickname comes from a green dress Divina wore at a party, which, according to Osvaldo, made her look like a huge cabbage.
    • Mirna and Crispim call Bernardo "uncle Nardo".
    • Pretty much everyone refers to Rita by the diminutive "Ritinha", including Kátia and Elias.
    • After Kátia saves Crispim from drowning, he starts calling her "angel". Mirna ends up calling her that as well.
    • Roberval calls Dalila "my hare", because she was always "jumping away" from him. It extends to their daughter Clara, who he calls his "little hare". She initially hates the nickname, but eventually warms to it and even starts calling Clara "our little hare" as well.
    • As part of their Belligerent Sexual Tension, Olívia calls Vitório a "boor" and a "cook", while he calls her a "wasp".
    • "Guto" is short for Augusto.
  • Age-Gap Romance:
    • After Luna reincarnates into Serena, it takes about 20 years for her to reach adulthood and move to Roseiral, so Rafael is naturally much older than Serena. She's barely younger than his son Felipe.
    • Olívia is significantly older than Vitório. He teases her by saying she's too old for him, prompting her to spend half of the money she was supposed to invest on the restaurant to revamp her wardrobe in order to look more youthful.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Guto's death is portrayed in a sympathetic way. He's poisoned by Débora to avoid him from incriminating Cristina, and just as he's about to confess everything about Luna's death, he starts feeling sick and collapses. As he dies, Serena, who Guto killed in her past life as Luna, forgives him and tells him to go in peace.
  • Almost Kiss: As Dalila slowly warms up to Roberval, they almost kiss several times, though they're always interrupted by something going on at the boarding house.
  • Amoral Attorney: Dr. Ermelino always helps his client Raul to push forward his agenda, which is mainly screwing up Olívia's life.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Olívia often smashes vases on Vitório's head. The worst that happens is that he gets briefly stunned.
    • Osvaldo is always slapping Roberval, but he's always okay. When Osvaldo and Vitório give Roberval a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Roberval feels pain in the next few scenes, but soon afterwards, he's fine as if nothing had happened.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Carlito is a nuisance for Mirella, as he's always getting in the way of her relationship with Felipe, since he thinks he's "the man of the house" now that their father left.
  • Attempted Rape:
    • A man that hires Serena to be his domestic worker while she's on her way to São Paulo tries to rape her, but she successfully defends herself.
    • Ivan tries to rape Mirna when she invites him to her house for a date. Crispim arrives in time to defend her, and while Ivan gives Crispim a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Mirna drives him away by shooting salt at him.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Rafael's life with Cristina. Also, Eduardo and Alexandra.
  • The Baby Trap: Cristina uses a Fake Pregnancy to make Rafael marry her.
  • Badass Mustache: Vitório has a thick mustache that highlights his tough personality. He stretches it out whenever he gets mad.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Deconstructed. The beginning showcases characters such as Rafael, Luna, Adelaide, Agnes, and Olívia living their beautiful, happy and lavish lives. However, with Luna's death, the happiness of her family is ruined. Rafael and Agnes spend years in nothing but grief and bitterness despite all the money they have. Later on, Olívia's marriage with Raul is ruined. Fallen from her Socialite status, she loses all of her luxury and has to work to sustain herself and her children, since Raul leaves her without a dime
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Olívia and Vitório constantly bicker, when it's clear they secretly like each other.
  • Benevolent Boss: Rafael is an aloof, but nice boss, both to his domestic workers and his employees at the flower shop. Felipe is also very nice to Eurico and Zulmira, and has a special fondness for the latter, as she was the one who raised him after Luna's death.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Every time someone dares to advise Rafael to stop mourning Luna and look for another woman, he gets furious.
    • Never insult Vitório's cooking skills.
    • Any man hitting on Dalila or Nina instantly pisses off Ofélia, Osvaldo, and Vitório. The latter two usually react violently.
    • Any lodger or outsider who sticks their nose into the host family's business angers all of them. Also, don't ever imply they're fighting (even if they obviously are).
    • Gumercindo gets furious when people make fun of him for his age, especially when they say he just came out of his diapers and that he probably still pees in his bed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Roberval is a always a dorky and nice guy who won't hurt a fly, but he prompty punches Raul in the face when he offers him money to marry Dalila.
    • Hélio is one of the most peaceful characters in the show, but when he discovers Guto has been teaching Terê to pickpocket, he gives him a piece of his mind. Guto then tries to intimidate him, but he doesn't hesitate to deliver him a huge punch. He also joins Osvaldo, Vitório and Olívia in beating up Raul when they find out he was the one who impregnated Dalila.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Cristina, Débora and Raul are responsible for all the bad things that happen in the story. Cristina and Débora always work together to pursue their goals, and Raul and Cristina soon become key allies to each other.
  • Big Fancy House: Rafael is a rich man, and he lives in a lavish and well-apointed mansion.
  • Big Fun: Divina and Osvaldo, both of which are fat, are a fun, loving and affectionate couple who provide many comedy scenes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
    • Cristina is charming and beautiful woman who pretends to be nice to everyone around her. Rafael is grateful for all her work as his housekeeper for twenty years, as she even helped to raise Felipe. He's unaware that she's behind Luna's death, and that all of her niceness and dedication are an attempt to seduce and marry him. When Serena gets in her way, she easily befriends her as well. Little do they know there's a heartless monster behind all of her niceness.
    • Raul is a very captivating man, who fools his wife Olívia, as well as the clueless Dalila, when all he wants is to screw with both, and he cares about no one but himself. He also acts friendly towards Rafael, but he just wants to gain access to his business to embezzle money.
    • Eliete seems to be a nice and pleasant lady, who quickly starts flirting with Osvaldo and tries to convice him to leave Divina. As soon as he shows he's not willing to leave his wife, she tries to make Osvaldo's life hell and destroy his marriage, involving the innocent Iolanda in the mess.
  • Blackmail:
    • Guto keeps demanding money from Cristina, threatening to open his mouth about her being involved with Luna's death.
    • Terezinha knows that the man who got Dalila pregnant was Raul, not Roberval, and she threatens to tell everyone if Dalila doesn't let her use and steal her personal belongings.
    • Dalila herself blackmails Cristina into giving her more money, otherwise she'll tell Rafael that she was the one who did the pregnancy test in her place.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Cristina asks Guto to get the family jewels from Luna:
    Cristina: Find someone to help you, go there and get the jewels.
    Guto: Stealing?
    Cristina: Oh, don't pretend you're a saint, you've even been to jail. It's not a matter of stealing, but of recovering what is rightfully mine.
  • Blue Blood: Played for the laughs with Olívia, who is always bragging about having blue blood, as she descends from the House of Medici, an Italian noble family.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The main plot begins with Luna sacrificing her own life to save Rafael's by throwing herself in front of the bullet shot by Guto. The story ends with Rafael doing the same, now for Serena (who is Luna's reincarnation), this time the bullet being fired by Cristina. As both main characters die, the same soundtrack from Luna's death scene plays.
    • In the first chapter, when Cristina says she would sell her soul to the devil for Rafael, wind immediately comes in from the window and puts out the candles in the room. In the finale, when the devil arrives at the mansion to claim her soul, the first thing that happens is that candles light up by themselves.
  • Bouquet Toss: When Cristina throws the bouquet in her wedding with Rafael, Alexandra gets it. Since she's already married, Eduardo and Cristina ask her to return it so she can throw it against, but Alexandra refuses to, says the bouquet is cursed, gives Cristina a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and destroys it.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Carlito is a bratty kid who thinks he's "the man of the house", constantly meddles with Mirella's relationship with Felipe and Olivia's with Vitório (copying his Jerkass father), and loves to play pranks, such as trying to make Alaor trip while he's helping to carry Ofélia on her chair, and throwing Vitório and Hélio's clothes down the river when they go swimming.
  • Burn Baby Burn: In a burst of rage and madness, Cristina sets fire to Luna's atelier.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Cristina drugs Rafael with a love potion to make him sleep with her, thinking he's sleeping with Serena.
  • Butt-Monkey: It is easier to say who is not unlucky in this soap opera. But just to name a few of the worst examples: Roberval, Eduardo, Crispim, Olívia, etc.
  • Buxom Is Better: Kátia is a sexy woman who loves wearing low-cut dresses that draw attention to her large breasts, which many men are impressed by. Gumercindo in particular can't stop staring at her cleavage.
  • Cain and Abel: Zig-zagged. Cristina and Luna/Serena are an extreme case of Clashing Cousins, though before Luna's death, the animosity only came from Cristina's side. Even though Luna dies because Cristina sends Guto to rob the family jewels from her, that outcome wasn't in Cristina's plans, but Cristina is less than bothered about it, and sees it as an opportunity to seduce Rafael. However, Luna reincarnates as Serena, and their once one-sided conflict eventually becomes mutual, and it gets progressively worse as the story goes on, to the point where Cristina tries to kill Serena several times, sending Ivan to drown her and poisoning her drink, though she always fails. In the finale, Cristina attemps to shoot Serena with her own hands, and while Rafael takes the bullet for her (mirroring the death of Luna), Serena ends up dying alongside him from a heart attack.
  • Cane Fu: Sometimes Ofélia hits people with her walking stick.
  • Can't Live Without You: When Rafael is shot, Serena has a heart attack and realizes that her mission in her current life is go along with Rafael, because she left too early and abruptly as Luna, so both of them die together.
  • Caring Gardener:
    • Agnes' main source of distraction is taking care of her garden.
    • Rafael's family has always cultivated roses. It's the part of the job Rafael truly likes, so he's always left the business stuff in Abílio's hands. Once Serena is introduced to the rose plantation and the art of making new rose varieties, she falls in love with it and begins to work with Bernardo at the plantation.
  • Cassandra Truth: Many people are sceptical about Serena being the reincarnation of Luna. Vera and Eduardo think Rafael is going nuts and try to snap him out of it. Agnes is particularly disgusted by the idea: she thinks Rafael and Adelaide are insane for supporting it, and despises Serena because she considers her an impersonator who is desecrating the memory of her daughter.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Crispim: "MIIIIIIIRNAAAAA!"
    • Mirna: "My mom always said that I have fairy hands for cooking, the man who marries me ought to have a king's life!"
    • Ofélia: "Divina! Your husband called me [something]!"
    • Divina: "Osvaldo! Don't speak like that to mama!"
