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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's particularly notable for garnering the highest ratings for the 6 PM timeslot in more than a decade.

The plot begins in 1927 with the botanist Rafael (Eduardo Moscovis) falling in love with the ballerina Luna (Liliana Castro) at first sight. They get married and soon have a child. They don't know that Luna's cousin Cristina (Flávia Alessandra), who is also their housekeeper, is jealous of them. She has also been in love with Rafael since they met, and she also hates Luna for the fact that she inherited the family jewels. Cristina hires her former boyfriend Guto (Alexandre Barillari), to steal Luna's jewelry on a certain night after she leaves her debut show. However, the robbery ends in tragedy: Rafael tries to stop Guto from stealing the jewels and Guto shoots him. Luna throws herself in front of Rafael and ends up getting shot. While Rafael mourns Luna's death, in a distant village is born Serena (Priscila Fantin), the daughter of an Indian with a gold digger.

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Twenty years later, Serena grows up to be a beautiful and lovely woman, but with memories that clearly don't belong to her, much to the amazement of the other Indians, the village teacher and Serena herself. Meanwhile, Rafael refuses to forget Luna, and has become a bitter and cold man. Cristina works as a housekeeper at Rafael's house, hoping that one day he will fall in love with her. Later, Serena's mother dies, and when her village is invaded by prospectors, Serena decides to try her life elsewhere. She moves to the city of Roseiral, in São Paulo, where she gets a job as a maid at Rafael's house.

Serena and Rafael fall in love with each other, but Cristina and her ambitious mother Débora (Ana Lúcia Torre) will do everything to separate the couple.


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  • The '40s: Most of the story is set in the late 1940s, which reflects on the character's language, fashion, morals, and customs. 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 often annoyed at the teenage Gumercindo for always hitting on her, though she has fun with it. She exploits it later in the show: when she decides to follow Serena's advice and "burn the bridge" with Rodriguez, she tricks Gumercindo into thinking she's finally corresponding his feelings, sets a up scene where she pretends she's about to make out with him, and intentionally gets caught by Rodriguez.
    • 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.
    • Raul can't stand Terezinha, though he pretends to like her so she'll assist him on his schemes. When she makes him a Love Confession, he laughs at her face and calls her ridiculous, but as she threatens to rat him out, he says he meant that the situation is ridiculous, not her, and he somehow convinces her. She keeps flirting with him and he pretends to correspond, though he says he refrains from having anything with her so she won't lose her purity, which she also believes.
    • Zig-zagged with Generosa and Alaor. She constantly hits on him, but his reactions vary: sometimes he feels disgusted and says that "who likes old people is rheumatism", but sometimes he flirts back and compliments her legs and collarbones.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Débora has no concern for Cristina's well-being and only cares about forcing her to marry Rafael so she'll also have access to his wealth. Every rare moment Cristina uses her common sense and says it would be better to forget Rafael and find a man who would love her, even if not a rich one, Débora forces her to insist with Rafael. When Cristina starts sleeping with Ivan as an outlet for her frustration, since, unlike Rafael, Ivan makes her feel wanted, Débora slaps both in the face for putting their plans at risk.
    • Raul thinks of his children as "two demons". Early in the story, he slaps Mirella for correctly accusing him of cheating on Olíva, then leaves both kids without a dime along with Olívia after abandoning the family, despite Mirella asking him for help several times. Later on, he takes Carlito from Olívia, but treats him awfully and essentially makes him a slave.
  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag in the boarding house is someone mistakenly referring to Generosa as "Genoveva". Whenever that happens, everyone else corrects it by yelling "Generosa!".
  • Action Girl: Downplayed with Serena. She doesn't have many action scenes, but she successfully defends herself from the man that tries to rape her, and she easily beats Cristina whenever they engage in fights.
  • Aesop Amnesia: When Generosa's secret is revealed, Elias and Dalila both make huge speeches at the boarding house about how awful it is that women like both of them, as well as Kátia and Olívia, are shamed by society. While they're applauded by everyone, the next day everybody is back to insulting the same women for the same reasons.
  • 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 and Bernardo end up calling her that as well.
    • Roberval calls Dalila "my hare", because she was always "hopping 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.
  • 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 (in real life, actor Eduardo Moscovis is 15 years older than actress Priscila Fantin). 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.
    • Even though Agnes and Ciro's feelings for each other are mutual, she's reluctant about starting a relationship with him because he's much younger.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While Alexandra's mental illness seems to be schizophrenia, no name for her disorder is given.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: Dalila confronts Raul several times about whether their relationship is serious or not, but Raul always manages to fool her.
  • 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.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Cristina tricks Rafael into thinking he slept with her and pretends to be pregnant to force him to marry her.
  • Angry Chef: Vitório is a very hot-headed cook.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Cristina is compared to several animals. Olívia refers to her as a viper, Zulmira says she and Débora are like spiders, catching everyone in their cobweb, and Serena says she's like a jaguar, always waiting for the perfect moment to attack.
    • Olívia is often referred to as a "little butterfly head", and Vitório always calls her a "wasp".
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Dalila is not an evil person, but because of her excessive ambition, she's easily fooled by Raul, who pretends he wants to marry her only to have sex with her and make her an Unwitting Pawn. Cristina and Débora later start using her as well, also exploiting her desire for money.
    • Kátia also finds herself as Cristina and Raul's pawn on occasion, such as when she's bribed into ruining Felipe and Mirella's relationship, which she grudgingly does because she needs to buy medicine for Rita.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Breeding roses can produce yellow, orange, pink, red, and white flowers, but not purple/blue ones, because roses lack the genes to naturally produce such pigmentation. In real life, blue roses (which are actually mauve-colored, just like in the show) were first created in 2004 through genetic engineering of white roses, but somehow Rafael manages to create that kind of rose in the 1940s through traditional rose breeding.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Judith initially serves no purpose other than being Eduardo's secretary, but she plays a more significant role later in the story when Rafael is bedridden.
    • In the beginning, Roberval is just one of the lodgers of the boarding house, along with Terezinha and Alaor. The latter two have pretty secondary roles for the entire story, but Roberval starts getting more relevant after his relationship with Dalila begins, and he eventually gets involved in the main plot.
  • 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.
    • Alaor tries to grab Olívia when they're alone at the restaurant, claming she must be horny for him since she's a separated woman. Thankfully, Vitório arrives in time to stop him.
    • Cristina drugs Rafael with a love potion which makes him see her as Serena and tries to have sex with him. The next day, Rafael wakes up next to Cristina, so he thinks he slept with her, but nothing actually happened.
  • The Atoner:
    • After Nair calls her out, Vera feels awful for kissing Eduardo in Alexandra's sight many times, making her mental health worse than it already is, so she decides to make a trip, and lets Alexandra remain in her apartment while she's away.
    • After being forgiven by Serena, Guto becomes a good guy, turns himself in, and decides to reveal the truth about Luna's death... only to be poisoned by Débora. However, even after his death, he's still determined to make up for the bad things he did in his life, doing everything he can to protect Serena and Alexandra, to return the jewels to their rightful owner, and to make Cristina change her ways.
    • Dalila spends the later moments of her character arc trying to make up for all the trouble she caused to Rafael, Abílio, and Olívia.
  • 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 in a Nice Suit: Ivan's main attire is a suit and tie, as he's Rafael's driver, and he's one of the physically strongest characters in the show.
  • The Barber: Roberval works as a barber's assistant. He easily gets distracted and often messes up his customers' hair.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Deconstructed. The beginning of the story presents 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
  • Believing Their Own Lies: As Rafael points out, Cristina is a good liar because she believes her own lies.
  • 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 of the boarding house'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.
  • Best Friend: Rafael and Eduardo are best friends. Rafael confides his secrets, doubts and insecurities to Eduardo, and feels insulted when he discovers Eduardo secretly has a wife and had never told him.
  • Betty and Veronica: This dynamic is present in several love triangles of the story, with the Betties being almost unanimously luckier than the Veronicas.
    • Serena and Luna (Betty) are delicate, innocent, and sweet women, each in their own way, contrasting with Femme Fatale Cristina (Veronica) in their love triangle with Rafael (Archie).
    • Jorge (Archie) is engaged with the sweet and naïve Genki Girl Mirna (Betty), but he's also interested in the seductive and somewhat mischievous Kátia (Veronica).
    • Invoked by Cristina and Raul when they hire Kátia (once again figuring as Veronica) to destroy the relationship between Felipe (Archie) and Mirella (Betty). Even though Mirella is the love of Felipe's life, he can't resist a beautiful woman like Kátia hitting on him, potentially offering him things that Mirella's innocent love can't satisfy, though he regrets falling for her when it ruins his relationship with Mirella.
    • Kátia (Archie) initially has no eyes for the rustic boor Crispim (Betty) despite all of his efforts, with Jorge (Veronica) appearing to be a much more interesting option, especially since they're not that different.