    • Olívia: "I'm a lady, I have the power, I have blue blood, I descend from the Counts of Medici, my family has a coat of arms!"
    • Gumercindo: "I already have a moustache."
    • Carlito: "I'm the man of the house!"
  • Character Tic:
    • Vitório has the habit of stretching out his moustache.
    • Osvaldo often rubs his hair, usually when he's angry, but sometimes when he's excited as well.
    • Kátia has the habit of pulling up her breasts.
  • Chef of Iron: Vitório is a professional cook, and he's one the most badass characters. If any hand-to-hand combat scene happens, he's often involved.
  • Children Are Innocent:
    • Rita doesn't understand why her mother Kátia barely sees her and lies that they're actually sisters. When people refer to Kátia as a "minx", she always asks Elias what that word means.
    • Guto exploits this by coercing Terê into learning how to pickpocket, because he plans on using him to steal the jewels from Cristina in the future. This makes Terê innocently brag to everyone that he's going to be rich.
  • Chubby Chaser: Osvaldo, a fat man himself, says he married Divina because he's always preferred chubby women. He affectionately calls her "my cabbage".
  • Churchgoing Villain: Borders on parody: the church is the favorite meeting spot of Cristina, Débora, and Guto, and it's the place where Raul and Dalila secretly meet to avoid suspicion. While in part it's just a disguise, it's implied Débora and Cristina do profess the Catholic faith, since Débora is horrified when Cristina says she'd sell her soul to the devil, and they occasionally make the sign of the cross at the church, just after discussing their nasty plans. Dalila (who is more of an Anti-Villain, but still initially an ally to the main villains) also seems to be a geniune Catholic, as she makes the sign of the cross before entering the church... even if she's just going there to meet Raul without anyone noticing.
  • Clashing Cousins: Taken to the logical extreme: Cristina and Luna aren't just clashing, they're mortal enemies. Initially, the hatred is one-sided from Cristina's part: she is very jealous of Luna for marrying Rafael, the love of her life, and for receiving the family jewels instead of her (who is the oldest cousin), making her feel like The Un Favourite. Cristina is indirectly responsible for Luna' death, as she is killed by Guto, who Cristina sent to rob the jewels. After Luna reincarnates as Serena, not only does Cristina's hatred for her cousin rekindle, but their conflict is no longer one-sided, and it gets progressively worse throughout the story, with Cristina trying to get Serena killed multiple times. She also still bears a huge grudge against Luna, who she blames for Rafael having no desire for her, which prompts her to attack Luna's atelier several times, madly yelling at the dead woman.
  • Collapsed Mid-Speech: Just as he's about to reveal the truth behind Luna's death, Guto collapses and dies, thanks to Débora poisoning him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Serena is prone to misunderstanding situations because she's not familiar with the city's social conventions.
    • When Olívia angrily throws a lobster on Vitório, insulting his cooking skills, Serena says she should be happy about it, because she thinks she's offering the lobster for him to eat, since that was a habit of her people.
    • When everyone discovers that Dalila is pregnant, Serena gleefully congratulates her, unaware that it's considered a dishonorable pregnancy for Dalila and her family.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Olívia loves spending loads of money on things like clothes and fancy meals. She feels desperate when this habit is interrupted because she barely has any money following her separation from Raul.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Mirna always asks her pet duck Doralice for suggestions on how to deal with Crispim ruining her dates. "Doralice" always has great ideas.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Raul tricks Rafael into firing his manager Abílio, and, with Cristina's help, he takes his place. He exploits his position to embezzle money for himself and Cristina.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Guto teaches Terê how to pickpocket. He intends to use him later to steal the family jewels from Cristina.
  • Covered in Mud:
    • A running gag in the show is Crispim furiously throwing Mirna's dates in the pigsty. Victims include Pedro Charreteiro, Roberval, Alaor, Arthur (the cop), Arlindo, and the candle seller.
    • In Mirna and Jorge's wedding, this is taken Up to Eleven. Jorge is caught kissing Kátia, pissing off their respective love interests Mirna and Crispim. Crispim throws him in the pigsty, and Mirna throws her. Gumercindo defies Mirna for doing that to Kátia, so Crispim throws him as well. Olívia complains about the lack of class and demands an apology to all the guests, prompting Mirna to toss her too. Vitório retaliates by throwing Mirna, and Crispim throws both Vitório and himself. Carlito ends up joining them, and they finish by throwing mud at all the other wedding guests.
    • Mirna throws Cristina in the pigsty when she arrives at the farm to get Rafael back. She only doesn't throw Débora too because Hélio tells her not to because she's old.
  • Crocodile Tears: Cristina often pretends to be crying to affect Rafael.
  • Crush the Keepsake: Cristina exaggerates this trope by attacking Luna's atelier, where Rafael keeps all of his deceased wife's Tragic Keepsakes, several times. In one occasion, she throws a tantrum and trashes the whole place. In another, she cuts all of her ballet dresses. In yet another, she stabs her painting. Finally, in one of her insanest moments, she sets fire to it.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • Everyone thinks Rafael is mad for having the feeling that the Luna might return at any moment (including himself). He turns out to be right, since Serena, her reincarnation, is on her way to São Paulo.
    • Alexandra always hears a voice talking to her. The voice is actually correct about several things, including Christina's true character, the fact that there's fire somewhere (when Cristina sets fire to Luna's atelier), and that Vera has feelings for her husband.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Kátia tries to convince Elias to take care of Rita for her:
    Kátia: Dad, help me! If they discover I have this daughter, I'll never find a job again! The only thing that'll be left for me is—
    Elias: Don't continue!
  • Dartboard of Hate: In one of the times Cristina attacks Luna's atelier, she furiously stabs Luna's painting while yelling at her image.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Felipe is named after Luna's deceased father.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the beginning, Dalila is cold and rude towards everyone, especially Roberval, for being a poor man who keeps hitting on her. As she gets pregnant from Raul and he only strings her around, she reluctantly marries Roberval to give a father for her baby, but she still can't stand him. However, she slowly warms up to him, especially when she notices Roberval geniunely loves her child as if he were the true father, while Raul doesn't care, and she gradually becomes a nicer person as the story goes on.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: sexism, racism and overall conservatism are prevalent in the story, reflecting the morals of 1940s Brazil. Most of it is played for the laughs, but a lot of it is played for drama. In general, the women are very concerned about their honor, their virginity is treasured, and sex outside of marriage is considered a stain in their reputation. Many of them also feel pressured to marry soon.
    • Kátia is constantly slut-shamed by everyone, who call her a "minx".
    • Olívia is shamed for being separated from Raul. note 
    • When Dalila's family discovers she's pregnant, they're all horrified and worried that their honor has been ruined. When it's falsely revealed that Roberval had impregnated her, her father Osvaldo and her brother Vitório beat him up, but immediately calm down once the possibility of him marrying her is brought up. Dalila ends up being forced into a marriage she doesn't want. This happens because the biological father, Raul, keeps giving Dalila the runaround, and being a single mother is completely out of question for her.
    • Crispim doesn't allow his sister Mirna to date anyone, and always throws the guys she brings home into the pigsty.
    • Rafael hates the idea of his soon-to-be wife Serena working, whether it's doing house chores or getting a job, while she hates being idle and doesn't want to be dependent on him. He eventually warms up to the idea and starts respecting her wishes.
    • When Sabina arrives at the boarding house, everyone is shocked at a black woman dressing so well and start overwhelming her with all sorts of questions and comments, until Hélio interferes. Later on, Divina and Ofélia are horrified about Hélio dating her, and make very racist remarks about it.
    • Serena, who is indigenous, is called a "savage" by many people, including Cristina, Dalila, and Ofélia, the latter who is even scared of her possibly being a cannibal.
    • Ofélia refers to Terê, the homeless boy Serena and Hélio bring to live with them at the boarding house, as a "burglar". With the exception of Nina and Divina, the rest of the family also hates the idea, even if Rafael is going to pay for his stay.
  • Desecrating the Dead:
    • Cristina thrashes Luna's atelier, where Rafael keeps all of her memories, multiple times.
    • Played for the laughs at Débora's funeral, when Olívia "accidentally" throws confetti in her face, and she and Mirella bicker while trying to remove it.
  • Dinner and a Show: Hilarity Ensues during every meal in the boarding house. Ofélia and Osvaldo bicker as they always do, the characters compete for food (often pieces of chicken) and accuse each other of eating too much, and they never miss the opportunity to remind Generosa that she's eating there for free, since she's not even a lodger.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Back when he worked as a waiter in Rio, Jorge would constantly pour drinks on women's dresses because he was too distracted by their cleavage.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Tired of being consistently humiliated by Débora, Zulmira gets fed up and hits her while yelling at her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Every time Roberval offers Dalila help, even though she's visibly in trouble, she responds with hostility. She acts the same way to Filó whenever she expresses concern for her, bluntly saying her issues are none of her business.
  • Door Slam of Rage: Carlito angrily slams the door on Vitório after kicking him out of Olívia's house.
  • Doorstop Baby: When Roberval was a baby, he was abandoned on the doorstop of a church.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Parodied when Felipe haggles with Carlito, Mirella's little brother. Felipe has to bribe Carlito with marbles for him to let him see Mirella, so they haggle about how many.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: In the finale, Cristina is dragged to hell alive.
  • The Dragon: Cristina has Guto to do all of her dirty work, and Guto has his own Dragon, Xavier. Later on, Ivan assumes Guto's role.
  • Dramatic Drop:
    • Elias drops his fork when he find out his daughter Kátia is back in town.
    • Vitório drops his hat when he hears Kátia saying Dalila is pregnant.
    • Nina drops a dish when Gumercindo tells her there's a woman he's in love with that's been hinting he has a chance with her.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By:
    • After defending Felipe from Raul, Serena dreams of her life as Luna with her newborn son, saying she will always protect him.
    • Invoked by Julian, who uses hypnosis to make people remember their past lives.
  • Dying Candle: When Cristina says she would sell her soul to the devil for Rafael's love, wind comes in from the window and blows out the candles in the room. Inverted in the finale: when the devil arrives to claim her soul, candles light up on their own.