    • Dalila (Archie) is initially in love with the rich and seductive Raul (Veronica), and while she initially hates Roberval (Betty), a poor and simple man with nothing to offer but his love, she eventually starts feeling conflicted and gradually starts to value Roberval over Raul.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Rafael is usually a calm and polite man, but if you get on his nerves he will not mince words when calling you out. He might be a bit slow when it comes to finding out when people are screwing up his life (such as Cristina and Raul), but when he does, he'll do everything in his power to ruin their lives back.
    • Roberval is 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, and promptly punches Guto when he tries to intimidate Hélio. He also joins Osvaldo, Vitório and Olívia in beating up Raul when they find out he was the one who impregnated Dalila.
  • Beyond Redemption: Adelaide tries to change Débora and Cristina's ways several times and often assumes good faith on them, but she gives up and disowns both when she discovers Cristina is behind Luna's death and Débora is okay with it.
  • 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 Brother Instinct: Ivan is like a son to Zulmira, and she always defends him from accusations and tries to advise him to stay away from Cristina and Débora.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Sabina faces discrimination from Hélio's family, who refuse to accept that he's dating a black woman.
  • Blackmail:
    • Guto keeps demanding money from Cristina, threatening to open his mouth about her being involved with Luna's death. He also threatens to make several accusations against Xavier, both real and fake, if he doesn't help him escape from prison.
    • 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.
  • Blind Obedience: Ivan does anything Cristina orders him to do because he's in love with her. Similarly, Terezinha does anything for Raul.
  • 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.
  • Bookends:
    • 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.
  • Bookworm: Elias has an extensive library at home and spends most of his time reading. He's particularly interested in books about spirituality, so Rafael and Adelaide often consult him when they have questions about reincarnation. He also has plenty of books with children's tales, which he loves to read to Rita, Terê, Paulina, and Irene.
  • Bouquet Toss:
    • When Cristina throws the bouquet at 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.
    • Sabina also throws a bouquet at her wedding, and it's caught by Generosa.
  • 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.
  • Brownface: Serena is an indigenous character, but she's played by a white actress. This is justified in-universe by Serena having a white father, and her white skin and green eyes are lampshaded a few times.
  • Burn Baby Burn: In a burst of rage and madness, Cristina sets fire to Luna's atelier.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After more than 100 episodes, José Aristides returns to the story. After his indigenous village is destroyed, he travels to Roseiral in search of Serena, the only one from their people he has left.
    • Vera travels away from Roseiral, regretting her romance with Eduardo because of how terrible it was for Alexandra, but she later returns after being diagnosed with a deadly illness and stays at Agnes and Adelaide's home.
    • Xavier runs away from Roseiral for several episodes, but later returns, demanding the jewels from Ivan (who doesn't have them) because he still wants his part.
  • 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 Luna's death), 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: "Not to brag, but 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!"
    • Terezinha: "I was Miss in my town!"
  • Characterization Marches On
    • In the beginning of the story, Hélio comments about Kátia's large breasts to her face, and when Divina says there's a "savage" at home, he says he's gonna kick her out (until he sees Serena's face). Both actions sound very out-of-character for Hélio once his respectful and peaceful personality is established.
    • At first, Iolanda shoos away a customer from the ice cream shop who's gossiping with Generosa, but later on she's portrayed as enjoying the gossip just as much as her boss.
    • Abilio laughs at Serena at the party where she is humiliated by Agnes and Rafael, which doesn't match the kind-hearted personality he shows throughout the rest of the telenovela.
  • 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.
    • Doralice (the woman, not the duck) always shakes her huge gold bracelets to show off how rich she is. Alaor seems to have caught the tic from her, even though he ditched her and married Marielza instead.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Roberval was abandoned as a baby at the church's doorstep with nothing but a Saint Clare necklace with a ruby. He kept the necklace as the only keepsake of his long-lost mother. The jewel only becomes relevant late in the story when Romeu comes to town in search of his long-lost grandson, with the necklace being the main clue to identify him.
  • Childhood Friends: Felipe and Hélio have been friends since they were kids.
  • 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.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Zig-zagged with Jorge. He is quite a pervert, which made him get fired from several restaurants in Rio because he was always clumsy as a waiter whenever an attractive woman was around, especially since he couldn't stop staring at their breasts. He's pretty chilvarous to the women he flirts with, and treats Mirna pretty gallantly, but while Mirna wants to marry him, he just wants to have fun, and despite promising to marry her (pressured by Crispim), he flirts with many other women, such as Kátia. However, after their engagement is ruined and Jorge suspects Mirna is dating another man, he gets so furious he drops the chivalry act, calls her a slut, and tries to kiss her by force.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Raul betrays or tries to betray pretty much everyone who trusts him at some point, including Olívia, Rafael, Dalila, and Cristina.
  • 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.
  • City Mouse: After being kicked out of home, Kátia has no option but to move in with Crispim, Mirna and Bernardo at the farm. She clumsily and begrudgingly engages in activities such as milking, feeding pigs and chicken, cooking bread and pamonhas, and extracting honey. She also struggles with the mosquitoes and having to bathe using a mug and a bowl, since there's no shower there.
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Nair is Alexandra's nurse, and keeping an eye on Alexandra and trying to calm her down in her moments of crisis is part of her job.
  • Co-Dragons: Cristina and Débora have two Dragons, Guto and Ivan, both of which are in love with Cristina. After Guto's redemption and death, Ivan becomes the sole Dragon, but Xavier, originally Guto's sidekick, ascends to Cristina's Co-Dragon with Ivan in the finale.
  • 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 he 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.
    • Kátia gets covered in mud when she falls in the pigsty after trying to feed the pigs for the first time.
    • At Mirna and Jorge's engagement party, this is taken Up to Eleven. Jorge is caught kissing Kátia, pissing off 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 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. On one occasion, she throws a tantrum and trashes the whole place. On another, she stabs her painting. On yet another, she cuts all of her ballet dresses. Finally, in one of her insanest moments, she sets fire to the whole place.
  • 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.
  • Cucumber Facial: Kátia uses a cucumber cream for her skin. Mirna finds it strange and thinks she's sick because she's "green".
  • 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!
  • The Cynic: Luna's death makes Agnes believe the world is made of nothing but suffering.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Downplayed with Kátia and Rita. While Kátia has never truly abandoned her daughter, she used to leave her with a couple, and when they return her, she leaves the girl with Elias and rarely comes to visit her. The reason for this is that Kátia is a single mother, and in the 40s, that was absolutely devastanting for a woman's reputation. Rita deeply misses her mother, and doesn't understand why she's so neglectful, but Kátia always tells her one day she'll understand.
  • Dads Can't Cook: Not only does Raul not cook for Carlito, but he also makes Carlito cook for him.
  • Darkest Hour: Just as Rafael learns the truth about Luna's death, Cristina sets fire to the atelier and Rafael gets critically injured while trying to save it, entering a state of stupor and running the risk of losing his eyesight. Cristina has him in her hands and tortures and humiliates him while he's in her "care". She now has control of all of his assets, including the rose plantation, which she and Raul have been planning on selling. Around the same time, the judge rules that Olívia is not suited to run the restaurant, and Raul takes over of it, leaving Olívia with no money once again, and Rafael is no longer in conditions to help her.
  • Dark Secret: Generosa used to be stripper and a brothel madam, and her nickname was "Grape Leaf Generosa" because she danced on top of a table wearing nothing but a grape leaf. As soon as Romeu arrives in town, Generosa avoids him at all costs, making all of her neighbors speculate about what's going on with her, until Romeu finally catches her at the boarding house, exposes her secret, and accuses her of running away with his money.
  • Dartboard of Hate: One of the times Cristina attacks Luna's atelier, she furiously stabs Luna's painting while yelling at her image.
  • Date Rape Averted: Ivan tries to forcefully grab 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.
  • Dead Guy Junior:
    • Felipe is named after Luna's deceased father.
    • Dalila and Roberval's daughter Clara is named after the latter's long-lost mother.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Once he drops his "good husband" mask and leaves Olívia, Raul becomes very prone to sarcastic remarks against her and her lawyer Abílio.
    • Generosa sarcastically "agrees" every time Dalila's family mentions she's a "saint".
    • Débora is always sarcastic when abusing Zulmira and Eurico.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the first chapter, Cristina says she would give her soul to the devil to have Rafael's love. Many episodes later, when everything is going wrong for her again, she confirms her deal.
  • December–December Romance:
    • Adelaide and Elias were in love with each other when they were young, but both ended up marrying someone else. Fifty years later, both are now widowed, and they rediscover their feelings for each other, even though they claim that now it's a "different" kind of relationship.
    • In the penultimate episode, during Sabina and Hélio's wedding, Generosa reencounters Argemiro, a man that has admired her since the days she used to dance with the grape leaf. He's been searching for her for years, so he asks if she wants to come with him, and after catching Sabina's bouquet, she says yes.
  • 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.
    • Agnes starts out as a bitter woman who treats everyone with cold and harsh words and is closed to any sort of emotion, thanks all of the bad things that have happened in her life. However, she slowly warms up when she finally believes Serena has Luna's soul, and her relationship with Ciro gradually grows.
  • 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.
    • Almost everyone at the boarding house is shocked at Roberval doing things like changing his daughter's diapers or feeding her, because they think it's a job for women.