  • Eating Solves Everything: At Cristina's request, Raul buys the house rented by Divina (the boarding house) and tries to evict everyone from it, so that Serena has no place to stay. When Raul's lawyer shows everyone the contract to prove that the house has been sold, Divina simply eats it. The contract was still unregistered, Raul has no copy, and the previous owner refuses to register his unless Raul pays again, so it's like the purchase never happened.
  • Elder Abuse: Cristina is emotionally abusive towards her grandmother Adelaide, to the point of blaming her for Luna's death (which she caused herself) for giving her the family jewels.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Luna is a great piano player, highlighting her elegance and sophistication. After she dies, Rafael keeps her piano as a Tragic Keepsake and moves it to her atelier.
  • The Empath:
    • Sabina has the ability to sense people's emotions. She senses that Agnes is a sad person, and that Cristina is a racist liar who's bothered about Sabina being in her house.
    • The voice Alexandra hears sometimes informs her of what other people are feeling. It correctly tells her that Felipe feels worried, and that Vera is in love with Eduardo.
  • Enmity with an Object: Cristina bears a harsh grudge against all of Rafael's Tragic Keepsakes of Luna, especially the dresses and the painting. She personifies the objects as if they were Luna herself, and she "fights" with them every time she trashes the atelier where Rafael keeps them.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Cristina loves her mother Débora, who is her guide in their evil actions.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Débora gets a little worried when Cristina says she could sell her soul to the Devil to get Rafael's love.
  • Every Man Has His Price:
    • Xavier easily betrays his "friend" Guto when Ciro pays him.
    • Dalila accepts Débora's bribe to do a pregnancy test in Cristina's place. She demands more money from Cristina for her silence.
  • Evil Duo: Cristina and Débora are two of the main villains of the story, always working together, with Cristina's unstable and intense personality contrasting with the more level-headed Débora, who concocts most of their plans and tries to keep Cristina's act together. Along with Raul, they form a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Cristina has somewhat of a connection to fire, matching her intense personality, her short temper (beneath her "sophisticated" mask), and her typically red clothes. In one of her most famous scenes, she madly sets fire to Luna's atelier. After she shoots Rafael and desperately goes after the family jewels, the devil sets fire to the mansion, and while she screams and taunts the devil amidst the flames, she is dragged to hell alive.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Raul doesn't let Felipe date his daughter Mirella simply because he had an unrequited attraction to his mother Luna.
    • Débora is an extremely abusive boss to Eurico and Zulmira, making extremely petty complaints and demanding unreasonable levels of perfection, for no reason other than personal cruelty.
  • Evil Matriarch: While Cristina is technically the main antagonist, Débora, her mother, is the one who truly fuels her evilness. For most of the story, she is the de facto Big Bad, as she's the one who makes most of the nasty plans, and eventually she starts pursuing her own agenda.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Vitório happens to enter the club the exact moment Kátia mentions Dalila is pregant.
  • Eyes Never Lie:
    • Serena says that the eyes are "the windows of the soul". She can somewhat accurately tell when people are good by the look in their eyes (though she's fooled by people like Cristina and Débora). She criticizes the people of the city, especially Rafael, for not being able to see sincerity by looking in people's eyes.
    • Later on, both Rafael and Adelaide can tell Cristina is lying by the look in her eyes.
  • Fainting:
    • A pregnant Dalila faints when she hears that Raul kissed Kátia in public.
    • Sometimes, Serena faints after experiencing Past-Life Memories, such as when she feels the pain of Luna's death. She also faints when Rafael is hit by the chandelier in the atelier, because she feels something has happened to him.
    • Olívia faints when she discovers that Raul sold her house, and again when she finds out that he's the true father of Dalila's baby.
    • Alexandra faints after being exorcised by Julian.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Cristina fakes her own pregnancy to pressure Rafael to marry her. To convince him, she bribes Dalila (who is actually pregant) into doing a pregnancy test in her name.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: When Cristina sets fire to Luna's atelier, a chandelier falls on Rafael's head, putting him in a locked-in state.
  • False Friend:
    • Cristina pretends to be happy for Rafael and Serena despite being attracted to him, which makes her earn his respect. Rafael keeps telling her all of his plans and asking her for suggestions. She also pretends to be Serena's friend, and she easily trusts her. She exploits both of her false friendships with the couple to manipulate them, turning them against each other, and to obtain information.
    • Cristina also pretends to be Dalila's friend, but she's just helping Raul to string her around. She uses her fake niceness to convince her to marry another man, one willing to assume the parenthood of her child in Raul's place.
    • Eliete acts like Divina's friend, always offering to help with the house chores, when she's secretly trying to ruin her marriage with Osvaldo.
    • Xavier is supposedly Guto's friend, but easily betrays him when Ciro offers him money. Xavier gives Ciro information on Guto and gives him access to Guto's house.
  • False Widow: Ofélia spends most of the show claiming to be a widow, and refers to her husband as "o falecido" ("the deceased one"). Later on, he returns, showing he's been alive all along. No name is given for him, and everyone just keeps on calling him "falecido".
  • Family Business: Rafael's family has cultivated roses for generations.
  • Family Honor: When Dalila's family discovers that she's pregnant, all of them (but Hélio and Nina) are horrified and fear that their family's reputation has been destroyed. To defend their honor, first Osvaldo and Vitório beat up Roberval (falsely revealed to be the one who seduced her), then they "force" Roberval to marry her (though he was already willing to do so anyway).
  • Faux Affably Evil: A common trait shared between the three main villains (Cristina, Débora, and Raul) is that they all wear polite, soft-spoken, and friendly masks, but it's only a way to manipulate people and preserve their social status.
  • Financial Abuse: After Raul and Olívia get separated, Raul does everything he can to financially abuse his family. First he leaves them with no money, then he sells their house using a proxy he had tricked Olívia into signing. Olívia then decides to start a restaurant, but just as she's starting to regain control of her own life, he steals all of her savings and takes the restaurant from her.
  • Flipping the Table: When Julian asks Alexandra questions about the voice she hears, she flips the table out of rage, accusing him of trying to separate the voice from her.
  • Flowers of Romance: Desconstructed. Rafael, who is a botanist, creates a special variety of roses ― the white rose ― and dedicates it to his beloved wife Luna. However, what was once a symbol of their romance soon becomes a symbol of Rafael's grief, when Luna is killed. Later on, the trope is reconstructed: as Rafael falls in love with Serena, the reincarnation of Luna, he creates a new variety for her, the blue rose.
    Rafael: I created a rose for Luna, the white rose. This blue rose is proof that you, for me, Serena, have Luna's soul, but with Serena's qualities. You two are one: the same rose, but with different colors.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • Back when Luna is pregnant from Felipe, Raul grabs her and forcefully kisses her. Luna slaps him in the face and yells at him to leave, and Raul swears revenge on her family. Reincarnated as Serena, she doesn't remember exactly what happened, but she hates Raul and has brief flashbacks of the incident.
    • Invoked by Cristina. She bids Guto into forcefully kissing Serena in front of Rafael, who furiously breaks up with her.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: Since Raul forgets the wedding anniversary every year, Olivia decides to throw a surprise anniversary party and invites the whole city... only for him not to show up, because not only did he forget, but he was also cheating on her with Dalila. This is the starting point of their marriage's ruin.
  • For the Evulz: Débora's cruel treatment of Zulmira and Eurico has no reason other than her inflated ego now that she thinks she's in a position of power because Cristina is engaged to (and then married with) Rafael.
  • Fortune Teller: Clarice uses tarot cards to see people's futures. Olívia frequently sees her for this.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Other than the main couple, there are many subplots: Olívia, Eduardo, the inhabitants of the boarding house, the inhabitants of the farm, etc.
  • From Stray to Pet: The homeless boy Terê has the stray dog Joli as his pet. When Serena and Hélio take him to the boarding house, he brings Joli along with him. Ofélia is initially furious about it, but soon ends up treating Joli as her own pet.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Débora's funeral becomes a setting for the show's usual comedy, with Ofélia's husband asking for snacks, Ofélia, Divina and Osvaldo bickering as they always do, and Olívia complaining about the dead woman's dress being "horrible" and then accidentally throwing confetti on her face while she and Mirella try to remove it. The fun soon ends, when Cristina arrives and expels everyone from the funeral, but not before Osvaldo and Divina argue with her in their usual comic way, with Osvaldo "apologizing" to the corpse during the argument.
  • The Gambling Addict: The reason Cristina and Débora end up as the poor side of the family is because Cristina's father wasted their part of the inheritance away with gambling.
  • Gaslighting: Raul gets furious at Olívia after the fiasco of the surprise wedding anniversary party she tried to throw, which he didn't attend because he was sleeping with Dalila. He blames her for not telling him, and says that the entire city will be gossiping about them. Olívia hugs him, crying and apologizing, while he smiles. She now feels obligated to recklessly trust him, which he exploits to trick her into signing a proxy for him to sell their house and leave Olívia and the kids homeless.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Olívia is very snarky, but acts elegantly while throwing her jabs. Cristina is always falsely polite, so she often acts similarly. Whenever the two of them meet, they engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor:
    • Rita's unseen father abandoned Kátia after getting her pregnant.
    • Serena's father, who didn't even know Jacira was pregnant, abandons her after Serena is born.
    • After Raul gets Dalila pregnant, he doesn't assume the parenthood, under the excuse that it would play badly with the judge of his separation process with Olívia. He promises to assume it once his case with Olívia is settled, though he obviously has no intention of doing so. He offers money to other men to marry her in his place. Roberval ends up voluntarily marrying her, but she's still deluded with Raul, and it takes a while for Dalila to realize he's just manipulating her and stringing her along.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Cristina has always been jealous of Luna's life, her wealth, and, most importantly, Rafael's love for her. Débora has also been jealous of both Luna and Agnes all her life. It turns both of them into greedy monsters, willing to do absolutely anything for Cristina to take Luna's place.
    • Raul is extremely jealous of Rafael's wealth. He was also in love with Luna, who married Rafael. Because of this, he deeply hates Rafael and Felipe, so he tricks Rafael into firing Abílio and hiring him in his place, so he can start stealing money from Rafael's company. He also does everything to ruin Felipe's relationship with his daughter Mirella, because ever since Luna was pregnant, he started to see Felipe as an obstacle between them.
  • Happily Married: Divina and Osvaldo are a genuinely happy and affectionate couple. Clarice and Abílio also have a great relationship.
  • Hearing Voices: Alexandra, who has schizophrenia, hears a voice talking to her.The voice often turns out to be right.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dalila seems to want to be on the good guys' side, but she is often aiding Cristina and Raul in their schemes. Eventually, she settles with her face turn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The story begins with Luna throwing herself in front of a bullet aimed at Rafael to save his life. In the finale, Rafael does the same thing to save Serena, even though Serena ends up dying along with him from a heart attack.
  • Hiding Behind Religion:
    • The church is the favorite meeting spot of Cristina, Débora, and Guto, where they gather to privately discuss their plans without raising suspicion (or to blackmail each other). Débora and Cristina also use it to pose as religious do-gooders for Agnes and Adelaide.
    • Raul and Dalila start meeting at the church so they can go on dates without anyone noticing, and it successfully fools Olívia and Vitório, who have been respectively suspicious of them. Raul exploits this even further, because posing as a churchgoer plays well with the judge of his court case with Olívia.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Guto asks Xavier to hit him to set a trap for Serena. Xavier hesitates, but Guto insists and rushes him to do it because they don't have much time.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Rafael's fortune comes from his legitimate work running the flower shop.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Débora plans on killing Rafael by poisoning. When several characters are assembled in Rafael's house to discuss and sign an agreement, four of them ask for a juice: Rafael, Serena, Cristina and Débora herself. Eurico puts juice in four cups, and briefly leaves, which just enough time for Débora to poison one of the drinks and move the poisoned one away from the others, so she knows which one should be served to Rafael. However, Débora has previously been severely abusive to Zulmira and Eurico, making very petty and perfectionist demands, so Eurico, noticing the cups are not perfectly aligned, rearranges them to show Débora he's "learned much more than she thinks", and that he "no longer leaves the cups unaligned". He ends up scrambling the cups up in the process, and Débora mistakingly picks up the poisoned cup for herself, resulting in her own death.
  • Genki Girl: Mirna is a joyful, talkative and energetic young woman who's always cheerful in her incessant attempts to find a husband. The only thing that puts her down is Crispim constantly getting in her way.
  • Give Me a Sign: Rafael is still in doubt about whether or not Serena is Luna's reincarnation, so he asks Luna to send him a sign if she's not. Coincidentally, he happens to ask this just before the scandal at the party in which Serena appears as a "caricature" of Luna from the night she died (thanks to Cristina's manipulation), which Rafael interprets as "the sign".
  • Give the Baby a Father: Raul impregnates Dalila in an extramarital relationship, and keeps giving her the runaround about assuming the parenthood, something he has no intention of doing. He tries to invoke this trope by offering money to other men to assume the parenthood in his place, such as Ivan, who declines because Dalila refuses to have sex with him, and Roberval, who gets angry at him for treating Dalila like that. Instead, Roberval, who actually is in love with her, voluntarily proposes to assume the child's parenthood and marry Dalila, who begrudgingly accepts.
  • Gold Digger:
    • Kátia hooks up with Mr. Rodriguez to try to take advantage of his money.
    • Dalila desperately wants to marry Raul so she can move on from her poor life at the boarding house. She's devastated about having to marry a poor man like Roberval.
    • In the epilogue, Alaor is shown to have married a farm owner. It's implied the reason he married her is because she's rich, though they seem to be a happy couple.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: Carlito throws Vitório and Hélio's clothes down the river when they go swimming.
  • Gossipy Hens: Many characters love to gossip, including Divina, Ofélia, Eurico, Gumercindo, Madalena, Terezinha, and Generosa, even though all of them deny it. Generosa is the gossipiest of them all: she sees everything either from her window at home or from the ice cream place she runs, and loves to talks about everyone's lives with her customers (though her employee Iolanda often interferes). She tries to control herself when she discovers Dalila is going out with Raul, but ends up telling Terezinha.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Serena's white father calls her a "filthy mestiça" note  when she reaches out to him to ask his group not to invade her village.
  • He Knows Too Much: Guto is killed by Débora to prevent him from snitching on Cristina.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Rafael believes Cristina is a good person, and only discovers the truth when it is too late. Serena is also easily fooled by her.
    • Olívia recklessly trusts her husband Raul, while he's obviously cheating on her and enacting a plan to leave her without a dime.
  • I Broke a Nail: Kátia gets upset when she breaks her nail during her fight with Mirna.
  • I Have No Son!: When Adelaide discovers that Cristina is responsible for Luna's death, she disowns her and Débora as her granddaughter and daughter, respectively. Deconstructed with Débora's death: despite their conflicts, Adelaide obviously still loved her daughter, and when she attends the funeral, Cristina kicks everyone out, including her, slamming in her face that she had disowned Débora, which makes Adelaide feel devastated.
  • I Have This Friend...: Dalila tells her mother she's worried about a friend who got pregnant and whose boyfriend doesn't want to assume the parenthood, and asks what Divina would do if it were with her daughter. Divina tells her to say away from that friend, says it's always the woman's fault for not preserving herself, and that she'd throw herself at the bottom of a well out of shame in her mother's place. Little does she know the "friend" is actually Dalila herself.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The main source of motivation for Cristina's evil actions is her unrequited love for Rafael.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Invoked by Cristina. She orders Guto to hit on Serena to make Rafael jealous. First, he fakes an accident to make Serena approach him for help, so later on he "thanks" her by constantly harassing her, giving her flowers, grabbing her, forcefully dancing with her at Dalila and Roberval's wedding, and constantly demanding an explanation for her strange reactions. Serena has absolutely no interest in Guto, who murdered her in her past life, so she's actually terrified of him, even if she doesn't know why. However, Rafael is very suspicious of her having something with him, which deeply offends Serena. Her fear of him only fuels his suspicion.
  • Important Haircut: When Rafael finally starts a relationship with Serena, he gets his hair cut and his beard shaved, symbolizing that he's starting a new phase in his life.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Olívia has a wealthy lifestyle in the beginning, but following her separation from Raul, he does everything to ruin her life, and she starts to struggle financially. Nevertheless, she still constantly brags about having Blue Blood and descending from the House of Medici, and still considers herself a refined lady.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: The epilogue reveals that the whole story is a book written by Terê, who grew from an illiterate street child to a writer.
  • It's All Junk: In one of the various times Cristina attacks Luna's atelier, she cuts all of her ballet dresses and proudly shows it to everyone in the house. Débora orders Zulmira to put it all in the trash, and while Rafael protests, a sad Felipe points out that the dresses that belonged to his mother are now nothing but rags.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Hélio has a crush on Serena, but he respects her love for Rafael and just wishes her to be happy with him. Cristina pretends act the same way towards Rafael.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Generosa claims she used to be very pretty when she was young.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vitório is very blunt, easily angered, and quick to resort to violence, but deep down he's a very nice person, always willing to help anyone who needs him.
  • Karmic Death: Débora dies by accidentally poisoning herself while trying to kill Rafael.
  • Kissed Keepsake:
    • Gumercindo doesn't wash his ear after Kátia gives him a kiss there. Cristina notices his ear is filthy when he's hired to work as a waiter and demands him to wash it.
    • Mirna refuses to wash the hand Jorge kissed, while Crispim refuses to wash the cheek Kátia kissed. Bernardo compares both of them to piglets for it.
  • The Klutz: Gumercindo is a very clumsy person. In his Establishing Character Moment, he gets the customers' orders switched at the restaurant, and almost stumbles as he leaves.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: All of the villains of the show get punished. Raul, Ivan and the witch go to prison; Débora dies and goes to hell; Cristina is dragged to hell alive.
  • Last Disrespects: During Débora's funeral, Olívia makes fun of the dead woman's dress, which she thinks is "horrible", and ends up throwing confetti on her face.
  • Laughing Mad: Cristina cackles while setting fire to Luna's atelier, in one of the most severe demonstrations of her Sanity Slippage.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Divina sings the opening theme with the lyrics all wrong while washing the dishes.
  • Leitmotif: Many characters and settings have signature soundtracks:
    • Serena: "Índia" by Roberto Carlos.
    • Hélio: "Quem Sabe Isso Quer Dizer Amor" by Milton Nascimento.
    • Mirna: "Margarida" by Roupa Nova.
    • Crispim: "Acidente de Amor" by Gino & Geno.
    • Mirna and Crispim: "Estrada do Sertão" by Elba Ramalho.
    • Cristina: "Diz Nos Meus Olhos (Inclemência)" by Zélia Duncan.
    • Olívia: "Linda Flor (Yayá, Ai Yoyo)" by Gal Costa.
    • Dalila: "A Vida Que a Gente Leva" by Leila Pinheiro.
    • Kátia: "Um Sonho de Verão (Moonlight Serenade)" by Jussara Silveira.
    • Serena's village: "Suíte dos Índios" by Mú Carvalho.
    • The boarding house: "Mambo nº 8" by Mambo Project.
  • Let the Past Burn: In the finale, as the three main characters die, Rafael's mansion is set on fire.
  • Likes Older Women: Alaor is attracted to women older than him, such as Generosa, Olívia, and Mirna's godmother.
  • Lip-Lock Sun-Block: When Roberval and Dalila finally have their Big Damn Kiss, it happens in front of the setting sun.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Cristina's unrequited love for Rafael drives her insane, turning her into a murderous, arsonist madwoman, who gets crazier and crazier throughout the story.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Because Rafael has no interest in Cristina, she turns not only against Luna and Serena, desecrating the former's memories (whose death she's indirectly responsible for) and trying to kill the latter, but also against Rafael himself, who she tortures and humiliates while he's in a locked-in state (something that's also her fault).
  • Love Makes You Dumb:
    • Olívia's love for Raul makes her sign a document for Raul without even reading it, and overlook the obvious signs that he's cheating on her. Even after he coldly leaves Olívia and their children homeless and penniless, she's still in denial and thinks Raul might change his mind and come back to her.
    • Dalila is so in love with Raul that she can't see he's obviously a Jerkass who only wants to wants to manipulate and have sex with her, and has no intention of marrying her or assuming the parenthood of their child.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents:
    • Divina and Osvaldo constantly interfere in their childrens' relationships. Played for the laughs.
    • Raul forbids his daughter Mirella and Felipe from seeing each other. He pretends to be an Overprotective Dad to his young daughter, but the true reason he can't stand seeing them together is the unrequited attraction he had to Luna when she was still alive, so he hates Felipe for being the son of Luna and Rafael.