    • 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. Once Clarice snaps at Ofélia for her racist comments towards Sabina, Ofélia becomes openly racist to her as well.
    • When Sabina visits Madalena's atelier to order a wedding dress, Madalena says she doubts she has enough money to pay for any of her expensive dresses. Sabina calls her out on her prejudice and leaves, but when Madalena finds out she's rich and has noble origins, she tries to convince Sabina to return, but she refuses to buy anything from a racist.
    • Serena and José Aristides, who are indigenous, are called "savages" by many people. Ofélia is even scared of them possibly being cannibals. The people from the boarding house are very resistant about accepting Serena there, and even after they do, they later treat José Aristides the same way. Cristina and Débora often call Serena a "savage" as well, to taunt her and to try to convince Rafael he shouldn't be with her.
    • 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.
  • Demonic Possession: Sometimes Alexandra is possessed by the spirits that talk to her.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: Cristina denies Rafael food (as well as water and medicine) to "show him he needs her".
  • 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.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Divina sings the opening theme with the lyrics all wrong while washing the dishes.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Generosa used to be a stripper when she was younger, and still has lustful traits as an old woman. She hits on the much younger Alaor, often shows off her legs, and threatens to strip naked sometimes.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Cristina reacts stoicly to Adelaide asking her if she's involved with Luna's death. This makes Adelaide confirm her suspicions, since, if she were innocent, she'd be horrified by the accusation.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Carlito starts hating eggs, though it's justified because he gets sick of them after eating nothing but that during his stay with Raul.
  • 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.
  • Downer Beginning: Luna is killed in the first episode.
  • 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. She also has Ivan, who gradually assumes Guto's role.
  • Dramatic Drop:
    • Elias drops his fork when he finds 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.
    • Gumercindo drops the tray he's holding when Mirella unexpectedly tells Felipe she's dating him.
    • Jorge drops the grocery bags after Mirna talks about the wedding cake.
    • Serena drops a mug of tea out of joy when Rafael says her name, the first thing he says since the accident that put him in a locked-in state.
  • The Dreaded: The witch is feared by everyone in the vicinity of the place where she lives. They're even terrified of anyone they suspect has any involvement 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.
  • The Driver:
    • Most of Pedro Charreteiro and Arlindo's appearances involve them taking people around in their chariot.
    • Subverted with Ciro, who's hired to be Agnes and Adelaide's driver, but it's actually a cover: he's a Private Detective hired by Rafael to investigate Luna's death.
    • Zig-zagged with Ivan, Rafael's driver, who gets involved with Cristina and Débora. While one of his main functions is to take the two villains around, he gets directly involved with their actions and eventually becomes The Dragon.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Cristina kisses Rafael during his locked-in state several times. She gets furious at him for not returning the kisses.
  • 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.

     Tropes E - O 
  • Easily Forgiven: Alaor is easily forgiven by Olívia twice, first for trying to grab her, and later for humiliating her and Vitório when he thought he got rich. He's also quickly forgiven by the boarding house's host family for trying to take Roberval's place as Romeu's grandson. Mirna also seems to be cool with him in the epilogue, even though he cheated on her during their engagement party and ran away with her "godmother".
  • 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 Cristina caused herself) for giving Luna 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. For example, she senses that Agnes is a sad person, that Cristina is a racist liar who's bothered about Sabina being in her house, and that Generosa has a secret.
    • 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.
    • Cristina has no qualms about ruining people's lines to push her plans forwards, but despite being accidentally responsible for Luna's death, she draws the line at killing people. Initially, at least.
  • Every Episode Ending: At the end of every episode, the scene freezes and appears to be an illustration of a book, which then closes.
  • 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.
    • Jorge is initially loyal to Olívia and Vitório, but once Raul promises to raise his wage and promote him to manager if he steals the restaurant from Olívia, he starts giving Raul information.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Eduardo doesn't believe that Serena is Luna's reincarnation and thinks her relationship with Rafael is ridiculous. However, he is clearly shocked to see Agnes and Rafael humiliating Serena at the party where she appears dressed as Luna, and he berates Rafael for it.
    • Katia, who is morally ambiguous at the beginning of the telenovela, is one of the few people who doesn't laugh at Serena when she is humiliated by Agnes and Rafael for appearing dressed as Luna.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After breaking up with Serena for believing she is cheating on him, Rafael asks Raul so he can give Serena some money to help her financially. Although Rafael explains that he is doing this out of pure compassion, Raul, who is a despicable human being, gets the situation completely wrong and believes that Rafael will continue to have Serena as his lover even after he marries Cristina. Rafael is so furious at the insinuation that he even threatens to beat Raul, who quickly apologizes.
  • 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 petty complaints and demanding unreasonable levels of perfection, for no reason other than personal cruelty.
  • Evil Old Folks:
    • 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.
    • The creepy witch Débora buys potions and poisons from is very old.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: Agnes stops believing in God after Luna's death.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Vitório happens to enter the club the exact moment Kátia mentions Dalila is pregnant.
  • 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.
  • The Fagin: Guto teaches Terê how to pickpocket. He plans on using him in the future to steal the jewels from Cristina.
  • Fainting:
  • Faint in Shock:
    • A pregnant Dalila faints when she hears that Raul kissed Kátia in public.
    • 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.
    • After constantly trying to avoid him, Generosa faints when Romeu finally finds her.
    • Crispim faints after seeing Kátia naked.
  • Fake Guest Star: André Gonçalves keeps being credited as a special guest, even though José Aristides becomes a regular character as soon as he comes to Roseiral.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Cristina fakes her own pregnancy to pressure Rafael to marry her. To convince him, she bribes Dalila (who is actually pregnant) 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.
    • Rafael has seen Raul as his friend for years, but Raul has always hated him for marrying Luna and for being rich. He exploits his "friendship" to be hired after tricking Rafael into firing Abílio to steal money from his company, and he's in cahoots with Cristina.
    • Generosa pretends to be a friend of the boarding house's host family, but helps her niece Eliete in her attempt to ruin Divina and Osvaldo's marriage, and helps Alaor to pretend he's Romeu's grandson instead of Roberval, since she plans on marrying him after he gets rich.
    • 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. Xavier only pretends to be Guto's friend because he's interested in the jewels, and as soon as Guto is back in prison after stealing them from Cristina, he tries to find them himself and thinks "screw Guto".
    • Madalena poses as Olívia's friend, but she starts dating Raul, talks about her behind her back with him, and even gives him a fake receipt so he can lie to the judge that Olívia wasted her money on dresses instead of paying her creditors.
  • 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).
  • Fancy Dinner: Fancy dinners happen frequently, in places such as Rafael's house, the club's restaurant, and Olívia's restaurant.
  • Fashion Designer: Madalena runs an atelier where she makes and sells very expensive dresses.
  • 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.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Baltazar pretends to be a fantastic cook, fooling his entire family, including Dr. Ermelino, who recommends him to Raul to work at the restaurant. However, the truth is that he can't cook, but he successfully convinces everyone that his horrible dishes are exquisite foreign cuisine.
  • Female Misogynist: The female characters themselves, notably Divina, think that if anything wrong happens in a relationship, it's always the woman's fault. Kátia, Dalila, Olívia, and Generosa are shamed by several other women, including each other.
  • 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.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: The first sign that Rafael is recovering and still has his consciousness is when he moves a finger.
  • Fish out of Water: Serena feels out of place when she first arrives in Roseiral because she's completely unadapted to the urban lifestyle.
  • Flashback Effects: The flashback transitions use white roses and the scenes appear in sepia tones.
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
    • Hélio is a calm and level-headed guy, contrasting with the hasty and stubborn Vitório.
    • Zulmira knows that Ivan is digging his own grave by getting involved with Cristina and Débora and tries to advise him several times, only to be met with hostility, since Ivan is adamant about doing anything for Cristina.
  • 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.
    • Raul gives Olívia a forceful kiss while pretending he wants to rebuild the family.
    • Crispim gives Kátia a forceful kiss when she admits to him she's not "angel" at all.
    • When Débora and Cristina discover Eduardo is going to reveal to Rafael that Cristina's pregnancy was fake all along, they set a trap for him: Débora asks him to see Cristina as soon as he arrives at their house, and Cristina forcefully kisses him and screams for help. Rafael thinks Eduardo has been harassing Cristina all along, and no longer believes him when he finally reveals the truth about her pregnancy.
    • Cristina kisses Rafael several times during his locked-in state.
  • 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 (and then married) to Rafael.
  • Fortune Teller: Clarice uses tarot cards to see people's futures.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Each sibling from the boarding house's family represents one of the temperaments: Nina (Sanguine), Vitório (Choleric), Dalila (Melancholic) and Hélio (Phlegmatic).
  • Frame-Up: With Dalila's help, Raul frames Abílio for frauding the accountability books at Rafael's flower shop to get him fired, so he can be hired in his place.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: Baltazar uses Gratuitous French names for his horrible dishes to convince everyone that they're fancy.
  • 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.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Rafael tries slapping Cristina back into her senses when she trashes Luna's atelier. It doesn't work.
  • 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.
  • Go and Sin No More: Serena has the opportunity to kill Guto, but decides to forgive him instead, making him question his ways.