  • Love Theme: Several couples have signature soundtracks:
    • Rafael and Luna/Serena: "Uma Vez Mais" by Ivo Pessoa; "My Funny Valentine" by Rod Stewart.
    • Felipe and Mirella: "Um Segredo e um Amor (Secret Love)" by Sandy; "Eterno Amor (True Love)" by Cida & Dan.
    • Agnes and Ciro: "Eu Não Existo Sem Você" by Maria Bethânia.
    • Olívia and Vitório: "Todo Seu Querer" by Fagner; "Al di Lá" by Paolo.
  • Love Triangle: Rafael, Serena and Cristina... and it gets a little tricky when you remember that Serena is Luna's reincarnation (but Luna's spirit seems to have no problem with the couple's union).
  • Mama Bear:
    • Divina is very protective and affectionate with her children.
    • Ofélia is a Mama Bear to Divina herself. This puts her in never-ending conflict with her son-in-law Osvaldo, played for the laughs
    • Agnes was a very loving mother to Luna, and remains that way even after Luna's death. This makes Agnes initially feel a lot of animosity towards Serena, because she sees her as nothing but an impersonator of Luna, so she confronts her to protect Luna's memory. However, once she finally believes Serena is the reincarnation of her daughter, she becomes a Mama Bear to her as well, openly standing up to Cristina and Débora to defend her.
    • Luna didn't have much time with Felipe, since she died when he was still a baby. However, after she returns as Serena, she retains her motherly love for him, and is shown to be a protective mother when she openly defies Raul to defend him, even though she was unaware that he was her son in her past life.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Luna, who was Serena in her past life, occasionally appears in the mirror as her reflection and talks to her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Cristina constantly manipulates everyone around her to push her schemes forward, including Rafael, Serena, Felipe, Dalila, Vera, Guto, and Ivan.
  • Married Animals: Mirna has her duck Doralice marry Arlindo's duck Antão and throws a "wedding party" for them. While it's mostly an excuse to date Arlindo, after Crispim throws in him the pigsty, she keeps Antão. However, she later discovers that Antão is also female.
  • Married Too Young: Adelaide discusses she was too young when she got married, as she wasn't even 15. While she married to a rich man, she wonders how things would've been if she spent more time with Elias, implied to be her One True Love.
  • Matchmaker Failure: Olívia and Vera are tired of seeing Rafael being so lonely and depressed, so they try to hook him up with Madalena. It doesn't work, because Rafael is still grieving Luna and has no interest in any other woman.
  • May–December Romance: Alaor and the much older Generosa flirt with each other, even though the relationship doesn't go any forward.
  • Mean Boss: Débora is very abusive to Eurico and Zulmira (Rafael's domestic workers). She makes extremely unreasonable demands, and humiliates them every time their service doesn't meet her absurd standards of perfection, to the point where it makes Zulmira cry.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The family jewels, given to Luna by Adelaide, kickstart the plot, as it's because of them that Luna is killed. After that, the jewels are hidden by Cristina and constantly pursued by Guto. Cristina and Débora are worried about someone else finding them, since they might link Cristina to the death of Luna.
  • Mentor Archetype:
    • Nijienigi, the wise shaman from Serena's indigenous village, is a mentor to her early in the story. He's the one who explains that she has a mission, and that she should follow her heart on a quest to find the white rose. Throughout the story, she always mentions the things she learend from him.
    • Elias, who has read many books about spirituality, is a mentor to Rafael in regard to reincarnation, who he always consults when he has questions about Luna's reincarnation into Serena.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Sometimes, when Serena looks in the mirror, she sees her past self, Luna.
  • Missing Your Own Party: Raul is absent at the surprise wedding anniversary party she threw because he's cheating on her with Dalila.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Serena is the child of an indigenous woman and a white man.
  • Mocking the Mourner: Débora nevers misses an opportunity to brag to Agnes that Cristina is alive while Luna isn't, and always accuses her of being jealous for it. When Cristina gets engaged with Rafael, she does the same, bragging that she'll finally take Luna's place and saying that Luna will be forgotten.
  • Money to Throw Away: After finding out that Dalila was paid by Cristina to fake a pregnancy test, Roberval takes the money and throws it away for the citizens of Roseiral.
  • Mood Whiplash: The scenes involving the boarding house and farm dwellers are mostly slapstick comedy, in contrast to the tragic plot of the main couple.
  • The Mourning After: After Luna's tragic death, Rafael never fully recovers from his grief. He spends years in sorrow, and only feels joy again when he starts to believe Serena is Luna's reincarnation.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Vitório has a few shirtless and even (non-revealing) naked scenes.
  • Mrs. Robinson: After seeing him shirtless, Generosa starts flirting with the much younger Alaor.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cristina and Kátia have several scenes with seductive dresses. Serena wears indigenous clothes at the beginning of the soap opera, before traveling to the city.
  • Mundane Luxury: Serena is impressed at a simple old bed set she's given to sleep on in the maid's room at Rafael's house. She gleefully jumps on the mattress and says she's never slept on something so soft.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Serena comes from a remote indigenous village, so she's impressed by lots of everyday urban things. She's amazed by cars and scared of the sound they make, terrified at the shower because the water is so hot (though she loves it once she gets used to it), overjoyed about an old mattress because of how soft it is, and mesmerized by a faucet. She's also fascinated the first time she sees a rose, the flower she had visions of in the river back in her village, puzzling Crispim and Bernardo.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Zig-zagged. Cristina accidentally causes the death of Luna, who "stole" the love of her life, when she sends Guto to rob the family jewels from her. Much later, she marries Rafael, but oddly enough, she still sees Luna as the hypotenuse, since he still grieves his deceased love and has no desire for Cristina. Therefore, she tries to eliminate her even though she's already dead: she trashes Luna's atelier multiple times, and destroys the Tragic Keepsakes Rafael has of her, thinking it'll make him forget her. She also intentionally tries to kill Serena several times.
  • Musical Chores: Played for the laughs in a scene in which Divina washes the dishes while singing the opening theme with the lyrics all wrong.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Kátia is very annoyed at Gumercindo for constantly staring at her breasts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the last chapter, Cristina attempts to kill Serena, but Rafael comes in front of the bullet to protect her (mirroring how Luna sacrificed herself for Rafael in the beginning). Cristina immediately gasps at what she just did.
    Cristina: ...I killed Rafael!
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: When Serena is about to begin her trip to São Paulo, Rafael feels that something good is bound to happen soon, and his feeling that Luna is going to return (which he believes is irrational) gets stronger.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • Crispim is very overprotective of Mirna, so every time she takes a date home, he throws the guy in the pigsty in a burst of rage.
    • Vitório is always keeping an eye on Dalila, and once it's falsely revealed that Roberval had seduced and impregnated her, he and Osvaldo beat him up. He gets angry if any man compliments Nina as well.
    • Played for the laughs with Carlito, Mirella's little brother who doesn't let Felipe see her, since their father doesn't allow it either. Felipe has to "bribe" him by giving him marbles.
      Carlito: When my dad's out, I'm the man of the family, I'm the boss of the house, so you can't talk to my sister!
  • Nephewism: After becoming orphans, Mirna and Crispim are raised by their uncle Bernardo.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Roberval is a geniunely nice person, who even offers to marry Dalila to preserve her honor when Raul refuses to assume the parenthood of her child.
    • Felipe is an overall pleasant and sweet guy.
    • Hélio is very friendly and always tries to make peace whenever conflict arises.
    • While she has her moments of obnoxiousness, for the most part Divina is a very kind-hearted lady. She's a Mama Bear, she's one of the first people in the family to come to good terms with Roberval, and she's the only person in the village who shows support to Kátia when Elias kicks her out of home.
    • Nina is one of the sweetest people in the boarding house. She gladly welcomes Serena and Terê into her house, and has no issues temporarily moving out of her room to make space for Serena (while Dalila is very resistant to sharing a room with her). She also easily welcomes Roberval into the family. Lampshaded by Vitório, who mentions that for her and Hélio everything is always fine.
    • Filó is a very affable old lady who always tries to comfort her co-workers when they're upset.
    • Bernardo is a sweet old man who treats everyone politely and always tries to appease Mirna and Crispim in their constant fights. He also helps Mirna to keep her romance with Jorge hidden from Crispim.
    • Elias is a caring grandfather who treats everyone nicely and loves to read stories to the children of the village.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When Serena is hired to be Rafael's maid for the first time, Rafael gets angry at her for entering the greenhouse without permission, so Cristina fires her. Débora tells her she made a mistake: if Rafael didn't like Serena, having her as the maid would be advantegous for Cristina, since there was no chance of her getting in Cristina's way, so she hires her back. Little do they know that Serena is Luna's reincarnation, and Rafael would soon notice and fall in love with her. As soon as Débora and Cristina notice she's a threat for their plans, Cristina tries to fire her several times, but it's too late because both Rafael and Felipe are now on her side.
  • Noble Savage: Serena's indigenous culture is often portrayed as nobler than the materialistic and often disingenuous customs of the urban lifestyle. Serena believes in sharing, speaking your heart out, openly defending love, and respecting nature (which includes asking permission for taking anything from it), so she feels shocked when such things are considered unusual or flat-out wrong in the big city.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Abílio gladly hires Dalila to work at the flower shop, only for her to use her position to later help Raul get him fired.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Played for the laughs when Osvaldo and Vitório beat up Roberval after Dalila (falsely) reveals he seduced and impregnated her.
    • Ivan beats the crap out of Guto and then cuts his hair on Cristina's orders.
    • Ivan also easily beats up Crispim, when the latter defends Mirna from the former, who was trying to rape her. Thankfully Mirna manages to drive him away regardless by shooting salt at him.
    • Olívia, Osvaldo, Vitório and Hélio gang up on Raul after they discover he was the one who impregnated Dalila, and beat him up to a pulp, almost destroying the entire flower shop in the process.
  • No Name Given:
    • The witch that sells poisons and potions to Débora and Cristina is given no name.
    • Ofélia's long-lost husband is not given a name either. Ofélia used to lie to everyone, saying he had died, so once he returns, he is nicknamed "o falecido" (the deceased one), which is how Ofélia has always referred to him as.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Generosa, who lives next to the boarding house, is always snooping around and gossiping about the lives of her neighbors.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Gumercindo sees Olívia using a pair of cockroaches not to pay the check at the club's restaurant, so Rodriguez blames Vitório for keeping the kitchen dirty. Gumercindo tries to tell them what actually happened, but both Vitório and Rodriguez keep interrupting him. By the time Vitório finally decides to listen, he has already been fired.