  • 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.
  • Half-Witted Hillbilly: Crispim is a stereotypical unrefined rural man who forbids his sister from dating and often throws her dates into the pigsty of his smallholding. Despite his aggressive side, he also fits the stereotype of the kind-hearted, naïve bumpkin.
  • Happily Adopted: Terê is eventually adopted by Rafael and Serena and has a great relationship with his family.
  • Happily Married: Divina and Osvaldo are a genuinely happy and affectionate couple. Clarice and Abílio also have a great relationship.
  • Hates Baths: Terê hates taking showers, and only does so because Serena keeps telling him he needs to shower daily.
  • Hates Being Touched: Alexandra feels vulnerable and hates being touched by anyone except for the few people she trusts.
  • Hearing Voices: Alexandra, who has schizophrenia, hears a voice talking to her. The voice often turns out to be right.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: One of the instrumental tracks used for tense moments samples a heartbeat sound.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Subverted with Guto. When he's about to redeem himself by exposing Cristina's involvement with Luna's death, he has a heart attack and dies, courtesy of Débora poisoning his juice. However, even after death, he still manages to put his face turn into action. Despite starting out as a vengeful ghost who torments Cristina, he eventually dedicates himself to protecting Serena and Alexandra, and successfully makes the family jewels he had robbed in life return to their rightful owner. He also tries to make Cristina change her ways.
  • 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 and his family's 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 mistakenly picks up the poisoned cup for herself, resulting in her own death.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Julian uses a watch to hypnotize Serena, allowing her to access Past-Life Memories.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: The witch tries to advise that Débora should reconsider trying to poison people, but she doesn't listen. Hypocritical, since she sells the poison anyway, but right nonetheless.
  • Hysterical Woman: As the story progresses, Cristina becomes an impulsive nervous wreck of a woman, who's often yelling, crying, breaking stuff, Laughing Mad, terrified of shadows, or just having completely illogical thoughts.
  • Genki Girl: Mirna is a talkative and energetic young woman who's always cheerful in her attempts to find a husband. The only thing that puts her down is Crispim constantly getting in her way.
  • Gift Shake: Ofélia shakes the tiny Christmas present Roberval gave to the whole family, and it doesn't even make a sound.
  • 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.
    • Madalena only dates Raul because he gives her jewels.
    • In the epilogue, Alaor is shown to have married a farm owner, and it's implied the only reason he married her is because she's rich.
  • Gold Tooth: The wealthy Romeu has a gold tooth. When he asks Divina to be a lodger at the boarding house, Ofélia says she should take his tooth as a warranty.
  • 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, Gumercindo, Madalena, Terezinha, Iolanda, 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. She tries to control herself when she discovers Dalila is going out with Raul, but ends up telling Terezinha.
  • Gratuitous French: Baltazar spams French words while describing his absurd dishes to trick everyone into thinking they're elegant.
  • Grew a Spine: Mirna is always upset by Crispim when he throws her dates in the pigsty, which only stops when she starts to date Jorge, but he cheats on her with Kátia on their engagement day. Alaor visits Mirna the next day, and Crispim threatens to throw him in the pigsty, but Mirna finally talks back at him and angrily says that if he does that she'll throw him too, and declares she'll no longer let him ruin her life.
  • 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.
  • Haute Cuisine Is Weird: Invoked by Baltazar. Since he can't actually cook, he makes up absurd dishes, including overcooked chicken and filet mignon with burned sugar syrup, and says that it's how people eat those foods in places like France and Russia. The customers all fall for it and think it's "chic".
  • He Knows Too Much: Guto is killed by Débora to prevent him from snitching on Cristina.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: After years without flowers since Luna's death, Rafael's white rose plant finally starts blooming again when Serena is coming to Roseiral.
  • 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: Raul is fired by Rafael when he finds out all of his tricks. Now unemployed, he tries to reach out to Madalena, proposing to be her manager and suggesting he could sleep at her place, but she reveals she only went out with him because he gave her jewels, and all this time she's really been with Tadeu, who kicks him out of her atelier. Raul then tries to reach out to Dalila, only to receive a slap in the face. As soon as he arrives home, Dr. Ermelino appears to charge him for his attorney fees. The only person he has on his side is Terezinha, who keeps trying to kiss him all the time, and he has no option but to pretend to like her, even though he views her as an Abhorrent Admirer. He later tries to use Mirella to convince Felipe to convince Rafael to drop his charges, but Mirella and Olívia soon catch him with Terezinha, making him lose Mirella's trust as well. And just as he tries to run away from the city to avoid going to prison, the police catches him on his way and arrests him. On top of it all, Terezinha keeps visiting him in prison and promises never to leave him.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: The judge is horrified when he finds out he ate food made in a bowl Olívia used to dip her feet in after the restaurant's pots and pans were confiscated.
  • I Broke a Nail: Kátia gets upset when she breaks her nail during her fight with Mirna.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes:
    • White roses are used to transition to and from flashbacks.
    • A few episodes use red roses to transition between the scenes, but it's quickly dropped.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Invoked by Débora. Cristina has a few brief moments of sanity where she decides that maybe she should search for a man that's not as rich as Rafael, but will love her, and that she could leave Roseiral and start a new life, perhaps as a teacher. However, Débora categorically snaps her out of those ideas, pressuring her to insist on her attempts to marry Rafael. On one occasion, she even says she's counting on her marriage with Rafael herself. As a result, Cristina quickly goes back to her standard mindset.
  • 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 Have You Now, My Pretty: Cristina has Rafael in a locked-in state and constantly brags that she now has him in the palm of her hand. She kisses and cuddles with him, while leaving him with no food, water or medicine, often slapping him in the face and burning him with hot soup.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The main source of motivation for Cristina's evil actions is her unrequited love for Rafael.
  • Ill Girl:
    • Rita gets very sick for a while, forcing Kátia to do Cristina and Raul's bidding and ruin Felipe and Mirella's relationship in exchange for money, since she's unemployed and has no money to buy medicine for her.
    • Vera returns to Roseiral with an illness, convinced that her days are counted.
  • 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.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Cristina says that mistreating Rafael, which includes leaving him starving, thirsty, exposed to cold, depriving him of medicine (claiming that "her love is medicine enough"), threatening and humiliating him in every way possible, and kissing Ivan in front of him, will make him realize that she's important for him and that they need each other. She seems to geniunely believe it, making Débora worry even more about her sanity.
  • Insult of Endearment: As part of their Belligerent Sexual Tension, Olívia calls Vitório a "boor" and a "cook", while he calls her a "wasp".
  • Ironic Name: Cristina, whose name means "Christian", is a villain who makes a Deal with the Devil.
  • I See Dead People: After Guto dies, he appears before Cristina and Alexandra as a ghost, but nobody else can see him. Sabina can only see him as a shadow.
  • 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 to act the same way towards Rafael.
    • Despite being in love with Serena, José Aristides learns to respect her love for Rafael and helps to heal him after he gets harmed in the atelier fire.
    • Julian is in love with Alexandra, but doesn't exploit his treatment to try to seduce her, and he does everything he can to reconcile her with Eduardo because he knows that's the best for her.
  • I Warned You: Mirella and Vitório constantly warn Olívia that keeping all of her money in a box at home is a bad idea, and she should keep it in the bank instead, but Olívia doesn't listen, and her money ends up being stolen by Raul.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Generosa claims that she used to be very pretty when she was young.
  • Jerkass:
    • Cristina and Débora are greedy assholes who have no qualms about ruining people's lives to make Rafael marry Cristina. They often brag to Agnes that, unlike Luna, Cristina is still alive and she's going to take her place. Débora is also extremely abusive to Zulmira and Eurico.
    • Raul is a complete asshole who has no empathy for anyone, only cares about himself, and often ruins people's lives.
      • Back when Luna was still single, Raul fell in love with her, but she had no interest in him because he was already married. Later on, when Luna was already married and pregnant, Raul forcefully tried to kiss her, and as she slapped him in the face, he swore revenge against her family, and accused the baby of staying between them. After two decades, he still holds a grudge on Rafael and Felipe for it, and that's the sole reason he tries to ruin his daughter Mirella's relationship with Felipe.
      • Raul is a horrible person towards his family. He constantly cheats on Olívia, gaslights her into feeling guilty for suspecting the obvious, tricks her into signing a proxy to sell their house, and slaps Mirella in the face when she accuses him of cheating. Raul then coldly abandons the family, leaves them with no money, and sells their house, leaving Olívia and the children homeless. He keeps threatening to take the kids because of Mirella dating Felipe (because of the aforementioned grudge), and for Olívia's romance with Vitório, which is hypocritical considering he's always after women himself, and he was the one who cheated on her in the first place. He only does so to attack Olívia, because he thinks of both of his children as "two devils". He later steals Olívia's savings and takes her restauraunt, leaving her penniless once again. And when he finally obtains the guard of Carlito, he pretty much makes him a slave.
      • He uses Dalila as an Unwitting Pawn to get access to the accountancy books of Rafael's company and fraud the numbers, tricking Rafael into firing his loyal manager Abílio. With Cristina's help, he gets hired in Abílio's place, only to embezzle money from the company.
      • After getting Dalila pregnant, he promises to marry her and recognize the parenthood of the child, but keeps stringing her around under the excuse that he has to wait for his separation process with Olívia to end. He has no intention of doing either, but keeps her hopes up to avoid a scandal. Following Cristina's suggestion, he tries to convince her of marrying some guy just for the moment: first he offers her to Ivan, haggling the price with him, making her feel bargained like a piece of meat. She ends up marrying Roberval, but as requested by Raul, she doesn't even let him touch her. He tries to fire her from the flower shop, but doesn't because she threatens to start a scandal. Every time Dalila tells him something about the baby, he simply doesn't care, and eventually tells her the child is her problem now that she's married to the "fool". Later on, he uses her as an pawn again to find out who is the owner of the boarding house, under the excuse that he wants to buy it to give her and her family more stability, since the house is currently rented by Divina. The actual reason he buys the house is to kick everyone out, including her, in a favor exchange with Cristina.
    • Terezinha is a pretentious jerk who thinks of herself as a princess and is rude to everyone around her. She constantly blackmails Dalila, threatening to reveal her secrets to everyone, and later starts helping Raul to ruin Olívia's life. She proudly helps him to steal all of her money in exchange for a dress. When she finds out Romeu is looking for his long-lost grandchild who was abandoned with a Saint Claire necklace, she steals it from Roberval to try to get his inheritance in his place (though it doesn't work).
    • Ivan is a violent asshole who treats women like objects, tries to grab Mirna, and gladly does all of Cristina's dirty work.
    • Alaor seems to be a nice guy for the most part, but he tries to grab Olívia simply because he thinks that, as a separated woman, she's horny for anyone. With Generosa's help, he tries to pose as Romeu's grandson in Roberval's place. Thinking he's rich now, he insults and humiliates Olívia and Vitório as a customer at the restaurant he worked at, even demanding Olívia to serve him dressed as a waitress.
    • Doralice, Mirna's (supposed) godmother, only likes to show off how rich she is, insults Kátia without even knowing her, is disgusted at Mirna naming her pet duck after her, and steals her fiancé Alaor and runs away with him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Cristina has a point when she calls everyone out at Débora's funeral and says they never actually cared about Débora when she was still alive.
  • Jerkass to One: Judith, Eduardo's secretary, is briefly hired to aid Alexandra while her nurse Nair is busy. She insults Alexandra in horrible ways and tells her Eduardo feels nothing but pity for her. However, she is otherwise helpful and nice. She's a responsible nurse to locked-in Rafael and seems geniunely worried about how Cristina is treating him. Later on, she willingly helps the heroes to rescue him.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: While almost every villain or jerk in the story gets their comeuppance, that doesn't apply to Alaor. He tries to forcefully grab Olívia, but keeps working at her restaurant. Then, with Generosa's help, he tries to take Roberval's place as Romeu's grandson, and now that he thinks he's rich, he humiliates Olívia and Vitório at the restaurant, but after everything is discovered, he faces no consequences, neither at boarding house, nor at the restaurant, where he once again keeps working. Then he gets engaged with Mirna, but runs away with her rich "godmother" Doralice, leaving Mirna devastated after a second wedding party of hers is ruined. He faces no consequences for any of his actions: in the epilogue, he appears covered in gold, and it's revealed that he married an even richer woman, the farm owner Marielza.
  • Karmic Death: Débora dies by accidentally poisoning herself while trying to kill Rafael.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Débora spends most of her time as Rafael's housekeeper mistreating Zulmira and Eurico.
    • Kátia desperately reaches out to Raul, who she's briefly dated, asking for money to buy medicine for her ill daughter, but Raul says that he doesn't care, and that Kátia is the kind of woman who's only good to "have fun with".
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Zulmira is the only person other than Cristina Ivan shows any compassion for, but when Cristina orders him to find out where the jewels are, he slaps and yells at his sister to force her to tell him where they're hidden.
  • Kill the Cutie: Luna, a sweet, delicate and elegant young woman, is murdered in the first episode.
  • 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.
    • When Raul kisses Terezinha's cheek, she says she'll no longer wash it. Raul says she better wash it, or it will end up studded with pimples.
  • 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: Ivan, Xavier, the witch, and Raul all go to prison, the latter after a Humiliation Conga; 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.
  • Last Episode, New Character:
    • Mirna's godmother Doralice appears around the very last episodes, revealing the origin of Mirna's pet duck's name. She runs away with her fiancé Alaor.
    • In the penultimate episode, Zacarias Príncipe, a distant relative of Mirna, appears in the story. He and Mirna fall in love at first sight and marry shortly after they meet.
    • In the epilogue, it's revealed that Alaor ditched Doralice and married an even richer woman, Marielza.
  • Last-Name Basis: Rodriguez and Dr. Santos are only referred to by their surnames. Their first names are not revealed.
  • Laughing Mad: Cristina cackles while setting fire to Luna's atelier, in one of the most severe demonstrations of her Sanity Slippage.
  • Laxative Prank: To get revenge on Raul for stealing the restaurant from Olívia and expose Baltazar's lack of cooking skills, Vitório bids Gumercindo into throwing castor oil in Baltazar's food. This sends all the customers running to the bathroom (as well as Raul and Baltazar themselves), gets Baltazar fired, and ruins the reputation of the restaurant.
  • 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 has its main instrumental track, and occasionally uses "Mambo nº 8" by Mambo Project.
    • Alexandra and Guto have unnamed instrumental tracks that are not included in the soap opera's official soundtrack.
  • Lethal Chef: Baltazar, Dr. Ermelino's nephew, is hired to be the restaurant's cook, replacing Vitório when Raul takes control of the place. Despite Ermelino repeatledly saying "my nephew is a master chef", he can't actually cook. He and Kátia make up horrible dishes and try to sell them as "chic" French food, and everyone buys it, includine Raul, Ermelino, and all the customers.
  • 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.
    • Hélio and Sabina's first kiss happens with them blocking the city's lights with their lips.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Everyone avoids telling Adelaide about their suspicions regarding Cristina and Débora to keep her from suffering.
    • Rafael is often keep out of the loop regarding Cristina's schemes as well, including her fake pregnancy and her involvement with Luna's death, since they have no proof yet, and they fear how Rafael will react. Rafael gets furious when he discovers Ciro has been withholding information from him.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Romeu comes to Roseiral in search of his long-lost grandson, the child of his daughter that he kicked out home when she was pregnant, to leave his fortune to him, his only remaining heir. It turns out the grandson is Roberval.
  • Love Dodecahedron: While the story focuses on the love triangle between Rafael, Luna/Serena and Cristina, most of the cast is somehow connected through romance. José Aristides and Hélio have an unrequited attraction to Serena, and the latter eventually starts dating Sabina. Cristina sleeps with Guto and Ivan, both of which are in love with her. Madalena is initially interested in Rafael, and later dates Eduardo, who has a mutual attraction to Vera, but he's married to Alexandra. Julian initially likes Alexandra, but later starts a relationship with Vera. Judith also seems to have a crush on Eduardo, but later she and Arlindo fall in love. Mirna is also initially interested in Rafael, and she briefly dates several other characters, with the most relevant relationship being with Jorge, but he also flirts with Kátia, who Crispim is in love with. Kátia also dates Rodriguez, and briefly Raul, Olívia's ex-husband, who also dates Dalila and Madalena, but the love of his life was Luna. While she's with Raul, Madalena also dates Tadeu. Dalila is initially in love with Raul, but marries Roberval, who she grows to love. Felipe and Mirella love each other, but Felipe ends up falling for a trap where Kátia seduces him, ruining the relationship, so Mirella fakely dates Gumercindo, who ends up developing feelings for her. Gumercindo is also attracted to Kátia. Felipe briefly dates Nina after the breakup, and Nina and Gumercindo also like each other. After Olívia separates from Raul, she and Vitório fall in love with each other, though a brief love triangle forms when he starts flirting with Mafalda, and later on he pretends to be dating Judith to break up with Olívia to favor her in her court case. Alaor, one of Mirna's several dates, also flirts with Generosa and Terezinha, and the latter is in love with Raul.
  • 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).
    • Out of love, Ivan and Terezinha do anything the villains Cristina and Raul, respectively, tell them to do.
  • 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 Potion: The witch uses hallucinogenic herbs to concoct a potion that makes one see anyone as their love interest. Cristina drugs Rafael with it, making him see her as Serena.
  • 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: The story focuses on the love triangle between Rafael, Serena and Cristina. note  However, most of the regular characters are connected through romance one way or another, with other relevant love triangles including Serena/Rafael/Hélio, Serena/Rafael/José Aristides, Cristina/Rafael/Guto, Cristina/Rafael/Ivan, Dalila/Roberval/Raul, Jorge/Mirna/Kátia, Kátia/Crispim/Jorge, Eduardo/Alexandra/Vera, and four intertwined love triangles consisting of Mirella/Felipe/Nina/Gumercindo.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Given that the story is set in the '40s, women are expected to be pure and innocent, and if they fail to meet such standards, their reputation is ruined, such as what happens to Kátia (for being a single mother and wearing revealing clothes), Dalila (also for getting pregnant before marriage), Olívia (for being separated from Raul, even if it was him who cheated on her and abandoned his family), and Generosa (when people find out she used to be a stripper). Mirna always reaffirms to her dates that she's a "right woman", so they can't "take liberties" with her, and her dream is to get married and become a housewife. Terezinha also constantly repeats that she's an "honest woman".