  • Not with Them for the Money:
    • Luna/Serena is genuinely in love with Rafael, her canonical soulmate.
    • Downplayed with Cristina. While getting rich by marrying Rafael is definitely one of her interests, she is also truly in love with him, in her own sick and twisted way. After she marries him, she's still frustrated, because while she now has his money, she still doesn't have his love.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Divina mentions in Dalila's presence that women who sleep with married men are "worthless", unaware that Dalila has been sleeping with Raul. Ofélia also criticizes single women who have children, and blames the woman who slept with Raul for ruining his marriage with Olívia, both times in front of Dalila.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Played for the laughs. Ofélia is always bickering with her son-in-law Osvaldo. Everyone in the boarding already bickered with Roberval before, but it gets worse when it's falsely revealed he impreganated Dalila, and it continues even after they marry.
  • Old Maid:
    • Generosa is and old lady who ended up single. People occasionally tease her for it, but she doesn't seem to care much.
    • Mirna's goal is to defy this trope at all costs: she constantly tries to find a husband, and while the guys tend to like her, Crispim always gets in her way and throws her dates in the pigsty.
  • One True Love: Rafael and Luna/Serena are canonically soulmates.
  • Only Sane Man: Hélio and Nina are the only level-headed people in the boarding house, surrounded by their quirky and loud-mouthed family, roommates, and neighbors.
  • Only the Leads Get a Happy Ending: Inverted. Rafael and Serena die in the finale, but the epilogue shows that the supporting characters are all happily married, and the once homeless and illiterate Terê has become a writer.
  • Opposites Attract:
    • Former Socialite Olívia, who always brags about being a sophisticated lady with Blue Blood, has great chemistry with the crude and hot-heated Vitório.
    • While she was a high-class and sophisticated woman as Luna, Serena returns in an indigenous village. As she moves to Roseiral, she's poor and completely unfamiliar with the customs of the urban life, but she and the wealthy Rafael still love each other just as much as in Luna's previous life.
  • Overprotective Dad: Subverted with Raul. He pretends to be an overzealous dad to Mirella who doesn't want her to date Felipe because he still views her as his little girl and doesn't want people gossiping about her. However, the true reason he obstructs their relationship is that he hates Felipe for being the son of Rafael and Luna because he had an unrequited attraction to her when she was still alive. He's actually a terrible father, as he slaps Mirella in the face when she accuses him of cheating on Olívia, and he doesn't help Olívia to sustain her and Carlito after the separation.
  • Papa Wolf: Osvaldo is very protective of his children, all of which he's very proud of. You really shouldn't mess with Dalila.
  • Paper Destruction of Anger:
    • After Cristina finishes reading Guto's letter, in which he demands money from her, she crumbles it up in anger.
    • When Madalena takes the bill of Olívia's dresses to Raul, he crumbles it with a smile on his face, declaring he's no longer going to pay for Olívia's expenses.
    • Rafael tells Raul to give Serena a cheque after they break up. Serena gets furious and rips the cheque to pieces in front of Rafael.
    • When Raul's lawyer shows Divina the purchase contract of the boarding house to prove the house has been sold, she simply eats it.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Felipe feels neglected by Rafael, since he spends most of his time locked in the atelier mourning Luna (partially Cristina's fault, as she manipulates him into feeling that way and tries to make him convince Rafael to forget Luna).
    • Kátia pays a couple to raise Rita, and once they return her, she asks her father Elias to do it. She keeps her hidden from society to avoid being shamed for being a single mother.
    • Raul doesn't care about his children. After separating from Olívia, he leaves her and both kids homeless and with barely any money.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Divina and Osvaldo think Dalila is a "saint" and often brag about it. Little do they know Dalila sleeps with a married man and helps both him and Cristina in their nasty plans. They're absolutely shocked when they discover Dalila is pregant.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Luna died when her son Felipe was just a baby, so Zulmira, Rafael's maid, becomes a motherly figure to him.
    • Bernardo is a parental substitute for his niece and nephew Mirna and Crispim, who are orphans.
    • Serena and Hélio end up being parental figures for Terê, a homeless orphan Serena meets on her way to Roseiral.
    • When Crispim and Kátia marry, Crispim proudly declares himself as Rita's father, and Rita is very happy about it.
  • Parent with New Paramour:
    • Carlito absolutely does not accept Olívia's relationship with Vitório, which makes him start to side with his father Raul. Mirella, however, is very supportive of it and stays on Olívia's side.
    • Rita is thrilled when Kátia marries Crispim, and is very happy when he proudly declares himself as her father.
  • Past-Life Memories: Sometimes, Serena experiences memories from her life as Luna. This manifests as early as her childhood: she has visions of a white rose in the river, and she draws a rose and a big city despite never having seen those things, catching the attention of her teacher. She feels the pain of Luna's death whenever that memory comes up, and she feels horrible whenever she sees Guto, her murderer in her past life. Usually, those memories cause intense headaches, pain in her chest, and/or fainting. The trope is later invoked by Julian, who can use hypnosis to make people remember their past lives.
  • Percussive Therapy: Cristina has the habit of breaking stuff whenever things don't go her way. Olívia does the same, often throwing things at whoever is giving her trouble.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Dalila and Roberval's marriage starts terribly, since his love for her is unrequited. However, she slowly warms up to him, and they eventually become Happily Married.
  • Perfect Poison: The witch sells a poison extracted from foxgloves that easily kills, has no taste, color or smell, and leaves no traces.
  • Period Piece: A common thing in Globo novelas. The beginning of the story is set in the 20s, and most of it is set in the 40s.
  • Perpetual Frowner:
    • Ofélia always has a grumpy expression on her face and hardly ever smiles.
    • Agnes is always angry or upset. Justified, since she's still not over Luna's death.
  • Pie in the Face: Crispim throws the ducks' wedding cake in Arlindo's face when he catches him holding hands with Mirna.
  • Pillow Pregnancy: Briefly discussed when Débora takes Dalila (posing as Cristina) for a pregnancy test, saying she needs to send the results for the father, who lives far away. The receptionist finds it strange a woman who is visibly pregnant needs such an exam, since she could just send a picture of herself to the father. Débora's excuse is that the father could claim that it's a fake belly.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Mirna, Crispim, everyone from the boarding house, and Olívia's comedic scenes contrast with the dramatic conflict of the main cast. Even when those characters are present in more serious situations, they usually still serve as comic relief.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Serena's own father calls her "filthy" for being mixed race. Cristina is also very racist towards her, always calling her a "savage" for being an indigenous woman and trying to use her origins to convince Rafael he can't be with her. Downplayed with Dalila, who isn't a full-on villain, but she calls Serena a "savage" as well, highlighting her moral ambiguity.
  • Potty Failure: Crispim pees in his pants the first time he and Kátia kiss.
  • Power Walk: After everyone finds out that Raul was the one who seduced and impregnated Dalila, Olívia and everybody from the boarding house do a power walk towards the flower shop to confront Raul, with triumphant music playing in the background.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Most of the characters from Serena's village, such as Nijienigi, the unnamed old indigenous woman, and Cleyde, disappear from the story after Serena leaves to São Paulo. The only exception is José Aristides, who comes to Roseiral later in the story.
    • Eliete, Generosa's niece, comes to Roseiral to make Dalila's wedding dress, and stays with her aunt for a while. She has her own subplot of trying to ruin Divina and Osvaldo's marriage after feeling scorned by the latter, but when Divina finds out the truth, she leaves and nevers returns.
  • Racist Grandma: Ofélia doesn't accept that her grandson Hélio is dating Sabina, a black woman, and makes very racist remarks about it. She also calls the indigenous Serena a "savage", and is even scared of her possibly being a cannibal.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When Cristina tells Agnes she should "accept God's will" after Luna's death, Agnes gives a hearbreakingly angry speech, questioning why would a benevolent God take her daughter away and cause so much pain.
  • Rags to Riches:
    • After Cristina marries Rafael, she and Débora go from being the poor side of their family to being extremely wealthy.
    • After spending most of the story being humiliated for being poor, Roberval gets rich when his long-lost rich grandfather finds him.
    • In the epilogue, Alaor, who used to sell cotton candy on the streets, is shown to have become rich after marrying a farm owner.
  • Real Men Cook: Vitório, one of the most badass characters, is a professional cook, and he's very proud of his cooking skills.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • When Agnes sees Serena wearing a dress and a hairdo that imitate Luna's appearance from the night she died (thanks to Cristina manipulating her), Agnes is deeply offended and gives her a huge speech accusing her of being an impostor in front of all the party guests.
    • After Cristina tosses the bouquet in her wedding with Rafael, Alexandra gets it and gives Cristina a speech in which she mentions that her marriage is built on lies, that she sold her soul for it, and that her nice demeanor is actually fake, and destroys the bouquet afterwards. The speech is dismissed as a schizophrenia crisis, even though she's actually right.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Vitório is blunt, hot-headed, and prone to violence, contrasting with his level-headed and pacifist brother Hélio.
  • Reincarnation: The central theme of the series. Luna dies in the first episode and is reincarnated as the indigenous Serena. While the main focus is the Reincarnation Romance of Rafael and Luna/Serena, several aspects of reincarnation are worked with throughout the show. Serena's main goal is to discover what is her mission in her new life.
  • Reincarnation Friendship:
    • Olívia and Luna used to be best friends, and their friendship continues when the latter returns as Serena.
    • Serena also retains her familial love for Felipe, Agnes, and Adelaide, respectively Luna's son, mother, and grandmother. It takes a while for Agnes in particular to accept her as her daughter's reincarnation, since she initially doesn't believe in such thing, but she warms up to it after Serena reveals a secret only the two of them shared.
    • In a remote past life (way before Luna), Serena and Hélio were siblings, and they still love each other as such in their present lifetime. Hélio initially mistakes this feeling for romantic love, but with Julian's help, he learns that his feelings for Serena are actually brotherly love.
  • Reincarnation-Identifying Trait: Serena has a birthmark in the same place Luna was shot.