  • Magical Native American: Nijienigi is capable of invoking the power of spirits and nature, and uses many kinds of mystical practices to heal people. José Aristides learns several of those practices from him.
  • 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 becomes very protective of Serena after finally convincing herself that she's Luna reincarnation.
    • 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.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal:
    • Adelaide refuses to believe Débora and Cristina's schemes, especially that Cristina is involved with Luna's death.
    • Zulmira is defensive of her brother Ivan, who's like a son to her, even though he's clearly involved with Cristina and Débora's schemes.
  • 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.
  • Manly Facial Hair: Vitório has a thick mustache that highlights his tough personality. He stretches it out whenever he gets mad.
  • 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. Later on, Jorge gives Mirna a new male duck to marry Doralice.
  • Married Too Young: Adelaide discusses that she was too young when she got married, as she wasn't even 15. While she married a rich man, she wonders how things would've been if she had 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.
  • Medicate the Medium: Alexandra's ability to interact with spirits is initially diagnosed as a mental illness, so she's given medication for it, which hinders her ability.
  • 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 Olívia threw because he's cheating on her with Dalila.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Ivan is a jerk to pretty much everyone, but he still cares for his sister Zulmira, who is motherly figure to him. When Débora fires Zulmira and Eurico, Ivan demands her to hire them back.
  • 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.
  • Mouse Trap: Hélio and Vitório use a mousetrap to discover who's been stealing money from everyone at the boarding house.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Vitório has a few shirtless and even (non-revealing) naked scenes. Ivan often appears shirtless as well.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Red Ink: Deconstructed, despite being played for the laughs. Olívia was a spoiled rich woman her entire life, and begins the story as a Socialite, proudly used to Conspicuous Consumption and doing nothing all day, until Raul abandons the family, leaving her and the two kids with almost no money. With no sense of finance whatsoever, she spends her savings away on luxuries she can no longer afford, despite Mirella consistently calling her out on it. She later decides to start a restaurant, and borrows money from Rafael to invest on it, but ends up spending half of it on dresses. She eventually learns to control her consumption habits, and when the restaurant finally opens, she manages to save money to pay the debts made with restaurant supplies, but still makes the poor decision of keeping the money in a box instead of depositing it in the bank. Raul steals all of her savings, and she can no longer pay her creditors. Her past habits come to bite her when Raul convinces the judge she wasted all of her income on dresses instead of paying the debts, so he rules that she's incapable of running the "family" business and Raul takes control of the place.
  • 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 of 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.
  • The Muse: Luna and Serena inspire Rafael to make new rose varieties, respectively the white and the blue rose.
  • 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 Beloved Smother: Divina is a Mama Bear to all of her four children, but she's particularly smothering towards Vitório, treating him like a baby despite him being the oldest child, and always trying to obstruct his relationship with Olívia.
  • 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!
  • Neat Freak: Débora has an unhealthy obsession with tidiness and humiliates Zulmira and Eurico all the time because of it. She sees dust everywhere, insults Zulmira for the glass cups not looking 100% transparent, and always complains about their uniforms being "grimy".
  • 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.
    • 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 about 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 realize 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, never lying, 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 later use her position to 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 grab 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 So Different" Remark: After Jorge cheats on Mirna with Kátia, ruining their engagement party, Kátia says that she and Jorge should be together, since she, who's considered a slut by everyone in town, and Jorge, who's a pervert, have a lot in common.
  • 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 house already bickered with Roberval before, but it gets worse when it's falsely revealed he impregnated Dalila, and it continues even after they marry.
    • Débora is the worst mother-in-law one could possibly get. She's nosy, tries to control Rafael's every move, and likes to spy on him, though he has no patience for her obnoxiousness and assertively calls her out on it. What Rafael doesn't know is that Débora is the one who crafted several ploys to trick him into marrying Cristina, and that the pregnancy she constantly blames him for Cristina losing never existed in the first place. And that she wants to kill him.
  • 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.
  • Old Flame: Adelaide and Elias had a relationship when they were very young, and while both ended up marrying someone else, they deep down never forgot each other. Fifty years later, both now widowed, they decide to reexplore their relationship.
  • One True Love: Rafael and Luna/Serena are canonically soulmates.
  • Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: When Vitório is wrongly accused of stealing Olívia's money and he takes Abílio with him to the police station to be interrogated, the cop says that if he brought a lawyer, he must have something to hide.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Guto is only referred to by his nickname. No one knows what his real name is until Ciro investigates him and discovers it's Augusto.
  • 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.
  • Operation: Jealousy: After Felipe cheats on Mirella with Kátia, Mirella pretends to date Gumercindo to get back on him. The problem is Gumercindo starts falling for Mirella for real.
  • 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.
    • Kátia is a vain woman who's only used to the urban lifestyle, but she and the rustic man Crispim fall in love with each other.
  • 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.

     Tropes P - Z 
  • Pair the Spares: Judith and Arlindo fall in love at first sight in the final episodes. It's also implied Iolanda and Pedro Charreteiro end up with each other when they're seen together in cameos.
  • 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.
    • Rafael demands Raul to order poison to kill the ants that are destroying his roses, but the second Rafael turns away, he crumbles the order.
    • Cristina brings a court order to the farm to take locked-in Rafael back home, but she's surprised by Rafael being up and talking again (even if with difficulties), and he crumbles the order after declaring he's only returning when Cristina and Débora leave his house.
    • Cristina rips the separation agreement when Débora tells her not to sign it when her plan goes wrong.
  • 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 pregnant.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Luna died when her son Felipe was just a baby, so Zulmira, Rafael's maid, becomes a motherly figure to him.
    • Zulmira is also a motherly figure to her brother Ivan.
    • 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:
    • Felipe supports Rafael's relationship with Serena even before discovering that she's Luna's reincarnation.
    • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Katia, who is morally ambiguous at the beginning of the telenovela, is one of the few people who doesn't laugh at Serena when she is humiliated by Agnes and Rafael for appearing dressed as Luna. The other characters who didn't laugh are Serena's close friends (Hélio, Felipe, Olivia and Adelaide) or good people (Vitorio, Gumercindo and Eduardo).
  • 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.
  • Playing Gertrude: Walderez de Barros plays Adelaide, mother of Agnes and Débora, despite being just fourteen years older than Elizabeth Savalla and just four years older than Ana Lúcia Torre.
  • Playing Sick: Olívia pretends to have the chickenpox to avoid attending the conciliation hearing with Raul.
  • 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: Cristina and Débora are very racist towards Serena, 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. Sabina also senses that Cristina is a racist, when she feels she's bothered for her being inside her house.
  • Pop the Tires: Ivan shoots the tires of Ciro's car to stop him from following him and Cristina.
  • Potty Failure: Crispim pees in his pants the first time he and Kátia kiss.
  • The Power of Hate: Cristina's hatred towards Rafael (after being constantly rejected by him) and Luna/Serena gives her motivation.
  • 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.
  • Private Detective: Ciro is a private detective Rafael hired to investigate Luna's death.
  • Promotion to Parent: Implied to be the case of Zulmira, who raised her younger brother Ivan.
  • Psychic Link: As soulmates, Rafael and Serena can sense whenever the other one is in danger.
  • 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.
    • Baltazar leaves the story after being fired by Raul.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Cristina's three main goals were to kill Serena, get the jewels, and get Rafael. In a way, she gets the former two: she kills Rafael while trying to kill Serena, but Serena ends up dying anyway, and just after seeing what she did, she runs and gets the jewels... only to be taken alive to hell while wearing them. Meanwhile, Serena and Rafael reincarnate and they meet again in another life.
  • 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.
  • "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: Terê used to be an illiterate homeless child, and while he initially thinks books are boring, Elias changes his mind after reading stories from his extensive collection to him and the other kids of the village, and eventually teaches him to read and write.
  • 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.
  • Recurring Extra:
    • Iolanda, Generosa's employee at the ice cream shop, has little to no importance to the plot, but shows up recurringly.
    • Pedro Charreteiro and Arlindo often appear as cameos and, from time to time, participate in minor subplots, such as being Mirna's suitors.
  • Redemption Equals Death: When Serena gets a chance to kill Guto but refuses to and decides to forgive him instead, Guto has a change of heart and decides to redeem himself. He turns himself in and decides to reveal the truth behind Luna's death, but he's killed by Débora just as he's about to speak.
  • 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 past lives, 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.
  • Relationship Sabotage:
    • Cristina and Débora try to ruin Olívia's marriage with Raul for her to stop trying to hook him up with other women. They set a trap for Raul by bribing Kátia into kissing him in public. Little do they know Raul planned on separating from Olívia all along.