  • Reincarnation Romance: The main premise of the show is that Luna, Rafael's beloved wife, dies and reincarnates as Serena. In the finale, after Rafael and Serena die, there's a montage showing both characters together in multiple of their previous lives. In the final scene, they're shown to have reincarnated once again, and meet each other in their new lifetime, now as children.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-universe. Agnes despises Serena, who she considers nothing but an impersonator who's exploiting the memory of her daughter Luna to marry the wealthy Rafael. She thinks Rafael and Adelaide are crazy for believing that a sophisticated woman like Luna would reincarnate in a "savage" like Serena. Other characters, like Vera and Eduardo, also find the idea ridiculous.
  • Returning the Wedding Ring: When Rafael and Serena break up, she removes the ring Rafael gave her and drops it on the ground.
  • Revealing Hug: After Raul gaslights Olívia into guilt (after missing her surprise anniversary party because he was cheating on her), she hugs him while crying and apologizing, while he smiles.
  • Riches to Rags:
    • Olívia has always been used to luxury, which includes spending loads of money on dresses every month and only eating fancy foods. However, she is completely financially dependant on Raul, and when their marriage is ruined, she immediately finds herself penniless.
    • Débora received a good inheritance from her father, but her husband wasted it all on gambling. As a consequence, she and Cristina are the poor side of the family.
  • The Roaring '20s: The beginning of the story is set in 1928.
  • Roommate Drama:
    • Played for the laughs with the host family of the boarding house and the lodgers (Alaor, Roberval, and Terezinha), who are always bickering with each other. Everyone always competes for food, the family complains that the lodgers' rent is always late, Terezinha complains about the rent being too expensive, and the family calls out Roberval and Alaor every time they dare to compliment Nina or Dalila in any way. It gets worse when it's falsely revealed that Roberval has impregnated Dalila (though they quickly accept him as family once he marries her, but of course the bickering never stops). Ofélia always gets angry at the boarders and blames Osvaldo for making so little money that Divina has to take them in.
    • Played straight with Dalila. She hates sharing her room with Terezinha and (briefly) Serena, especially since Terezinha is always using her stuff, and it gets more serious when she discovers Dalila's secret and blackmails her to let her keep doing it. She hates living in such a poor and crowded place, and can't wait to marry Raul so she can leave.
  • Running Gag:
    • Every time Mirna brings a date home, Crispim throws the man in the pigsty.
    • Divina and Osvaldo keep trying to have a "second honeymoon", but because of their weight, the bed always ends up breaking.
  • Sand In My Eyes:
    • When Crispim cries after Kátia gives him the brush-off, he tells Bernardo and Filó that he has something in his eye. Filó plays along to make him comfortable.
    • Osvaldo uses the same excuse when he cries after Serena invites him and Divina to be her attendants at her and Rafael's wedding. note 
  • Sanity Slippage: Cristina gets madder and madder as the story progresses, and by the time her marriage with Rafael reaches rock bottom, any ounce of her sanity is completely gone. She trashes Luna's atelier several times, the last one by setting fire to it, putting Rafael in a locked-in state after a chandelier falls on him. When Rafael is under Cristina's "care", all she does is torture and abuse him, physically and emotionally. She also tries to kill Serena multiple times.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Ofélia says whatever she wants, whenever she wants. She's a Brutally Honest old lady who says whatever comes to mind, calls everyone names, and doesn't care what anyone thinks.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!:
    • Serena hates money, since it's the reason why the gold miners destroyed her people's village. She gets furious when Cristina offers her money to leave Rafael's house, and feels deeply offended when Rafael gives her a cheque after their breakup.
    • Roberval is deeply offended when Raul offers him money to marry Dalila and even punches him, despite his usually peaceful behavior. He does marry her, but out of love. Even after the marriage, Raul once again tries to bribe him, this time into letting Dalila stay with him in the flower shop after hours, but he promptly throws his wallet away and threatens to punch him again if he insists.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Vitório gathers Hélio, Roberval, Alaor, and Jorge, and they do a serenade for Olívia under her balcony. She's absolutely enchanted, but since Divina and Osvaldo insult her at the end, she gets mad and throws water on him. However, she later meets him at the square and they have a Big Damn Kiss.
  • Sexless Marriage: The trope is exaggerated in two cases of Marriage of Convenience.
    • Rafael and Cristina's marriage is sexless from the start, even though Cristina persistently tries to seduce him. It drives her nuts when he doesn't even sleep with her in their wedding night.
    • Dalila and Roberval only marry because he's posing as the one who impregnated her, but since Dalila is still in love with Raul (the biological father), she doesn't let him touch her and puts a curtain in the middle of their bed so they won't see each other change clothes. Every night, a sad Roberval gazes at her shadow on the curtain.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Olívia actively supports the romance between Rafael and Serena and does everything to keep them together, which makes Cristina see Olívia as an enemy. Adelaide also opently supports them, since she's one of the few characters who believes she's Luna reincarnation, and so are Felipe, Zulmira, and Eurico (even if they don't know about the reincarnation thing).
    • Serena is very supportive of Felipe and Mirella's relationship. She even confronts Raul when he tries to forbid them from seeing each other.
    • Mirella supports Olívia's relationship with Vitório. She keeps trying to avoid Carlito from seeing them together to preserve their romance. Serena openly supports them as well, and doesn't understand why everyone else complains about them being together.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Zig-zagged. When Dalila's family is tricked into believing Roberval was the one who impreganted her, they "force" him to marry her. What they didn't know is that Roberval had already offered to marry Dalila to cover up for her sleeping with Raul.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Luna's atelier becomes a shrine dedicated to her memory, where Rafael spends a significant part of his time grieving her.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: While Olívia is bragging about her sophistication and calling Vitório a rude man like she always does, he kisses her for her to stop talking.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Agnes and Débora have a very conflicting relationship. Débora considers herself Adelaide's Un-Favourite compared to Agnes, just like with their respective daughters Cristina and Luna. To make things worse, Débora and Cristina are the poor side of the family, who have to live on Agnes and Adelaide's "crumbs". Agnes also fights with Débora because she notices she is trying to make Cristina and Rafael marry each other now that Luna is dead – something Débora is constantly reminding her of, claiming she's jealous she still has Cristina.
  • Slapstick: The comedy scenes from the boarding house have many slapstick elements, with Roberval being the most common victim of the Amusing Injuries. The same happens in the farm scenes, with Crispim always throwing Mirna's suitors into the pigsty (something that happens to other characters as well a few times).
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Downplayed. While most of the victims of the shows's slapstick comedy are male, some women are targeted as well. For example, Olívia, Kátia, Mirna, and Cristina all end up being thrown in the pigsty.
  • Slut-Shaming: Kátia is a victim of slut-shaming, especially for being a single mother and using low-cut dresses. Everyone calls her a "minx" (sirigaita in Portuguese).
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Gumercindo, who is still a teenager, thinks he's able to seduce Kátia.
    • Even after she's left without a dime, Olívia still thinks of herself as a classy and sophisticated lady, and brags about her Blue Blood just as much as she did when she was still rich.
    • Carlito, who is just a little kid, considers himself "the man of the house", especially after Raul leaves his family. He thinks he has authority over his mother and his older sister, so he gets in the way of their relationships with Vitório and Felipe, respectively. He also constantly defies Vitório.
  • Smash the Symbol: Cristina thinks that destroying Luna's keepsakes, which symbolize Rafael's memory of her, will make him forget her.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Whenever Cristina and Olívia meet each other, they trade snarky yet sophisticated jabs at each other, usually smiling ironically.
  • Socialite:
    • A very elegant woman who is already from a rich family, Luna marries the wealthy Rafael and indulges in activities such as ballet and piano playing.
    • Deconstrcuted with Olívia, who is a socialite during her marriage with Raul. She is used to nothing but luxury, expensive dresses and fancy foods, is very proud of her elegant mannerisms, and loves her Idle Rich status. However, when her marriage is ruined, she is left without a dime and just can't get used to her new lifestyle, which leads to her making several poor decisions. She eventually has to work and become financially independent to sustain herself and her children. Her original status is lampshaded in the first episode:
      Olivia: Well, I love not doing anything! You can call me a little butterfly head and I won't mind it!
    • Defied by Serena. While Rafael doesn't want her to work (which includes doing house chores), she hates the idea of being idle all day, and she wants to get a job and be independent from him. He's very resistant to the idea, but warms up to it once he realizes he needs to respect her pride.
  • Softspoken Sadist: Cristina is mostly soft-spoken when she verbally and physically abuses Rafael while he's in a locked-in state (though it's interpolated with a few moments of outright anger).
  • Solitary Sorceress: Débora and Cristina occasionally buy potions and poisons from a witch-like old woman, who seems to live in a remote area. Downplayed, as she doesn't practice any sort of magic, but she was a witchy aesthetic.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Dalila is always angry and she's constantly rude to everyone, but deep down she's struggling from being pregnant from a married man who keeps stringing her around about marrying her and recognizing her child, and being forced into an unwanted marriage.
  • Spit Take: Inverted with Osvaldo. He swallows the nails he has in his mouth when Vitório tells him Dalila is pregnant.
  • Staircase Tumble: Guto throws Cristina down the staircase after stealing the jewels from her.
  • The Stool Pigeon:
    • Carlito hates to see Olívia dating Vitório, so he rats her out and tells Raul about their romance.
    • Xavier gives Ciro information on Guto and lends him the key to his place in exchange for money.
  • Straight Man: Mirella easily accepts that the life of her once rich family has changed now that her father has left them. She acts as the voice of reason towards her mother Olívia, who does not accept being poor and keeps acting like a rich lady despite no longer being one, which is mostly played for the laughs.
  • Street Urchin: Terê is a homeless boy Serena meets in São Paulo, who has to beg and steal to survive. He tries to steal Serena's bag, but after she protects him from two bullies, they befriend each other. She takes him with her to Roseiral, and she and Hélio start helping him out.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Kátia struggles to raise Rita. She initially keeps her hidden from society to avoid being shamed for being a single mother, which could cost her reputation and leave her unemployed. She ends up as a Gold Digger, trying to get money from men such as Mr. Rodriguez and Raul, and begrudgingly aids Cristina a few times in exchange for money, which she needs to buy medicine for her sick daughter.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Everyone in the boarding house is talking about Kátia, Elias' daughter, being back in town. Elias overhears his name and asks what are they talking about. Everyone tries to brush it off, but Divina lets it slide:
    Divina: Do you think we'd waste time talking about your daughter?