    • Raul wants to ruin Mirella's relationship with Felipe, who he hates for personal reasons. Cristina is also interested in destroying their relationship so Felipe will stop vising Mirella, who lives near the boarding house, where Serena resides. To sabotage their relationship, they pay Kátia once again, this time for her to hit on Felipe, and it successfully makes them break up.
    • Divina and Ofélia try to ruin Vitório's relationship with Olívia by introducing him to Mafalda, and while they do flirt with each other a bit, it fails in the end.
  • 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 into a "savage" like Serena. Other characters, like Vera and Eduardo, also find the idea ridiculous.
  • Rescue Romance: Crispim falls in love with Kátia after she rescues him from drowning at the club's swimming pool.
  • Returning the Wedding Ring:
    • When Rafael and Serena break up, she removes the ring Rafael gave her and drops it on the ground.
    • After the fiasco of Mirna and Jorge's engagement party, Jorge returns the next day to apologize, but when Mirna makes it clear she doesn't forgive him, he asks for the ring back because it was expensive. Mirna furiously throws the ring at him, telling him to eat it, and kicks him out of her house while throwing stuff at him.
  • 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.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When Cristina's love for Rafael turns into hatred, she starts making several counter-productive decisions to try to get revenge on him. Instead of trying to reach an agreement with Rafael regarding their asset division, she wants to leave him penniless. She also wants to kill Serena, when even Débora tells her she has nothing to benefit from doing that (and tries to convince her that killing Rafael would be more advantageous).
  • Revenge Is a Dish Best Served: Vitório bids Gumercindo into throwing castor oil in Baltazar's food to get revenge on Raul for stealing the restaurant from Olívia and expose Baltazar's lack of cooking skills, sending all the customers running to the bathroom (as well as Raul and Baltazar themselves). While that wasn't Baltazar's fault, it makes Kátia and Gumercindo expose everything he's been doing, so he's fired, and, the next day, the restaurant has no customers. Vitório shows up and gloats to everyone that he was the one responsible.
  • Revenge Myopia: Cristina wants revenge against Rafael and Serena, when she's the one who's done horrible things to both of them the whole time, including indirectly causing Luna's death.
  • 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.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Olívia begins the story as a Socialite, but despite constantly bragging about being a "lady" and flaunting her noble origins, she's ditzy and often lacks social manners, usually played for the laughs. When Raul leaves her, she becomes poor in dollars (well, in réis) and in sense, which makes her adaptation to her new lifestyle more difficult than it already should be.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Dalila is conflicted between Raul, who's rich but treats her like an object and constantly lies to her, and Roberval, a poor barber's assistant who geniunely loves her.
  • 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, 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.
  • Satan: The devil himself appears to claim Cristina's soul in the final episode.
  • Satellite Character:
    • As Eduardo's secretary, Judith is initially a satellite character to him, though she becomes more relevant during the part of the story when Rafael is bedridden.
    • Nair's entire character arc revolves around being Alexandra's nurse, so she hardly ever interacts with anyone outside of that circle (Alexandra, Eduardo, Vera, Julian).
    • Xavier's arc initially revolves around Guto.
    • Dr. Santos' role is limited to being Rafael's lawyer.
    • Dr. Ermelino's role is also initially limited to being Raul's lawyer, though he eventually becomes Cristina's lawyer as well.
    • Iolanda's appearances almost always involve Generosa, and most of the time she's only seen at the ice cream shop.
  • Satellite Love Interest:
    • Most of Tadeu's scenes involve the love triangle between him, Madalena, and Raul.
    • Mafalda's brief participation in the story revolves around her flirting with Vitório and being a rival to Olívia.
    • Rodriguez hardly ever appears outside of his conflicting relationship with Kátia.
  • 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.
    • Rafael refuses to sell the land of the rose plantation, even if it's worth a fortune because it has iron ores.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Romeu pretends to be a poor man when he rents at lodge at Divina's boarding house.
  • Selective Enforcement: The cops in Roseiral often do more harm the good. For example, the chief of police quickly starts an inquiry against Vitório for a crime he didn't commit when there was very little evidence against him and without minimally investigating the area (which would easily show that someone broke in through Olívia's window instead of just unlocking the door like Vitório did), but he refuses to investigate Guto's extremely suspicious death.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Vitório gathers Hélio, Roberval, Alaor, and Jorge, and they perform 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.
  • Sexual Euphemism: 6 p.m. Globo soap operas are always family-friendly, so the characters only refer to sex using euphemisms, such as "night of love".
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The richer male characters (including Rafael, Felipe, Eduardo, Raul, and Rodriguez) wear a suit and tie almost the entire time, as do Rafael's workers Eurico and Ivan.
  • 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 openly supports them, since she's one of the few characters who believes she's Luna reincarnation, and so do 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. Hélio also supports the couple and tries to restore their relationship after Vitório unwillingly breaks up with her.
    • Hélio also supports Dalila and Roberval's relationship, and concots a plan to bring them back together after they break up thanks to a misunderstanding.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Zig-zagged. When Dalila's family is tricked into believing Roberval was the one who impregnated 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.
  • Shot in the Ass: Mirna shoots salt at Ivan's ass to send him away after he forcedly grabs her.
  • Shown Their Work: Many fans have pointed out that the "blue" rose Rafael makes for Serena is actually mauve. However, in real life, roses don't have the genes to produce a true blue pigmentation, but mauve-colored roses, which are created by genetically modifying white roses (much like the Serena rose is created from the Luna rose), are often marketed as "blue" (though there's still artistic license in play, since it's impossible to obtain non-dyed blue/mauve roses through regular rose breeding like Rafael does, and such techniques only started to be used in 2004).
  • 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.
  • Sleeping with the Boss's Wife: Ivan sleeps with Cristina, who is married to his boss Rafael.
  • 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.
    • Terezinha constantly brags about being beautiful and that she was even Miss in her home town, but everyone just thinks of her as a joke and makes fun of her for being an "old maid".
  • Small Town, Big Hell: Roseiral is a relatively small town, and with all the gossiping that goes on, everyone knows about everything that happens there.
  • 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.
  • Soap Opera Disease: After leaving Roseiral to expand her dancing skills and try to forget Eduardo, Vera returns when she discovers she has a fatal disease. At first, the illness is vaguely defined, but eventually it's made clear it's a brain tumor.
  • 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.
    • Deconstrucuted 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.
  • Soft-Spoken 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 lives alone in a remote area.
  • Solomon Divorce: Olívia initially keeps custody of both Mirella and Carlito, since Raul abandoned the whole family, but Raul later informally takes Carlito from her.
  • 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.
  • Spiteful Spit: The witch spits on the chief of police after being arrested.
  • 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.
  • Stairway to Heaven: When she dies, Luna climbs a confusing stairway that leads to heaven, but as she's about to Go into the Light, Rafael screams, so she returns and reincarnates into Serena.
  • Stern Old Judge: Olívia and Raul's separation case is handled by an old and conservative judge. This is terrible for Olívia, since he naturally tends to favor Raul, especially since Olívia is dating Vitório. Olívia's quirky antics only make her situation worse.
  • 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.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!:
    • When Mirna and Cristina fight, the chief of police threatens to shoot, but Mirna is not intimidated.
      Chief of police: Stop, or I will shoot!
      Mirna: I'm the one who's gonna shoot her into the pigsty!
    • Another cop says that to José Aristides while chasing him.
  • 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.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Rafael usually has a serious and aloof demeanor, but he's pretty romantic to Luna and Serena, and he has several moments of kindness, such as helping Olívia when she needs the most, and buying Doralice to return her to Mirna.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: As a consequence of reincarnation, Serena is slightly younger than Felipe, who was her son in her previous life as Luna. Despite this, they still have reciprocal mother-son feeling for each other. It was first evidenced when Serena's Mama Bear instincts kicked in and she defended Felipe from Raul.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Dalila is shocked when she finds out she's pregnant from Raul. She gets desperate because she has no financial stability, Raul is married to Olívia, he keeps stringing her along about marrying her and assuming the child's parenthood, and if people find out she's pregnant without being married, it could destroy her and her family's reputation.
  • Surprise Witness: After the judge determines that the testimony of Olívia's two witnesses should be removed from the case-file, Dalila appears as a surprise witness, shocking everyone, including both Olívia and Raul. Everyone expects her to defend Raul, but to their surprise, she's completely in favor of Olívia.
  • 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.
  • Taking the Kids: Raul initially abandons his family and leaves both Mirella and Carlito with Olívia. However, he doesn't accept Mirella's relationship with Felipe and constantly threatens to take the kids from her if they continue to date, and threatens her even more when he discovers her romance with Vitório. While he never takes Mirella, he eventually takes Carlito, leaving Olívia devastated.
  • 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).
    • When Jorge asks Mirna to return him the wedding ring, she furiously throws the ring at him and kicks him out of her house while throwing everything in sight at him.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Cristina had a relationship her teacher and ended up driving him to suicide. That teacher was Ciro's brother, and for that reason Ciro has a grudge against her.
  • 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 takes pleasure in thrashing Luna's atelier, which she does because she's frustrated that Rafael has no desire for her, blaming Luna for it.