  • Take Back Your Gift: Serena is very offended when she receives a cheque from Raul, which was given by Rafael after their breakup. She comes to Rafael's house and tears it to pieces in front of him.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Guto shoots Rafael, Luna sacrifices her life to protect him by coming in front of the bullet. Rafael does the same to Serena in the finale, when Cristina tries to kill her.
  • The Talk: Following Vera's advice, Olívia decides to explain to Mirella where babies come from. She tries to use all sorts of euphemisms, which the innocent Mirella interprets literally. As Mirella keeps asking more questions, Olívia reacts very awkwardly and regrets beginning the conversation at all.
    Mirella: Come on, mom, a little seed? That's so boring! It even sounds like instead of love you're talking about agriculture!
  • Talking to the Dead: Rafael often has "conversations" with Luna in the atelier, usually with the painting. Cristina does too, but "fighting" with her instead.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Débora kills Guto by sending him a poisoned juice.
    • Débora later tries to pull the same trick on Rafael, also by poisoning his juice, but it backfires, as she accidentally drinks it herself and dies.
    • Cristina tries to kill Serena by poisoning her cup and proposing a toast. Defied by Agnes, who finds it suspicious and tells them to switch the cups, and after they do, Cristina angrily throws the cup on the ground to destroy the evidence.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Olívia always throws stuff when she gets angry, usually at the person who's causing her anger (which more often than not is Vitório).
  • Terms of Endangerment: Cristina often fakely and/or sarcastically refers to her enemies as "darling"/"honey", including Serena, Olívia, and Alexandra.
  • That Satisfying Crunch: Cristina thrashes Luna's atelier because she's frustrated that Rafael has no desire for her, blaming Luna for it.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Débora ends up drinking her own poison when she tries to kill Rafael.
    • Serena is almost tricked into drinking poison when Serena offers her a toast with a poisoned cup, but luckily Agnes interferes when she finds it suspicious. Even though Cristina has always been her enemy, Serena is absolutely shocked when Ciro and Agnes explain to her what was going on.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Rafael keeps Luna's personal belongings in her atelier in respect to her memory. The objects include her wedding ring, her ballet dresses, her piano, her dressing table, and a painting of her.
    • The white rose is also kept as a memento of Luna. Rafael orders Bernardo to destroy all of its seedlings in the plantation, and only keeps the specimen in his greenhouse, because he refuses to commercialize the rose variety he made for his late wife.
    • Subverted with Ofelia's (supposedly) deceased husband's suit. She claims to keep it as a memory of him, but later on it's revealed that he's still alive.
  • The Tragic Rose: The white rose, which was created by Rafael in homage to Luna, becomes a symbol of his grief after Luna dies. After Luna reincarnates as Serena, she often has visions of the white rose despite never having seen one in her current life yet, and she feels a special connection to it when she finally sees it in person. Foreshadowed in the first chapter, when Luna hurts herself with the rose's thorn, dropping blood on it, and says she feels a chill, as if it were a signal.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Cristina orders Ivan to cut Guto's hair after beating him up to humiliate him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Olívia was raised on fancy foods, though she has a special fondness for filet mignon and lobster. After she's left poor, she constantly mentions she's only used to eating such things.
    • Mirna loves pamonhas note . She's an expert at making them, and she uses them to try to captivate her suitors.
  • Tricked into Signing: Raul tricks Olívia into signing a proxy, which he uses to sell their house without her legitimate permission. He says the document is for a business transaction, and she believes in him because she thinks a good wife should always trust her husband.
  • True Companions: Olívia shares a geniune frienship with Rafael and Luna/Serena. Olívia was Luna's best friend, and when she meets Serena for the first time, both of them instantly like each other, showing that their friendship has continued. She does everything to preserve Serena and Rafael's relationship, defying Cristina's plans. Rafael helps her out when she needs him the most: Raul leaves her homeless and penniless, so Rafael rents a house he has in the village for a very low price (one that Raul agrees to pay for), and lends money for her to open a restaurant (he was willing to pay for her to give Serena etiquette lessons, but she declines and prefers to borrow money instead).
  • Tsundere: Ofélia is quite a grumpy old lady, but deep down she loves her family. Hélio is one of the few people who know how to get on her soft side.
  • Uptown Girl: Downplayed with Olívia and Vitório. While Olívia has fallen from her social status, she still brags about having Blue Blood and descending from the House of Medici, so she teases Vitório and denies that a fine lady like her would ever want something with a boor like him, who is just a cook. Played for the laughs, and a central element in their Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • The Un Favourite: Cristina feels disliked by her family compared to her cousin Luna, who receives all the praise for everything, and especially because their grandmother Adelaide gives the family jewels to Luna instead of Cristina, even though the latter is the older one. Débora feels that way towards Adelaide as well, as she believes she values Agnes and Luna over herself and Cristina.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Cristina has a thing with both of her Dragons, Guto and Ivan, to make them do her dirty work.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Adelaide giving the family jewels to Luna fuels Cristina's jealousy towards her. Because of this, Cristina hires Guto to rob them, resulting in Luna's death.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Dalila gives Raul the accountancy books of Rafael's company, without asking what for. He wants them to fraud the numbers to get Abílio fired. While she was unaware of his plan, she doesn't seem too moved when she finds out. Raul later uses Dalila again, to find out who's the owner of the boarding house, so he can buy it and evict everyone from it (including her), but she thinks he wants to buy it to give her and their soon to be born child stability.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: When Débora is about to accidentally pick the poisoned cup of juice, a flashback of the scene in which she separates that cup from the others is played, even though it had just happened a few minutes ago. Justified, as this is done to show why she chooses the wrong cup.
  • Viking Funeral: Serena's people have the tradition of laying the deceased in a boat, setting them out to drift at the river, and burning them.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Rafael discovers Cristina is behind Luna's death and orders her and Débora to leave his house, Débora accepts defeat and tells Cristina it's over. Cristina, however, is not cool about it and has a complete breakdown. Her already fragile sanity is lost completely, and she sets fire to Luna's atelier, Laughing Mad, furiously screaming Luna's name.
  • Visual Metaphor: Débora has "a taste of her own poison".
  • Voiceover Letter: A few years after Luna's death, Guto, now in prison for robbing a house, sends Cristina a letter explaining his current situation and demanding money from her. The contents are first presented being spoken by Guto, then the scene fades into Cristina reading the rest out loud.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Olívia is a wacky mother to the serious daughter Mirella. After Raul abandons his family, Mirella easily accepts that their life has changed, unlike Olívia, who is still stuck to her fancy old habits, so Mirella tries to talk some sense into her every time she demonstrates she wants to continue her Conspicuous Consumption. For instance, Olívia makes a scene when she can't fit all of her furniture into their new, smaller house, has a ridiculously expensive dinner at the club's restaurant and uses a pair of cockroaches not to pay the check, and wastes half of the money she borrowed from Rafael on clothes, so Mirella keeps calling her out. When Mirella says she enjoys the boarding house's food, Olívia says she's worried about her "plebeian tendencies".
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 71 permanently changes the status quo. Rafael and Serena break up for good when he catches her and Guto kissing (since he doesn't believe it was a Forceful Kiss). When he comes home, he starts drinking, so Cristina pours a love potion in his drink to make him sleep with her, thinking he's with Serena.
  • Wham Line: Cristina's engagement with Rafael is on the edge, but she keeps mentioning to Débora that she has a trump card. Just as Rafael is about to end their relationship, Cristina interrupts him and reveals what's the ace up her sleeve:
    Cristina: I'm pregnant, Rafael!
  • What Does She See in Him?: Most characters don't get what Rafael, a rich and sophisticated man, sees in Serena, a poor indigenous woman who struggles to adapt to the high society lifestyle. Cristina and Débora don't understand it at first either, so both underestimate Serena's ability to captivate Rafael, but they finally understand what's going on when they convince themselves that she's Luna reincarnation.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
    • Débora calls out on Cristina's madness and/or stupidity several times, such as when Cristina admits to her she was indirectly responsible for Luna's death, when she says she'd sell her soul to the devil for Rafael's love, when she trashes Luna's atelier, and when she mentions she still ambitions the family jewels to Adelaide.
    • Mirella calls Olívia out several times for her poor decisions, such as signing the documents Raul told her to without reading them, and spending half of the money she borrowed from Rafael on clothes.
  • When Elders Attack: Sometimes Ofélia hits people she gets angry at, usually with her walking stick.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Rita deeply misses her mother Kátia, and whenever they see each other, she asks when are they going to live together. Kátia says she can't live with her yet because of work, but the actual reason is that Kátia is a single mother, so she keeps her daughter hidden to preserve both Rita's honor and her own.
  • Wicked Witch: Downplayed. There's an old woman that sells products such as love potions and poisons. While she doesn't seem to have any sort of magical powers such as broomstick riding, she has a witchy aesthetic, lives in a creepy house, and threatens to cast spells on people who get in her way.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged with Guto. He hurts Terê while teaching to pickpocket: he puts a banknote on a mousetrap and orders Terê to try to get it, which hurts his fingers. However, when Cristina implies she wants Guto to do something bad to Rita, he says he won't because it's a serious crime, but when she clarifies that she just wants him to keep her away from home for a few hours, he does her bidding.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In his first attempt to get close to Serena, Guto orders Xavier to hit him, then lays beside the street to look like he suffered an accident for Serena to approach him to offer help. He uses his "gratitude" as an excuse to further approach and harass her, as ordered by Cristina.
  • Yandere: Cristina is a beautiful and seemingly affectionate woman who treats everyone around her with smiles and kind gestures, especially Serena and Rafael, hiding her hatred for the former and her insane obsession with the latter. Little do they know there's a manipulative, torturing, arsonist, murderous sociopath inside her, who will do absolutely anything to get Rafael.
  • You Make Me Sick: After Rafael discovers Cristina is responsible for Luna's death, and after she does several awful things to both him and Serena, he makes it very clear he feels nothing but disgust for her.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Mirna throws a "wedding party" for her female duck Doralice and for Arlindo's supposedly male duck Antão. However, she later discovers that Antão is also female, when both of them lay eggs.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Questioning God's existence, Agnes wonders to herself why would God take her daughter Luna away instead of the jealous Cristina.

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