  • Third-Person Person: Serena initially refers to herself in third person, but drops the habit as she gets used to the city's Portuguese.
  • Time Skip: The beginning of the story is set in the late 1920s. After Luna's death and reincarnation, a few timeskips happen, until the story reaches the late 1940s, the period where most of it is set. After that, there are a few additional timeskips of months or days.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Carne e unha, alma gêmea, bate coração".
  • 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 Cristina 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.
  • Too Unhappy to Be Hungry: Characters often lose their appetite when they're upset, usually Serena or Dalila. Mirna also loses her appetite when she's eating dinner with her family and brings up that Jorge apologized and asked to marry her again.
  • 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).
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Said verbatim by Serena in the finale while Cristina holds her captive and abuses her, infuriating Cristina even more. While Cristina holds Serena hostage and expels everyone from Rafael's house, Serena tells everyone to forgive Cristina no matter what happens.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Characters constantly demand or offer "a good amount" of money and often give each other large amounts of banknotes. Bills, cheques and similar documents also appear frequently. However, the actual numbers are never revealed. Examples include the price of Madalena's dresses, Olívia's bills, the price of the rose planation's lands, and Cristina's absurdly high separation proposal.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Roberval, who was abandoned at the church's doorstep as a baby, is unaware that he has a rich grandfather, Romeu, until he comes to Roseiral in search of his long-lost grandchild. While Roberval doesn't inherit his fortune just yet, since Romeu is still alive, he becomes the only heir of a wealthy farmer.
  • 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.
  • The Unfettered: Cristina and Débora do absolutely anything to accomplish their goal of making Rafael marry Cristina, and to keep Cristina's involvement with Luna's death hidden.
  • Unfinished Business:
    • While reincarnation is considered a natural phenomenon, Luna's quick reincarnation into Serena is very unusual, and it's a result of her sadness and anger from the circumstances of her sudden and violent death.
    • After Guto dies, his angry spirit lingers around and torments Cristina.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Cristina has a thing with both of her Dragons, Guto and Ivan, to make them do her dirty work.
  • Unknown Rival: Serena is initially clueless about Cristina seeing her as a rival.
  • 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.
    • Felipe meets Mirella outside the court during Olívia conciliation hearing with Raul to give her support. However, Gumercindo ends up picking a fight with him. The fight can be heard from inside the court, so the already catastrophic hearing is interrupted, and the judge sees two guys fighting over Mirella, while Carlito reveals that Felipe used to bribe him with marbles so he could date her, making the situation even worse for Olívia.
    • Serena finally decides to tell Rafael about her memories regarding Cristina, who's behind Luna's death. Rafael reacts with fury, almost kills Cristina, and kicks her and Débora out of his house, but an unaccepting Cristina strikes back by setting fire to Luna's atelier, putting Rafael in a locked-in state after he gets hurt trying to save it.
  • 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.
  • Uptown Girl:
    • The wealthy Rafael falls in love with Serena, who, despite being Luna's reincarnation, is completely different: she's an indigenous woman who was raised in a remote village, she has no money, and she's unused to urban customs (especially those of the high society). Since she has Luna's soul, Rafael thinks that he can make her just as sophisticated as she was in her previous life, but eventually learns to love her for who she is now.
    • 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.
  • Vengeful Ghost: After his death, Guto is thirsty for revenge against Cristina and constantly shows up to torment her.
  • 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.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Exploited by Raul, who only visits the kids to pretend to care about them because it plays well with the judge of his case against Olívia.
  • 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.
  • Voodoo Doll: Serena's people have a practice in which they make statues using clay mixed with things like hair or clothes of their enemies, and any damage done to the statue happens to the victim as well. José Aristides, however, uses the practice to help Rafael heal – for instance, it absorbs Rafael's fever, making the statue get hot, and it later absorbs Rafael's wounds. The statue is made using his hair, but Serena puts her hair into the mix, so that if anything bad happens to the doll, both will be affected.
  • 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". When Olívia finally begins to regain control over her life with the restaurant, Mirella warns Olívia she should keep her money in the bank, not in a box at home, but Olívia doesn't listen, and her money is stolen by Raul.
  • Walking Spoiler: The mere existence of Ofélia's husband as a character spoils that she's been lying about being a widow all along.
  • Wedding Smashers: Kátia and Jorge's wedding is ruined when his three wives appear and Jorge is arrested for bigamy, but she ends up marrying Crispim the same day.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Since she's killed in the first episode, Luna doesn't get much time in the show, and while her spirit makes several further appearances, they're usually brief. She does reincarnate as Serena, one of the protagonists, but she's a completely different character (something Serena herself is adamant about).
  • 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.
    • In Chapter 174, after Rafael discovers that Cristina is behind Luna's death, he almost kills her, and Débora concludes that their plan is over. Cristina, however, madly sets fire to Luna's atelier, and Rafael is hit with a chandelier on the head while trying to save the keepsakes, putting him in a locked-in state and swinging the situation in Cristina's favor once again, because now she has Rafael in her hands and she has all of his assests for herself, including the land of the rose plantation, which she and Raul want to sell.
  • 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 Did I Do Last Night?: The night he breaks up with Serena, Rafael gets drunk, and he's also drugged by Cristina with a love potion that makes him see her as Serena. Rafael gets very confused and goes to sleep while Cristina tries to seduce him. He wakes up next to Cristina, with nothing but flashes of what happened the previous night, which he thinks is only because of the alcohol. The truth is they actually didn't have sex, but Cristina exploits his blurry memory to pretend they did and that she got pregnant.
  • 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.
    • Ofélia doesn't get what Divina sees in Osvaldo and wishes she had married a rich man instead of a shoemaker.
  • 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.
    • Nair calls Eduardo and Vera out for kissing in front of Alexandra, making her already disturbed mental health state even worse.
  • When Elders Attack:
    • Sometimes Ofélia hits people she gets angry at, usually with her walking stick.
    • Débora slaps Cristina and Ivan when she catches them kissing. She also attacks Judith when she helps Serena and the others to rescue Rafael.
  • 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.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Adelaide wonders what did she do wrong for Débora and Cristina to end up the way they are.
  • Why Waste a Wedding?: Kátia is about to marry Jorge, but the wedding is interrupted when the three women he married in different states of Brazil arrive and Jorge is arrested for bigamy. Kátia is devastated, but Crispim proposes to marry her and save the wedding, and she accepts.
  • Wicked Witch: The old woman that sells products such as love potions and poisons doesn't seem to have any sort of magical powers such as broomstick riding, but she has a witchy aesthetic, is referred to as a witch in-universe, lives in a creepy house, and threatens to cast spells on people who get in her way.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Serena is against lying regardless of the situation. She's incapable of understanding how lying can be good at all, and finds it strange that the people of the city are different. José Aristides is the same. Justified by the fact that telling the truth is a matter of survival for their people.
  • Will Talk for a Price:
    • Guto demands money from Rafael to reveal secrets about himself and Cristina.
    • Xavier rats out on Guto when Ciro pays him.
  • Window Watcher: Vitório spies on the restaurant's kitchen, that's now being commanded by Baltazar with Kátia's help.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Serena and José Aristides see gold as not only useless, but dangerous, since their village was destroyed and their people were killed because of it.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Raul slaps Mirella in the face when she accuses him of cheating on Olívia, and almost hits Madalena when she says she's been with Tadeu the whole time and only pretended to like him because he gave her jewels.
    • Ivan hits Zulmira to try to make her tell him where the jewels are.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged with Guto. He hurts Terê while teaching him 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 the girl away from home for a few hours, he does her bidding.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • On 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.
    • After Guto throws Cristina down the stairs to rob the jewels from her, Cristina gets hurt, and she and Débora exploit that to pretend Cristina has lost her baby, even though she was never pregnant in the first place. Cristina pretends to be suffering from her miscarriage to manipulate Rafael, and she and Débora constantly blame him because he wasn't there to protect Cristina from Guto, making him feel guilty for a pregnancy loss that never happened.
  • 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 Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • After Cristina and Débora are kicked out of Rafael's house and left with nothing but a small apartment Adelaide left for them, they reach out to Raul for money, but now that Cristina no longer has access to Rafael's assets, Raul no longer has interest in her as an ally and refuses to help. However, Cristina defies the trope by threatening to rat out on all of his schemes.
    • After being fired, Raul reaches out to Madalena and offers to be her business partner and administer her shop, and even suggests that they could live together. However, since he's no longer rich, Madalena says she has no interest in him anymore, that she's only been taking advantage of him because he gave her jewels, and that she's been with Tadeu the whole time.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Clarice, and occasionally Abílio, speak back against Ofélia and Divina when they say racist things about Sabina in front of them.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Débora sees Cristina in panic and says she looks like she's seen a ghost. She literally had seen one, as Guto once again appeared to torment Cristina.
  • 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 Days Are Numbered: When Vera discovers her illness, she convices herself that she's going to die soon.
  • You're Insane!: Rafael constantly tells Cristina she's completely out of her mind. Débora often says the same.
  • 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.
  • Yo-Yo Plot Point: In the beginning, Serena keeps being fired and hired back as Rafael's maid several times.

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